Created in 2019, IWA (“the rock” in Japanese) is the publishing arm of Shibuya Productions. Its first title, Blitz, is a shonen manga exploring the elite world of chess.
With its chosen subject matter, Shibuya Productions attracted the attention of one of the greatest players of all time, Mr. Gary Kasparov, who now supervises and patrons the series.
Blitz’s realization was made possible by the close collaboration between Monaco, Japan, and the US, whose teams came together to produce a novel work guided by Japanese manga production techniques.
The project success was marked by the more than 10 000 copies already sold and counting in the French market alone. In Japan, the manga is offered by the celebrated Shonen Jump.