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Shōkan (しょうかん Shōkan), stylized as SHōKAN, is a Japanese media franchise owned by Drillimation Studios. The franchise began with the video game of the same name.

Overview

The majority of the franchise's works center around the Shōkan, an interchangeable team of warriors who particpate in Cups, which are battles that occur between two warrior teams.

History

Timeline of release years
1997   Shōkan
1998  
1999   Second Fight
2000  
2001   Third to the Finish
2002   Bronze Cup
2003  
2004  
2005   Silver Cup
2006  
2007   Gold Cup
2008  
2009  
2010   Diamond Cup
2011  
2012  
2013   Subisha
2014  
2015   Legacy
2016  
2017   Legacy II
2018  
2019  
2020   The Sixth Kingdom

1997–1999: Shōkan and Shokan: Second Fight

The first Shōkan video game was released for the PlayStation and Nintendo 64 on February 22, 1997. The video game's development was led by Susumu Takajima and Hironobu Kasogo. Shōkan was very popular and received positive reception, and so a second game was put into development.

Shōkan: Second Fight was released on February 19, 1999, and was also critically acclaimed. Thusly, Kasogo suggested that a media franchise be made out of Shōkan.

1999–2005: Franchise formation

The first anime film, Shōkan: The Movie, was released on September 30, 1999, and was very successful.

In 2002, with the release of Shōkan: Bronze Cup, an anime film of the same name was released.

In 2003, the first anime television series, Shōkan: Animated, was aired, which was also during the development of Shōkan: Silver Cup, a game in the Shōkan series which would come out in 2005.

In 2006, a manga series, Shōkan Forever, was made.

2005–2018: Game expansion

From 2015 to 2018, Shōkan games expanded.

Controversies

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