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DK Island (DKアイランド) is a comedy/adventure manga written and drawn by Kiyokazu Chiba. The manga was
DK Island vol 1

The first volume published in 2001.

serialized in the Yomiuri Shimbun on a weekly basis from March 2000 to December 2005 (195 pages per book and 15 pages per chapter) totalling more than 3900 pages) and later compiled into 20 volumes between 2001 and 2006 by Kadokawa Shoten. The manga was later adapted into an anime (unrelated to the DK64 anime) by famed animator Takashi Nakamura, (animation director of Akira) animated by Tatsunoko and broadcast on the NNN (Nippon News Network) stations Nippon TV, YTV, CTV, FBS, UMK, KRY, HTV and STV from July 2002 to December 2005. Outside of Japan, the series was not as popular as the Donkey Kong 64 anime but is still beloved nonetheless, partly because of its episode amount. Rather than digital ink and paint, the entire series relies on a limited animation cel technique. Packaging for videos and books depicts the characters as they appeared in the original game rather than the anime look.


The manga/anime only derives from Donkey Kong 64 in that the settings and characters are identical to those in the game. The series also derives from Donkey Kong Country in general, including Dixie Kong as a primary character. The manga relies on story arcs continuing on a previous arc akin to Dragon Ball and Naruto, some of its humor is derived from slapstick humor and pop culture references, perhaps in order to appeal to parents who are offended by bathroom humor.

A volume usually has a plot in which the Kongs halt K. Rool and the Kremlings for a certain reason (i.e. A virus being released on DK Island and nearby worlds or a Kong being held captive in order to work a machine) and it is not uncommon for a character to interrupt the story with a humorous remark (mostly a pop culture reference or a silly story making virtually no sense at all).


Each of the manga's 20 volumes contain 13 chapters (the amount of pages often varies) and all chapters form a plot arc, a plot arc can often take up two or more volumes.

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