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Ranking of Kings (王様ランキング, Ōsama Rankingu) is a Japanese fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Sōsuke Tōka. It has been serialized online via Echoes’ user-submitted Manga Hack website since May 2017 and has been collected in twelve tankōbon volumes by Enterbrain. An anime television series adaptation by Wit Studio premiered in October 2021 on Fuji TV’s Noitamina programming block.

Bojji is a deaf, powerless prince who cannot even wield a child’s sword. As the firstborn son, he strives hard and dreams of becoming the world’s greatest king. However, people mutter about how he is too incompetent to become the king.

Undeterred, Bojji is able to make his first ever friend, “Kage” (shadow) — a literal shadow on the ground who somehow understands Bojji well. (Kage is a survivor of the Kage assassin clan that was all but wiped out. No longer a killer, Kage now makes ends meet by stealing.) The story follows Bojji’s coming-of-age as he meets various people in his life, starting with his fateful encounter with Kage.