Yu-Gi-Oh! Subbed – Episodes 1-49 Complete

May 3, 2016 at 10:55 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Screenshot of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime videos page on Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll and 4K Media hit another mega milestone today in their endeavor to publish the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series in all of their uncut, Japanese glory. Episodes 1 through 49 of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters are now fully subbed and ready to be enjoyed. This takes us through the Duelist Kingdom, Duel Monsters Quest, and Dungeon Dice Monsters story arcs — the equivalent of season 1 of 4Kids’ English-dubbed version.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime has come such a long way. For years it seemed like the show would never be able to get an official subbed release, but look at where it’s at now. I’m so happy. There are still many more episodes to go, so keep spreading the word and showing your support, and don’t forget to add Yu-Gi-Oh! to your Crunchyroll queue. There are new episodes added every month. The next story arc, Battle City, is already underway!

My Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters – SUBBED Episodes page is now updated with the latest video links.

Japan Box Office: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Slips to No. 9

May 3, 2016 at 12:00 am | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 5 Comments
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Seto Kaiba clenching his teeth in a Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions commercial

After premiering in Japan at number 6 during the weekend of April 23 and 24, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions took a small tumble during the week of April 23 through 29, coming in at number 7 in the weekly ranking. The movie settled in at number 9 this past weekend.

The top 10 movies for the weekend of April 30 through May 1 are as follows. (In parentheses are the number of theaters showing the film / number of weeks in theaters.)

  1. Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare (348 / 3)
  2. Zootopia (347 / 2)
  3. Captain America: Civil War (336 / Debut)
  4. Crayon Shin-chan: Fast Asleep! The Large Attack on the Dreaming World! (339 / 2)
  5. Chihayafuru: The Last Verse (293 / Debut)
  6. I Am Hero (282 / 2)
  7. Terra Formars (326 / Debut)
  8. The Revenant (341 / 2)
  9. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions (137 / 2)
  10. Assassination Classroom: Graduation (318 / 6)

Producers of The Dark Side of Dimensions, perhaps keen on jump-starting attendance as the movie enters its second week in theaters, put out a press release on April 29 revealing several characters from the original Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters anime who make cameo appearances in the movie. (Sorry but you’ll have to look elsewhere for these spoilers.) Will this nostalgia baiting entice older fans of the series to visit the theater?

Previously:
Japan Box Office: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Opens at No. 6

Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafe Update: New Menu Items & Sapporo Location

April 30, 2016 at 8:30 am | Posted in Japanese, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Three new menu items at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafe inspired by Jonouchi, Judai, and Black Magician and Black Magician Girl

AnimePlaza’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafe is so popular that a second location is opening! That’s the word from @yugioh_anime, which announced that a second cafe will open in Sapporo on May 3. And to celebrate, the cafes in both Tokyo and Sapporo are introducing some tasty new menu items.

First up is Katsuya Jonouchi’s drink: “What Can Be Seen But Remains Unseen – Thousand Nose Breath of Friendship.” This mix of ginger ale, orangeade, and fresh-cut oranges will certainly stimulate your senses.

Next is “Draw Bread,” Duel Academia’s legendary golden egg sandwich that even Judai Yuki will wake up early to get his hands on. It includes bread, fried egg, lettuce, cheese, ketchup, and mayonnaise.

And last is Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl’s dessert: “Bonds of the Master and Disciple – Black Magic Sweet Burning.” This includes Ramune ice cream, blueberry chocolate cake, nata de coco, and whipped cream.

But wait! There was also a fourth item that has since disappeared: “I Love ARC-V Sweets – Sora’s Fusion Hot Chocolate” made with cocoa, fresh cream, milk, and chocolate sauce. This item was on the original menu uploaded to AnimePlaza’s websites but was removed. It mistakenly displayed a picture of Kaito of instead of Sora. Props for this go to @sakurabbitt, the first person to screen cap the original menu before it got replaced. Let’s see if this drink will make it back on the menu.

The new Sapporo Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafe will have all of these new food and drinks, all of the Yu-Gi-Oh! goods in stock (yes, even the ones that are sold out at the original Tokyo location!), and won’t require reservations. Follow AnimePlaza Sapporo’s Twitter @anipla_sapporo for more updates. Both the Sapporo and Tokyo cafes will be open until May 31.

Previously:
AnimePlaza’s Full Yu-Gi-Oh! Cafe Menu

Free Manga: Yu-Gi-Oh! Color Edition Vol. 1, 5, 10, 19 & More Through May 9

April 26, 2016 at 8:28 am | Posted in 5D's, Duel Monsters, GX, Japanese, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | Leave a comment
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Banner advertising free Yu-Gi-Oh! manga offered during Shueisha's Haruman!! 2016 Spring Digital Manga Festival

Another free Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! manga campaign from Shueisha is underway again! To celebrate the premiere of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions this past Saturday, the publisher is letting readers peruse fours volumes of the new Yu-Gi-Oh! Color Edition, as well as the first volume of Yu-Gi-Oh! R, GX, 5D’s, and ZEXAL — all for free through May 9.

This time, the free books are not available on Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ platform, and most of the good e-book platforms advertised, like Amazon Kindle, are not accessible outside Japan. The best one that does work is probably eBookJapan, and while it’s not perfect (the zoom feature is kind of awkward), it’ll do in a pinch. Here is what’s available:

You may be presented with a splash page titled 利用規約 (Terms of Use). It is simply explaining that you will be viewing copyrighted works and are not allowed to copy or do other bad things with them. Click the large button labeled 利用規約に同意する (I agree to the Terms of Use) to continue.

This free Yu-Gi-Oh! manga campaign is part of Shueisha’s “Haruman!! 2016” Spring Digital Manga Festival, which has been running since mid-March. The event offers readers the opportunity to check out over 130 manga for free for a limited time. Visit eBookJapan’s Haruman!! 2016 page to see the titles currently available and click the button labeled 無料で読む (Read For Free) to take a look at any of the books. There are a lot of neat series that are already published in English, like Nana, Seraph of the End, and Nisekoi, but there are also tons that aren’t!

Japan Box Office: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Opens at No. 6

April 26, 2016 at 12:00 am | Posted in Japanese, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Joey and Tristan clowning around in a Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions trailer

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions debuted at number six this past weekend in Japan on 137 screens, according to ANN. The movie earned 133,010,600 yen (almost $1.2 million) and sold 92,396 tickets over the weekend.

The top 10 movies for the weekend of April 23 through 24 are as follows. (In parentheses are the number of theaters showing the film / number of weeks in theaters.)

  1. Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare (348 / 2)
  2. Zootopia (347 / Debut)
  3. Crayon Shin-chan: Fast Asleep! The Large Attack on the Dreaming World! (339 / 2)
  4. I Am Hero (282 / Debut)
  5. The Revenant (341 / Debut)
  6. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions (137 / Debut)
  7. Assassination Classroom: Graduation (318 / 5)
  8. I’ve Always Liked You ~Confession Executive Committee~ (62 / Debut)
  9. Chihayafuru: The First Verse (297 / 6)
  10. Doraemon: Nobita and the Birth of Japan 2016 (363 / 8)

While some films in Japan do offer promotional items for presales or sales of tickets, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimension’s ticket sales are perhaps more greatly swayed by these goods because of their marketability and the collector mentality of its fanbase.

When advance ticket sales for the movie began back in December 2015, the film’s distributor Toei saw a record-breaking 88,000 tickets sold. Many buyers were likely only interested in the Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG Blue-Eyes Alternative White Dragon promo card included with the sale, reported Netorabo, since bulk sets of tickets soon made their way to auction websites.

Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG card promotions for the movie continue for tickets purchased in the next four weeks.

  • Now through April 29: Gandora X, the Dragon of Ruin
  • April 30 through May 6: Lord Gaia the Fierce Knight
  • May 7 through 13: Lemon Magician Girl
  • May 14 through 20: Mahad the Protector Priest

Will ticket sales stay the course?

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 9: ‘Fusion vs. Fusion’

April 25, 2016 at 8:02 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuri promising to school the bad boy Sora Shiunin in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 9

Yuya Sakaki is locked in a duel against Sora Shiunin, the third member of Reiji Akaba’s elite forces. Things seem to be swinging Yuya’s way when Shiunin suddenly reveals that Akaba has captured his sick younger sister and that her safety rests on his winning this duel. The kind-hearted Yuya shrinks away from finishing off Shiunin, but one of Yuya’s other personalities — a fiercer, more merciless duelist — isn’t buying it. Yuri takes over Yuya’s body and resumes the duel!

Yuri throws a thorn-covered whip to seize an Action Card floating in the sky, knocking Shiunin to the ground in the process and making an immediate statement as a cutthroat player. He then fuses the pretty-boy Enter-Mate Ballad and Barracuda monsters to summon the not-so-pretty Chimera Rafflesia, a hideous carnivorous plant with a bulging body and the heads of a rafflesia and venus flytrap. Chimera Rafflesia, with its three mouths lined with menacingly sharp teeth, devours Shiunin’s Frightfur Bear.

Sora Shiunin pleads with Yuri to let him win because of his sick little sister, but Yuri won’t have any of it.

I told you I don’t care!” Yuri exclaims. “I can’t forgive anyone who hurts Yuya!”

Yuya thinks Yuri’s actions are far too harsh, but Yuri can see right through Shiunin’s antics… He is a liar.

“Everyone hides darkness inside… Darkness they refuse to reveal,” says Yuri. “A guy who blabs it all over… is just vulgar scum!” Yuri tears up the photo of Shiunin and his little sister. Yuya and Yuzu are stunned and confused.

Sora Shiunin covers his face with his hand, then slowly pulls it away. His expression has changed… to reveal a sinister smile.

“You’re right! I was lying about everything!” he proclaims, his eyes burning with malevolent intent. He bolts off to seize an Action Card in the distance. Yuri starts to chase him, but the ground beneath his feet detonates. As it turns out, Shiunin’s photo was a switch that triggers an explosive when it is torn up.

But Shiunin’s surprises don’t end there. His “real entertainment” is just beginning. He reveals two new cards — Fluffal Fusionist, Pendulum Scale 1, and Fluffal Angel, Pendulum Scale 8 — and Pendulum summons Edge Imp Cotton Eater, a flying sphere-shaped monster with teeth made of deadly blades.

Yuya and Yuri can’t believe what they’ve just seen. Another duelist performing a Pendulum summoning?!

Shun Kurosaki, watching the duel from a control room at LC headquarters, is just as surprised. Already stunned from the revelation that Reiji Akaba didn’t actually kidnap Shiunin’s sister, Kurosaki now wonders why Shiunin is using Pendulum cards. Akaba reveals the his company developed those cards as prototypes to collect even more data about Yuya.

Shiunin isn’t finished yet. He activates his Pendulum cards’ effects and Fusion summons an even stronger, deadlier monster — Frightfur Daredevil, a pitchfork-carrying doll-like imp. Frightfur Daredevil decimates Chimera Rafflesia, then delivers an electric shock directly to Yuri.

Sora Shiunin enjoying the violence in his duel against Yuri in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 9

Yuri drops to 100 life points and collapses to his hands and knees. His face and clothes are sullied from the assault. Something doesn’t feel right. The force of the impact and damage he has received seem unusually high.

“This is a duel laboratory so I tripled Solid Vision’s damage settings,” laughs Shiunin.

Yuya, saddened by Shiunin’s mean-spirited, hurtful style of entertainment dueling, offers to switch with Yuri. Almost immediately, Yuya grimaces and almost keels over from the damage that his body has taken. But Yuri’s determination won’t be in vain. Yuya musters up the strength to stand tall and continue the fight.

“You’re gonna pay for hurting Yuri!”

Thoughts

Wow, I couldn’t have predicted this. Yuri presented himself as a ferocious, ruthless duelist — someone who could easily slaughter the seemingly innocent Sora Shiunin. But it is Sora who turns out to be the darker, crueler of the two, what with his lies, manipulation, and desire to inflict physical and psychological suffering on others. What an awful person. It’s also clear now that Sora’s monsters are a reflection of his personality. They begin with a cute exterior, but their nastiness bursts through their seams when the duel becomes serious. I do wonder about the girl in Sora’s photograph though. If everything that he has said is truly a lie, then who is she? Someone ‘shopped?

This chapter also demonstrates how much Yuya’s personalities care for each other. Even the cutthroat Yuri does what he does all for the well-being of Yuya. It puts his and Yugo’s destruction of Yuya’s memories in chapter 7 in a better light. What appears like a questionable act is all being done for Yuya’s benefit. It seems to go beyond keeping Yuya from being “sad.” Yuya has friends that want to protect him no matter what.

Yuri is quite the likeable character. Behind his fierceness is a protector, and also someone who isn’t afraid to crack jokes about being a hottie during dire situations. I don’t get the impression that Yuzu likes Yuri, but I guess Yuri just has to make more appearances so we get to see the two interact more. ;)

Speaking of being likeable… The hardcore, no-holds-barred Shun blushed! And Shingo chuckled at him! And Reiji took off his glasses! (But he didn’t open his eyes. C’mon, open your eyes! Let’s see if you’re all like @_@ without your glasses or if you’re a hottie worthy of Yuzu’s attention.) All this on one page?! Haha, there’s been so much cuteness in these chapters recently.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 9: “Fusion vs. Fusion” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 21-22 (April 25, 2016). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, and comiXology.

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[YGO: TAS] Episode 68 – Mad Mai

April 23, 2016 at 8:23 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | Leave a comment
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Mai Valentine under the control of the Orichalcos in YGOTAS episode 68

“What a lovely day” for a new episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged! LittleKuriboh today uploaded episode 68, “Mad Mai,” (on YouTube, TFS), bringing Yugi and the gang face-to-face with Mai Valentine, who is now under the control of the Orichalcos. Look out for some shiny and chrome Mad Max references.

Mai’s new voice, which made a very brief appearance in YGOTAS episode 66, is performed by LK’s talented friend and roommate Caitlyn Muncy (@Boobsmcbalrog).

LK Anime Convention Update: Anime Southwest, FANdom Con

Bad news for Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged fans who were looking forward to seeing LittleKuriboh in Colorado at the end of this month. LK announced that he has had to cancel his appearance at the first-year convention Anime Southwest — and he’s not the only one. There was apparently some kind of drama or misunderstanding among the con’s organizers that led to staffers either getting fired or quitting, and that caused numerous guests to pull out. What a shame.

On the plus side, LK has added one new stop to his calendar: FANdom Con in Fort Walton Beach, Florida! This event will take place from November 11 through 13. LK last guested at FANdom Con in 2014.

I’ve updated my page dedicated to LittleKuriboh’s convention schedule with these two new developments.

Every Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Ever Made on Display in Tokyo

April 18, 2016 at 8:22 pm | Posted in Other Stuff, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 5 Comments

Sign for the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions card exhibit in Shinjuku
Photo by @seiyufan

Seven thousand six hundred forty nine. That’s how many Yu-Gi-Oh! cards there are, and every single one — yes, all 7,649 of them — is on public display right now at the Shinjuku Station in Tokyo to promote the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions movie premiering this Saturday.

The exhibit launched today, April 18, and runs through May 1. If you are in the area and would like to check it out, head to the Shinjuku Station Metro Promenade by the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line. The nearest entry point is Shinjuku Station East Exit A9.

While similar exhibits have made an appearance at Shueisha’s Jump Festa event and at the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship in Kyoto last year, this is the first time the exhibit is available to the public for all passersby to marvel at. Have a look at some photos below from social media.

Displays of cards at the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions card exhibit in Shinjuku
Photo by @heven_to

Lots of cards at the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions card exhibit in Shinjuku
Photo by Inside-Games

Commuters passing by the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions card exhibit in Shinjuku
Photo by @_Kasse_

More cards on display at the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions card exhibit in Shinjuku
Photo by @tktktk1108

More people checking out the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions card exhibit in Shinjuku
Photo by @Souyu_nana

A huge row of card displays at the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions card exhibit in Shinjuku
Photo by @x0jn

A sign and row of card displays at the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions card exhibit in ShinjukuPhoto by @x0jn

Blue-Eyes White Dragon card at the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions card exhibit in Shinjuku
Photo by Shinjuku News Blog

Dark Magician card at the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions card exhibit in Shinjuku
Photo by @xxchas

Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon card at the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions card exhibit in Shinjuku
Photo by Inside-Games

Time Magician, Exodia, Meteor Dragon, and Gate Guardian cards at the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions card exhibit in Shinjuku
Photo by Shinjuku News Blog

The Creator God of Light, Horakhty card at the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions card exhibit in Shinjuku
The Creator God of Light, Horakhty signed by Kazuki Takahashi.
Photo by @apechi

Choco Magician Girl and Blue-Eyes White Dragon cards at the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions card exhibit in Shinjuku
This Blue-Eyes White Dragon is the newest Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG card to be printed.
Photo by @178tei

Kazuki Takahashi's movie poster at the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions card exhibit in Shinjuku
Photo by Inside-Games

Message from Kazuki Takahashi on display at the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions card exhibit in Shinjuku
Photo by @elestial

The history of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise on display at the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions card exhibit in Shinjuku
Photo by Shinjuku News Blog

Yugi, Kaiba, Aigami, and their monsters at the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions card exhibit in Shinjuku
Photo by @elestial

Movie characters and voice actors display at the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions card exhibit in Shinjuku
Photo by @kisaragi21_YT

Movie poster and logo at the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions card exhibit in Shinjuku
Photo by @178tei

Wow… That’s all I really can say about these displays.

(News from Kotaku, h/t Yu-Gi-Oh! Fan Page)

New Nintendo 3DS Yu-Gi-Oh! Game Title, Characters Revealed

April 18, 2016 at 12:57 am | Posted in Konami, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Saikyou no Card Battle! Nintendo 3DS game announcement in Shueisha's 2016 Weekly Shonen Jump issue 20

The upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! game for the Nintendo 3DS first announced at Jump Festa in December 2015 finally has a name: Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Saikyou no Card Battle! (Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters Strongest Card Battle!). That’s the word from the 20th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, out today on newsstands in Japan. The announcement also reveals that the game will introduce many new characters, four of which were previewed:

  • The unnamed male protagonist, pictured above wearing red
  • Guide-san, wearing white, a support character who helps the player duel
  • Psychic Tendou, wearing green, a duelist who uses psychic-type monsters
  • Strong 19, wearing brown, a duelist who uses monsters with high attack points

The game is slated for a release in summer 2016 and will be available worldwide.

Free Manga: Complete Yu-Gi-Oh! Series on Shonen Jump+ This Week

April 17, 2016 at 7:55 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Japanese, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Banner announcing the Yu-Gi-Oh! 343-Chapter Free Campaign on Shonen Jump+

To celebrate the premiere of the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions movie this Saturday in Japan, Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ digital manga platform announced today that it is letting readers check out the entire Japanese Yu-Gi-Oh! manga series for free for a limited time! The “Yu-Gi-Oh! 343-Chapter Free Campaign” will offer all of the chapters of one story arc each day this week. Each arc will be available for 24 hours. Volume 1 will be available for the entire week.

Check out the campaign’s website to read the manga. The covers that are lit up are the ones that are currently available.

The story arcs will be released at midnight (Japan Standard Time) on the following days:

  • April 18: Volume 1, Chapter 1 through Volume 2, Chapter 25 (School Arc)
  • April 19: Volume 3, Chapter 26 through Volume 4, Chapter 59 (Death-T and RPG Arcs)
  • April 20: Volume 5, Chapter 60 through Volume 9, Chapter 133 (Duelist Kingdom Arc)
  • April 21: Volume 10, Chapter 134 through 145 (Dungeon Dice Monsters Arc)
  • April 22: Volume 10, Chapter 146 through Volume 18, Chapter 278 (Battle City Arc)
  • April 23: Volume 19, Chapter 279 through Volume 22, Chapter 343 (Pharaoh’s Memory Arc)

If you’ve ever wanted to check out the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga in Japanese for free, here’s your chance! These chapters are available to everyone, not just to readers in Japan. And, they are the “bunko” editions (“bunkoban” — small-sized paperback edition), which haven’t been published in English and which include updated illustrations and text.

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