VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump Removes Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game Manga

February 8, 2019 at 6:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Seto Kaiba taking a hit from an enemy attack in Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game manga

Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game abruptly disappeared today from VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump platform. The two-part manga by Kazuki Takahashi bridges the gap between the conclusion of Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium World and the events in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions. All the other Yu-Gi-Oh! titles are still available to read.

I’ve reached out to VIZ Media to inquire about the removal and will post an update if I learn anything new.

VIZ Media originally published Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game in two digital issues of Weekly Shonen Jump in late December 2016 and early January 2017. The title was also added to VIZ Media’s old free manga section, where it was available to read between January 16 and March 8, 2017. The first part of the manga received a print edition in Scholastic’s Weekly Shonen Jump Spring 2017 Jump Pack.

‘MANGA Plus by SHUEISHA’ Service Offers Free Manga Globally

January 28, 2019 at 12:00 am | Posted in ARC-V, Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Advertisement for MANGA Plus by Shueisha

Shueisha, the Japanese publisher of Weekly Shonen Jump and one of the owners of the Yu-Gi-Oh! property, has entered the direct global manga distribution scene with MANGA Plus, a new manga website and Android and iOS app.

MANGA Plus by SHUEISHA offers free English-language simulpubs of numerous series from Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump, Jump SQ, V Jump, and Shonen Jump+ publications, including Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V. Many of the available titles have never been released in English before! At launch, MANGA Plus offers over 30 simulpubs. Readers will also be able to buy graphic novel volumes of certain titles.

Unlike VIZ Media’s new Shonen Jump initiative, Shueisha’s MANGA Plus platform does not include a back catalog. However, Shueisha plans to serialize completed series, one chapter at a time, through MANGA Plus. There is no word yet whether Yu-Gi-Oh! or its many spin-offs will be included in this line-up.

But the biggest difference is in its availability. MANGA Plus is accessible in every country in the world, except Japan, China, and South Korea. This differs from VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump, which only serves English-speaking markets. For now, MANGA Plus is available just in English, but a Spanish version is forthcoming.

There is truly no better time to be a manga fan than today!

(News from ANN 1, 2)

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 42: ‘Two G.O.D.s!!’

January 20, 2019 at 10:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Divine Go-D/D/D Zero King Zero God Reiji's attack name in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 42
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: the most godly card effects, monster names, and attack names

It’s God-Eyes versus Go-D/D/D with the fate of G.O.D. on the line! Making good on his promise to become a god, Reiji Akaba summons Divine Go-D/D/D Zero King Zero God Reiji. He uses its special ability, which renders all of Yuya’s monsters on his field, his spells and traps, and the cards in his hand and graveyard as nonexistent. Worse yet, after Zero God attacks, Yuya’s life points will immediately drop to zero! Yuya’s friends look on helplessly as the monster hurls its fist at Yuya.

As Yuya braces for the impact, he tributes ClassiKuriboh from his Pendulum zone to negate the attack. Zero God’s fist pauses an inch away from Yuya’s face. Yuya is safe for now, but Akaba boasts about his monster’s strength and proclaims that he will still win the duel and inherit the power of G.O.D. that his father left him. Yuya wonders if they are dealing with too much power here. Nevertheless, Akaba’s dueltaining gets him all fired up to continue.

A new Action Card appears overhead and the young president is already in flight to snag it. Yuya uses his Solid Vision skills to craft a cannon and launches himself toward the card, passing Akaba and snagging it with his teeth. But his unwieldy speed causes him to crash face first into a rock wall and knock himself out.

Lying on his back and facing the sky, Yuya slowly comes to. He sees the G.O.D. card floating high above the field. He reminisces about his father and why he stopped his work as a Solid Vision researcher to pursue Dueltaining instead. It was all to make another person smile — the brilliant but far-too-serious father of Reiji Akaba.

Just as Reiji Akaba’s father left something for Reiji, Yuya’s father entrusted something to Yuya. Yuya now understands that he must inherit this power. With his father and brothers’ support, Yuya knows he is able to keep moving forward.

Yuya stands up. With renewed energy in his eyes, he knows what he must do in this duel…

Thoughts

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is truly pushing the boundaries for what is considered a reasonable ability within the game. I guess that’s to be expected when the entire story is about “gods.” But just when you think card effects can’t get any more outrageous, they do.

This chapter is all about Reiji Akaba’s monster. And this was pretty much my reaction the whole time seeing it in play:

Yuya Sakaki's you-gotta-be-kidding-me face in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 42

There is a point where a situation changes from being suspenseful to being downright unfair and I do think Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V frequently pushes this boundary, perhaps in more intense ways than any other previous series.

With that in mind, the ending of this chapter — with Yuya deciding to make the duel about himself and Reiji and not about the gods — feels like the right way to go. Let’s see what these two can do when they aren’t being overshadowed by larger-than-life monsters. Let’s bring back the emotions that shape these characters and fuel their motivations.

Speaking of which, I enjoyed seeing Yugo, Yuto, and Yuri again this chapter. This served as a nice breather amid the harsh dueling.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 42: “Two G.O.D.s!!” is available now for free in VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump. You can read it on the web or using the Shonen Jump Android or iOS app.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 41: “Reiji’s Power!!”

Next chapter:
Coming soon

Also available now:
– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 41: ‘Reiji’s Power!!’

December 20, 2018 at 10:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Reiji Akaba and his scarf take to the skies in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 41
“Pretty much” is an understatement

It’s one power play after another as Yuya Sakaki faces off against Reiji Akaba in their final duel, with the future of the G.O.D. card hanging in the balance.

Yuya summons Clearwing Fast Dragon, but Akaba’s D/D Dog negates its effect and prevents it from attacking, rendering it useless. Undeterred, Yuya surprises Akaba with a Fusion summon using Clearwing as a material, calling forth Starving Venemy Dragon. But when Akaba is able to counter with another D/D Dog, Yuya uses Starving Venemy to help pave the way for Dark Anthelion Dragon. Akaba is ready for him again, summoning a third D/D Dog to stop Dark Anthelion in its tracks. Yuya Pendulum summons Clearwing and Starving Venemy back to the field, but Akaba negates their effects and ability to attack as well.

In spite of the president’s frustrating plays, Yuya reveals that he anticipated all of that. He tributes all three of his monsters to call God-Eyes Phantom Dragon. But Yuya’s ability to attack is a no-go when Akaba again seals it away, this time by using a spell that transforms all of his D/D monsters into Go-D/D monsters.

Reiji Akaba has one more trick hidden in his scarf. Using the Pendulum effect of Go-D/D Ark, he is able to summon one Pendulum monster while ignoring his Pendulum scales. A massive portal appears overhead. God-Eyes cries out while Eve’s companions grab their heads as they feel a painful, pulsating sensation.

Akaba points to the heavens, unveiling his Adam Factor powers as his ultimate monster descends: Divine Go-D/D/D Zero King Zero God Reiji!

Thoughts

This duel is so intense. It’s one summoning and effect after another, offering practically no time to breathe. It’s also really discouraging. Reiji Akaba really doesn’t want Yuya to make any plays. Thank goodness the president and his scarf are there to lighten the mood with their antics.

It’s amazing to see all of the Sakaki brothers’ signature dragons summoned one after the other. Even when things look bad for them, Yuya makes sure a monster is never wasted by using it to help summon the others. There’s just one error in all of this: Yuya performs an Xyz summon using tokens. Doh! Even I know that’s not allowed.

New Kuriboh monsters! Yay! And they’re musically themed. I can’t wait for ClassiKuriboh and BaroKuriboh to be joined by ElectrofunKuriboh, Honky-TonKuriboh, and K[uriboh]-Pop.

However, none of this holds a candle to the insane ending. Reiji Akaba manages to summon a divine monster version of himself! Scarf and all. What?! I have no words for this.

The arrival of Divine Go-D/D/D Zero King Zero God Reiji in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 41

Is this the first time that a character has summoned a monster that looks like, and shares the same name as, himself?

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 41: “Reiji’s Power!!” is available now for free in VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump. You can read it on the web or using the Shonen Jump Android or iOS app.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 40: “The Adam Factors!!”

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 42: “Two G.O.D.s!!”

Also available now:
– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4

How to Read Every Yu-Gi-Oh! Manga Ever for Only $1.99

December 17, 2018 at 9:00 pm | Posted in 5D's, ARC-V, Duel Monsters, GX, Series 1, The Dark Side of Dimensions, Yu-Gi-Oh!, ZEXAL | 7 Comments
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Pegasus enjoying gorgonzola cheese, wine, and a comic in Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist chapter 14

How much Yu-Gi-Oh! manga can you read in a month? With the arrival of VIZ Media’s new Shonen Jump today, it is now possible to read every Yu-Gi-Oh! and Yu-Gi-Oh! spin-off manga ever — that’s over 600 chapters and counting! — for just $1.99.

Yu-Gi-Oh! is only one series available in Shonen Jump’s vault of over 10,000 chapters, which is accessible for $1.99 per month. Almost all of the biggest Jump titles — Yu-Gi-Oh!, Bleach, Dragon Ball, My Hero Academia, Naruto, One Piece — are there. At launch, there are almost 90 titles, but more are on their way. How is VIZ making money on this?!

New users can receive a free seven-day trial to the vault by signing up on the web or using the Shonen Jump iOS or Android app. Current WSJ magazine subscribers, your membership already gives you access to the vault.

Here are the links to the Yu-Gi-Oh! series:

If there is a Jump imprint title that you want to read but it’s not available right at launch, rest assured that VIZ is fully aware of it. “We are working on it,” said Shonen Jump Editor in Chief Andy Nakatani in last week’s SJ podcast.

And if you enjoy a series and want to support it even more, please consider buying the graphic novel volumes, which contain additional content not seen with these individual chapters.

Happy reading!

Update (February 8, 2019): Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game is no longer available.

Free Manga: Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Simulpub Continues on December 20

December 10, 2018 at 3:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yuya smiling and describing Eve and her companions in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 28
Yuya is talking about the upcoming chapters

VIZ Media’s Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga will continue in its new Shonen Jump. And not only that, but instead of releasing it only on Mondays with other weekly series, it will now come out on the same day as Japan, even if that day isn’t a Monday. That’s the word from today’s issue of VIZ’s Weekly Shonen Jump (the final traditional magazine-style issue!).

The next chapter of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 41, is scheduled for release on Thursday, December 20.

Best of all, you will be able to read the three latest chapters of the Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V simulpub — and all of the other Jump simulpubs — for free! All of the older chapters will be available in the Shonen Jump vault, accessible for $1.99 per month.

In Japan, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is published in V Jump, a monthly magazine that is released the third week of each month, often on the 21st. Previously, VIZ Media published Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in its WSJ magazine on the closest Monday immediately following V Jump’s release. If V Jump came out on a Monday, VIZ would also publish ARC-V on the same Monday. But if V Jump came out on a Tuesday or later, VIZ wouldn’t be able to publish ARC-V until the Monday of the following week.

But now, with the end of VIZ’s weekly magazine format, this restriction no longer exists; ARC-V will become a bona fide simulpub. Because of time zone differences with Japan, readers in some parts of the world (like the U.S.) will actually get to read ARC-V on the 20th instead of the 21st. It’s like manga from the future!

The New Shonen Jump: Free Simulpubs and a 10,000-Chapter Back Catalog

December 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm | Posted in Other Stuff | 5 Comments
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New English-language Shonen Jump logo unveiled in December 2018

Free manga simulpubs! Access to a back catalog of more than 10,000 chapters! The manga dream has come true.

VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump magazine has been delighting English manga readers since 2002. The past six years, VIZ has been publishing new Jump chapters the same day they are released in Japan in its Weekly Shonen Jump digital magazine. Today, VIZ Media announced that Shonen Jump is undergoing its biggest transformation to date. Gone are its digital magazine and annual subscription. Instead, starting December 17, Shonen Jump will offer simulpubs for free.

Furthermore, readers who want even more manga can access the Shonen Jump back catalog containing over 10,000 chapters for $1.99 per month. “Nearly every” Shonen Jump title will be available, says VIZ. New users will be able to test out the service with a free seven-day trial. Current annual subscribers of WSJ will have their memberships automatically converted to the new Shonen Jump membership and will also receive three additional months for free.

For more information, watch the announcement video from Hisashi Sakaki, VP of Global Shonen Jump at VIZ Media, and check out VIZ’s announcement page. Current WSJ subscribers will also want to read the FAQs.

The New Shonen Jump and Yu-Gi-Oh!

VIZ’s announcement does not specifically say that the ongoing Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga is among the titles being simulpubbed in the new Shonen Jump. In Japan, the series runs in Shueisha’s monthly V Jump magazine. However, since it is a title that is currently serialized in VIZ’s WSJ magazine, it would be a big shock if it weren’t also included in the new Shonen Jump. (Of note, Dragon Ball Super, which also runs in V Jump and is already simulpubbed by VIZ for free, is specifically named as one of the titles included in the new Shonen Jump.)

VIZ also does not name any of the titles included in its vault of 10,000 chapters. Are any of the past Yu-Gi-Oh! series included? Almost of them have been serialized in VIZ’s print or digital Shonen Jump magazines. And all of them are already available for sale digitally anyway. We’ll just have to wait until December 17 to see what’s in the back catalog.

What about the semiannual WSJ Jump Pack print magazines sold at Scholastic book fairs? There’s no word yet on what will happen to these. I’ve reached out to VIZ and will post an update once I have more information.

With the end of the English Shonen Jump magazine also comes the end of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG promos. Annual subscribers will receive a final special set of four cards in the mail.

Update (December 10): The Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V simulpub will continue!

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 40: ‘The Adam Factors!!’

November 26, 2018 at 9:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Reiji Akaba transforming his scarf into a boomerang in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 40

Just as Yuya Sakaki decides to destroy the G.O.D. card, Reiji Akaba walks through the doorway. Akaba, his voice cool and collected, demands the card from Yuya. But when Yuya questions his motives, Akaba reveals a more impassioned side: he wants to harness the card’s unlimited powers to control all of space-time!

“No human being can control something like that!” Yuya pleads.

“I can,” replies Akaba. “And to that end, I must become a god.”

Beyond that, to destroy the G.O.D. card is to destroy the work of their fathers and all that has transpired in their era, continues Akaba. It would be a tragedy to scientific discovery to throw it away before learning its truth.

Yuya smiles and proposes an Action Duel to settle things once and for all.

Akaba reveals that he is even more powerful than before because he now possesses not only his own Adam Factor but Adam’s portion as well. He vows to crush Yuya and his Action Duel.

Yuya and Akaba extend their arms forward, calling forth the power of Adam Factor. The ground immediately begins to tremble, and before they know it, the roots and branches of a monstrous tree have erupted through the ground, coiling up toward the sky and lifting them off the ground. Upon this Adam Factor tree, they will decide the fate of G.O.D.

A huge tree forms when Yuya Sakaki and Reiji Akaba combine their Adam Factor powers in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga chapter 40

Yuya begins the duel by attempting secure two Action Cards, but Akaba thwarts him both times. Akaba sets his Pendulum scales and summons D/D Dog, a sharp-fanged giant bulldog. Yuya plays two Speedroid monsters and Synchro summons Clearwing Fast Dragon.

On the ground below, Isaac and Ren enter through the doorway to observe the duel. Though G.O.D.’s defeat has healed their scarred bodies, they know that the their future still rests in Yuya and Akaba’s final duel.

Thoughts

First you defeat god, then you go on to defeat your rival. Truly, this is the way that the greatest shonen stories must play out! So when I saw Reiji Akaba confront Yuya at the end of last chapter, I knew that this showdown was inevitable. But Reiji’s reasons for challenging Yuya are different than I expected. I would have thought that the pair would want to duel to clear their fathers’ good names.

The more the story progresses, the vaguer the powers of the Adam Factor seem to be. Like the Millennium Items of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga, it’s not well defined what the Adam Factor can and can’t do and how its power is divided up. Only now are we learning that Adam split the power into three equal parts, and that the power can be transferred.

I hope I am not the only one who is confused why Adam would want to give Reiji the power to take G.O.D. “Scientific discovery”? What a load. Adam admits that the best course of action is to eliminate that power. He has experienced firsthand how G.O.D. has damaged his and his friends’ lives, and now he wants to give that power to some kid?

Thank you, Shin Yoshida and Naohito Miyoshi, for pulling out all the stops and making Reiji Akaba’s scarf such a versatile, magnificent thing. This is what readers wanted! Right?!

Now that I think about it, this is the real power of the Adam Factor, isn’t it? It gives Reiji the ability to use his ten-foot long scarf to its fullest extent. Prehensile threads? Grappling hook? Boomerang? Nothing is impossible for the president and his scarf!

Looks like Eve has left her companions behind while she elopes with Adam or whatever. She doesn’t even bother checking to see if they are okay. Real nice.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 40: “The Adam Factors!!” is available now in VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump No. 52 (November 26, 2018). Grab the issue from VIZ, Amazon, comiXology, and Google Play Books.

Previous chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 39: “Across Time and Space!!”

Next chapter:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Scale 41: “Reiji’s Power!!”

Also available now:
– Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Manga Volume 4 Available Now

November 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Cover of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Volume 4, from VIZ Media, digital edition

The latest Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V graphic novel is out today from VIZ Media. Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Volume 4, “Immortal Beings!!” includes chapters 20 through 25, first seen in Weekly Shonen Jump. Pick up the print edition for $9.99 or the digital edition for $6.99.

When Ren makes a grand reappearance after being summoned by Yuya for a duel, Yugo seizes the opportunity to settle the score with a Turbo Duel. But when Yugo’s consciousness begins fading in the middle of the action, Yuya is forced to take over. Does he have the skills to win after training on a Duel Runner for only a short period of time? Then, Reiji Akaba meets one of Eve’s assassins, Isaac, for a duel in outer space. But Isaac isn’t just another duelist. As a friend and classmate of Adam and Eve, Isaac knows all about the origin of Genesis Omega Dragon. What answers will Akaba get from this mysterious scientist?

This issue’s extras spotlight the signature dragons of Yuya, Yuto, Yugo, and Yuri. Illustrator Naohito Miyoshi shows off early design sketches of Odd-Eyes Phantom Dragon, Dark Anthelion Dragon, Clear Wing Fast Dragon, and Starving Venemy Dragon and comments on their naming and designs. The print edition of this manga also includes an Ultra Rare White Aura Bihamut card, Ren’s fearsome new Synchro monster that makes its first appearance in this volume.

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V Manga Volume 3 Available Now

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in VIZ’s Fall 2018 WSJ Jump Pack

October 27, 2018 at 10:00 am | Posted in ARC-V, Yu-Gi-Oh! | Leave a comment
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Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V manga panel in the Weekly Shonen Jump Fall 2018 Jump Pack and an Apprentice Illusion Magician promo card

The print edition of VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is back again with the Fall 2018 Jump Pack. This semiannual 96-page magazine is available now at your nearest U.S. Scholastic book fair and previews three popular titles and a new science fiction adventure series. Here is what you can look forward to:

  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, chapter 5
  • Astra Lost in Space, chapter 1
  • Dragon Ball Super, chapter 3
  • My Hero Academia, chapter 6

As usual, Yu-Gi-Oh! collectors and new duelists won’t want to miss the extras:

  • An Ultra Rare Apprentice Illusion Magician card (JMPS-EN007), a reprint of the wildly popular WSJ subscriber-exclusive promo card from 2017.
  • A coupon for any one Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Starter Deck, redeemable at your neighborhood Official Tournament Store (OTS).
  • A double-sided fold-out Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG beginner’s guide with game mat.
  • A 20-card Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG demo deck that accompanies the guide.
  • A promo code for $5 off a one-year subscription (48 issues) of VIZ’s digital Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, where you can find simulpubbed manga like Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V.

Look for the Weekly Shonen Jump Fall 2018 Jump Pack at Scholastic book fairs in thousands of schools across the U.S. for $10.99. You don’t need to be affiliated with a school to shop at its book fair. Everyone is welcome, and a portion of all sales are given back to the school. Read some great manga and financially support a local school!

Previously:
Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V in VIZ’s Spring 2018 WSJ Jump Pack

Cover of VIZ Media's Weekly Shonen Jump Fall 2018 Jump Pack

Table of Contents of the Weekly Shonen Jump Fall 2018 Jump Pack

Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG cards and extras included with the Weekly Shonen Jump Fall 2018 Jump Pack

Close-up of the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Apprentice Illusion Magician card included with the Weekly Shonen Jump Fall 2018 Jump Pack

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