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Two-part extension will serve to tie comic to upcoming anime movie.

Regardless of whether they were reading the Japanese-language original or the English translated version, it’s been a long time since fans of the Yi-Gi-Oh! franchise have had any new manga to read. After beginning its serialization in the pages of Japanese manga anthology Weekly Shonen Jump in 1996, the last Yu-Gi-Oh! chapter, #343, was published in Japan in March of 2004, and released in North America in 2008.

But there’s a brand new Yu-Gi-Oh! movie on the way soon, and one that acts as a direct sequel to the manga by Kazuki Takahashi. As such, Takahashi is taking up his pen once again and creating two new chapters for the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga, which will function as a bridge connecting the story of the comic to that of the franchise’s upcoming theatrical feature.

▼ The trailer for Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions

The new chapters will appear in Issues 19 and 20 of Weekly Shonen Jump, which are scheduled to hit newsstands next month. Issue 19 will also include a trading card for the Yu-Gi-Oh! collectable card game, similar to the promotions the magazine often ran during the manga series’ heyday. Granted, Weekly Shonen Jump’s industry-topping circulation ensures that the card will be fairly common, and thus probably not particularly powerful, but still, it should be a prized collector’s item amongst hardcore fans.

Issue 19 of Weekly Shonen Jump goes on sale April 11, with Issue 20 coming exactly one week later on April 18, which should give readers a few days to absorb and digest the new manga content ahead of the theatrical opening of Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions on April 23.

Source: IT Media
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