Shangri-La Frontier

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Shangri-La Frontier
Shangri-La Frontier volume 1.png
Cover of the first volume of the manga series
シャングリラ・フロンティア~クソゲーハンター、神ゲーに挑まんとす~
(Shangurira Furontia ~ Kusogē hantā, Kamigē ni Idoman to su ~)
GenreAction[1]
Novel series
Written byKatarina
Published byShōsetsuka ni Narō
Original runMay 2017 – present
Manga
Written byKatarina
Illustrated byRyosuke Fuji
Published byKodansha
English publisher
ImprintShōnen Magazine Comics
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Magazine
DemographicShōnen
Original runJuly 15, 2020 – present
Volumes10 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byToshiyuki Kubooka
Written byKazuyuki Fudeyasu
Music byMonaca
StudioC2C
Licensed byCrunchyroll
Original run 2023 scheduled
Game
DeveloperNetmarble Nexus
PublisherNetmarble

Shangri-La Frontier[a] is a Japanese web novel series written by Katarina. Its serialization began on the novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō in May 2017. No printed version of the novel series has been published yet. A manga adaptation, illustrated by Ryosuke Fuji, has been serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine since July 2020. An anime television series adaptation by C2C is set to premiere in 2023.

Plot[edit]

The story is set in the near future, where games that use old-fashioned display screens are classified as retro games, while full-dive VR games have become commonplace. As a result of these games becoming mainstream, there exist many so-called "trash games": rushed, full of glitches, faulty games, the systems of which have not kept up with the improved visual technology. Rakuro Hizutome (陽務楽郎, Hizutome Rakurō), is a "trash game hunter", a great admirer of these usually shameful games, which he plays with the nickname Sunraku (サンラク), until he's able to master them regardless of the difficulty due to their glitches. Rakuro has cleared the oversized "Faeria Chronicle Online" trash game, and is suffering a sort of burnout syndrome. At the suggestion of the owner of his favorite game store, "RockRoll", he buys the best-selling and excellent "Shangri-La Frontier", a full-dive VR game with 30 million registered players. He enters the world of Shangri-La Frontier as the player character Sunraku, where all the skills he has attained as an expert trash game hunter will come in handy as he progresses in the game.

Characters[edit]

Sunraku (サンラク) / Rakurō Hizutome (陽務 楽郎, Hizutome Rakurō)
Voiced by: Yuma Uchida[2]
Saiga 0 (サイガ-0, Saiga Zero) / Rei Saiga (斎賀 玲, Saiga Rei)
Voiced by: Azumi Waki[2]
Arthur Pencilgon (アーサー・ペンシルゴン, Āsā Penshirugon) / Towa Amane (天音 永遠, Amane Towa)
Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa[2]
Oicazzo (オイカッツォ, Oikattso) / Kei Uomi (魚臣 慧, Uomi Kei)
Voiced by: Makoto Koichi[2]
Emul (エムル, Emuru)
Voiced by: Rina Hidaka[2]
Viceash (ヴァイスアッシュ, Vaisuasshu)
Voiced by: Akio Otsuka[2]

Production[edit]

The author Katarina read The Irregular at Magic High School on Shōsetsuka ni Narō while living overseas. He found the novel interesting and therefore started to think of writing novels. At that time, reincarnation-type stories were popular in that website and there was a period that he read only fantasy stories. However, he once read a virtual reality-type story and found it very amazing. Inspired by that work, he started writing Shangri-La Frontier.[3]

The anime project was initiated in February 2020, which was before the serialization of the manga series.[4]

Media[edit]

Web novel[edit]

The series written by Katarina was serialized online from May 2017 on the user-generated novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō.[5] No printed version of the novel series has been published yet.

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation illustrated by Ryosuke Fuji has been serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine since July 15, 2020.[6] Kodansha has collected its chapters into individual tankōbon volumes. The first volume was released on October 16, 2020.[7] A promotional video, narrated by Azumi Waki and featuring Yuma Uchida as Sunraku, was posted on July 7, 2021, for the series' first anniversary.[8] As of September 16, 2022, ten volumes have been released.[9]

In North America, Kodansha USA announced the English language digital release of the manga in November 2020.[10] In November 2021, Kodansha USA announced that they would begin releasing the series in print,[11] with the first volume set to be released on September 6, 2022.

Volume list[edit]

No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 October 16, 2020[7][12]978-4-06-521529-6
978-4-06-521802-0 (LE)
December 8, 2020 (digital)
September 6, 2022 (print)[13]
978-1-64-651482-3
2 December 17, 2020[14][15]978-4-06-521801-3
978-4-06-521529-6 (LE)
February 23, 2021 (digital)[16]
October 18, 2022 (print)[17]
978-1-64-651483-0
3 March 17, 2021[18][19]978-4-06-522220-1
978-4-06-522219-5 (LE)
August 3, 2021 (digital)[20]
December 27, 2022 (print)[21]
978-1-64-651484-7
4 June 17, 2021[22][23]978-4-06-523584-3
978-4-06-523585-0 (LE)
November 9, 2021 (digital)[24]
February 21, 2023 (print)[25]
978-1-64-651485-4
5 August 17, 2021[26][27]978-4-06-524483-8
978-4-06-524502-6 (LE)
January 11, 2022 (digital)[28]978-1-63-699557-1
6 November 17, 2021[29][30]978-4-06-526001-2
978-4-06-526002-9 (LE)
May 3, 2022 (digital)[31]978-1-68-491161-5
7 January 17, 2022[32][33]978-4-06-526603-8
978-4-06-526604-5 (LE)
September 13, 2022 (digital)[34]978-1-68-491427-2
8 April 15, 2022[35][36]978-4-06-527530-6
978-4-06-527528-3 (LE)
November 1, 2022 (digital)[37]978-1-68-491531-6
9 July 15, 2022[38][39]978-4-06-528432-2
978-4-06-528433-9 (LE)
10 September 16, 2022[9][40]978-4-06-529136-8
978-4-06-529137-5 (LE)

Anime[edit]

On July 7, 2022, an anime television series adaptation produced by C2C was announced.[2] The series will be directed by Toshiyuki Kubooka, with Hiroki Ikeshita serving as assistant director, Kazuyuki Fudeyasu supervising and writing the series' scripts, Ayumi Kurashima designing the characters, and Monaca composing the music. It is set to premiere in 2023.[2] Crunchyroll has licensed the series.[41]

Video game[edit]

On July 7, 2022, a video game developed by Netmarble Nexus and published by Netmarble was announced.[2]

Reception[edit]

The manga series ranked #11 on the "Nationwide Bookstore Employees' Recommended Comics of 2021" by the Honya Club website.[42][43] The series was placed 5th in the 2021 Next Manga Award in the print category.[44] The manga has been nominated for the 46th Kodansha Manga Award in the shōnen category in 2022.[45]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Japanese: シャングリラ・フロンティア~クソゲーハンター、神ゲーに挑まんとす~, Hepburn: Shangurira Furontia ~ Kusogē hantā, Kamigē ni Idoman to su ~, lit. "Shangri-La Frontier: Crappy Game Hunter Challenges God-Tier Game"

References[edit]

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  3. ^ 特別対談! 『シャングリラ・フロンティア』原作、硬梨菜先生特別対談!! WEB小説から広がる世界!!. 講談社 (in Japanese). October 14, 2020. Retrieved September 22, 2021.
  4. ^ 『シャングリラ・フロンティア シャンフロチャンネル』 #49 (2022.7.19配信)/パーソナリティー:和氣あず未. Magazine Channel (YouTube) (in Japanese). July 19, 2022. Retrieved September 4, 2022.
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  18. ^ シャングリラ・フロンティア(3) ~クソゲーハンター、神ゲーに挑まんとす~ (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved March 19, 2021.
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  20. ^ "Shangri-La Frontier, Volume 3". Kodansha USA. Retrieved July 7, 2021.
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  29. ^ シャングリラ・フロンティア(6) ~クソゲーハンター、神ゲーに挑まんとす~ (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved November 24, 2021.
  30. ^ シャングリラ・フロンティア(6)エキスパンションパス ~クソゲーハンター、神ゲーに挑まんとす~ (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved November 24, 2021.
  31. ^ "Shangri-La Frontier, Volume 6". Kodansha USA. Retrieved July 10, 2022.
  32. ^ シャングリラ・フロンティア(7) ~クソゲーハンター、神ゲーに挑まんとす~ (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved May 3, 2022.
  33. ^ シャングリラ・フロンティア(7)エキスパンションパス ~クソゲーハンター、神ゲーに挑まんとす~ (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved May 3, 2022.
  34. ^ "Shangri-La Frontier, Volume 7". Kodansha USA. Retrieved August 4, 2022.
  35. ^ シャングリラ・フロンティア(8) ~クソゲーハンター、神ゲーに挑まんとす~ (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved May 3, 2022.
  36. ^ シャングリラ・フロンティア(8)エキスパンションパス ~クソゲーハンター、神ゲーに挑まんとす~ (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved May 3, 2022.
  37. ^ "Shangri-La Frontier, Volume 8". Kodansha USA. Retrieved November 27, 2022.
  38. ^ シャングリラ・フロンティア(9) ~クソゲーハンター、神ゲーに挑まんとす~ (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved July 10, 2022.
  39. ^ シャングリラ・フロンティア(9)エキスパンションパス ~クソゲーハンター、神ゲーに挑まんとす~ (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved July 10, 2022.
  40. ^ シャングリラ・フロンティア(10)エキスパンションパス ~クソゲーハンター、神ゲーに挑まんとす~ (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved October 17, 2022.
  41. ^ Loo, Egan (July 17, 2022). "Crunchyroll to Stream Shangri-La Frontier, Skip and Loafer Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 17, 2022.
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  43. ^ 全国書店員が選んだおすすめマンガ、今年の1位は「わたしの幸せな結婚」. Natalie (in Japanese). Natasha, Inc. January 29, 2021. Retrieved April 15, 2021.
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