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Shangri-La Frontier
First tankōbon volume cover of the manga adaptation, featuring Sunraku
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)
Genre
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
Volumes17
Anime television series
Directed byToshiyuki Kubooka
Written byKazuyuki Fudeyasu
Music by
  • Ryūichi Takada
  • Kuniyuki Takahashi
  • Keiichi Hirokawa
StudioC2C
Licensed byCrunchyroll
Original networkJNN (MBS, TBS)
Original run October 1, 2023 – present
Episodes25
Video game
DeveloperNetmarble Nexus
PublisherNetmarble
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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. A manga adaptation, illustrated by Ryosuke Fuji, has been serialized in Kodansha's shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Magazine since July 2020. An anime television series adaptation produced by C2C aired from October 2023 to March 2024. A second season is set to premiere in October 2024.

By April 2024, the manga had over 8 million copies in circulation. It won the 47th Kodansha Manga Award in the shōnen category 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 is a "trash game hunter", a great admirer of these usually shameful games, which he plays with the nickname Sunraku, until he is 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 Sunraku, his bird-masked player character, 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, Sanraku) / Rakurō Hizutome (陽務 楽郎, Hizutome Rakurō)
Voiced by: Yuma Uchida[2] (Japanese); Eric Vale[3] (English)
Psyger-0 (サイガ-0, Saiga Zero) / Rei Saiga (斎賀 玲, Saiga Rei)
Voiced by: Azumi Waki[2] (Japanese); Corey Pettit[3] (English)
Arthur Pencilgon (アーサー・ペンシルゴン, Āsā Penshirugon) / Towa Amane (天音 永遠, Amane Towa)
Voiced by: Yoko Hikasa[2] (Japanese); Brianna Roberts[4] (English)
Oikatzo (オイカッツォ, Oikattso) / Kei Uomi (魚臣 慧, Uomi Kei)
Voiced by: Makoto Koichi[2] (Japanese); Brittney Karbowski[4] (English)
Emul (エムル, Emuru)
Voiced by: Rina Hidaka[2] (Japanese); Molly Zhang[3] (English)
Vysache (ヴァイスアッシュ, Vaisuasshu)
Voiced by: Akio Otsuka[2] (Japanese); Christopher Guerrero[4] (English)
Psyger-100 (サイガ-100, Saiga Handoreddo)[5] / Momo Saiga (斎賀 百, Saiga Momo)
Voiced by: Yumiri Hanamori[6] (Japanese); Morgan Berry[4] (English)
Animalia (アニマリア, Animaria)
Voiced by: Sayaka Senbongi[6] (Japanese); Kelsey Maher[4] (English)
Orcelott (オルスロット, Orusurotto)
Voiced by: Seiichiro Yamashita[6] (Japanese); Sonny Strait[4] (English)
Bilac (ビィラック, Byirakku)
Voiced by: Miyu Tomita[7] (Japanese); Lindsay Seidel[4] (English)
Peatz (ピーツ, Pītsu)
Voiced by: Satsumi Matsuda[8] (Japanese); Tabitha Garland[4] (English)
Setsuna Amatsuki / Setsuna of Bygone Days (遠き日のセツナ, Tōki Hi no Setsuna)
Voiced by: Asami Seto[9] (Japanese); Megan Shipman[4] (English)
Wethermon the Tombguard (墓守のウェザエモン, Hakamori no Wezaemon)
Voiced by: Show Hayami[9] (Japanese); Bradley Gareth[4] (English)
Tsukuyo Tsukuri (継久理 創世, Tsukuri Tsukuyo)
Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu[10] (Japanese); Michelle Rojas[4] (English)
Ritsu Amachi (天地 律, Amachi Ritsu)
Voiced by: Kaori Nazuka[10] (Japanese); Sarah Roach[4] (English)
Sakai Tsukuyogi (木兎夜枝 境, Tsukuyogi Sakai)
Voiced by: Kenji Nojima[10] (Japanese); Daniel Van Thomas[4] (English)
Kyoju (キョージュ, Kyōju)
Voiced by: Jouji Nakata[11]
Aramis (アラミース, Aramīsu)
Voiced by: Hiromu Mineta[11]

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.[12]

The anime project was proposed in February 2020, which was before the serialization of the manga series.[13]

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.[14] No printed version of the novel series has been released.

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation illustrated by Ryosuke Fuji has been serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine since July 15, 2020.[15] Kodansha has collected its chapters into individual tankōbon volumes. The first volume was released on October 16, 2020.[16] A promotional video, narrated by Azumi Waki and featuring Yuma Uchida as Sunraku, was posted on July 7, 2021, for the series' first anniversary.[17] As of April 17, 2024, 17 volumes have been released.[18]

In North America, Kodansha USA announced the English language digital release of the manga in November 2020.[19] In November 2021, Kodansha USA announced that they would begin releasing the series in print,[20] with the first volume released on September 6, 2022.[21]

Volumes[edit]

No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 October 16, 2020[16][22]978-4-06-521529-6
978-4-06-521802-0 (LE)
December 8, 2020 (digital)
September 6, 2022 (print)[21]
978-1-64659-888-5 (digital)
978-1-64651-482-3 (print)
  • 1. "Why Do You Game?"
  • 2. "A Different Kind of Player"
  • 3. "The Black Wolf's Night Attack"
  • 4. "One Unique After Another"
  • 5. "Washing Down the Good Stuff with Kusoge"
2 December 17, 2020[23][24]978-4-06-521801-3
978-4-06-521529-6 (LE)
February 23, 2021 (digital)
October 18, 2022 (print)[25]
978-1-64659-948-6 (digital)
978-1-64651-483-0 (print)
  • 6. "Two Animals on a Mission"
  • 7. "Bird-Head & Bunny vs. Moleshark"
  • 8. "Flying Human, Hopping Bunny"
  • 9. "Beware, For Thine Enemies are Legion"
  • 10. "The Stationery-Knight Queen"
  • 11. "The Typhoon's Eye, Raging Inward"
  • 12. "Things Move"
  • 13. "Bearing Fruit"
  • 14. "Aberrant Woodmage, The Fallen Divine"
  • 15. "The 500-Limit Concerto and the Victory Seeker"
3 March 17, 2021[26][27]978-4-06-522220-1
978-4-06-522219-5 (LE)
August 3, 2021 (digital)
December 27, 2022 (print)[28]
978-1-63699-289-1 (digital)
978-1-64651-484-7 (print)
  • 16. "The 500-Limit Concerto and the Hopeful Dodger"
  • 17. "The Egyptian Art Guy, Soaring Through the Air"
  • 18. "A Dazzling Sea of Trees"
  • 19. "Taking Advantage of a Just Cause"
  • 20. "Bird Mask vs Clown Spider"
  • 21. "Let's Go Tomb Raiding!"
  • 22. "Shining True"
  • 23. "Steel Beyond Any Bound"
  • 24. "Multihued Fists of Fury"
  • 25. "Regret Always Lies in the Past"
4 June 17, 2021[29][30]978-4-06-523584-3
978-4-06-523585-0 (LE)
November 9, 2021 (digital)
February 21, 2023 (print)[31]
978-1-63699-464-2 (digital)
978-1-64651-485-4 (print)
  • 26. "Only the Lingering Regrets Remain"
  • 27. "The Well-Placed Backstory"
  • 28. "Challenging Unknown Martial Arts"
  • 29. "Smush!"
  • 30. "Last Rites Across the Threshold"
  • 31. "All Emotions in the Moment (Part 1)"
  • 32. "All Emotions in the Moment (Part 2)"
  • 33. "All Emotions in the Moment (Part 3)"
  • 34. "All Emotions in the Moment (Part 4)"
  • 35. "All Emotions in the Moment (Part 5)"
5 August 17, 2021[32][33]978-4-06-524483-8
978-4-06-524502-6 (LE)
January 11, 2022 (digital)
April 25, 2023 (print)[34]
978-1-64651-486-1 (digital)
978-1-63699-557-1 (print)
  • 36. "All Emotions in the Moment (Part 6)"
  • 37. "All Emotions in the Moment (Part 7)"
  • 38. "All Emotions in the Moment (Part 8)"
  • 39. "All Emotions in the Moment (Part 9)"
  • 40. "All Emotions in the Moment (Part 10)"
  • 41. "All Emotions in the Moment (Part 11)"
  • 42. "All Emotions in the Moment (Part 12)"
  • 43. "All Emotions in the Moment (Part 13)"
  • 44. "A World Progressed, a Hero Revealed"
  • 45. "Responsibility and Overkill"
6 November 17, 2021[35][36]978-4-06-526001-2
978-4-06-526002-9 (LE)
May 3, 2022 (digital)
June 27, 2023 (print)[37]
978-1-64651-659-9 (digital)
978-1-68491-161-5 (print)
  • 46. "The Current Situation and What Comes Next"
  • 47. "Wezaemon's Legacy"
  • 48. "Prof. Pencilgon's PK Laundering Seminar"
  • 49. "Fetching, Raising, Conquering"
  • 50. "The Metamorphosing Fashionista"
  • 51. "The Walking Air Refreshener"
  • 52. "Bird + Rabbits vs. Skull Choir"
  • 53. "Ah, Magic Jobs/All Paper Armor"
  • 54. "Rare Items: More Valuable than Life"
  • 55. "Judging an Item by its Cover"
7 January 17, 2022[38][39]978-4-06-526603-8
978-4-06-526604-5 (LE)
September 13, 2022 (digital)
August 29, 2023 (print)[40]
978-1-68491-427-2 (digital)
978-1-64651-660-5 (print)
  • 56. "Winning the Battle, Losing the War"
  • 57. "Howling Winds of Turmoil (and Cats)"
  • 58. "Explorer of the World's Darkness"
  • 59. "The Half-Naked Hero and Friends in Golem Paradise"
  • 60. "The Past Always Stabs You in the Back"
  • 61. "An Unfriendly Gate Guard
  • 62. "The Unknown, Concealing Good and Evil Until Revealed"
  • 63. "Dancing Conferences, Spinning Motives, and Zombies"
  • 64. "Accelerating Conference, Surging Greed, and Multiple Beginnings"
  • 65. "Know Whose Hand You Dance Upon"
8 April 15, 2022[41][42]978-4-06-527530-6
978-4-06-527528-3 (LE)
November 1, 2022 (digital)
November 7, 2023 (print)[43]
978-1-68491-531-6 (digital)
978-1-64651-809-8 (print)
  • 66. "All Things Must Fall, All of Creation Must Be Conquered"
  • 67. "Towards the Sky, Dreaming the Impossible"
  • 68. "Aloof Sympathy at the Scorpion Falls"
  • 69. "Impelled by Hunger"
  • 70. "A Tenacity Called Craving"
  • 71. "Despair After the Onslaught"
  • 72. "Like Eating Wheat Instead of Grain"
  • 73. "Twin Wings in a Drag"
  • 74. "The One Beckoning a New Tide"
  • 75. "Not a Fight, but a Hunt Where Predator Stalks Prey"
9 July 15, 2022[44][45]978-4-06-528432-2
978-4-06-528433-9 (LE)
January 3, 2023 (digital)
December 26, 2023 (print)[46]
978-1-68491-632-0 (digital)
978-1-64651-829-6 (print)
  • 76. "Like Lions Against Rabbits, A Crab's Pizza Cutter Against the Phoenix"
  • 77. "The "Winning is Everything" Counter"
  • 78. "What to Do, What to Aim For, What to Rely On"
  • 79. "Let Your Impatience Fuel You"
  • 80. "The Hammer of Justice to the Dressed-Up Clay Doll"
  • 81. "The Floating Freak Encounters the Battle Master"
  • 82. "Sniffing Out Like a Hunting Dog"
  • 83. "Embracing Your Ambitions in the Light (Part 1)"
  • 84. "Embracing Your Ambitions in the Light (Part 2)"
  • 85. "Embracing Your Ambitions in the Light (Part 3)"
10 September 16, 2022[47][48]978-4-06-529136-8
978-4-06-529137-5 (LE)
March 7, 2023 (digital)
February 27, 2024 (print)[49]
978-1-68491-841-6 (digital)
978-1-64651-900-2 (print)
  • 86. "Embracing Your Ambitions in the Light (Part 4)"
  • 87. "Embracing Your Ambitions in the Light (Part 5)"
  • 88. "Embracing Your Ambitions in the Light (Part 6)"
  • 89. "Embracing Your Ambitions in the Light (Part 7)"
  • 90. "Embracing Your Ambitions in the Light (Part 8)"
  • 91. "Embracing Your Ambitions in the Light (Part 9)"
  • 92. "Embracing Your Ambitions in the Light (Part 10)"
  • 93. "Embracing Your Ambitions in the Light (Part 11)"
  • 94. "Embracing Your Ambitions in the Light (Part 12)"
  • 95. "Embracing Your Ambitions in the Light (Part 13)"
11 December 16, 2022[50][51]978-4-06-529989-0
978-4-06-529990-6 (LE)
May 2, 2023 (digital)
April 30, 2024 (print)[52]
978-1-68491-929-1 (digital)
978-1-64651-949-1 (print)
  • 96. "Once in a Lifetime, Over and Over"
  • 97. "What Do You Game For? – Oikatzo's Reply"
  • 98. "What Do You Game For? – Pencilgon's Reply"
  • 99. "A Straight Flush, With a Joker Mixed In"
  • 100. "The Perishable Delivery"
  • 101. "The Scarlet Whale and the Monster of the Sea"
  • 102. "The Foul-Weather, Heavy-Waves San Check"
  • 103. "The Die Had Already Been Cast"
  • 104. "End of Tranquility, Dawn of the Ruined City"
  • 105. "A Shark and a Bird Resisting the Abyss"
12 March 16, 2023[53][54]978-4-06-531037-3
978-4-06-531036-6 (LE)
September 5, 2023 (digital)
June 25, 2024 (print)[55]
979-8-88933-137-7 (digital)
979-8-88877-063-4 (print)
  • 106. "The World and its Reason, Turned on its Head"
  • 107. "The Limit-Limit March"
  • 108. "So What? It's Aquatic! (Dragon Kingfish)"
  • 109. "Filleting the Dragonfish"
  • 110. "Roars and Destruction as a Beacon"
  • 111. "The Wolf-Gang Leaves the Sea for the Skyscrapers"
  • 112. "Top Meteor in the Shower"
  • 113. "Good and Evil Across the Chaotic Town"
  • 114. "The Thing with Licensed Games"
  • 115. "Mixing Up Chaos in the Wintry Whirlpool"
13 May 17, 2023[56][57]978-4-06-531586-6
978-4-06-531585-9 (LE)
December 5, 2023 (digital)[58]
August 27, 2024 (print)[59]
979-8-88933-287-9 (digital)
979-8-88877-064-1 (print)
  • 116. "The Miraculous Light Boasts its Glory for Just One Moment"
  • 117. "Which Way is the Longest?"
  • 118. "The Half-Naked Gamer and His Tepid Domestic Stuff"
  • 119. "Murder at 100 Meters Per Second"
  • 120. "Be Not Afraid of Thine Tyrant"
  • 121. "Lord of the Depths, Prepare to be Formally Pulverized"
  • 122. "Run, Climb, and Rage in the Dark"
  • 123. "Karma Sides with Whom?"
  • 124. "The A-(For Anonymous)-Team Faces a Crisis"
  • 125. "Selfless Service (For a Fee)"
14 July 14, 2023[60][61]978-4-06-532219-2
978-4-06-532220-8 (LE)
January 2, 2024 (digital)[62]
October 29, 2024 (print)[63]
979-8-88933-319-7 (digital)
979-8-88877-158-7 (print)
  • 126. "The Out-of-Season Pumpkin and the Out-of-Character Knight"
  • 127. "Destiny, Imitation, and Allegiance to Evil"
  • 128. "A Case of Uninformed Consent"
  • 129. "Can't Find the Needle in the Haystack if You Don't Try"
  • 130. "The Struggling Vanguard, The Smiling Fiend, and the Shining Weirdo"
  • 131. "Craftiness Hides in the Shadows, Laughing at Tranquility"
  • 132. "Dance Away, Atop the Stage of Infamy"
  • 133. "Out-Out-Out-Outsmarting"
  • 134. "A Gallon of Gasoline on the Bonfire"
  • 135. "The Outrageous Theater Heats Up"
15 October 17, 2023[64][65]978-4-06-533152-1
978-4-06-533146-0 (LE)
March 5, 2024 (digital)[66]979-8-88933-406-4 (digital)
  • 136. "Romance Strengthens You; Love Corners You"
  • 137. "The Hero Arrives Fashionably Late"
  • 138. "The Shooting Star Never Stops"
  • 139. "The Day is Saved!"
  • 140. "The Arrogant Challenger – Ignition"
  • 141. "The Semi-Flammable Loser- Backdraft"
  • 142. "The Raging Avenger- Burnout"
  • 143. "Molten-Outburst Invader- Full Throttle"
  • 144. "The Big-Talking Mega-Speedster- Torque Burst"
  • 145. "Twin Titans' Crossfire- Dead Heat"
16 December 15, 2023[67][68]978-4-06-533887-2
978-4-06-533892-6 (LE)
May 7, 2024 (digital)[69]979-8-88933-486-6 (digital)
  • 146. "The Brave and Gallant Breaker – Dead Weight"
  • 147. "High-Spirited Outrage – Highlight"
  • 148. "Foolishly Courageous Forbidden Star – Overheat"
  • 149. "Stalled-Out Overtime Mastermind"
  • 150. "The Struggles of Evil"
  • 151. "Middle Reliever to the End- Finisher Hold"
  • 152. "Hurling the Baton at the Anchor"
  • 153. "Road to Fruition"
  • 154. "Pursue the Shadow, and Surpass It Now"
  • 155. "Start Your Hero Time!"
17 April 17, 2024[18][70]978-4-06-535179-6
978-4-06-535175-8 (LE)
  • 156. "Starfall: Beyond the Finisher"
  • 157. "Training and Practice Come Together"
  • 158. "Extra Round: Party Time!"
  • 159. "Crowds Thronging at the Untapped Gold Mine"
  • 160. "The Fun Afterparty Disaster (Part 1)"
  • 161. "The Fun Afterparty Disaster (Part 2)"
  • 162. "Your Tour of the Abyssal City, Bunny Guide Included"
  • 163. "Super Combining Seafood Robot "Kaisen-Oh"!!!"
  • 164. "As Comfy as a Private Internet Café Room"
  • 165. "Divorcing an Angel"
18 July 17, 2024[71][72]978-4-06-536037-8
978-4-06-536036-1 (LE)

Chapters not yet in tankōbon format[edit]

  • 166. "Days of Connecting, and Being Connected"
  • 167. "Running Before Waiting for 3, or 4, or 5"
  • 168. "The Failing Precipice"
  • 169. "Like Lighting a Wet Match"
  • 170. "Release the Unease, Embrace the Unease"
  • 171. "The Proud Enemy's Head Taken... Back Home"
  • 172. "The Meaning of Extremes"
  • 173. "Holding the Heavens Aloft, United (Part 1)"
  • 174. "Holding the Heavens Aloft, United (Part 2)"
  • 175. "Holding the Heavens Aloft, United (Part 3)"
  • 176. "Holding the Heavens Aloft, United (Part 4)"
  • 177. "Holding the Heavens Aloft, United (Part 5)"
  • 178. "Holding the Heavens Aloft, United (Part 6)"
  • 179. "Holding the Heavens Aloft, United (Part 7)"
  • 180. "Holding the Heavens Aloft, United (Part 8)"
  • 181. "Holding the Heavens Aloft, United (Part 9)"
  • 182. "Holding the Heavens Aloft, United (Part 10)"
  • 183. "Holding the Heavens Aloft, United (Part 11)"
  • 184. "Holding the Heavens Aloft, United (Part 12)"

Anime[edit]

On July 7, 2022, an anime television series adaptation produced by C2C was announced.[2] The series is 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 composers Ryūichi Takada, Kuniyuki Takahashi, and Keiichi Hirokawa composing the music.[2][73] It aired from October 1, 2023, to March 31, 2024,[6][74] on the Nichi-5 [ja] programming block on all JNN affiliates, including MBS and TBS.[75][76][77] The first opening theme song is, "Broken Games", performed by FZMZ, while the first ending theme song is, "Ace", performed by Chico [ja].[6] The second opening theme song is "Danger Danger", performed by FZMZ feat. Icy, while the second ending theme song is "Gajumaru: Heaven in the Rain" (ガジュマル ~Heaven in the Rain~), performed by Reona.[78]

A second season is set to premiere on October 13, 2024.[79][80][81]

Crunchyroll has licensed the series for streaming outside of Asia.[82] Muse Communication licensed the series in Southeast Asia.[83]

Episodes[edit]

No.Title [84][b]Directed by [c]Storyboarded by [c]Original air date [85]
1"What Do You Play Games For?"
Transliteration: "Anata wa Nan no Tame ni Gēmu o Shimasu ka?" (Japanese: 貴方はなんのためにゲームをしますか?)
Hiro OhkiToshiyuki KubookaOctober 1, 2023 (2023-10-01)
In the near future, screen based gaming is replaced with full dive VR games. The market is soon flooded with low quality games filled with glitches known as “trash games”. A percentage of players are obsessed with completing trash games despite the glitches. One “trash game hunter” is Rakuro, who goes by his screen name Sunraku. His classmate Rei has a crush on him, but is too nervous to talk to him. After spending weeks completing his latest game, Rakuro suffers mental burnout and is convinced by local shop owner Mana to play a mainstream game instead, completely free of glitches with 30 million players, Shangri-La Frontier. Sticking with his preferred play style Rakuro creates a Wanderer character with twin blades, extra luck bonuses and minimum armor except for swimming shorts and a bird head mask. Choosing to skip the game introduction, Rakuro begins fighting monsters while heading to the starting town Firstia. With increased luck, Rakuro levels up rapidly and is amazed by the glitch free gameplay, eventually deciding to skip Firstia and go to the more advanced town Secondil. The bridge there is blocked by Firstia's area snake boss whom Rakuro attacks with reckless enthusiasm. The introduction Rakuro skipped earlier reveals players may choose any playstyle, including non-combat characters such as academics, merchants and farmers.
2"A Peculiar One"
Transliteration: "Tokui Naru Mono" (Japanese: 特異なる者)
Hiroyuki MoritaHiroki IkeshitaOctober 8, 2023 (2023-10-08)
Rei, already a powerful warrior in Shangri-La, visits Firstia hoping to encounter Rakuro when he starts the game. She is disappointed when he does not appear and assumes Rakuro already visited Firstia and left before she arrived. Despite his expertise of boss fights Rakuro almost dies, not having known the snake boss usually requires at least three players. His victory promotes him to level 14, but his health continues to drop from the snake venom. He is forced to run all the way to Secondil, where veteran player Reiji helps him register a respawn point before he dies so he will not have to start the game over. After respawning, Rakuro realizes his swimming shorts make him stand out, and not in a good way, forcing him to buy normal armor, though he keeps the bird mask. Requiring new weapons the blacksmith sends him to Diremarsh swamp to mine ore, which is more difficult then Rakuro first assumed as the realistic swamp mud slows his movement. Now equipped with Marsh Daggers, Rakuro ignores the Blacksmiths warnings and goes hunting monsters at night. Rei decides to search for Rakuro in Secondil, despite the unlikelihood of a new player making it that far alone. Rakuro encounters Lycagon the Nightslayer, a completely unique monster which is so high level not one of the games 30 million players have ever defeated it.
3"Lycagon the Nightslayer"
Transliteration: "Kokurou Yashū" (Japanese: 黒狼夜襲)
Hiro OhkiMichio FukudaOctober 15, 2023 (2023-10-15)
Rei learns Rakuro has already reached Secondil. Other players notice Rei belongs to one of the seven clans formed to hunt the seven unique beasts, in Rei's case her clan hunts Lycagon. Despite executing perfect strikes on Lycagon's critical weak points, Rakuro's legs are bitten off but he swears to find and defeat Lycagon before he completes anymore of the game. Respawning he finds himself afflicted with Lycagon's Curse; he cannot equip armour to his legs or body, though they are now immune to magic, he can no longer fight monsters weaker than himself and NPC's will treat him differently. Plus the curse is permanent unless removed by a Saint or killing Lycagon. Forced to return to his swim shorts, Rakuro suddenly encounters a Unique Scenario, an invitation to the rabbit city Rabituza which he accepts, unaware the recommended skill level is 80. Inside the scenario, he is congratulated by white rabbit named Emul for embodying the spirit of the Vorpal Rabbit; willingly attacking a superior enemy while hitting only the weak points. For Lycagon to curse him was actually Lycagon marking him as a worthy opponent, as such, Rakuro is the first player ever invited to meet Rabbit King Vysache. A brief flashback shows Rei started playing the game on Mana's advice, on the promise Mana would also have Rakuro start playing so Rei could get close to him.
4"A Trash Game Realignment of Elevated Tastes"
Transliteration: "Koeta Kachikan o Kusogē de Susugu" (Japanese: 肥えた価値観をクソゲーで濯ぐ)
Hiroyuki MoritaNoriaki Saito, Toshiyuki Kubooka
& Hiroki Ikeshita
October 22, 2023 (2023-10-22)
Rei still cannot locate Rakuro, but Mana convinces her to keep trying. Rakuro reads online walkthroughs and confirms he is definitely the first to meet Vysache. Vysache offers him Vorpal training and equips him with a collar that reduces his experience gains by 50% but increases his status gains by 250%. Rakuro is unexpectedly invited to BERP, an old trash game used as a meeting spot for hardcore trash hunters, by his online friend Katzo. Katzo is confused Rakuro would play a mainstream game, until Rakuro explains his rivalry with Lycagon. Katzo considers playing Shangri-La too, as does Arthur Pencilgon, another trash hunter and fan of Rakuro. Due to many new players over summer break, Rakuro temporarily leaves the Unique Vorpal Scenario to focus on reaching the next town, Thirdrema. Emul accompanies him as an NPC follower so they can teleport back to Rabituza at any time. Unfortunately, having never been seen before, players quickly take pictures wanting to know how they can get an Emul NPC. Rakuro confirms weak monsters now flee from him. He chooses to instead defeat the area boss, Mud Digger, so he can travel to Thirdrema. Unfortunately, Mud Digger lives in a swamp which slows Rakuro's movements again. That night, Rakuro has a nightmare Emul is a demon eating his character when he logs out.
5"Lo, Thou Art Assailed on All Sides"
Transliteration: "Kakute Nanji, Sōdō no Yaribusuma ni Kakomaren" (Japanese: かくて汝、騒動の槍衾に囲まれん)
Yoshitaka NagaokaTakebumi AnzaiOctober 29, 2023 (2023-10-29)
Rakuro tries to rely on skills but almost dies, until Emul saves him, realizing he was being so used to solo playing, he forgot Emul was his party member and can help fight. After dealing Mud-Digger, a lot of damage Rakuro is thrown into the air to die from the extreme fall which cannot be avoided by any skill. Luckily, Emul teleports him on top of Mud-Digger, turning his fall into an overpowered headbutt that kills Mud-Digger instantly. Rakuro is pleased by the victory but disappointed in himself for using Emul since she is stronger than him. Approaching Thirdrema, Emul disguises as a human girl, though Rakuro only wearing shorts still draws unwanted attention. Unfortunately the photograph of him has spread and players now know he has a unique NPC and has fought Lycagon, bringing him to the attention of Psyger, a member of Rei's Lycagon hunter clan, as well as many members of Ashura Kai, an assassin clan that kill other players for fun. Rakuro is accosted by Animalia, an animal obsessed player who wants her own vorpal rabbit NPC. Suddenly, they are ambushed by Arthur Pencilgon, a level 99 player killer, who has come for Rakuro.
6"The Writing Tool Knight Queen"
Transliteration: "Hikkiyōgu no Kishi-ō" (Japanese: 筆記用具の騎士王)
Takaaki NaganoTakayuki InagakiNovember 5, 2023 (2023-11-05)
Rakuro recognizes Arthur as a fellow trash game hunter. They met in a post-apocalyptic trash game where gamers often ignored the impossible main quests to focus on fighting each other for resources. Arthur fought her way to becoming queen and the games unofficial final boss, the Dystopian Empress. In the end, Rakuro killed her in a suicide mission, beginning their unusual friendship/rivalry. Arthur has travelled all the way from the 50th city Fifticia to kill him. Animalia reveals Arthur is the level 99 second-in-command of Ashura Kai, specializing in assassinating player's even higher level than herself. As they fight, Arthur passes a demand from Ashura Kai's leader to publicly share how to access the unique scenario for vorpal rabbit NPC's. Emul cannot sustain her human form and reverts back to a rabbit. To protect Emul, Animalia attacks Arthur, allowing Rakuro to dash for Thirdrema's gate to establish a respawn point, but is stopped by Arthur's fellow assassins. Animalia is defeated and begins dying of poison magic. From nowhere, Rakuro is rescued by Rei, having finally learned his location from her sister, Psyger-100, from the photograph of him with Lycagon's mark. Arthur is delighted to see Rei, whom she knows in-game as Psyger-0, but the distraction lets Animalia attack her with her unique magic spell.
7"Remnant of the Divinity: The Aberrant Loser"
Transliteration: "Shiindai no Zanshi, Mōshū no Haisha" (Japanese: 神代の残滓、妄執の敗者)
Hiroyuki MoritaYoshimasa HiraikeNovember 12, 2023 (2023-11-12)
Animalia's spell kills both herself and Arthur, surprising the assassins so much Rakuro is able to escape into Thirdrema. Rei is ecstatic Rakuro briefly spoke to her, but blames the assassins for the conversation not lasting longer, and kills them all. Arthur takes her loss good naturedly and invites Rakuro to talk later in the post-apocalyptic game, along with his other online friend Katzo. Rakuro teleports to Rabituza to begin playing the unique scenario. For his first training session he is forced to fight a group of Packhounds, all level 65 or higher. Rei decides next time she sees Rakuro in-game she will send him a friend request. After dying seven times in a row, Rakuro figures out the Packhounds attack patterns and kills them. His opponents grow progressively stronger; a Tentacle Parasite, a Goblin Berserker, a Dino-boar, a Toxic Eagle, an Armoured Larva, an Execu-panther, a Twinhead Tiger and a Golem. This only promotes him to level 31 due to the reduced experience points of the vorpal collar. Vysache turns up to watch the tenth fight against a monster he caught just for Rakuro, Aberrant Woodmage level 120, a tree-type sorcerer so strong Vysache only demands Rakuro survive 5 minutes in order to win the round.
8"The 300-Limit Pandemonium"
Transliteration: "Sanbyaku Rimitto Kyōsō Kyoku" (Japanese: 300リミット狂騒曲)
Akihiko OtaShinji IshihiraNovember 19, 2023 (2023-11-19)
Rakuro discovers the Woodmage is impervious to physical attacks, so all he can do is dodge the attacks. After two minutes, Rakuro starts to suffer mental strain and considers just dying as there are no penalties for dying in training matches. He then feels disgust at himself, having grown used to always taking the easiest path to victory in trash games. He successfully steals Woodmage's staff, removing his ability to use spells. Dodging until the time expires becomes easier and Rakuro wins. Woodmage angrily breaks the rules and tries to kill him, but Vysache kills Woodmage and gives Rakuro his reward, a title as an honorary Rabituzan citizen and removal of the troublesome vorpal collar. Rakuro is disappointed, until his citizenship unlocks another unique scenario, the Vorpal Epic. As it has complicated instructions that require researching Shangri-La's highly detailed world history, Rakuro decides to play the main game and go exploring for a while. While unable to equip clothes to his torso, Emul's brother Peatz gives Rakuro a Keffiyeh headdress with full body robe, so assassins will not recognize him. While deciding which city to visit next; Fourfolkshire, Fivelle or Sixenveldt, Rakuro spots Rei watching him ominously.
9"A Dazzling Sea of Trees"
Transliteration: "Hanayaka Naru Ki no Umi" (Japanese: 華やかなる樹の海)
Mitsutoshi SatōTakayuki InagakiNovember 26, 2023 (2023-11-26)
Arthur is disgusted by the weakness of Ashura Kai and their leader Orcelott; they used to be proud assassins until the game began applying penalties to murderers. Now they are just another clan collecting experience and hoarding equipment. Ashura Kai is also the only clan who know the location of unique monster Wethermon the Tombguard, but dare not attack him in case they lose their valuable equipment. Arthur decides to kill Wethermon herself. Rei surprises Rakuro with a friend request. Still unaware Psyger-0 is Rei, Rakuro assumes she is trying to manipulate him for access to the unique scenario and accepts the request, planning to manipulate her instead. Having become online friends, Rei accepts he prefers to play solo and lets him travel to Fourfolkshire alone, planning to talk to him later now she has his contact information. Passing through the Prismatic Forest with Emul, Rakuro is amazed by the variety of insect type monsters, even witnessing a battle between Empire Bees and a Quad Beetle. After killing the weakened Beetle for its drop items, Rakuro sets out to find the area boss, Clown Spider.
10"Let's Go Tomb Raiding!!"
Transliteration: "Yarō ze, Haka Arashi!!" (Japanese: やろうぜ、墓荒らし!!)
Yoshitaka NagaokaNoriaki Saito, Toshiyuki Kubooka
& Hiroki Ikeshita
December 3, 2023 (2023-12-03)
Rakuro is unable to enter the boss arena as other adventurers are currently attempting to beat it, so Rakuro must wait his turn. After watching those adventurers die, Rakuro confronts Clown Spider and requests Emul not to assist him. After knocking Clown Spider from its web, he weakens it by dropping boulders on it, then he stabs its critical weak point and beats it without taking any damage himself. Sunraku receives an email from Arthur, as does Katzo, who recently started playing the game and has already defeated Mud-Digger. Arthur invites them to help her defeat Wethermon in two weeks, the day after a massive update that adds new missions, characters and areas to explore. Rakuro is suspicious of her motives. In the real world, Rei is able to speak to Rakuro, who barely remembers her name or that they attend the same school. Before she can reveal she is Psyger-0, Rakuro rushes off to meet Arthur, but Rei considers talking to him at all a big success. Emul is terrified Rakuro plans to fight Wethermon and rushes to tell Vysache. Rakuro later learns why from Arthur; in Shangri-La if an NPC dies they are dead and gone permanently, Emul will never respawn and her role in the unique Vorpal scenario will be over.
11"The Glimmer of Truth"
Transliteration: "Makoto no Kagayaki" (Japanese: まことのかがやき)
Teppei TaketaniTakebumi AnzaiDecember 10, 2023 (2023-12-10)
Vysache is unhappy with Rakuro's plans, but Rakuro explains Ashura Kai are exploiting a game mechanic; harvesting experience by starting a fight with Wethermon, then running away without actually fighting. Arthur plans to give Wethermon the fight he deserves. Vysache feels sympathy for Wethermon, cursed with being undead and unable to join his wife in the afterlife, so instead Wethermon guards her tomb. Granting him death is therefore honorable and true to the Vorpal Soul. Vysache takes Rakuro's Vorpal Chopper knives and personally “ascends” them, combining Rakuro's experience of fighting Lycagon with the armor of the Quad Beetle, resulting in the Vorpal knives Moonblade (Waxing) and Moonblade (Waning), one which sacrifices health for powerful strikes, and one that restores health at the same speed as it is lost. Unfortunately, he must be level 50 to use them, meaning he needs to go up 19 levels in only two weeks. Arthur sends him and Katzo to train in the futuristic Iron Ruins of the Divinity near Sixenveldt, though Rakuro is confused when Arthur gives him a fishing rod, claiming he will definitely need it to survive the ruins.
12"Regrets Always Lie in the Past"
Transliteration: "Kōkai wa Itsumo Kako ni Iru" (Japanese: 後悔はいつも過去にいる)
Kenta KushiyaYoshimasa HiraikeDecember 17, 2023 (2023-12-17)
After defeating sentry robots, Rakuro and Katzo follow Arthurs' complicated map to a hidden room within the ruins rumored to be tailored for fast levelling. Emul is amazed by Rakuro's explanation that Katzo is a man in a female character body. They find the room, Tearlight Lake, which according to Arthur contains the monster Lifestide Lake Serpent. If caught with a fishing rod it bestows a lot of experience points. After dragging Lifestide to the surface, Rakuro reveals his temporary weapons, Empire Bee Twinblades, made for him by Emul's sister Bilac until he can use the Moonblades. After defeating Lifestide, Katzo reveals Skill-Linking, a core game mechanic along with the ability to get a job or join a guild, all which Rakuro missed by skipping the tutorial in Firstia, making the game almost unnecessarily difficult for him. After several days, Rakuro and Katzo reach level 42 and 40, respectively, though Rakuro hides his foolishly skipping Firstia from Arthur to avoid embarrassment. Arthur gives them until full moon, the one time a month they can talk to unique ghost NPC Setsuna of Bygone Days, who provides access to Wethermon.
13"Only Resentments About the End of Life Remain"
Transliteration: "Miren Dake ga Soko ni Iru" (Japanese: 未練だけがそこにいる)
Hiro OhkiTakebumi AnzaiDecember 24, 2023 (2023-12-24)
Arthur leads them to Setsuna's secret hiding place in the Prismatic Forest. She explains Wethermon blames himself for her death which occurred during a silly marital argument, so he sealed her grave behind a barrier powered by moon magic, hence why it is only accessible once a month when the moon is dark. She hopes they defeat Wethermon so they can be together again. From her modern clothing and language, Rakuro suspects her backstory involved dying in the games Age of Divinity, and wonders if she knows anything about the Vorpal Scenaria. Rakuro is aware Arthur's real identity is Towa, a supermodel constantly hounded by her fans, and suspects it causes her to feel sympathy for Setsuna. Based on Wethermon's fighting style, Rakuro skips levelling up and instead trains his own play style not in Shangri-La, but in the BERP trash game. There he meets Dragonfly, a first time novice gamer. Agreeing to a duel, Rakuro shows Dragonfly how to take advantage of glitches. Elsewhere, Rei attempts to write a letter to Rakuro asking to join his party and play together, but everything she writes embarrasses her so she does not send him any of the letters.
14"Squish"
Transliteration: "Puchitto" (Japanese: ぷちっと)
Yūma ImuraNoriaki SaitoJanuary 7, 2024 (2024-01-07)
Dragonfly eventually wins one duel using a double-punch glitch Rakuro and other players have not seen before, impressing them as no one has discovered a new BERP glitch in years. In exchange, Rakuro shows her a glitch he discovered; Doppleganger, which creates a glitch clone of himself as an ally in duels. Dragonfly decides to invent a name for her new glitch. Returning to Shangri-La, Rakuro decides to try Skill-Linking by visiting one of Emul's triplet siblings, Elke the Skill Gardener in Rabituza. He acquires six linked skills and a Vorpal Moonblade skill, not initially realizing Elke is completely money obsessed, and convinces him to spend almost all his coin. Arthur reveals the next problem; since Ashura Kai use Wethermon to harvest experience, there will definitely be Ashura Kai members there on the day of the duel unwilling to let Wethermon actually die. Luckily, a new update has placed a restriction on assassins; if an assassin dies, all their accumulated money and some equipment gets transferred to whoever killed them, leaving them totally harmless when they respawn. Therefore, before they can fight Wethermon, Arthur decides they must completely destroy Ashura Kai by assassinating all its members.
14.5"Special Bonus Episode"
Transliteration: "Tokubetsu Bōnasu Episōdo" (Japanese: 特別ボーナスエピソード)
N/AN/AJanuary 14, 2024 (2024-01-14)
A recap special narrated by Rakuro, Katzo, Arthur and Emul.
15"All Emotions In The Moment (Part 1)"
Transliteration: "Setsuna ni Omoi o Komete Sono Ichi" (Japanese: 刹那に想いを込めて 其の一)
Masakazu YoshimotoTakayuki InagakiJanuary 21, 2024 (2024-01-21)
Shangri-La undergoes a major update with new quests, maps and a new job title. Players notice all shops are sold out of resurrection items. Rei finally sends her letter to Rakuro inviting him to explore the update, but she then receives a message from Psyger-100 that someone revealed the location of Ashura-Kai's headquarters, so players are organizing a massive revenge attack. Rei is forced to quickly send a letter cancelling Rakuro's invite. Both letters leave Rakuro confused. Emul reveals she cannot go with him against Wethermon, but gives him a mysterious good luck necklace she made. Ashura-Kai are wiped out by a massive army led by Rei, so Orcelott and four surviving assassins flee to Wethermon's arena, but find the entrance closed as Arthur, Rakuro and Katzo are already inside. Orcelott furiously realizes his sister, Arthur, betrayed Ashura-Kai. As they confront Wethermon, a Samurai in futuristic armour, they carry out their plan. Arthur has determined Wethermon varies his fighting style in stages, so the only way to win is surviving all the stages and hope Wethermon surrenders. Rakuro takes the first stage which lasts 10 minutes, but he is killed. Katzo quickly resurrects him, revealing it was Arthur who bought every resurrection item from every town in preparation for the battle.
16"All Emotions In The Moment (Part 2)"
Transliteration: "Setsuna ni Omoi o Komete Sono Ni" (Japanese: 刹那に想いを込めて 其の二)
Hiroki IkeshitaMichio FukudaJanuary 28, 2024 (2024-01-28)
Arthur hands Rakuro and Katzo the Tearjewel of Rebirth (four per person since she bought twelve for extras and emergencies) before the battle with Wethermon, and the Divine Lifesalve that lets them revive at half their max HP (five per person). She relays the plan they'll follow in order to conquer Wethermon. After they survive the battle for ten minutes, Wethermon summons his horse, a tactical mount named Kirin. Together they attempt to prevent Wethermon from mounting Kirin by Katzo attracting it's attention and Rakuro continuing to fight Wethermon. In Phase two, they have to survive for another ten minutes. When Arthur realizes that Rakuro and Katzo are in trouble, she uses the Reward Scale, a very difficult to acquire item she borrowed from NPCs, which allows one to sacrifice expensive items in return for the ability to bestow temporary stat boosts. She spends he whole fortune for 300 points, giving 100 to Rakuro's Luck and Stamina and he succeeds in taking away Wethermon's sword. After surviving 20 minutes in the battle against Wethermon, Arthur explains the last time Ashura Kai reached Phase three in the battle against Wethermon, he unleashed a massive instant kill explosion. This time though she knows Wethermon is an undead, so as he prepares his explosion she douses him with holy water.
17"All Emotions In The Moment (Part 3)"
Transliteration: "Setsuna ni Omoi o Komete Sono San" (Japanese: 刹那に想いを込めて 其の三)
Kenichi DomonTakayuki Inagaki & Hiroyuki TaigaFebruary 4, 2024 (2024-02-04)
As Wethermon burns, Kirin reconfigures itself into a robot to fight Katzo and Arthur who prevent it helping Wethermon. Rakuro fights Wethermon alone, but decides just surviving another ten minute stage is boring, instead he wants to really defeat him. As such, he equips a real helmet of Quad Beetle armor and his Moonblades since Wethermon’s armor is crumbling from the holy water, meaning he can now take damage. Rakuro’s critical attacks succeed in causing Wethermon to fall to the ground. Arthur gives Katzo an item that boosts him to level 99 temporarily, in exchange for dropping his real level from 50 to 20 afterwards, hoping to destroy Kirin, much to his chagrin. Wethermon notices the good luck necklace Rakuro received from Emul and abruptly stops fighting. He mentions someone named Alice, an ID key fragment and Shangri La’s true frontier. They resume fighting only Wethermon is now far quicker, more savage and reveals multiple attacks he would not used before. His next attack destroys Rakuro’s helmet and kills him, but Wethermon fails to notice Rakuro had already set up another resurrection tool in advance to revive himself instantly.
18"All Emotions In The Moment (Part 4)"
Transliteration: "Setsuna ni Omoi o Komete Sono Shi" (Japanese: 刹那に想いを込めて 其の四)
Hironori TanakaHironori TanakaFebruary 11, 2024 (2024-02-11)
Wethermon begins using the same set of multiple attacks repeatedly, ending with the same unavoidable instant death attack, claiming he will not fall until Rakuro surpasses his ultimate move. Rakuro quickly runs out of full resurrection items, leaving only the 50% health recovery items. Rakuro deduces the only way to win is to somehow perfectly parry Wethermon’s unavoidable instant kill attack. Arthur and Katzo manage to shatter the armor around Kirin’s waist, exposing its critical weak point. Combining both their strongest attacks they pierce the weak point and Kirin is destroyed, allowing them to collapse from exhaustion. Rakuro, with no health items remaining, has only one chance for a perfect parry or the whole battle will be a failure. For luck he dons his original bird mask while Wethermon begins his unavoidable attack. Fusing his Moonblades into the single weapon Twin Moon, Rakuro increases his chance of performing both a perfect parry and critical damage. He also stabs himself, dropping his health to 1, allowing him to use a skill to increase his speed. With one perfectly timed move Wethermon’s unavoidable attack is parried, snapping his sword and shattering his armor wide open, signaling his defeat. Wethermon congratulates Rakuro on his victory as the arena fills with swirling cherry blossoms.
19"A World Progressed, A Hero Revealed"
Transliteration: "Susumu Sekai, Akasa Reru Eiyū" (Japanese: 進む世界、明かされる英雄)
Mitsutoshi SatōTakayuki InagakiFebruary 18, 2024 (2024-02-18)
Wethermon praises Rakuro for his skills and names him Descendant of the Frontier, before crumbling to dust over Setsuna’s grave. Setsuna’s ghost thanks them and reveals she is not actually the real Setsuna, but is a perfect copy left behind by the real Setsuna to help Wethermon find peace, hence her title Setsuna of Bygone Days. Now that he can rest in peace, Setsuna’s fate is to disappear, but first she tasks them with discovering the truth behind the world by finding Bahamut, though what this is she leaves unclear. The game announces to all players the first defeat of a Unique Monster and the start of the next stage of Shangri-La’s World Story, which even the games lore researchers did not know existed. Furious at being betrayed, Orcelott and his surviving assassins attack, hoping to take whatever loot they got from Wethermon’s defeat, but Arthur activates a “friend summoning” ability for help, which summons Rakuro’s friend Rei. Orcelot and the assassins are killed, passing all Ashura-Kai’s remaining rare items to Arthur. As the only assassin left, Arthur asks Rei to kill her in a duel to atone for her many kills and end Ashura-Kai forever, which Rei accepts and defeats her in battle.
20"Current Situations and Next Steps"
Transliteration: "Sorezore no Ima to Ji" (Japanese: それぞれの今と次)
Masahiko SuzukiTakebumi AnzaiFebruary 25, 2024 (2024-02-25)
After killing Arthur, Rei asks if Rakuro and Arthur are lovers and is relieved they are not. The friend-summoning expires, sending Rei back where she came from before she can ask to join his party. Rakuro retrieves one of Arthurs swords Rei forgot to pick up. At Utopia Entertainment, the company that created Shangri-La Frontier, everyone is panicked as the World Story called for Wethermon to be the fourth unique monster killed, not the first, especially the lead world designers Tsukuyo and Ritsu, and marketing executive Sakai. Vysache is satisfied at Wethermon finally moving on and offers Rakuro knowledge of the truth behind the world, though he requires Rakuro fetch a receiver, a positioner and a transmitter from a place called Lightless Barrens, though he gives no indication where in Shangri-La this is. Rakuro finds beating Wethermon made him level 78. He also received the book Wethermon’s Truth, a biography of Wethermon’s life, and a list of his unique sword moves, though Rakuro must acquire weapons from the Age of Divinity before learning them. He also receives a unique item storage that will protect his items even if he dies. He also finds the storage space already contains armors, weapons, vehicles and other items, most of which he cannot use. Starting over from level 1, Arthur says goodbye to Setsuna before setting off to find Bahamut. Out in the wilderness, Lycagon continues to wait for Rakuro.
21"Fetching, Raising, Conquering"
Transliteration: "Otsukai to Ikusei to Kōryaku to" (Japanese: お使いと育成と攻略と)
Yuri HagiwaraYoshimasa HiraikeMarch 3, 2024 (2024-03-03)
Examining the items in the Inventoria, Arthur determines none of the armours will function without a “None-standard Ether Reactor”, and without the armour, they can’t equip any of the weapons. Katzo reveals he received one reactor as loot for defeating Kirin, but it is broken and none of the NPC blacksmiths can repair it. Rakuro suspects Vysache could repair it but before handing it over, Katzo demands to know how to access the vorpal unique scenario. Rakuro reveals about fighting Lycagon for 5 minutes without taking damage and Katzo reluctantly concludes he couldn’t manage it anyway. Arthur reveals via a complex series of loopholes she managed to keep several items despite Rei killing her, namely the Reward Scales, Wethermon’s biography, Setsuna’s brooch and her favorite weapon. Having seen how much killing a unique monster is worth, they decide to form a clan, the Wolf-gang, that focuses on hunting all the unique monsters instead of just one like other hunter clans. A representative of the Lycagon clan tracks them down but they flee before he can ask questions. When he tries to find Vysache, he is nowhere to be found, so Rakuro asks if Bilac is interested in training to obtain the title Ancient Craftsmen needed to repair the reactor. She agrees after much persuading.
22"The Walking Air Purifier"
Transliteration: "Wōkingu・obu・za・Eakurīnā[d]" (Japanese: ウォーキング・オブ・ザ・エアクリーナー)
Hiro OhkiTakebumi AnzaiMarch 10, 2024 (2024-03-10)
To become an Ancient Craftsman Bilac requires a working Legacy Weapon from the Age of Divinity and a Magic Application Unit from the Road of Past Glories. Fortunately, the katana Harbinger is available in the Inventoria, but as joint-owners of Inventoria Rakuro needs Arthur and Katzo’s permission for Bilac to dismantle it. Rakuro decides to head for Past Glories first, though it is a long distance away somewhere between the towns Eighdold and Eleventar. By chance, Lightless Barrens is close to Eleventar where Rakuro needs to find the receiver, positioner and transmitter for Vysache. They pass through Fourfolkshire into Ancient Soul Canyon where Lycagon’s Curse protects him from miasma and repels undead monsters. After working together to defeat a Dullahan General Rakuro loots its rusty sword Decapitator and gives it to Bilac for repair. From there they move on trying to find the area boss hiding somewhere in the miasma.
23"Bird with Rabbits vs. Skeletal Choir"
Transliteration: "Tori uizu Usagis bāsasu Gasshō Sharekōbe" (Japanese: 鳥 with 兎s vs 合唱髑髏)
Michita ShiraishiTakayuki InagakiMarch 17, 2024 (2024-03-17)
Rakuro is intrigued that the canyons upper cliffs are infested with Crystal Scorpions even Bilac is afraid of as scorpions are often over level 100. Eventually they confront the area boss Humming Lich, which can only be damaged by holy weapons, which Rakuro does not have. Bilac comes up with a solution, so Rakuro and Emul keep the Lich distracted but panic when it splits into 7 smaller skeletons. By polishing the Decapitator sword with holy water Bilac removes the rust and gives it a holy attribute which also makes it very fragile. Figuring out each skeletons attack patterns Rakuro decapitates 6 of them then works with Bilac to decapitate the original Lich with Decapitator only just avoiding being destroyed itself. With Lich beaten the miasma vanishes, allowing them to leave the canyon and enter Eighthold. Bilac and Emul teleport to Rabituza to rest while Rakuro explores Eighthold, but as soon as they are gone he recklessly dashes back to the canyon, unable to resist the urge to fight a Crystal Scorpion.
24"Rare Items, Worth More Than Life Itself"
Transliteration: "Reāitemu wa Inochi Yori mo Omoi" (Japanese: レアアイテムは命よりも重い)
Daisuke ChibaTakebumi AnzaiMarch 24, 2024 (2024-03-24)
Rakuro climbs the canyon walls and finds the Crystal Nest Cliffs. Immediately he is attacked by a gigantic scorpion made entirely from crystal and within moments he is surrounded by dozens of scorpions and killed. He refuses to accept defeat, at least until he has gotten something out of it. Returning to the nest he locates an unusual deposit of black crystals which he manages to collect before being killed again. The crystal turns out to be Aroncaleth Lapis which has high concentrations of magic. Still unsatisfied he returns again with a plan. He first tricks the scorpions into running into each other, shattering their hard shells, then teleports into the Inventoria as an emergency refuge. Then after the scorpions leave he teleports out again and collects the broken shells. Repeating this he collects vast amounts of materials but refuses to give up until he has collected one of their stingers as a trophy. With careful timing he tricks multiple scorpions into targeting the stinger of a single scorpion, snapping it off. Unfortunately, he mistimes his next attack and just misses grabbing the stinger before he is killed again. Despondent, he decides to quit temporarily and instead show the materials to Bilac. Emul worries Rakuro might be going mad with loot lust.
25"Those Who Illuminate The World's Darkness"
Transliteration: "Sekai no Kurayami o Hiraku Mono" (Japanese: 世界の暗闇を拓く者)
Yoshihiko IwataNaoto UchidaMarch 31, 2024 (2024-03-31)
Bilac admits crystals are better suited to magic jewellery than weapons. Fortunately, she knows one of the best jewellers for the job, D’Arnyaata. Unfortunately, to get the jewels to D’Arnyaata Bilac is forced to summon hyperactive Cait-Sith Aramiys, Vice-Captain of Cazzeria, the Cait-Sith Kingdom. Needing rest, Rakuro logs out and ends up ignoring messages from Arthur and Katso to meet for something important. He returns to Bilac and discovers that, since Cait-Sith’s are notorious for stealing from customers, she told Cazzeria’s king all about Rakuro, who responded by offering him all of Cazzeria’s support in the form of Aramiys as a party member. Bilac thus explains to Rakuro that due to being recognised by Lycagon and slaying Wethermon, in political terms Rakuro is now as powerful as an entire kingdom, which has some advantages, but comes with the risk if he is not careful it is possible to start a full scale war by accident. Rakuro decides to finally explore Eighthold, but even disguised he is immediately recognised by a Magical Girl with a deep male voice who turns out to be Professor, master of The Library, the player clan that collects the lore and history of Shangri-La. As the first person in history to defeat a Unique Monster he hopes to form a partnership with Rakuro to discover the real meaning behind the world of Shangri-La Frontier.

Video game[edit]

On July 7, 2022, a video game of the same name developed by Netmarble Nexus and published by Netmarble was announced.[2][86]

Reception[edit]

By April 2024, the manga had over 8 million copies in circulation.[87] The manga ranked eleventh on the "Nationwide Bookstore Employees' Recommended Comics of 2021" by the Honya Club website.[88][89] It placed fifth in the 2021 Next Manga Award in the print category.[90] The manga was nominated for the 46th Kodansha Manga Award in the shōnen category in 2022;[91] it won the 47th edition in the same category in 2023.[92][93]

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'
  2. ^ English translated titles are taken from Crunchyroll.
  3. ^ a b Production staff information is taken from the ending credits of each episode.
  4. ^ Walking of the Air Cleaner

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