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Shoko Yoshinaka Manga


Ķˡ쥤䡼 (Mega-Explosive Magical Legend SLAYERS) was first serialized in Japan's Monthly Comic Dragon Jr. about the same time that the first TV series started. Though containing many of the same elements as the novels (long regarded to be the "most" official of the storylines) and the anime, the manga story follows a slightly tangential path, and (arguably) seems to make more sense in the progression of events.

The stories for volumes 1-3 follow episodes 1-10 of the first TV series (the Shabranigdu story arc), while Volume 4 takes a departure to tell the story of the Slayers Return movie. Volumes 5 and 6 picks up where 3 left off, telling a different version of the Copy Rezo arc and bringing Amelia, Sylpheel, and Xelloss into the plot through slightly different means. If it seems that the manga volumes were released more slowly at this point, it's probably because Ms. Yoshinaka was also busy with her work on Slayers' sister work, Lost Universe, for which she not only did the manga and novel illustrations, but also character designs for the anime.

Chobaku Mahouden Slayers #1
Chobaku Mahouden Slayers #1 Alternate Cover

Choubaku Mahouden Slayers #1

First released September 1, 1995 by Fujimishobo
ISBN4-04-712108-8, 560 yen; 172 pages, 4 in color.
[Alternate cover, pictured right]

Includes chapters 1-5 of the Yami no Densetsu ("Legend of Darkness") story arc.
Chobaku Mahouden Slayers #2

Choubaku Mahouden Slayers #2

First released April 4, 1996 by Kadokawa Comics Dragon Jr.
ISBN4-04-712118-5, 560 yen; 164 pages, 4 in color.

Includes chapters 6-11 of the Yami no Densetsu ("Legend of Darkness") story arc.
Chobaku Mahouden Slayers #3

Choubaku Mahouden Slayers #3

First released July 1, 1996 by Kadokawa Comics Dragon Jr.
ISBN4-04-712120-7, 560 yen; 164 pages, 4 in color.

Includes chapters 12-16 of the Yami no Densetsu ("Legend of Darkness") story arc.
Translations available at this site
(Full translations also available from The Nameless Manga Translation Site!)
Chobaku Mahouden Slayers #4

Choubaku Mahouden Slayers #4

First released April 10, 1997 by Kadokawa Comics Dragon Jr.
ISBN4-04-712132-0, 540 yen; 120 pages, 8 in color, foldout.

Tells the Slayers Return storyline.
Chobaku Mahouden Slayers #5

Choubaku Mahouden Slayers #5

First released July 1, 1997 by Kadokawa Comics Dragon Jr.
ISBN4-04-712135-5, 560 yen; 172 pages, 4 in color.

Includes chapters 17-23, Shiryou Toshi ("The City of the Dead") story arc.
(Full translations also available from The Nameless Manga Translation Site!)
Chobaku Mahouden Slayers #6

Choubaku Mahouden Slayers #6

First released August 1, 1998 by Kadokawa Comics Dragon Jr.
ISBN4-04-712166-5, 560 yen; 162 pages, 2 in color.

Includes chapters 24-29, Shirogane no Majuu ("The Silver Demon-Beasts") story arc.
Chobaku Mahouden Slayers #7

Choubaku Mahouden Slayers #7

First released December 1, 2000 by Kadokawa Comics Dragon Jr.
ISBN4-04-712250-5, 560 yen; 180 pages, 4 in color.

Includes chapters 30-36, Kurea Baiburu Hen ji-shime ("The Clair-Bible Revealed") story arc. (I think I'm off on title's translation, e-mail slayersuniverse@hotmail.com if you know the correct one)
Chobaku Mahouden Slayers #8

Choubaku Mahouden Slayers #8

First released September 1, 2001 by Kadokawa Comics Dragon Jr.
ISBN4-04-712276-9, 560 yen; 186 pages, 2 in color.

Includes chapters 37-42, Shiryou-Toshi no Ou ("Lord of the City of the Dead") story arc, as well as two additional stories, Lina no Kikan ~ Daidan'en and Natsu! ("Summer!").

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