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Monday, January 2, 2012

Madoka Magica chess set from Japan!

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Hello everyone,

Some fun chess news for you. And, yes, this chess news is from Japan!!! Ever wanted an army of Kyubey’s to replace the pawns in your chess set? Now is your chance! Character good maker Takara Tomy A.R.T.S will be developing Madoka Magica Chess Pieces for release in April. 

Puella Magi Madoka Magica (魔法少女まどか☆マギカ Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magika?, "Magical Girl Madoka of the Magus") is a Japanese anime television series produced by Shaft and Aniplex.

Each of the girls will of course have a different rank so if you collect all the appropriate 18 pieces you will be able to throw out your old set of “boring” normal chess pieces in lieu for the corresponding Madoka pieces. So just what rank does everyone recieve?

King – Madoka
Queen – Homura
Knight – Mami
Bishop – Sayaka
Rook – Kyoko
Kyubey – Pawn

These pieces will come in at around 300 yen each and given you would need 18 pieces in total to complete a one-person set, it would set you back 5,400 yen or about $AUD 68.50 at the current exchange rate. There will also be two different variants – a realistic version of the standard black-and-while chess set and a full-colour version. 

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