Dec 20

Shaman King Flowers Volume 6 promotional items

As mentioned a few days ago, some retailers in Japan have special promotional items for buying the new manga volumes as they are released. These are normally limited to only a couple bookstore chains in Japan, and can vary depending on where you buy the volume.

Below are the 2 promotional art cards that were given away (click to enlarge):


Dec 20

Shaman King Flowers – Status Watch #2

Back in July, I posted the original “Status Watch.” So Takei has finally said something about the end of Flowers since the final chapter…

Today on Twitter, Takei responded with the following regarding (with rough translation below):


Thank you and sorry; the sequel to Shaman King Flowers is still undermined at this time. If there is some sort of progress, we will also make an announcement on this account.

So this confirms that there is no further status updates on Shaman King Flowers in volume 6 that was released yesterday in Japan. Additionally, it does help point in the direction that Flowers will receive a sequel not a continuation (so no chapter 30). It is possible that there may be some sort of notice next month when Shaman King Zero volume 2 is released.

Dec 20

Preview cover images for Zero vol 2 & Ultimo vol 11

Yesterday, the Shaman King Flowers volume 6 was released. On this release was an “obi” (a promotional wrap-around for the cover) which had preview images of the covers on the backside! Shown below are the covers (without text) for the upcoming Ultimo volume 11 and Shaman King Zero volume 2.

Zero cover previewUltimo cover preview

Ultimo  volume 11 will go on sale in Japan on January 5th, 2015. Shaman King Zero volume 2 will go on sale January 19th, 2015.

Listed below are also the full cover and obi for Shaman King Flowers volume 6.

(Click on the image to see the full size)

Flowers6cover with obiFlowers6cover with obi back

Dec 16

Shaman King Flowers volume 6 – On sale in Japan on Dec 19th

978-4-08-879895-0The cover image for the sixth volume of Shaman King Flowers has finally been released! This volume will contain the remaining chapters from the Shaman King Flowers series.

Also, Team Barrelroll are also credited on the cover for their assistance with the manga.

Title: シャーマンキングFLOWERS 第6巻
ISBN: 978-4-08-879895-0
Size: B6 / 180 pages
Price: 562yen + tax

(Click image for full size)

Additionally, while supplies last, Animate Online (and in store, most likely) is also giving away a free illustration card with each sale of volume 6. The image is from the cover of the final Jump Kai issue. You can pre-order the volume here.

Dec 01

New Viz Media bundle on original Shaman King manga



Purchase the first 15 volumes of the original Shaman King digital manga for only $60 USD!

That’s 43% off the list price! You probably won’t get a better deal than that (at $4 a volume)!

This deal ends December 31st, 2014. Also, if you’ve purchased any one of the volumes digitally already, you can not purchase the entire bundle (even at the reduced prices for the individual volumes).

(That should be the same price for Kindle, Nook, iBookstore, or Viz’s online reader)

Oct 19

Hiroyuki Takei draws for “Corocoro Aniki” magazine, and ending of Ultimo & Jumbor?

Page 1 from Dear Tokuda Zaurus-sensei

Page 1 from Dear Tokuda Zaurus-sensei

A new magazine being published by Shogakukan called “Corocoro Aniki” (コロコロアニキ) had recently had its first issue released on October 15th. Featured on the cover (in small text) is that Hiroyuki Takei will be working with the start of this new magazine. Reading further into the magazine, the following details have been released:

- In the launch issue (October) there is a short (4 page?) semi-biographical manga to introduce readers to Zaurus Tokuda‘s work (through Hiroyuki Takei’s eyes) called “Dear Tokuda Zaurus-sensei” (拝啓 徳田ザウルス先生) in Japanese.

- In the next issue (January issue, which is on store shelves in December) there will be a continuation of this story.

- In the March issue (on shelves in Feb) will be Takei’s spin-off story related to the “Dash! Yonkuro” (ダッシュ!四駆郎) series which was written by Zaurus Tokuda. This will most likely be a short series (1-2 volumes), similar to his “Danball Senki: Kaidou Jin’s Story” volume (3 chapters).

- The magazine claims that “HIRO” is not the same person as “Hiroyuki Takei” who uses his full name (and logo).

- A depiction of the outside of Hiroyuki Takei’s studio is shown at the bottom panel on the first preview page! (Yes, it’s at least 2 stories)


Page 1 from Dear Tokuda Zaurus-sensei

Page 2 from Dear Tokuda Zaurus-sensei

When Takei introduces some of the series he’s worked on… there is some interesting dates associated with them. Ultimo and Jumbor both list an “end date” as 2015.  So Ultimo ending next year could happen. Jumbor ending seems a bit rushed. Or maybe they are both just placeholders. Who knows? But then Flowers and Zero are both listed as concluding in 2014. Which means that those series are at least finished for this year.

It’s highly likely that Takei has a yearly contract based on each magazine he publishes in. That contract states for how many pages of manga he’ll produce per-year. So does this mean that he doesn’t plan on renewing his contracts with Shueisha, and let those series run out? Or is these dates just placeholders for now? This is all speculation… but… so very confusing…!!!


Page 4 from Dear Tokuda Zaurus-sensei

Page 4 from Dear Tokuda Zaurus-sensei

Corocoro Aniki - Issue 1 cover

Corocoro Aniki – Issue 1 cover

Bonus: You can see the color car image at Natalie.




Page 1 Preview

Page 2 Preview

Oct 01

Shaman King Flowers Chapter 29 & Zero chapter 10 – Spoilers & Discussion

As sad as it may be… the final Jump Kai issue is just around the corner. Thank you Jump Kai for everything you’ve provided for us!

10/1: Jump Kai’s cover with Shaman King Flowers

10/9: Final page, and where Shaman King is going… (or not!)
10/9: Flowers probably on hiatus for a while


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Sep 21

Shonen Jump Plus launches

Today, the official “Shonen Jump Plus” website, marketplace, and app opened at . The service is aimed to provide the following (for Japanese readers):

  • Free chapter samples from new series
  • Read Weekly Shonen Jump chapters online (at a cost 300yen per issue)
  • Purchase various manga volumes (at various costs)
  • Read oneshot mangas (coming soon)


So let’s take a quick look at the Shaman King, Jumbor, and Ultimo offerings this site has to offer. Here’s the list of all the volumes currently available via the website:

  • Shaman King – volumes 1-32 (Original edition)
  • Ultimo – volumes 1-10
  • Shaman King 0 -Zero- – volume 1
  • Shaman King Flowers – volumes 1-5
  • Butsu Zone – volumes 1-2 (Bunko edition)
  • Jumbor – volumes 1-7
  • Jumbor – Angzengbang (Safety Edition) - volumes 1-2 (Reprint of original Jyuki Ningen Jumbor with added oneshots)


So the first thing that you’ll probably notice is saying “Where is Shaman King Kang Zeng Bang!?” Actually, it appears that the online distribution rights are a bit tied up right now. After the Shaman King series ended in Weekly Shonen Jump, the digital rights basically stayed with Takei. So when he created the KZB reprints, there were certain digital rights that he gave away. So those rights are currently limited to the official Shaman King App! Previously, the digital rights for the KZB were also held by the Bookstore, but those have since been removed.


Both editions of the Remix volumes of Shaman King Kang Zeng Bang fall under the same rights as the KZB. So those will never get a standalone release, only the original KZB releases will.


But all of the other volumes… aren’t anything new. These are the same digital releases that have been out for a while. For example, you can see all of these same volumes on the Digital Bookstore right now!


So, nothing really new or exciting to see here at this Shonen Jump Plus website… but it is kinda funny to see that even in Japan, sometimes getting those new KZB-only chapters is a bit more tricky!



Sep 12

Shaman King Flowers Chapter 28 & Zero chapter 9 – Spoilers & Discussion

Continuing to the end of Jump Kai.. we have both Flowers and Zero this month!

9/12: Spoilers!


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Sep 10

Takei to assist on upcoming “Garo” anime character design

mainvisual_02Announced this morning via Garo Project Blog, Hiroyuki Takei will be assisting with the character design in the upcoming “Garo – Honoo no Kokuin”  (Garo – Engraved flame – 牙狼〈GARO〉-炎の刻印- ) anime. Toshiyuki Kanno, the lead character designer, will then take Takei’s base designs and then integrate them into the anime.

The anime will premiere on October 3rd in Japan. There currently is no official English release announced at this time.

We’ll keep you updated as we find out more information (possibly in upcoming Jump Kai issue?)

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