Feb 18 2018

Yoh & Hao Asakura Figure Announcement from Kotobukiya

At 2018 Winter Wonder Festival, Kotobukiya has announced that they are working on a new figure for “Yoh Asakura” and “Hao Asakura” based on an original drawing by Hiroyuki Takei. This announcement came in the form of a sign at their booth, which is shown to the right (taken by es_series on twitter). This drawing had not been previously released. The image was also included in a Kotobukiya promotional booklet at the event for advertising their upcoming releases.

It’s not clear if this will be sold as two figures or a single figure. The figure will be part of it’s ARTFX J line of figures. These figures are typically around 200mm in height (at 1/8 scale) and made with pre-painted PVC. The price can average around 9000yen for figures in this product line.

Previously, the company Sentinel released a Yoh Asakura figure under their “RIO:bone” line of figures which was released in November 2012. A Hao Asakura and Anna Kyōyama were also prototyped, but never released and are considered cancelled. Previous Wonder Festivals is where these prototypes by Sentinel were on display. Within Hiroyuki Takei’s office, he has a large collection of official and fan created figures from the Shaman King series.

Feb 17 2018

Iron Maiden Jeanne Wins Pocolon Dungeon’s Shaman King Character Contest

On February 3rd through the 7th, Pocolon Dungeon held a contest to see which Shaman King characters should be added in a future collaboration event. The 18 characters in the event currently were excluded and 14 characters (plus a write-in) were recommended in the contest. Anyone could enter, but you were only allowed to vote once. This contest was separate from the popularity contest held on the official website.

Today on twitter, the official Pocolon Dungeon account tweeted the winner was Iron Maiden Jeanne (アイアンメイデン・ジャンヌ) and provided two drawings. The first image was drawn personally by Hiroyuki Takei. The second image was a sketch done by the Pocolon Dungeon artists on what the character could look like in game. Both images are shown below.

In addition to the poll, there was a separate Twitter contest for entrants to win the physical drawing by Hiroyuki Takei. The current Pocolon Dungeon Shaman King crossover event is scheduled to end on February 25th in Japan. Characters and items unlocked can still be used after the event has concluded. There has been no announcements on when a potential additional crossover event will occur, or if it will available in other languages of the game.  Jezzy has a write-up on her Tumblr blog on how to play the free-to-play game internationally.

Feb 16 2018

Final Shaman King Chapter to be Printed in April Issue of Shonen Magazine Edge

On February 17th, the March issue of Shonen Magazine Edge was released in Japan which contained the 27th Nekogahara chapter and a chapter of the Shaman King manga reprinted. The February issue had the first Shaman King chapter and the March issue had chapter 171 “Osorezan Revoir IX (9)” (恐山ル・ヴォワール IX). This was the first chapter in volume 20 of the original Shaman King compiled volume print from Shueisha. The special reprint chapters are using the modifications from the original Kang Zeng Bang and Remix releases, with the logos updated to the new Shaman King logo for Kodansha.

In the April issue, releasing on March 17th, the final chapter of the original Shaman King series, chapter 300 called “the Last Words.” This is the first time the chapter has been published in a magazine, and it will contain it’s original color pages. Chapter 300 has only been printed in the original Kang Zeng Bang and Remix releases by Shueisha. Additionally, in the issue the results of the Character Poll from the official 20th Anniversary website will be announced.

There was no announcements on when the Kodansha comic ebook editions of the Shaman King manga will be released or any additional information about the upcoming new Shaman King series to be included in the magazine.

Feb 11 2018

Wonder Festival 2018 [Winter] Preview

On February 18th, 2018 will begin the Winter edition of Wonder Festival (ワンダーフェスティバル). This is also know as Wonderfest or Wonfes( ワンフェス) for short. This is a special, twice-a–year convention that is based around promoting and selling of figures, typically from anime, manga, and comic series.

The event is split between the official figure manufacturers promoting their upcoming figures to be sold through normal outlets for the rest of the year and one-off “groups” that make their own custom figures for sale during the event. These one-off, fan-groups’ figures typically get a “look-the-other-way” in terms of copyright infringement for using licensed characters on this special day in this special location. Typically these figures are sold at high prices with a very limited quantity. Often these figures are promoted online via social media. As more are posted online, we’ll update this post with them. Sometimes we won’t see them until the day of the event!

Below are the figures that are confirmed to be at the event. Figures new to this Wonder Festival are located at the top, followed by returning designs.

Updated on Feb 16th: Added more painted versions for Ultimo, Vice, and Lucifer, with some updated pricing information. Added Tao Ren from previous Wonder Festival which will be on sale again.

Anna (Train Vert design) Shaman King
Creator:
万魔堂 [NANBERTAKAHI]
Booth:
6-27-10
First Appearance:
Wonder Festival 2018 [Winter]
Price:
10,000 yen
Size/Color:
1/8th Scale, Unpainted
Extras:
Box design inspired by Train Vert magazine cover
Additional Images:
See Fixia Site
Contact:
Twitter

  Ultimo (Volume 12 Chibi Design) Karakuridôji Ultimo
Creator:
YAMABIKO320
Booth:
5-02-07
First Appearance:
Wonder Festival 2018 [Winter]
Price:
10,000 yen (for all 3)
Size/Color:
Unpainted, sold as a set of 3
Extras:
Base included
Additional Images:
See Twitter
Contact:
Twitter

 

  Vice (Volume 12 Chibi Design) Karakuridôji Ultimo
Creator:
YAMABIKO320
Booth:
5-02-07
First Appearance:
Wonder Festival 2018 [Winter]
Price:
10,000 yen (for all 3)
Size/Color:
Unpainted, sold as a set of 3
Extras:
Base included
Additional Images:
See Twitter
Contact:
Twitter

 

  Milieu (Volume 12 Chibi Design) Karakuridôji Ultimo
Creator:
YAMABIKO320
Booth:
5-02-07
First Appearance:
Wonder Festival 2018 [Winter]
Price:
10,000 yen (for all 3)
Size/Color:
Unpainted, sold as a set of 3
Extras:
Base included
Additional Images:
See Twitter
Contact:
Twitter

 

Faust VIII and Eliza Shaman King
Creator:
Flalamingo
Booth:
4-17-16
First Appearance:
Wonder Festival 2017 [Summer]
Price:
25,000 yen
Size/Color:
Unpainted
Extras:
Base included
Additional Images:
See Fixia Site
Contact:
Twitter

 

Chocolove Shaman King
Creator:
Flalamingo
Booth:
4-17-16
First Appearance:
Wonder Festival 2016 [Summer]
Price:
8,000 yen
Size/Color:
Unpainted
Extras:
Base included
Additional Images:
See Fixia Site
Contact:
Twitter

 

Tao Ren (Age 9) Shaman King Zero
Creator:
埼玉マテリアル (sueruli)
Booth:
4-08-02
First Appearance:
Wonder Festival 2017 [Summer]
Price:
7,000 yen
Size/Color:
Unpainted
Extras:
None
Additional Images:
See Twitter
Contact:
Twitter

 

  Anna (Osorezan Revoir design) Shaman King
Creator:
万魔堂 [NANBERTAKAHI]
Booth:
6-27-10
First Appearance:
Wonder Festival 2015 [Summer]
Price:
9000 yen
Size/Color:
1/8th Scale, Unpainted
Extras:
None
Additional Images:
See Fixia Site
Contact:
Twitter

 

  Matamune Shaman King
Creator:
万魔堂 [NANBERTAKAHI]
Booth:
6-27-10
First Appearance:
Wonder Festival 2015 [Summer]
Price:
9000 yen
Size/Color:
1/8th Scale, Unpainted
Extras:
None
Additional Images:
See Fixia Site
Contact:
Twitter

 

  Horohoro Shaman King
Creator:
万魔堂 [NANBERTAKAHI]
Booth:
6-27-10
First Appearance:
Wonder Festival 2017 [Winter]
Price:
9000 yen
Size/Color:
1/8th Scale, Unpainted
Extras:
None
Additional Images:
See Fixia Site
Contact:
Twitter

  Lucifer (Oversoul) Shaman King
Creator:
たくおでん [Oden Shop]
Booth:
4-15-05
First Appearance:
Wonder Festival 2017 [Summer]
Price:
19,000 yen
Size/Color:
Unpainted, 190-200 mm tall (constructed), LED light compatible (not included)
Extras:
Translucent wings
Additional Images:
Fixia
Contact:
Twitter

  Shovelius Jumbor
Creator:
YAMABIKO320
Booth:
5-02-07
First Appearance:
Wonder Festival 2016 [Summer]
Price:
25,000 yen
Size/Color:
240mm, 96 pieces, Unpainted
Extras:
Decals, Pilots (to scale)
Additional Images:
See Twitter
Contact:
Twitter

 

  Death Pinch (Nipper’s Custom) Jumbor
Creator:
YAMABIKO320
Booth:
5-02-07
First Appearance:
Wonder Festival 2015 [Summer]
Price:
15,000 yen
Size/Color:
190mm, 86 pieces, Unpainted
Extras:
Decals, Pilots (to scale)
Additional Images:
See Twitter
Contact:
Twitter

  Micheal (Oversoul) Shaman King
Creator:
国分寺美食倶楽部 [skill1000]
Booth:
8-19-12
First Appearance:
Wonder Festival 2017 [Summer]
Price:
20,000 yen
Size/Color:
Unpainted
Extras:
None
Additional Images:
See Twitter
Contact:
Twitter

 

  Iron Maiden Shaman King
Creator:
unagi88
Booth:
8-21-09
First Appearance:
Wonder Festival 2017 [Winter]
Price:
3,000 yen
Size/Color:
Black or Ivory
Extras:
Hinge & screws
Additional Images:
See Twitter
Contact:
Twitter

You can find our previous coverage of Wonder Festival events here.

Feb 03 2018

Pocolon Dungeon’s Shaman King Event Holds Contest for Characters to be Added

Pocolon Dungeon officially launched its Shaman King crossover event on Februrary 3rd in Japan. Within the free to download event, the following Shaman King characters (as shown in the image below) are featured. Some of these characters have multiple forms.

  • Yoh Asakura
  • Amidamaru
  • Anna Kyōyama
  • Tao Ren
  • Bason
  • Horohoro
  • Kororo
  • Ryūnosuke Umemiya
  • Tokegeroh
  • Manta Oyamada
  • Lyserg Diethel
  • Morphine
  • Faust VIII
  • Eliza
  • Silva
  • Hao
  • Spirit of Fire
  • Matamune

In addition to these characters, there are multiple other references to Shaman King within the home page within the game.

Starting today, there is also an additional online survey and contest that can be completed to recommend characters that were not in this crossover event. Based on the outcome of this survey, the most popular character may be included in the next collaboration event for the Shaman King series. The character that wins this survey will also have a color illustration done by Hiroyuki Takei. One survey entrant will be picked at random to win this illustration.

To complete the survery you will need to go to the following link. After clicking the red button to start, you are prompted with the first question asking “Please choose the character you like the most among the characters that have not appeared in Pocolon Dungeons.” The following are the choices (in English):

  • Iron Maiden Jeanne (アイアンメイデン・ジャンヌ)
  • Opacho (オパチョ)
  • Kanna Bismarch (カンナ・ビスマルク)
  • Sati Saigan (サティ・サイガン)
  • Shamash (シャマシュ)
  • Tao Jun (道潤)
  • Tamamura Tamao (玉村たまお)
  • Dainichi (ダイニチ – Sennju from Butsu Zone)
  • Chocolove McDonell (チョコラブ・マクダネル)
  • Ponchi & Conchi (ポンチ&コンチ)
  • Marion Phauna (マリオン・ファウナ)
  • Matilda Matisse (マルチダ・マティス)
  • Mic (ミック)
  • Lee Pai Long (李白竜)
  • Other (write-in)

After pressing the red button at the bottom, you have then completed the survey. You may only complete the survey once. To be entered into the contest to win the drawing by Hiroyuki Takei, be sure to follow the official Pocolon Dungeon Twitter account and tweet out the following contest message. The contest runs between 12:00 on February 3rd until end of day on February 7th and you must be living in Japan in order to win. If you are the winner, you’ll be contacted via a Direct Message on Twitter. There are no details on when the illustration will be complete or announced.

A character popularity contest had just recently ended on the official Shaman King 20th Anniversary site. No dates were announced for when a future Shaman King crossover event will occur in Pocolon Dungeon. The current event is planned to end on February 25th, but characters & items you unlock during the event will still be usable after the event. There are no currently announced plans for this Shaman King event to be available in other versions of the game . The current English version of the game, is called “Mega Monster Legends” but there may be some region restrictions.

(Thanks to Jezzy for contributing to this news item by putting time into playing Pocolon Dungeon in both Japanese and English.)

Feb 01 2018

Hiroyuki Takei to create a new manga celebrating Osamu Tezaku’s Astro Boy

Announced with the opening of the brand new website, a new magazine called “Tezuka Mix” will begin publication in Japan on April 30th, 2018 in Japan. This magazine will run monthly for 18 issues and feature a character or series from Osamu Tezuka’s works. The first issue appears to be featured around his original hit, Astro Boy. As shown on the left, Hiroyuki Takei has already provided a drawing for this upcoming manga for the magazine with more details coming soon.

 

“Tezuka Mix” is being published by “Micro Magazine” a smaller independent manga publisher in Japan. This is not affiliated with Kondasha, who is currently publishing Nekogahara and the upcoming new Shaman King series. The magazine is being created in celebration of the 90 years of Tezuka’s works.

Jan 31 2018

Shaman King Character Poll Ends

Starting on January 9th, the official 20th Anniversary website for Shaman King opened a character popularity poll. This poll was to gauge interest for character for upcoming stories, including a new light novel for Shaman King. The poll officially closed as of today, but the characters are still visible on the website.

Via Twitter, Hiroyuki Takei’s editor, made some comments about the popularity poll. He first clarified the poll would be closed at 18:00, and that he thanked everyone who voted. He then added this as well (English translation followed):

日本国内だけでなく、アジア地域やヨーロッパ、ロシアなど、世界各国から投票いただき、重ね重ねお礼申し上げます。日本語でのお礼ですが、各国のファンの方に届きますように。

We would like to express our sincere gratitude for voting not only from Japan but from around the world including Asia, Europe, Russia and many other countries. I thank you in Japanese, but I hope this will reach the fans of various countries.

From a reply, he also responded in English that he is working on both the new Shaman King and the 20th Anniversary in other parts of the world.

No dates have been announced for the new Shaman King chapters (outside of Spring 2018) in Japan, or an official release date for the new Kodansha-published eBooks of the original manga.

Concluding with his announcements on Twitter, the results of the character popularity poll will be announced in the April issue of Shonen Magazine Edge which will be published on March 17th, 2018 in Japan.

Jan 16 2018

Another Shaman King Reprint Chapter in March Issue of Shonen Magazine Edge

Today, January 17th, the February issue of Shonen Magazine Edge was released in Japan, which contained a special reprint chapter of the first Shaman King manga chapter and featured Yoh on the cover. It was also announced in the issue that next month will also feature another reprint Shaman King chapter. They are jumping ahead to chapter 171 “Osorezan Revoir IX (9)” (恐山ル・ヴォワール IX) which will be in the March issue, on sale in Japan on February 17th in Shonen Magazine Edge with another chapter of Nekogahara. This was the first chapter in volume 20 of the original Shaman King compiled volume print from Shueisha. The special reprint chapters are using the modifications from the original Kang Zeng Bang and Remix releases, with the logos updated to the new Shaman King logo for Kodansha.

No further updates about the new Shaman King manga series that will be starting this spring in Shonen Magazine Edge. The special note page (which contains the same note as posted on the official website), says to check the website and future issues for additional information. The back cover of the magazine did contain an ad for the upcoming new ebook versions of the Shaman King compiled volumes that will be released by Kodansha.

Jan 11 2018

Shaman King to have a Crossover with Japanese mobile game Pocolon Dungeon

[Updated 1/11: Collectible characters updated. Thanks Jezzy!]

Announced via Pocolon Dungeon’s official Twitter account, the Shaman King series will have a special cross-over event within the game starting in February 2018. “Pocolon Dungeon” is a puzzle RPG game where you connect color blocks to move your character and attack monsters.

The game is free to play on the Apple App Store and Google App stores but in-app purchases are available. There are region restrictions which may prevent you from downloading and playing the game outside of Japan. The game is completely in Japanese with no English language available. Different versions of the game have been licensed and published in English (under different titles), but will not feature this cross-over event. Across all platforms, the game has been downloaded more than 12 million times.

From within the in-game newsfeed, the characters that can be collected and what element they are within the game has been announced:

  • Yoh [Fire]
  • Ren [Lightning]
  • Horohoro [Water]
  • Ryu [Earth]
  • Lyserg [Fire]

Shaman King isn’t the first anime series to be featured in this game. Most recently in December, the anime series Saint Seiya was the special cross-over. New 4, 5, and 6 star characters and equipment could be obtained through battling event-specific bosses on a Saint Seiya themed map. The event ended on January 5th, 2018. Other past series that had cross overs were A Certian Magical Index, Attack On Titan, The Seven Deadly Sins, and Full Metal Alchemist. Their official Youtube page contains videos promoting these and other special events. Based on the frequency of these special cross-overs, the designs are most likely done in-house at the game’s developer, Grenge, and not directly made by Hiroyuki Takei.

It’s highly likely that more information about this cross-over will be included in the February 2018 issue of “Shonen Magazine Edge” going on sale January 17th, 2018. This issue features Shaman King on the cover as well as a reprint of the original Shaman King chapter 1.

Hiroyuki Takei previously worked on providing his specific art for another mobile game, the beta for “Tokyo Dragon City” back in September 2017. This is the first time since the Nintendo DS title “Jump Ultimate Stars” that Shaman King characters have been featured in an official videogame. “Jump Ultimate Stars” released over 10 years ago on November 23rd, 2006.

Jan 10 2018

SK on Cover of Shonen Magazine Edge with Reprint of Chapter 1

Amazon.co.jp has listed the cover for the February 2018 issue of Shonen Magazine Edge that will be on sale on January 17th, 2018 in Japan. Yoh, as designed for the upcoming Kodansha reprint of the Shaman King manga volumes will be featured on the cover.

The cover also contains some additional text which helps point to some of the issue’s content. In the center it lists “2018春,蘇る!” for the “Spring 2018, Revival!” that reconfirms new Shaman King chapters will begin in the Spring. In the bottom right-hand corner it also says that the original first chapter, “The Boy Who Dances With Ghosts” is also included within the issue! This will most likely contain the original color pages. Hiroyuki Takei’s other manga series, Nekogahara also appears in the issue.

As previously reported, if you purchase the issue from Animate, you also get a bonus Shaman King 20th Anniversary sticker. You can pre-order the issue online from here.

[1/11 update: Larger version of cover has been added from the official magazine twitter account. Click to enlarge.]