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.




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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 http://plus.shonenjump.com/ . 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 Yahoo.co.jp 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 Yahoo.co.jp 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?)

Aug 09

Shaman King Flowers Chapter 27 & Zero chapter 8

And this month we have a surprise! We have a new Zero chapter along with Shaman King Flowers! Double Takei!

8/09: Initial information post
8/13: And now we have the spoilers!


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Jul 14

Shaman King Flowers Chapter 26 – Spoilers & Discussion

A very short chapter this month!

7/14: Spoilers and pictures (in case you didn’t believe us)


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Jul 10

Shaman King Flowers – Status Watch #1

On June 24th, Jump Kai officially announced that the magazine will be ending in October. All of the manga series within the magazine will either need to find a new home in another magazine, conclude, or put on hiatus. To keep track of these latest developments, I’ll be posting any updates to ANY of the manga series from Jump Kai that may indicate where Shaman King Flowers is going.


Today, Takei responded to a tweet asking about the status of Shaman King Flowers. Below is his response (first in Japanese, then followed by a rough, unofficial translation):



Thank you. At this time, the future of this series is undecided. Once there is an announcement, I will notify you all via Twitter.



He also answered another tweet with…


At this time, it is still undecided. Please enjoy the next 3 chapters of “Death Zero”


From both of these responses, it’s clear that Shaman King Flowers is not intended on being concluded at this time. However, we may still have a little while to go before we here where Shaman King Flowers will go. We will keep you posted as the news breaks.


Jul 10

WonderFest Summer 2014 Preview

On July 27th, WonderFest, the twice-a-year festival around figures, garage kits, and models returns! We have a small report of the figures that were at the last festival which you can find here.

YAMABIKO320 at booth 7-8-04 will be selling 5 new copies of the Destrich ( デストリッチ) from Jumbor for 7000yen. This is the same model from Winter festival. There will also be another model, デビルペンチ, that will be on display only (however the festival brochure lists it as a new model for sale).


Source: http://yamabiko320.tumblr.com/

Jun 24

Jump Kai Magazine ending in October

The home of Shaman King Flowers, Jump Kai magazine will have it’s final issue on October 10th, 2014 (the November issue).

In the upcoming issue on July 10th, they will have a follow-up announcement about the “hiatus” of the magazine. They will be looking to transfer the current running series to other popular magazines such as “Weekly Young Jump.”

No word on where Shaman King Flowers may move to from there. But since it’s a couple months away, I’m sure the series will land on it’s feet somewhere. Series have transferred between magazines before. Sometimes it’s a bit bumpy in terms of the release schedule, but hopefully with this much advance notice it should be fine.

It’s a shame that nothing in Jump Kai really caught on enough in Japan. I hope Shaman King Flowers does stay in a monthly format, it’s been working out well for it. Also, for reference on sales numbers, you can see our previous post.

Source: Jump Kai’s website

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