Aug 24

Shonen Magazine Edge Twitter Campaign for Issue #1

As previously reported, on September 19th, the first issue of Shonen Magazine Edge will be released in Japan. As part of the build up to this launch the editorial department has started a new Twitter campaign which includes a contest.

Campaign Contest details

(Complete rules in Japanese can be found on their official Facebook)

CNKmnVDVEAASmiWStep 1: Follow the official Shonen Magazine Edge official twitter: Link

Step 2: Retweet the contest tweet with the hashtag “マガジンエッジRT第1弾”

The original tweet can be found here: Link

Other rules: You can enter each round up until the following Sunday at midnight (basically you get 1 week). You can only win once. If you are a winner, you’ll be contacted via Direct Message. A new piece of art (by a different artist) will be run each week until the launch of the magazine.

It doesn’t say anything about location restrictions… so the contest may be worldwide? It’s unlikely they’ll ship the prizes outside of Japan, but you’re welcome to try! The first contest (for this week only) is featuring Takei’s artwork shown on the left for Nekogahara.


Shonen Edge Issue 1To help promote the campaign, they also have a full page ad in Animate’s preview book (link may be outdated if viewing after Sept 2015). This book outlines the contest details and also features a sample artwork (shown below). It appears that the artwork shown above (in the official tweet) will be the final piece. However this does give us a look at the full image Takei has drawn, which will also be featured on the cover of the first issue (shown left).














In addition to the twitter campaign, there has also been promotional posters being setup at key locations in Japan. First was a large banner at the main train station for Comiket 88. Next there was a poster and flyers at the SUPER COMIC CITY 関西21.



Aug 09

New Jumbor products at UJ20 Anniversary Fair

UJ20 Jumbor exhibit

Running from August 8th till the end of the month there will be an “Ultra Jump 20th Anniversary Fair” located at the Jump Shop in Tokyo. This fair features multiple exhibits featuring current and previously running manga series in Ultra Jump. This includes Hiroyuki Takei’s series, Jumbor (ユンボル). In addition to the exhibits there are some exclusive products for sale which we have listed below.

Note: Mekke Online shop links below only ships within Japan.

Jumbor CanvasJumbor Canvas

Size: A3 (29.7 x 42.0cm)

Price: 7,560yen (tax included)

Release date: October 2015

Note: Design subject to change

Online Store: Link


UJ20 Jumbor card file front&backJumbor Clear File

Size: 220 × 310mm

Price: 324yen (tax included)

Release Date: Available now

Material: PP (plastic)

Online Store: Link (also available now at the Jump Shop)




Jul 19

Wonder Festival Summer 2015 Preview – Part 2

Continuing our coverage from our previous post, there has been some updates on the announced figures going on sale on July 26th at the Summer 2015 Wonder Festival. There may be additional figures on sale as not all groups promote their figures on social media prior to the event.

Yahabe by supawa

YahabeYahabe will be sold at the table 7-11-09 under the group name of 「かにみそパンの丘」. Technically it’s listed as Yahabe from Shaman King 0 (rather than Yabisu from Shaman King Flowers). A map to their table location can be found here.





Spirit of Fire by supawa

Spirit of FireThe Spirit of Fire will also be sold at the same table as Yahabe at 7-11-09. This figure was previously at the Winter 2014 Wonder Festival, as seen here.






Tao Ren by flalamingo

Tao RenTao Ren will be a new full garage kit sold at the table 8-11-06 under the group name of 「flalalamingo」. This figure will feature Ren holding Bason in a spiritball mode, and include removable shirt. You can see more photos of the development process on flalamingo’s twitter and final images on fixia.




Matamune by Nanbertakahi

MatamuneReturning from Winter 2014, the Matamune figure returns for another festival. This is a 1/8th scale garage kit that will sell for 7000 yen at the table 7-08-06 under the name of 「万魔堂」. This figure may feature a slightly different base than previously. A map to the table location can be found here.




Anna by Nanbertakahi

AnnaAlso returning from Winter 2014, the Anna figure by Nanbertakahi is on sale. This is a 1/8th scale garage kit that will sell for 9000 yen at the table 7-08-06 under the name of 「万魔堂」. This figure may feature a slightly different base than previously. A map to the table location can be found here.




Death Pinch & Destrich EMs from Jumbor by YAMABIKO320

Death PinchDestrichReturning from Winter 2014, 2 EMs (Earth Movers) from Jumbor will be on sale and 1 will be on display only. Death Pinch (Nipper’s Custom) will be on sale for 11,000yen and Destrich will be on sale for 7,000yen. Additionally an EM-D63S will be on display at table 5-21-03 under the group name of 「YAMABIKO320」. A map to the table location can be found here.




Jul 16

Flowers, Ultimo, and Jumbor endings imminent per Takei

Today Hiroyuki Takei gave some updates on his manga series, so here’s the rundown:

  • Shaman King Flowers is officially completed and will not be continued.
  • He does want to write a new sequel to Shaman King, but it will be using a different name.
  • Ultimo’s true final chapter will be in Jump SQ Crown Issue #2 coming out in the October issue.
  • Jumbor volume 10 will be the final volume (currently 8 volumes have been released in Japan and totally 54 chapters) and is currently on hiatus.
  • He hopes to write more Jumbor in the future.
  • Hyper Dash Yonkuro takes alot of time and effort to create, but he’s having a great time doing it
  • He’s still working on his Takei-mask, which he was planning on wearing to Otakon
  • He needed to cancel his appearance to Otakon, as reported here.

On a more positive note, it was announced separately, that he’ll be working on a new manga series for Kodansha as reported here as well.


Thanks to Dit for summarizing these updates! And this news post will be updated later today with some more specific from his tweets.

Jul 16

Hiroyuki Takei Guest Appearance Cancelled for Otakon

As previously announced, Hiroyuki Takei was scheduled to be attending Otakon this upcoming weekend. However, Hiroyuki Takei just sent out a tweet with the following:


「アメリカ行き」は諸事情でとりやめになりました。 もしイベントに出向かれるつもりの方、お許しください

This roughly translates to the following:

“America bound” is now canceled because of various circumstances.
Please forgive me if you were planning to go to the event on my behalf.

And Otakon’s website has issued the following statement:

Hiroyuki Takei is unable to attend Otakon due to a last-minute scheduling conflict. While we are all disappointed, guest cancellations are sometimes unavoidable.

Hiroyuki Takei’s signing events and Q&A panels have been removed from the schedule. The Garo panel is still scheduled. Romi Park, is still scheduled to attend, as was previously announced.

Jul 16

New Hiroyuki Takei manga series for Shonen Magazine Edge

Takei_deailToday, Shonen Magazine Edge launched their new website (, which features their lead manga series called “Neko~Gahara”  (猫ヶ原) being created by Hiroyuki Takei. Shonen Magazine Edge is a new monthly magazine being released by Kodansha starting on September 17th, 2015. A new issue will come out every month on the 17th. The cover of the first issue will feature this new series, and the series will also have a color page.

This is the first time Hiroyuki Takei has had one of his mangas published by Kodansha (a separate company from Shueisha).

AnimeNewsNetwork translate the plot to the following: “A cat abandoned by the world, Nora Chiyo. Slice through the human world.”

You can find the official website here:


Jun 13

The More Yoh Know! – 29 & 30

The More Yoh Know 29

The More Yoh Know 30

This is the conclusion of “Season 1″ of The More Yoh Know!. If you could take a minute to fill out this survey, I’ll make Season 2 even better! Thanks!

Jun 09

Wonder Festival Summer 2015 Preview

On July 26th, 2015 will begin the Summer 2015 edition of Wonder Festival (ワンダーフェスティバル). This is also know as Wonderfest, Wonfes( ワンフェス), or “wf2015s.” This is a special 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. And often these figures are promoted online via social media. A such, there has been a couple new figures (unofficial, fanmade) being advertised, which we have listed below. As more are posted online, we’ll have additional news posts. Sometimes we won’t see them until the day of the event!

Yabisu by supawa


These appear to be a small scale figures of Yabisu (Shaman King Flowers). They appear to be about an 1 inch (25.4 mm) in height and there should be about 20 of them for sale.

You can follow the creator on their Twitter @supuwa4



Tao Ren by flalamingo

CG-xmmAUQAA8LYNThis appear to be a garage kit of Tao Ren from the original Shaman King series (specifically anime). Since this design is still in development, it’s not clear if this will be a full figure of just a bust.

You can follow Flalamingo on their Twitter @flalalamin










As new figures are announced we’ll be posting about them here on Patch-Cafe. Below are some links to previous Wonder Festivals with our coverage:


Jun 07

Takei’s Cosplay Project for Otakon?

Yesterday, Hiroyuki Takei started a new twitter account, in which he posted an image of something he was making. Today, he posted an additional image and 3 more tweets (with some rough English translations followed):


Eh… I’m nervous…


反応ありすぎてびっくりしました。 いろいろ気をつけます。 これからもよろしくお願いします。

I was surprised by this reaction. Many positive messages. Thank you for all of them.

This is probably in regards to him creating a new Twitter account, which is already at 2000 followers (1/5th of his main account’s).


In order to be more active… Part 2


So this is clearly connected to yesterday’s tweet, as it has the previous design now being shown in a 3D space. The context of being “active” wasn’t really clear, but I think it’s related to being active in a public-space… such as appearing at Otakon! I think he’s going to make a mask for wearing at Otakon! If you take a look at his most photo from yesterday, and look at it from the side, it appears that it will match up with his self-portrait!

Mask Design

With the latest image, we can see the scale… which would be big enough to fit his head! I assume we’ll see some more pictures in the upcoming days as he’s working on it!

Both Hiroyuki Takei and Romi Park will be at Otakon 2015 on July 24th through July 26th, 2015 in the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.



Jun 06

The More Yoh Know! – 27 & 28

The More Yoh Know 27

The More Yoh Know 28

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