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

Jun 06

Hiroyuki Takei starts a new Twitter account!

Back in August 2009, with the help of his editors Hiroyuki Takei created a Twttier account called take_pro.  Since it’s creation it has been run by either Takei himself, but more likely run by his assisstants.

However, this morning, a new Twitter account was created! This was called takeimokei, the personal Hiroyuki Takei twitter! It appears that this version will be run by Hiroyuki Takei himself. The announcement tweet is below:

お待たせしました!武井宏之公式アカウント 本日始動です。 よろしくお願いいたします! hiroyuki takei’s Twitter account was started! check it out!

There was one line not officially translated by Takei, which was the “I’m sorry to keep you waiting” at the beginning.

On the new twitter account Takei also has a new image…

よりアクティブになるために製作開始… はたしてうまくできるかどうか。


This line roughly translate to “The production started to become more active… but will it truly be?” This may be in relation to his other tweets that reference the mini 4WD model kits.

There also appears to be some other smaller differences between the accounts as well..


So what can we gather from all of this? Depends on how much you want to read into it. Takei not following JumpKai is meaningless, since that’s dead. Takei not following JumpRemix anymore means that nothing will be printed from them for a while (so no Shaman King Remix print 3 edition). Dropping ShonenJump is probably since they aren’t releasing his mangas anymore (only Viz Media). This might be the beginning of the true split from Shuiesha though. As Shuiesha might “own/manage” the old account for those on-going properties. Or it could be that Takei wants to say more of what’s on his mind. Or it could just be that they want to focus all of the model kits (for mini 4WD) onto one account.


Jun 05

Romi Park to attend Otakon 2015

In addition to Hiroyuki Takei attending Otakon 2015, Otakon announced on June 4th that Romi Park will also attend the convention. She is the Japanese voice actress for Tao Ren in Shaman King and Sennju in Butsu Zone.

Otakon’s website had the following bio posted.

Her most well-known roles include Edward Elric inFullmetal Alchemist; Nana Osaki in Nana; Ken Ichijouji in Digimon; Tao Ren in Shaman King; Temari in Naruto; Teresa in Claymore; and Toshiro Hitsugaya in Bleach. She is currently the voice of Emma Guzman in Garo: The Animation.

She recently voiced the villainous clothing mogul Ragyo Kiryuin in Kill la Kill, and has played several roles in the Gundam and Persona 4 franchises. Park has dubbed most of her anime characters in video game form, as well.

Like many seiyu, she also lends her voice frequently to dubs of imported movies and TV shows, including Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy and Uhura in theStar Trek (Original Series) movies. She’s also the voice of Finn the Human in the Japanese dub of Adventure Time.

Park serves as the go-to voice for dubbing Hilary Swank, Lucy Liu, and Michelle Rodriguez, in addition to dozens of other voices in TV and movies.

Otakon 2015 will take place on July 24th through July 26th, 2015 in the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Jun 01

Hiroyuki Takei’s first Chaos Dragon drawing released for Smartphone game

On May 28th, the Chaos Dragon Smartphone game updated it’s mobile & standard websites with some pre-release information. This multi-media game was previously announced in February.  In addition to starting a pre-registration page (which grants the user various benefits in-game) there is also a new trailer and key pieces of art.

Below is a separate still-frame promoting Takei’s character from the official Twitter feed followed by a rough translation (Click image to expand).


ケイオスドラゴン 混沌戦争【 各国紹介 その1】
皇帝『ゲルバン一世』 CV:銀河万丈
イラスト : 武井宏之
シナリオ : 武井宏之 小太刀右京

Chaos Dragon: Chaos War [Country Introduction Part 1]
Country “Geruban Morning Donatia Empire”
Emperor “Geruban Issei”     CV: Banjō Ginga
Illustration: Hiroyuki Takei
Created By: Hiroyuki Takei & Kodachi Ukyo

Kodachi Ukyo is also one of the key developers on the Chaos Dragon series, and 1 half of team “Barrel Roll” which assisted in the later-half of Shaman King Flowers. Hiroyuki Takei is also expected to provide additional artwork for the boardgame adaptation of this multi-media project later this year.

May 31

Hiroyuki Takei draws “Buffaloman” for Kinnikuman Exhibit

Starting on Friday the 29th (Kinnikuman Day*) of May a Kinnikuman Exhbit opened up for 3 days called the “Muscle Gallery” (マッスル・ギャラリー) in Tokyo. This special 3-day event cost 500yen to attend, but it allowed guests to view a unique history of Kinnikuman, or also known in English as Ultimate Muscle for the 2nd series. The first floor contained a gift shop for exclusive and rare items for purchase. On the second floor was a history of the series and included special pieces of artwork created exclusively for the event.

In addition to original drawings by the creator Yoshinori Nakai, there was special drawings by Terra Formars‘ artist Kenichi Tachibana, Midori no Makibaō’s Tsunomaru and Shaman King’s Hiroyuki Takei! The character Hiroyuki Takei drew was Buffaloman. There was also some figures by SpiceSeed who previously made a Shaman King’s Anna figures for WonderFest.


You can see some more photos from the event at Rocketnews24.com.

*The Japanese Anniversary Society declared that any Friday 29th of the year would be “Kinnikuman Day.” This is because “Friday the 29th” is Kin Niku in Japanese.

May 30

Hiroyuki Takei to be a guest at Otakon 2015

On May 26th 2015, Otakon, a Baltimore, Maryland anime convention announced that Hiroyuki Takei will be a guest at this year’s convention on July 24th-26th. He was announced with Yuichiro Hayashi who was the director for the latest Garo anime series in which Takei was also a character designer. Hiroyuki Takei previously was a guest at San Diego Comic Con in 2010 and prior to that at New York Comic Con in 2008.

The biggest difference between those first 2 visits and this third is who he is coming with. Previously both trips were sponsored by Viz Media as promotion with Stan Lee for the Ultimo manga. This time, his name is attached with Otakon and Viz Media has not made any announcements related to this yet.

I’ll be there to cover any news there is related to the event so look forward to that! But here’s my thoughts on what will probably happen:

  • At least 1 panel with Hiroyuki Takei will be focused on the Garo anime, and most questions will be focused in that direction.
  • There will be at least 1 or 2 signing events. There may be an additional signing event at Viz Media’s Dealer’s Room booth (if there is one).
  • He will probably make a short walk-on appearance at the Viz Media panel (if there is one).
  • There should be a Hiroyuki Takei-only panel, to focus on Shaman King and Ultimo.
  • He won’t talk in detail about series and chapters that haven’t been released officially in the USA (he didn’t when he was in France, and there was questions about the ending).
  • He may drop some type of hints about new manga he is working on (such as a Flowers sequel).
  • He won’t talk about any contract-related issues (such as him possibly moving away from Shueisha, .etc).
  • He’ll probably wear a hat.


May 30

New Hiroyuki Takei interview in 4WD Guidebook

0527-80527-01In the “タミヤ公式ガイドブック ミニ四駆 超速ガイド2015″ (“Tamiya Official Guidebook: Four-Wheel Drive Mini Ultra-Fast Guide 2015“), Hiroyuki Takei has a special interview included. The book traditionally shows the upcoming 4WD (Four-Wheel-Drive mini cars) that will be released in the upcoming year. Since Hiroyuki Takei is creating a new series based on Dash! Yonkuro, in Corocoro Aniki, they have a short interview to promote the series.

The issue goes on sale at the end of the month (may be available now depending on your store) for 920yen.  Chapter 2 of Hiroyuki Takei’s Hyper Dash Yonkuro will be released in Corocoro Aniki issue #3 on July 15th, 2015 in Japan. You can see more images of the new book at GetNavi.

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