A very short chapter this month!
7/14: Spoilers and pictures (in case you didn’t believe us)
A very short chapter this month! 7/14: Spoilers and pictures (in case you didn’t believe us)
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, …
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 …
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 …
Now that most people have had time to read/watch Yahabe, I thought now would be a good time for some extended thoughts about the oneshot and how I think it links into the Shaman King …
Another month, another Shaman King Flowers chapter! The Death Zero arc continues! 6/15: Spoilers and pictures (in case you didn’t believe us)
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.
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).
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
Now that most people have had time to read/watch Yahabe, I thought now would be a good time for some extended thoughts about the oneshot and how I think it links into the Shaman King universe. So these are my thoughts, I might not be 100% correct, but I’m pretty sure this is the direction Hiroyuki Takei was going with it. So this is your warning that there is Yahabe oneshot spoilers, and Shaman King Flowers spoilers up to chapter 24. It’s also a bit wordy, but sometimes it’s nice to just write it all out.
1. Yahabe = Yabisu
We are going to assume that they are one and the same. Our little one-eyed pyramid acts the same and functions the same in both the oneshot and in Flowers. So he’s the same. I’ll loop back to “Fura Yabisu” later (from Shaman King Zero chapter 7). The name of the cards are slightly different as well. But let’s assume that they are the same as well.
2. Yosuke = Yosuke
This one is easy. We are going to assume the main character in the oneshot is the same character in Flowers. We can assume the timelines/worlds are the exact same as well.
Alright, let’s work with the “X-Laws Angel” concept. In the Shaman King Universe, if you love a physical object to much it can eventually gather it’s own spirit. With Marco and Luchist’s love of cars they were able to create spirits. Effectively if you push enough of your own furyoku into an object over time it will form a spirit. Cool.
Next let’s take a look at the Golem. The Golem is basically a large furyoku reservoir. You can put in furyoku into it which can be used later. Cool.
Now Yabisu is powered by money. I believe that all money has been given a little furyoku. From day-to-day handling, little bits of furyoku is added to money just because people find it important. Like how Marco just loves cars, he was pushing furyoku into it without actively thinking about it. Since money has importance this same logic can be applied.
Yabisu then works as a machine similar to the Golem. It takes the little furyoku attached to money and is able to extract it. This is how money can produce “magical” results, which wouldn’t normally make sense in the Shaman King universe. Some cards cost more money since they would need more furyoku to complete.
Currently in the Shaman King universe, we’ve mostly seen shamans use furyoku for fighting ability. However, like the Itakos, there is uses for furyoku that aren’t fighting. Itakos can use furyoku to effectively teleport spirits from one location to another. Why couldn’t Yabisu have a card that does the same thing?
Speaking of cards, why does Yabisu need them? First of all, we need to remember that at a core Yabisu is a machine. Machines (like computers) need instructions in order to know what to do. These cards are basically “shaman skills” that have been encoded into card format. Similar to the Golem which can fly and shoot lasers, the Golem isn’t a master swordsman since it hasn’t been programmed to do that.
You can also notice that Yabisu loses his expressions when performing a card’s ability. I think this his showing a bit more of Yabisu’s “machine-like nature” that he was originally created for.
Did you notice that the Yahabe oneshot was a little bumpy in the storytelling? What was the purpose of Kagome? Well…
During the card battle against Tsuruto, when Yahabe pulls him away, Kagome was suppose to chase after him! At this point Yahabe was going to give some better explanation on his background story. Yosuke would probably then want to use Yahabe’s power to save Kagome from danger when “they” attacked.
When Takei drew out the draft for Yahabe, he probably made it 60 pages in length. While working with his editor, they probably agreed to cut back this story above since it was a bit too wordy. It also retold alot of the same explanation from earlier in the story. So when condensing the story down, he makes the end of the oneshot a bit sharp as well.
Now you may be wondering… “How do you know all of this?” Well, go back and look at the original trailer. We never have a scene like that in the oneshot! But looking at the entire story, I think my explanation fits in pretty well. But we’ll never know for sure!
This next part is alot more guessing on my end… so I could be wrong…
“Them” from Yahabe is probably a group called “Otakara.” There goal is to create “Yabisu machines” that they can use to help rebel against Hao. Fura Yabisu was at one point Shaman King, and the “Otakara” want to re-establish him to power via the “Flower of Maize.”
Yabisu is probably a failed attempt in the creation of their machines. The Golem, for the most part, doesn’t have a “soul.” Something must have happened where Yabisu became self-aware and that’s why he initially was on the run from “Otakara.” However, Yosuke probably needed to make a deal with “Otakara” to keep Yabisu. Part of that deal is probably killing Hao. For this reason he probably went back in time to attack the Patch Village. This explains why Hana appears younger while Yosuke was a about the same age as he is in the oneshot. Yosuke probably stayed in that timeline which allowed him to age an additional 7 years to make him appear older.
So there you go! Hopefully this gives you some more insight onto Yahabe! Shaman King Flowers chapter 25 also appears to give a little bit more information, but it should fall basically in line with what I have written above.
So a little while ago I bought these series of officially licensed Shaman King figures. They were produced in Italy and packaged with food to sell to kids. So the quality is super low, but hey, let’s add them to my collection!
I’ve included a bunch of screenshots below. Click on each image to see the full size.
So all in all, they are kinda scary.There is alot of little details that they got right which is cool. But the key parts… like the face is so off that it makes them kinda weird. These are certainly the weirdest Shaman King figures you can have in your collection!
Last month, with the Jump Kai issue, a special Shaman King artbook was finally released! After all these years, and official artbook was never released. This artbook only contains a small portion of all the art Hiroyuki Takei has done, so there is something to look forward to if they make a nicer book. But until, then, I’d like to point out some little details that you might skim over if you take a look at this small book.
Recently, Shueisha released their Media Guide for 2014. This Media Guide is used for advertisers to get an estimate on the popularity of the magazine and how much an ad would cost. From this we can gather some interesting pieces of information. Which I have translated and placed for you below (for JumpKai)!
Here’s the part that’s a little scary. If you compare it to the 2013 Media Guide, all of the numbers are almost exactly the same except… the number of sales!
2013: 34,000 copies
2014: 18,000 copies
That’s a pretty massive decline! Compared to all of the other Shueisha manga magazines, that is now clearly the lowest in running Shueisha’s lineup. Does this mean that Jump Kai is going to go under? It’s hard to say. The 34,000 number could be inflated since it was still a new magazine, and they didn’t have solid numbers yet. Plus Shaman King Zero help sell out some copies.
One thing to compare is the price of the ad space. That number has stayed the same. And it’s priced exactly the same as Ultra Jump (it’s primary competition for the age bracket/style). Selling ad space is king for a print magazine, so the magazine does contain some value still. In the last 8 months however, it looks like their marketing budget got severally cut. We haven’t seen any big banner ads for Flowers in subway stations or things like that.
So, if you were wondering why Shaman King Flowers is always on the cover of the magazine… this is why. It’s keeping the magazine alive right now. Based on the age demographic, people who read Shaman King are probably the people still buying the magazine. If the number continues to decline next year (under 15,000), then the magazine might be doomed. If it stays at 18,000, then it’s still got a chance.
But what if Shaman King Flowers isn’t enough to keep it alive!? What if the magazine folds!? What will happen to Shaman King Flowers!?
Well, the simple answer to that is… it will move to another magazine. Probably JumpSQ. Right now that’s a fairly big powerhouse for adaptations and continuations of Weekly Shonen Jump titles. Ultimo is still running in JumpSQ19 and Jumbor in Ultra Jump. It’s hard to say if Flowers will rise above the already established series in SQ, but it probably won’t. Ultra Jump already has Jumbor, and wouldn’t have 2 series running by Takei at the same time. So where Shaman King Flowers is right now, is actually the best place for it. Now if we get a new Shaman King anime this year… things might start getting interesting…