Nov 18

English Nekogahara Volume 1 Digital Edition Available Worldwide From BookWalker

BookWalker‘s International Webstore announced today that all of their English digital manga volumes from Kodansha Comics will no longer have region-blocking. This includes the digital edition of Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai volume 1, for all regions except Japan. Previously, the volume was only accessible in Australia, Canada, France, England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, & the United States of America.

The pricing of the manga is based off the Japanese yen. As such, the manga can be purchased online right now for $9.04USD (which was down from $9.59 at launch). Unless there is some changes in the future, it is reasonable to expect all future volumes of Nekogahara will be available in English digitally worldwide. Volume 2 of the manga is planned for it’s English release on January 10th, 2017.

In slightly related other BookWalker news, they have also announced on Twitter that they are currently working on supporting “simulpub” releases of individual chapters. This would be individual manga chapters that would be released in English the same day they are printed in Japanese. Kodansha Comics does currently publish some titles in this format (such as Attack on Titan, Space Brothers, and As The God’s Will Second Series). Nekogahara currently is not one of these titles, but it may be possible if Kodansha receives enough demand.

Oct 25

Nekogahara Volume 1 Purchasing Guide

Hiroyuki Takei’s latest manga series, Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai is now officially out in English! Kodansha Comics has been taking great efforts to make this as accessible as possible. And with accessibility comes many purchasing options! Below is a list of purchasing recommendations (other options may be available, prices are at time of launch).

Update 1 (10/25): Added BookWalker, and updated some prices as they’ve shifted during the day.

Print Edition (US/Canada):

Amazon – $12.99 + shipping (unless order is +$25 of books, then free)
Barnes & Noble – $12.99 + shipping
Right Stuf – $9.74 + shipping (unless order is +$49)
Your Local Bookstore! – Price may vary, but helps support your local economy!

Digital Edition (US/Canada):

Amazon (Kindle & cross-buy in comiXology) – $12.34
BookWalker Global – $9.59USD/¥950 (with coupon code “oct18” it’s $7.27 until Oct 31st)
comiXology – $12.99
iTunes Store iBook – $9.99
NOOK Book (via Barnes & Noble) – $8.49

Note: BookWalker is currently having a promotion where new BookWalker accounts will get a free 500yen (about $5USD) coupon. You will need to register before October 31st and apply for the coupon here. Then you will receive the coupon on November 2nd (which expires by the 22nd). So for the cheapest digital version of, if you want to wait a week, this is your best bet (which the price will come down to about $4.59USD)!

Also, Bookwalker allows for the manga to be read on your computer (or via their app) and is available in the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • France
  • England
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • New Zealand
  • United States

Since this volume is already released, even in countries that may have other print editions (or no announced releases yet), you can purchase it here!

Print Edition (UK):

Amazon – £9.99 + shipping (unless order is +£10 of books, then free)
Book Depository – $9.52USD + free international shipping

Digital Edition (UK):

Kindle & comiXology – £8.99 – (via Amazon)  £9.49
Note: From Amazon, it appears you can purchase the digital version now, though it’s print release date isn’t until October 27th.

 

Please do your part to help support the manga industry and purchase manga (in any form, print or digital). Purchasing the manga has a direct impact back to it’s creator, Hiroyuki Takei, and allows him to continue to create more manga like Nekogahara and Shaman King. Strong sales numbers in one series can often lead to his other series being officially licensed in English.

Oct 23

Nekogahara vol 2 cover preview & vol 4 English release date

Inekogahara-volume-2-cover-lqn the latest issue of Shonen Magazine Edge (which runs the Nekogahara manga series) there is an ad for the upcoming Japanese volume 2 of Nekogahara. To the left is the preview of the cover. The volume will be on sale in Japan on November 17th, 2016.

The release date for volume 4 of Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai (the English edition) is currently scheduled for a July 18th, 2017 release date in the United States & Canada. The international release dates for this volume should be shortly after. These dates are subject to change as the Japanese release dates for volume 3 or 4 has not been announced yet.

Volume 1 of Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai will be on sale in English on October 25th, 2016. Additionally, the volume will be sold digitally as well as in print form. Previously Kodansha Comics had only commented on it’s licensing for the print-version of the manga. There is no digital preview of the first volume available yet.

Be sure to check out our new Release Calendar to keep up-to-date with all of the latest Hiroyuki Takei releases of Shaman King, Nekogahara, and Ultimo! Our website’s sidebar has also been updated with all of the new releases (including all international releases!)

Updated 10/27/16: A color version of the cover is now available and linked above.

 

Sep 24

Nekogahara (猫ヶ原) Volume 2 Release Date in Japan Announced!

It has been recently announced that the second volume of Hiroyuki Takei’s Nekogahara (猫ヶ原) series, will go on sale in Japan on November 17th, 2016. The ISBN for this volume is 978-4063910384 and will be priced the same as the first volume. It is assumed that the digital release of the volume will be the same day in Japan.

 

Previously, the Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai‘s  volume 2 was announced with an English release date of January 10th for the United States and Canada by Kodansha Comics. Since then, UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand currently also have January tentative release dates as well. This will have the English release only be 54 days behind the Japanese release.

Below is the latest listing of release dates for Nekogahara:

Nekogahara Volume 1

Japan: April 15th, 2016

United States & Canada: October 25th, 2016

UK & Ireland: October 27th, 2016

Australia: October 31st, 2016

New Zealand: November 14th, 2016

 

Nekogahara Volume 2

Japan: November 17th, 2016

United States & Canada: January 10th, 2017

UK & Ireland: January, 2017

Australia: January 30th, 2017

New Zealand: January 30th, 2017

 

Nekogahara Volume 3

United States & Canada: April 11th, 2017

Sep 06

Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai – English Cover Art Released for Volume 1

Kodansha Comics released the final design for their upcoming Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai English volume 1. This also shows the official English logo, which will most likely be used on all future international releases and products.Nekogahara -Stray Cat Samurai English Volume 1 cover HQ

Additionally, last week, the official volume description and volume title (“Mewshido”) was also published:

MEWSHIDO

In medieval Japan, it’s a hard life for a stray cat. Every day is filled with struggles and prejudice, from oppression by fellow cats working for cruel masters to extortion by catnip druglords. But being a stray also means incredible pride and independence. The wandering samurai Norachiyo has no master, though he still wears the telltale bell of a cat who has a “person.” This rogue warrior travels across Japan, protecting the weak and cutting down those who have forgotten the virtues of being a stray – all with unrivaled swordsmanship. Although Norachiyo leaves little trace but his fearsome reputation, this enigmatic warrior has made plenty of enemies who are more than willing to get their claws on his head. Will Norachiyo’s past catch up with him, or can he spend his nine lives in freedom?

This will most likely be the text on the back cover of the first volume (however that design has not been released yet).

 

The following is the current release dates for Nekogahara:

Nekogahara Volume 1

Japan: April 15th, 2016

United States & Canada: October 25th, 2016

UK & Ireland: October 27th, 2016

Australia: October 31st, 2016

New Zealand: November 14th, 2016

 

Nekogahara Volume 2

United States & Canada: January 10th, 2017

UK & Ireland: January, 2017

Australia: January 30th, 2017

New Zealand: January 30th, 2017

 

Nekogahara Volume 3

United States & Canada: April 11th, 2017

 

Source: Penguin Random House

Aug 21

Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai – Licensed in New Zealand

Continuing with the international releases of English edition of Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai, New Zealand is the latest country to be added to the list. The first volume of the manga will be released on November 14th, 2016 for the price of RRP$26.00. This will mirror the United States release as it has the same ISBN.

 

The following is the current release dates for Nekogahara:

Nekogahara Volume 1

Japan: April 15th, 2016

United States & Canada: October 25th, 2016

UK & Ireland: October 27th, 2016

Australia: October 31st, 2016

New Zealand: November 14th, 2016

 

Nekogahara Volume 2

United States & Canada: January 10th, 2017

 

Nekogahara Volume 3

United States & Canada: April 11th, 2017

Aug 20

Shaman King’s 20th Anniversary Planning by Hiroyuki Takei

Earlier today, Hiroyuki Takei took to Twitter to answer some more questions directed towards him. Previously he mentioned that he’s working on a continuation of the Shaman King Flowers manga series. In relation to a question about when will Shaman King continue he responded with (with English translation by Dit following):

いつ頃とは言えませんが、20周年に向けて準備しているところです!

“I can’t say when it will start again, but I’m getting things ready for the 20th anniversary! “

The Shaman King manga started in the Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on July 20th, 1998 in the 31st issue. This would put the 20th anniversary in 2018. Depending on how you read this, it’s clear that there will be more Shaman King by 2018, but it could mean there are multiple things! For example, the new Shaman King manga could be coming out in 2017, with something like a new anime series for 2018. Currently there is no new Shaman King releases officially announced in Japan.

 

Hiroyuki Takei also posted the following image and text (again with English translation following):

FLOWERSと言えばこんなのも。先月、帰省がてら三沢にも立ち寄りました。

“Speaking of Flowers and such. I also made a stop in Misawa when returning home.”

This is a photograph from the Misawa Aviation & Science Museum located in Aomori, Japan. In the later chapters of the Shaman King Flowers manga, the story is features characters in the World War II timeframe, which the plane above was from. The Misawa Aviation & Science Museum has a small English website and a larger Japanese website.

 

Thanks Dit for the English translation!

Aug 08

Shaman King Flowers Continuation is in Development!

In a shocking turn of events… Hiroyuki Takei has announced on Twitter earlier today that he is currently working on the continuation of his Shaman King Flowers manga!

His original tweet, followed by an English translation by Dit:

楽しみにしててください!!!!!!!!!! (実はプロット作ってます)

“Please look forward to it!!!!!!!!! (I’m working on the new plot)”

This is interesting to note that the question was regarding Flowers specifically, not just Shaman King. No further information was given, so it’s unknown if this is just a oneshot, a full series continuation, or any other details. It’s also not determined which publisher this may be coming from or what magazine.

Previously, the Shaman King Flowers manga was in “hiatus” for about a year, until Takei’s tone changed to “complete.” However, he has been doing some drawings from Shaman King, as there is still a vocal fanbase in Japan, so shown during his latest press event.

Jul 17

Nekogahara Volume 3 – Releasing in the US on April 11, 2017

The third volume of Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai will be released in English on April 11, 2017 in the United States and Canada. The MRSP will be the same as the other 2 volumes at $12.99USD. This puts it at just 3 months after the second volume’s release in the US. Currently there are no scheduled dates for the 2nd and 3rd volume outside of the US, but those release dates should be comparable to the US date.

 

The following is the current release dates for Nekogahara:

Nekogahara Volume 1

Japan: April 15th, 2016

United States & Canada: October 25th, 2016

UK & Ireland: October 27th, 2016

Australia: October 31st, 2016

 

Nekogahara Volume 2

United States & Canada: January 10th, 2017

 

Nekogahara Volume 3

United States & Canada: April 11th, 2017

Jul 16

Wonder Festival Summer 2016 Preview

On July 24th, 2016 will begin the Summer 2016 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). 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 and some reprints from last year, 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!

Note with 19 figures on display or for sale, click to continue reading this post to check them all out!

Updated 7/18: Added Spirit of Fire, Jeanne, Iron Maiden, and Genber to the list!

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