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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Jul 07

Nekogahara also is coming to Australia in English by Kodansha Comics

In addition to America, Canada, UK, & Ireland… Australia is next country to also have the Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai manga licensed in English by Kodansha Comics! Random House Books Australia’s website currently lists the book by Kodansha with a release date of October 31st, 2016 and a price of $21.99RRP. Similar to UK & Ireland, there is no release date for volume 2.

 

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

Jun 27

Nekogahara Coming to UK & Ireland in October 2016

Recently announced on Turnaround-UK, the upcoming English release of Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai will also be published in the UK and Ireland on October 27th, 2016. This should be exactly the same as the American/Canadian release as the publisher is still Kodansha Comics, but it being released under the Kodansha Europe imprint. It will be priced at £9.99 and be released only 2 days after the American release on the 25th.

Turnaround-UK-wholesale-adTurnaround-UK is the wholesale distributor for the Kodansha Europe imprint of books (including manga). In their upcoming wholesale promotional magazine, they also feature Nekogahara. One of the editions of the magazine has the placeholder cover art incorrect, but provided to the right is the ad with the correct placeholder art (and spelling error intact).

 

Currently there is no UK & Ireland release dates for volume 2. However, they will most likely have a similar release date as volume 1. Previously the Shaman King and Ultimo mangas published by Viz Media were released in the UK on the same day as in the USA and Canada.

Kodansha Europe Limited (the company) is located at 40 Stockwell St, London, United Kingdom. Currently there is no other official announcement of Nekogahara being released in additional countries. However, on the June 21st episode of Image-Nation, the show did indicate that a European release was in negotiations.

May 07

Hiroyuki Takei’s 2nd Nekogahara Autograph & Drawing Event

Updates 1 & 2: Added “imagine-nation” TV show paragraph and additional Nekogahara sketch. If more update happen over the next 24 hours, this post will be updated.

Back in September, in celebration of Nekogahara, Hiroyuki Takei held an autograph/signing event. Today, May 7th, 2016, the second event was completed in celebration of the release of the first Nekogahara manga volume. This event was a bit more of a “show” than the last one, with more live drawings, Q&A. Unlike the first event, Hiroyuki Takei’s other series, primarily Shaman King, were much more featured in this event.

Additionally, the event was recorded by NHK for their international channels and TV show “imagine-nation” which highlights various aspects of Otaku culture in English. No release date on when the episode will air, but they do have a weekly show. For a sample on what the episode may be like, you can view this VOD here about the manga IGAI. The programs are available world-wide through various methods (including web browsers).

Hiroyuki Takei also responded on Twitter with the following statement about the event (with a rough English translation following):

本日のサイン会、たくさんの方にお会いできて楽しかったです。来てくれてありがとう。

Today’s autograph session, meet lots of people and enjoyed it. Thanks for coming, thank you.

Below is some photos that highlight the event:

Ch1ohUwUoAAahzr Image by @RioLi_

Ch1oGy8VEAAy0z0 Image by @vagrantDreamers

Horohoro SketchImage by @D4C8152

Ch2e3s5VEAApRc_ Image by @KUROU____

Ch1l3wNUoAA1mU5Ch1l3xfUkAAc5QWCh1l3wPUYAAcMR7 Images by @metretsk

Ch1a5OMUkAMJd6W Image by @ochappa_sisters

Ch1ZUvqUgAA2MPk Image by @ryi_chan21

Ch3AaRnVEAEIHnR Image by @arice438

May 05

Nekogahara English Volume 2 Release Date: January 10th, 2017

So we all know that Nekogahara volume 1 will be coming out in English on October 25th, 2016 by Kodansha Comics. But now the release date for volume 2 has been announced… January 10th, 2017!!

Yeah, volume 2 release date hasn’t even been announced for Japan yet. So just a little over 2 months later the US get the second volume, which will catch English reader up to Japan in the releases.

This may also be very close to a simulpub. However I think the Japanese release will still come out earlier, but it might not be until November or December. It probably won’t be the same day as Japan… but you never know! I’m sure Kodansha Comics will have some more announcements later this summer during “con season.”

Here’s the Amazon listing in case you are interested  in pre-ordering (with the ISBN of  978-1632363961).

 

(Sorry for the delay in the Nekogahara chapter spoilers/discussions. They will return later this month!)

Apr 10

Nekogahara & Ultimo English Volumes Get Release Dates

Hiroyuki Takei’s Nekogahara will be released in the US on October 25th, 2016. It will be a paperback release, but the exact page count hasn’t been revealed yet. Currently there is only a placeholder cover art being used.

ISBN: 9781421590134
MSRP: $12.99 USD

Short description:

In medieval Japan, a bell hanging on the collar is a sign that a cat has a master. Norachiyo’s bell hangs from his katana sheath, but he is nonetheless a stray–a ronin. This one-eyed cat samurai travels across a dishonest world, cutting through pretense and deception with his blade.

 

 

The final Ultimo volume (12) will be on sale in English on December 6th, 2016. No cover art has been revealed for this yet (probably won’t be for a couple months).

Page count: 208 pages
ISBN: 9781421590134
MSRP: $9.99 USD

Summary:

BEYOND EXTREMES

In a desperate bid to avert disaster, Ultimo’s master Yamato tries to convince his high school crush to join him on the side of good! Meanwhile, Ultimo is challenged to a duel by Vice, and the battle between good and evil resumes in earnest. Will the Karakura Doji finally break free of their dastardly puppetmaster’s grand plan?

Mar 30

New Hiroyuki Takei Interview in “The 12 Laws of Drawing Manga” Mook

The 12 Laws of Drawing Manga Mook CoverReleasing today a ‘mook’ called “The 12 Laws of Drawing Manga” (マンガを描くために必要な12の掟) by publisher Genkosha contains a brand new interview with Hiroyuki Takei. A “mook” is a high-quality magazine that’s similar to the quality you’d find in a standard book. These typically also do not have a standard release cycle, and this one was released today (March 31st in Japan) with little notice.

The mook has 12 sections broken up across 3 “chapters” which is told in a manga style. This is then followed by a 5 page interview with Hiroyuki Takei. The magazine is in full color. The magazine advertises the following Hiroyuki Takei mangas:

  • Shaman King
  • Jumbor
  • Butsu Zone

So interestingly enough it doesn’t contain Hyper Dash Yonkuro or Nekogahara. Since the topic of the magazine is about drawing manga, there probably isn’t much news or updates about those series. Also, for the cover page of the interview the copyright says “©Takei / 集英社” which the second part is “Shueisha.”

Mook INterview page 1You can see some previews of the mook from the official page located here.

 

Release Date: March 31st
Pages size: B5
Page Count: 144 pages
Price: 1900yen+tax
ISBN: 978-4-7683-0710-6

 

Thanks to Jezzy for this news tip!

Mar 28

Nekogahara is licensed in English by Kodansha Comics!

Over this last weekend, Hiroyuki Takei’s current manga series, Nekogahara has been officially licensed in English by Kodansha Comics! The first volume is scheduled for a print release later this Fall (Sept through Dec). Below is the announcement post from Kodansha Comics‘s Tumblr:

Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai

Our first new print license of the day is Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai. This is a stylized action manga from Hiroyuki Takei, creator of the smash hit manga and anime Shaman King.

In medieval Japan, a bell hanging on the collar is a sign that a cat has a master. Norachiyo’s bell hangs from his katana sheath, but he is nonetheless a stray – a ronin. This one-eyed cat samurai travels across a dishonest world, cutting through pretense and deception with his blade.

The unique visual style of Nekogahara blends traditional Japanese ink painting with modern street art, perfectly suited for badass cat samurai action. Vol. 1 is coming this Fall. (English title tentative.)

Stay tuned to kodanshacomics.com for another new print license one hour from now!

 

We’ll be sure you keep you posted on any other news coming out from Kodansha Comic‘s about this upcoming release and any other Nekogahara news coming out from Japan!

 

Feb 21

Nekogahara – Chapter 5 Spoilers & Discussion

Slowly pushing along… another Nekogahara chapter has been released with “Busy Lake III”!

Also, volume 1 of the manga will be released in Japan on April 15th!

As with all of these posts… there are spoilers! So you have been warned!


2/21: Rough summary of events by andysislands

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