Jan 31

Wonder Festival Winter 2016 Preview – Update

Our previous Wonder Festival Winter 2016 Preview post has been updated with the following figures:

Damuko from Shaman King by oden_shop

Damuko FigureThis figure was previously released in 2014 Summer, which you can find the original images from his Tinami page.  However, for this Winter 2016 there appears to be some changes with this resell. This year’s design has a slightly different face and hair style. Additionally it looks like the arms are jointed slightly differently (which shows less of a “gap” between pieces). You can see the 2 new images (followed by the original images) on his fxia page.

 

 

Ultimo from Karakuri Dôji Ultimo by YAMABIKO320

Ultimo WIP figureZBrush UltimoThis is a “Work in Progress” (WIP) figure of Ultimo! It’s currently unknown if this will be a display-only figure, or if it will be available for sale. The design for this figure began back in October with the initial CG modeling done in ZBrush.

It is also worth noting that he was also working on a CG render of Hiroyuki Takei’s Mask that he was making last year.

 

Jan 23

Wonder Festival Winter 2016 Preview

On February 7th, 2016 will begin the Winter 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), or using the hastag “wf2016w” on Twitter. 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!

This post was updated on 1/31 with the additional figures of Damuko (now confirmed) and Ultimo.

(You can click on the image for a full size image)

Horohoro from Shaman King by flalamingo

Horohoro by flalamingoTo continue building out team The Ren… Horohoro from 「flalalamingo」 will appear at this event!  This figure will feature Horohoro with a removalable Kororo figure for his shoulder. Currently there is no painted version, which will be for display only. This figure will be on sale at table 8-25-06. You can see more photos of the development process from last year on flalamingo’s twitter and more images on fixia.

 

 

Tao Ren from Shaman King by flalamingo

Tao Ren by FlalamingoTao Ren will be returning to this event. He was previously sold as a garage kit during Wonder Festival Summer 2015 by 「flalalamingo」. This figure will feature Ren holding Bason in a spiritball mode, and include removable shirt. The colored version is only the display model and the figure on sale is unpainted. This figure will be on sale again at table 8-25-06. You can see more photos of the development process from last year on flalamingo’s twitter and final images on fixia.

 

 

Horohoro from Shaman King by oden_shop

Horohoro Oden_shopYes, there is going to be 2 different Horohoro garage kit figures on sale this time around! This figure is to be paired with the Damuko figure he previously released in 2014 Summer, which you can see below.. This figure will be on sale at table 5-24-04 but no price has been announced. If there are any more updates they may be found on oden_shop’s Twitter page.

 

 

 

Damuko from Shaman King by oden_shop

Damuko FigureThis figure was previously released in 2014 Summer, which you can find the original images from his Tinami page.  However, for this Winter 2016 there appears to be some changes with this resell. This year’s design has a slightly different face and hair style. Additionally it looks like the arms are jointed slightly differently (which shows less of a “gap” between pieces). You can see the 2 new images (followed by the original images) on his fxia page.

 

 

Yoh Asakura from Shaman King by Nanbertakahi

CZY7BKyU8AEr7rwNew to Winter 2016 to complete the set… Yoh Asakura appears! This is a 1/8th scale garage kit that will sell for 9000 yen at the table 7-12-03 under the name of 「万魔堂」. This figure may feature a slightly different base than previously. The colored version is only the display model and the figure on sale is unpainted. You can find additional images on Nanbertakhi’s fixia page.

 

 

 

Matamune from Shaman King by Nanbertakahi

MatamuneReturning from Winter 2014 and Summer 2015, the Matamune figure returns for another festival. This is a 1/8th scale garage kit that will sell for 7000 yen at the table 7-12-03 under the name of 「万魔堂」. This figure may feature a slightly different base than previously. The colored version is only the display model and the figure on sale is unpainted. You can find additional images on Nanbertakhi’s fixia page.

 

 

Anna Kyoyama from Shaman King by Nanbertakahi

AnnaAlso returning from Winter 2014 and Summer 2015, 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 7-12-03 under the name of 「万魔堂」. This figure may feature a slightly different base than previously. The colored version is only the display model and the figure on sale is unpainted. You can find additional images on Nanbertakhi’s fixia page.

 

 

Ultimo from Karakuri Dôji Ultimo by YAMABIKO320

Ultimo WIP figureZBrush UltimoThis is a “Work in Progress” (WIP) figure of Ultimo! It’s currently unknown if this will be a display-only figure, or if it will be available for sale. The design for this figure began back in October with the initial CG modeling done in ZBrush.

It is also worth noting that he was also working on a CG render of Hiroyuki Takei’s Mask that he was making last year.

 

Death Pinch & Destrich EMs from Jumbor by YAMABIKO320

Death PinchReturning from Winter 2014 and Summer 2015, 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 12,000yen which is 1000 yen more than last year. When constructed it is about 180mm tall and contains 86 pieces plus decal stickers.Destrich

Destrich will be on sale for 7,000yen. Constructed it is about 170mm tall. Both figures will be on display at table 6-13-01 under the group name of 「YAMABIKO320」. The colored version is only the display model and the figure on sale is unpainted.

 

 

 

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

Jan 17

Nekogahara – Chapter 4 Spoilers & Discussion

So after a month delay… Nekogahara chapter 4 has been released in Japan! It’s another shorter chapter, but the amount of blood in this chapter really ramps up!

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


1/17: Rough summary of events by andysislands

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Jan 11

Hiroyuki Takei draws New Years Greeting for Shonen Magazine Edge Editor-in-Chief

Takei New Years GreetingAs a special present to the Editor-in-Chief of Kodansha’s Shonen Magazine Edge, Hiroyuki Takei drew Yoh, Hana, and a small Noryachiro (from Nekogahara) on a New Years greeting. This appears to be on the back of a scrap piece of paper laying around the office. This is quite notable as this is the first time Takei has drawn Yoh or Hana since the conclusion of Shaman King Flowers. No Shaman King series is currently published by Kodansha… so it’s quite interesting that he picks both Hana (from Flowers) and Yoh (from the original series) for the greeting…

So far there has been no new announcements on the continuation for Shaman King in any form, by any publisher yet.

Jan 11

Update for Horohoro Garage Kit Figure in Development by flalamingo

As previously reported on, Flalamingo is currently working on a new Shaman King Garage Kit, this time for Horohoro. Previously she worked on a Tao Ren figure which contributor Jezzy was able to get. Shown below is the work in progress for the Horohoro figure with an expected release for this upcoming WonderFest, however she comments that she is a week behind schedule. You can follow her on Twitter to give words of encouragement!

Horohoro Garage Kit Prototype

Jan 09

2016 News Headline Predictions!

As 2016 has just started I thought it would be fun to take a couple minutes to make some bold predictions on what news headlines could happen this year coming from Hiroyuki Takei! So all of these are just a guess on what could happen. Maybe we’ll get lucky and the exact thing or something similar might happen! If so, then you can say we called it first!

Note: These are just guesses. They are not real news stories. (unless reported here later)

New Shaman King Toys/Figures via a cross-promotion campaign

mattelyoh3If you are viewing this site, you probably have read and enjoyed some amount of the Shaman King manga. As it stands right now, we don’t know when or what form we will get some more of the manga series. But sometime in 2016, probably during the summer time, it will be announced that there will be a limited run of Shaman King toys/figures. I’m guessing it’s going to be with a smaller manufacturer and have 5 to 8 figures in the complete collection. They may even be some weird mashup with some other brand. But I think they will be based on the “classic” Shaman King characters, NOT on Flowers. So characters like Yoh, Hao, Ren, Anna, and such. They will all be small figures with a limited run, but probably not very expensive.

With this limited run of these toys/figures I’m also predicting that the original anime will also return to Nico Nico Douga for a limited streaming event. The last time this happened was back in 2013, so it’s been a long enough time that it could happen again. This would be timed with the toys/figures release to help cash in.

 

 

Jumbor concludes… in light novel form

Baru-3012-versionFor those following the Jumbor manga, at the start of 2016 it’s currently in a status of hiatus. With Shaman King Flowers cancelled and Ultimo concluded, this series is currently held in a weird limbo. It’s consistently referred to it being on hiatus/break/paused, and not concluded. However, after a year of being on hiatus… the Jumbor series concludes with a release of the light novel! Hiroyuki Takei will draw the cover art and some insert images, but the final story for Jumbor wouldn’t actually be in manga form. However to help bridge the gap, Takei will have a couple “special” chapters that will finish up the last manga volume. I’m predicting these chapters will run in the Ultra Jump magazine as short release, and the last chapter may also contain some excepts from the upcoming novel release.

Previously, there were 2 Shaman King light novels that were created which does set a precedent for this. Additionally, Takei is not the author for Jumbor, instead it’s Hiromasa Mikami who could have been working on this novel for the last couple of months. It’s an interesting way for the Jumbor series to help wrap up and make it more Mikami’s series more than Takei’s by giving him the platform to shine.

 

Hiroyuki Takei creates new Gundam manga series

tumblr_nm56l2LiI31rselfpo2_r1_1280Towards the fall of 2016 Takei will still be hard at work with Nekogahara, the once-in-a-while chapter of Hyper Dash! Yonkuro, would have finished up Jumbor by summer… but this leads all up to his new manga series… using the Mobile Suit Gundam series property! It will be a full Gundam series that will run in a non-Shueisha monthly magazine. Like with all of Takei’s recent series, it will have a bunch of fanfare in the magazine with some heavy promotion. It’s not the continuation of Shaman King that everyone wants, but it’s a strong property that will generate some news buzz.

Takei’s artstyle is so perfect with what’s needed in a Gundam series. The ability to draw realistic, complex, large-scale fluid machinery that is mirrored with a clash of ideals between groups of likeable characters is the key to all of his series. Shaman King with the oversouls, especially with the X-Laws’. Jumbor with the Earth Movers (EMs) and Ultimo with the Dojis. Hiroyuki Takei hasn’t really done a “space” manga yet, but I’m sure he’s up to the challenge. He’s a known Gundam-fan, with his own Gunpla collection and has previously drawn images of Gundams. Then down the road, he has also worked as a Character Designer for anime so if it ever gets an anime in the future he would be a perfect fit to assist on that!

 

So that’s it for our predictions on what news headlines could happen in 2016! I think that could give alot to look forward to and keep Hiroyuki Takei busy all year long. Happy New Year, and we look forward to you visiting our site through 2016 and beyond!

Dec 21

Digital Bundles of Shaman King manga on sale by Viz Media

Shaman King Digital Viz SaleAs part of Viz Media’s holiday digital manga sales, they have added Shaman King to this week’s sales. Currently the pricing matches their previous sale so if you haven’t picked it up yet, I would highly advise it. Below are the links to the sales which can be bought directly from Viz’s website or through ComiXology.

Links to Viz Media: Volumes 1-15 & Volumes 16-32

Links at ComiXology: Volumes 1-15 & Volumes 16-32

No details on the exact length of the sale, but since Viz says that “new bundles are added weekly” and it’s part of their holiday bundles… I wouldn’t expect this sale to go on for long!

 

Note: We do not have any referral links, or receive any compensation for this. We just want you to know of a good deal and support Hiroyuki Takei’s manga!

Dec 20

Hiroyuki Takei’s Works: 2015 Year Retrospective

2015 was definitively a transitional year for Hiroyuki Takei however it wasn’t a quite one either. With the hiatus of Jumbor, the conclusion of Ultimo pending, and the unknown state of Shaman King Flowers all in the previous year… the hope for Hiroyuki Takei to continue those series in a new form was hopeful. Instead, Takei took up many new side projects and started 2 new manga series Hyper Dash! Yonkuro and Nekogahara. Every month had some type of news come out so even without much to look forward on continuations of his Shueisha manga series… there was still products coming to shelves (though less this year as in previous).

The launch of Nekogahara, in a Kodansha published magazine may be looked back as a large shift for Hiroyuki Takei’s career. It’s very rare for high profile manga artists to “jump ship” from one publisher to another and time will only tell how this will effect things such as the Shaman King series moving forward.

Here on Patch Cafe we also had some additional content launch this year. In February we launched a column called “The More Yoh Know!” a series of short factoids about Shaman King and Hiroyuki Takei’s other works. A “second season” of The More Yoh Know! is planned for sometime in 2016. In November we also launched our first-content-specific wiki called “Mankin Card Wiki.” This wiki is based around the Japanese and American Shaman King Trading Card games. This site will continue to have updates throughout 2016, especially with new information on how to play the games and full card details for the remaining card sets.

Personally, the biggest news (and followed by the most disappointing) was the announcement (followed by cancellation) of Hiroyuki Takei attending Otakon during the summer. It would have been a great opportunity for many (including myself) to meet him in person and hear him talk about his latest works. Romi Park was also a guest which was awesome as well and I am glad to have met her in person.

Overall, 2015 turned out better than expected. Would have been great to hear more about Takei’s Shueisha series, but with the jump to Kodansha, it’s to be expected that those series may be quite for a while. However Takei was fast to get a two new series started which will lead him into 2016.

Official Japanese Product Releases in 2015:

  • Karakuri Dôji Ultimo Volume 11 – January 5th
  • Shaman King Zero volume 2 – January 19th
  • Shooting Proud Star Mini4WD – July 18th
  • Karakuri Dôji Ultimo Volume 12 – December 4th
  • Rise-Emperor Mini4WD – December 5th

Manga Series Status at end of 2015:

  • Shaman King Flowers – Cancelled
  • Shaman King Zero – Completed
  • Jumbor – Hiatus
  • Karakuri Dôji Ultimo – Completed
  • Hyper Dash Yonkuro (3 chapters) – On Going
  • Nekogahara (3 chapters) – On Going

Top News Headlines from 2015:

 

Thank you to all of the readers who have stopped by Patch Cafe during this last year. This includes the international readers and websites that translate this news to your respective languages. I hope you all have an enjoyable holiday season and continue to support Hiroyuki Takei’s works in 2016.

Dec 19

Fan builds custom “Shooting Container Booster” from Hyper Dash! Yonkuro

Shooting Container BoosterMini4wd fan aoikei1006 on twitter over the last month has been posting some pictures of his custom-made “Shooting Container Booster” from Hiroyuki Takei’s Hyper Dash! Yonkuro. This custom car is made from various official production pieces as well as custom made pieces. Hiroyuki Takei also recently posted some color images of his designs for “Shooting Container Booster” (featured on the right).

Hyper Dash! Yonkuro is Hiroyuki Takei’s manga currently running in Corocoro Aniki which releases a new issue seasonally (3-4 times a year). The chapter four is scheduled for a March 15th release.

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Dec 19

Horohoro Garage Kit Figure in Development by flalamingo

CWMlJ3uUYAEdlITFlalamingo has recently posted the first image from the development of her new Shaman King garage kit figure… Horohoro! Previously, she completed a run of Tao Ren figures for Summer 2015 Wonder Festival (WonderFest), as reported here. Garage Kits are fan-made figures that are sold during special fan events that have small production runs (under 10) and often require additional work by the consumer, such as assembly and paint work. During her development for the figure for Tao Ren she posted some progress pictures on her Twitter account and it appears that she’ll be doing the same for Horohoro as well. Currently there is no release date planned for this figure as it as just started development.

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