Aug 18

Indonesian Manga Publisher Reprints Shaman King Manga

In a surprising change, the Indonesian manga publisher, m&c, has been recently reprinting the original Shaman King manga. Within these reprints there are no content differences, but there may be some slight differences in the cover art. These reprinted volumes also have new ISBN numbers which separate them from the original releases. Since these releases do not contain any changes, it may be possible that they didn’t need to go through contacting Shueisha. This is different from Ivrea Argentina who needed to temporarily halt publishing the Shaman King manga while the license is moved to another publisher.

As the volumes are reprinted, we will add them to our Release Calendar, along with any other releases around the world. For a quick glance at upcoming releases, see our sidebar.

Below is the grid for these the most recent reprint for the Shaman King manga in Indonesia:

Release Date Volume Number ISBN
5/17/2017 Shaman King volume 1 9786024284121
5/24/2017 Shaman King volume 2 9786024284138
5/31/2017 Shaman King volume 3 9786024284145
6/7/2017 Shaman King volume 4 9786024284459
6/14/2017 Shaman King volume 5 9786024284466
6/20/2017 Shaman King volume 6 9786024284473
7/12/2017 Shaman King volume 7 9786024284688
7/19/2017 Shaman King volume 8 9789792315592
7/26/2017 Shaman King volume 9 9789792315608
8/2/2017 Shaman King volume 10 9789792315615
8/9/2017 Shaman King volume 11 9789792315622
8/16/2017 Shaman King volume 12 9789792315639
8/23/2017 Shaman King volume 13 9789792315646
8/30/2017 Shaman King volume 14 9789792315653

Aug 17

Ivrea Argentina Comments About Shaman King Manga Status

Starting in July, the final confirmations occurred that Shueisha is no longer the publisher of Shaman King in Japan. At that time it was unclear on the exact impact this may have on the other licenses worldwide involving the Shaman King manga series.

On August 11th, the current Argentina publisher of Shaman King, Ivrea Argentina, commented on Facebook about the matter. Below is the rough English translation:

Regarding Shaman King: There was a fight between the author and Shueisha (the publisher of Shaman King in Japan) that blocked all contracts of foreign editions. A few days ago it was confirmed that Shueisha no longer manages the license of Shaman King, so we are waiting to know who will be the new Japanese publisher so we can agree with them to continue our editions. A disappointing situation but I assure you that we will complete it one way or another.

(The second part of the comment was referencing the differences between the Spanish portion of the company with licensing series.)

Ivrea Argentina was planning on releasing Shaman King manga in 34 volumes. This would be the original 32 volumes plus the extra chapters added with the Kang Zeng Bang for the final 2 volumes. The most recent volume release was volume 19 which was published on December 7th, 2016. Volume 20 was planned for March 1st, but was delayed at that time. On March 2nd, Ivrea Argentina commented on Facebook that there was an issue between the author and Shueisha. This appears to be part of the on-going disagreement Hiroyuki Takei with Shueisha and wasn’t a sudden decision.

Elsewhere around the world Thailand was the other country that was still releasing new volumes of the Shaman King manga. On July 11th, Thai publisher, Siam Inter Comic, released Shaman King UE (Ultimate Edition) volume 20. This is the localized Thai edition of the Shaman King Kang Zeng Bang editions of the manga (which would be 27 volumes in total). Beginning in February with the 15th volume, they had been consistently releasing new volumes each month, however no new volume was released in August. It’s likely that Siam Inter Comic is also waiting on the new licensor holder in Japan to be announced.

It’s also worth noting that Viz Media, the publisher of Shaman King in English, still has all volumes available for purchase. It’s likely that this licensor change issue is only impacting the publishers who are still printing new volumes. It’s highly unlikely there will be any reprints of currently released volumes by any publishers worldwide for Shaman King until this is resolved.

Aug 15

Early Shaman King Card Game designs from Weekly Shonen Jump 2001

Today on Twitter, users Momomoranko and urushimacsrk, posted some photos from early 2001 advertisements for the Japanese Shaman King Trading Card Game from Weekly Shonen Jump. The first three images (shown below) are from 2001 issues #12 & #15, which were published on March 5th and 26th, 2001. For the eagle-eyed that’s Shaman King chapter 126 in the 15th issue.

To put this timeline in perspective, the actual set of cards wasn’t going to be released until May 31st (as shown in the 15th issue ad to the right). However during the Spring Tokyo Game Show 2001 (when it was an event held twice a year), TOMY did hand out “premium” packs which contained the first 5 shamans in the Card Game. This Spring event wasn’t until March 30th, so the card game had actually came out literally the next day. There was some minor changes to the cards (but not the art) between the “Premium” set and the “First” set.

 

But now let’s roll back the clock to March when these two ads were published. The main 5 shamans and their spirits from the “First” set are there; Yoh, Ren, Anna, Horohoro, and Faust VIII. Most notably is that Ren was completely redrawn from that first ad! Another minor change was with Manta which swaps his bookbag for a book. This change was most likely to put it in line more with the anime.

The next interesting thing is that we also see Shamans and Spirits that are NOT in the “First” set. Tamao, Jun, and Ryu were all included in the first expansion pack (EX) called “Merakiahen” (メラ気合い編), which didn’t get published until 8/30/2001. In terms of edits, Ryu was completely redrawn and that image was never used as a card art (as far as I can tell). Ryu also was included in the second ad, so it’s likely that he was considered to be part of the First set in early development. In the EX expansion, Ryu also has several different designs for the “Attack” cards, which may have been additional redesigns that Takei was testing.  Both Tamao and Jun for their Shaman cards the art was completely redrawn. However these two pieces didn’t go to waste as it was re-used in the “Attack” cards for the EX expansion, with Tamao still receiving some additional changes.

 

Aug 08

5 Things You May Have Missed From The “Great Connection”

On Monday, Hiroyuki Takei had a very brief appearance on the Japanese TV show “Great Connection.” His segment was only a little over a minute long and briefly showed off his office and displaying the full image he drew for the show. The image features 2 of the hosts of the show; which he posted the full image the next day on his Twitter (click image on right to see the full image).

However brief, there was some cool little nuggets of information if you carefully watched over the video. Below is a quick list of 5 things you might have missed!

 

1. Shaman King Kang Zeng Bang volumes are now behind his desk!

Previously he had another manga series there. So it’s good to see that Takei wanted Shaman King to closer on hand! Here’s what was behind Takei’s desk last year during the “imagine-nation” TV episode featuring Nekogahara for comparison.

 

2. The full poster from Shaman King Mentalite that features all of the Shaman King Character Files from the Kang Zeng Bang (KZB) is still on his desk!

Most likely they are there as a handy reference sheet for all of his characters that he’s draws for Shaman King. He even had this on his desk a year ago.

3. He has the May 2017 issue of “Train Vert” on his desk!

In the recent August issue he had a segment of the magazine featuring Shaman King. It’s sitting right behind the Shaman King poster in the image above. Here’s what the full cover looks like:

 

4. Takei’s shirt is from the band “Happy Kuru Kuru” and the art was drawn by one of his previous assistants!

You can find their music and other information on their Japanese website: http://happy-krkr.tokyo/ . The shirt he is wearing is not currently available for purchase.

 

5. Only Takei’s name is listed as the copyright owner for Shaman King!

He also put his logo on the image which wasn’t previously there. Typically “Shueisha” would be added in some form. This further confirms that Shaman King is no longer published by Shueisha in Japan.

 

Aug 04

Hiroyuki Takei & Megumi Hayashibara to appear on Japanese TV Show “Great Connection”

It has been recently announced that Hiroyuki Takei, Megumi Hayashibara, and several other guests will appear on the Japanese TV show “Great Connection” (グレートコネクション) on the August 7th episode. The episode will air from 21:00 to 22:54. “Great Connection” is a typical Japanese  “talk variety” program where a panel of hosts interact with one or more special guests.

Interestingly, Megumi Hayashibara, who has previously voiced Anna from Shaman King will be on the show with Hiroyuki Takei. Other notable guests include Yoshikazu Yasuhiko and Kunio Okawara (both worked on Gundam anime/manga series), Makoto Tezuka (son of Osamu Tezuka), and Yoshitaka Amano (character designer, including Final Fantasy). With this extremely notable line-up, it’s possible that Hiroyuki Takei will be sharing some screentime with one or more of them.

However, on twitter today, Hiroyuki Takei posted a preview of an image (shown above) he hopes we’ll enjoy “next week.” The timing of this will most likely line-up with this TV appearance. It is unknown who the character is, but she is holding some items that do reference Shaman King. It is possible that Takei may talk about the future of Shaman King during this program!

Last time Hiroyuki Takei was on TV was in the “imagine-nation” program in May 2016 as part of the promotion of the Nekogahara volume 2 release in Japan.

Official Website: [Link]

Yahoo! TV Japan’s show listing: [link]

Jul 28

Wonder Festival Summer 2017 Preview

On July 30th, 2017 will begin the Summer edition of Wonder Festival (ワンダーフェスティバル) for 2017. This is also know as Wonderfest, Wonfes( ワンフェス). This is a special, twice-a–year 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!

There is a total of 23 figures on display or for sale, with 7 of the figures being new to this event! Click to continue reading this post to check them all out!

Post updated on 7/30 with some additional figures! (Image on left taken by @metretsk)

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Jul 28

Shaman King’s Anna Featured on Cover of “Train Vert” August Issue

In the upcoming August issue of Train Vert Hiroyuki Takei has drawn Anna from Shaman King for the cover. Similar to the April issue previously this year, it should also include a special interview with the mangaka about tourist and sightseeing destinations available by train within Japan.

Based on Anna being on the cover and his recent trip to the Mount Osore region in June, the topic of conversation will most like be about the Aomori Prefecture.

Train Vert is a magazine published by the JR East Shinkansen company and is sold at local train stations along that line. The title of the magazine comes from the French term meaning “green train.” In addition to being purchased at the local train stations, it is also possible to have an 8 volume subscription service for 1,856 yen. But to receive the August issue, you will need to purchase the subscription before the end of the month.

Train Vert does upload the previous month’s issues to their website, so if you aren’t able to pick up an issue you will be able to read it (in Japanese). They do also post official English translations on their website, but it may not include the interview with Hiroyuki Takei as only portions are translated.

Jul 13

2 new images of Hana from Shaman King Flowers posted on Twitter

Hiroyuki Takei made 4 tweets today with some new images. This is the first time he’s publicly commented since his promotional event for Nekogahara volume 3.

The first post contains a drawing (shown above) of the Rise Emperor as included in the Hyper Dash! Yonkuro volume 2 special edition that is now on sale. He encourages fans to buy it as it has limited copies being printed. His other tweet, was about a spelling error in the recently released volume as noted by a fan.

Next Takei posted two images of Hana from Shaman King Flowers. Interestingly, these are 2 new image that are in the style of his previous “Shaman File” images that has posted. Below is a rough English translation of both of his tweets followed by his original tweets.

Thank you for coming to last month’s autograph session, even if you traveled a long way. Things can change, but kindness is always reliable. I hope next time we’ll have another opportunity to do so!

I’m thinking about recruiting some more staff in a while. For more details…

With his trailing off comment and the new images.. it looks like Shaman King Flowers will continue (or have a sequel) in the near future. It still may take some time, but it looks like it’s more promising that the story will continue from where Flowers left off.

Jul 11

Hyper Dash! Yonkuro volume 2 releases in Japan

On July 10th, the Special Edition of Hyper Dash! Yonkuro volume 2 released in Japan. Some locations may not receive the new release until the Standard Edition which releases on July 12th, 2017. The release date discrepancy isn’t very clear, but it may have been done to send the Special Edition to some non-traditional retailers, such as Mini 4WD and hobby shops.

The box art is featured to the left for the Special Edition and the standard edition cover art for the manga is shown at the end of the article on the right.

 

The Special Edition contains the following:

  • Hyper Dash! Yonkuro volume 2 (standard edition)
  • Mini 4WD kit for Gold-colored Rise Emperor (including decorative stickers. Assembly required)
  • 2 sided clearfile featuring art from Hiroyuki Takei and Tokuda Zaurus

The following are the promotional images for the completed Mini 4WD and Clear File.

Additionally, the volume 2 of the manga has the following contents (the chapters are called “Phases”):

  • Phase 4: Birth of the Hyper Dash Corps! (ハイパーダッシュ軍団誕生!!)
  • Phase 5: Burning! Child Prodigy, Rhyme in the Street (バーニング! 神童、韻・ザ・ストリート)
  • Phase 6: And then Horizon Legend (さらに蘇るホライゾン伝説)
  • Hyper Dash! Collection 2 “God Burning Sun” (ハイパーダッシュ!コレクション2「バーニングゴッドサン」)
  • Zaurus Encyclopedia (ザウルス大全)
  • Dear Tokuda Zaurus-Sensei PART 2 (拝啓 徳田ザウルス先生 PART2)

(Note that a rough English translation for the contents above are not official translations.)

Similar to what Hiroyuki Takei did with the Shaman King: Kang Zeng Bang (KZB or Perfect Editions), he has redrawn and added to portions of the 3 released chapters in the volume. The “Hyper Dash! Collection” and “Zaurus Encyclopedia” are sections that contain more technical information. Specifically the Encyclopedia contains information on the 49 mini 4WD featured in Tokuda Zaurus’s original Dash! Yonkuro manga series. The “Dear Tokuda Zaurus-Sensei” is a manga continuation to the first comic he drew for Corocoro Aniki prior to starting the Hyper Dash! Yonkuro series.

The Special Edition costs 2,500 yen (plus tax), and has a ISBN of 9784099418960. The standard edition of the manga costs 583yen (plus tax) and has a ISBN of 9784091424273. The manga has a size of “B6” and contains 192 pages.

You can read a small preview of Hyper Dash! Yonkuro volume 2 via Shogakukan’s website.

Jul 09

Shaman King, Jumbor, & Butsu Zone are no longer published by Shueisha in Japan

From earlier last month, we got the heads up that some of Hiroyuki Takei’s series were leaving the digital manga service Bookwalker. However, with July coming around, we now have the final confirmation that Hiroyuki Takei is no longer associated with Shueisha for the following titles:

  • Shaman King
    • Shaman King Kang Zeng Bang
    • Shaman King Flowers
    • Shaman King Zero
  • Jumbor
    • Jumbor Angzenbang
  • Butsu Zone

All of these series have been removed from all Japanese digital marketplaces. This includes S-MANGA.net and books.shueisha.co.jp which, has the listing of the currently published titles for Hiroyuki Takei. The official Ultra Jump website still lists Hiroyuki Takei as an artist, but it will most likely be removed soon, as indicated by the recent omission of Jumbor from the print July issue. Physical books may be hard to find as they have been out of print for a while. Some bookstores may be returning their current stock back to Shueisha, so finding these series in Japan may become difficult.

The Karakuri Dôji Ultimo manga series is still listed with Shueisha as that series has some additional licensing issues and was a collaboration project with Hiroyuki Takei.

Typically when one of these “breakups” occur there can be some other side-effects for the international markets as well. Currently Shaman King is still listed by Viz Media as an active title for both print and digital in English. Any other  international publishers will most likely continue their current contract with Shueisha until it’s run it’s course. However, once it becomes time to renew the contract, there may be some difficulties doing so as currently they would need to work with Hiroyuki Takei directly, rather than through Sheuisha (or via Viz Media Europe to Shueisha). Until this is sorted out, it is highly unlikely that any of these series will be licensed in any country until next year at the earliest.

It’s possible that these series could be picked up by another publisher, such as Kodansha, who is currently publishing Nekogahara. Hiroyuki Takei has recently stated that he hopes to have an announcement before the end of the year, which would indicate that he is in negotiations with a publisher.

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