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:

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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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Feb 13

Shaman King Figure Exhibit on 3/13 by @Mijinco74

Ca7_jOjUMAAVVcJつぐみ (@Mijinco74) on Twitter has been recently posting some images of the Shaman King figures he has been working on for the 「2ちゃんねる模型板展示会」event held on Sunday March 13th, 2016. This event is to only display figures, not to purchase them like at Wonder Festival. Below is some of the completed figures and other larger figure he has been working on over the last year.

 

You can see more of the work in progress pictures from his twitter account.

 

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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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