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):


“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):


“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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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):


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



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?

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