Category Archive: News

Feb 18

20th Anniversary of Butsu Zone serialization

On February 18th, 1997, the 12th issue of Weekly Shonen Jump was released in Japan. This issue, contained Hiroyuki Takei’s serialization debut work, Butsu Zone (仏ゾーン). Though only 19 chapters long, this was the series that launched Hiroyuki Takei’s career and gave him the momentum to create Shaman King in the following year. Butsu Zone …

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Feb 15

Hiroyuki Takei comments on Shaman King anime production offer

Yesterday, Hiroyuki Takei responded on Twitter to a fans comment about the Shaman King anime. Below is the original Japanese followed by an English translation from Dit on Tumblr: Fan (@nooreneri): 懐かしい…! 今でもシャーマンキング大好きです☺️ またアニメ化してくれないかなぁ…! This brings back such good memories! I still love Shaman King, after all this time. I hope it gets a new anime someday! (This …

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Feb 12

Wonder Festival Winter 2017 Preview

On February 19th, 2017 will begin the Winter 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 …

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Feb 12

High Quality “Shaman File” Images Officially Posted on Twitter

As a late 2016 present, Hiroyuki Takei has started posting on Twitter some high quality images of the “Shaman Files” that were included in the original Shaman King Kang Zeng Bang releases in Japan. When he originally did the drawings, he drew them much larger and with greater detail than what was printed. These drawings …

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Jan 26

English Nekogahara Volume 3 Shifted to Sept 19th

As previously reported, there was some early placeholders for Nekogahara volumes 3, 4 & 5 for the English release. There has been yet another change, in which Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai volume 3 is now scheduled to come out on September 19th, 2017. Previously the date was for April 11th. Additionally, the placeholder dates for …

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Jan 15

Nekogahara – English Volume 5 Placeholder Release Date

Since American booksellers tend to need a 6-month window to purchase and stock books before their release, we can get some good estimates on when the next Nekogahara volumes will be released in English. As such, Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai volume 5 is currently slated for an October 10, 2017 release date in the United States …

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Jan 03

Buy Nekogahara Vol 1 Digital for $1.07 USD!!

A combination of two sales, for a limited time only, has resulted in the English volume 1 digital edition of Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai for a bargain price of $1.07USD! Also, this is available from BookWalker… which means that you can buy this anywhere worldwide (excluding Japan) for the English release!!! To read the manga, they also …

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Jan 01

2017 News Headline Predictions!

Last year I had a post for the 2016 News Headline Predictions…. Let’s see how I did! New Shaman King Toys/Figures via a cross-promotion campaign – Didn’t happen Jumbor concludes… in light novel form – Didn’t happen Hiroyuki Takei creates new Gundam manga series – Didn’t happen Oops, struck out! None of those happened! Well, …

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Dec 13

Nekogahara Volume 2 Cover and English Release Date Delay

The official English cover (left), volume summary (below), and updated release date for Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai has recently been announced. The English-language cover matches the same cover artwork as the original Japanese that came out November 17th, 2016 in Japan. The release date was also delayed from the original date of January 10th, 2017 …

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Nov 18

English Nekogahara Volume 1 Digital Edition Available Worldwide From BookWalker

BookWalker‘s International Webstore announced today that all of their English digital manga volumes from Kodansha Comics will no longer have region-blocking. This includes the digital edition of Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai volume 1, for all regions except Japan. Previously, the volume was only accessible in Australia, Canada, France, England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, & …

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