Hello to all and welcome!
My name is Andy and this little site here is called “Patch Cafe,” a fan run blog about all of Hiroyuki Takei’s series. That’s Butsu Zone, Shaman King, Jyuki Ningen Jumbor, Ultimo, Jumbor, and everything else. So everything is on the table for discussion. Anime, manga, videogames, TCG, spin-offs, fan projects, random speculation! Anything, and everything.
Now some of you may ask, “Why run a blog? Why not a full website, with forums and such?” The simple answer is, that it’s alot of work. And I’ve done that before (Shaman Online, Shaman King Nation, The Great Spirit). I’m trying for something else. A more of a fan-ranting personal level. And not that ranting as “Gah! Why did he do this!?” but more like “Ok, this is really awesome that he did this.” The world of Shaman King news is covered well already (Shaman King Nation), and filling in the missing holes in the manga in English is covered too (Mankin-Trad). But there isn’t much of a community or place to just kinda “hang-out” and talk about the events that are happening.
Why now? Well, Shaman King Zero is a good start. That’s looking great. And how about Ultimo which is chugging right along? And the latest chapters in Jumbor? It sure isn’t Jyuki Ningen Jumbor anymore! So there is alot to discuss for the future and right now. Plus I’ve been around the Shaman King community a very, very long time. I’ve seen the Shaman King community “back in the day” and stuck with it all this time. So maybe some of you haven’t followed it since it was being released in Weekly Shonen Jump. I’ve got some stories for you to hear as well. So some old, and some new!
The most important part is how updated this blog is. Since having a good shell of a website is no good unless it gets updated. I’m not going to make any promises on how often it will be updated, but, I got alot ot say. If something happens, for the most part, I’ll have an opinion. And you can too! That’s why we have comments. I’m normally pretty up-to-date on the latest news, so if there is something, I’ll post about it. But not only me, but some of our other staff as well. I’m sure they’ll have a “Hey, look at me!” post at some point. So I’ll let them introduce themselves. And who knows who else may come help out posting blog topics in the future. We are keeping an open mind and listening to your feedback. I would like this place to be more of a discussion, rather than standing on a soapbox. I’ll provide my point of view, but feel free to tell me I’m wrong!
So that’s what I have for now. There is more to come very soon. So keep checking, since we’ve got alot to talk about, so pour yourself a cup of coffee, and come sit and chat here at the Patch Cafe.