Jun 20 2017

Jumbor Hiatus Missing From Next Ultra Jump Issue

The status of the Jumbor manga in the monthly Ultra Jump magazine has been partially unknown for the last 2 years. The most current chapter of Jumbor is number 53, which was in the August issue.  In that issue there was also a notice that the series is on hiatus and that new information will be announced once it returns.

However, since that date, it has been effectively on “hiatus.” Every new Ultra Jump issue lists the series appearing in the next issue, and Jumbor would be listed under series still in the magazine, but not in the next issue. However, for the next issue preview, for the August 2017 issue, Jumbor has not been listed. This may have been a simple mistake, or it could have been intentional, since there has been no new chapter in exactly 2 years.

It’s also worth noting that Jumbor isn’t completely removed from the July 2017 Ultra Jump magazine, as it was still listed under the “published volumes” page. Jumbor is still listed on the official Ultra Jump website as well. With the announcement of Hiroyuki Takei creating a manga in the Corocoro Aniki magazine, he listed an end date for Jumbor. Unlike with Shaman King, where he has been more hopeful, he hasn’t said as much about Jumbor.

The official reason why Jumbor is on hiatus is still unknown, and probably will stay unknown for a while. In a recent interview with Kono Manga related to “Back to the Future”, the conversation does drift into talking about the Jumbor series. Below is a rough English translation of the excerpt talking about Jumbor hiatus (after being reborn from it’s original Weekly Shonen Jump run).

Interviewer: By the way, you also restarted with “Jumbor” and “Shaman King Flowers” but stopped halfway through the story…?

Takei: I’m planning on how that takes shape, but I definitely want to draw the continuation. That is the responsibility of the creator of those characters. However, “Jumbor” has special circumstances that I mentioned earlier that need to be figured out first.

So it’s less likely about his willingness to continue the manga, but another factor either with Shuiesha or with his Author, Mikami Hiromasa. It’s possible that during the Q&A session of Hiroyuki Takei’s upcoming public appearance that a question may be asked. Unless the answer is that the series has no hope of coming back to Ultra Jump (they ended his contract), Hiroyuki Takei will most likely give another non-direct answer due to these special circumstances.

Source: @sasakura_i on twitter

Jun 18 2017

“Cannon D. Ball” Mini 4WD Car Designed by Hiroyuki Takei Releasing This Fall

With the national “Japan Cup 2017” currently underway (the annual Mini 4WD national tournament), it has been officially announced that in Fall 2017, the “Cannon D. Ball (Brand Name)” (キャノン”D”ボール(商品名)) Mini 4WD will be released. This is yet another Mini 4WD car designed by Hiroyuki Takei in relation to his Hyper Dash! Yonkuro manga that is currently running in the Corocoro Aniki magazine. In the issue that released earlier this week, this same image (as shown left and posted on Takei’s twitter) was printed and he added that there is a “secret” about this car that has yet to be revealed.


The Mini 4WD car was also teased in Mid-May at the Shizuoka Hobby Show, as posted on Twitter by AmiAmi Hobby News. That single announcement image is presented below.

The 2nd compiled volume of Hiroyuki Takei’s Hyper Dash! Yonkuro will be released in Japan on July 12th. Similar to the first volume, there will be a “limited edition” version of the manga in addition to the “standard edition.” The limited edition will feature a gold plated version of the “Rise-Emperor” Mini 4WD car with the standard edition of the manga. The ISBN of the manga is 9784099418960 and cost 2700 yen (tax included). The cover of the volume will most likely feature the artwork in this color page spread from this month’s Corocoro Aniki issue.

Jun 18 2017

Hiroyuki Takei takes a trip to Mount Osore

Hiroyuki Takei has posted a set of images on his personal Twitter from his recent trip to Mount Osore, located in the Aomori Prefecture. This area is the location where the “Osorezan Revoir” arc in the original Shaman King manga takes place. He did not state that this was a “vacation,” but instead for a “certain job.” Often that’s a bit of a code for “doing research” for upcoming manga projects. Last year he also went up to the Aomori Prefecture where he stopped at the Misawa Aviation & Science Museum to view their Zero planes (also featured in Shaman King Flowers).

In addition to the photos he took (featured left), he also posted this image of Anna as a promotional image for the Aomori Prefectural Senior High School Alumni Association. So the “certain job” may have been in relation with the Alumni Association, or it could be related to his upcoming Shaman King manga series that is still in development. Previously, Hiroyuki Takei also drew the mascot for the Aomori Police Department and he was also born in Yomogita, Aomori.

The link to the twitter post with the full poster can be found here.

Jun 01 2017

Official “Shaman King App” Service To Be Discontinued in June 2017

As announced recently from within the app itself, the official Japanese “Shaman King App” (シャーマンキング App) will discontinue it’s service on June 30th, 2017. This app provided fans a way to purchase the following manga series digitally (via in-app purchases):

  • Shaman King Kang Zeng Bang
  • Shaman King Zero
  • Shaman King Flowers

In addition to being able to purchase volumes of manga, it also contained some extra wallpapers and other special images from the Shaman King series. All of the images on the app were used elsewhere in promotions for Shaman King, so nothing exclusive for the app. It’s worth noting that currently this app was the only way to purchase the Shaman King Kang Zeng Bang volumes digitally.

The app is recommending users to download the “Jump BOOK Store” app (ジャンプBOOKストア!), which their purchases will be transferred to (with the extras). This is part of an effort to centralize the several individual Shueisha apps into a single marketplace. It is worth noting that the Shaman King Kang Zeng Bang volumes have not been added to the Jump BOOK Store yet. Starting in July there is no way to legally purchase the Shaman King Kang Zeng Bang volumes anywhere in the world unless they are added to the new app store. Previously, the Shaman King Kang Zeng Bang volumes were sold exclusively through Yahoo!, before the “Shaman King App” was available.

Since it’s launch the Android version of the Shaman King app has had over 10,000 downloads. Both the App Store and Google Play Store versions of the app have only been updated to support the newer OS and content has not been added since the conclusion of Shaman King Flowers.

The following are the links to the original Shaman King app if you wish to download it before the end of the month. Note that there is region-restrictions which may prevent you from accessing the app. The new app, has the same regional-restrictions as well.

The new app can be found at the following:

May 27 2017

Hiroyuki Takei’s 3rd Nekogahara Autograph Session Confirmed

As previously hinted at by Hiroyuki Takei, the official confirmation of his third autograph session for his ongoing Nekogahara series has been announced. This autograph and talk session is to promote the upcoming Nekogahara volume 3 being released on June 16th, 2017 in Japan.

The event will take place on June 25th, 2017 with seating at 12:30pm and the event starting at 1pm at the Animate Shinjuku. If you want to attend the event you will need to pre-order Nekogahara volume 3 starting today (May 27th, 2017) and apply though your “CLUB Animate” account before June 12th, 2017 to receive a raffle ticket. Between the 13th and the event (the 25th), they will e-mail if you have been selected to attend the event.

For full details (in Japanese), see the Animate website. Additionally, you can also enter to win your spot at the event through your CLUB Animate account online (with your pre-order of Nekogahara volume 3 tied to your account).

To see a recap and some photos of the last two events, see our previous coverage: 1st event / 2nd event

May 25 2017

Hiroyuki Takei draws art for Japanese release of Back to the Future comic

Releasing on May 27th, 2017, Hiroyuki Takei has drawn some art for the obi (wrap-around ad) for the Japanese release of second Back to the Future comic. The Japanese title is “バック・トゥ・ザ・フューチャー コンティニュアム・コナンドラム” and has the ISBN of 978-4800272980. This on-going comic was originally published by IDW in English back in October 2015, but is now getting a collected volume release in Japan for 1,998 yen. The first volume release in Japan had featured a different manga artist promoting the volume. Though not part of the official cover, the obi is a promotional wrap-around that is typically added to books in Japan (including manga). Often they are self-promotion for an author’s other works, an upcoming TV adaption, or as in this case, includes praise about the book from another author. Typically, the art on the obi is not reprinted elsewhere or included in the book proper, and is often only on the first printing.

It is also worth noting that Hiroyuki Takei is a huge fan of the Back to the Future movie series. Additionally, he does own a working original DeLorean DMC-12 (the car featured in the movies) as part of his personal car collection.

Back in 2011, Hiroyuki Takei also drew an image for the obi of the single volume release of Renjin (錬人) which was released by Corodragon Comics.

May 17 2017

Nekogahara Volume 3 Cover Art Previewed in Ad

In the Shonen Magazine Edge that released today with the 19th chapter of Nekogahara was also an ad for the upcoming Nekogahara volume 3 (猫ヶ原 3巻). It confirmed the original Japanese release date of June 16th, 2017. The ad also references the same signing event that will occur that Hiroyuki Takei hinted at yesterday. The image used in the ad will most likely be the cover image for the third volume. It will also most likely continue the trend of having the image wrap around to the back cover (and be in color).


Additionally, in the next issue preview for Shonen Magazine Edge, that Nekogahara would also be featured on the cover of the issue releasing next month (June 2017).


Currently the third volume of Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai is scheduled for release in English on October 17th, 2017.

May 15 2017

Hiroyuki Takei turns 45

Today, May 15th, Hiroyuki Takei, the creator of Shaman King, Jumbor, and Nekogahara turns 45 years old. He was born in Yomogita, Aomori, Japan in 1972 and has been working in the manga industry since 1992 where is started off as an assistant. After the success of Itako No Anna short story in 1994, he continued with new manga stories until his first success of Butsu Zone in 1997.

On Twitter, he posted the following update and image today as it relates to his birthday (Rough English translation follows):

たくさんのお祝いありがとうございます、45ちゃいになりました。これからも老眼に負けず適当にがんばってまいりますので、応援よろしくおねがいします。 ※画像は20代の時のもの



Thank you for your congratulations, for now I am 45. I will continue to do my best without losing to presbyopia, so thank you for your support. ※ Image from my 20s.

… In return I will have an autograph session. Please see ‘Magazine Edge’ magazine for future information as well as to send any gifts.

Presbyopia is a medical condition which is the worsening ability to focus on close objects (such as small text). Typical treatment can involve surgery or corrective lenses. In most promotional photos and interviews he has not been wearing glasses.

The photo attached is of “Mandain Hikaru” which is most famously is the co-author of the Shaman King Character Book – Man.Ji.En. Of course this is just a running gag of Hiroyuki Takei dressed up in an alternate persona.

Hiroyuki Takei most recently had two autograph sessions to promote his current running Nekogahara manga series. The first event was at the Tokyo’s Animate Ikebukuro store on September 21, 2015. Then the 2nd event was on May 7th, 2016 which was also partially recorded for the imagine-nation TV show which had a feature on Nekogahara and Hiroyuki Takei’s works. In the second event, he also talked and did more live drawings from his more popular manga series, Shaman King. Prior to these two events, Hiroyuki Takei has also appeared at anime/manga conventions in America and France for promotion, which included autograph sessions.


May 13 2017

New Nekogahara English Volume 4 Release Date

With the never ending shifting of the Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai release dates… it looks like English volume 4 by Kodansha Comics is now scheduled for February 8th, 2018. With volume 3 currently scheduled for June 6th in Japan and October 17th in English speaking countries… a February release for the fourth volume isn’t out of the question. However, depending on Hiroyuki Takei’s release cycle in Japan with the chapter/volume releases… it could very easily change again!

You can follow all of the upcoming international releases on our Release Calendar, or on the sidebar for all of our pages!

Apr 29 2017

Nekogahara Volume 3 Release Dates for Japan & America

The release date for the third volume of Nekogahara (猫ヶ原) in Japan has finally been announced as June 16th, 2017 (2017/6/16). It’s ISBN is 978-4063910773 and will cost ¥702 for the print edition. That puts it about 7 months since volume 2 was released in Japan.


Previously, the third volume release date for Nekogahara in English has shifted alot over the last couple months. The dates were mostly placeholder dates, but the latest release for Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai in English is now currently scheduled for October 17th, 2017. The first volume of Nekogahara in English, as released by Kodansha Comics was released on October 25th, 2016.

The third English volume release has the following information:

ISBN: 978-1632363978
Page count: 176 pages
Size: 5-3/4in x 8-3/16in
MSRP: $12.99
Release Date: October 17th, 2017

This will have the English release of Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai volume 3 be about 4 months (123 days) after the Japanese volume release.