「Gundam AGEII Magnum SV ver.」 piloted by Kujo Kyoya in 『Gundam Build Divers』 gets a gunpla kit with a scale of 1/144(HG). Currently available for pre-order on Premium Bandai.
From "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba" comes the "Jacquard Hair Accessory Series" & "Authentic Leather Series" featuring Tanjirou, Nezuko, Zenitsu, Inosuke, and Giyuu. Pre-orders are available on "Bandai Fashion Collection". The product is the renewal of the past product "Jacquard Hair Accessory Series" & "Authentic Leather Series" with the new fabric design. "Jacquard Hair Accessory Series" is the hair accessories series that is made from the classy jacquard fabric. It is a masterpiece with the original design on colorful fabric inspired by each character. "Authentic Leather Series" is a leather item series made from authentic leather materials. The products are decorated with metal parts made from the original mold and the interiors are made using glossy jacquard materials. As even the tiniest parts are created with fixation, you will be able to feel the elegance of the product. Pre-orders for the "Jacquard Hair Accessory Series" & "Authentic Leather Series" of "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba" are available on "Bandai Fashion Collection". (C) Gotouge Koyoharu/ Shueisha, Aniplex, ufotable
From 'Disney: Twisted-Wonderland', twin ring necklaces, inspired by Riddle, Leona, and other students, have been released! The items aree built to order on 'FanFun MARKET'. '"Disney: Twisted-Wonderland" Heartslabyul Riddle Rosehearts Twin Ring Necklace' holds a ring with a red stone resembling a magical stone embedded, another ring with the patterns that symbolize Heartslabyul, and a charm with the name and a Groovy Candy engraved. "Disney: Twisted-Wonderland" Savanaclaw Leona Kingscholar Twin Ring Necklace holds a ring with a yellow stone resembling a magical stone embedded, another ring with the patterns that symbolize Savanaclaw, and a charm with the name and a Groovy Candy engraved. Other line-ups include each Night Ravens College dorm's head, such as Azul Ashengrotto and Kalim Al-Asim, and some students. '"Disney: Twisted-Wonderland" Twin Ring Necklace' is priced at 14,000 JPY (tax excluded) each. These items are built to order on 'FanFun MARKET'. (C)Disney
From "Jujutsu Kaisen," necklaces and earrings based on the image of Gojou Satoru, Itadori Yuuji, and others' icon marks have appeared. They are available for pre-order on 'Premium Bandai.' The line-ups of the "Jujutsu Kaisen Accessories Collection" include a total of 5 types available for both necklaces and earrings: Itadori Yuuji, Fushiguro Megumi, Kugisaki Nobara, Gojou Satoru, and Ryoumen Sukuna. The main part of the accessories consists of Czech Glasses based on the image of characters' colors. As both 'simplicity' and 'presence' exists in the design, they can give an accent to the fashion . "Jujutsu Kaisen Accessories Collection" is priced at 5,500 JPY (Tax Incl.) each, for both necklaces and earrings. It is available for pre-order at 'Premium Bandai' until May 9, 2021. Shippings are scheduled for June 2021. (C) Akutami Gege / Shueisha, Jujutsu Kaisen Production Committee
All costumes from the opening of "Card Captor Sakura" become jewelry stands designed as torsos. The jewelry stand series is called "Capsule Torso", and the 1st series will be available at nationwide capsule toy machines from the 4th week of June 2021. "Capsule Torso Card Captor Sakura" is a capsule toy exclusive jewelry stand inspired by the battle costumes from the TV anime "Card Captor Sakura". The jewelry stands are designed as roughly 12 cm tall torsos. All posts are given a shiny pearl finish giving the item a gorgeous feeling to go with its cute design. The top end of the post has four hooks allowing you to hang your favorite accessories to enjoy the jewelry stand as an interior decoration. The lineup includes costumes from all the openings: "Clow Card Arc", "Sakura Card Arc", "Clear Card Arc", and a specially designed version of the "Clear Card Arc (rare)", which has Kero-chan on the shoulder. There is also a plan to release the 2nd series in the winter of 2021. "Capsule Torso Card Captor Sakura" is priced at 500 JPY per play (tax included). It will be available at nationwide capsule toy machines from the 4th week of June 2021. (C) CLAMP, ST / Kodansha, NEP, NHK
Goods that recreate the characters and world of "PUI PUI Molcar" have been released. Pre-orders are available on CRECO from June 22, 2021. The lineup includes: "PUI PUI Molcar Fluffy Plush Pouch", "PUI PUI Molcar Fluffy Cushion", and "PUI PUI Molcar Diorama Pouch". The Plushy Pouch and Cushion are made out of fluffy material that makes it irresistible to hug it, and faithfully recreates the characters. You can put a squeaky whistle in it which will turn the items into squeaky toys. There are five designs in total: Potato, Abbey, Shiromo, Teddy, and Choco. The Diorama Pouch is inspired by the scene from Episode 1 "Who Caused the Traffic Jam?". It's cute to see the Molcars on the sliders run around the roads every time you open and close the zipper. Let's enjoy these items that immerse you in the world of Molcars, both at home and outdoors. (C) Misato Tomoki, JGY, Shin-Ei Animation / Molcars
The set of a compact "Bamboo Uchiwa (Bamboo Hand Fan)" and an "Exclusive Envelope" with the illustration of characters of "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba", including Kamado Tanjirou and Kamado Nezuko, has been announced. The product "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Bamboo Uchiwa 'Mame Dayori'" has a total of 4 different designs, which are "Kamado Tanjirou", "Kamado Nezuko", "Agatsuma Zenitsu", and "Hashibira Inosuke". As the set comes with a bamboo uchiwa and an exclusive envelope, the bamboo uchiwa can be used as a normal uchiwa, while a message can also be written on the back. And by using the exclusive envelope, it possible for you to send it to someone. As the quantity is limited, do check it out as soon as possible if you are a fan. "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Bamboo Uchiwa 'Mame Dayori'" is priced at 550 JPY. The sales will be available on the designated webpage from 12:15 AM, on June 24. (C) Gotouge Koyoharu/ Shueisha, Aniplex, ufotable
From Blu-ray＆DVD of "Gintama: The Final", which will be released on August 4, 2021, a jacket illustration, featuring 4 members of Shoka Sonjuku, Sakata Gintoki, Katsura Kotarou, Takasugi Shinsuke, and Yoshida Shoyo, and purchase bonuses at each store, have been revealed. "Gintama: The Final" is based on the final part of the original manga, and was released in January 2021, as the best & greatest scale of film in the "Gintama" series. It is the third film that marked the highest box-office sales in the series so far, with 1.36 million tickets sold and 1.9 billion JPY box-office revenue in total. This time, from Blu-ray＆DVD of "Gintama: The Final", which will be released on August 4, 2021, an illustration for the three-sided box, featuring "members of Shoka Sonjuku", drawn by Takeuchi Shinji, who is in charge of character design, has been shown. You can enjoy pairing it with the one featuring the members of Yorozuya, which was already shown. Moreover, information about purchase bonuses at each store has also been revealed. If you purchase the limited edition at certain stores, you will be given an "Original Sticker" with a newly drawn illustration of mini characters. As for the bonus at each store, "ANIPLEX+" will offer Original Production Autograph T-shirt or Your Choice of Mini Tin Badge, and "Animate" will offer Original B3 Clear Poster or Mini Acrylic Stand Frame. Please check out official websites for more details. "Gintama: The Final" Limited Edition Blu-ray is priced at 9,900 JPY (incl. tax), and DVD at 8,800 JPY (incl. tax). The release is scheduled for August 4, 2021. (C)Sorachi Hideaki / Gintama: The Movie Production Committee
From the TV anime "Shaman King", the outline and scenes from Episode 4 "Best Place", broadcast on Thursday, April 22, 2021, have been released. "Shaman King" is a story about "Shamans", who can communicate with gods and spirits, fighting for the title of the "Shaman King", the king who can control the universe. It was originally serialized in "Weekly Shonen Jump" by Takei Hiroyuki under the title "Shaman King" from 1998 to 2004. He followed with "Shaman King: Flowers" in "Jump X" from 2011 to 2014, and "Shaman King: The Super Star" is currently serialized on Kodansha's "Shonen Magazine Edge". Episode 4 is titled "Best Place". "Wooden Sword" Ryu and his gang are in search of their "Best Place", a place where they can truly feel comfortable. But it isn't an easy search... That's when Ryu becomes possessed by Tokagero, an evil spirit of a thief, and takes Manta hostage. Tokagero has a grudge against Amidamaru and uses Ryu's gang to attack Yoh's home. How will Yoh and Amidamaru fight against Tokagero's dirty tricks? "Shaman King" Episode 4 "Best Place" was broadcast from 5:55 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, 2021, on TV Tokyo and other channels. (C) Takei Hiroyuki, Kodansha / Shaman King Project., TV Tokyo
From the TV anime "SHAMAN KING", the summary and advance cut of Episode 3 "Anna and Tao Jjun" which aired on April 15 (Thu), 2021 has been released. “SHAMAN KING" is a story about "shamans" who can communicate with gods and spirits, and compete for the title of "Shaman King", the king of the stars who controls all things in the universe, in the "Shaman Fight" held once every 500 years. The story was serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump from 1998 to 2004 under the title "Shaman King" by Takei Hiroyuki. After that, he wrote "Shaman King FLOWERS" in "Jump Kai" from 2011 to 2014, and now "Shaman King the Super Star" is being serialized in Kodansha's "Shonen Magazine Edge". The subtitle of the third episode is "Anna and Tao Jun”. After a fierce battle with Ren, Yoh is injured, and Anna Kyouyama, Yoh's fiancéeex-wife, appears. Anna tells him that the "Shaman Fight" to determine the king of the shamans will be held soon. A few days later, a woman named Tao Jun appears in front of Yoh and his friends, accompanied by a vampire named Lee Pai-long, and challenges them to a battle to take Amidamaru for her brother, Ren. Episode 3 of “SHAMAN KING, "Anna and Tao Jun," began airing on April 15, 2021 at 5:55 p.m. on TV Tokyo and other stations. (C) Hiroyuki Takei, Kodansha/SHAMAN KING Project. and TV Tokyo
From TV anime "SHAMAN KING", pre-release of scene cut for episode 2 "Another Shaman", scheduled on Thursday, Apr. 8, 2021, have been made. "SHAMAN KING" is about the story of a competition held once in 500 years called "Shaman Fight", where the exchanger of sprits-Shamans- fight for the title of the planetary king. Takei Hiroyuki started the manga "Shaman King" from 1998 to 2004 in "Weekly Shonen Jump" from Shueisha. He started drawing "SHAMAN KING FLOWERS" from 2011 to 2014 in "Jump Kai", and he is currently serializing "SHAMAN KING THE SUPER STAR" in "Shonen Magazine Edge". In episode 2, Manta meets another shaman called Dao Ren in the graveyard, where he met with You. Ren's goal was to obtain the strong spirit called Amidamaru. You and Manta witness the scene of Ren fighting back the delinquents. You, who cannot accept Ren's action of taking away life easily, proposes a fight against Ren. "SHAMAN KING" episode 2 "Another Shaman" will be broadcast from Thursday, Apr. 8, 2021, at 5:55 PM on TV Tokyo. (C) Takei Hiroyuki, Kodansha/ SHAMAN KING Project. TV Tokyo
From "Shaman King" comes a real-life version of Yoh and Hao's favorite "tracksuits". The tracksuits are now available for pre-order at “Premium Bandai.” This product, "Futaba's Tracksuits," comes in two models: “Yoh” and “Hao”, in sizes M, L, and XL. It is a convenient item for picnics and sleepovers. This set-up is recommended for "Shaman King" fans who want to feel like they are wearing a matching item with their favorite characters. “Futaba's Tracksuits” are priced at 13,200 JPY each (tax included), and can be pre-ordered at “Premium Bandai'' until 11pm on July 19, 2021, with shipping scheduled for October. (C) Takei Hiroyuki, Kodansha/SHAMAN KING Project. and TV Tokyo
“SHAMAN KING: Fubari Chronicle", the first app game for smartphones based on the TV anime "SHAMAN KING" that started airing from April 2021, will be released in 2021. The TV anime "SHAMAN KING" is a completely new TV anime based on the comic "SHAMAN KING" by Takei Hiroyuki, which has sold over 38 million copies in total. When the new anime adaptation was announced in June 2020, it became the number one trending topic worldwide on Twitter, and even now, more than 20 years after the serialization began in 1998, it is still popular both in Japan and overseas. “SHAMAN KING: Funbari Chronicle", the first official smartphone game of the TV anime "SHAMAN KING", is now available. The game features powerful 3D graphic battles where you can form your own original team from among the many shamans that appear in the game, as well as a new "Mangatic Mode" that allows you to relive the storyline. There are also many newly drawn illustrations, from famous scenes that everyone knows up to dream situations. The game is designed to immerse both old fans and newcomers to the world of "SHAMAN KING". “SHAMAN KING: Funbari Chronicle" pre-registration will begin in July 2021, and the official release is scheduled for the end of 2021. (C) Takei Hiroyuki, Kodansha/SHAMAN KING Project, TV Tokyo (C) Studio Z, Inc.
In anime and manga works, the popularity of characters and topics of conversation tend to be biased toward the main characters and heroes. However, it is the existence of the "shadows" that makes the "light" shine brightly. In the eleventh installment of "Enemy Character Biographies: Where is Their Aesthetics?”, we take a look at Hao from "SHAMAN KING". ※Please note that there are spoilers about “SHAMAN KING”. Basically, the antagonist in a story exists to be defeated by the protagonist. The role of the antagonist is to present values that differ from those of the protagonist and to glorify the legitimacy of the protagonist's side by being defeated. Since the audience and readers enjoy the story while empathizing with the protagonist, the defeat of the antagonist is also a catharsis for entertainment. In this sense, "SHAMAN KING" was a unique shonen manga. This is because Hao, the antagonist of this work, was an opponent that the protagonists could not defeat no matter how hard they tried. Why did "SHAMAN KING" need such an antagonist? I would like to think about it while comparing the original story and the old anime version. Hao, a unique antagonist who cannot be defeated “SHAMAN KING" is about a shaman boy, Asakura Yoh, who participates in a tournament called "Shaman Fight" and fights with his friends to become the Shaman King, a person with omniscient power. Although Yoh's goals are big, he is not an upwardly-mobile person and is an optimist who always says, "I can manage.” His reason for wanting to become the Shaman King is to create a world where people can live with ease. This sense of powerlessness in the protagonist is also unusual for a shonen manga. The general story line itself is typical of shonen manga, with Yoh becoming stronger through encounters with his fiancée Anna and rivals, but Yoh's goal is just to be able to live comfortably. The important point is that Yoh himself does not feel that strength is of much value. In contrast to the protagonist, Hao is a character who has been harboring anger and sorrow towards humanity for a thousand years and has set his sights on destroying it. He is willing to treat the lives of his recruited friends like tools to achieve his goal. His values are clearly at odds with those of the protagonist. And above all, Hao is unusually strong. In this work, the strength of a shaman is expressed by a numerical value called shamanic power, and Hao's shamanic power is 1.25 million, almost ten times that of the protagonist, making him a completely unbeatable opponent in terms of strength. In fact, Hao is not defeated in this work. So, what do the main characters do? They accept Hao's anger and sorrow and choose to "help" him. The main reason why this work is a unique shonen manga is because of the way it is resolved. And this will be the biggest difference between the old anime version and the new one which will be based on the original story. How to Stop the Cycle of "If they beat you, get them back.” In addition to the main character, there are two other forces that oppose Hao in this work: 'X-LAWS' with the sole purpose of defeating Hao, and 'Gandhara' also aiming to save the world. Many of the members of X-LAWS have had loved ones killed by Hao and are motivated by revenge, but Gandhara, on the other hand, acts to save even Hao. In X-LAWS, there is a clear boundary between friend and foe, considering someone as an ally if they help defeat Hao and an enemy if they get in the way, but Gandhara's boundary is ambiguous. This is because they are based on the idea of "moderation" and believe that all should be saved without distinguishing between friend and foe. The timing of the appearance of these two forces is important when considering this work. While the X-LAWS appear from the early days of the Shaman Fight, Gandhara does not show up until the latter half. Perhaps due to this influence, Gandhara does not appear in the old anime, which, unlike the original, depicts Hao's defeat in the end. As a result, the old anime completes the story in the scheme of enemies and allies. In contrast, the second half of the original work takes on a different value system from that of a typical shonen manga, and the story is no longer about just defeating Hao. One of the most memorable lines in the work is, " If they beat you, get them back”. The history of mankind is a repetition of this, and Hao describes mankind as "too much work". Shonen manga are basically a story of constant battle. The " If they beat you, get them back." storyline is one of the most exciting in the world. Episodes in which the hero's side takes revenge are so popular that they are depicted in many works, but in the end, they are part of the history of human conflict, in which "if somethings is done to you, you do it back to them”. Meaning there is no end to it. This work questions the endless cycle of conflict itself. While Hao tries to end the chain by destroying humanity, Yoh and his friends choose not to defeat him. They choose not to defeat Hao, because a solution by force would spark a new conflict. Hao, the antagonist who is too strong to be defeated, was set up, in my opinion, to portray this value system. If he cannot be defeated, he will not be defeated, and he will live in moderation without distinguishing the world into friend and foe. Even so, he believes that the world will "somehow go on”. Such strength of will is present in this work.
The 2nd PV for TV anime Ahiru no Sora has been released and features the passionate plays of a freakishly tall basketball club member. Broadcasting information was released at the same time. The series will be aired on TV Tokyo’s channel 6 starting on October 2nd.
「Gundam AGEII Magnum SV ver.」 piloted by Kujo Kyoya in 『Gundam Build Divers』 gets a gunpla kit with a scale of 1/144(HG). Currently available for pre-order on Premium Bandai.
「BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!」 and its 4th tie-up with Lawson as of September the 3rd, has been revealed. The campaign is to give out a limited quantity of originals goods which will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis
From TV anime "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind" comes blazers and pants (slacks) which can be worn together as business suits inspired by Giorno Giovanna and Bruno Bucciarati. Pre-orders are available at "Premium Bandai" until Dec. 26, 2019.
Movie “Kimetsu no Yaiba : Demon Slayer” Infinity Train arc decided to be released on 2020. The new teaser and visual has been released on the 2nd info.
“Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation”, which had been announced to be animated, was decided to be broadcast as TV anime in 2020. In addition, the first visual depicting the four main characters and a PV by the new animation production company “Studio Bind” established for this work were released.