There has been alot of news stories over the last few weeks, so here’s the breakdown of them all in a single post:
The cover image of next issue of Jump X (Kai) has been released. Yoh has returned to the cover in a brand new drawing. You can see the image on the left. The oneshot is confirmed again at 44 pages in length. In the background, you’ll also see parts of the special poster that will be included in every issue. It’s a redrawing of one of Takei’s previous drawings. However this one is a complete new drawing and looks to be extremely detailed.
In celebration of Shaman King’s return in Jump Kai, their official Twitter account is having a special contest. They are giving out 100 special “onsen mixes” to their followers. These contain a special powder to add to your bath to renergize. They are being reffered to as 「五大聖霊の湯の素」or “The 5 elements of the Holy Spirit of water.” Each of the 5 Elemental Warriors from Shaman King (Yoh, Horohoro, Lyserg, Ren, and Chocolove) are on the packaging with their respective Elemental Spirit (Spirit of Fire is with Lyserg for example). These will only be given out via this contest and not sold in stores.
Takei is lending his talents to the recently published 「錬人」(“Ren Jin” or “Human Values”) manga drawn by Shige Matsumoto Nobu and published by CoroDragon Comics. A oneshot of this manga series was recently published in the Spring issue of Corocoro G. Hiroyuki Takei is a friend of the author and has some special drawings in this first compiled volume of Ren Jin.
As mentioned in earlier news posts, Takei lent his hand to the “Break Battle” Trading Figure Game with the creation of his own piece. An image of that piece, called ドゴロチ or Dogorochi is shown on the left. It combines alot of aspects from various manga series he has drawn.
The voice actress of Yoh Asakura, Yuuko Satou, has given birth to a healthy boy on October 09, 2011.
Towards the end of October a new official website was openned for Shaman King Zero on Mixi. Mixi is a Japanese-only social website (think like Facebook). The main page is open to the public but clicking on any link will require you to sign up for an account. The website can be found here: http://p.mixi.jp/shamanking0 . We will try to report as much as we can on anything that is posted at this site.
【恐山アンナ】恐山ル・ヴォワールを歌ってみた【マンキン復活】, A very popular video was uploaded to Niconico Douga in late October, which can be found here: http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm15947771 (Requires a Japanese account to view). In the video, Megumi Hayashibara is singing a fanmade song. This is a professionally made video and recording. The art in the background (pictured left) was most likely drawn by Takei himself. The first person to announce the upload of the video was a music producer who worked with Megumi Hayashibara on various Shaman King songs such as Oversoul and Northern Lights. And continueing further, this song was also used as background music in another video released by Jump Kai of a famous caligrapher writing promoting “Shaman King Zero.” That video can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbMoY9-3FEs.
Source: Dit and http://blog.livedoor.jp/takeifan/