The start of these events began on last Saturday (9/10/2011) in Aomori, Japan. At 18:30 on the radio channel FM AOMORI, Hiroyuki Takei personally went on the radio to talk about his manga series. Prior to this, the last time his words were on the radio was in a letter spoken by Megumi Hayashibara shortly after the cancellation of the Shaman King manga series in Weekly Shonen Jump. The radio station in Aomori hold some additional importance since the manga character “Anna” from Shaman King was the inspiration for their towns police mascot.
While the entire transcript of this conversation was not recorded, there were two annoucements Hiroyuki Takei announced:
- Shaman King will be continuing in March 2012.
- Hiroyuki Takei is working on another project.
Because of the complexity of the Japanese language, the word “continuing” is not very clear, and Takei did not provide much more information. However, the date was very clear as well as that it will be connected to Shaman King. His second project could still be his “new, unseen project” which was announced in early 2011 (news story).
With the release of Shaman King Remix volume 13, there has been a new development in this story. In the included Remix Track, Takei derails the story to talks to his editor about how he doesn’t have enough space to draw the story he wants to tell. He asks for another Remix volume to tell more of the story (similar to how the Kang Zeng Bang release gained extra chapters), but was refused. With more demanding pressure he asks to change the format for the Shaman King story by “Imagine their battle animated, with voices, music and such.” The editor doesn’t give a verbal response to his request, but the side comment sends a message to the fans to “Who knows what may happen, but keep supporting Shaman King!”
There are many possible routes this new “Shaman King” could possibly take. There could be the possibility of multiple new versions, such as a new manga series as well as something else. Some of the possibilities are the following:
- New manga series
- New anime series/OVA/movie
- New drama CD
- New videogame
- New light novel
- New vomic
As soon as we know any more details, we will be sure to post them up on Shaman King Nation as soon as we can! There will be 3 more volumes of the Shaman King Remix versions to be released, so more news should be coming in the next few weeks!
(Special thanks to Dit for… all of this!)