The Shaman King Kang Zeng Bang volume reprints are becoming very rare in Japan right now.
At online retailer, bk1, several volumes are currently out of stock. These are volumes 1, 25, and 26. Volume 27 at time of article is on sale and not yet out of stock.
At worldwide online retailer, Amazon.co.jp, even more books are out of stock. Volume 24 is on order from the publisher, volumes 1, 4, 25, and 26. Volume 27 when it first went onto Amazon.co.jp it reached within the top 25 book sales for the day (not just manga, but all books in general). Right now, Amazon.co.jp has stopped accepting pre-orders as they have reached their cap that they will receive from Shueisha.
The Ultimate Kang Zeng Bang Guide will be updated with more information as it becomes discovered. Shaman King Kang Zeng Bang volume 27 is currently on sale in Japan now, but these preliminary sales figures show that this will be a very successful volume in terms of sales.
On April 4th, the final Shaman King Kang Zeng Bang (reprint) volume will be released in Japan. This volume contains all new chapters, and will be the only volume released this month. All prior months had two volumes released at the same time. New chapters were found in volumes 24 and 26. In volume 27, the final volume, it will contain nothing but new chapters, besides possibly chapter 295. Chapter 295 shares the same title as the chapter 285 from the original print “After the Dream” which had not been reprinted up until this point. This chapter may be expanded or altered from it’s original print.
The current titles announced for the volume are as followed (Chapter Number, Japanese title, English title by Dit)
292: ど根性豆の木 “The Gutsy Beanstalk”
293: 風の真価 “The Real Value of Wind”
294: LAST TEST SHAMAN FIGHT “Last Test Shaman Fight”
295: 夢のあと “After the Dream”
296: パッチとの遭遇 “Encounter With the Patch”
297: シャーマンキング GOD END PART Ⅰ “Shaman King God End Part I”
298: シャーマンキング GOD END PART ⅠⅠ “Shaman King God End Part II”
Earlier in the month, a promotional ad was released in Japan’s Weekly Shonen Jump. This ad also announces that on April 1st, Chapter 292 will be released online for free on the official Shaman King Kang Zeng Bang website in Japanese. Last month, chapter 287 was released in this same method.
Finally, the cover art, which is shown above in higher detail was released via a flyer.
On April 4th, Ultimo chapter 3 will be released in Japan as well with the new JumpSQ issue.
(Higher Quality cover scan by bleach91)
On April 4th, the second wave of reprint volumes will be released in Japan. Volumes 3 and 4, as listed below, are the two volumes to be released on this date. It is expected that Volume 3 will contain “Last Word Vol 2,” and both volumes to contain new Shaman Files. There has been no new updates on any additional extras in these volumes.
シャーマンキング 完全版 3
Shaman King Kang Zeng Bang 3
Format Size: A5
シャーマンキング 完全版 4
Shaman King Kang Zeng Bang 4
Format Size: A5
Based on the images from “Last Word” Volume 1, we can assume, the following:
Volume 5: Horohoro
Volume 6: Tamao (possibly doubled with Manta)
Shaman King Kang Zeng Bang volumes 3 and 4 will go on sale this Friday in Japan. Shaman King Nation will have updates from these volumes, as well as a comparison and review of Volumes 1-2 next week.
March 4th, 2008, it’s the begining of the end of Shaman King in Japan. So, I would like to take a moment to make note of the manga volumes that have been released:
Shaman King Volumes 9 & 10
Shaman King Volume 15
Shaman King Reprint Volumes 1 & 2
Please consult our Guide to Importing the Reprint Volumes for importing the reprint volumes from Japan. If you can, please purchase one of the books listed above. The fandom is based on purchasing these products. Shaman King Nation will have a review of Volume 15 once I go out and purchase it.
On a final note, Shaman King Reprint Volumes 3 & 4 will be released on April 4th, NOT April 1st, as originally predicted.