The release date for Ultimo volume 8 in English is scheduled for January 1st, 2013 in the USA. The ISBN-10 is 1421551535 and the ISBN-13 is 9781421551531. The volume is 192 pages long and the MSRP is $9.99. The American release cover has not been published yet. The image on the left is the Japanese edition.
The UK release of the Ultimo volume 8 will be on January 17th, 2013. The contents of the book will be the same. The French release is still scheduled to be released on October 24th, 2012 in France.
The upcoming Februrary issue of Jump SQ will feature it’s last chapter of Ultimo in it’s magazine. Instead of being cancelled however, it is being moved into Jump SQ’s spin-off magazine, Jump SQ 19 (ジャンプSQ.19). This magazine is designed for spin-off and oneshots. It releases on the 19th day every February, May, August, and November. However, it will not be moving to Jump SQ19 until the May issue.
In the last year, the Ultimo series has seen a large drop in sales numbers, as well as the reader’s poll for the magazine. The series never built the same fanbase as did with Shaman King, and the continued excitement of Shaman King Zero and Jumbor would also be a key cause. Hiroyuki Takei is also having trouble releasing 3 different chapters a month, as Jumbor was absent from the most recent Ultra Jump issue.
With this latest move to Jump SQ 19, Ultimo has been in every magazine in the Jump SQ line-up besides the first sample issue.
(Source: Negative Syndicate at MangaHelpers)
After concluding in Shonen Jump and the release of volume 6 in the US, any information on when the next volume of Ultimo would be released was unknown. However, the release date for Ultimo volume 7 in English by Viz is now set for August 7th, 2012 (8/7/12). It will remain at it’ current MSRP of $9.99. It’s ISBN-13 number is: 9781421542638 and ISBN: 1421542633. There is currently no cover art released for this volume yet for the English release.
For the last two weeks, volume 6 of Ultimo has made it onto the New York Times Best Selling Manga chart list. For two straight weeks it has been in 9th place. This is holding well against other popular titles such as Naruto, One Piece, Bleach, and Sailor Moon. Outside of the first volume of Ultimo, this is the only other volume to reach this list. This volume contains the chapters not included in Viz’s Shonen Jump magazine.
(Source: Anime News Network)
In an interesting development, Ultimo volume 1 continues to remain on the New York Times Best Selling manga list for August 28th through September 3rd. As reported last week, the first volume made a suprise return to the best selling list last week at seventh place since it’s first release. This week it rose up to 2nd place, and being the highest selling actual manga on the list (slot #1 was taken by a graphic novel not printed in Japan). This is the highest position Ultimo has ever been on the list. It’s high ranking is directly connected to Borders going out of business and their closing sales. Currently all manga are 70% off, which brings the cost of one of these volumes down to $3 USD. Many stores still have copies of both volume 1 and 2 in stock. However, most of the stores are set to close this weekend. So if you are looking to pick up these first two volumes for their cheapest price, now is the time. It’s also possible that Ultimo will remain on the list next week. However there was a series of new volumes released this past week (including Ultimo volume 6) which may lower Ultimo’s standing on the list.
Source: New York Times Best Seller List
Today, Ultimo volume 6 was released in English and contained the first four new chapters to be released since it’s removal from Shonen Jump. With this new volume there were some changes to the Ultimo releases by Viz. The biggest change is that Ultimo has now changed imprints with Viz from it’s “Shonen Jump” line to it’s “Shonen Jump Advanced” line. As such this volume has an increased age rating from “Teen” to “Teen Plus,” which brings the recommended age to 16 and up for “fantasy violence and adult themes.” For more info on their rating system, check out their website.
Another slight change was there was no preview for volume 7 of the manga. As it is just recently published in Japan and the volumes are often done months in advance of their actual printing, there was not enough time to provide a preview. As such, there is no set release date for the 7th manga volume. However, it is very likely that it will be sometime in early 2012.
A complete review of Ultimo volume 6 will be published shortly on Shaman King Nation.
In an unexpected turn of events, the first volume of the Ultimo manga has resurfaced on the New York Times Best Selling Mangas for the week of August 21st. This is not the latest volume (number 6) that will be released this upcoming Tuesday (some stores may not have the volumes on Tuesday because of the holiday weekend). There were very few high profile manga releases that week which may have helped some lower sales gain a higher place on the list. However, the biggest factor to Ultimo’s ranking of 7th was due primarily to the closing of the Borders chain of bookstores. Many of the remaining open stores had an excess of Ultimo volume #1 (as many as 6 volumes per store). With their closing sales ranging from 40%-60% off MSRP many volumes of manga were quickly flying off the shelves. For those looking to start up a new series at a reduced price, Ultimo volume 1 was the deal to get since through the closing sale it was primiarly one of the few series that had extra copies of volume 1.
Ultimo volume 6 will be in your local bookstores and online on Tuesday September 6th. Shaman King Nation will have a full volume review shortly after.
As a follow-up to our earlier post, on September 2nd, the 7th volume of Karakuri Dôji Ultimo (機巧童子ULTIMO 7巻) will be released in Japan. It is expected to have four chapters in the volume, chapters 26-29 of the Ultimo story. It will retail for 460 yen. It will contain 186 pages and it’s ISBN is 978-4088703282. The cover image is posted on the left.
In the July issue of “S” magazine, Takei has a brand new, 6 page interview. The interview starts on page 34, and Takei talks about his manga series “Karakuri Dôji Ultimo” (機巧童子ULTIMO). “S” is a magazine than runs quarterly, and this is the 35th issue that went on sale last Wednesday for ￥1,300. Additional information about the magazine can be found on their official website found here.
In one of the news stories that sometimes gets overlooked, the Ultimo manga series has been licensed for release in Spain by Panini Comics. It was announced via Panini Comics’ website back in September, 2010. The first volume in Spanish went on sale on May 2011. The cover is located to the left. The second volume is scheduled for release in July 2011. The volumes cost €7.95 .
A preview of the first volume of manga can be found on their website here.
Thanks to Dit for finding this news story in her local bookstore!