Note: Please check the bottom of this post for updates and links to English translations!
Shaman King fans. You’ve been waiting for it. It’s finally here. Hiroyuki Takei’s manga series Shaman King has been revived, first with Shaman King: Zero and now with the official sequel, Shaman King: Flowers – starting in the April 10 Jump Kai release. While Shaman King: Zero showed us the backstories of Yoh, Ren, Horohoro, Lyserg, Hao, and Chocolove, the new Shaman King: Flowers (シャーマンキング 花, Shāman Kingu Hana) will focus on Hana Asakura (the son of Yoh and Anna) development as a shaman.
At the end of the omake / chapter 5 of Shaman King: Zero there is the page below, with color art of Hana Asakura, Itako no Anna the 3rd, and a new evil “Asakura” with bandages, an umbrella, and an eyepatch – emblazoned with Hao’s star emblem. Flowers starts next issue of Jump Kai – April 10th!
For more info on Shaman King Flowers, check out the official JumpKai website. (About now, I’m wishing I could read Japanese. Again…) Here’s some pics of the new main characters:
According to PatchCafe, the plot summary for the first chapter is:
Finally, the new “Mankin” awakens!!!! The story takes place in Funbari ga Oka (Nishitokyo city, Tokyo prefecture) 14 years after the Shaman Fight that held so many epic battles. Hana Asakura, who is now 13 years old, grew up protected by Ryu, Horohoro, Amidamaru and other people including the rest of legendary warriors. He leads a life in which he can’t make use of his explosive talent and therefore feels down about it… but then a boy said to be “another Asakura” with a “wicked” power appears before him!!!? Not only the distinguished Asakura family, but the whole world will get involved in this splendid story that is about to start!!!
The previously published (November 2009) one-shot Shaman King: Flowers Zero Story Chapter 1: “Twisted World” is available here.
Shaman King: Flowers Chapter 1 “Tsubomi” is available now on Mangastream.
Shaman King: Flowers Chapter 2 “A Relative Wants Me Dead” is out on mangapanda.com!
Shaman King: Flowers Chapter 3 “Withered?” is out on mangapanda.com!
Shaman King: Flowers Chapter 4 “Racket Festival in Nishitokyo” is out on mangapanda.com!
It’s the final chapter of volume 1 – when chapter 5 comes out in Japan, you can buy the first volume.
Shaman King: Flowers Chapter 5 “The Return of the Shaman’s Ambitions” is out on mangapanda.com!
For chapter 5 discussion, there’s good info – and more pictures - over at PatchCafe.
Now that chapter 5 (the final chapter of volume 1) is out in Japan, you can buy the first volume. Volume 2 is anticipated in February 2013, per PatchCafe. Remember, buying the manga volumes, either hard copies or digital through Viz, supports Takei!
Also, Chapter 6: “Home Raid” is out – English scanlations are at mankintrad.net (or you can read them here). There is a chapter summary in English available over at PatchCafe, along with Chapter 6 discussion and spoilers!
(Note: the guys over at PatchCafe are actually the ones who do the English scanlations for MangaPanda. #gratitude)
I also found a Shaman King Flowers tumblr blog.
And last, but not least… Well guys, I’m wondering if you like the updates tacked on to the end of this getting-really-long post, or if you’d rather get updates in individual posts? Let me know your thoughts! Thx.
First, a little catching up…
Shaman King: Flowers Chapter 8 “Good Boys Don’t Elope” is out in English on MankinTrad, and on MangaPanda. Check out the chapter discussion on Patch.com.
Shaman King: Flowers Chapter 9 “Shocking Mall 2014″ is out on MankinTrad, and on MangaPanda. Check out the discussion at Patch.com - along with info on Mankin Fanbook 2!
Here’s also some color pages and covers from MangaPanda!
(Check out Patch.com for a sneak preview of the Shaman King Flowers volume 2 cover!)
Shaman King: Flowers Chapter 10 “Setsubun” is out on MangaPanda.com.