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Tenchi Shinmei no Shou Volume 4 Coming January 12, 2015

menmenmenmenjustlookatallthesebeautifulmenThe last installment of Shinra Bansho Tenchi Shinmei no Shou, Volume 4, is coming next month. Pre-orders are live at places like AmiAmi.com right now.
It appears this volume will feature every main character from Shinra Bansho up to now (Saiga, Ryuga, Maxi, Kai, Sai, Ark, Apollo, and Moebius) – the exception, at least so far, being Fugaku from the single volume prequel Fugakuden.

In related news, a few months back, a character design contest was held where the winner would be featured as a “helper” summoned by Moebius in this, the last chapter (Thanks to Eis for the info). The results are in, and you can see the winner (as well as a few runners up) here.

Izuna Figure, New Mechandise in 2015

itslikethoseconesyouputonyourcatordogsotheydontscratchofftheirstitchesexceptforyourarmsRight on the heels of the Astaroth figure released earlier this month, Megahouse is adding another Shinra Bansho figure to their Excellent Model line, this time Izuna from ZX Factor. She’s been also been featured in Shichiten no Hasha and more recently Tenchi Shinmei no Shou, but this particular appearance is based on her card in ZX Factor Volume 4.

The prototype was shown off at Mega Hobby Expo 2014, and it looks like it’ll be coming out sometime in 2015.
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Also in 2015, Shinra Bansho characters will be coming to the Fortune Badge and W Rubber Mascot lines – two series of pins and keychains. New original SD/chibi art is being used, covering a range of characters from over the years.

Side note:
Palusuke.com, the source of the card scans and much of the information on this site, now has an active blog being updated! So far it’s covering a range modern snack-with-collectible products in the same vein as Bikkuriman and Shinra Bansho.

Finally, a disclaimer before this next item: It is a Premium Bandai website exclusive, which doesn’t ship overseas, so to acquire this item you will need an understanding forwarding service or a friend in Japan.

A pair of card albums, with new art of Saiga and Moebius, in an extra casing sleeve will be released in January. They also come with a pair of exclusive steel cards depicting the same artwork. Currently, it’s up for pre-order.
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Asmodeus, Belzebuth, and Halloween: Blue Demon Guide Update!

adorablesiblingswhoveryobviouslydonothaveanythingelsegoingonatallnosirnowaynuhuhjustyouraveragenormaldemonicbrotherandsisterHappy Halloween! A good time to find out what’s up with blue demon siblings who totally don’t look like they’ve got any unspeakable, forbidden business going on, right? Head on down to the Blue Demon Guide, if you dare, to read up on what happened to Belzebuth and Asmodeus, not to mention all of the Seven Demon Lords of Solomon, at the end of Kuja Senran no Shou! The new stuff starts at Volume 4 of that section.

As it turns out, Belzebuth was playing dress up himself that whole time! How appropriate!

Also, their old Ouga Rasen no Shou artwork has been upgraded with bigger images!

Fohitsweirdinthatspecialwayalrightisntithahahahaohgodor those of you more interested in Asmodeus’s mother (that sounds weird), Megahouse’s Excellent Model 1/8 scale Astaroth figure has been delayed to “early November” – meaning if you haven’t gotten around to pre-ordering it yet, you’ve now got more time! Here’s a short list of retailers mentioned before:

AmiAmi.com
Hobby Link Japan
Hobby Search
CDJapan
Anime Island

MyFigureCollection.net has some more store links. Once again, it’s available just about anywhere such statues are sold, so if you have a favored store, look around a bit.

Astaroth Figure Out Soon + Story Guide Updates

FIGURE-006279_25First, a reminder: Megahouse’s Excellent Model 1/8 scale Astaroth figure is coming out late this month! If you want to be sure you’ll get one, there’s still time to pre-order. Here’s a few places to look:

AmiAmi.com
Hobby Link Japan
Hobby Search
CDJapan
Anime Island

MyFigureCollection.net has some more store links. It’s available just about anywhere such statues are sold, so if you have a favored store, look around a bit.

Also, the North American version of Puzzle & Dragons still have the Shinra Bansho collaboration going until October 19th! Check out the last news post again for details.

The Story Guide has been updated with a number of things, namely:
-The Kuja Senran no Shou section has been fleshed out with more details on what happens towards the end. The new material starts with the mention of the Four Seraph.
-A section on Tenchi Shinmei no Shou has been added, covering Volume 1 and 2.

And of course, Palusuke.com has card scans going up of the just released Tenchi Shinmei no Shou Volume 3! Boxes are available for purchase at AmiAmi.com.

Finally, a news item: A new Shinra Bansho art book has been announced, promising to contain unreleased art and info. Coming Spring 2015, there are currently no other details – check back here for updates on this as they come.

Puzzle & Dragons: Shinra Bansho Chocolate’s Official American Debut!?

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The North American version of the smartphone game Puzzles & Dragons will be getting the Shinra Bansho Chocolate collaboration this month!

While this doesn’t mean the cards/wafers are appearing here in any form, this marks the first official English language emergence of the franchise in general. The first outside of Japan at all, in fact. The details were posted via the game’s Facebook page:

“What is ShinraBansho Chocolate?” – Explains what SBC is at all to newcomers and shows off Apollo, Saiga, and Masterion.
“ShinraBansho Chocolate Collab” – Lists when the collab actually happens, specifically:

[Duration]: 10/6 (Mon), 12:00 AM – 10/19 (Sun), 11:59 PM (PDT)

Minor 10/6 Update – Added a Collaboration page covering this and one other thing

Since this will likely increase interest, I’ll try to make some time to add some things to the site I’ve been meaning to for a while. This includes:

-Photos and an overview of the Shinra Bansho Super Perfect Encyclopedia, which I so far have neglected to even add an entry for.
-Updates to the Story Guide regarding Tenchi Shinmei no Shou, and the end of Kuja Senran no Shou.
-This also means updates to the Blue Demon Guide, since the end of Kuja Senran includes finding out what happened to Belzebuth and Asmodeus.
-Possibly something about Shinra Bansho Frontier, the browser game which has been running for a while (in Japanese, obviously).
-Other exciting things…!?

And hey, here’s an ad for Tenchi Shinmei no Shou Volume 3! It’s out on October 13th, so why not pre-order it from somewhere?

This October: Tenchi Shinmei Volume 3, New Ichiban Kuji

BxpPZmqCUAAmDeC.jpg largeWell hello there, has it been a while?

Shinra Bansho Tenchi Shinmei no Shou Volume 3 is set to come out, as expected, in October – 10/13, ominously enough. Pre-orders are already up at AmiAmi.BxpPCkUCAAAWZiU

Ryuga and Shizuku, previously seen as mail-in only cards in Volume 1, are back with new cards, alongside their old friends Taiga and Sho. On top of Ouki’s appearance in Volume 2, all five of the Heroes of Light of Shinra Bansho Chapter II and III have returned.

Mobius is sporting a new appearance, apparently having done uhhhh something with Nyarla, whom he made a contract with in Tenchi Shinmei Volume 2.

Finally, the new Shinra Bansho Ichiban Kuji announced a while ago takes place in October. See the old news post on the first one (way at the bottom) for info on what Ichiban Kuji is. In any case, this one appears to be similar, mostly consisting of sets of artwork which can be won, although with a new set of key chains and more original art. These will likely be hard to get outside Japan though – to what lengths will one have to go to obtain Balanciel’s adorably huge feet??

Images above are from DM’z-iL’s Twitter.

Full 22 Minute Shinra Bansho Anime Streaming on YouTube!

JUST LOOK AT ALL THESE HANDSOME YOUNG MEN OHHHH MY GOODNESSBandai’s official Shinra Bansho YouTube page has put up the entire new “Shinra Bansho Choco 10th Anniversary Animation”, a 22 minute long feature animated by Sunrise!

This coincides with the July 7th release of Tenchi Shinmei no Shou Volume 2. As usual, it’s available for purchase AmiAmi and other places – and Palusuke.com already has card scans to peruse.

The anime is, of course, entirely in Japanese, and not subtitled. You will find, though, that much of it is rather understandable if you’re familiar with the content of our Story Guide, since it flashes back to previous chapters (Chapter III and Ouga Rasen no Shou in particular).

Some quick details on things I hadn’t quite gotten around to adding that are relevant (Thanks to Eis for this info):

-The end of Kuja Senran no Shou and Apollo’s final battle against a transformed Mephisto is also depicted, complete with the appearance of Atum.
-Moebius created the world of the Solomon Continent, as well as the Three Wise Gods to oversee and protect it – Ark, Samael, and Uroboros (the latter two aren’t in this anime)
-Upon awakening, Moebius believes Balanciel and the gods are behind the Jashingun (Devil Swarm) who invaded. He acts to find out the truth and stop whatever the gods are planning.
-Saiga, Polaris, and Sirius have been reincarnated by Balanciel. They’re also more powerful than before. It’s worth noting that (not depicted in the anime) Moebius pals around with reincarnations of Raisen and Shion, who those three do not seem to recognize.

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