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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.

Reminder: Shinra Bansho Anime Streaming on Nico (Update: It’s Over!)

blownupadoptivefamilyThe new Shinra Bansho anime short thing of as-of-yet unclear length wil be streaming on Nico later today, Saturday, June 28th!

For everything on the initial announcement, see our last post, which also has the sizable voice actor list.

As for viewing it, here’s the details:

Nico Stream Link
Air time:
June 29 at 7:00 a.m. in Japan – that’s June 28th, 3:00 PM PST – 6:00 PM EST
Of course, it’ll be in Japanese. Don’t expect subtitles either.

There are two issues here: 1) You need to have a Nico account (relatively simple), and 2) You need to be able to bypass the region lock. The latter is a bit more complicated, and as there are various methods with different requirements I cannot recommend one in particular – you’ll need to figure that out on your own.

That said, this will probably be available in some other form sooner or later, so it’s just as well to wait. Stay tuned here for updates in that department.

Upcoming Products for Shinra Bansho, Kaiten Mutenmaru, and Bikkuriman

lookathowjazzedthesepeoplearejeezLots of notable stuff coming out, figured it’s worth its own update. Getting right to it:

cuteboysandagirlIguesswhatever-Shinra Bansho Choco: Tenchi Shinmei no Shou Volume 2 is (finally) available for pre-order. It comes out July 7th. Here it is at AmiAmi.com, and as usual, you can find other possible places to order in our Buying Guide.
-For some small previews of the cards included, see here and here. Mujina from Shichiten no Hasha is clearly back, and there’ll be another Wafer Point exchange for another pair of cards.
-For some details on how Wafer Points worked in Volume 1, see here.
-The Shinra Bansho Super Perfect Encyclopedia comes out a week later, July 16th. It’s also on AmiAmi, who does do combined shipping, so that’s a good chance to save a bit.
-Our previous entry on what the Encyclopedia is.

917n0QGN4QL._SL1500_-Kaiten Mutenmaru is coming to Z/X – Zillions of Enemy X, a card game from Nippon Ichi (not a video game), as its yearly themed Extra Pack 3. It’s up for pre-order at AmiAmi and likely other places that stock the series. Out August 28th.
-A box has 10 packs, a pack has 7 cards. Each box also has 1 additional randomly packed Player Card. You can see a preview of the card art here.
-Here’s the entry for it on the Z/X Wikia, you nerd.
-There’s also two comic compilations. Here is the first, and here is the second, on Amazon.co.jp, where you can log in with an Amazon account from other regions and use international shipping. June 27th is the release date (This week!)
-They publish portions of the still ongoing official web comic, specifically starting at the “Daiishou” part with Shamu Meruruusa and friends.
-They’re in full color, matching their source, and each also have their own bonus material, like character profiles and world setting information.

61x5-bHyj-L._SS500_-Bikkuriman Genga Art Collection is a big 432 page book coming August 23rd. It features the original black and white line art used on Bikkuriman stickers.
-Pre-order on AmiAmi here, or at Amazon.co.jp here, or Hobby Search here.
-It’s not yet clear to me whether it has much color artwork as well. Either way, it also includes an exclusive sticker.
-As for what’s going on with ordering Shin Bikkuriman or Bikkuriman Legend 7, I am still unfortunately not seeing them appear at obvious sellers like AmiAmi.com.
-A listing here seems to allude to a pre-order for August 5th, but I haven’t seen this mentioned elsewhere. I’ll be keeping an eye out, though.

Shinra Bansho Anime…Thing Coming 6/29, Huge Voice Cast

blownuphappyfamilyShinra Bansho Tenchi Shinmei no Shou Volume 2 is now dated for July 7th. Not only that, but a new “feature-length anime” will be premiering at the World Hobby Fair Summer ’14 and streaming on Nico Nico on June 29th. It’ll also include a video comment from Hiroshi Kamiya, voice of Moebius.

A few (small) screens of the new anime can be found at the bottom of this here article.

It isn’t yet apparent what “feature-length” means exactly, but the website shows a big voice cast, interestingly. Anime News Network translated the list, reproduced here:

Ayumu Murase as Ark
Yuuki Kaji as Apollo
Ayane Sakura as Arcana
Saori Hayami as Noin
Hikaru Midorikawa as Saiga
Masaya Takatsuka as Sirius
Ayumi Fujimura as Polaris
Daisuke Namikawa as Ryuuga
Miyuki Sawashiro as Shizuku
Yuuki Ono as Maxius
Hiro Shimono as Sai
Yukana as Izuna
Junichi Suwabe as Raisen
Junko Minagawa as Balanciel

The links above lead to entries on ANN’s handy Anime Encyclopedia for looking up their other work.

And, of course, it’s now apparent Izuna from ZX Factor/Shichiten no Hasha is back, as well as Ouki from Chapter II and III. Although his voice acting credit is missing from the above info for some reason…

Also, yes, the Nico stream is region locked to Japan, so one will need to employ a workaround for streaming blocked content to watch it live. It is reasonable to assume it will be available by other means afterwards though, possibly including the as-of-yet not completely explained DVD mentioned in the last update.

Maxius, Nyarla, Kai, Sai and More Return in Tenchi Shinmei Volume 2

moebiusandfriends2014Sick of blue people yet? Well too bad, because thanks to Coro Coro, we know we’ll be getting more in Tenchi Shinmei no Shou Volume 2, which seems it’ll be living up to its “Shinra Bansho All-Star War” premise.

First up, Moebius is seen wielding the sword (…thing) which Kenken used in ZX Factor. Back in ZX Factor, students had Soul Beasts they’d team with, and Nyarla, seen in Pre-Spirit Burst form on his card, was with him.

Interestingly, a Wafer Man post on the official website right before this indicated the Arcana Tarot, used to summon heroes from other dimensions in Kuja Senran no Shou before this, were being blocked by the heavens somehow. Apparently, Moebius has found a way around this…

Here’s a run down of the returning characters:

Nyarla
As noted above, she is from the world of ZX Factor. It seems Moebius managed to summon and make a contract with her, so she’s on his side. Here’s her Spirit Burst form (i.e. not tiny person version) card from ZX.

Maxius
The protagonist of Shingoku no Shou and Ouga Rasen no Shou, his exploits are cataloged in our Story Guide here. Those who have read it before may recall he fought and defeated the previous incarnation of Moebius at the climax of Ouga Rasen. He appears here pretty much as he did at the end of that story.

Kai
The protagonist of ZX Factor. He appears here in the same final form he achieved at the end of ZX, although perhaps a bit aged.

Sai
The protagonist of Shichiten no Hasha. He is the son of Kai and Izuna. He appears here with his normal outfit and the multi-glowing tails he has at one point in Shichiten Vol. 4. Notably, his sword’s notches are empty – over the course with Shichiten, they were filled with orb power ups from other characters.

The pack covers for Volume 2
Featuring Moebius doing his best Yugi impression, they indicate the return of Zeronix, Maxi’s rival/friend from Shingoku/Ouga Rasen and Hellmatio from Chapter III, one of the gods who fought Ryuga’s group (Shizuku, specifically) on behalf of Deathtoll. That story is broadly outlined in our Story Guide. She was one of the more surprising poll winners in the Top Characters Selection.

The way the packs are done up would seem to indicate who is on whose side, but I’m not gonna get too far ahead of myself yet (although it would make sense for Maxi to be heaven’s errand boy again).

Finally, one other item of interest
A “Special Limited Animation” DVD, shared between Shinra Bansho and something else I don’t recognize yet. I didn’t add it to the headline since I don’t quite know what it is, although seeing as how it’s sharing real estate, it’s likely to just be existing anime promos compiled.

Pre-Orders for Astaroth Figure, Shinra Bansho Encyclopedia

item_0000001357_10First up, Megahouse’s Excellent Model 1/8 scale Astaroth figure is now dated for release this October, for 8800 yen.

Many more photos have been released at this point, so check out the Excellent Model report site and its product listing on the Megahobby site, which also offers a full 360 degree rotating view.

Pre-orders are now up just about everywhere such figures are sold.
Here are a few of the listings you can order it from now:

AmiAmi.com
Hobby Link Japan
Hobby Search
CDJapan
Anime Island
eBay (toysonline2002)

MyFigureCollection.net has a good listing of other potential retailers. It is likely more places will put up pre-orders under various naming, so keep an eye out if your favorite place doesn’t show anything yet. Also, it’s worth noting that Shinra Bansho Choco Tenchi Shinmei no Shou Volume 3 should be out in October, making for a combined shipping opportunity at places that offer the wafers (like AmiAmi).

Amazon.co.jp  神羅万象チョコ 超完璧大全 - MAINThe Shinra Bansho Super Perfect Encyclopedia is still coming this July 16th, and here’s the places I’ve found you can order it from so far:

Amazon.co.jp
-Can use an existing Amazon account from other regions to order.
AmiAmi.com
-Tenchi Shinmei Volume 2 should be out in July, making for another combined shipping chance.
Hobby Search
-Haven’t stocked Shinra Bansho wafers in a while, but have various hobbyist items.

If anyone spots anywhere else to pre-order this book, let me know in the comments here, or on the Tweets or the Facebooks.

On a side note, I updated the “Where can you buy Shinra Bansho cards?” section to reflect that Plamoya has been stocking older Shinra Bansho boxes, most notably Daimao to Yattsu no Pillar Volume 1 from 2012 (which we also have fully translated!)

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