A new Shinra Bansho installment, Mad Boy City Gekitotsu Hen (Clash Chapter) is coming out in January. Pre-orders are already up at AmiAmi. Protagonist En returns, having apparently gone full handsome man, as well as sisters Amber and Pearl.
If this seems a bit confusing, that’s because it is: Mad Boy City Toubou Hen came out in July, with no numbered volumes to speak of. This would seem to suggest a new biannual, rather than quarterly, release pattern. It’s possible all this could be a one-off and things will change again next year: the past few years have seen some weird, experimental release patterns, with a drop to three volumes a year with a higher card count in Ikki-Kasei no Shou, to three volumes and a best-of with Gensouryu no Hihou, and finally back up to four volumes again with Ryusei no Ouji.
Perhaps related, the last volume of Ryusei had a backing card preview of the next volume, showing off a set of three characters…who then never appear in the next installment. These previews typically depict the next protagonist. But the release date shown was the same…one wonders what happened.
It is worth noting that Shinra Bansho’s artist Mitsuhiro Harakawa has been kept busy with some minor projects like candy wrapper illustration, but most notably did character design for AQUA SHOOTERS! – This is an upcoming figure line from Bandai’s Gashapon division featuring girls with water guns, with the apparent setting being a VR game. Parts are interchangeable. Although intended for gashapon machines in Japan in particular, you can pre-order a box of them, coming out in October.