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Three Year Anniversary! New Card Translations! New Pre-Orders!

Shinra Bansho World started up three years ago as of March 5th – Thank youcutin_006101[0] to everyone for your support all this time! Yes, I’m three (ha) days late, but there’s plenty to make up for it:

First off, the Tenchi Shinmei no Shou Story Guide is now complete! So ends the latest chapter of the story, with some big changes that promise a very different Shinra Bansho moving forward. Thanks again to the immortal Eis for all the details!

Next up, we have brand new Card Translations of ZX Factor Volume 1! (3/9 Edit: And ZX Factor Volume 2, too!) It’s a part of the story we haven’t covered up to this point, and to top it all off, there’s even more stuff than usual: There’s very detailed World Notes right from the official site, as well as Waferman’s Whispers for Volume 1, which provide further insight into the goings on of the story (3/9: Yes, for Volume 2 as well!). This is about as close as it gets to getting the full experience the Japanese do when a new set comes out, so enjoy! Thank you to Smash Spirit for all his hard work translating this, who has been updating this on our forum.

Speaking of Izuna, her upcoming figure has been previewed in full color! Expected this year, there’s no exact release date yet, but that should change soon enough.

New Pre-Orders:wr_img2
Two items, Shinra Bansho W Rubber Mascot keychains, and Shinra Bansho Fortune Badge pins – both feature new artwork by Akatsuki Gomoku. Each has a mostly different set of characters to collect. They’re available at:
AmiAmi:
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Hobby Link Japan:
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Being a wider release, non-candy item, they may be available other places as well.

A reminder: Shinra Bansho Ikkikasei no Shou Volume 1 is still up for pre-order, out in April. It seems the new special card type in this set is called “God Rare”…

News!
-The Shinra Bansho Frontier browser game is shutting down this April. Started December 2011, this means it lasted a little over three years. Not a bad run. It remains to be seen if it will be replaced by anything else.pz_09_cs1w1_676x450
-Collaborations with existing games are still continuing, with a new Puzzle & Dragons crossover coming. This time though, it features brand new artwork from their own artists. Asmodeus and Saiga are confirmed so far.
-A Shinra Bansho Grand Festival is taking place in Akihabara on March 29th. There will be various special events and voice actors present. We’ll be sure to cover what comes out of this.
-Palsuke.com has some nice artwork on their front page right now, promoting their fan event this April!

New Shinra Bansho Ikkikasei no Shou Coming Soon, Various Updates

FarEastofEdenorsomethingLots of news and updates here, chief among them: The next Shinra Bansho chapter is titled Ikkikasei no Shou, and set to come out this April. It’s up for pre-order on AmiAmi. Two cards previewing the set, available by mailing in Wafer Points from Tenchi Shinmei Vol. 4 and at the World Hobby Fair 2015, pictured left, can also be seen at Palsuke.com here and here. Here’s the display at from the fair, showing the decidedly Japan-looking setting. (Thanks to 9 and Eis for clarification on the title)

On that note, over on our forum, Eis has provided additional story details on Tenchi Shinmei no Shou right up to its conclusion in Volume 4. I’ll be incorporating this information into the Story Guide with images and such at a later date, but for those who want to dive into it right now, there it is. Big thanks for the hard work!
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Some interesting new shopping options from Amazon: For you Astaroth fans (aka 2/3rds of this site’s traffic), the 1/8 scale Excellent Model Astaroth figure is being sold directly by Amazon.com, with Prime shipping available and everything, on January 28th. Also, it’s now possible to find single Shinra Bansho cards available from Japanese marketplace sellers on Amazon with search term “shinrabansho”. Prices are currently pretty wonky, but either way, it’s worth keeping an eye on.

In somewhat annoying news about the upcoming artbook, now titled Shinra Bansho Choco Artworks, it’s a Premium Bandai site exclusive – meaning no international shipping, and the need for a forwarding service or a friend in Japan. Set to come out in April, it’s up for pre-order there now. This is just like the currently released exclusive card album set. (On a side note, the characters on the Artworks cover were decided by a fan vote during the last Ichiban Kuji – the Heaven side characters from the older chapters won out)

Other News:
-Palusuke.com also has scans of the Ichiban Kuji exclusive Balanciel and friends card, as well as the metal Saiga and Moebius cards included with the aforementioned exclusive card album.
-Among the display of new and upcoming products at WHF was a preview of the Fortune Badge/W Rubber Mascot pin/keychain art (upper right image), which includes the new characters.

Site Updates:
-We now have a Figures section, so far covering the Excellent Model Astaroth and upcoming Izuna.
-The Kaiten Mutenmaru (and Shamu Meruruusa) section is now updated to include the newer products mentioned in previous news posts here. It’s all under the “Where to Buy & Other Merchandise” section.

One last thing: Perhaps you’ve heard that Puzzle & N3DS_PuzzleandDragons_pkgDragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition, two games in one package for the Nintendo 3DS, are coming to North America in May. You may recall that the Shinra Bansho Top Characters Selection packs from last February included codes to access Saiga and Apollo in Puzzle & Dragons Z, the single release in Japan. While it’s probable this content or at least the way of accessing it will be stripped from the localized version, I’ll put that to the test if possible when it’s out.

Yen Value Means Cheaper Boxes – Final Tenchi Shinmei Out Now

BOYSBOYSBOYSohandsomegirlsIguesswhateverThe last installment of Shinra Bansho Tenchi Shinmei no Shou, Volume 4, is out now. It’s available to buy AmiAmi and anywhere else that stocks it. Meanwhile, Palusuke.com has scans of the entire set ready to view right this moment. This particular volume features every Shinra Bansho protagonist to date (…except poor Fugaku).

There’s also a new commercial to see here, which, much like last year, previews a card which hints at the next story.

It’s worth noting that currently, the Japanese Yen is very weak, meaning other currencies (especially the US dollar) can get more out of it: Basically, it’s like a discount on anything sold in yen. Due to this, Shinra Bansho boxes are cheaper than they’ve ever been, so now’s a good time to buy. On that note, AmiAmi also still has Tenchi Shinmei Vol. 3 in stock.

For those of you who have access to a forwarding service or a friend in Japan, the Premium Bandai site exclusive card albums are also out soon – no international shipping makes one of the first two things necessary, but the yen value at least makes it less painful than it could be.

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.

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