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End of an Era: Shinra Bansho Comes to a Close with Final Chapter July 2019

illmissyouguysIn its 14th year, Shinra Bansho Choco will be coming to an end, with one more chapter released this July, 2019. More details are set to be revealed on March 14th, the same day as Chapter I’s original release in 2005.

Mad Boy City Gekitotsu Hen is still set for release this month, January 21st, and can be ordered now.

I’d like to take a moment here to thank everyone who has visited and contributed to my humble little fansite here, Shinra Bansho World, which also has its anniversary in March – it started in 2012, 7 years ago. I still plan on continuing the maintain the site moving forward, as there are plenty of cards untranslated and chapters yet to be summarized, which I hope to cover in the future. Although the main series is ending, it’s entirely possible Shinra Bansho will continue in other forms of media and merchandise, and you can be sure you’ll find any updates about that here.

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Mad Boy City Gekitotsu Hen Out in January

spankybubsyanddaveA 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.

joshsuzyandbillPerhaps 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.

annabellebluegrassandpeatIt 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.

Shinra Bansho Mad Boy City Toubou Hen – Out 7/16

yeahbuddyidunnoeitherThe latest installment of Shinra Bansho is titled Mad Boy City Toubou Hen (Escape Chapter), and is out on July 16th. Featuring a new story, the setting is a post apocalyptic world following disasters in the year 1999. Our new hero is a man named En, starting off in the oasis of Gill City, ruled by the tyrant King Gill.

It is available for pre-order now at places like AmiAmi. As is recently standard, you can already see previews of most of the cards on the official website.

Although the official site pictures him alongside original Chapter I hero Saiga, this seems to be for celebratory purposes as he does not appear in the new saga. However the official Twitter has indicated this may be related to other projects we may get more info on later this month. (Update: Turns out this is only related to a drawing for signed copies of the above artwork signed by the artist, limited to residents of Japan)

Ryusei no Ouji Volume 4 Out 1/22

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Shinra Bansho Ryusei no Ouji Volume 4 will be out January 22nd. It’s up for pre-order at places like AmiAmi, and the official website already has a number of the character cards up for perusal.

secretprotagandsecretbestgirlfriendInterestingly, red headed step child Sigma has taken top billing for this volume rather than Ginga, who was otherwise this installment’s main character up to now – certainly a first. It seems Illumina, Sigma’s step mother who was actually working for the invading Youma, has been defeated by his hand, but may have had some affection for him after all…

The character pictured at the top is Lavina, a general who was loyal to Emperor Megiddo before he was defeated during his tyrannical turn. She now sides with his children Canaan and Sigma against the Youma. No (known) relation with any similar looking past characters you may be thinking of.

Ryusei no Ouji Vol 3 Out, Vol 4 Confirmed

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Shinra Bansho Ryusei no Ouji Volume 3 is out now. Megiddo is gone and his apparent tyrannical ambitions are over, but now the Youma have appeared from their star and begun an invasion. It seems Megiddo’s wife Illumina was plotting with the Youma all along, and her true form is much furrier than you might have expected. Now their adopted son Sigma fights to oppose her. Oh, and Ginga and Mihoshi decided this would be a great time to get married for some reason.

It’s available for order at places like AmiAmi. You can also view full scans of this volume at Palusuke.com.

Also, it has been confirmed there will be a Ryusei no Ouji Volume 4 this January. This was not a sure thing, as the last two years have experimented with three volume release formats and this one similarly had somewhat off release dates – it also seemed like they may have been playing with expectations, as Volume 3 contains some of the typical “final volume” tropes such as the main character on a throne.

Ryusei no Ouji Vol 2 Out Now + Discount Deals

thischaptersthemeisarmpitsShinra Bansho Ryusei no Ouji Volume 2 is out right now, and available for order on places like AmiAmi. This volume contains a couple of surprise family ties, with the debut of Emperor Megiddo’s son and Ginga’s magical cloud riding, drink loving mother. Scans of this volume’s cards are also up for viewing at Palusuke.com.

Also, if you are into staying way ahead of things, Volume 3 is already up for pre-order, available in September. You can also see some preview character sketches in the link.  Update: Hobby Link Japan now also has it up for pre-order as well.

Finally, there are a number of noteworthy discounts on previous Shinra Bansho installments at AmiAmi worth highlighting:

thisnonchapterlikedgoldandsilverKessaku-Sen, the latest “Best Of” collection from this past December, is available at 54% off. Every card is a prism card, and this puts it down from its premium price to below the usual average. Since it features a wide range of characters from previous chapters, it’s a good choice for those just looking to dip their toe in collecting or otherwise get started.

 
meg81845boxShinra Bansho W Rubber Mascot keychains are on sale at Hobby Link Japan. These came out around the time of Shinra Bansho’s 10th anniversary a few years ago, and feature artist Akatsuki Gomoku’s versions of various characters.

 
thischapterwasallleadingtobadsaintseiyaarmorGensouryuu no Hihou Volume 3 from October is on sale for 54% off, chopping it all the way down to a measly 980 yen. Since this was going for a normal price to begin with, this is about as low as you’ll ever see a new box go for.

Shinra Bansho Ryusei no Ouji Out 3/13

showmetheboxwhatwasintheboxwhatsintheboxThe next chapter of Shinra Bansho Choco, Ryusei no Ouji, is scheduled for release this March 13th. Pre-orders are available now. Notably, this is a month earlier than normal, a date not seen since the release of the original Chapter I.

Speaking of which, this particular installment bears a rather strong resemblance to the very first chapter: these are all new characters, but you have four themed tribes (dragon, tiger, turtle, phoenix), and an armored antagonist throwing their world into chaos. The titular Meteor Prince, Ginga, looks more than a little like the original protagonist, Saiga. In other words, it’s a full-on throwback to the basics, making it as easy as possible for newcomers to get into it.

A number of the new cards and designs were previewed at the World Hobby Fair, which you can find photos of on the front page of Palusuke.com.

There’s also been some overhauls to Shinra Bansho’s web presence to go along with this:
ShinraBansho.com has been redesigned to more of a general info page, rather than changing per chapter every year.
-This includes the new Infinity Archive, which provides clear, sharp images of every card from every previous installment. The size is similar to Palusuke’s card scans linked here on the site up to now. This also includes some packaging and promo art.
-There is now an official twitter account.
-Art from this post is available from a commemorative Ryusei no Ouji wallpaper.