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Nekogahara is Licensed by Kodansha Comics in English!

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Some exciting news came out over this last weekend.... Hiroyuki Takei's latest manga, Nekogahara has been licensed in English by Kodansha Comics! That's right, more of Hiroyuki Takei's manga is coming out in print form later this year!!

Here's the news from Kodansha Comic's Tumblr:

Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai

Our first new print license of the day is Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai. This is a stylized action manga from Hiroyuki Takei, creator of the smash hit manga and anime Shaman King.

In medieval Japan, a bell hanging on the collar is a sign that a cat has a master. Norachiyo’s bell hangs from his katana sheath, but he is nonetheless a stray – a ronin. This one-eyed cat samurai travels across a dishonest world, cutting through pretense and deception with his blade.

The unique visual style of Nekogahara blends traditional Japanese ink painting with modern street art, perfectly suited for badass cat samurai action. Vol. 1 is coming this Fall. (English title tentative.)

Stay tuned to for another new print license one hour from now!


It's exciting to hear that we can get Volume 1 as soon as this fall! So that could be as close as only 6 months away!!! That's really quick turnaround, and could be the first print edition outside of Japan!

Of course, with this announcement, we will discontinue all plans to release any scanlations of Nekogahara. Everyone should support the official release by Kodansha Comics! This is the BEST news that can happen, so it's a reason to celebrate! They will treat the series well and we are grateful for them to take on the challenge of bringing this series over in English!


But... if you say "6 months is too far away... can't we get it sooner!?" Well, there is some options for digital chapters to come out sooner! Here's the current steps you can take to help make it happen!:

1. Post on Kodansha Comic's Tumblr or Twitter that you would like to read it digitally, and have monthly chapters closer to the Japanese monthly releases prior to the print release this Fall (Sept-Dec).

2. Post on Crunchyroll's Tumblr or Twitter that you want them to license the manga digitally for release. They don't have the manga license yet, but they have gotten titles that Kondasha Comics/Vertical had for print.

Please remember to be respectful when posting/requesting. You may not get any responses, but they do listen to requests, so the more people ask, the better chance they can try and make something happen.

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  • 1 day ago

    I just wish this was out sooner so I could ask my relatives to bring it for me when they come to visit. ...

  • 2 months ago

    Hi! I talked to my friend and now I dont know if she will keep translating but I guess. If someone is ...

Jumbor chapter 11

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Read and download Jumbor Chapter 11 And after much waiting... probably too long, here's the next Jumbor chapter! It's the eleventh chapter from Jumbor. Remember that series? Haha, I know. Anyways, we start moving towards more interesting stuff as we begin to close out this arc. Hope you all enjoy it!

Speaking of the number eleven.... Mankin-Trad is now eleven years old! Maybe we're a bit slower in our old age, but hey, it really goes in waves. So Happy Birthday to us!


Finally, I'm working on another side-project. Basically it's called the "Mankin-Trad Development Blog" (or "Dev Blog" for short). The concept of this will be an avenue where we can release some small releases that wouldn't fit into a normal "Mankin-Trad release." Plus, its a way for people with some spare time that may be able to help out too!

I'm still working on the details... but my thoughts are starting with releasing some pages from the Mentalite fanbook! Yeah some more Shaman King stuff! It will be some nice "small stuff" to go in between our normal "big" Mankin-Trad releases that you would find here. Once it goes live I'll post a link to the blog here!


Finally, just in case you skip past the credits page... yes... we're working on Jumbor chapter 12. And chapter 13 is in the translation phase. So we aren't dead (like Baru or Shaman King Flowers)! 

Recent comments

  • 2 months ago

    And... Nekogahara is licensed in English by Kodansha Comics!!! So all plans for scanlating this series ...

  • 2 months ago

    @Jay, We we are always willing to collaborate! Ask her to send me something via the Contact page here ...

  • 2 months ago

    Hey guys, I guess you dont need to worry about Nekogahara since your time is so short. The famous girl ...

All the Hiroyuki Takei news

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So just to keep you all in the loop...

Shaman King Flowers manga is done. Finished. There will be no more new chapters under that name. However Takei does want to make a new sequel. So...

Also Ultimo has basically 1 more chapter left. And Jumbor is hiatus, but will finish with 10 volumes at some point.

You can read those pieces of news in more detail here.

Takei is also making a new manga series! You can read more about that here. If some English-language company licenses it.. (like Viz with Ultimo), then we won't touch it. So start bugging Crunchyroll, Kodansha Comics, or Vertical that you want it, and maybe it will happen! Which would be great!

You can read more about that here.


Finally, if you were hoping to see Hiroyuki Takei at Otakon.... that guest appearance has been cancelled... Cry That news is here.


Also, the website is back up and running again. Thanks to Kamisama! Everything about "everyone is still busy" from that news post still applies. But I'm itching to get some more Jumbor out (since it starts to get good in a couple of chapters!).

Recent comments

  • 3 months ago

    Don't worry, Jumbor chapter 11 is coming out soon! Plus I'm working on putting together another side ...

  • 3 months ago

    Mankin Trad ! Mankin Trad ! Mankin Trad ! We are here. We are silent. But we wait patiently behind our screens.

  • 4 months ago

    Love this site! Happy 2016!

FYI: Not Dead

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Just wanted to say we aren't dead. Nothing is dropped.

But all of our translators are kinda busy at the moment. So that's slowed everything down a bunch.

Sorry for the lack of releases right now, but once we get everyone back on board we'll be moving ahead! Luckily there isn't too much new stuff coming out right now, so if we have a time period where things need to go a bit slower... now's the time!


I'm also working on some other non-Mankin-Trad projects right now, so that's been fun! Just wanted to give this update to you all!

Recent comments

  • 10 months ago

    Thanks Kamisama for fixing the news!

  • 11 months ago

    Hurray! The website magically revived itself! (For some reason all the news disappeared for a while ...

  • 11 months ago

    andy: 'i was at the pornography store, i was buying pornography' >.> free beer for anyone that gets ...

Support the original SK manga!

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Legally own digital copies of the ENTIRE original Shaman King manga series for $111.

Volumes 1-15: $60 ($4 a volume) - Ends on May 10th

Volumes 16-32: $51 ($3 a volume)  - Ends on May 31st

If you already purchased the first bundle, now’s your chance to finish and get the second bundle! Volume 16 is where the edits get trimmed WAY back, since it stopped running in the monthly printed Shonen Jump. There is basically no new cuts made for these last 16 volumes.

This is the best way to show support for the Shaman King series. By purchasing these volumes you can show Viz that we want more Shaman King in English! Actions speak louder than words!

Recent comments

  • 12 months ago

    @ andy whats the 411 on those anna fleshlights and ren dildos ?

  • 12 months ago

    All the translators have been busy... so... that holds up the works a bit. But I've been working on ...

  • 12 months ago

    Guys are you still uploading stuff or on a break or something cuz there hasn't been any updates in a while

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