Kikuta, Ipopte seiyuu announced

Time keeps on ticking, and season 4 of Golden Kamuy is getting nearer and nearer. Bits of information have started to be released. On August 5, Horiuchi Kenyuu was announced as the seiyuu of Kikuta Mokutarou. Not only a long career of voicing anime characters (such as Libra Dohko in several Saint Seiya incarnations and Zetsu Daidan in Back Arrow), Horiuchi is also known as a dubber for several Western actors including Brad Pitt.

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Golden Kamuy exhibition going ‘home’ to Hokkaido

Golden Kamuy Special Exhibition poster.

After wrapping things up in Tokyo, the Golden Kamuy Special Exhibition is continuing its Japan tour. As I am writing this, the exhibition is being held in Museum of Kyoto, and will last until 11 September. The next city to be visited is Fukuoka (15 October—27 November), and, finally, it will be ‘coming home’ to Hokkaido. Details for the Hokkaido leg have not been revealed, but it’s very likely to coincide with this year’s Golden Kamuy AR Stamp Rally (1 August 2022—31 March 2023), in which people can visit various Hokkaido landmarks to collect stamps and original illustrations on the Butai Meguri app.

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Golden Kamuy nearing its end: What’s next?

Probably all Golden Kamuy fans already know by now that the series is ending this month, after nearly eight years of serialisation. It feels like it’s only yesterday when Noda Satoru-sensei tweeted about his new serialisation in Young Jump magazine. Now, as I am writing this, only two chapters are left before the final curtain.

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Manga about Ainu reprinted as interest high thanks to Golden Kamuy

Harukor by Ishizaka Kei

Back in March, Golden Kamuy won the Social Impact Award in the Manga Division of the 24th Japan Media Arts Festival. Jury member and mangaka Shimamoto Kazuhiko called it “a wonderful example of how manga can actually contribute to culture”.

Shimamoto emphasised how Golden Kamuy, despite portraying harshness, cruelty, and tragedy, brings people’s hearts together with its expression of human empathy through jokes. He said that when people laugh at the same jokes, a sense of unity is created.

Shimamoto also mentioned how the portrayal of the Ainu in Golden Kamuy deepens people understanding of them and evokes positive emotions that promote love and the power to take action. The desire to learn more also drives economic activities. Shimamoto argued that it’s a very ideal relationship, born from the power of the partnership between author Noda Satoru and supervisor Nakagawa Hiroshi (66), professor emeritus of Chiba University.

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National Ainu Museum holding “Golden Kamuy turano apkas an” exhibition

An exhibition called Golden Kamuy turano apkas an: In the footsteps of Saichi Sugimoto and Asirpais being held at the National Ainu Museum (Upopoy), Shiraoi, Hokkaido, from 3 July to 22 August 2021. The exhibition only accepts online reservations and presents six themes:

  1. Hokkaido and gold dust.
  2. Golden Kamuy characters.
  3. Encounter in a kotan.
  4. The Russo-Japanese war and the Hokkaido Ainu.
  5. Encounter in Karafuto.
  6. Towns of Hokkaido.
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Golden Kamuy entering final arc

Finally it’s the time for us to blog about something like this:

On 27 July 2021, it was announced that after seven years of serialisation, Golden Kamuy is entering its final arc. When exactly the manga ends has not been revealed yet, but as a service to existing fans and newcomers alike, all chapters – including the new weekly ones – are released online for free until 17 September 2021. The chapters are available from the app Yanjan!and the website Tonari no Young Jump. (After releasing the chapter simultaneously with Yanjan! on the first week, Tonari no YJ then released it about 12 hours later on the second week.)

Colour cover of Golden Kamuy chapter 285
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[TRANSLATION] Yukimura Makoto x Noda Satoru Interview: Part 4

Original interview here. The way the translation is divided does not correspond with the division of the original interview. Corrections, suggestions are welcome!

[Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3]

It seems working on Golden Kamuy is also a tough job…

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Nendo Ogata up for pre-order

Finally. Yes, we can hear your sigh of relief from afar: nendoroid Ogata from Goodsmile Company is now up for pre-order, and the final product looks even better than the prototype exhibited online some time ago. The nendo comes with three face plates – his usual resting bi—we mean a standard expression, a smirking expression, and closed eyes.

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THE SIXTH LIE drummer Ray talks about ‘Yuusetsu’

With the release of Golden Kamuy’s third ED theme Yuusetsu by THE SIXTH LIE, drummer Ray took to Twitter to explain about his thoughts that gave birth to the lyrics to the song.

Ray said the anime production side asked the band to use lyrics that express the world view of Golden Kamuy as a whole, encompassing both the past and the present in the story. While Hibana (the first ED theme) focuses on the battle between the different parties for the gold stash that sends sparks (hibana) flying, this time Ray decided to revisit Golden Kamuy’s theme and write lyrics that depicted the inner lives of the characters.

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