[TRANSLATION] Yukimura Makoto x Noda Satoru Interview: Part 3

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]

Are there any similarities between Golden Kamuy and Vinland Saga?

Yukimura Hmmm let’s see… Are there? It will be great if there are any. Maybe a lot of people dying, and they’re both mainly set in the cold regions. And then… what else?

Noda The old men are cool. They have sex appeal. Please give me more hairy but rough and cool old men.

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Golden Kamuy is read by men and women equally, data shows

Hybrid bookstore honto has ranked the manga and light novels that are being adapted into anime scheduled for broadcast starting around October 2020. The titles were ranked according to the total number of purchased books from bookstores like honto’s own, Maruzen, Junkudo, Bunkyodo, and others, from 1 April 2020 to 6 September 2020. They collected data on the readership as well.

Haikyuu!! (43 volumes) tops the list, followed by Golden Kamuy (22 volumes), Jujutsu Kaisen (11 volumes), and Moriarty the Patriot (12 volumes) (the full list of the top 10 is at the end of this post).

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Let’s hunt for gold treasure again in Nibutani!

Again, the town of Biratori in Hokkaido will host a Golden Kamuy treasure hunt, in conjunction with the start of Golden Kamuy season 3 and Feel the Ainu activities. From 3 October (Saturday) 9:30 to 1 November (Sunday) 16:30, you can join the mystery-solving game while walking around the Nibutani Kotan and learning about the Ainu!

Those who want to join need to get the paper at Biratori Ainu Crafts and Heritage Center Urespa, and visit the five places around Nibutani Kotan to solve the mystery. All participants will get souvenirs, and those who can answer all the questions correctly will win special souvenirs.

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Countdown to season 3: Voice messages from cast, S1 & S2 with audio commentaries

Finally! Golden Kamuy season 3 is just around the corner! The first episode of the season, Karafuto e (To Karafuto), will be aired on 5 October and will see Sugimoto’s party arriving in Karafuto (Sakhalin). They were surprised to find that Cikapasi and Ryuu had been secretly tagging along, but they soon got the news about an Ainu girl in the area who might be Asirpa… or not? They also encountered a vicious beast that they had never known before!

To count down to the beginning of the new season, every day starting 30 September two voice clips from two different seiyuu will be released on the official Golden Kamuy anime website.

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Butter candy in Golden Kamuy purse sells well

Abashiri is a small town in a far corner of Hokkaido, where a prison was built to house some of Japan’s most notorious criminals. The prison was again made popular by Golden Kamuy, and Abashiri has been seeing an influx of Golden Kamuy fans wanting to see the place from where the convicts emerged with tattooed skin. No wonder that Mizuno Shouten, a wholesaler of souvenirs based in Abashiri, started to sell drawstring purses with designs of Golden Kamuy characters’ clothes in Abashiri Prison Museum Shop since 4 September 2020. There are four designs – the clothes of Sugimoto, Asirpa, Shiraishi, and the 7th Division. What’s more, each of the purse contains bataa ame (butter candy), a Hokkaido specialty.

Golden Kamuy butter candy purse, pictures from here.

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Director wishes to animate Lightning Bandit story, artwork for ending song CD revealed

In a series of tweets on 21 September 2020, Golden Kamuy director Nanba Hitoshi thanked fans for the reactions received so far for the Anehata OVA, which comes bundled with volume 23 of the manga. He said they’re giving him the encouragement for season 3, which will start airing on 5 October. Furthermore, he said that even though the first OVA was about the yakuza territorial war, since the second OVA it’s all been about love: Shiraishi’s first love, Oyabun and Hime’s homosexual love, and now… Anehata’s interspecies love. Since he’s animated stories of various extreme forms of love, he wished he would get the chance to animate the story of the Lightning Bandit too, since it’s also about love – adult love.

Previously, he once tweeted that the Oyabun and Hime OVA could be produced thanks to fans making themselves heard by the production committee and Shueisha, the publisher. We wonder if now Lightning Bandit and Ogin’s story could be greenlit for an OVA too, if enough fans ask for it?

In another development, the artwork for THE SIXTH LIE’s upcoming CD that contains Golden Kamuy’s third ending song, Yuusetsu, has been revealed.

The CD will be released on 2 December 2020 for 1,200 yen (+tax). The track list is as follows:

  1. Yuusetsu
  3. Yuusetsu (instrumental)
  4. LAST PAGE (instrumental)

Kobayashi Chikahiro to appear in Anige☆Eleven, National Museum of Ethnology to hold exhibition involving Golden Kamuy

Kobayashi Chikahiro (Sugimoto Saichi) will appear in BS11’s Anige☆Eleven! on 25 September, starting 22:30 JST. As well as talking about himself, the man behind various roles, Kobayashi will also tell viewers about the difficulty of playing Sugimoto. He will talk about his favourite lines from the first and the second seasons, as well as highlights of the third season.

Next up, as part of the Treasures of Indigenous Peoples exhibition (1 October-15 December 2020) in the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka, there will be an exhibition of Golden Kamuy original images that show traditional Ainu tools. Naturally, you can also see the real things on display at the museum.

Moreover, there will also be a seminar on Ainu’s livelihood 100 years ago and present-day culture by the museum’s researcher on Ainu and northern indigenous people, Saito Reiko. It will be held on 1 November 2020 from 14:30 to 15:00. There will be seats for 42 people, and attendees do not need to pay anything other than the ticket to the exhibition.

Share us your experience if you drop by the exhibition!

Meiji-mura hosts Golden Kamuy event, promising tons of fun

It has long been known that the open-air museum/theme park Meiji-mura in the prefecture of Aichi housed some of the buildings used as models in Golden Kamuy. A collaboration between the two was thus inevitable. And now it’s coming true! Since 19 September, and all the way to 23 November, Meiji-mura is hosting a Golden Kamuy special event. Not only we can take a look at the exterior and the interior of the buildings as we reminisce the past chapters of Golden Kamuy, we can also take part in mystery games, try various dishes, and do many other GK-related activities.

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Tomakomai City Museum sees visits from Golden Kamuy fans thanks to items featured in the manga

The NHK on 18 September published an article, complete with a video, about how the Tomakomai City Museum is now seeing visits by fans of Golden Kamuy who especially want to see some items that have appeared in the manga. The story began back in July, when the museum staff learnt from the internet that some of the tools that appeared in volume 22 of Golden Kamuy might have been modelled after the ones stored in the museum, for instance this tobacco holder.

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Season 3 new visuals, new goods announced

On 14 September 2020, not one but two new visuals for Golden Kamuy season 3 were revealed. Each image shows a different party – one of Ogata’s party walking away from us toward the sunset, while their pursuers, Sugimoto’s party, is depicted walking toward us with the sunrise behind them.

And as expected, with the coming of the new season, an array of new goods will be unleashed. If you’re interested in ordering them, try AmiAmi and check if they can still do international shipping to your country.

Golden Kamuy season 3 will start airing on 5 October 2020.