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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Director Nanba on casting for episode 33

!! This contains spoiler for episode 33 of the anime and the corresponding chapters in the manga.

Golden Kamuy continues blazing through the season, including with episode 33 in which something really big was revealed. For both those who went in without knowing what’s going on and those who’ve been waiting for the part of the manga to be animated, the revelation gives chills – partly because of how Hasegawa Kouichi’s seiyuu, Nakano Taisuke, delivered the role until the finishing line.

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Umehara Yuuichirou, Hatanaka Tasuku join Golden Kamuy cast

As new characters appear in season 3 of Golden Kamuy, the family too gets bigger. The series welcomed two new seiyuu to the cast, Umehara Yuuichirou (Goblin Slayer – Goblin Slayer, Eugene Stevenstark – Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans) as the Russian sniper Vasily and Hatanaka Tasuku (Kogami Taiga – King of Prism, Kaminari Denki – Boku no Hero Academia) as Ogata’s half-brother, Hanazawa Yuusaku.

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Kotan seibutsuki back in print, fanbook content teased

The book Kotan seibutsuki by Sarashina Genzou and Sarashina Kou is back in print, now with an obi (band) that features endorsement from Noda Satoru-sensei. Noda-sensei’s endorsement goes,

“From bear hunting to the legend about rakko nabe… “Kotan seibutsuki” is an indispensable book for Golden Kamuy.”

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