Golden Kamuy news round-up February 2020

Let’s start this round-up with a heartfelt congratulation to Noda-sensei and his family as his wife was giving birth! The exact date is unclear as of now, but Young Jump let him take a break so that no new chapter of Golden Kamuy was out in Young Jump 12/2020. Congratulations, may the mother and the child(ren) be healthy and well!

The wording of the announcement on Golden Kamuy manga official account, however, was such that it could also be interpreted as it’s the sensei was the one giving birth. No wonder some of the replies were either confused or joking! I also couldn’t help thinking that writing about Inkarmat’s pregnancy—which has been featured in the last several chapters—is something that is deeply personal to Noda-sensei.

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Snow season is Golden Kamuy season!

First of all, a quick reminder that volume 20 of Golden Kamuy will be out on 19 December 2019. You can have it shipped overseas from stores like Amazon Japan. Meanwhile, VIZ will also release volume 13 in English on 17 December 2019.

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Golden Kamuy anime to participate in 69th Sapporo Snow Festival (updated with pictures)

The Sapporo Snow Festival (Yuki Matsuri) has been held since 1950 in Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido. It’s now probably the largest event in Hokkaido that draws millions of people from Japan and other countries to the Northern island every year. This year, Golden Kamuy anime will participate in the 69th Sapporo Snow Festival, that will be held from February 5 to 12.

Snow statues of Sugimoto, Asirpa, and Shiraishi will be made based on super-deformed character designs. They are made in collaboration with Kita no Daichi – Hokkaido traditional event.

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#GKtrip special part 3: Golden Kamuy x Consadole Sapporo match

We’re still on our first day of #GKtrip, and our next destination was Sapporo Dome, to watch a Golden Kamuy x Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo collaboration match. Consadole was going to face fellow J-leaguer Sagan Tosu, and for the game, special Golden Kamuy collaboration goods would be sold.

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#GKtrip special part 2: Historical Village of Hokkaido

We spent most of December 1 – which we dubbed Day 0 – flying, first to Tokyo where we passed immigration, snatched our JR Pass and changed to a smaller domestic plane to New Chitose, the airport closest to Sapporo. We arrived quite late at night, and the JR Pass counter in New Chitose had closed, so it was a good thing we had exchanged our passes in Haneda. We could use them to ride a train from New Chitose to Sapporo – a ride that also brought us passing Kita-hiroshima, Noda-sensei’s hometown.

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