I’m Bored: Astra Lost In Space by Kenta Shinohra (2016)

 

Kanata no Astra

In 2007, Shonen Jump introduced us mangaka Kenta Shinohara, and his work- Sket Dance, a gag manga about a club that helps people in need, with some serious storylines mixed in (The Happy Rebirthday arc is my favorite moment of the story).

Sket Dance Vol 1 Serialized for 6 years, it reached 32 volumes, has an anime series, some light novels, and even an award in winning the Best Shonen Manga in the Shogakukan. So it is a success in Jump (like any other long running successful Jump series), and after spending a week writing all the chapter in the web, it has become one of my favorites too.

3 years later, his published his next work, curiously, in the Jump Plus App, so let’s hop into space.

Spoilers Ahead.

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I’m Bored: The Attack of Romcoms in Weekly Shonen Magazine

Everybody knows about Weekly Shonen Jump, so I decided to talk about Japan’s possibly 2nd most popular manga magazine, cause it is facing a seismic shift.

As you all know, Fairy Tail ended this year, along with Yamada-kun & The Seven Witches (both needs no explanation), Acma Game (game mystery), As the Gods Will (survival game thriller), The Knight In The Area (soccer), and recently going to end, Kindaichi (detective mystery) & Baby Steps (tennis). All of them were serialized for more than 2 years, some of them even started in the 2000s. Confidently says that the era of Fairy Tail has ended.

Though the shift wouldn’t be such a huge issue if it not for one thing:

An unsettling balance of genres in the magazine.

In fantasy action, we have The Seven Deadly Sins (have not read), which presumably becomes the next mascot series by the magazine, with Fire Force (sparingly read) not far behind, there’s also a new series in Kessen no Kuon (not even have the chance to read), whose position is already at the edge of cancellation.

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Kessen No Kuon Vol 1, which is a pity since I would want that cover as a poster.
In thriller, Real Account (read the Chinese Scans) takes the lead over 3 new

comers in Tokyo Revengers (no chance to read, but possibly safe from now), World End Crusaders (also no chance to read, with the added possibility of being cancelled) & Seishun Soukanzu (About a character relationship chart & clowns, quite an interesting read even though I only read the Japanese raws).

Though both of these genres are luckier compared to sports, as in the 2010s, no new sport series (emphasis on new, which Ace of Diamond Act 2 is not, have not read it by the way) have managed to survive in this magazine for a year, unless your name is DAYS (made a blog post about it) or willingly submit yourself to only serialized digitally (which helps Ranker’s High stay for a while, and it never gave that chance to August Outlaw, even though the latter actually appeared for a Momoiro Clover Z promotion video, never watched both of them though).

(Love this song, very suitable for a sports anime especially at the tension from the trumpet during the days part).

What reigns supreme in this magazine, romance comedy, and there is a lot of variety for you, from the old to the new.

Warning, spoilers, and ramblings ahead.

Thanks to Manga Helpers for unknowingly educating me about Japanese manga magazines.

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Amazing Race China Season 4: Finale in Shanghai, China

The Finalists:

Team Mrs Robinson, the unexpected team to beat after their weak start, with 5 leg wins under their belt.

Team Beloved, the movie star team who are a strong team on their own right.

Or Team Diver 2.0, the couple with an Olympic athlete who once had to run a leg on her own, and the dark horse of this season.

Onwards to finale, Shanghai, where the teams come back in time of the Shanghai jazz period, reminiscing about their time in the race.

Who will win, watch the show to find out, or just simply use Wikipedia if you don’t want to spend around a hour to watch the race.

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