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.
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.
First the 4 koma:
Seitokai Yakuindomo by Tozen Ujiie, 2007 (currently at 15 volumes)
A guy forcibly joins in as a vice-president for the all-female student council to understand the male species after being an all-female school until recently. His role: A unintentional harem protagonist who becomes a straight man against his co-members who crack up sex jokes from time to time.
Has a ton of anime adaptations and even a movie in 2017.
Read Progress: About 40 chapters before discontinuing cause seeing the same characters still in high school after 10 years is ridiculous for me.
Tsuredure Children by Toshiya Wakabayashi, 2014 (currently at 8 volumes)
Various romantic subplots from various characters, playing the rom com cliches. An anime adaptation in Summer 2017
Read Progress: I will start reading the manga later in life, maybe.
Senryuu Shoujo by Masakuni Igarashi, 2016 (Currently at 3 volumes)
A girl who only communicates through, especially senryuu (it’s like haiku, but more towards real life) and a reformed delinquent. Surprisingly, the straight man is their club leader. More surprisingly, Meraki Scans is going to scanlate this.
Eight Chapters, How Far
Chinese Scans Scantalated
Good Luck, Meraki
Things I Want To Add: For the 3 Volumes it released it apparently reached 150,000, which is a very healthy amount for a recent said. Additionally, I like the quirky interactions between the girl and the boy.
Mako-san wa Shindemo Jiritsu Shinai by Daisuke Chida, 2017
According to Manga Helpers, it is about a high schooler sharing an apt with a lazy otaku college student. The guy has a crush on the girl but thinks he’s not being seen as a guy because she keeps teasing and treating him like a kid, but the girl is actually fully into the boy.
It is just too recent, so I don’t have an opinion on it, and I would be in disbelief cause in the same year the same author also released Ijousha no Ai, the first volume cover says it all.
P.S: For the first chapter of this twisted series, the MC has someone he likes (not the cover girl) and kinda dating. Then a girl (black haired) killed the kind dating girl to proclaim her love for him. Years later, the MC is kinda with the cover girl and the black haired yandere (who is actually caught in the act) came back to his life.
4 yonkomas, all of them based on romance.
Fuuka by Koji Seo, 2014 (Currently 18 volumes)
A boy who is obsessed with Twitter, meets athletic girl, together with a group of misfits, they form a band
Read Progress: Until one of the characters got a hit, which after that I just stopped. And never read any of his other stories either. The mangaka seems to be very divisive in the manga fandom, but he definitely knows how to sell a winning romance formula, evident with his other stories. What I heard is that they are out of school, and facing the hard life of being in a band.
Domestic Girlfriend by Kei Sasuga, 2014 (currently 15 volumes)
First chapter, the main character lost his virginity to learn what is an adult & get over of his crush, a teacher. End of chapter, he found out that with his father remarriage, he is going to live with his crush and the person he just had sex with, both of them are sisters
Read Progress: All the English scans, and then the Chinese release (with thinking that there is a gap that I haven’t read in between). Right now the main character is in college chasing his dreams as a novelist, has a romantic life, but the drama keeps coming in.
Things I Want To Add: Well, I read Ge-Good Ending before, so I’m being biased here (though I prefer GE over this manga). And some unfortunate drama that is played for drama sake (including a potential rape scene), but overall it is quite daring with the fanservice & willingness to write about college life. Plus with the cover pages that I received so far, I don’t think that it will be ending any time soon.
By the way: Team Momo over Hina & Rui
Hoshino, Me Wo Tsubutte by Ishigana & Kouhei Nagashii, 2016 (Currently 7 volumes)
Typical antisocial Japanese high school student stumbles upon a secret of a popular girl-she can’t do her own makeup. Now he has to do her makeup with the prodding of his art instructor.
Read Progress: All of the English chapters (right now is 36) scanlated by C1V1 Scans.
Things I Want To Add: Of all the lineup, this is easily the most typical high school manga, but it plays most of the cliches that I usually read & predict upside down. I will do a blog post about this manga in the future even with the English releases not reaching 50.
The New Comers
5-Toubun No Hanayome, by Negi Haruba
A poor but very book smart high school student is tasked with teaching quintuplets. In the future, he will marry one of them.
Read Progress: All of the English releases by LH Translations (which is odd since as I heard their specialty is on Isekai).
Things I Want To Add: One of the few times where showing the future actually doesn’t bother me since it doesn’t really show us who will win in the end.
If I’m the editor, I would think that this will be the next big thing. Think about the franchise it might bring: stuffed dolls, figurines, waifu wars, a dating sim to change the ending to who you want to win, and an anime that could make the voice actress for the heroine famous, if the director is willing to let her voice all of the 5 girls.
The cover is insanely gorgeous, even though it would mean that the mangaka might wanna end this in 5 volumes, like his last series Rengoku no Karma (a potentially good premise that made an asinine decision of turning the second case into a poor man’s AKB49, speaking of AKB49…).
Kanojo Okarishimasu by Reiji Miyajima, 2017
College student, with a million yen from his parents and just got dumped by his girlfriend, decided to engage in a rental girlfriend service that gone bonkers due to his attitude. After they decided to stop and return to their original lives, they met again due to 2 consecutive coincidences (went to the same university, somehow neighbors).
Read Progress: While the Chinese Scans has been updated, I have not been trying to read it. This is a new series from the mangaka of AKB49 by the way, after a failed fantasy action series.
Runway de Waratte by Kotoba Inoya, May 2017
A story about an aspiring model who wants to be a supermodel and walk in Paris runways despite her short stature, which then suddenly turn into a story about an aspiring fashion designer who got inspired by her.
Progress: I read most of them in the Chinese Scans (later scanlated by Meraki), and I felt that putting this on the list is kinda cheating since it’s more towards working slice of life than romance. In fact, this is a josei manga in a shonen format.
Still, recommend it as it is very unique and daring to put in a shonen magazine, especially when the mangaka is just 23 when this is serialized.
Tsue Petit Mahou Tsukai ♀ no Bouken no Sho by Awa Bako, 2017
(God that takes me time to find the mangaka’s name)
An RPG world, where there is a with who choose her profession despite her parents being insanely strong warriors & inherited their strength because she wants to be cute. There she meets a pathetic warrior, who has insane charm abilities that make her fall for him. Hijinks ensue.
Read Progress: Chinese scans, quite a different rom com than any other rom coms we had so far.
Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet, by Yousuku Kanesa, actually started in 2015 but now moved from Bessatsu (monthly) to Weekly in 2017
A boarding school that teaches students from 2 countries, and have their own dormitories. Unknown to the rest of the dorms, the two rival leaders that should be fiercely against one another, are dating in secret. Kinda like a fantasy setting of Romeo & Juliet.
Read Progress: 10 Chapters for decided to stop due to being very irritated by this manga. Sure, Romeo & Juliet, but the setting where 2 rival countries are at each other throats makes both dorms very immature and makes my experience of reading it miserable. While I felt that the main couple doesn’t even have the charm of Miyuki & Kaguya that makes me wanna root for their success. I’m a person that read all the updated characters of Kin no Kanojo Gin No Kanojo (sure, maybe it is more abusive, but it is funnier read than this).
So the tally of rom coms (discounting Runway de Waratte cause it is technically not a rom com, yet) concludes at the beginning of November 2017 (which Baby Steps is concluded) at…
11 out of 23…that’s nearly half of the magazine consisting of this genre.
The attack of the Rom Coms is starting, and I don’t think that any one of them is going to leave soon.