For an international manga community, as a spokon Wataru Watanabe’s Yowamushi Pedal is one of the most well-known (thanks to the anime). It solidified a standard where other publishers need to think twice before serializing a cycling manga, tick all the boxes that makes it commercially viable outside the fujoshi market and sold relatively well in spite of being serialized in this magazine (locally and globally) I bring up right now, and the reason why YowaPedal is always at the top of its table of contents. However, this post I’m not talking about this manga itself, but the magazine the manga is serialized, Weekly Shonen Champion by Akita Shonen.
P.S: For the manga itself, I did like the start and the first Interhigh, but man, almost 200 chapters just to finish an entire Interhigh is wearing me down even with the good cast interactions. Thus I stopped before the second Interhigh.
According to Wikipedia, Weekly Shonen Champion was first published 15 July 1969 and some of the well-known serialized works consisted of Osamu Tezuka’s Black Jack, Keisuke Itagaki’s Baki The Grappler franchise and Masami Kurumada’s Saint Seiya franchise (the latter 2 still have their serialization ongoing).
Now, the magazine itself is still not internationally well-known even with YowaPedal and Eiji Masuda’s Jitsu Wa Watashi Wa (a really great supernatural rom-com that ends satisfyingly). Part of my reasoning for me, is that until recently for some time a part of the line-up focuses on delinquents (like Hirakawa Tetsuhiro’s Clover, Masami Hosokawa’s Sugarless and Toshio Ozawa’s Nanba series) that covers the lack of fantasy shonen action series and for the TOC itself, you would have noticed that YowaPedal and Baki will always dominate the top position of the TOC (along with the digital section of the cover pages), not helping that most series from this magazine struggled to reach even 10k of physical sales.
With that said, scanlators did translate some of their newer series into English and Chinese for the readers’ consumption, so here are some works (from A to Z) I would like to introduce and give my thoughts to those picked mangas.
First, spoilers alert. Second, my usual reads are idyllic things that don’t give me nightmares for some moments.