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 Crusders (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 sport 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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I’m Bored: Talking about the Manga Hinamatsuri (2010)

by Masao Ohtake(2010)

Hinamatsuri volume 1

Serialized by Fellows!, then moved to Harta

Scantalated by various scans. (including Norway Scans. NORWAY!)

Summary:
One night, a strange object falls on the head of Nitta, a member of the yakuza. Inside the box is a strange young girl named Hina. She has tremendous supernatural powers, and Nitta finds himself reluctantly taking her in. Her powers can come in handy for his yakuza business, but he also runs the risk of her using them on him! Not to mention, if she doesn’t use her powers, she will eventually go berserk and destroy everything around her. Nitta and Hina’s strange life together is just beginning.

Anime Adaption for Spring 2018.

Celebrating and discussion the manga with a trip to

Carabet Club Hinamatsuri

Spoilers ahead, to talk about the things that I mention on the fly

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I’m Bored: Talking About The 2 Works by KAITO

Cross Manage Volume 1Ao No Flag Volume 1

Left
Cross Manage (2012-2013), serialized by Shonen Jump
Scantalation from: Kudere Scans
Summary: Talented but aimless Sakurai is required by school policy to join an extracurricular activity of some kind. After several false starts, he settles on the shogi and go club. However, the inept but highly enthusiastic Misora Toyoguchi decides that he’s the perfect person to manage her struggling girls’ lacrosse team, and he finally agrees to help out a bit.

Right:
Ao No Flag (2017-present), Serialized in Shonen Jump Plus
Scantalation from: Cosmic Enzyme Scans
The “youth pure love” story begins when three students in their third and final year of high school meet during a time when they are worried about paths for their futures. Waiting for them are sweet, painful, and heartrending days.

Warning, spoilers alert.

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I’m Bored: Discussion About Days by Yasuda Tsuyoshi (2013)

(Serialized by Weekly Shonen Magazine. Currently scantalated by Matanuki Scans)

Being a 2010s manga reader (reading manga digitally and not having the guts to read One Piece) is not even a factor at why this becomes one of the manga that I prioritize reading in manga sites every week. Despite the fact that.

i. For a sports manga, it is utterly overshadowed by everything else (by Hinomaru Zumou, Welcome to the Ballroom and Shokugeki no Soma before the writer squandered it after Azami came).

ii. By scantalation standards, it is very late for a 2010s manga. Right now, it is at least 2 years behind the current chapter (which is as of this writing, around Chapter 210), and for the Chinese scans (which I read ACMA Game & Real Account with), it somehow stopped at 11 chapters.

iii. I don’t even like soccer.

Still, this is one of the manga that I am willing to read again, and I think that it is something that I would like to share.

P.S: Speaking of Ballroom, I am not impressed with the anime adaptation of Ballroom especially after Episode 9 come out, I want to see an uninterrupted choreograph for a minute, not a monologue fest that spans for 20 minutes (I could just read it from the manga) and a changing ED that people could hardly care about on YouTube.

Spoilers Abound as I mention things that interest me on the fly.

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I’m Bored: Talking About The Covers of Komi-san wa Komyusho desu

Komi-san Wa Komyusho Desu (Komi-san can’t communicate) by Oda Tomohito.

Magazine Published: Weekly Shonen Sunday

Summary (According to Mangakakalot): Komi-san is the beautiful and admirable girl that no-one can take their eyes off her. Almost the whole school sees her as the cold beauty out of their league, but Tadano Shigeo knows the truth: she’s just really bad at communicating with others. Komi-san, who wishes to fix this bad habit of hers, tries to improve it with the help of Tadano-kun.

Why do I recommend it: A really fun story with the interactions between the main characters being the star of the show.

The Signature Style of the Covers: Komi looking at us when she is at an event.

Warning: Spoilers Abound up until Chapter 70, and discussing about my thoughts on the characters who appears in the cover.

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I’m Bored: Talking About The Manga Covers of Welcome To The Ballroom

Why, cause I really love this manga series when I first read it. And the best thing about this series is the ridiculously gorgeous art that is best shown with the covers made by Tomo Takeuchi. Since I have sometime with me (and to preemptively apologize for deciding to not watch the anime due to lacking the resources to watch it legally), let’s look at the covers of the manga from the start till now.

Warning to the anime viewers, spoilers abound.

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I’m Bored: Another 2 Short Manga About Dancing

Coda

[Left: Coda by Ichimura Hitoshi. Right: Tetsugaku Letra by Sahara Mizu]

This month I have a huge craving of manga, one that I feel like I wanted to devour them into my memories with their art & knowledge, even though my review should never be read professionally.

Although specifically, I’m focused on manga about dancing & sports in general (recently, I have just finished all the chapters of King Golf which available online in English, really recommend it for a really great protagonist) and today I will be reviewing the 2 dance mangas that has been finished, Coda and Tetsugaku Letra, even though this review is according to my memory of 2 months before.

[Plus, this is a really sad excuse as during my writing, I keep repeating some chapters of  Welcome To The Ballroom]

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