Brief Thoughts of the 2018 Line-Ups of Weekly Shonen Magazine

With my rom-com post of Weekly Shonen Magazine being one of my biggest surprise for my blog, I decided to share my thoughts on the new series introduced to the lineup for the first 6 months.

To the surprise of the English speaking community that is aware of any manga magazine outside of Weekly Shonen Jump, the rom-com invasion surprisingly paid off with only one of the rom-com (the RPG witch) getting axed due to being the only one that didn’t have a (technically) real-life rom-com as a setting, while the new serializations of 2017 (including non rom-coms like Revengers & Runway) that survived ended up having the commercial appeal to be placed at the Top 50 Oricon Sales for at least one week.

The biggest success story for the line-up: Haruba Negi’s Go-Toubun No Hanayome (or should I say The Quintessential Quintuplets), where the readers are charmed with the simple idea of the Japanese same face syndrome used in a so simple its unique way (and potentially marketable if America or Israel somehow took hold of it), a strong main cast with a solid storyline (for now) and garned a lot of attention from 4chan, Reddit and other international manga websites that Kodansha give it the green light for it to be licensed in English digitally just under a year of serialization. Congratulations Negi as 4chan can now memorize your name.

https://kodanshacomics.com/volume/the-quintessential-quintuplets-1/

Overall, a great track record for magazine right now and can be argued that it is the strongest lineup in the magazine right now, as they are in a period where not only they snatched & maintained, mangakas with promising potential (veterans and newbies which includes Mashima himself), enable the mangakas to finish their work without having to rush for an ending and most importantly, got their series selling well, which is the most important thing.

P.S: I didn’t say that it is the best when it comes to story quality, since there are still too many rom coms in the lineup & one of them includes Reihi Miyajima’s Kanojo, Okarishimasu (who everybody & their grandmothers love to hate-read and nobody is hit by a truck yet) and Kouji & Mashima aren’t the mangakas where the English speaking community are in the rage about.

Without further ado, the current serializations of 2018 along with my thoughts on these series. Warning, spoilers ahead.

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One Sweet, One Salty: 2 Mangas About (Allegedly) Studying, Rom Com Style

Or an alternative title: 2 Recent Studying Mangas That Reminds You To Prepare For School, Cause I’ve Just Finished My Fill Of My Coursework For My College For Now.

Studying in School, not everybody’s favorite time of their life since except for maybe languages & math, you just didn’t seem to use the knowledge learned from school that often. Even most of the Japanese manga that I’ve read skipped the time where the teacher is teaching the class, cause face it, it’s boring by itself.

Well, except for some mangas that are exclusively about studying. In my opinion for the best studying manga: In terms of technique we have Dragon Zakura by Norifusa Mita, where the cast of 2 students learns the basics of their subjects from the best of the best, hired by a failed lawyer who should have been in the education department for a very long time. In terms of performance, we have Assassination Classroom by Yusei Matsui, where a group of students must study from an octopus, in both academics and assassination where the octopus is the target, along with fighting their own personal demons and a very oppressive school system.

(P.S: I’ll recommend the Korean adaptation of Dragon Zakura as it improves on every aspect of the manga.)

Opinions aside, it is time for the real stars of this post, the 2 new mangas in 2017 about studying, which you might have already guessed due to one being potentially marketable in the future if the mangaka doesn’t heck everything up and one being successful in Shonen Jump.

Sidenote: Baby Steps turned out to be canceled. What? With Ahiru no Sora & potentially Ippo ending, I feel scared for the future of sports manga in this magazine that is not called Days or Daiya no Ace, the former still being the recent popular sports manga…that is going through its 5th year and lost it’s chance of initial international appeal no thanks to the anime.

Also, what a strange time to say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays.

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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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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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