Gakkyu Hotei - New Cases and Newer Attorneys

Hello everyone. Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment has entered a brand new story arc and is heading in a new and rather interesting direction.

The main case our hero, Abaku Inugami, is faced with this time is actually involving plagiarism! Vin Daichi (aka Class 6-2’s Da Vinci) and Hikari Takasu (aka Class 6-3’s Picasso) are claiming that the other is copying and stealing their work. They want to sue the other for the damages and slander they have been receiving. These nasty rumors have been wrecking their reputation in the school’s Fine Arts world after all. Abaku agrees to represent Takasu in the case, but only after seeing how both of the artists’ recent painting is pretty much exactly the same.

However, this is where things start changing up as we introduce a Civil Court Case...

Read More for Civil Cases and Ninjas... )

Your thoughts on these new developments?

Written by Nobuaki Enoki, Art by Takeshi Obata
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[personal profile] skjam2015-02-22 02:28 pm

Jump Start: Kagamigami

Hi folks!

It seems such a short time since the last round of Shounen Jump "Jump Start" postings, but here we are. For those of you who joined us in just the last three months, Shonen Jump changes out non-performing manga series on a quarterly basis. The online edition now prints the first three chapters of every new series, hoping not to get caught off guard as they were by Nisekoi, Food Wars and Boku no Hero Academia.



Kagamigami "Mirror Spirit" is by Toshiaki Iwashiro, who previously did Psyren. That series was a hit for a while, and appeared in the print version of the American translation. But when they switched to the online edition, Psyren had taken a dive in the ratings, so it was dropped, and ended shortly thereafter in Japan. This first chapter of Kagamigami is nearly identical to the one-shot that ran last year--I'll talk about a key difference after the main presentation.

Eighteen pages of fifty-five from last week's chapter. (Two weeks ago on Monday.)

What do you want to be when you grow up? )

Your thoughts and comments?
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[personal profile] skjam2015-02-15 08:28 pm

Superheroes need school too

Hi folks!

Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academy) by Kohei Horikoshi is one of the series that the online Shonen Jump edition skipped when it first came out, for two reasons. One, it didn't hit exactly when a previous series ended, and two, the artist's previous series, Barrage, had not done at all well and was cancelled after two volumes.

But surprise! It's been doing very well indeed in the Japanese market, so now it's getting a shot in America.



The series is a homage to American superhero comics, so you will see a lot of familiar tropes in action; this is very much for those of you who miss fun teen hero comics/wish there were more of them.

Eighteen of fifty-five pages of the first chapter. Please enjoy!

What if House of M had been an optimistic premise? )

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Valentine's Day 2015: Chocolate Kiss Kiss

Japan, as one might expect, has its own set of traditions revolving around holidays. Valentine's Day, for instance, has been imported from the West, but the rituals around it have grown very specific. Only girls give gifts on Valentine's Day, and that gift is almost never anything but chocolate. They give simple store-bought 'obligation' chocolates to any boy they'd consider a friend, and those aren't considered to mean much at all. But for that special someone, they're supposed to go to more effort -- buying fancy, expensive chocolates, or for the ultimate touch, making something at home from scratch.

Boys are expected to return the favor exactly one month later. March 14 is a holiday known as 'White Day,' when boys give white chocolate to any girl who gave them chocolate on Valentine's, and maybe fully begin a relationship with one. (You will be unsurprised to learn that White Day was invented entirely by the Japanese candy industry.)

Nowadays, though, there's a growing awareness of people who don't fit the mold -- especially in anime and manga. What do non-straight couples do on Valentine's Day? Some authors have answered that question, sometimes even drawing on their own personal experience...

7 pages out of 21 )
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Valentine's Day 2015 - Honey & Honey



Honey & Honey is an autobiographical manga by Sachiko Takeuchi, which, among other things, follows her relationship with her girlfriend, Masako. I find them a truly adorable couple, so...I R Share. >_>

A taste of honey.... )

1-2 pages each from chapters of 5 and 6 pages.
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[personal profile] skjam2015-02-10 08:29 pm

School Judgement--"Now I may be just a simple country lawyer..."

Hi folks!

The three-part Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgement story about the Masked Dude has ended this week.

I'm not going to spoil the mystery element, but one of the epilogues ties back into the drugs theme. The equivalent of two pages from this week's story.

What are drugs? )

Your thoughts and comments?
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[personal profile] skemono2015-02-09 06:30 pm

When you're a Jet, you're a 'bot all the way

So I started reading Cyborg 009 recently, and the introduction of one of the characters who would become a cyborg seemed... familiar.

*snaps fingers* )
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[personal profile] skjam2015-02-07 07:13 pm

Drugs are bad, M'kay?

Hi folks!

The Gakyu Hotei (School Judgement) series continues, this time with a hard-hitting story about a major problem in today's elementary schools.



Would you buy a used car from this man?

How about a magical white powder that makes you feel reeeeeal good?

Part one of three in this storyline, 6 pages of 19.

I think they're pushing the 'G-Rated' part of 'G-Rated Drug' a little hard here. )

Your thoughts and comments?
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[personal profile] skjam2015-01-20 08:24 pm

One Punch Man's Latest Villain!

Hi folks! How's 2015 treating you?

It's been a while since we checked in on One-Punch Man.



As it happens, Saitama's taking this chapter off to play video games, and we are introduced to a new villain, Garo.

Four pages from the most recent Shounen Jump issue.

Garo's Secret Origin )
[personal profile] lego_joker2014-12-17 07:32 pm

31 Days of Scans - Favorite Legacy Hero: Kaitou Kid

To call Magic Kaito's Kaitou Kid a "hero" would be somewhat stretching the term, but the guy's heart is in the right place and he's got a no-kill policy, so I suppose that's good enough. More importantly, I'm lukewarm at best and outright hostile to most other legacy heroes in comics, and I've already covered one of the few exceptions in yesterday's post, so...

Ah, but I'm getting ahead of myself.

A torch of thievery, passed from father to son. )
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[personal profile] skjam2014-12-13 09:39 pm

Jump Start--School Judgement

Hi folks!

And now we look at the third Jump Start series for this quarter.



This one has the advantage of the same artist as Death Note and Bakuman, but sadly not the same author. 18 pages of 55.

Despite the title mentioning 'Dismemberment' this post is Safe For Work. )

I suspect this will be the Jump Start title that gets picked up purely on the strength of the art.

Your thoughts and comments?

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[personal profile] lego_joker2014-12-11 11:34 pm

31 Days of Scans - Favorite Elseworlds/Multiverse: Jinginai Time

Sure, DC and Marvel have their Elseworlds and What-Ifs out the wazoo, but for my money, the little alt-universe omakes that Eiichiro Oda drew for the One Piece databooks beats them all.

Sure, they were all literally three pages long, but they were often funny as hell and cute as hell, and really, should we expect more from a comic?

... don't answer that.

Anyways, my favorite of those omakes is probably Jinginai Time (loose translation: "No Respect" Time). Why, you ask?

Because the only thing cooler than manga pirates is manga Mafia pirates.



There should probably be some Godfather joke here, but I don't know any. )
[personal profile] lego_joker2014-12-09 10:13 pm

31 Days of Scans - Least Favorite Male Character: Misao Yamamura

I fear that this will be by far the most obscure entry in this series (so far), and will probably generate the least discussion, but I can't really bring myself to care.

See this face?



Hate. Hate is the only reaction I am capable of towards it. Hate is the only logical reaction towards it- blood death pain murder stab kill kill kill-

Sorry, sorry.

Remember when I said I don't hate characters aggressively? I LIED. )
[personal profile] lego_joker2014-12-08 05:28 pm

31 Days of Scans - Least Favorite Female Character: Nabiki Tendo

I'm typically not the sort of guy who hates characters - any character - aggressively. This isn't because of some high-minded "every character has potential" philosophy, but rather because my limited attention span means that characters I dislike will typically slide off into the ether three minutes after I've read about them. Thus, it's rather hard for me to differentiate between characters I actively dislike and characters who just haven't made an impression on me either way.

As with all things, however, there are exceptions.



Grab your wallets. Lock your doors. And whatever you do, do NOT step into range of her camera! )
[personal profile] lego_joker2014-12-07 04:47 pm

31 Days of Scans - Favorite Team/Corps/Family: Baroque Works

To be honest, the Straw Hat Pirates almost got this one, by just a hair, but their two most recent members don't really do much for me, and I've started liking all of them a whole lot less since the timeskip. Besides, I've always liked villains better than heroes, anyway.

So let's put our hands together forrrrrr... Baroque Works!



Behind the cut: the kookiest collection of cutthroats you've ever seen! )
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[personal profile] ozaline2014-12-07 07:23 am

31 Days of Scans: Favourite Team - Teikoku Kagekidan Hana-gumi!


Sakura Taisen or Sakura Wars started out as a series of video games created by Sega and Red Company that combine a visual novel/dating sim type adventure mode, with tactical RPG mecha battles to simulate an anime and give you control of it's protagonist.

The setting is 1920s Tokyo where steam technology has helped the nation recover from a devastating war against demons some 6 years prior. however the it's obvious that the demons will strike again and so a new weapon is created to handle this threat, mecha Spirit Armor called Kobu, but the Kobu can only be moved by people with intense spiritual powers, and spirit power is more often found in women then in men.

To focus their spirit powers, sharpen their team work skills and to invoke rituals that will help pacify the evil the Teikoku Kagekidan (which in the series translates to both Imperial Assault Troupe or Imperial Revue) perform all female musicals in the vein of their real life equivalents the Takarazuka Kagekidan. A male commander was eventually brought in to lead them (the player character), but the series is often mistaken by western fans as shoujo for it's strong female leads, and for frankly being Steampunk Mecha Sailor Moon (the player character is bascally Tuxedo Mask in this equation).

Eventually it got a manga (scans are in Japanese but I'll explain what's going on) Teikoku Kagekidan Sanjou! )
[personal profile] lego_joker2014-12-04 11:12 am

31 Days of Scans - Character you would bring back from the dead: a certain pirate

The state of things in American superhero comics being what they are, I couldn't really find a dead character I wanted to revive without making my post look horribly dated. Death has been a revolving door at DC and Marvel since almost Day One, as it should be, and you never know who's gonna be pulled away from the River Styx next.

So let us journey eastward, where comics generally don't have to deal with things like "shared universes" or "characters too iconic to stay dead". In particular, to a world of endless oceans, sea monsters, and pirates of every shape and size.



There be spoilers ahead, Matey! Last chance to back out! )
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[personal profile] skjam2014-12-03 07:53 pm

Jump Start--E-Robot

Hi folks!

One of the more problematic aspects of shounen and seinen manga is male-oriented fanservice. It sells copies, but at the expense of making many female readers uncomfortable, and using female characters as objects more than people. Most shounen manga uses a little fanservice for spice, but every so often there's a series that is nothing but fanservice.



The latest Jump Start series is one of these. While it isn't quite NSFW by our usual definitions (the online version may be edited) it's not something I would feel comfortable reading at work, so use caution. 18 pages of 55.

A weapon to end wars. )

Your thoughts and comments?

Next week, "Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgement" which is basically Phoenix Wright in grade school.

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Vinland Saga

Written and drawn by Makoto Yukimura.
Read more... )
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[personal profile] skjam2014-11-25 09:41 pm

Jump Start--Takujo no Ageha

Hi folks!

One of the ways Weekly Shounen Jump stays on top of the sales charts is by "churn", ending old series and starting new ones in their manga anthology magazine. Now, sometimes this happens naturally, as the recent run of Naruto reached a good point to end the series. But more often, it's a series that used to be popular but has gone downhill (Psyren for example) or a recent entry that didn't catch on (for example, Barrage.) In these cases, the writer has to wrap everything up in three or four chapters, so the story has some kind of ending.

Generally, the Jump editorial people want three new series to start each quarter of the year; which means that it's time for the online edition to have another round of "Jump Start." This last week, the first of the new series debuted, Takujo no AGEHA.



It's about ping-pong, or as they persistently refer to it here, table tennis. 18 pages of 55.

You may notice some similarities to an older manga series.... )

Next week, it's E-Robot, with the power of weaponized fanservice.

Your thoughts and comments?
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