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Hi folks!

We now continue our look at the recent Jump Start manga with Cyborg Roggy by Yu Miki. This manga goes with the formula "big combat machine dude who has short, far less brave sidekick" which was last successfully used in Toriko.



Eighteen of fifty-five pages of the first chapter.

It is the dark cyberpunk future )

Your thoughts and comments?

Next time, a very eighties-style manga!
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Hi folks!

This Jump Start is a little unusual in that it's a shoujo title. Sadly, there is no online Shojo Beat magazine, so when Viz wanted to showcase "Boys Over Flowers Season 2", it had to be in their boys' manga anthology.



I have not actually read Hana Yori Dango ("Boys Over Flowers"), so this synopsis of the original series will be brief: Eitoku Academy is a private high school for rich kids, which is ruled by four obnoxious jerks who call themselves "The Flower Four" or "F4" for short. Their wealthy parents have paid off the school administration to make them immune to punishment, so they are free to bully anyone they please and make the student body go along with it.

That is, until scholarship student Tsukushi Makino finally defies the F4 when they attack her friend, and finds herself the target. She refuses to let them intimidate her, and her stubborness eventually mitigates their jerkitude, especially when their leader Tsukasa Domyoji falls in love with Tsukushi.

We pick up the story a couple of years after the previous cast graduated...21 pages of 65.

The title is a pun in Japanese; there's a saying that 'dango' (sweets) are better than 'hana' (flowers) from a girl's point of view, but 'dango' can also mean 'young men.' )

Your thoughts and comments?
SKJAM!
Check out my shoujo manga reviews here: http://www.skjam.com/tag/shoujo/

And in other news, I give my icebreaker speech at Toastmasters tomorrow night!
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Hi folks!

A bit behind on the Jump Start stories--I didn't even finish reading last Monday's Shonen Jump until this morning! Anyhow, the February 16 issue had two Jump Starts, and this...is the shounen one.



There's certain setups that keep recurring in Jump titles; this one is "idiot hero whose primary virture is never giving up." Eighteen pages of fifry-five from the intro chapter.

What lies within the fifth leaf is... )

Given the way this chapter treats sexual harrassment as comedy, and the female character introduced at the end of the third chapter likes to loll around drunkenly in her underwear in public, I don't think this story will scor points with feminists.

Your thoughts and comments?
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Hello everyone. If there was one series in recent years from Shonen Jump that just exploded with popularity, it would be Assassination Classroom. From the creator of Neuro: Supernatural Detective (a title that never reached American shores) came one of the wildest and probably most unique manga titles that I have seen in quite some time. To describe or give a bit synopsis would be pointless, so let’s take a look at the first chapter of the series to give it full context.

16 pages out of 48

Read More... )
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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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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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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? )

Your thoughts and comments?
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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?
SKJAM!
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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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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 )
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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?

SKJAM!
(See my annual Shonen Jump update at my blog: http://www.skjam.com/2014/12/09/manga-review-shonen-jump-weekly-usa-2014/
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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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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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Hi folks!

This is the third post in the Jump Start series, this week featuring Sporting Salt by Yuta Kubota.



17 pages of 55.

Basically, Doogie Howser, M.D. if he was a sports medicine specialist. )

Your thoughts and comments?
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Hi folks!

Continuing on from last week's post, it's time for another Shonen Jump Jump Start entry. If you missed last week, The online Shonen Jump is now going to include the first three chapters of every new series that appears in the print Shounen Jump Weekly. Last time it was martial arts in Judos.



This week is Hi-Fi Cluster by Ippei Goto. 14 pages of 55. (I'm posting these after the next issue comes out, so if you subscribe online, you already saw this last week.) There's some discussion of disability issues.

Love and Bravery )

Your thoughts and comments?
SKJAM!

One Punch!

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Hi folks!

Shonen Jump Weekly has added a few new series, including one I quite like, One Punch Man.

Saitama was once an unemployed salaryman who was bored and unhappy with his life. A chance encounter with a monster convinced him to become a superhero, since that sounded way more fun. Problem is that he's too powerful, able to take any opponent out with one punch. So now One Punch Man must search for meaning in a world that holds no true challenge for him.

Or does it?

Four pages from the latest issue )

It's funny, but I don't know how long the premise can sustain itself.

Your thoughts and comments?
SKJAM!
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In case you hadn't already heard, as of Monday, the online US release of Shonen Jump is going simultaneous with the print edition in Japan. So they're changing the name of the online edition from Shonen Jump Alpha to Shonen Jump Weekly (a direct translation of the Japanese version.)

So I thought now was a good time to show you four semi-random pages from the latest issue and get everyone caught up on what's been happening.



Love, Death and Other Important Things )

And so the wheel turns.

Your thoughts and comments?
SKJAM!
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Tomorrow's Halloween, so let's talk about vampires. One vampire, actually. I generally don't like vampires very much, but everyone has exceptions, and this particular vampire is one such exception.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Dio Brando from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.



I've talked a tiny bit about him in my previous post a couple of days ago, but not much. There are a lot of things you can say about Dio Brando. He is a vampire with psychic powers (by an unusual definition of psychic) who sucks blood through his fingers. He likes to pass time by hanging out in the dark, often shirtless, sipping what may or may not be wine and reading books that get the series in trouble with certain Islamic religious groups. He goes around in some very questionable outfits, presumably because nobody is going to make fun of a 6'5" and incredibly ripped psychic vampire for wearing headbands with hearts on them. It is hypothesized that most, if not all, of his henchmen want to jump his bones regardless of their gender. He has fathered at least four sons with four different women in a span of about three years. Thanks to a video game by Capcom and a certain Albino Black Sheep flash animation, he is a minor but perpetual internet celebrity, and probably the biggest reason as to why anyone in the States knows that JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is even a thing that exists.

But most of all, Dio Brando is a giant asshole.
Some gore and spoilers for JJBA Part 3 behind the cut. )

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