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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?

(See my annual Shonen Jump update at my blog:
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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?

One Punch!

Feb. 13th, 2013 09:39 pm
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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?
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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?
(Still struggling through second week of college.)
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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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The final issue of Shonen Jump USA, April 2012, is now out. Thus the last monthly manga magazine in America passes away.

It's being replaced by Shonen Jump Alpha, a weekly online release at . Only available in North America at this time, alas.

As is appropriate for a final issue, it's a bit oversized.

four random pages from the issue )

Staying in the line-up for the new iteration are Bleach, One Piece and Naruto. Bleach looks like it's finally wrapping up though, so may need to be replaced within the year.

Dropped are Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's (mercifully) and Psyren (which apparently had a sudden drop in popularity and has already ended in Japan.)

Replacing them are Bakuman, Toriko and Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan.

I'm saddened by not being able to get a manga magazine fix monthly any more, but let's face it, we all knew this day was coming.

Your thoughts and comments? Favorite Shonen Jump moments?

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Welcome to day 3 of scans_daily's 30 Days of Winter celebration! Today's topic is manga.. so we'll be reading right-to-left.

It's not Naruto but it was shown on Jetix )

So TELL US: what's your favourite manga?
And stay tuned tomorrow, when the topic will be Silent comics!
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So, you might be wondering what Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata got up to after completing "Death Note." It's "Bakuman", a manga about a writer-artist duo trying to make it in the world of professional manga creation. And yes, it's just as self-referential as it sounds.

Shonen Jump USA has been running a preview, and this is the second chapter which came out in the June 2010 issue. (Four pages as per our newly published comics rule.) Previously, junior high student Moritaka Mashiro, a talented artist who likes drawing manga, was latched onto by bright but eccentric transfer student Akito Takagi. Akito wants to write manga, and to team up with Moritaka to do so. Moritaka's uncle was an unsuccessful mangaka, and his death has made Moritaka cautious about going into the field. But thanks to Akito's interference, Moritaka learns that his crush, Miho Azuki, wants to become a voice actress. One thing leads to another, and Moritaka and Miho vow to marry once they've gotten into their chosen careers.

WARNING! Sexism ahead. )

Your thoughts and comments?

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Okay, I would like to apologize beforehand to the community and mods if this doesn't apply for the community - it's my first time to post here in this version of S_D.

Anyway, I'd like to introduce you to how Japan can manage to mangle stereotypes, and then keep it part of their culture, resulting in WTF-ery that made me giggle like a school girl.

Interesting thing, though, is that both are by nature with masculine traits, totally jarring with the feminine overtones. It's like Danny the Street from Doom Patrol, or the Village People.

edit: tried to use RT entry system, all link tags got wiped out. References as follows:, was able to restore links, though..


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