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As of recently, our class of would-be superheroes have just gotten their new assignment. Coming up with a superhero alias for themselves! Let's take a look.

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While the main series has ended, Masashi Kishimoto has returned to the Naruto universe with a small, limited run series. This one focuses on Sarada Uchiha, the daughter of Sakura and Sasuke. Let’s take a look!

7 1/3 pages of 23

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Hi folks!

Ordinarily at this point I would be bringing you the next Jump Start title, but alas the first Chapter of "Lady Justice" was adjudged too NSFW (nudity) for the online edition. So instead, we'll be looking back at an old favorite.

Those of you who only saw the dub version of Yu-Gi-Oh! or even more likely just the memes are probably only vaguely aware that the manga version didn't start as a story about children's card games. That came later. It was, however, still about games.



Let's see sixteen pages of forty-nine of how it all began....

And whosoever solves this puzzle shall possess the powers of darkness )

Your thoughts and comments?
Favorite Yu-Gi-Oh moments?

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Hi, everybody!

It's time for another round of Jump Start, the time when the Shounen Jump manga anthology tests out new series, and some of the chapters get to appear in the online edition. Last week's new entry has a long title.



It's mentioned in the editorial content that Jump doesn't do that many "school club" series. But this one is also a sports manga, so that's entirely in their wheelhouse. Fifteen pages of forty-five, which is a bit shorter than most of the first chapters we've seen lately.

Shall we dance? )

Sadly, the series that started this week will not appear in the online edition at all. Lady Justice is a superhero parody with a heroine who's invulnerable, but her clothes aren't, demonstrated repeatedly. It reminds me a little of Empowered but with less bondage so far.

But the third new series, Devilyman will be appearing, so you can look forward to that!

Your thoughts and comments?
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If someone was to ask me to name one of the best superhero comics going on right now, I would say the manga called My Hero Academia. Honestly, in comparison to most things from the big name publishers and any Indie comics that are try doing their own little spin/parody/deconstruction on superheroes… this one just works so much better for me. It’s hard to explain, but I’ll focus on one of the current subplots/character arcs currently going on in the series that will hopefully show you why I and many others like it. Plus, we could always use more good superhero entries here.

Here's context for what's going on with a link to a previous entry on the series done by skjam.

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Hi folks!

This is the last of the Jump Start series from the current batch at Shonen Jump. I've delayed posting it so long the next batch is about to begin!

For this one, the creator has decided to go old-school with a straight-up fighting story.



18 pages of 55 for the first chapter; the first page is a man under a spotlight claiming that gold attracts the strong. This is a universal thing, applying even to combat. Get rich quick by participating in no-rules street fights broadcast live.

Who's up for some blood sports? )

Black Clover was chosen as the series to get a full run in the online edition. School Judgement went downfill fast and is already on its final story arc.

Your thoughts and comments?
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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!
SKJAM!
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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?
SKJAM!
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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

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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?
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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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