So what do you know? It’s been over a year since Viz’s Weekly Shonen Jump has been around. With it out of the “Alpha” phase and now moving forward with simultaneous releases, it’s doing what I don’t think many would have thought years ago—and it’s pretty impressive. And while maybe the content is not like Japan’s Weekly Shonen Jump, the lineup that’s appeared since the magazine began is nothing to sneeze at. So I’ll ask you all to share what’s been your favorite Weekly Shonen Jump title serialized since January 30, 2012. Here’s a reminder of the works that have appeared in WSJ so far:
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Aaron saysMay 7, 2013 at 10:13 am
I’d have to throw my vote in with Bleach partialy becuese it’s the only Shonen Jump Manga I curently read and I legitmitely like so many of the concepts, ideas, and charcters in it.
Justin Stroman saysMay 7, 2013 at 5:59 pm
Man, I wish I could try and keep up with it…but I stopped ;_;
Aaron saysMay 8, 2013 at 11:55 am
I just got into it those 3-1 omnibus are a godsend also pre ordering newer volumes months in advnce helped out as well. Inter Library loans don’t hurt either
Matt saysMay 7, 2013 at 1:16 pm
One Piece has been my favorite. Honorable mention to Toriko though. Both are great fun.
Justin Stroman saysMay 7, 2013 at 6:01 pm
Yeah, One Piece seems to still be good. Toriko on the other hand…uh…xD Oh well. Both seem to do well!
soyokaze saysMay 7, 2013 at 2:32 pm
Where the hell is Gintama? This list is invalid.
Justin Stroman saysMay 7, 2013 at 6:04 pm
Gintama is in the Japanese Weekly Shonen Jump, far, far away from the English Weekly Shonen Jump. Hopefully Viz will finally get Gintama back in the magazine, but the more the days tick by, the less I see it actually happening…
Rachel saysMay 7, 2013 at 3:02 pm
Tough choice between Bakuman and Blue Exorcist, but I’ll have to go with the latter, I think. I didn’t even realize it, but Blue Exorcist has really grown on me. The art and action are great and Rin is a surprisingly likable protagonist. The complicated relationship between Rin and Yukio provides just enough depth to keep things interesting. I also like how tough the female characters are, which is definitely NOT something I can say for “men-have-dreams-that-women-just-can’t-understand” Bakuman. More women writing shounen, please!!
Justin Stroman saysMay 7, 2013 at 6:08 pm
Haha…yeahhhhh (Damnit Tsugumi Ohba!!!) I do still like Bakuman because it deals with the manga industry, albeit in a shounen manner. Blue Exorcist I keep saying I’m going to catch up to it, but never do. I’m going to try because what I did read of it (Vol 1.) was pretty solid stuff.
AshLynx saysMay 7, 2013 at 3:03 pm
Didn’t know that Weekly SJA ran so many titles that I hadn’t heard of! Of those, Blue Exorcist is kinda the only one I’ve stuck with. I quite Bleach ages ago, I’d like to try One Piece but the length is daunting. I’ve reads bits of Toriko and Barrage before. I would like to read One Punch Man and the Akira Toriyama shorts though.
Justin Stroman saysMay 7, 2013 at 6:10 pm
Yeah, considering it’s been over a year since they started, the output is actually pretty impressive. Of course, whether they are any good is up to the person xD
The length for One Piece is daunting, but it’s a case of pacing yourself. I think D:
Manga Therapy saysMay 7, 2013 at 4:30 pm
Definitely One-Punch Man for poking fun at all shonen cliches to a huge extreme and Blue Exorcist for being a title that’s light-hearted despite its dark themes.
Justin Stroman saysMay 7, 2013 at 6:11 pm
Yeah, for what I read of One Punch Man, seems like fun stuff. Hope it continues to be that way!
Derek Bown saysMay 7, 2013 at 8:17 pm
I’ve made no secret that One Piece is my absolute favorite. But One-Punch Man is a great read, and I think Cross Manage has managed (heh) to become one of my absolute favorites.
Justin Stroman saysMay 8, 2013 at 1:22 pm
I think Cross Manage has gotten better. At least, I think so and then it changes my opinion each week ;_;
Sabas saysMay 8, 2013 at 8:15 am
Nisekoi. Love the cast of characters, love the comedy. So much fun every week.
Justin Stroman saysMay 8, 2013 at 1:23 pm
Yeah, it’s finally on my to read list. A good number of people like it, I hope I can like Nisekoi as well!