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What’s Your Favorite Weekly Shonen Jump Title?

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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:

Bakuman

Bakuman

Created By: Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata

Publisher’s summary: “Average student Moritaka Mashiro enjoys drawing for fun. When his classmate and aspiring writer Akito Takagi discovers his talent, he begs Moritaka to team up with him as a manga-creating duo. Can these two boys turn their dreams into reality with all the challenges they must face in the manga-publishing world?”

Run: January 30 to May 7, 2012

Serialized: Weekly

Barrage

Barrage

Created By: Kouhei Horikoshi

Publisher’s summary: “Spunky slum kid Astro gets the chance of a lifetime to end the chaos ripping apart his alien-invaded home planet when the playboy prince switches places with him. Now Astro has become Prince Barrage, a boy charged with the duty of restoring peace to the planet…and given an all-powerful magical spear to do it!”

Run: June 4 to September 2012

Serialized: Weekly

Bleach

Bleach

Created By: Tite Kubo

Publisher’s summary: “Ichigo Kurosaki never asked for the ability to see ghosts — he was born with the gift. When his family is attacked by a Hollow — a malevolent lost soul — Ichigo becomes a Soul Reaper, dedicating his life to protecting the innocent and helping the tortured spirits themselves find peace.”

Run: January 30, 2012

Serialized: Weekly

Blue Exorcist

Blue Exorcist

Created By: Kazue Kato

Publisher’s summary: “Raised by Father Fujimoto, a famous exorcist, Rin Okumura never knew his real father. One day a fateful argument with Father Fujimoto forces Rin to face a terrible truth — the blood of the demon lord Satan runs in Rin’s veins! Rin swears to defeat Satan, but doing that means entering the mysterious True Cross Academy and becoming an exorcist himself. Can Rin fight demons and keep his infernal bloodline a secret? It won’t be easy, especially when drawing his father’s sword releases the demonic power within him!”

Run: July 30, 2012

Serialized: Monthly

Cross Manage

Cross Manage

Created By: KAITO

Publisher’s summary: “Talented but aimless Sakurai just can’t find a place to belong. After trying (and failing at) one extracurricular activity after another, his life changes thanks to a chance encounter with lacrosse fanatic Toyoguchi, who thinks Sakurai has just what it takes to propel her girls’ lacrosse team to victory!”

Run: October 1, 2012

Serialized: Weekly

Dragonball

Dragon Ball (full color)

Created By: Akira Toriyama

Publisher’s summary: “The legendary classic manga series Dragon Ball is back…in full color! Relive the incredible Saiyan Saga with this special re-release.”

Run: February 4, 2013

Serialized: Weekly

 

Hunter X Hunter Special

Hunter X Hunter Kurapika’s Memories

Created By: Yoshihiro Togashi

Publisher’s summary: “Hunters are a select group of people who track down rare and priceless items. Many people have tried to become one, but most give up or are killed during the exam. This special one-shot is the story of one such Hunter, named Kurapika. His people were wiped out because their eyes turn a fiery red color and are sought by collectors. This is the story of Kurapika before he lost his clan…”

Run: December 17 to Decemeber 24, 2012

Kintoki

Kintoki

Created By: Akira Toriyama

Publisher’s summary: “Once upon a time, the Kinme Clan were an extraordinary tribe best known for their incredible physical strength and golden eyes. Because of that they were revered as gods of war, but now the clan is slowly dying out due to a short lifespan. And just when most everyone has forgotten about the clan, a mysterious golden-eyed boy enters the scene…”

Run: January 28, 2013 (one-shot)

 

Naruto

Naruto

Created By: Masashi Kishimoto

Publisher’s summary: “Naruto is a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He’s got a wild sense of humor, but Naruto is completely serious about his mission to be the world’s greatest ninja!”

Run: January 30, 2013

Serialized: Weekly

Nisekoi

Nisekoi

Created By: Naoshi Komi

Publisher’s summary: “It’s hate at first sight…rather a knee-to-the-head at first sight when Raku meets Chitoge! Unfortunately, his gangster father arranges a false love match with their rival gang leader’s daughter, Chitoge! However, Raku’s searching for his childhood sweetheart, with a pendant around his neck as a memento, and is surprised to discover three candidates with keys: Chitoge, Onodera (his current crush) and Tachibana (the police chief’s daughter)!”

Run: November 26, 2012

Serialized: Weekly

Nura

Nura: Rise of The Yokai Clan

Created By: Hiroshi Shiibashi

Publisher’s summary: “At first, no one thought that Rikuo, who is only one-quarter yokai and three-quarters human, could handle following in his grandfather Nurarihyon’s footsteps as the leader of the most powerful yokai clan. But now Rikuo has proven he can unite both humans and demons. He’s building the ultimate Night Parade of a Hundred Demons to ward off the legendary onmyoji, Abe no Seimei, and his descendants, the Gokadoin clan, who plan to take over the world with a master strike called The Purification.”

Run: January 30, 2012 to January 14, 2013

Serialized: Weekly

Nura Special

Nura: Aoi Spiral Castle Specials

Created By: Hiroshi Shiibashi

Publisher’s summary: “While the day belongs to humans, the night belongs to Yokai, supernatural creatures that thrive on human fear. Caught between these worlds is Rikuo Nura. He’s three-quarters human, but his grandfather is none other than Nurarihyon, the supreme commander of the Nura clan, a powerful yokai consortium. Now Rikuo’s on his way to taking over that command!”

Run: August 27, 2012 (Part 1), October 29, 2012 (Part 2)

One Piece

One Piece

Created By: Eichiro Oda

Publisher’s summary: “When Monkey D. Luffy accidentally ate the cursed Gum-Gum Fruit, he gained the power to stretch like rubber…at the cost of never being able to swim again! Despite this, he’s vowed to someday become King of the Pirates and find the legendary treasure known as “One Piece” With his large crew of powerful and unique characters and his advanced pirate ship, the Thousand Sunny, Luff’s out to become the greatest pirate that’s ever lived!”

Run: January 30, 2012

Serialized: Weekly

One Piece X Toriko

One Piece X Toriko: Taste of the Devil Fruit

Created By: Eiichiro Oda and Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro

Summary: Crossover one-shot between One Piece and Toriko.

Run: Available to subscribers who signed up before April 30, 2012

 

 

One-Man Punch

One-Punch Man

Created By: ONE and Yusuke Murata

Publisher’s summary: “From illustrious illustrator Yusuke Murata of Eyeshield 21 fame and the maniacal mind of up-and-coming mangaka ONE comes a manga series that packs quite the punch! Follow our hero Saitama through his hilarious romps as he searches for the baddest guys to challenge. Let’s get ready to rumble!”

Run: January 21, 2013

Serialized: Weekly

Bakuman Otter #11

Otter #11

Created by: Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata

Summary: A gag manga series created by Kazuya Hiramaru in Bakuman.

Run: Published in the SJ Alpha Yearbook 2013

 

 

 

 

Road To Ninja Naruto The Movie

Road To Naruto The Movie

Created By: Masashi Kishimoto

Publisher’s summary: “To commemorate the latest Naruto Shippuden movie hitting Japanese thaters, Shonen Jump Alpha presents a special chapter that chronicles the events right before Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie. See the Naruto characters in an all-new light as they deal with Tobi’s dark trap!”

Run: August 6, 2012 (One-shot)

Rurouni Kenshin Restoration

Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration

Created By: Nohiburo Watsuki

Publisher’s summary: “Action, romance, and historical intrigue help make Nobuhiro Watsuki’s Rurouni Kenshin, the tale of a wandering swordsman set against the backdrop of the Meiji Restoration, one of the most popular Shonen Jump titles among fans to date. Himura Kenshin, once an assassin (or hitokiri) of ferocious power, now fights to protect the honor of those in need.”

Run: May 21, 2012

Serialized: Monthly

Sachie Chan Good!!

Sachie-Chan Good!!

Created By: Akira Toriyama and Masakazu Katsura

Summary: A collaboration between Akira Toriyama and Masakazu Katsura.

Run: Published in the SJ Alpha Yearbook 2013

 

 

 

 

Sakuran

Sakuran

Created By: Toshiaki Iwashiro

Publisher’s summary: “A special one-shot from the creator of Psyren.”

Run: April 1, 2013 (One-shot)

 

 

 

Takama-ga-hara

Takama-ga-hara

Created By: Jyuuzouu Kawai

Publisher’s summary: “Yamato Yamada’s family is famous for their physical strength, but Yamato doesn’t want to follow in his four brothers’ footsteps — all he wants to do is draw manga and win the Tezuka Award! Life for Yamato taks an unexpected turn, however, when his right hand becomes even stronger than usual…Does Yamato actually have godlike powers?!”

Run: July 23, 2012 to November 19, 2012

Serialized: Weekly

Toriko

Toriko

Created By: Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro

Publisher’s summary: “In a savage world ruled by the pursuit of the most delicious foods, it’s either eat or be eaten! While searching for the tastiest foods imaginable, Gourmet Hunter Toriko and his bottomless stomach travel around the world facing every beast in his way.”

Run: January 30, 2012

Serialized: Weekly

World Trigger

World Trigger

Created By: Daisuke Ashihara

Publisher’s summary: “A gate to another dimension has burst open, and invincible monsters called Neighbors invade Earth. Only a group of elite warriors who co-opt other-dimensional technology can defend life on Earth as we know it.”

Run: February 11, 2013

Serialized: Weekly

 

Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal

Created By: Shin Yoshida and Naoto Miyashi

Publisher’s summary: “In a futuristic city, augmented reality Duels are all the rage. Duelists, using devices called D-Gazers, can interact with the environment and their opponents as never before. With more awesome monsters and unbelievable cards, the future of Yu-Gi-Oh! starts right here!”

Run: July 9, 2012

Serialized: Monthly


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Comments

  1. 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.

  2. One Piece has been my favorite. Honorable mention to Toriko though. Both are great fun.

  3. soyokaze says:

    Where the hell is Gintama? This list is invalid.

    • 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…

  4. Rachel says:

    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!!

    • 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.

  5. AshLynx says:

    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.

    • 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:

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Nisekoi. Love the cast of characters, love the comedy. So much fun every week.





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