It’s time for a new FEATURE over at the Friendship! Effort! Victory! website with the debut of FEV, Written Down, which is a semi-regular series of articles where I deal with the history and inner workings of Weekly Shonen Jump in ways I can’t normally manage in the podcast.
In this instance I’ve been so inspired by the return of baseball to the anthology in this coming monday’s debut of Smoky B.B. that I’ve decided to do a short series of posts about the history of Japan’s favourite sport (sorry Sumo, you just have to settle for being the *actual* national sport instead), looking at the most important titles to be about the good ol’ bat and ball and bases.
This first article focuses on the first decade and a bit of Weekly Shonen Jump, giving little explanations of Father’s Soul, Astro Kyudan, Play Ball, 1.2 no Ahho, and Susume!! Pirates, all great successes in their own rights that solidified the importance of the sport in the anthology. It’s a bit loose (turns out its hard to research decades old material that isn’t in your mother language), but there’s plenty of interesting stuff to learn about, so give it a look!