Weekly Shonen Jump in 2013: New Series pt.1
- Edison Falling in Love by Kizuku Watanabe (cancelled, 3 volumes)
- World Trigger by Daisuke Ashihara (ongoing, 3+ volumes)
- Soul Catcher(s) by Hideo Shinkai (ongoing, 2+ volumes)
- Mutou Black by Daijirou Nonoue (cancelled, 2 volumes)
- Smoky B.B. by Yuuya Kawada + Kenta Komiyama (cancelled, 2 volumes)
2013 wasn’t exactly a breakthrough year for Weekly Shonen Jump, having a veritable butt-ton of successful newcomers the year before, between the New Power Generation and Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma, and that everlasting set of mainstays that have defined the anthology for so long. All the same, we had some interesting failures pop into the world, and a couple of surprising survivors.
The failures were nothing special, mostly incredibly pretty, poorly written (or in the case of Mutou Black, straight-up skirting plagiarism of Rurouni Kenshin), or just an unfunny gag manga in the case of Edison Falling in Love. But the survivors, from this first half of the year, are something else, being underperformers who’ve managed to hang on by the skin of their teeth to mildly comfortable positions in the anthology.
And well-deserved those places are, too. Daisuke Ashihara and Hideo Shinkai are creators whose previous works, whilst pretty boring (a death sentence in Jump), showcased their potential talents as unique, captivating artists, and these new works delivered on these promises, presenting a bold-lined slow-burning sci-fi (Daisuke’s World Trigger) and a completely bloody hatstand music-based soul-searching fangirl-baiting joy (Hideo Shinkai’s ridiculously weird Soul Catcher(s)). Whether they actually continue to gain momentum or not remains to be seen, but they’re super nice. And they’re not the only interesting survivors.
To be continued….
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