A Grand Time: Grand Jump issue 05/2019

Jeez, that was an unanticipated winter break we had there, wasn’t it? Things got a little hairy for a second, but the content machine must continue, both in podcast form (soon!) and in this, a BRAND NEW FEATURE. Taking more than a little bit of inspiration from pal Sakaki’s Weekly Shonen Sunday Talkback blog (a more than worthy read I highly recommend), we now begin “A Grand Time”, an at least fortnightly post looking through the latest issue of Grand Jump, one of Shueisha’s MANY magazines under the Jump label, aimed at an older audience than even their other seinen (adult male) magazines, Ultra Jump and Young Jump. I’ve talked about the magazine and the series I was reading at the time in it last April, but a lot has changed since then, including my own ability to actually read the magazine, so it’s high time to revisit it and share my deep love for this particular comics magazine.

The general rule is that I will *guarantee* coverage for any series with the cover or a colour page, and from there cherry pick the series I want to cover each issue, as well as any notable news and the next issue preview. For the first few entries I will try my best to rotate through EVERY single series that runs in the magazine, but beyond that I will play favourites.

Finally, BE WARNED! GRAND JUMP IS A MATURE MAGAZINE, AND THE CONTENTS OF THESE POSTS WILL ALWAYS BE NSFW.

Cover art by Kazuki Funatsu, 2019

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Friendship! Effort! Victory! Episode 03 – Hoop Men

The first of what will surely be many, many gush-fests about cancelled comics.

art by Yukinori Kawaguchi, 2009

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What is Hoop Men?: Hoop Men is Yukinori Kawaguchi’s 2009 basketball series about a relatively unskilled Yuuho Satou, who gets into basketball through the unusual circumstance of being able to translate for their new ace, Joshua Kuji Griffin Jr.! A surprisingly subdued story by Weekly Shonen Jump’s standards, and a quickly cancelled mess, but a beloved title I want to explore with you.

What is Friendship! Effort! Victory!: Friendship! Effort! Victory! (or FEV for short) is a podcast about the various titles in Weekly Shonen Jump’s 50+ year history. It used to exist about half a decade ago, and it exists again now, with new episodes coming out on the second and fourth fridays of every month.

SHOW NOTES:
-You can read Viz Media’s release of Weekly Shonen Jump chapters HERE
-You can buy Hoop Men in Japanese digitally HERE
-No direct recommended reading for this episode, so here’s something I enjoyed reading recently: “All Folks Bright and Beautiful: The casual gender diversity of Heaven’s Design Team” by Dee over on Anime Feminist
-You can find me on twitter @MaxytheBee
You can support me and the show over on Ko-Fi for as little as £3. Every bit helps. YOU CAN NOW REQUEST A SMALL MESSAGE FOR THE SHOW USING THIS NOW TOO!

Friendship! Effort! Victory! Episode 02 – Black Clover

Jump’s best series gets gushed about by a Jump fan with a mild cold

art by Yuki Tabata. 2015

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What is Black Clover?: Black Clover is the sophomore title of one Yuki Tabata, serialised in Weekly Shonen Jump from 2015 to the present day. It tells the story of a young orphan boy without any magical ability, Asta, as he aims to become the Wizard King. It’s also my absolute favourite Weekly Shonen Jump series currently running in the magazine, so here’s me gushing about it for 40 minutes.

What is Friendship! Effort! Victory!: Friendship! Effort! Victory! (or FEV for short) is a podcast about the various titles in Weekly Shonen Jump’s 50+ year history. It used to exist about half a decade ago, and it exists again now, with new episodes coming out on the second and fourth fridays of every month.

SHOW NOTES:
-You can buy Viz Media’s release of Weekly Shonen Jump HERE
-You can buy Black Clover in English HERE (Physical), and HERE (Digital)
-You can buy Black Clover in Japanese HERE (Digital)
-Recommended reading for this episode: “Black Clover is Actually About Noelle” by Peter Fobian
-I have been on TWO episodes of excellent podcast and friend of the show Manga Mavericks to talk about Black Clover, and you can find even more of my enthusiastic opinions there! Here’s ONE, and here’s THE OTHER!
-You can find me on twitter @MaxytheBee
You can support me and the show over on Ko-Fi for as little as £3. Every bit helps.

Friendship! Effort! Victory! Episode 01 – Intro to Weekly Shonen Jump

A new beginning. But like, for something old.

The first and latest Weekly Shonen Jump covers

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What is Weekly Shonen Jump?: Well, that’s what this podcast aims to answer, at least in the most basic of ways. In this first episode focusing specifically on Weekly Shonen Jump itself I intend to introduce you to some basic information about the magazine, as well as a little bit of mythbusting and some personal info about my history with the magazine, and some of my favourite titles!

What is Friendship! Effort! Victory!: Friendship! Effort! Victory! (or FEV for short) is a podcast about the various titles in Weekly Shonen Jump’s 50+ year history. It used to exist about half a decade ago, and it exists again now, with new episodes coming out on the second and fourth fridays of every month.

SHOW NOTES:
-You can buy Viz Media’s release of Weekly Shonen Jump HERE
-You can buy Japanese volumes of Weekly Shonen Jump series HERE
-Recommended viewing for this episode is YonkouProd’s “The History of Weekly Shonen Jump
-You can support this show and myself by dropping a few quid into my Ko-Fi account.

Review: The King of Fighters: A New Beginning volume 1

cover art by Kyōtarō Azuma

The King of Fighters: A New Beginning volume 1
Story by: Kyōtarō Azuma/SNK
Art by: Kyōtarō Azuma
Serialised in Monthly Shonen Sirius
Published by Kodansha, 2018
Copy purchased from eBookJapan

When there’s no one left to fight
Boys like him don’t shine so bright
Soon as I see the dust settle
He’s out on the town tryin’ to find trouble
Sticks and Stones‘ by Jamie T, 2009

What is it?: The King of Fighters: A New Beginning is the manga adaptation slash expansion of SNK’s 2016 return to fighting games, The King of Fighters XIV, taking what had been a fairly loose first entry in a new storyline and fleshing it out into a full tournament storyline, exploring the fights and backstory of The King of Fighters tournament, with a particular focus on Shun’ei and his Team China, and series veteran Kyo Kusanagi and his Team Japan, as well as a surprising change with Samurai Shodown’s Nakoruru, now an outside spectator observing a strange phenomenom in the sky involving dead spirits (which was a part of her appearance in KoF XIV, but she was also an explicit participant in the tournament, something seemingly absent in this telling).

More than anything it’s good times and good fights between mountains of SNK’s most-beloved characters and fresh faces, as they all compete to be THE KING OF FIGHTERS.

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