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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Comics I Read: Grand Jump 2018 Edition

cover art by Yoichi Takahashi

As of writing this piece, I’ve been reading Grand Jump for 15 issues, released twice a month since September last year, and it’s been an interesting journey compared to our last highlight for these, Weekly Shonen Sunday, being a magazine aimed at a much older audience; that of older Japanese businessmen (though as with all demographic stuff, this is largely an arbitrary designation). This means that the content is aimed at a much more mature audience, and presumably a more intelligent breed, doing away with the furigana (hiragana above kanji) that’s helped me keep my head juuuust about above water when reading, and as such I’m usually up s**t creek without a paddle reading this stuff.

But I’m nothing if not stubborn, and equipped with both a decent ability to kind of work stuff out visually when my own brain and dictionary/vocab reference lets me down, and manage to read some eleven of the magazine’s twenty(ish) series on a regular basis, all of which I’m going to talk about at some short length below. The vast majority of these aren’t talked about in western comics circles, and so I really wanna shed light on what are some of my all-time favourite comics. Let’s go.

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