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Magi is one of the manga stories out there at the moment. Art, stories, characters, everything is superb. The story is both amusing and thought provoking. I believe it will become one of the "big 3"
Magi SHOULD be, but as someone who loves it enough to call it my favorite I don't think it will ever reach the same popularity of the "big 3" current mangas. Fairy Tail is the closest to being one, and even that manga's prolonged existence is questioned if you follow it currently. For some reason though, magi appears to be wildly popular sales-wise, yet on these english speaking forums it doesn't even get a fraction of the discussion. Some people before have said that they didn't like the art, but could one really say that the art is the selling point of Naruto or One Piece? And the storyline is quite honestly far more interesting than Naruto and Bleach in my opinion. But for now, no other manga gets anywhere near the discussion of the "big three" and that will probably linger for a few months after each of them ends.
I think that the biggest problem with Magi becoming a high discussion manga though is the maturity of it. The fanservice in this manga is not as eye-rollingly intentional as a manga like Kenichi or sometimes Fairy Tail because it's part of the culture and geographic area this manga takes place in. Also, not everyone wants to discuss politics and ethics, despite how brilliantly they are tied into a fantasy world. Everyone here has been mature enough to talk about it in a productive way, but can you imagine how the discussion will go if you get some true ideologues jumping into it? Ugh.
And btw, is it just me or do we cherish the integrity of the anime more than we would for other animes? I for one sort of fear any filler arcs, though I could see how they may handle it. The ability to keep adding fillers endlessly due to how open-ended some of the big three are seems to have helped prolong their popularity (except for Bleach, fullbringers felt like filler and the fans agreed).
Last edited by obamamania; January 10, 2014 at 02:06 PM.
Big 3 exists only in Shonen Jump, well existed. You could say there is a big 2 with OP and Naruto but Bleach is not as popular as before. I find Magi way better than Naruto and like it a little more than One Piece. It deserves to be more popular.
Magi should be included in the Big three
and probably replace naruto
I prefer Magi then FT on being the closest one too take one of the Big Three thrones
regarding the WSJ topic, I don't think it would do good for Magi to change its publisher/serialization(?) to WSJ. Magi is currently doing good in its current serialization company. I also don't know if belonging to top serialization companies as WSJ would make a manga prosper or be more popular.
It up to us fans to promote and spread the love for Magi so that it would be recognize by the whole world
If only we could make other manga lovers open their eyes on the important issues Magi includes in its arc, then there's a greater possibility for the manga to be running for a long time such as Naruto, Inuyasha and such.
Too bad, it has been said that Magi is halfway on its conclusion. <<<- I hope not
1. Bleach hasn't been popular in Japan for a long time.
2. Magi doesn't run in Weekly Shonen Jump so it can't be considered Big 3 in the first place.
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Also why would Shonen Sunday give up their biggest success in forever to their direct competitor? I mean seriously?
it does sound unlikely the more i think about it
just did some research
it seems case closed, ranma 1/2 and inu yasha wee the previous big dogs for shonen sunday
compared to the ridiculous names that wsj has had.... only inu yasha and magi compare in popularity
i do agree that its highly unlikely shonen sunday would sell its cash cow, wsj is on a different level
if they wanted it bad enough they could probably afford it
with that being said i am going to buy the actual volumes not the weekly serialized magazine
so it doesnt matter to me, im fine with magi being in shonen sunday
Last edited by REN KOUEN; January 11, 2014 at 09:16 PM.
For example, can you imagine DC Comics selling Batman to Marvel?
It's the same type of deal and a bizarre thing to even bring up.
But Sunday has had PLENTY more series that are very popular. Magi and Inuyasha are hardly on a league of their own.
I mean what about Detective Conan, Major, and Gash Bell and a ton more?
Last edited by Rica_Patin; January 11, 2014 at 09:30 PM.
"Big 3" was a term invented by the western audience anyway, it holds absolutely no meaning in Japan. The comparison to One Piece, Naruto or whatever is totally unnecessary anyway. Magi will stay at Shounen Sunday until it's finished, changing publishers (from Shogakukan to Shueisha) midway is nothing I ever heard of and it's not like I would want that to happen anyway. Let Ohtaka do what she want at Sunday, the series is totally fine where it is.
If you want to compare anything, do it by sales. One Piece and Shingeki no Kyojin are the current top-sellers, by far, followed by Naruto, Hunter x Hunter and Kimi ni Todoke. There are a bunch of series selling a bit less, but still with incredibly high sales, like Saint Young Men, Gin no Saji, Assassination Classroom, Sakamoto Desu Ga, Kuroko no Basket, Ao no Exorcist, Terra Formars and Bleach. Besides a short peak, Magi is a bit below them, selling around 500-600k. Totally fine sales, around the same league as the series mentioned above. In terms of sales for the whole year of 2013 it even was the 4th best-selling series with around 7 million copies.
So yep, it's already plenty popular in Japan. Will it ever reach series like Naruto or Kimi Ni Todoke, or even Shingeki? I highly doubt it but if it doesn't happen there's nothing to frown about, the current sales are perfectly fine. If they get even better that would be a nice extra, but nothing we should expect.
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