It's not like action adventure titles stopped being popular as a whole. When I look at the Japanese Comic Rankings I see Naruto, One Piece, and Bleach all sitting very close to the top. I suspect it's just more of a feature of failing to find the right story with the right characters for that story. The number #1 requirement of a good action/adventure is capturing people's imagination. I've given a try to almost every action series Jump has greenlighted in recent years and I just thought most weren't good enough.
Jump doesn't really have to rush things though. As long as they've got One Piece jump will sell to action fans , when Bleach and Naruto shuts down they can take their time filling that vacuum. And it will probably be easier for a new series to get established in the rankings after that anyway.
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Illegal Rare and Stealth Symphony seem really good, so we are about to see a real test of my hypothesis?
Serializing the action series comes with pretty high risk.
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For the action series to surivive, it needs to show the attractive MC, the cool power, interesting world, and intereting topic within first few chapters. That's why the action series considers the double-edged sword.
But if you compare the Japanese comic rankings now with those of 2008 they don't really have more action series or more variety. They look about the same as far as I can tell.
I don't see any reason to think there has been a market shift. Just a dry spell for series with that kind of potential. I mean, great series do not come along every day or even every year and when they do sometimes Jump isn't the one that gets them. This isn't anybody's fault or something that Jump is in any way responsible for. It's just the way the cookie crumbles.
Would Jump have liked to get more recent action series like Nanatsu no Taizai or UQ Holder? Probably, but they didn't. Thems the breaks.
Nanatsu no Taizai and UQ Holder are hard to discuss because we don't know it they would survive in Jump, which has a completly different system.
See for yourself. Dragon Ball and Yu Yu Hakusho were exactly 6 years apart. With another 4 years until Ruroni Kenshin.
Strictly speaking the anomaly was hitting with One Piece, Naruto, and Bleach as close together as they did.
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Naruto and Bleach may be ending but they aren't over yet. Until they are actually over there really is no need to do an push for action series. Right now, I think the Jump editors are just throwing stuff at the wall and seeing what sticks(how else do you wind up with 2 cooking mangas). If a new action/adventure series sticks, great . But if it doesn't that doesn't seem like a huge area of concern until those long running series actually end.
It's like in football when a team doesn't have a pressing need in the draft. They draft the best player available. I think, that's exactly what Jump is doing.
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