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There is most definitely a market change, though probably not as drastic as some are making it sound. It's easier to say that they just need gold to strike, but this issue won't really come into play until at least both Naruto and Bleach are gone. I will say though, currently the magazine as a whole doesn't really speak to me as much. Many of the manga I've read have ended and I'm just hanging onto Bleach/Naruto/One Piece and Souma. I've tried what is there, but it just doesn't stick with me.
It's definitely true that the newer generation of readers don't tend to like the old fashioned battle manga such as Bleach and Naruto. Even the relatively newer action manga such as Toriko and FT haven't even reached where Reborn was in its peak. You could say that for almost 20-25 years, the battle manga genre has been exhausted.
The new generation tends to like more gritty type of series such as Shingeki, Terra Formars or something that is very different in approach (unorthodox) like AC, Soma etc.
At least that's what I feel.
Makes me wonder how IR and SS would do in the coming weeks since they both seem to be going for the battle manga approach.
Out of 21 current ongoing series (including HxH), there are 10 action series (I included AC because I think it is action series; not pure action series, though) and I think this is enough action series in one magazine.
Is it like people who argue more action series believe that Jump needs more than 10 action series? And people who argue the trend shift argues that Jump used to have more than 10 action series in their magazine before?
Throughout seeing the comments about Jump needs more action series and the trend has been changed, I begin to wonder this.
I have a question: Aren't sports series pretty much action as well? Sure, some of them might be more slice-of-life orientated, but aren't they also focused on external conflict, much like battle manga?
Since everyone talks about whether it needs more action or the trend changed, then maybe it is good idea to see the past ToC (from 2000 to 2010 (not 2011, 2012, 2013 since those are pretty rencet)). I'm not going to upload all of them (that's way too much ), so I'm going to upload Issue 17 ones since Issue 17 is most recent issue for 2014. Firstlt here is ToC for Issue 17 for this year:
Issue 17 (2014):
Kuroko no Basuke (Cover, Lead CP)
Shokugeki no Souma
Peach Pluck (CP, One Shot)
Tokyo Wonder Boys
Funny Honey (One Shot)
Isobe Isobee Monogatari
Saiki Kusou no Sainan
And, now here is Issue 17 ToC from 2000 to 2010:
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Not counting Iron Knight and the new serializations, we have One Piece, Naruto, Bleach, Toriko and World Trigger. Among these 5, 3 are more than 570 chapters old and World Trigger is barely doing well.
Not including Iron Knight since we all know it would get cancelled eventually.
The other manga such as AC, Soma, KnB, HQ!! can all come under unorthodox battle manga(I count sports as unorthodox). But that would be the point, they aren't your typical battle manga which JUMP seems to not have much these days.
The remaining TOC's from 2011- 2013 are below (Thought I'd help Kaizou a bit)
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We've been seeing big changes to the wsj line up already, after so many years where nothing managed to stick.
Bleach and Naruto aren't old fashioned at all. They don't really feel different in structure at all to newer series like Toriko or Fairy Tail.
Also, I think it's entirely untrue that readers are tending to prefer more grittier series, yes Shingeki no Kyojin is a huge success, but at the same time, there's lots of more traditional shonen battle manga that are very popular as well, like Nanatsu no Taizai and Magi.
Also, I don't think you can bring up Terra ForMars (or Tokyo Ghoul) as an example as it runs in an entirely different demographic to the manga we are talking about.