Chapter 24: Notebooks and Characters
Words of wisdom...and the seed of change.
Young dreams and the will and determination to change the future are a great thing, and that is what we get from this chapter; well the beginning of that change happens in this chapter.
Yujiro is surprised by Eiji newly found enthusiasm toward improving his style and the quality of his work; and that is by attending meetings with Yujiro and by making mangas that will keep the interest of the readers. Even though Yujiro is worried by his promise that Eiji is allowed to cancel one manga if he succeeds and becomes number one in the industry.
Well, it is only natural for him to think this, since it is not fair that Eiji be allowed to cancel something that he doesn't like just because he doesn't like.
And then we get Fukuda's opinion on why the Manga industry, or to be more precise, Jump is not as good as it can be. The problem in the organization of the Jump magazine, as explained by Fukuda, is the order of the mangas.
The most popular mangas are always placed first, and the least popular mangas are always placed last, and logically in between is the medium popular mangas. Thus the general reader will be gently forced (for the lack of a better word) to read the most popular and skip the least popular.
As well, the Mangas that go into weekly or monthly Jump are the most popular in the questionnaires. But the same problem is that the order of to-be mangas are still made in a way that make people read them by peer pressure, which destroys any chance for any other over-looked manga that can be quite epic.
Luckily, The logical solution to these problems is to reverse or to randomize the order of the mangas, which would makes sense, since this way, the most popular, is either left for last or mix in between.
However, there is another problem that arises from popularity which is the pace of the first 3 or 5 chapters of any newly published manga. If the popularity sinks while the manga is still in the first 3 chapters, then it is canceled, thus forcing the author to speed up the beginning to attract as many readers as possible. Although some authors might like to start on a fast pace, others will prefer to start things in a slower pace and build a better and more sentimental climax.
Now we get to the main point of this chapter: the reason why many authors have great ideas for mangas. And the reason is very simple, as they begin drawing simple mangas ever since they are kids, thus their creativity increases and there art style improve greatly. Fukuda and Eiji drew draft mangas when they were kids, and so did Saiko. But he had forgotten that because he left drawing manga ever since his uncle died. And that is where his "gold" mine lies, and also benefits Takagaki, as they are a team of course.
Also, as another development for Nakai, we see further proof of his skill in drawing backgrounds and tones, something that amazes Eiji. As well, he appears to be infected with the love of changing Jump and getting serialized as the three competitors.
Ratings: 10/10. The chapter was great, as it gave more insight on a Mangaka's ordeals, goals and creativity to those who don't know about them, me included.
Predictions: we'll see Mashiro and Takagi formulate plans again, this time to take Jump by surprise and gain more popularity.
Also, Thanks to Raysen_ht for making the point of the order of Mangas in the questionnaires clearer to me