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Obviously I rounded 4 years=200 chapters and counted Beelzebub in. And I think one can agree that 9 out of 20 (or 10 out of 21) is close from the half.
So I will rephrase almost half of the magazine consists in series older than 4 years...
Could anyone tell me what it was that happenede between the mangaka of Fist of the North Star and City Hunter and Jump? I mean this is the first I've heard of it.
Hara and Hōjō both had the same editor back in the days, a man called Horie Nobuhiko. Horie would later rise up and become Weekly Shōnen JUMP’s fifth generation Editor-in-chief (from 1993-1996). Needlessly to say, those three were peas in a pot and shared quite a similar taste in manga and became very good friends over the years.
Fact is, all three were ousted by Shūeisha or at least felt like it. – And from what I heard and read I’m 100%ly on their side. (Admittedly, as a fan I’m probably a tad biased… )
Let me reconstruct Hōjō’s situation shortly as an example:
Hōjō had been with JUMP since 1981. His very first series, “Cat’s ♥ Eye”, became a major hit (18 volumes, over 18 million copies sold, a TV anime and even a movie adaption should speak for themselves!). His next work “City Hunter” (35 volumes, 35 million sold copies) became an even bigger hit and remains to this day one of the most notorious manga series of the 80’s. But despite the massive economic success of the series, City Hunter never really clicked with the magazine readers. Thus, the TOC rankings were quite bad. – As a consequence of this, CH was axed in 1991. What’s even worse: the editorial department told Hōjō (a veteran of the magazine with great achievements for JUMP) about that decision only 4 weeks in advance! (Most importantly, Hōjō had absolutely no intention of finishing his series at that point; quite contrary really. This is why he went on to create “Angel Heart” later on, because he felt like he still had lots of stories to tell.)
After this episode, Hōjō really grew tired of action series. But that didn’t work out with JUMP. His nature-loving supernatural drama “Komorebi no moto de…” crashed and burned in like… 25 chapters or so. (Which is outrageous because Komorebi was actually a pretty awesome series.)
As a result he was pushed by his then-editor [no longer Horie who’d been promoted to E-i-C] to create yet another action series, which Hōjō reluctantly did. But the series in question, an action comedy with some crime and medicine elements by the name “Rash!!”, felt half-assed from the very beginning. Logical consequence: Rash!! got the ax after 16 chapters.
It was then that Hōjō became really frustrated with JUMP. He did not enjoy working for Shūeisha under the given circumstances, grew tired of drawing manga altogether and seriously considered quitting his career as a mangaka!
The thing that ultimately put him off was when his next series, a family drama about love in various shapes (touching upon such delicate and dodgy topics as homosexuality and transvestitism), entitled “F.COMPO” got rejected by JUMP, because they did not want their readers to get in touch with these kinds of topics. – So they moved it to a Seinen mag.
Hōjō ultimately told himself: “If I don’t have any fun with this series either, I’m gonna quit for real!”
Luckily he rediscovered his passion for manga and parted ways with Shūeisha in the year 2000. Hōjō and his friends Hara, Horie and Kamiya Akira (the godlike seiyū legend who voiced the likes of Kenshirō and Saeba Ryō) went on and founded the stock-corporation Coamix. They set up a brand new editorial department there and distributed together with the Shinchōsha Publishing Co., Ltd. the magazine Monthly Comic Bunch.
But wouldn't you say Shueisha/WSJ staff was impartial? I mean City Hunter did last a long time, though it sold well it wasnt doing good in TOCs so it got cut, nothing new here, even mangas like Saint Seiya (from a very importan established author) got cancelled.
Here is more of the story
You can say they're impartial but it seems there's a history of frustration with the TOC rating system and how it can often guide kids to vote for what's in the front of the book, or even to skip the back of the book entirely (I think this may actually be related to why Jaguar was a mainstay in the backpages for, what, all of its ten years. was it? It's like a measure to combat that aspect, perhaps. But even with that, it's a pretty brutal system for authors.
Nisekoi volume 7 release date moved from May → June
Kiruko-san volume 2 is now scheduled for → May
Well I'm under the impression volume 2 will be the final one at this rate, so that's... nice?
I wonder what got Nisekoi pushed back a month, though.
The writer of Shokugeki no Souma will be appearing on Jump Bang next week (here is a picture of his face)
Y'know, if I was a girl, I'd be creeped out that guy is actually a (former) hentai artist. I mean, seriously. If I gave him a short glance I wouldn't have thought he was one. I mean, his face is pretty attractive, so one would seriously get creeped out the moment a fairly attractive-looking guy turned out to be a hentai artist