- Oct 5, 2017
- Reaction score
As you can see by this huge chart, quite a few series have had the honor of gracing the pages of Weekly Young Jump during 2018. Despite the many new serializations that premiered this year, the big winners continue to be the old guard, with Kingdom remaining just as prominent as ever, Golden Kamuy getting its second anime season, and Kaguya recently being awarded an anime adaptation of its own. The gap in chronological order between established series continues to grow wider as many of the new serializations fail to take off, leaving quite a gap between Black Night Parade and Dorokei that is only filled by Snack Basue and Diner (the latter of which has recently been dropping in the TOC).
WYJ had the most new series out of all the magazines that I analyzed, with a whopping 21 new series premiering in 2018 (and that's essentially 23 since 2 other series premiered in the final issue of 2017). All but 3 are still around (5 including the 2 series I previously mentioned), but an additional 3 have irregular serializations. The big winner for 2018 new serializations was Dorokei, which will already be receiving a live-action adaptation in the upcoming year. Besides that, most of the rest have been pretty quiet or are still too new to get a good feel on how they'll do. There's a decent chance that Batuque will last a while given the author's popularity and veteran status, as will the Kaguya spin-off survive as long as the main series succeeds. A total of 14 series concluded during 2018, including a couple of big ones like Tokyo Ghoul:re and Usogui, so there are some big shoes left to fill.
Now for the stats: The most color pages was awarded to Dorokei with a total of 9, just barely edging out Rikudou and Bungo's 8 each. Out of all these series, only 1 managed to have perfect attendance (appearing in all 48 issues), and that honor goes to the little gag comedy Snack Basue. Honorable mention goes to Rikudou for only missing 1 issue this year. The series with the highest standard deviation (lower = TOC position changes less each week; higher = TOC position changes more each week) was Fushigi no Kuni no Namie-san. The lowest standard deviation in a positive way went to Golden Kamuy and in a negative way goes to Baton no Hoshi, who appears to be a future bottom-dweller.
Looking ahead to 2019, I'm betting that WYJ will continue to be a constant revolving door of new serialization. It seems like they really have an issue with getting series to stick around long-term. Hopefully my beloved Sankaku Head's new serialization, Made in Hikkomuse, will find success similar to what Umaru had while it was around. I think Kaguya should see a spike in sales with its anime adaptation, and justifiably so. I think a lot of the series that premiered in 2018 probably won't survive to see the end of 2019, but I think most (if not all) of the old guard will live to see 2020. Do you think WYJ has any new series that could become big hits? If so, please let me know. Hopefully they'll be able to find a couple more series to become permanent additions during 2019!