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Beamcast – August 23

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In this week’s show:

News
One Piece volume 59 sets first-week sales record of 1.85 million copies sold
Dragon Ball Z Kai premieres on Toonzai
Love Hina one-shot in September
Pyuu to Fuku! Jaguar ends

Licensing announcement
Viz: Nurarihyon no Mago (Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan)

Weekly Oricon rankings (8/2 – 8/8; 8/9 – 8/15)

New releases

[last week]
20th Century Boys (vol. 10) $12.99
Vagabond (vol. 32) $9.95

[this week]
Bleach (DVD 31) $24.99
FMA: Brotherhood Part 2 (Blu-ray) $54.98
FMA: Brotherhood Part 2 (DVD) $49.98
Genshiken DX (DVD) $34.99

Discussion / Weekly Poll
Which ending of these manga series did you enjoy the most?
(Cross Game, Death Note, FMA, Love Hina, Rurouni Kenshin, Shaman King, Slam Dunk)

The Great Shonen Tier List

Discussion (Freiza vs. Bleach characters, Orochimaru vs. Jiraiya)

Re-tiered this week:
Kuchiki Byakuya (Bleach)

Introduced this week:
Namikaze Minato / Fourth Hokage (Naruto)
Urahara Kisuke (Bleach)
Brook (One Piece)
Hiei (YuYu Hakusho)
Cell (Dragon Ball)
Giorno Giovanna (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)

Anime Discussion
Highschool of the Dead (ep. 6-7)
Seitokai Yakuindomo (ep. 7)
Legend of the Legendary Heroes (ep. 7-8)
Nurarihyon no Mago (ep.6-7)

This Week in Manga
0:47:52 – Soul Eater 77
0:54:25 – Kure-nai 33
0:56:59 – Sankarea 9
0:59:55 – Naruto 506
1:02:49 – Bleach 416
1:08:35 – One Piece 596
1:18:10 – Bakuman 97
1:22:09 – Beelzebub 73
1:26:35 – Fairy Tail 196
1:29:22 – Hayate no Gotoku! 284
1:32:39 – Kekkaishi 316
1:34:56 – History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 394
1:39:36 – Toriko 105-106
1:43:51 – The World God Only Knows 110
1:45:40 – Mahou Sensei Negima! 299
1:49:10 – Psyren 130
1:51:11 – Zettai Karen Children 226-227
1:54:07 – AR∀GO 31
1:56:15 – GE ~ Good Ending 46-47
2:01:27 – Metallica Metalluca 11
2:04:34 – SWOT 6-7
2:09:15 – Deadman Wonderland 37
2:10:36 – Gintama 319
2:12:21 – Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 302
2:14:14 – Kimi no Iru Machi 101
2:15:39 – Nurarihyon no Mago 117-118

Chapters of the Week

Final Flash

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Hunter x Hiatus (Again)

May 26, 2010 6 comments

News in Issue #26 of Weekly Shonen Jump indicates that Togashi Yoshihiro’s Hunter x Hunter will once again be going on indefinite hiatus beginning in the following issue. This news is not surprising to any longtime fans of the series, as Togashi has frequently taken breaks for unconfirmed reasons. Rumors abound as to the reasons for so much time off, ranging from a serious medical condition to personal issues regarding the merchandising of his works to an overwhelming, life-ruling love for the Dragon Quest series of video games. These rumors are all speculation (well, except for his love of DQ), so it’s difficult to formulate an opinion of Togashi as a mangaka. Is he lazy for taking so much time off? Is he brave for drawing as much as he can while his health allows him? Is he foolish for not expecting Shueisha to capitalize on the popularity of his series, given that he previously wrote the successful YuYu Hakusho?

Regardless of the reasons for his absences, Hunter x Hunter and its fans have suffered. This most recent run of HxH began this year, in Issue 5-6 (double issue), 2010, with chapter 291. Issue 26 contains chapter 310, the last chapter before the new hiatus. In that span of 20 chapters, we’ve seen two major, conclusive fights (Netero vs. the King, Gon vs. Pitou), two minor fights (Killua vs. Palm, Ikarugo vs. Werefin), one huge plot point (Kaito), some other minor / inconclusive action (various people vs. Pouf, King vs. Melereon & Knuckle, the “game”), and whatever the hell chapter 299 was.

This run for HxH has actually been one of the better ones. 20 chapters is enough for two volumes, an improvement from Togashi’s recent tendency to release one volume’s worth at a time. Also, the amount of action and plot advancement in those 20 chapters would be considered good for most shonen series, and is laudable when compared to other HxH runs, but this Chimera Ant arc began way back at the end of chapter 185. 125 chapters in WSJ without breaks would span over two and a half years, and would clearly be considered a long arc for any series. In terms of publishing schedule, though, Hunter x Hunter isn’t just any series; chapter 185 ran in Issue 28, 2003. Seven years ago. This arc has continued for seven years, but without the satisfaction of actually progressing through plot along the way. That, combined with the fact that some of the characters who helped the series reach its peak in popularity (Kurapica, Hisoka) aren’t even in this arc, makes for a frustrated audience.

Even when the series is running, it may not provide a fully enjoyable manga-reading experience. Since he began his frequent hiatuses, Togashi’s returns have sometimes been marred by poor artwork. Here is a comparison of an earlier chapter, when he was releasing at a reasonable rate, with a chapter in the hiatus-intense years. (Click images for full size.)

Chapter 127, Page 2

Chapter 252, Page 12

Clearly, at his best, Togashi is a talented artist, and to his credit, he cleans up his work and creates proper art for volume releases. That said, sketches like this, for which he has become infamous, are unacceptable for a series in a major shonen magazine, let alone one by an established mangaka.

Most glaring, though, are the hiatuses themselves. Here are the shocking statistics:

  • From its debut (Issue 14, 1998) to present day (Issue 26, 2010), Hunter x Hunter has been absent from Weekly Shonen Jump 276 times.
  • The longest hiatus was 79 straight missed issues (2006-2007).
  • The series was absent the most in 2009, missing 46 of 48 issues that year.
  • There have been 585 issues of Weekly Shonen Jump since HxH began; Togashi has missed over 47% of them.
  • Given 48 issues of Jump in one calendar year, that’s 5.75 publishing years missed.
  • By comparison, One Piece (debut: Issue 34, 1997) has missed 33 issues to date. Naruto (debut: Issue 43, 1999) has missed 19 issues to date. Amazingly, KochiKame, which began in Issue 42, 1976, has never missed a single week!

Of course, most of these figures will be obsolete beginning in a couple weeks, as yet another hiatus begins. The future of the series remains worrisome, not in terms of publication (Shueisha is unlikely to choose now to cancel the series, over any other opportunities it has had to do so) but in terms of the story. For all these shortcomings and legitimate issues, Togashi remains a creative and engaging author who devises fascinating stories, clever powers and fighting styles, and interesting characters. His biggest failing is an inability to see his ideas through to an acceptable conclusion, as was evidenced by the end of YuYu Hakusho, and as has been unfolding before us for years now with Hunter x Hunter. Feeling appropriately frustrated, some fans have called for the series to end with the climax of this arc, but that would be a disservice both to those who have stuck with the series through all the delays and scribble-art, and to Togashi’s own unresolved plot. Other fans clamor for Togashi to hand artistic duties over to another mangaka and concentrate on the writing, which Togashi surely is unwilling to do, or it would have happened years ago.

In any case, Hunter x Hunter deserves a proper finale beyond this arc. Will Gon ever find his dad? Will Kurapica ever achieve the full extent of his revenge? Will Leorio ever… matter? This series is too good to die without suitable resolution for its most important storylines, but whether said resolution is acceptable or otherwise, it seems we’ll be waiting quite some time before we get there.

Source: Jump Intelligence Agency

Sket Dance Wins Shogakukan Award

January 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Sket Dance, a Weekly Shonen Jump comedy series by Shinohara Kenta, has won the 55th Shogakukan Manga Award in the Shonen category for the year 2009. Sket Dance follows the adventures of the “Sket-Dan,” a small group dedicated to helping students and staff of their school. The character traits and interplay between the group members meshes well with strong comedy writing, which is sometimes appropriately counterbalanced with heartfelt story arcs. Sket Dance has been running in Jump since 2007 but has yet to receive similar recognition from Western audiences as other Jump series, or indeed series in rival magazines. Fan scanlations for the series have fallen behind, and at the time of writing, Sket Dance doesn’t even have a page on Wikipedia.

That said, receiving such a prestigious award is a fantastic honor for the series and could be the sign of a surge in relevance in the next couple years. Volume 11 of Sket Dance debuted at #11 on the Weekly Oricon charts with over 100,000 units sold. Sket Dance also recently received a drama CD, which is typically intended as a precursor to an anime adaptation. Two other Jump series, Bakuman and Nurarihyon no Mago, already have anime adaptations in development, while Toriko received a short OVA for Jump Festa; it would not be surprising if more anime announcements were forthcoming, and Sket Dance would certainly be deserving of consideration. Furthermore, recently-formed scanlation group Iconoclast has announced Sket Dance as its first project.

Sket Dance is now in elite company as only the eighth Jump series to receive this particular award from Shogakukan, the publisher of major magazine rival Weekly Shonen Sunday. The other seven series (and the year they won the award): Play Ball (1976, tie), Dr. Slump (1981), Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin (1986), YuYu Hakusho (1993), Slam Dunk (1994), Hikaru no Go (1999, tie), and Bleach (2004).

Source: Shogakukan, Oricon