Shonen Jump’s in a Good Place

Shonen Jump 50th Anniversary Exhibit promo

4 years ago at New York Comic-Con, VIZ Media had a panel called “The Future of Weekly Shonen Jump.” At the time, the days of Naruto and BLEACH were about to come to an end. New hit titles like Assassination Classroom, Nisekoi and World Trigger were the rage even if their runs wouldn’t be lengthy (or become uncertain in the case of World Trigger). There was discussion about what would come for the magazine as international barriers continue to be broken and access to manga was becoming easier for overseas readers. One Japanese editor saying that they want to continue impressing global readers with stories they’ve never seen before.

All I can say today is that Shonen Jump’s as vibrant as ever and not just because it’s celebrating 50 years of publication. I look at today’s lineup of Weekly Shonen Jump titles and I think it’s one of the more diverse group of titles out there for a wide variety of readers.

This is a list of what’s being published (not counting anything that started publishing in 2018 or is on hiatus/published irregularly):

One Piece
My Hero Academia
Haikyuu!!
Black Clover
The Promised Neverland
Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
We Never Learn
Dr. Stone
Hinomaru Zumo
Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs

On the American version of Weekly Shonen Jump, you have titles like Blue Exorcist, One Punch-Man, Seraph of the End, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc V joining the fray.

This is an amazing time to be a Shonen Jump fan. There’s a good reason why it was voted the 2nd best manga magazine in the 2018 edition of Kono Manga ga Sugoi!, a magazine that takes a look at what manga is popular among Japanese readers nationwide. Shonen Jump right now has something for everyone. Mainstream hits, romantic comedies, suspense thrillers, fanservice, off-the-beat action titles – Jump has …continue reading