Category Archives: CULTURE

The Museum of Accidents Offers a Glimpse into Japanese Introspection

Accidents will happen. Mistakes will be made. It’s an unavoidable part of life. But what’s important is how we reflect on those mistakes and learn from them. Japan’s train industry, responsible for transporting millions of people each day, understandably takes safety very seriously. And their introspection and dedication to not repeating the past was on […]

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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

    

Girls' Frontline Unofficial Type 89 T-Doll

Source: Supaku Blog
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So I asked my friend (potegeron) to redesign Supaku Blog’s mascot into the unofficial Type 89/89式小銃 T-Doll based on Girls’ Frontline/Dolls’ Frontline. She still retains her original previous looks except for her combat outfit and assault rifle.

Leilani Hikaru/レイラニヒカル will no longer be her name. But, she will exist as an entirely different alternative version. Her redesign is to also fit with Supaku Blog’s theme (instead of just white and black).

(If you are curious, unlike her original non-combatant school uniform, she is “body armor equipped” which hides her oppai. In other words, she’s not flat chested.)

Here are her behind-the-scenes concept sketches during our development discussion. Due to his very busy schedule, it took quite a while.

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For more details or art about Supaku Blog’s mascot, feel free to check out her Character section. …continue reading

    

Tokyo Ghoul:re 2nd Season Episode 1 Impression

Source: Supaku Blog
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On this episode, the CCG starts raiding against the Aogiri Tree’s headquarters. Meanwhile, Eto’s past events gets revealed.

First off, the opening is so terrible and they apparently even skipped a lot of the manga. It doesn’t make any sense for anyone who didn’t read the manga or is fully aware of the timeline. Also, this is probably going to be the worse Tokyo Ghoul season and especially it’s an “anime adaptation” based on the “manga”. But, then again, they’re rushing badly because of the 12 episodes limit. Other than that, I may sadly drop this second season. Overall, terrible opening and disappointing rush.

Conclusion: Terrible opening and disappointing rush. …continue reading

    

Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken Episode 2 Impression

Source: Supaku Blog
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On this episode, Rimuru continues to talk and plan with his dragon friend. Later, he encounters other people.

The pacing for this episode was kinda sloe. But, it was still enjoyable since it develops a serious plot for our male lead. Also, it was nice to see how Rimuru develop more of his abilities and friendship with the dragon. Other than that, I can’t wait to see the coming big action. Now what will happen next? Overall, enjoyable story development for a coming action plot.

Conclusion: Enjoyable story development for a coming action plot. …continue reading