If you’re wondering why I’m posting the ToC for this week and haven’t yet done Under Your Radar, that would be because I was really busy on Tuesday and haven’t had a spare moment since. I’m also going on a 2-day vacation tomorrow, during which I will get the opportunity to watch the first Madoka Magica movie. As a result, Did Not Finish has been delayed again. Sorry about that. I’ll probably write up a post on what I intend to do with the column now that it’s been delayed so consistently rather soon.
I was planning on starting on the shows that are ending now on next week’s Under Your Radar, so this delay is a real pain. In any case, the ToC for this week are really different from normal, but I’ll let the results speak for themselves.
Japanese Issue 16
Gin Tama (Cover, Lead Colour)
3. Assassination Classroom
4. The Disaster of Psi Kusuo Saiki
Shokugeki no Sōma (Center Colour)
World Trigger (Chapter 6)
One Piece (Absent)
Enmusubi no Kami Makkei (One-Shot, Center Colour)
5. Nisekoi: False Love
6. Kuroko’s Basketball
7. High Kyū!!
8. SKET Dance
Koisuru Edison (Chapter 7)
11. Medaka Box
12. Rookie Policewoman Kiruko-san
13. Hungry Joker
14. Cross Manage
A one-shot titled Akarui Hito ran in place of One Piece this week because the mangaka fell sick after they had already printed out the tables of contents. I don’t know how that works when they submit chapters weeks in advance, but OK. While the positioning implies 5th place, I won’t count it because there was no chapter to go with it.
We also have estimated first-week sales numbers for the first volumes of Cross Manage and Rookie Policewoman Kiruko-san (which failed to make the top 50 in the sales charts, so we lack exact figures), as well as estimates for Shokugeki no Sōma and Hungry Joker based on pre-orders. In order: Between 14,000 and 16,000. Between 8,000 and 10,000. Between 80,000 and 100,000. Less than 10,000.
In addition, the amount of Twitter buzz surrounding the two newest series (World Trigger and Koisuru Edison) are at about the level of other recent quickly-killed and/or bottom-feeder series (Retsu!!! Date-senpai, Tama-ga-hara, Barrage, Hungry Joker).
Japanese Issue 17 Info
Cover, Lead Colour: Kuroko’s Basketball
Center Colour: Shokugeki no Sōma, High Kyū!!, Sporting Salt (One-Shot)
Japanese Issue 18 Info
Center Colour: Shokugeki no Sōma
English Issue 60
Nisekoi: False Love (Cover, Lead Colour, Popularity Poll Results)
Dragon Ball (Full Colour)
If you’re curious as to what the results of the popularity poll were, the words on the ToC were a link, but it seems the text turned magenta when I coloured them in, so it’s not as immediately obvious as my other links.
Incidentally, the Nisekoi chapter should have been a center colour, but Viz’s added pages from the popularity poll and the cover I haven’t seen before make it a full cover and lead colour.
Viz is touting this issue as being the first Shonen Jump cover ever to be completely male-free. They’re also running a contest for fan-art involving Jump characters partying under the cherry blossoms.
Whoever translated this week’s author comments seems to not be aware that Smash Brothers Deluxe is known in English as Super Smash Bros. Melee. (As usual, click to enlarge.)