Japanese Issue 3
My Hero Academia (Cover, Lead Colour)
1. One Piece
2. PSI Kusuo Saiki
3. Assassination Classroom
Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment (Chapter 3)
Takujo no AGEHA: The Table Tennis of AGEHA (Chapter 5)
5. Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma
6. Hinomaru Zumō
7. World Trigger
E-ROBOT (Chapter 4)
8. Gin Tama
Offside wo Oshiete (Center Colour, One-Shot)
10. Nisekoi: False Love
11. Hi-Fi CLUSTER
Isobe Isobee Monogatari (Center Colour)
15. Sporting Salt
With Toriko‘s major swing (it was 3rd last week) and Nisekoi‘s low ranks lately (it’s been bottom 6 fairly consistently), I’m gonna go out on a limb and say the top 10 has been a close race as of late.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (PS4) and World Trigger: Borderless Mission (PSV) have been announced.
Japanese Issue 4-5
Cover, Lead Colour: One Piece
Center Colour: Hinomaru Zumō, Haikyuu!!
English Issue 2
Nisekoi: False Love (Cover, Lead Colour, Third Anniversary)
Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign
Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment (Center Colour, Jump Start)
Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma
Naruto (Jump Back)
This issue contains an interview with the Food Wars! editor. Here’s a summary I wrote elsewhere:
The English Shonen Jump had an interview with series editor Seijirō Nakaji this week. His favourite chapters are chapters 4 (“The Godfather Speaks of Diamonds”) and 21 (“The Perfect Recette”).
Apparently nobody involved in making the manga thought that Soma even cared about Megumi until they realized that they hadn’t established his character yet by chapter 21. It’s at this point that they chose to make him someone who cares about his friends (on top of his earlier traits). Drawing that chapter and the one afterwards drove both the artist (Saeki) and the editor to tears. The editor also points out that the writer (Tsukuda) had to be extremely careful with handling the resulting match.
Soma’s speech in chapter 4 was apparently Saeki’s idea, which he pitched to Tsukuda. The dean’s was based on a speech Nakaji heard was in common use at a certain art school.
The behind the scenes creation of the story is unusual for a manga like this with multiple people working on it. Usually the writer just dictates to the artist. However, in this series’ case, Nakaji and Tsukuda meet regularly, and they bring in Saeki and the collaborator (Morisaki, she’s a Japanese mini-celeb in charge of the recipes starting from chapter 5) to think of ideas weekly to monthly depending on their schedules. They always meet to discuss major storyline decisions.
Finally, Nakaji said they want the series to be easy to pick up at any point, so they won’t be doing complex plot twists or anything.
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