No More Jump Rankings Posts

After much deliberation, I will be ceasing all Jump ToC Rankings posts, effective immediately.

My life has simply gotten too busy, to the point that reviews have slowed to one per year, I’m constantly tardy with any posts (including this one, which I meant to post 3 weeks ago), and things are slated to get much busier in 2018. There are also many other places one can find the Japanese rankings, at least.

All other content will continue at their existing, glacial pace.

Thank you for your understanding.


How the Jump ToC Rankings Work

NOTE: I’ve noticed many people linking to this as a source of information. While obvious, do remember that I am not a primary source for any of this. Rather, this information was pieced together from what we randoms believe we know about Jump‘s rankings. If that’s what you intend to link to this for, link away.

JTOC LogoIt’s time I explained the Weekly Shōnen Jump Table of Contents Rankings and how they work.

As I’ve said previously, Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump is currently the most popular manga magazine by far. Even the flops sell better than the high-sellers of many other magazines. As a result, they have the leverage to keep the magazine fresh by kicking out 2-3 of the worst performers every ten or so issues. Poor performers are measured by reader surveys, and volume sales if they’re high enough.

Some series survive due to extremely high volume sales, despite being ranked the lowest in the magazines (an example being To Love-Ru). Other series sell poorly and survive on ranking alone (an example being Hinomaru Zumō). Living through even a single full year in the magazine is fairly difficult. Not only that, it’s practically a death sentence for a writer’s career in the magazine if their series get cancelled three times, not that it’s easy to get a slot after being cancelled twice.

Curious about it?

Schedule Expansion and Alterations, Effective March

This blog has been quiet. Too quiet. When I started this blog, the original intention was for it to be daily. That didn’t work out, of course. That said, I still wanted to post with some amount of regularity. Still, my morale has fallen somewhat due to the stats that show just who views my blog, with the amount averaging at ~40 per day, including people who get here through Google image searches (thus why the image-heavy Under Your Radar: The World God Only Knows has the highest hit count of all individual posts, by far). My amount of blog followers has plateaued in the ballpark of 65 people at any given time, counting spam accounts on Twitter and not counting the undocumented group of people following through direct links or RSS feeds (I can guarantee those sorts of people read this blog, through inbound data and people outright telling me).

While it hasn’t even been 11 months yet, I’m posting only around 10 posts per month, too, which feels way too low for my tastes. Most other blogs I look at tend to post somewhere between 15-25 on an average month, and I tend to have a lot of things to say and just plain never get around to expressing them outside of maybe a few tweets. Yet my time is limited, and most blog posts take over an hour for me to properly format to meet my standards (and, even then, I still slip up often by forgetting pictures or just plain missing grammatical mistakes or major omissions).

So here’s my solution.