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?

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Under Your Radar: LAGRANGE – The Flower of Rin-ne –

I hope today is a great day, for me and for everyone out there.

TRY UNITE! by Megumi Nakajima

(Lag-Rin, Lag-Rin)

That girl wearing a jersey
Has something about her
Once she unzips it,
She can become anything!

She searches for something precious, even going to the depths of the sea
When the going gets tough, she unfastens her ribbon.

(Lag-Rin, Lag-Rin)

I’ll go see you right away!
I’ll go whenever you call
With your strange sign

“Perfect!!”

Turn and turn, you can
Rewrite destiny, fly away!
Fly Away
On A Brighter Day
Stick out your tongue and walk forwards,
But if it’s dangerous, burn with passion!
Fly Away
Try Unite
Tonight…

(Lag-Rin, Lag-Rin)

Radar Logo 2Lagrange ImageAfter some delays, I finally managed to write up today’s Under Your Radar. This time, we’re covering LAGRANGE – The Flower of Rin-ne –, known in Japan as Rinne no Lagrange (literally Lagrange Samsara) or Flower declaration of your heart. In the context of the show, lagrange are a species of flower. LAGRANGE – The Flower of Rin-ne – is a 26-episode mecha anime series.

The first 12 episodes that made up the first season aired as part of the Winter 2012 anime season, another episode (an OVA that took place between seasons) was released in a bundle with a PS3 game based on the series (by Namco Bandai Games), and the remaining 13 episodes, the first of which was a recap of the first season from a different perspective, were released in the Summer 2012 anime season as season 2. In addition to the aforementioned game, the anime also received a manga adaptation (as well as another one that acts as a prequel from another different perspective).

But does this show live up to the protagonist’s catchphrase?

The Western Anime Market: Third-Class Citizens

The Western anime and manga fanbases are third-class citizens (second-class being the rest of East Asia). Anyone could tell you that in a heartbeat. We get placed on the back-burner through cut down content, long delays for physical copies of anything, and get outright ignored in terms of what’s popular.

But a few recent moves in the industry seem to point towards them caring a bit more about the Western market. Honestly, I was just plain surprised to see them. And you can learn all about them after the jump.

Under Your Radar: Accel World

Welcome to the accelerated world!

Today’s feature isn’t a game. While I did say that I’d increase the amount of games, I make sure to complete everything I feature here (or, in the case of ongoing series, finish everything available in English), so I have to find time to finish more games before I can talk about them… I assume you can tell why I’m spacing them out with some anime now?

In any case, this week’s feature is Accel World, a light novel series that’s received a manga adaptation and two spin-off manga, plus two fighting games for PS3 and PSP, as well as an anime adaptation that ran for 24 episodes until the end of last season and was streamed by Viz Media to Americans (but not Canadians, even though they have the rights, since they use Hulu for streaming). Unlike most anime that came from light novels that I’ve featured, I’ve actually read this one up until the fan translations have stalled, which aligns rather decently to where the anime stopped. Due to this, although I did look up the events of the series beyond that point, I’ll restrict this post to the events up until the end of the fourth book, which is where the anime ended. Those books contain the Cyan Pile arc, the Fifth Chrome Disaster arc and the Dusk Taker arc. Featuring a fat dude, for once.