Join a self-professed inept manga artist and his editor as they go on an adventure to learn just how Weekly Shonen Jump is made. Shonen Jump is the world’s most popular manga magazine and the birthplace of classics like Dragon Ball, Naruto and One Piece. But how did it become so successful? This duo will visit the editorial office, the printer, the paper supplier and even the home of My Hero Academia creator Kohei Horikoshi—anything to uncover the secrets of Shonen Jump!
The synopsis asks "how did Jump become so successful?," rhetorically implying that this manga will deal with that question. It doesn't. It's not even attempting to deal with that question of success/popularity--it's just a behind-the-scenes look at the creation process. The first half is basically covering the printing process--how the resin plates are made; the factory with the rotary press and some specialized equipment; the folding, cutting, and binding process; and the factory where the paper rolls themselves are made--and the second half is more covering the editorial process. I found the first half decently engaging and neato, but found the second half pretty dull (other than the chapter or two that dealt with reader questions). Outside of maybe the platemaking and the printing/binding, it felt like the processes weren't delved into beyond a surface-level overview and that could be part of the reason I didn't find those arcs very engaging. They also include several intermediary chapters that deal with more biographical types of things and I basically thought those all sucked. The manga is autobiographical and covers the manga artist, Takeshi Sakurai, and feir editor as they go around and do various interviews and stuff. Sakurai chose to emphasize feir own insecurities and jitteriness, which in theory could've been humorous but didn't work out well in this case. The problem is that this was more of an over-adulation type of self-depreciation, which just came across as more annoying and cringey than funny. Sakurai would constantly talk about how fe's not worthy of witnessing the greatness behind Jump--that fe's just an onigiri guy, that fe's just an onigiri guy, that fe's just an onigiri guy--and that just doesn't work well as a joke. What was funny though was the editor's comedic drabness in contrast with Sakurai's ridiculousness, and almost made it worth it to have Sakurai be so annoying. The wife's airheadedness and butt-smacking and stuff is also pretty funny.
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