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The Shonen Jump Meat Grinder: Why So Many Manga Die Young

As the home to mega-hits such as Dragon Ball and Naruto, Weekly Shonen Jump is the most famous manga magazine in the world. If you’ve been paying attention to the magazine over the past few weeks, you might have noticed that they’ve been launching one new title after the next, such as We Never Learn by Taishi Tsutsui and U19 by Yuji Kimura.  This is because Shonen Jump is a cutthroat competition for space. Titles that fail to succeed are quickly canceled and replaced, and these new works are the latest batch attempting to survive. Given the frequency that new series get aborted, I refer to this process as the Shonen Jump Meat Grinder. You might just see your new...

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Japanese Manga App Review: Shonen Jump +

This review looks at the Japanese manga app Shonen Jump +, which is only available on the Japanese iTunes store. Shonen Jump has been the marquee name in manga for decades, and their digital presence is an interesting one. In addition to dedicated apps for hit titles like Naruto and Dragon Ball, the Shonen Jump+ app offers not only favorites from throughout Jump history, but also immediate access to titles that aren’t published in normal manga magazines.

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