Journal #34 – BOMBA BOY

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A new World War II style manga with a steampunk(?) spin from Monthly Gessan.

Weekly Reads

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WSM (2018 – 36/37)

  • Smile at the Runway (ch. 59) – Off to a great start for Ikuto’s show, with some really nice emotional punch. Really like how his family is set as the central focus, while still not forgetting about the other rivalries.

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  • Senryu Girl (ch. 92) – Tao gets a nice(?) makeover….  not sure about the plot though.

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  • This Man (ch. 14) – this face is really starting to grow on me with the strange mix of silly & creepy… looks like the little girl is going to be a bit more active finally.

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  • Bakemonogatari (ch. 19) – quite an amazing series of double-page spreads at the end.

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  • Hitman (ch. 8) – dead mom -> panty shot -> he’s her father -> “confession”…. all I can say is that it’s very Seo.

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  • Yoru ni Naru to Boku wa (ch. 6) – I get that the MC seems to be some sort of an intern for the police or have some close connection with the investigators, but I wish it made that past relationship a bit more clear because it feels weird seeing him getting involved so easily.

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  • Blue Lock (ch. 2) – we playing combat soccer ._.  pretty fun so far actually.

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WSS (2018 – 37/38)

  • Gofun go no Sekai (ch. 15) -time traveling MC, killer Buddhas, a scientist(?) from the future, psychic powers, and now a fortune telling diary…. wonder how it’ll all come together.

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  • switch (ch. 17) – an early lead for the MC’s team…. which probably means bad stuff’s gonna happen next chap >_<

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  • Mary Grave (ch. 32) – the flashback arc is ramping up~

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  • Tonikaku Kawaii (ch. 26) – so far, pretty good.

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Regular Follows

Bessatsu Shounen Magazine (September 2018)

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  • Tenju no Kuni (ch. 11) – first off, great color page 😛

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Another new character, this time a sharp-looking guy, who’s a husband in a polygamy where him and his brother is married to the same wife. Interesting look at the idea of “family” and “children”, where there’s no distinction of who’s the “real” father and everyone shares the paternal role.

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The guy seemed a bit sleazy at first, but he actually gives some great advice 😛

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  • Akazukin no Ookami deshi (ch. 12) – Mani unlocks beast mode(?)

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  • UQ Holder (ch. 151) – a rom-com chapter for Kuromaru.

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Monthly Gessan (September 2018)

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  • Misoshiru de Kanpai (ch. 37) – making miso with the school teacher, along with the little kids. lot of great interactions as usual. (and a truck load of texts 0.o)

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  • Hero Girl and the Green Magician (ch. 7) – we get a brand new character (a potion master?) and she’s someone that actually knows about goblins 😛
  • Wizard (ch. 4) – Goes surprisingly in-dept about tactics and strategies, while acknowledging things won’t always go as planned.

New Pickup

BOMBA BOY by Seto Mikumo

A brand new monthly on this month’s issue of Gessan, BOMBA BOY by Seto Mikumo takes place in a WWII-inspired fictional setting. There’s a great war between two countries named Yamato and MARS, which have clear parallels to Imperial Japan and United States during the Pacific War. Similar to Japan’s situation during the last moments of WWII, things are looking grim for the country of Yamato.

Our main protagonist, Sergeant Tatsumi, is stranded on a remote island and trying to lead tired squad through the jungle and back to his allied ship at the coast. Even though everyone’s tired, hungry and deep in despair, Tatsumi tries to keep everyone together and wants to survive no matter what.

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However, the sight of the great Yamato Battleship is quickly ruined by the ruthless bombardment of MARS’s battleship, and the squad is faced with a whole troop MARS soldiers making their way into the island.

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When all seemed lost, a lone aircraft suddenly swoops down out of nowhere and a mysterious little figure jumps down right in the middle of the enemy troops.

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With just a single katana in hand, this little figure quickly rips apart the entire enemy troop of tanks and machine guns through his superhuman strength, an indestructible robot arm, and ghastly swordsmanship.

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Turns out, this little mechanical boy known as “Kitetsu (Iron Demon)”  is Yamato’s final trump card, their lost hope to turn the tides of this merciless war.

Pretty solid start so far. The alternative history(?) setting is pretty well setup, and the premise is simple, but there’s a lot that can be explored. The mechanical boy + WWII theme reminded me a bit of the last few chapters of Shaman King Flowers, and even the artwork has a somewhat similar feel.

Looking forward to reading more.

 

Sales Talk 

Weekly Oricon Manga Chart: 2018 – July 30th ~ Aug 5th

01. Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii #6 (304,822 / 308,852)
02. Haikyuu!! #33 (267,683)
03. One Punch-man #17 (187,750)
04. Kuroshitsuji #27 (185,568 / 360,283)
05. Yakusoku no Neverland #10 (147,422)
06. Boku-ra wa Minna Kawai-sou #11 (122,836 / 124,140)
07. Slam Dunk New Reorganized Edition #11 (118,882)
08. Slam Dunk New Reorganized Edition #12 (117,206)
09. Slam Dunk New Reorganized Edition #13 (114,082)
10. Slam Dunk New Reorganized Edition #14 (112,070)
11. Kuubo Ibuki #10 (94,935 / 97,316)
12. Black Clover #17 (83,957)
13. Gintama #74 (75,653)
14. Kidou Senshi Gundam Thunderbolt #12 (71,057 / 72,324)
15. Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare #9 (68,160 / 194,196)
16. Tokyo Ghoul:re #16 (67,273 / 593,900)
17. Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio #16 (66,261 / 67,103)
18. Kimetsu no Yaiba #12 (64,061)
19. Mujirushi (63,314 / 63,602)
20. Kingdom #51 (60,013 / 652,158)
21. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun #10 (56,322 / 282,908)
22. Saiki Kusuo no Sainan #26 (48,122)
23. Hana Nochi Hare〜Hanadan Next Season〜 #10 (45,210)
24. Kinou Nani Tabeta? #14 (42,622 / 189,641)
25. Tsubaki-chou Lonely Planet #11 (42,317 / 143,101)
26. Made in Abyss #7 (38,573 / 84,679)
27. Asa Hinagu #27 (38,340 / 38,968)
28. Boku no Hero Academia #19 (32,792 / 577,867)
29. Giant Killing #48 (32,180 / 165,156)
30. Kono Oto Tomare! #18 (32,141)
31. Kishibe Rohan wa Ugokanai #2 (31,141 / 238,684)
32. Hataraku Saibou #1 (28,001 / 535,883)
33. Splatoon #6 (27,002 / 47,661)
34. Kaichou wa Maid-sama! Marriage (25,969)
35. Mahou-ka Koukou no Rettousei Double Seven-hen #2 (25,327 / 56,631)
36. Jojo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 8 Jojolion #18 (24,744 / 231,661)
37. Haikyuu!! #32 (23,923 / 589,670)
38. Hataraku Saibou #2 (23,689 / 458,437)
39. Masamune-kun no Revenge #10 (22,825 / 44,197)
40. Hataraku Saibou #3 (21,346 / 357,927)
41. Hataraku Saibou #5 (20,543 / 269,307)
42. Lord El-Melloi 2-sei no Jikenbo #2 (20,163)
43. Hataraku Saibou #4 (19,962 / 310,605)
44. Nietzsche Sensei #9 (19,663 / 34,482)
45. Overlord #10 (19,431 / 72,415)
46. Fate/Stay Night [Heaven’s Feel] #6 (19,333)
47. Mujaki no Rakuen #13 (18,243 / 33,357)
48. Sabaku no Harem #8 (18,026)
49. One Piece #89 (17,233 / 2,003,749)
50. Kusuri-ya no Hitorigoto #3 (17,141 / 53,684)

  • Outstanding sales from Wotakoi. It was already selling pretty high before the anime and continues to do so.
  • New releases from Jump this week, although they don’t seem to be selling as well as they usually do. Even considering the 3-day release period, Haikyu, Kimetsu, Gintama, Black Clover, and even Neverland are all selling same or slightly slower than their previous volumes.
  • Young series like Neverland, Kimetsu and Black Clover should ideally still be in their growing stage, but seems like they are already stagnating. Hopefully the upcoming anime for Neverland and Kimetsu will bump them up as Jump hopes.
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