When I like a magazine enough that I want to read it every month, I subscribe to it. That’s why I get both Shonen Jump and Shojo Beat. But, sometimes I don’t quite get my renewal in on time, and that happened unfortunately to me this last April with Shonen Jump. Sooo… I missed getting an issue. May 2008. By the time I realized I wasn’t getting it, It was already gone from news stands, and both my local and online comic shop didn’t have it. No big deal, I thought, it’d show up somewhere. And it did. Finally. Two weeks ago! So I have six months worth of Shonen Jump to catch up on, because I won’t read an issue without reading the preceding chapters. Silly sounding, I know, but I want the full story, in order.
This weekend I dove back into Shonen Jump with this ill-fated issue. It would figure it was the April Fool’s issue too. Boy did I miss it! After two volumes of that overstuffed and over hyped Yen Plus, I was glad to get back into some real shonen stories and battles! It started with four chapters of Naruto. Not a lot of exciting action with Granny and Sakura fighting Sasori, but it was a good start. Two chapters of Slam Dunk followed. I’m giving this series some time, but for the moment, it’s still in the take-it-or-leave-it category. Bobobo-Bo Bo-Bobo I can leave, but I only have to suffer through one chapter. Yu Yu Hakusho was only two chapters, but man, they were brutal! It’s chapters like these that remind me why I got hooked on the series. One Piece got three chapters of mostly flashback, but Luffy’s revelations at the end make it worth it.
Bleach got three chapters as well, but they were the most action-packed of the whole magazine. And, I just gotta say, IKKAKU MADARAME IS TOTALLY FRICKIN’ AWESOME! The three chapters are mostly just his fight with Arrancar Trece Edorad Leones, but the fight scenes here totally rule! Ikkaku has some cool poses and moves. If you’ve ever just thought he was a side character, these chapters show how wrong you were! I was riveted for the whole three chapters! Kubo-sensei’s art only added to his awesomeness!
Then, the magazine finished with a chapter of Yu Gi Oh GX, another title I can take or leave. What made this such a thrilling read wasn’t just getting back to stories I really love. It was getting back to stories that weren’t painful to read. The Japanese side of Yen Plus doesn’t have any titles like the Shonen Jump titles. None of them pumped me and or made me so excited that I didn’t want to put the magazine down, even if my family was dying of starvation. And even if there are any in that selection that can, they won’t be given the chance. Shonen Jump is half the size, yet gives double the punch. I got 16 chapters from 7 manga instead of 12 excrusiatingly short one. But the real different between Yen Plus and Shonen Jump is that Shonen Jump felt like that from the start.