All posts by Lori Henderson

Lori Henderson is the writer and reviewer for the manga blog, Manga Xanadu. She also keeps a personal blog at Fangirl Xanadu, and a writing blog at Muse of Xanadu. She contributes to the Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal. As the mother of two teen daughters, she needs all the escape she can get, which reading and writing about manga gives her.

Shonen Jump De-Evolution

Now, I really don’t mind the recent changes that were announced in the recent issue of Shonen Jump. This certainly isn’t the first time that a series has been taken out of the magazine to continue in graphic novels. Dragonball Z left after just over a year, and Yu-Gi-Oh! took out the “Duelist” arc to continue with the shorter “Millenium World” arc. I really didn’t mind these changes, since the series’ brought in only improved the magazine. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Hikaru no Go when it was first announced, but it turned out to be an excellent series. Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo is not. I’m sorry, I didn’t like this series from the preview chapter they ran a year or so ago, and after reading the latest chapter, I still don’t like it.

I really enjoyed Shonen Jump magazine because it would have entertaining, quality series, and of late, the only squabble I had was that there were so many running that I was only getting one chapter a month instead of my usual 2-3. Lately, it’s been Naruto, One Piece, Shaman King, Hikaru no Go, Yu Yu Hakusho, Yu-Gi-Oh! Millenium World, Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, and Gintama (another series I *really* didn’t care for). That’s 8 series when it’s usually only 5! But Yu-Gi-Oh MW is nearly over and Gintama is temporary, just through the first volume. I was really looking forward to getting thing back to normal (except for the expanded Naruto, which I don’t mind). Instead, I lose a series that I REALLY liked and have to wait 6 months for any new chapters and get stuck with a series that just plain sucks. I’m sorry, there is just nothing funny about Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo. It’s stupid characters doing stupid things using stupid jokes.

With the whole library that Viz has access to, this is the best they can come up with, a series that was already being sold as graphic novels? Were sales of Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo so bad that they thought this would improve them? Sorry Viz, but just because more people are exposed to a series doesn’t mean they’re going to like it. I hope Viz come to their senses soon and gives us readers back good, quality stories instead of mindless drivel. I get enough of that on TV. I want my reading to be a step up from that, not a step down.