“Jump Start” Manga Opening Chapters: We Never Learn, U19, Demon Prince Poro’s Diaries

The English-language Weekly Shonen Jump digital magazine is in the middle of a six-series “Jump Start” event. Three series have already debuted – high-school comedy We Never Learn, shonen action/drama U19, and monster comedy Demon Prince Poro’s Diaries – while the other three new series coming soon are Hungry Marie (February 27th), Dr. Stone (March 6th), and Robot x Laserbeam (March 20th).

I recently bought a one-year subscription to Shonen Jump during a promotional sale, partly so I could easily check out the new manga debuts. Here are my short thoughts on the first three that have come out.

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Web Manga “Kine-san no Hitori de Cinema” Debuts

I found out through Comic Natalie last night that a new web manga series by Asai (@asumithi) called Kine-san no Hitori de Cinema debuted under Hakusensha’s Young Animal Densi label along with a handful of others.

Kine-san is a 30-year-old office lady who watches movies alone and then writes her thoughts about them on her blog. The first chapter involves Kine watching Terminator 3 and replying to comments on her rating of the film as well as a flashback to her childhood involving the first Terminator film and her love of movies.

According to Densi’s upcoming schedule, it looks like chapter 2 of Kine-san no Hitori de Cinema will debut on May 1st (two weeks from now). I’m looking forward to seeing what Kine-san watches next.

Goals for 2015


In my previous years of aniblogging, I’ve written posts with resolutions about things I want to start doing or improve upon in the next year along with predictions of what might happen.

While I have given up on producing predictions, I still have some goals (I don’t really feel like calling them “resolutions”) that spawned from thinking throughout the year of how I can be a better blogger or at least a more frequently posting one.

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12 Days 2014 (Late) Day 11 – Growing to Like D-Frag!’s Stupidity


D-Frag!
was a series I sampled when it debuted in January and then forgot about until I returned to it in July after it finished airing.

At first, I thought the show was okay but as I went along with the series, I opened up to most of the characters and their straightforwardness so I enjoyed it a lot more by the end.

After finishing the anime series, I’ve been getting the manga as Seven Seas publishes English-translated volumes in North America and it has the same humor as its anime adaptation.

I was glad to hear during the summer that FUNimation plans to release the show on home video in 2015 – I’ll certainly try to support it and attempt to listen to a likely dub.

12 Days 2014 (Late) Day 7 – Seeing the Kotoura-san Manga Get Translated

Last year, I started watching the Kotoura-san anime and fell off after 7 episodes. I liked much of its humor – I just moved on to watching other things.

When I saw that DMP had started publishing the original manga by enokids through its Digital Manga Guild imprint in May, I bought the first three volumes as they were released that month through their eManga site (those three are also currently available through the Kindle Store: vol 1, vol 2, vol 3). Further volumes have not been put out yet – there are six collected volumes so far in Japan.
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12 Days 2014 (Late) Day 4 – Experiencing Manga Nostalgia Through Blue Blazes

Honoo and Kishimoto fondly remembering Susume!! Pirates.

Blue Blazes (Aoi Honoo) was a fun J-drama series to watch during the second half of 2014 and part of my enjoyment – apart from the reaction faces by main character Honoo – came from seeing references to what are now “classic” manga and anime series.

There are many scenes of characters reading Shonen Sunday, Big Comic and other manga magazines, numerous mentions of Mitsuru Adachi and his storytelling & character design traits, and particular manga scenes are displayed on screen at times with voice overs reading the panels’ dialogue. Also, Honoo aspires to become a professional manga author so he often thinks about how to create a popular manga by trying to combine genres and/or character types.

The title of this post is sort of deceptive because I wasn’t around when the series takes place (1980-1981) so I don’t think I can really have nostalgia for Yamato, Urusei Yatsura or Touch.