“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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12 Days 2016: Post #6 / Final Post – Other Things I Enjoyed Last Year

Sawako Machida in Miss Bernard Said

I had some ideas of other posts to write for the 12 Days blogging project but I’ve struggled to formulate those into individual posts so I am condensing the better ideas into this final 12 Days 2016 entry.
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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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