Friday, June 9, 2017

Weekly Shounen Sunday #29 (Preview)

It's been a while since I've slammed down a preview for the magazine, but that drought ends this week! I've finally got a good chunk of info worth posting, and I'm in a sharing mood!

First off is the cover featuring the idol group AKB48, as well as advertsing the color page for Aozakura and the two Sunday Webry oneshots --"Hitotsubana" and "Bocchi Hakase to Robot Shoujo no Zetsubouteki utopia". The latter of which I ended up reading and really enjoying --enough that I'm really considering translating it. I certainly enjoy giving myself more to do don't I...

Next up, the TOC!

AKB48 (Cover)
Aozakura Bouei Daigakkou Monogatari by Hikaru Nikaido (Lead color page)
K.O.I King of Idol by Tamaki Wakaki
Detective Conan by Gosho Aoyama
Komi-san wa Komyushou Desu by Tomohito Oda
Maou-jou de Oyasumi by Kagiji Kumanomata
Major 2nd by Takuya Mitsuda
Magi by Shinobu Ohtaka
Amano Megumi wa Suki Darake by Nekoguchi
Hoankan Evans no Uso ~Dead or Love by Midzuki Kuriyama
Kyoukai no RINNE by Rumiko Takahashi
Daiku no Hatou by Michiteru Kusaba
Maiko-san chi no Makanai-san by Aiko Koyama
Hitotsubana (Special chapter from Sunday Webry) by MINAMI
Bocchi Hakase to Robot Shoujo no Zetsubou-teki Utopia (Special chapter from Sunday Webry) by Kanehito Yamada
Tenshou no Quadrable by Takahiro Arai
Tenshi and Akuto!! by Aya Hirakawa
Meteor Girl by Reach Ishiyama
Dagashikashi by KOTOYAMA
Souboutei Kowasubeshi by Kazuhiro Fujita
Hatsukoi Zombie by Ryou Minenami
Hiiragi-sama wa Jibun o Sagashite by Hiroyuki Nishimori
Joujuu Senjin!! Mushibugyo by Hiroshi Fukuda
Youkai Giga by Satsuki Satou
Sunday Higaku Kenkyujo by Yuuji Yokoyama

And not in this issue is..

Be Blues
Zettai Karen children

Wow that's quite the shift. Souboutei and Dagashi are super close to the bottom, and it seems two of our new series are showing weakness as well. I am a bit overjoyed to see that Evans seems to be really well received though. To be fair the new series probably have a bit of a buffer since Mushibugyo is probably on it's way out, and Hatsukoi might be too if it's sales don't look up. It's really dependent on that all important first volume first impression. Even Evans could be in trouble if people would rather just read it in the mag than buy it. On that note RYOKO not being back is a curious thing as the next volume is due out next Friday, but the series itself is still on hiatus. I imagine that this either means the volume (2) is going to be delayed at the last minute, or work on it was almost done so it's able to be released. Either way, I'm missing our sword wielding heroine, and will take anything I can get. 

A pretty busy lead color page celebrating the 4th volume of Aozakura, due out next Friday. I'm not sure how many people know the distinction between a "center" color and a "lead color" so let me explain! A lead color page usually "leads" the magazine and is three (a single page and two pages like above) pages long. Generally speaking series only get this when they're doing pretty well since if all if all the editorial department wants to do is just pimp them a little, a "center" color page will do. A "lead" color is usually reserved for big announcements or to say "Hey this series is pretty awesome stuff, so read it." On the other hand, a "center" color page is usually just a page long and is used to advertise new volume releases, or in Saike's case, it's return to the magazine. Sunday is a little more frugal with color pages than, say, Jump as only Aozakura got one this issue. Though I think there is a little bit of artist input/control as Aoyama doesn't do color pages for Conan anymore --excluding the cover, and this goes for Ohtaka and Magi. Of course the editorial department could just feel like these series don't need color advertisement, but that seems strange. 

And a preview for the next issue! Komi appears on the cover to celebrate gracing the pages of WSS for an entire year, and Meteor Girl gets a color page --( a center color page, BTW.) Meanwhile we have two more series from Webry making cameo appearances in the main magazine in an effort to advertise their first volume releases. The first is "Obutsu wa Shoudoku desu" by Kenji Taguchi and the other is Hatsukoi Bouegun by Yusuke Hori. Major 2nd is on break next week, and Conan's going to be off from the magazine until issue 33, so once again his 1,000th chapter celebration is getting kicked down the road. I do have to wonder what they're scheming by preempting the series's landmark achievement...Anyway, that's all I have to report for this preview! See you on Wednesday with the magazine in full!

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