It’s been a while since we’ve run news on this site, but we figured that the occasion of SHONEN JUMP’s 100 issue necessitated discussion. We received word from Viz that this issue’s quite the anniversary bash, featuring familiar favorites from DRAGONBALL, BLEACH, YU-GI-OH! and NARUTO all together for some special mayhem. There’s even a crossover between DRAGONBALL and ONE PIECE in the issue that I’m pretty sure will just be swelling with “preposterone” and over 9,000 flying fists.
Seeing this makes me think of what I heard and observed at last year’s Anime Expo - - a lingering question about the health of the anime/manga biz today. Reaching any kind of publishing milestone would at least seem to speak to healthy performance, but I suppose the release of this volume is sadly timely and coincidental to the distressing counterpoint of the shake-ups at Tokyopop.
I suppose I’m more curious to see how relevant an anthology magazines is to the Anime Vice community. How many of you are keeping up with SHONEN JUMP? Is it merely an entry level sampler that points you to specific, individual series that you’ll focus your attention on? Or is it still the lynch pin of your habit?