Manga Monday: How Come It’s Not Out This Week? An Explanation

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I’m back with an answer to a question I hear asked all the time in person and on the internet for this week’s Manga Monday! It’s all about why your favorite series are not out yet!

Golden Week: First off this is the one most people don’t understand, Golden Week is a series of Holidays that all take place in the space of a single week in Japan. Almost no one works and it’s essentially a week long break for just about everyone. So magazines and publications that are published weekly aren’t published that week. Golden Week takes place at the end of April and beginning of May.

(Insert Publisher Name)’s Annual Break: Lots of companies have a single week where they and their company take a break from their weekly publications. This isn’t any big issue and stuff hasn’t happened to your series, it just is a weekly break for the Mangaka (Manga authors/artists) who work themselves to the point of exhaustion the rest of the  year. 

Hiatuses: That all being said some series just aren’t being serialized at the moment anymore, but they aren’t axed either. Some notable series that this has happened to are Hunter x Hunter and D. Gray Man, who have been on Indefinite Hiatus for years as of this writing (I don’t count the one chapter that D. Gray Man had released earlier this year as being re-serialized.) Most times this is due to the poor health of the Mangaka. Other times it’s because their Mangaka need time to do some research or need to come up with so many new things to draw that they don’t have the time to keep being published while keeping their quality up. Bleach, Naruto, and One Piece have all done this before and are probably the easiest and most notable examples.

Axed?: It’s a slang term for being discontinued due to poor sales, it most frequently happens to series published by Shueisha because of their incredibly hard and difficult requirements for staying serialized. Things like Iron Knight, which I personally enjoyed, were axed due to being unpopular.

That’s it for this week’s Manga Monday! I hope that answers some questions you may have had!

Manga Monday: D.Gray-man by Katsura Hoshino

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This week for Manga Monday I’m covering a series that is amazing, if only it wasn’t on hiatus! It’s D.Gray-man by Katsura Hoshino!

Plot Synopsis: D.Gray-man follows the adventures of 15-year-old Allen Walker, whose left arm can transform into a monstrous claw and destroy Akuma (Japanese for ‘nightmare’), evolving machines created by the Millennium Earl to help him destroy humanity. As ordered by his master, General Cross Marian, Allen becomes an Exorcist, one of the people who can destroy Akuma for the Black Order, an organization attempting to stop the Earl.

Plot: The plot is fairly dark and serious, and it’s definitely a good read, if the series wasn’t on hiatus so often. It’s as bad as Hunter x Hunter for going on hiatus. Honestly I wouldn’t be surprised to read one day that the series has been cancelled permanently.

Characters: The cast is amazingly intricate and while some of them are just jerks they all have their reasons for being jerks, except the Earl who is just a creepy guy period.

Art: The art is great, and while it’s darker than most Shonen Jump series it’s refreshing.

Overall: If you don’t mind the fact that this might never get finished you should read it!

For those who like: Horror, Action, Shonen Jump series, Great Cast of Characters, Amazing Artwork.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or a series that might never be finished.