SJ Podcast Episode 48

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Submitted by yafada on Mon, 04/14/2014 - 14:55

The year is 2024. Right now in Nisekoi, Raku has finished his PhD in women studies. Having completed his dissertation on the female mind, he finally understands women a little better. His harem has since expanded to 35 girls and he has not found out the girl that he made his promise to all those years ago. Raku still has hopes of getting together with Kosaki, but he is still in a fake relationship with Chitoge. Despite the extensive research he has put into women over his college coursework, he still does not realize that Chitoge actually likes him and is completely unaware of his harem.

At this time, Kochikame is still ongoing in Japan and Hunter x Hunter still has not come out of its hiatus. Naruto and Bleach are still in their last arcs. Oda has revealed that there are only 100 chapters of One Piece left.

But seriously though, adding in these potential candidates for the one he made the promise with is making this story unnecessarily complicated, almost like this anime that recently ended called Nagi no Asukara. When was the last time a male character entered? It feels like a non-ecchi To Love Ru right now.

Submitted by Samyueru on Mon, 04/14/2014 - 16:54

I can't lie...this is hilarious.

Submitted by DarkAngelGirl1 on Tue, 04/15/2014 - 03:51

This is awesome! They should read this on the next podcast.

Submitted by muichimotsu on Mon, 04/14/2014 - 16:35

Since Itunes was being spastic and unresponsive, I found another source, which is where the site redirects to: the Shonen Jump Libsyn site is a place where you can download and stream the podcast without needing to go to Itunes (especially if it becomes broken on Windows). You guys should let the fans know, especially if they want to have archives of the podcast, like I do, or just want to have another source in case the site goes down (thanks Heartbleed)

Submitted by John Bae on Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:27

If you want an archived source for past podcasts, the easy thing to do is to simply click the MENU button on the player embedded in this feature.
Submitted by muichimotsu on Wed, 04/16/2014 - 18:19

I know about that archive source, it's that there doesn't seem to be a way to download the podcasts through that method.

Submitted by yafada on Mon, 04/14/2014 - 21:48

I bought Jump pack #2 from Rightstuf and got it in the mail today.

What in the world did you guys use to glue the promo card? I bought it because I wanted another promo Blue Eyes, but it took me like 10 minutes to get the card off the back without ripping anything. It wasn't like the glue from the first Jump pack or like the glue that's used for gift cards (easy removal glue). There was a dime sized glop that was really tacky.

It even left residue on the card.

Submitted by John Bae on Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:29

Don't know why that happened. Write to us at You deserve an undamaged card.
Submitted by yafada on Wed, 04/16/2014 - 14:05

I was able to wipe the residue off. The card is fine, for the most part. No crease or anything.
It dawned on me to email support right after I posted here.

I've just conveyed the suggestion to use a different glue. Like the glue used in the first Jump pack. You know, like the glue used on gift cards that come off nice and clean?

Here's what it looks like. I put a paper so it doesn't stick to the last page. You can see just how tacky it is.

It took me a while to get the card off, then the residue.
I don't know what kind of glue that is, but it's way too sticky for the purpose of holding a card at the back of the magazine.

I just told all of this to sj support this morning.

Submitted by John Bae on Wed, 04/16/2014 - 15:20

Honestly, I don't know what happened. We've been tipping cards on magazines for years now, dating back to the print days. For some reason, they used a different glue with this JUMP PACK...
Submitted by yafada on Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:23

Maybe I was just unlucky and got a botched copy though.

Back in the print days, didn't you guys use a plastic packaging for the promo card? Or was that just in the first couple years of print?

Submitted by 666kon on Mon, 04/14/2014 - 23:03

Vegito was turned into a candy and kicked Buu ass anyways, turn Kenpachi into a pickle does not guarantee you an easy win.


It seems that you did not answer the question I posted in the previous podcast.
I guess that means you can only talk about "jump" manga. Is understandable, a little sad but understandable.

Submitted by AGreye8Guy on Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:29

Shaman King Box set? or the Kazenbans or whatever they're called (true ending)?

Submitted by AGreye8Guy on Tue, 04/15/2014 - 18:21

While on the Viz media website I came across this series called Itsuwaribito. It looked interesting so I decided to look it up on Wikipedia, found out it has 23 volumes in Japan (currently 11 in America). It also said that there was no anime to it. Now, I started to ask myself "They are publishing a series that doesn't have an anime, is Japanese oriented, and is about telling lies, and they continue this over Reborn?" Now I'm in no way dissing Itsuwaribito, but I am upset in the fact that they choose to do a series that would turn off a "greenhorn" but wont continue a series with cute characters, cool characters, and amazing fights about the mafia. I just can't believe it. The same goes for series like Food Wars. Why does this get licensed over Reborn. Greenhorns would defiantly prefer an action series over a series that revolves around cooking, because in today's society games (CoD) and movies (Avengers) are mostly focused on violence. And none of that crap about, "it's already online we wont make enough sales". That is literally the most bs argument anyone could put up. Most mangas are already online. Examples including Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Toriko, Nisekoi, One Punch-Man, World Trigger, Stealth Symphony, Blue Exorcist, Seraph of the End. Oh wait, that's every series you have. Same with Assassination Classroom, and Food Wars, all their current chapters are up online. Even though this might not be a reason that you, Viz, has it is a reason your white knight, yafada, has given. What I really want is a good solid reason why Reborn is on hiatus. I don't want your white knight's unofficial answer, I don't want a beat around the bush answer, like it's complicated, I don't want your personal opinions. As a consumer I want a a factual statement on the current situation of Reborn. You guys had volume 17 planned, but you never released it. What you are doing is a big disappointment to the fans and your selves as a company. You have the anime, now just continue the manga. I don't care that it has 42 volumes, you already have 16 of those volumes out. I don't care if it will take you 2 years to complete the series, and I'm pretty sure others feel the same. You've had more people (from what I've seen on your facebook and forums) request Reborn than any other series. Now stop messing around and get to it. Because in reality there is nothing holding you back. If Shueisha is allowing Food Wars to be brought over here (super niche title) than they should have nothing against letting you have Reborn. And to yafada, if your thinking about saying, "maybe the author didn't want her series over here" then why would it have been over here in the first place. And I don't think that Shueisha, after already giving the licenses to Viz would go through the trouble of getting it back just because the author said they didn't want it in the U.S. Again there is no real reason why Viz can't continue, probably, their most requested series. Again, I would like a clear statement on the current situation of Reborn, I would be pleased with any kind of answer and good day.

Submitted by AGreye8Guy on Tue, 04/15/2014 - 19:50

I don't think I made my statement clear involving Itsuwaribito. Itsuwaribito was released on December 14, 2010, while the last volume of Reborn (16) was released on July 6, 2010. By this point the anime was already in it's "best arc", actually near the end of the arc seeing that the Reborn anime ended on September 25, 2010. Now on the wiki, it says the Crunchy-roll began simulcasting the series as of March 21, 2009 releasing episodes an hour after they aired in Japan. Yet, you stop producing the series and pick up a series later that same year with no 203 episode anime, not as a big fan-base as Reborn, basically an unknown title. I believe in you business since most of the time, but I just can't see the reasoning behind your actions. They simply just don't make since. Again I'm not dissing Itsuwaribito, but I just don't see why you would drop Reborn than pick up Itsuwaribito (a completely unknown series) later that year and never touch Reborn again. I just don't understand it.

Submitted by ladyr90 on Wed, 04/16/2014 - 13:18

I may be talking out of turn here, but I was always under the impression that it probably didn't sale. I know a lot of people are asking for it, but is that enough to keep the sale going to cover the cost to put it out. It seems like it would be unwise to put out something that doesn't break even. People asking for it on the internet doesn't seem like a good way to tell if a series will sell.

Submitted by AGreye8Guy on Wed, 04/16/2014 - 13:50

I may not have the exact numbers, but this why I brought up Itsuwaribito. Because logic would state that a series that has a completed anime of 203 episodes/ ginormous fan-base (Reborn) would out sell a series with no anime and a small fan-base (Itsuwaribito). And also ladyr90, many people asked for Assassination Classroom over the internet and Food Wars too, and look they are coming to us (Food Wars is already out though). So basically, there is no reason why Reborn can't come back and the only way it will come back is if people who want ASK FOR IT OVER THE INTERNET.

Submitted by ladyr90 on Wed, 04/16/2014 - 14:15

However, those two titles haven't been released and put on indefinite hold. With a series in the situation Reborn is in, which is one that already had a chance and got put on indefinite hold, I'd think there would be a little more apprehension to revisit it. Though I could be wrong.

Submitted by AGreye8Guy on Wed, 04/16/2014 - 14:54

Itsuwaribito is still being released. As of right now they just released volume 11

Submitted by yafada on Wed, 04/16/2014 - 14:14

I'll wait until the podcast to see how they respond to your query.

We can discuss it on next Monday/Tuesday.

Submitted by Shonenjump86 on Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:34

Nice rant, while I do like having Food Wars and Classroom being brought over here, something needs to be done about Reborn. If I had known that Viz would not finish Reborn I would never bought the 16 volumes here. Reborn, Gintama, and Strawberry 100% were all great series that I looked forward to coming out. Then they just stop with no explanation. I sent letters to Viz, and no response. I have the 16 volumes of Reborn, 14 volumes of Strawberry 100%, and the 23 volumes of Gintama. All left incomplete. I even have all the Bobobo volumes here too, another series just dropped. I can understand for something like Gintama not being released since it looks like it may be to hard to translate and is still ongoing. If that is the reason. I don't like it of course and I still want more Gintama. Reborn and Strawberry 100% should be no problem though, also like to point out that Strawberry 100% only as 5, just 5 more volumes to go. Please bring back these series. :/

Submitted by blueninja777 on Tue, 04/15/2014 - 22:16

Which type of dragons do you like, European or Asian?