The Japanese portal MAGMIX published an article describing the cases of four great manga authors today, who were rejected in their early days when they presented their ideas to the magazine’s editorial department Weekly Shonen Jump.
«Among the many manga magazines, Weekly Shonen Jump has been the best seller for many years. For many manga artists, serialization in “Jump” is a shared dream. However, only a handful of cartoonists get published in the magazine. After submission to the editorial department, only writers whose stories are rated in terms of interest, drawing ability, and “Jump style” will be eligible for serialization. Behind each new series, there are a large number of rejected works».
«Some manga artists have even submitted their works to the editorial department of Weekly Shonen Jump, only for them to not appear in the magazine and become a huge success when they switched to another publisher. Of course, it can also be thought of as an interesting manga whose style was not suitable for Jump, but how much would history have changed if those artists had been accepted or had given up after being rejected?».
«Hajime isayama: The first is Hajime Isayama, author of the manga’s blockbuster “Shingeki no Kyojin“. Isayama himself has made it clear that he was dumped by Jump, and his work has often been featured in the media. After being rejected by Jump, she was taken to the newsroom of Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine, where she won the “Rookie Artist” award for “Shingeki no Kyojin.” The series was subsequently published in Bessatsu Shonen Magazine, and along with the anime adaptation, the popularity of the series soared, with the total number of copies sold now exceeding 100 million. Looking only at the results, the “Jump” editorial team may have failed, but even if they had approved, we are not sure they would have been able to translate such a deep story into a weekly series. The switch to the monthly “Bessatsu Shonen Magazine” may have been a success factor».
«Rumiko Takahashi: Rumiko Takahashi, the author of many bestselling books, has recounted in interviews that she used to bring her work to Jump when she was in college. The editor in charge at the time was Kazuhiko Torishima, a famous editor who later discovered Akira Toriyama. However, he couldn’t get a serialization on “Weekly Shonen Jump” and went on Shogakukan’s “Weekly Shonen Sunday.” His first play, “Katte na Yatsura”, was published in Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine. This romantic comedy with elements of science fiction was a novelty at the time and was highly praised. This reputation led to the serialization of “Urusei Yatsura”, which was a great success. Later, she became an author who continued to support “Weekly Shonen Sunday” for many years with “Ranma 1/2”, “Inuyasha”, “Kyoukai No Rinne” and “MAO”. If Takahashi-sensei had started his story in Jump, the manga story would have been very different.».
«Tomohito Oda: “Komi-san wa, Komyushou desu,” a comedy manga published in Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine, has sold more than 5.5 million copies and became a live-action anime series in 2021. The author, Tomohito Oda-sensei, introduced his roots with the “Sunday hi Kagaku Kenkyuujo” manga in “Weekly Shonen Sunday”. According to him, he had submitted his work to the editorial department of “Jump” in the past, but was rejected because it was “boring.” It seems that the other names he carried were also subjected to some pretty bad criticism, with people saying “I’ll look at it, even though it probably doesn’t mean anything.” Oda’s name was well received by the editors of “Jump Square”, but in the end he received a very positive review in “Weekly Shonen Sunday”, saying “This is really good!”. So he submitted it to the “Shogakukan Newcomer Comic Award” and won the grand prize. After that he officially debuted in 2014.».
«Wataru watanabe: “Yowamushi Pedal”, serialized in the “Weekly Shonen Champion” since 2008, is an exciting sports manga about road cycling. The total number of copies sold has exceeded 25 million, making it a huge success. The author, Watanabe-sensei, made the leap with this work in his late thirties. In fact, more than twenty years earlier, in 1986, at the age of fifteen, Watanabe had already won an honorable mention at Shueisha’s 22nd Hop * Step Award. At first, Watanabe was a huge fan of Weekly Shonen Jump and thought he might debut right after winning the award. However, although he continued to receive honorable mentions and second prizes, he was unable to serialize his work in Jump and was forced to withdraw. Watanabe-sensei says of that time: “It was a lack of effort on my part.” Perhaps it was the experience of being isolated from the Jump that made “Yowamushi Pedal” what it is today.».
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