Oh when that Jump issue leaked and the color page was posted on Twitter, I was losing it over Asta's new design lol. Love it.Natsu in the final arc
im not necessarily in love with the pre time skip MC outfits, but sometimes I think they get worse. See Asta (I know I’m in minority about this one lol) and Luffy. One Piece though is interesting because the strawhats have different outfits almost every arc which isn’t something a lot of battle manga do, so it doesn’t real;y feel like they have “default” outfits
Smart move looking at Pirate Warriors for both.
Luffy has that in Zou too.
Yea unlike the other characters, when you actually look at the downtime between the arcs, Luffy consistently goes back to his FI outfit, or some variation of it. So that actually is his default outfit lol
I put that on Shueisha. They foolishly went "all-in" on Samurai 8 and put the cart before the horse. Over-printing volumes, forcing advertisements everywhere, contracts with their global publishers to get it out the door. Then they realized "oh shit, nobody likes this" and now they're stuck. It's probably gone by the next cycle, unless Zipman cushions it.
I always find it interesting how the release order changes between countries.
Yeah it probably is Shueisha as part of their misguided initial push.I put that on Shueisha. They foolishly went "all-in" on Samurai 8 and put the cart before the horse. Over-printing volumes, forcing advertisements everywhere, contracts with their global publishers to get it out the door. Then they realized "oh shit, nobody likes this" and now they're stuck. It's probably gone by the next cycle, unless Zipman cushions it.
Man, to think it came first in France even ahead of JJK. That's some injustice.I always find it interesting how the release order changes between countries.
In Japan they came out in the order they started: Act-Age (May 2018) > Jujutsu Kaisen (July 2018) > Chainsaw Man (March 2019) > Samurai 8 (October 2019)
The English release went like this: Jujutsu Kaisen (December 2019) > Samurai 8 (March 2020) > Act-Age (July 2020) > Chainsaw Man (Fall 2020)
And France got this: Samurai 8 (December 2019) > Jujutsu Kaisen (February 2020) > Chainsaw Man (March 2020) > Act-Age (April 2020)
Also interesting that the English release is noticeably slower than the French one. But that may be because those 4 manga are released by 3 different publishers in France and only one in English, so there is nothing pushing Viz to be faster.
Oh I know Naruto is huge in France. "Naruto is huge" is the reason for a lot of regrettable decisions behind Samurai 8 including it getting a serialization to begin with. Naruto Vol. 1 still selling like that though is impressive..
Naruto is HUGE in France (well, in the west in general). It sold 20m units there (That's about the same as One-Punch Man, worldwide). Last week (February 3rd to february 9th), Naruto volume 1 was the 147th best selling book in France (that includes novels, essays, comics, manga, etc) for no particular reason. It's just popular (just like the Harry Potter novels are almost always in the top 200). To compare, The Quintessential Quintuplets Volume 1 and 2 came out that week too, volume 1 was 123rd and volume 2 was 161st.
So of course they would want to publish them as soon as possible. It's hard to say if it was a success though. During their release week, none of the two S8 volumes charted in the top 200 (they had 3 days of sales) while Naruto vol. 1 was 195th. But they did enter the rankings the week after (and stayed there for 3 weeks iirc, around the #150 mark). I think they might have done over 10k in 2019 which is pretty good (that's what Kingdom #1 did, to compare, Dr. Stone #1 did over 30k, Neverland #1 sold between 50k and 100k units). But when you realise Boruto #1 did 70k in its launch year, you realise S8 can not compare to Kishimoto's other work in any way.
Dang, it's hanging with the new hot series lol. (And yeah it is pretty crazy to think that it sold more than S8 Vol.1 in Japan.)Check this:
These are the 20 best-selling manga volumes in France in 2019. (Pic from the Angoulème comic convention, used to highlight how some "new" franchises are driving sales).
Fucking Naruto is there
- Dragon Ball Super, Volume 6
- One Piece, Volume 89
- Dragon Ball Super, Volume 7
- Ki & Hi, Volume 4
- One Piece, Volume 90
- Dragon Ball Super, Volume 8
- One Piece, Volume 91
- My Hero Academia, Volume 17
- The Promised Neverland, Volume 6
- My Hero Academia, Volume 18
- One-Punch Man, Volume 14
- The Promised Neverland, Volume 7
- One Piece, Volume 92
- My Hero Academia, Volume 1
- One-Punch Man, Volume 15
- My Hero Academia, Volume 19
- The Promised Neverland, Volume 8
- Dragon Ball Super, Volume 9
- Naruto, Volume 1
- My Hero Academia, Volume 20
Think about it
In 2019, Naruto Volume 1 in France outsold Samurai 8 Volume 1 in Japan.
PS: Ki & Hi is a manga written by a youtuber (Kevin Tran, one of the two brothers from "Le Rire Jaune", their videos are comedy skits) about the life of the two brothers. I've never read it, so I don't know how good it is, but they aren't the only internet celebrities to have written a book/a comic, so if it works that well, then I suppose it's pretty good.