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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 11:53 am Reply with quote
Naruto was mine, oh man. Good memories of running around my neighborhood in headbands (my dad complained when my friends and I did this because he said people would think we were a gang) and passing around the manga in our friend group all over lunchtime.

I fell off the Naruto wagon back in early high school; honestly if you had to ask me now what my favorite WSJ series is, it's Assassination Classroom.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 11:58 am Reply with quote
technically my answer would be dragonball (z) because it was one of the series I can say contributed to my being an anime fan and was one of the earliest examples I can remember of me being obsessed with a particular series. However i don't think it really counts so much due to my not being compelled to collect most of the series -just a couple select favorite arcs and films here and there

Other than that, I cant say I've been much of a jump fan actually- sure I've watched a little here and there and know facts through other fans and friends, but most of my favorite shounen series are from other magazines.

However I have to say that assassination classroom is finally the jump series to catch my heart- it's funny and heartwarming and I love watching how strong and kickass these underdog kids become over the course of the series through the guidance and incentive by their weird but nurturing emoji face octopus teacher. While the series has its rough points and there are things about it that I wish had been handled better, I can safely say it's my favorite JUMP series.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:04 pm Reply with quote
My first Shonen show that hooked me was likely Digimon Adventure. It isn't a JUMP show, but I'd classify it as a shonen. It also doubles as the first anime I was extremely into. It's also what I wrote my first fanfic about when I was 13. Yeah, I have a long history with Digimon.

My current favorite Shonen shows are Haikyuu!! and Blue Exorcist. I'm enjoying both, and I really appreciate that neither show is doing tons of filler while new manga content comes out - I'm willing to wait for more good stuff, and I am not willing sit through trash to get to it. Big plus for me.

I'm currently trying to watch Gintama...I'm on episode 9 so far. Still haven't laughed yet, but people assure me it gets better. After I'm done watching one of every premier, I'll keep trying....
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:07 pm Reply with quote
I cannot answer the question right now because I do not pay any attention to manga demographics and do not read the Viz magazine so I do not know what series I like might have run in Shonen Jump.

All that I can say right now is that I do not care much for any of the critics' choices.

Maybe I will think of an answer after seeing other responses here.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:10 pm Reply with quote
Technically I suppose Dragonball Z or Naruto count as my earliest WSJ introductions, but in my heart of hearts, I know the series that got me absolutely hooked is Rurouni Kenshin. It was the first manga I ever picked up (my high school library had a whole shelf of manga, including some uh, questionable choices like Great Teacher Onizuka and the Ragnarok manwha) and I read through the entire series just as quickly as I could read them. Heck there were a few days where I'd check out 2 volumes in the morning, return them in the afternoon and get 2 more before leaving school.

I'm sure part of it's just that I wasn't used to action comics, or that the sword fights just felt more immediately dangerous than the ninja magic or energy blasts I'd seen before, but RuroKen gripped me hard and I was always thrilled to see more of the action and learn more about Kenshin's past. After I finished the series I basically devoured every other series they stocked - I caught up on Bleach, Naruto, One Piece Shaman King (where I first learned the horror of premature cancellations) and read through all of Hikaru no Go in the span of maybe 2 months. And now I'm a very happy subscriber to the english digital release of Jump.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:13 pm Reply with quote
Definitely Yu Yu Hakusho. Excluding DBZ, it was the first Shonen Jump anime and one of the few first anime to get me hooked on the medium.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:15 pm Reply with quote
I didn't get hooked on anime do to a WSJ story, that goes to the like of Gundam, Macross and the late 80's movies. Only one WSJ has ever really been something that I craved to read / see and I still love watching it today and that is City Hunter.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:23 pm Reply with quote
Never really liked any shonen shows until I watched Bleach. I think that was the first one I loved.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:26 pm Reply with quote
If we’re talking about my first JUMP series I ever got into it’d be One Piece. My first series from the demographic in general was zatch bell which kickstarted my interest into anime and manga but One Piece had engrossed me in a way that I at the time didn’t think was possible. I specifically mention one piece because at the time, to me, One Piece seemed to counter everything that was supposed to make anime “traditionally cool”. It’s art style was nothing like Bleach, Naruto, or FMA, The main character basically fights like a cartoon character and there’s an overt sense of goofiness to the whole thing that reminded me more of the cartoons I was more fond and comfortable with growing up as opposed to the things all my peers rushed into to come off as more “adult” (which I somewhat hated.) For me though while One Piece was a goofy show, it was still somehow “anime cool” but it was completely on it’s own terms and I loved that the most about the series at the time. I’m not sure if I’d say it’s my favorite Jump series now but it is a series I still have respect and a fondness for, even as some of the arcs do feel slightly lesser in quality. That aspect of One Piece being it’s own thing is still there and never once have I really disliked the main cast or felt they got to sidelined for the sake of a large chunk of other side characters I don’t care about (looks at bleach) It is a series I currently sort of take a bit for granted though out of the fact that I’ve been with it for so long, and again, I’m not sure if I’d say it’s my favorite of that particular magazine’s brand sine both of Togashi’s manga and the new My hero academia can provide me with more of a sense of immediate entertainment or intrigue (exclusively for HxH) but again, One Piece is very personal to me in that sense of being what it is regardless of what’s supposed to be “cool” or not.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:26 pm Reply with quote
Oh, do I have a love relationship with WSJ. When I was a kid there were, easily, three anime for me, Dragon Ball, Saint Seiya, and Yu Yu Hakusho. I can say that these shaped me in my love for fighting anime and anime overall.

I believe that the time I spent watching them was truly special, because I rewatched Saint Seiya at least seven times + manga, when I finally had Internet, I watched Yu Yu Hakusho every damn summer for at least eight years and then read the manga. I think I watched Dragon Ball at least three times whole, and I read the manga up to the Saiyan Invasion arc.

However, that was mostly a nostalgia feeling, I still wasn't deeply into the universe of the WSJ universe. It wouldn't be until I found Hunter x Hunter, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Gintama, Fist of the North Star, One Piece, Rurouni Kenshin, Yu-Gi-Oh! (they kinda did not air it here for reasons I don't know), and all in manga form that I would start developing very strong feelings towards shounen manga and anime. It truly made me grow, because I don't just feel nostalgia or fanatism, I can also criticize and reflect on my views and writing.

If I'm not wrong, the current ones of WSJ I'm following are My Hero Academia, Assassination Classroom (well, it ended this year but you get the point), Hunter x Hunter (till I friggin die), Gintama and One Piece -not weekly, tho-, and I'd never regret riding the shonen jump train. If I had the choice, I would've watched and read more when I had time.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:33 pm Reply with quote
D.Gray-man was mine. I enjoyed the art style and the world it was set in. It was the first manga series that I actually read and it sparked my love of anime and manga in general. I enjoyed a lot of the characters, particularly Lavi as I identified with him a lot.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:45 pm Reply with quote
On which shounen show did I get hooked? ...well, how about the majority of them. I literally started watching anime with shounen, Dragon Ball Z was my favorite childhood show and Naruto is what started my craving for anime. After Naruto I started with One Piece, then Inuyasha and not much later I got into Bleach, Fairy Tail, Gintama, etc.

Basically, I love really really long shounen animes. Can't get enough of 'em. It's the kind of animes I enjoy and rewatch the most. At the moment I'm rewatching Toriko, a shame Funimation didn't release the entire show on DVD.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 1:04 pm Reply with quote
I suspect my WSJ experience is a bit different from most. I've loved anime since I was a kid, but the series that hooked me were Speed Racer and Battle of the Planets, and I still remember getting up at 5am to watch Robotech. By the time I graduated high school, though, the only manga I'd picked up were Marvel's beautifully colorized Akira and a few volumes of Ranma 1/2.

Fast-forward over a decade. I'm in my mid-30s and getting sick of the American comics industry... but my local comic store started carrying a manga called Cromartie High School, and I got sucked right in. Looking for something else that'd make me laugh that much, I found an article in the Comics Journal about Azumanga Daioh. Jackpot! I burned through the manga and then the anime... but what next?

What I found next was Gintama. I started reading scans online during a very difficult time in my life - my dream job had turned into a nightmare - and Gintoki & co. got me through. Once I discovered the anime, I was able to get my wife hooked on it, too. Despite the characters often being jerks to each other, it's such a warm, loving story in so many ways, and the writing is smart and oftentimes dark in ways you rarely see over here. I can honestly say that it's my favorite comic and TV show ever.

And it led me into the world of Jump! It's crazy to think how much great stuff has come out of this one weekly anthology. I quickly found Sket Dance and Beelzebub while looking for series that would make me laugh like Gintama. Dr Slump taught me to love Toriyama (I confess to never being able to get into Dragonball). I started reading Rokudenashi Blues after seeing a picture of the main character pulling some ridiculous faces and deciding I needed to find out about him. I'm still swimming in Araki's fabulous world of Jojo. And then there's Hunter x Hunter (and Level E!), Sexy Commando (and Jaguar!), Assassination Classroom (and Neuro!), Nurarihyon no Mago, Medaka Box (if only the anime hadn't stopped right when the story was getting good), Super Dog Rilienthal, Kurogane, Saiki Kusuo no Psi-nan (which really needs a proper anime), My Hero Academia... and that's not even getting into the great stuff that's come out of the other Jumps, like Claymore (and Angel Densetsu!) and my beloved Gag Manga Biyori.

I forget what my point was, if I even had one. Jump puts out some great stuff, and it helped me get out of the US comics rut, where nothing ever really changes, and the expensive monthly comics are just there to service the trademarks of huge media conglomerates. If only the US magazine market could support a similar weekly anthology of such diversity!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 1:07 pm Reply with quote
Dragon Ball I suppose (not sure if it comes from WSJ), but it was not what hooked me into anime. I enjoyed shounen staff as a teenager, but Cowboy Bebop, Evangelion and Trigun were my real gateways into anime fandom.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 1:10 pm Reply with quote
Bleach, and I'm not ashamed to say this. Even now, many years later, Soul Society arc is still among very best shonen arcs I've seen. Lovable characters, some humor, cool baddies (or at least who I thought were baddies), style and aesthetics. For me it was almost flawless entertainment.
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