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Jump Collaborates With Southern All Stars Band for Anniversaries

posted on by Jennifer Sherman

Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is continuing its 50th anniversary celebration by collaborating with rock band Southern All Stars, who celebrated the 40th anniversary of their debut in June. This year's combined 36th and 37th issue of the magazine, which will ship on August 6, features manga versions of the band members on the cover.

The theme of the cover is "Jump Rock Festival." Characters from every series currently running in the magazine appear to be the band's audience cheering them on. The issue features an interview with the band's vocalist and guitarist Keisuke Kuwata. Southern All Stars fan and manga creator Riichirou Inagaki (Eyeshield 21, Dr. Stone) served as the interviewer. The issue also includes a report manga related to the interview drawn by Masahiro Hirakata (Best Blue, Shinmai Fukei Kiruko-san).

Southern All Stars' new song "Sōnen Jump" (Prime-of-Life Jump) supposedly draws inspiration from the magazine. The song is part of the group's new album Umi no Oh, Yeah!!, which shipped on Wednesday. Embedded below is the song's music video.

A promotional campaign is offering chances to win one of 400 "Sounen Jump" (with "jump" written in katakana like the magazine's title, rather than in Roman letters like the song's title) clear files.

Other celebrations for the magazine's 50th anniversary include a three-part art exhibition with café, CD project, music festival, special Nintendo Classic Mini: Family Computer version, reprintings of landmark issues, manga contest, and T-shirts from UNIQLO.

Sources: Weekly Shonen Jump's website, Comic Natalie

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