Hey! Say! JUMP Boy Band Gets Its Own Manga in Ciao Mag (Update 2)
posted on by Egan Loo
The January issue (released on December 1) of Shogakukan's Ciao magazine has announced that Hey! Say! JUMP, a J-pop boy band formed by Johnny & Associates, will launch its own manga in the next issue on December 29. Keiko Notoyama will be drawing all ten of the band members into the Waiwai— Hey! Say! JUMP manga. Hey! Say! JUMP is actually made of two five-boy groups: the (relatively) older Hey! Say! BEST who range in ages from 17 to 18, and the slightly younger Hey! Say! 7 who are between 13 and 15. The next Ciao issue will also feature a special photo feature on the band and a "special message" to the Ciao readers from the bandmates.
Yutaka Kanzaki drew two manga, Musume Monogatari and Musume Monogatari ALIVE!, about Hello! Project's Morning Musume girl group in Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine from 2001 to 2004. More recently, the 48-girl AKB48 idol group's "Team B" members inspired their own manga by Yasushi Akimoto and Natsuo Kume in April this year.
Update: Under an earlier incarnation of Hey! Say! 7, the members perfomed the "Hey! Say!" opening and "BON BON" ending theme songs for the Lovely Complex television anime series. Thanks, reversethief.
Update 2: The same issue with Waiwai— Hey! Say! JUMP will also debut the Maid Ja Nai Mon! (I'm Not a Maid!) manga by Meme Iwaoka. The story follows a 14-year-old girl who has to work as a maid at a magnate's mansion, due to her mother's last will and testament. Konomi Wagata will launch Issho ni Kaero (Let's Go Home Together), a manga about a Shiba dog named Ken who can sense people's thoughts and speak in human words.
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