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Why do the shounen jump ranking matter? Why should people care about them? How long have the ranking been around? Is there a subjective bias? If so what is it?
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Why do the shounen jump ranking matter? Why should people care about them? How long have the ranking been around? Is there a subjective bias? If so what is it?

The rankings determine whether a series will survive or will it end. So for people who like to check out new series, they want to check the rankings and see if a new series they like is being received positively by the Japanese fans and editors. If a new series does bad in the rankings it will end (canceled) immediately. For well established series, they are given a long chance to try and get better in the rankings. If they continue on doing bad, Shueisha gives those series a good amount of time to tie any loose ends, wrap up the story and end it naturally.

Weekly Shonen Jump has always been strict with the rankings. The rankings have probably been around from the beginning. If you check a list of series that were published in WSJ, you will see a lot of series that ended with around 10 chapters.

What people need to understand is that the rankings they see are not solely dependent on the readers' survey though it is a major factor. There are many factors they take into consideration. The Editor in Chief has the final word. I wouldn't call that a subjective bias, as the Editor in Chief is the man responsible for insuring that the magazine does good. As much as people like to complain about the strict decisions for new series, I can argue that most of the time it's the right decision. WSJ is the most popular manga magazine. It has produced most of the really successful series, One Piece, Dragon Ball, Naruto, Slam Dunk, to name a few. Basically, the Editor in Chief was appointed this position because of his experience and capability of doing his job.
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Weekly Shonen Jump Issue #10 ToC (February 3rd, 2014):
Toriko (Cover, Lead CP, 24 p.)
1- Assassination Classroom
One Piece (Not ranked. Was absent in issue #1)
Wonderful Wonder World (Center Color, One-Shot, 47 p.)
2- Gintama
Shokugeki no Soma (Center Color, 23 p.)
3- Haikyuu!!
4- Soul Catcher(S)
5- Kuroko's Basketball
6- Nisekoi
Gentle (One-Shot, 17 p.)
World Trigger (Center Color)
7- The Story of Isobe Isobee
8- Bleach
9- The Disaster of PSI Kusuo Saiki
10- Iron Knight (First ranking)
11- Kochikame
12- Beelzebub
13- Hachi
14- Cupid Yakenohara Jin
Naruto (Absent)

WSJ #10 Cover:



Weekly Shonen Jump Issue #11 (February 10th, 2014):
Illegal Rare by Hiroshi Shiibashi (author of Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan) (Cover, Lead CP, New Series, 58 p.)
Toriko (Center Color)
Nisekoi (Center Color)
Shokugeki no Soma (Center Color)

The Story of Isobe Isobee (20 p.)

WSJ #11 Preview:


Weekly Shonen Jump Issue #12 (February 17th, 2014):
iShojo by Toshinori Takayama (Cover, Lead CP, New Series)

Weekly Shonen Jump Issue #13 (February 24th, 2014):
Stealth Symphony by author Ryohgo Narita and artist Yoichi Amano (Cover, Lead CP, New Series)

Weekly Shonen Jump Issue #14 (March 3rd, 2014):
Tokyo Wonder Boys by author Kento Shimoyama and artist Tsunehiro Date (Cover, Lead CP, New Series)

Preview for the four new series:
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I am so shocked that nisekoi gets ranked so high it's been so typical harem since forever
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A lot of interesting one-shots have popped up recently. I wish translators could get to them.. I also can't wait til Obah and Obata make a new manga. Death Note and Bakuman are my favorite manga to date.
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Weekly Shonen Jump Issue #10 ToC (February 3rd, 2014):
Toriko (Cover, Lead CP, 24 p.)
1- Assassination Classroom
One Piece (Not ranked. Was absent in issue #1)
Wonderful Wonder World (Center Color, One-Shot, 47 p.)
2- Gintama
Shokugeki no Soma (Center Color, 23 p.)
3- Haikyuu!!
4- Soul Catcher(S)
5- Kuroko's Basketball
6- Nisekoi
Gentle (One-Shot, 17 p.)
World Trigger (Center Color)
7- The Story of Isobe Isobee
8- Bleach
9- The Disaster of PSI Kusuo Saiki
10- Iron Knight (First ranking)
11- Kochikame
12- Beelzebub
13- Hachi
14- Cupid Yakenohara Jin
Naruto (Absent)

WSJ #10 Cover:



Weekly Shonen Jump Issue #11 (February 10th, 2014):
Illegal Rare by Hiroshi Shiibashi (author of Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan) (Cover, Lead CP, New Series, 58 p.)
Toriko (Center Color)
Nisekoi (Center Color)
Shokugeki no Soma (Center Color)

The Story of Isobe Isobee (20 p.)

WSJ #11 Preview:


Weekly Shonen Jump Issue #12 (February 17th, 2014):
iShojo by Toshinori Takayama (Cover, Lead CP, New Series)

Weekly Shonen Jump Issue #13 (February 24th, 2014):
Stealth Symphony by author Ryohgo Narita and artist Yoichi Amano (Cover, Lead CP, New Series)

Weekly Shonen Jump Issue #14 (March 3rd, 2014):
Tokyo Wonder Boys by author Kento Shimoyama and artist Tsunehiro Date (Cover, Lead CP, New Series)

Preview for the four new series:

What does center color mean or rank as? 2nd best?
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What does center color mean or rank as? 2nd best?

Lead CP means that a series has a color page at the beginning of the magazine. Center color means that a series has a color page, but it's placed in the middle of the magazine. Series with Lead CP or Center Color pages are not ranked as they're placed differently in the table of contents than other series.

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faeghichigo wrote:
What does center color mean or rank as? 2nd best?

Lead CP means that a series has a color page at the beginning of the magazine. Center color means that a series has a color page, but it's placed in the middle of the magazine. Series with Lead CP or Center Color pages are not ranked as they're placed differently in the table of contents than other series.



But does it mean anything important towards the series? Having color pages and/or cover page ? And is it mostly popular or know series that get color pages and/or cover pages or a new series that is published in the magazine that gets a color page and/or cover pages to have a kick start or is it both popular and new series that get it. Sorry for all the questions. I am just curious to know if I should take them seriously or lightly. Thanks for your last response towards my previous question.
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viva_cmpunker wrote:


faeghichigo wrote:
What does center color mean or rank as? 2nd best?

Lead CP means that a series has a color page at the beginning of the magazine. Center color means that a series has a color page, but it's placed in the middle of the magazine. Series with Lead CP or Center Color pages are not ranked as they're placed differently in the table of contents than other series.



But does it mean anything important towards the series? Having color pages and/or cover page ? And is it mostly popular or know series that get color pages and/or cover pages or a new series that is published in the magazine that gets a color page and/or cover pages to have a kick start or is it both popular and new series that get it. Sorry for all the questions. I am just curious to know if I should take them seriously or lightly. Thanks for your last response towards my previous question.

A new series gets a Lead CP and cover for chapter 1. It also gets a Center color page for chapter 2. Series get color pages for anniversaries, anime announcements, movie announcements, new volume releases, character popularity results, etc. If the magazine feels that a series might be even more successful and they want to push a series, they give it a color page so that more people notice the series.

Lastly, the most obvious thing is that popular series get color pages. So if a series gets color pages, it could mean that it has a decent popularity.

If One Piece will have a color page it only gets Lead CP and not Center color. I assume the reason being that One Piece is the most successful series in WSJ, so if it gets a color page it must be at the beginning of the magazine. Naruto is the same, but it got a center color page in 2013, that's a rare occasion though.
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It's worth mentioning that Dragon Ball Full Color will be ending soon and if my estimate is correct it'll be in the February 17 issue it was also announced that one of the 4 series starting in Weekly Shonen Jump will replace it.
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It's worth mentioning that Dragon Ball Full Color will be ending soon and if my estimate is correct it'll be in the February 17 issue it was also announced that one of the 4 series starting in Weekly Shonen Jump will replace it.

My guess is Stealth Symphony. It is from the writer of Durarara and Baccano which are both popular, so it's kind of a safe bet to publish it in English. I'd be fine with any one of them except iShojo.
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Weekly Shonen Jump Issue #11 ToC (February 10th, 2014):
Illegal Rare (Cover, Lead CP, New Series, 58 p.)
1- Naruto
2- One Piece
Toriko (Center Color)
3- Assassination Classroom
4- Haikyu!!
Shokugeki no Soma (Center Color)
5- Kuroko's Basketball
6- World Trigger
Nisekoi (Center Color)
7- The Disaster of PSI Kusuo Saiki
8- Gintama
9- Soul Catcher(S)
10- Kochikame
11- The Story of Isobe Isobee (20 p.)
12- Bleach
13- Iron Knight
14- Beelzebub
15- Cupid Yakenohara Jin
16- Hachi

WSJ #11 Cover:



Weekly Shonen Jump Issue #12 (February 17th, 2014):
iShojo by Toshinori Takayama (Cover, Lead CP, New Series, 54 p.)
Kuroko's Basketball (Center Color)
The Disaster of PSI Kusuo Saiki (Center Color)
Illegal Rare (Center Color, 25 p.)

One Piece (Absent)

WSJ #12 Preview:


Weekly Shonen Jump Issue #13 (February 24th, 2014):
Stealth Symphony by author Ryohgo Narita and artist Yoichi Amano (Cover, Lead CP, New Series)

Weekly Shonen Jump Issue #14 (March 3rd, 2014):
Tokyo Wonder Boys by author Kento Shimoyama and artist Tsunehiro Date (Cover, Lead CP, New Series)
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viva_cmpunker wrote:


faeghichigo wrote:


viva_cmpunker wrote:


faeghichigo wrote:
What does center color mean or rank as? 2nd best?

Lead CP means that a series has a color page at the beginning of the magazine. Center color means that a series has a color page, but it's placed in the middle of the magazine. Series with Lead CP or Center Color pages are not ranked as they're placed differently in the table of contents than other series.



But does it mean anything important towards the series? Having color pages and/or cover page ? And is it mostly popular or know series that get color pages and/or cover pages or a new series that is published in the magazine that gets a color page and/or cover pages to have a kick start or is it both popular and new series that get it. Sorry for all the questions. I am just curious to know if I should take them seriously or lightly. Thanks for your last response towards my previous question.

A new series gets a Lead CP and cover for chapter 1. It also gets a Center color page for chapter 2. Series get color pages for anniversaries, anime announcements, movie announcements, new volume releases, character popularity results, etc. If the magazine feels that a series might be even more successful and they want to push a series, they give it a color page so that more people notice the series.

Lastly, the most obvious thing is that popular series get color pages. So if a series gets color pages, it could mean that it has a decent popularity.

If One Piece will have a color page it only gets Lead CP and not Center color. I assume the reason being that One Piece is the most successful series in WSJ, so if it gets a color page it must be at the beginning of the magazine. Naruto is the same, but it got a center color page in 2013, that's a rare occasion though.


OK. Thanks.
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OOoh shii Naruto just jumped up that ladder boom.
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new series looks interesting
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