Story: Kenji Ichima
Art: Tsunehiro Date
Translation: Stephen Paul
Lettering: Snir Aharon
What They Say:
On a cold and stormy night, I decided to give up on my dream. But lightning strikes! And now I have an issue of Shonen Jump from the future! Teppei Sasaki is a passionate rookie manga artist who dreams of getting a series in Weekly Shonen Jump. One day, he gets a copy of Jump from ten years in the future. Is it all a coincidence, or is it fate? Whatever the case, destiny is about to change…. Time Warps! Destinies intersected! For a tomorrow that was never meant to be.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Teppei is dealing with the devastating consequences of his actions last chapter. It was fantastic to see him rip his manga to make a better version. But this chapter highlights the problems that Teppei was bound to face. He is over-relying on Itsuki for creative criticism of his draft. He says that he has a responsibility to publish White Knight but he is pushing some of that responsibility to others. In a moment of utter shame, Teppei takes the future edition of White Knight to trace it and publish it on his own. It was a bit understandable when he did it the first time. He thought it was his dream and he published thinking it was his creation. But it isn’t excusable this time around. He knows that it’s not his creation and this time he was plagiarism future Itsuki’s ideas. In the last chapter, it seemed like Teppei was finally discovering himself but he falls down so hard this chapter.
Itsuki comes to rescue but she provides Teppei with some confusing advice. She tells him that he is like a bird, flying freely with nothing to tie him down. These words do nothing and confuse Teppei even further. Itsuki is a youthful, invigorating character and works best to deal with Teppei tragedies. It was a good point in time to break the tension from Teppei’s disasters. As Teppei is groveling for advice again, Itsuki provides with him with some knowledge parting words. Itsuki has been a great character for the way she interacts and deals with Teppei’s selfish whims. Itsuki is the series true protagonist and outshines Teppei.
There has been one page where I am surprised at the art that Tsunehiro Date puts out for this manga. Every chapter has had that one page where you can’t take your eye away from. This one captures Teppei’s spirit as he has learned from Itsuki. He is willing to make White Knight a great series on his own. It makes it believable that Teppei is progressing and learning what needs to be done. Teppei has to accept that White Knight is now his manga and no one else.
There are moments where Teppei’s characterization is unstable. There are parts where Teppei is evolving as a character but then he takes three steps back. In some aspects, this part of Teppei creates a wonderful sense of humanity. He isn’t perfect and has many flaws that he needs to overcome. It’s a bit refreshing to see a failure trying hard to succeed. But I hope that will be the last chapter that Teppei is looking for Itsuki’s approval. The manga needs to move on beyond that aspect and make Teppei fully responsible for his actions. Itsuki’s radiant demeanor is able to balance out Teppei’s unsavory characteristics.
Content Grade: B
Art Grade: A
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: Teen
Released By: Shonen Jump
Release Date: June 14, 2020