Steins;Gate meets Bakuman
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):
This chapter raises the stakes to new levels. Some truths of the time machine are finally revealed. I will be mentioning some spoiler parts from this week’s chapter so please read that before reading this review. The time machine didn’t send the Weekly Shonen Jump and this has Teppei on edge. Teppei’s worst fear is that he won’t get any more issues and will have to write the story on his own. Future Itsuku’s writing and drawing abilities are beyond anything Teppei is capable of. The future has been revealed and its more dreadful than anything Teppei could even imagine. This surprise came at the right time to breathe new life into this manga. Teppei’s actions can be justified if this manga is heading in the direction that it is foreshowing. How will Teppei react to the future? Teppei has a chance to become a more interesting protagonist and make this his story.
This chapter’s latest revelations remind me heavily of Steins;Gate. I can’t help but compare it to Steins;Gate. Steins;Gate is one of my favorite anime. This chapter takes a ton of inspiration and methods from that series. Teppei has become aware of some devastating knowledge of the future. Just like Okabe from Steins;Gate, he has to find a way to handle this revelation. The focus on Itsuki in previous chapters makes more sense. She was a ray of sunshine for Itsuki and now he has to find a way to repay her kindness. Her importance to Teppei has come at a huge cost. I want to see how Teppei will differ from Okabe. They are both people that dream of being of importance but are failures. When Teppei is reading the latest future Weekly Shone Jump, he breaks down. Its the first time that his emotion has felt genuine. Part of the reason that Steins;Gate work so well was because of the anguish he felt as he Kurisu die.
The science-fiction element is being touched upon more. I wonder what are the explanations of the time machine. Previously, the rules were explained and clear. But this chapter throws a bone to those established rules. The time machine acts of its own accord to give a message to Teppei. It’s still early on in the manga but I do want to see this addressed in the future. Science fiction works best when an author has envisioned the rules for their story and slowly sets out to reveal them.
The revelations of the future have me exhilarated with where the story is going. This story focus on Teppei and his devotion to White Knight was wearing me out. It wouldn’t be an interesting point to keep the story going on. That devotion is justified with this chapter with the events that occurred. I didn’t feel like having this manga focus on Teppei doubts would be able to keep this manga alive. That twist was so great and shocking. Teppei is going to make for a much more interesting character from this point on. He will remain to be a gloomy character but that will be understandable with the fate that been thrust upon him. Itsuki has unknowingly become the tragic heroine. I am intrigued to see how she has been deemed an important figure by a time machine. She has to be saved but for what reason? I am glad to see this story moved to a science fiction mystery.
Content Grade: A
Art Grade: A
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: Teen
Released By: Shonen Jump
Release Date: June 26, 2020