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Time Paradox Ghostwriter #9 Review

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Time Paradox Ghostwriter is getting better with each chapter.

“After The Blank Page”

Creative Staff
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):
Its the birth of a brand new Teppei. The happy go lucky fool Teppei that believed in his dreams is dead. Teppei is a meeting with his editor and they are discussing an anime. He should be happy but his eyes are so empty. The editor comments on how he has never had to give any input because Teppei’s chapters are perfect. Chapter 45 is the last chapter that he receives from the future. Chapter 46 is completely Teppei’s original work and represents the departure from Itsuki Anno. His editor senses that something is off with Chapter 46 and is not at the usual standard of White Knight. He unknowingly sticks the arrow deeper into Teppei’s cognitive wounds. 

The lottery numbers that Teppei received from the future turned out to be true. He also sees that Itsuki is working on creating Anima, the work that Itsuki was going to create in the future. He interprets this as the prophecy is accurate and he has no choice but to beat Itsuki’s manga Anima. This drives Teppei further into madness. He works on creating new chapters of White Knight but his mind is deteriorating. His demons are haunting him and depriving him of the joys of creating manga. 

The series moves 6 months forward and Itsuki is publishing Anima. Itsuki and Teppei are officially rivals as they have their mangas compete in Weekly Shonen Jump. This opens up the manga to go a lot of directions for different moments. It can focus on being a battle manga and focus on Teppei and Itsuki competing against each other and improving their craft. This manga can also incorporate the other assistants as they proceed to make their manga. It can also docus on Teppei descent to madness as he deals with the unknowns of the prophecy. 

In Summary:
Time Paradox Ghostwriter is getting better with each chapter. It is finding its stride and going at 101%. Teppei has gone through extreme circumstances and these changes are starting to appear. He has no chance but to evolve as he can’t rely on Itsuki in the present or the future. The move forward six months was a great tool to move forward. It would have been interesting to see how Teppei has to deal with creating new chapters of White Knight without Itsuki’s help. He is going to create future chapters either way but with further pressure of having to save Itsuki from her fate. Chapter 46 was the first chapter that Teppei was going to create on his own and it would be great to see how the public reacts to it. The facial expressions that Tsunehiro Date draws are gorgeous. Where he draws Itsuku Anno at her happiest or Teppei at his gloomiest, their expressions are so vivid. Especially on the last page where Teppei and Itsuki go their separate ways. There is a delicate balance of things to come. There is a wonderful equilibrium of Teppei and Itsuki’s emotions in order so that the manga doesn’t fall to one side of despair. 

Content Grade: A
Art Grade: A+
Text/Translation Grade: A

Age Rating: Teen
Released By: Shonen Jump
Release Date: July 12, 2020

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