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'Medaka Box' Creators to Start New Manga

by Sakana-san
Dec 3, 2015 1:36 PM | 60 Comments
The January issue of Shueisha's Jump SQ has announced that Isin Nisio (Monogatari Series) will draw a new series with Akira Akatsuki. To be titled Shounen Shoujo, it will debut in Jump SQ's February issue, to be released on January 4.

The duo had previously worked on Medaka Box, which was serialized in Weekly Shounen Jump. It finished in April 2013 and has 22 compiled volumes. The manga received two 12-episode TV anime adaptations by Gainax.

Source: Yaraon

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I surprisingly enjoyed Medaka Box for the most part so i'll check this one out.

Dec 13, 2015 7:19 AM by Kryptiq

We need more medaka box but ill take this.

Dec 5, 2015 3:18 PM by JudeMaxwell

Yes! Medaka Box is my favorite manga so this is great news. Can't wait for January

Dec 5, 2015 1:48 PM by KurokamiPhantom

Wow, I was even planning on re-reading Medaka Box since I haven't read it in years.

Everything after the Abnormal arc was quite exceptional.

I'll check this out upon its release. Akatsuki and Nisio are a surprisingly good duo.

Dec 5, 2015 12:17 PM by Dawud

Zefyris said:
moodie said:
adaption =/= source

also you dont have to like everything that a specific author makes

Are you suggesting that the anime of monogatari is better than the original work from NisiOisiN ?
I dont know where I suggested that.

What I said was that watching the adaption isnt the same as reading the source. Therefore just because he likes the anime doesnt mean he likes the light novels or Nisios writting. It just means he likes an adaption of nisios writing

Dec 5, 2015 11:55 AM by moodie

moodie said:
Zefyris said:

you gave a 9 to each of the monogatari series you watched though. That's from the same author.
adaption =/= source

also you dont have to like everything that a specific author makes

Are you suggesting that the anime of monogatari is better than the original work from NisiOisiN ?

Dec 5, 2015 11:50 AM by Zefyris

Zefyris said:
rautes said:
As someone who read 70 chapters before dropping Medaka Box, I'm NOT looking forward to this...

you gave a 9 to each of the monogatari series you watched though. That's from the same author.
adaption =/= source

also you dont have to like everything that a specific author makes

Dec 5, 2015 11:49 AM by moodie

rautes said:
As someone who read 70 chapters before dropping Medaka Box, I'm NOT looking forward to this...

you gave a 9 to each of the monogatari series you watched though. That's from the same author.

Dec 5, 2015 11:48 AM by Zefyris

As someone who read 70 chapters before dropping Medaka Box, I'm NOT looking forward to this...

Dec 5, 2015 11:19 AM by rautes

SheasonDuerulo said:
Kuma said:
holy shit. how the fuck my post can be flame wars? i have no intention of it. fuck you wondersonC.
also both of them are overrated. deal with it.

nisio issin is definitive of pretentious. when you realize the meaning of longass dialogue can be discribed with very short and clear sentence. also his word play is not even that great.

asano inio is just urobutcher but with more reasonable character. all of the character given reason to be retard, everyone become retard, and everyone will always retard. just let them suffer asano.
bring salt to everyone


Interesting to see you shit on his wordplay when it's been translated AND you're writing in broken English.

do your understanding what the wording play even am???

I've read 6 books from him (zaregoto 1-5 and Kizumonogatari). I read directly in japanese. And I would agree that his wordplay aren't especially impressive. My impression of them however is that they're usually quite spot on (as in, adequate), so while it's not great, they usually makes me smile and agree with them. It's the same with the title of the manga "shounen shoujo" this thread is about. I pointed out above the play with kanji, and I appreciated it.But is it something awesome ? No. NisiOisiN 's writing feels like he makes wordplays on the fly, when he feels like it fits, without bothering to search for complicated and elaborated stuff.

So while I wouldn't advice someone who want to read things with lots of wordplay to read NisiOisiN just for this, those wordplays are a nice add to his work and therefore welcome. That's part of the charm of his writing style.

Also, in the 6 books I've read, I never felt he was pretentious. Quite the contrary, he feels quite dedicated to simply write what he likes without bothering with pretentious rules and stuff. His book are usually quite easy to read due to this. BTW tons of dialogue has never been something "pretentious" from an author to begin with. Authors that have their strength into dialogues are usually looked down by critics compared to authors with strength in descriptions.

If you want my opinion, Yoshiki Tanaka (LOGH) feels far more pretentious with the way he writes his story (not that I have a problem with it though) than NisiOisiN, and by far.

Dec 5, 2015 12:12 AM by Zefyris

Kuma said:
holy shit. how the fuck my post can be flame wars? i have no intention of it. fuck you wondersonC.
also both of them are overrated. deal with it.

nisio issin is definitive of pretentious. when you realize the meaning of longass dialogue can be discribed with very short and clear sentence. also his word play is not even that great.

asano inio is just urobutcher but with more reasonable character. all of the character given reason to be retard, everyone become retard, and everyone will always retard. just let them suffer asano.
bring salt to everyone


* WandersonC :D and cry more, this is MAL. You should see that saying that both of them are overrated is even worse flame wars bait, oh wait... :)

Dec 4, 2015 5:21 PM by WandersonC

the MC kinda looks cool.

Dec 4, 2015 4:28 PM by lord23

plis other medaka box no

Dec 4, 2015 1:53 PM by yakami95

mlcdl said:
Fumito said:
OHHHHHHHH.

LET'S SEE IF THEY CREATE A CHARACTER THAT CAN TOP KUMAGAWA.


This would be the main reason for me to try this.

Dec 4, 2015 12:56 PM by HIPSTERMOONCAT

Kuma said:
holy shit. how the fuck my post can be flame wars? i have no intention of it. fuck you wondersonC.
also both of them are overrated. deal with it.

nisio issin is definitive of pretentious. when you realize the meaning of longass dialogue can be discribed with very short and clear sentence. also his word play is not even that great.

asano inio is just urobutcher but with more reasonable character. all of the character given reason to be retard, everyone become retard, and everyone will always retard. just let them suffer asano.
bring salt to everyone


Interesting to see you shit on his wordplay when it's been translated AND you're writing in broken English.

do your understanding what the wording play even am???

Dec 4, 2015 12:42 PM by SheasonDuerulo

Hmmm.
I read Medaka Box a little bit and wanted to keep going for Kumagawa but I hate Medaka. :(
Let's hope this doesn't work out the same way where one character will interfere with my enjoyment.

Dec 4, 2015 12:05 PM by stand

Hahah the way the "shou" of shounen shoujo are written. That's not the character 少 (little) as used for boys/ girls, but 症, which means "illness". NisiOisiN really loves that kind of play. This already tells us the kind of story it will be x).

Interesting, one thing I like with NisiOisiN is some of characters he creates. Some of them are really nice. Let's hope he manages to create some very good ones with that new manga.

Dec 4, 2015 10:59 AM by Zefyris

kuma you really talk out of your ass.

OT:I actually like Medaka Box so I will be definitely looking forward to it.

Dec 4, 2015 9:42 AM by laidellent

holy shit. how the fuck my post can be flame wars? i have no intention of it. fuck you wondersonC.
also both of them are overrated. deal with it.

nisio issin is definitive of pretentious. when you realize the meaning of longass dialogue can be discribed with very short and clear sentence. also his word play is not even that great.

asano inio is just urobutcher but with more reasonable character. all of the character given reason to be retard, everyone become retard, and everyone will always retard. just let them suffer asano.
bring salt to everyone

Dec 4, 2015 9:26 AM by Kuma

TheNaturalPerm said:

Isin's writing is extremely hit or miss. He sometimes writes a brilliant Hitagi End and then drops shit like Tsukimonogatari on you.
Also if that pick of the Medaka Box kid isn't 2edgy4u then I don't know what is. That show's whole story is pretty darn dumb even for an action shonen.

Asano is a far better and consistent writer. Isin's writing style is often just otaku fodder unless you count 20 minute bath scenes with loli character or Kanbaru talking about how she wants the D and is not wearing a bra as good storytelling.

Where Isin goes for titilation, Asano tackles sexuality.

It's really not. The only time that it strayed was in Nisemonogatari and he said publicly that he wrote that for fun or himself and wasn't intended for publishing. Aside from that I found his style and quality of writing to be very consistent, across multiple series. What was bad about Tsukimonogatari? you are comparing Koimonogatari an arc where all the build of previous arc (From as far as Nisemonogatari) comes into fruition, to an arc that was a mere build up for the mysteries and some of the prominent characters of Final season.

You don't even know the story and you are already calling it dumb? Lol. The title is illness boy and illness girl, clearly the boy appearance isn't edgy and has something to do with the plot. Similar to Kumagama's appearance when he was a kid and the contrast to it when he grew up (in the look of the female lead).

Heavily disagree. They both aim for different things. Niso isn't otaku fodder (new buzzword yay) In all of the works I read for him and especially Monogatari series, above all else, he does character studies. He takes the mundanes of teenager problems and insert them in a supernatural setting to emphasis them and analyze the characters like he did with Nadeko and Hanekewa. In terms of style it's always witty, funny with a bit of meta in Monogatari or very meta in Medaka Box or subversion of tropes in Katanagatari.

The story is never a big focus, even in Katangatari where the whole drive is supposed to be the journey for the swords but most of the time is spent focus on the protagonist (to the point where he literally skipped a hyped up fight). Medaka Box sacrifice the story after the Minus arc for the sake of being cheeky and meta. Where a whole arc is composed of the concept of the ''Shounen manga main character''.

Yes, there is a lot of idle chatter about things that don't really matter. But for me it has a charm to it. Sometimes it's funny, sometimes it's funny because it was too trivial, sometimes it's actually smart. In the end it's part of the experience for me.

Sexuality with Niso is used as something fun, playful and a bit of tease. It doesn't explore it seriously. Just a jab here and there about LN ecchi as a self awareness of sort, while at the same time sometimes indulging in it himself, a contradiction. While Asano uses sexuality as a key element to explore his characters, which just shows how different their style is.

Dismissing Niso as that term you stated is as the same as dismissing Asano as an edgy sex maniac. Personally speaking I prefer Niso. Asano's style is too dramatic for my taste sometimes and the emphasis on sexuality is something I don't really care for. His works is more for someone who is looking for melancholic often a bit depressing looks into life, it's meaning and nihilism. His character are means to tell the story, and outlook in life while I prefer the opposite found in Niso.

Dec 4, 2015 8:36 AM by tsudecimo

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