Der aktuelle Chefredakteur des Magazins (Hiroyuki Nakano) trat beim Radiosender TBS im Rahmen der "Shonen Jump x TBS radio collaboration" ans Mikrofon und gab ein paar erklärende Worte zur Arbeit des Editorials ab, welche von iceemperor im MangaHelpers-Forum übersetzt wurden, Credits gehen also an ihn.
Editor-in-Chief Nakano was a guest on TBS radio for their Shonen Jump x TBS radio collaboration and gave some nice insights into the Jump Editorial office.
Some of the main points include:
I might rewrite some things if I misunderstood some things for people that can't understand japanese but the link above has the original Radio Broadcast.
- In terms of a position in a company, the Editor-in-chief would be akin to a manager.
- Once an editor is promoted to Deputy Editor-in-chief they determine both the TOC and the payment for the manuscripts. In order to not be biased, they will not be assigned to any series.
- Even if the Editor-in-chief changes, Jump's contents will not change as the readers determine that. The editor in chief cannot play favourites. For example, if they are like "This manga isn't popular but let's continue it anyway" or "This manga is popular but I don't like it so lets cancel it" they cannot make an executive decision.
- In order to determine the ranks, there are many ways such as looking only at male readers, or dividing by age, looking at the digital results, and volume sales. They look at all these various data and based on the combined information, make decisions for the ranks.
- All the editors are constantly on edge. Lots of them look at other manga in the magazine and hope for their cancellation.
- For new serializations, if the series are of the same genre, and if the feedback is good, then they will battle it out from the first chapter and try to crush one another from the beginning,
- The Cover is decided at least 2 months before hand.
- Many new editors are paired with veteran mangaka in order to train the editors. Essentially the veteran mangaka train the new editors.
- These new editors often find it hard to say their opinions but the longer a mangaka has been in Jump, the more they want editors to say their opinions and get angry if they don't.
- If a series has been cancelled, many times they will tell the mangaka about 5 weeks before.
- In contrast, besides just popularity falling, series can end if they have properly wrapped up their story or if the mangaka wants to write a new work
- They're often asked from readers if a certain manga has been cancelled but cancellation and the like are all determined in conferences so all the manga are simultaneously cancelled and serialized (whatever that means. One Piece is almost definitely an exception).
- Nakano was Matsui's editor during Neuro so when AssClass became a big hit he was simultaneoulsy both happy and sad.
- If mangaka are able to eat just from their manga then editors are relieved.
- Some things Nakano is happy to hear from mangaka are like, " Nakano-san, my savings have exceeded 100 million yen!"
- Toriko had a muscular protagonist and had a feeling of "The Shonen Manga" so Shueisha wanted to push it but Nakano was worried if it could gain popularity in current jump (at the time) and so when on the day the volumes went on sale and it sold out, he cried while on the train.