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Top mangaka Ken Akamatsu has stated his misgivings about the reliance of the manga industry on the shonen holy trinity of One Piece, Naruto and Bleach, and what would befall publishers if these series were to conclude.

After describing some of the worsening financial results posted by top manga publishers, he describes his uneasiness about the situation:

It’s all pretty dire, although manga won’t drop dead just yet.

However, they are relying on the bubble-like sales of a few titles – we have to wonder what would happen if in 3 years this bubble were to pop.

For example, will Jump’s One Piece, Naruto and Bleach continue for 3 years? We can’t really predict what will happen to them (and even if the publisher wants to continue them, the authors aren’t always able to).

The recent conclusion of the hugely popular Full Metal Alchemist brings this issue sharply into focus – not all series can be expected to continue indefinitely (Naruto in particular appears to have an eventual ending planned), and blockbuster successors for those which conclude have so far been conspicuously absent.

Other mangaka have complained the industry is not developing new talent – a particularly precarious state of affairs when considered in conjunction with reliance on a few blockbuster titles which could end with no replacement in sight.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    09:55 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    fairy tail is still out and bakuman etcc

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    Comment by tomasse
    09:36 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    peace and harmony shall prevail...!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:20 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Blech and Narushit need to end already. One Piece won't end for another 10-20 years; they're starting Part 2 now after over 10 years lol.

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    12:27 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What? there are plans for these manga titles to end eventually? I mean I've never read or watched either of them, but it sure would be weird if they all disappeared all of a sudden. Wait, I meant to say refreshing not weird.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:17 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Screw bleach! Make Yoruichi have her own series that's why people watch that show!

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:12 12/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If Yoruichi was the only reason people watched the show then no one would like it.

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    Comment by Red
    02:00 11/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    As a Yoruichi Fan Boy, I must agree with you. lol :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:20 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    LONG OVERDUE. End this repetitive shit. and yes i watched them and yes they were great at first then after like 200 episodes i was just fuck this god end it please.

    END THIS RETARDED RETRED OVERHYPED OVERRATED CRAP!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:22 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol agreed. they are overhyped. and yes WAYYYYY too long. Just end it. your dignity is LONG gone and you cant keep beating a dead horse.

    Well you can but then your just an asshole.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:34 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes because whatever comes after will be so much better. That's part of the problem here numbnuts. You either do a DBZ type manga that sells, or you don't seem to sell. Sad as that is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:50 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    He's a bit bitter that Negima isn't considered any of the big few.

    The industry will survive.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:25 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bleach should have ended after Rukia was saved, everything after that is absolute trash. Way to milk a series there, buddy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:52 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They're not trash, you're just an asshole.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:23 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    hahaha, asshole? Oh let me guess, you have [pictures of them on your walls and you watch it with your lil sister after school?

    Get over it this shit should of ended a LONG ass time ago.

    Fuck you!

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:33 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually it became much more interesting with the inner hollow thing. Much better than before her rescue. That being said, it should wrap up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:26 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    eichiiro oda, the author/mangaka of one piece, is actually considered a savior of the manga industry..

    he(or someone) figured that people like supporting a certain figure for a very long time and thus creating income to his works and also while doing so, lifting up other mangakas and giving them also a time in the spotlight.

    also, his creativeness is top notch. avoiding big amounts of fillers with shear genius that the mangakas of bleach and naruto just can't keep up with.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:35 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    out of those other 3, i think Gintama is the 4th one in the race. it has the biggest possibility of being really long because of it not having a really direct plot. plus it is also very very very GOOD!!!

    after that, bakuman has a huge potential but it shouldn't last more than 10 years.

    fairy tail also has some possible long term life. it just needs to get away from that kiddy theme and maybe step it up a notch to a PG16 theme. Its just so bouncy and dull right now.. X_X

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:57 12/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The mangaka of Fairy Tail usually draws kiddy theme stuff.. look at Groove Adventure Rave. Tho... I like both of those works. But that's just me, a person with a wide taste in manga.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:20 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's funny, the longest running series is the one never mentioned. Instead, it's always about those three. And who really gives a crap about those three, anyway?

    Ken Akmatsu should shut his fucking trap and worry about his own manga. He's milked Negima for all it's worth and killed Love Hina, by continuing the series long after it should have originally ended.

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    Comment by Actar
    11:20 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I still love Negima and buy the LE sets, so it's awwwwwwwwwwwwwright.

    On a more serious note though, I never did get into Bleach, Naruto or One Piece as seriously, the one failing of epic manga and Anime is that they alienate new comers and usually cater to already existing fans.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:04 09/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    you just into the harem type manga...that's too shallow I must say....

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:36 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well I still haven't seen a worthy manga currently in WSJ which can replace One Piece, Bleach, Naruto and even HXH (when not in hiatus lol). I mean what did we get, Psyren? That shit's a piece of crap. We got Bakuman which is descent but I doubt it'll be long term. Gintama yoyo's and same with Reborn which is worse than Gintama by a large degree. Honestly I'd be afraid if Jump and Shuisha can't find another hit cause when those three go (especially One Piece) they're going to have to fill a hole both in WSJ and financially.

    Plus to those saying it'll be better if we don't have "repetitive and redundant" long manga. Well guess what, these long ass manga bring in more dough than any other manga especially short ones can ever dream of. Financially they are a greater asset even though some originality is sacrificed (though in alot of cases short mangas can also be pretty unoriginal and repetitive).

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    Comment by RopeXPantsu
    04:00 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    > implying the big three will ever end

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:54 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hope they never end;
    although if 2012 is the apocalypse I hope I see the ending of Naruto till then ...

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    Comment by Ward
    04:25 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Otaku might have to *GASP* READ SOMETHING NEW!!!!

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    Comment by LanceRayne
    04:21 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    meh
    if they stop they stop. the industry isn't just those 3, albeit those 3 are not read by me in any form.
    however, enjoy. there's always more

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:54 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    considering that all 3 titles are written on such a low level that a retarded chimp would feel insulted by reading it, the loss of all 3 would mean an improvement in the IQ of the human race...

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:31 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even those 3 titles end, nothing will happen. Readers will just go to another title in their liking.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:43 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    man if only rurouni kenshin anime follows exactly the manga, i will watch it over and over again

    and sigh akamatsu was really running out of ideas so instead he just rambles again about something

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:15 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    As if the only good Manga out there is One Piece, Naruto and Bleach?

    I remember a similar question was asked when Dragon Ball ended...Weekly Jump is still around, isn't it?

    Naruto and Bleach appear to be ending but One Piece looks to be going on for a long time. So Weekly Jump will still have One Piece, I'm pretty certain that there will be a new hit series in that publication to replace Naruto and Bleach.

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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    06:56 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even Superman and Batman had to end, but they were reborn. Why cant mangaka do that?

    Now that I think about it, isn't this like the rebirth system in Disgaea where you become more powerful if you send them back to level 1?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:28 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That would be JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Well, I suppose that would actually be more of a mantle passing like with the Flash or Green Lantern.

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    Comment by Iowa
    07:00 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm just gonna fap to the picture for the article instead of caring

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    Comment by Red
    02:03 11/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Have fun dude lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:33 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL whya re you worrying about naruto bleach one piece?

    when we have tons of infinite hentai mangas games and anime coming our way?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:06 09/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    hahaha ya right...much H stuff, it's infinite fap material

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:29 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i am always availiable so no worries...

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    Comment by Maderlulz
    05:57 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    In my eyes One Piece is the only "Holy Trinity".

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:21 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can't help wonder when Case Closed will end...

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    Comment by uggzlol
    05:57 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    moar like, what would happen if one piece ended,

    bai manga industry

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    Comment by BloodyNights
    07:40 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'll give my two cents on the so called Big 3.

    Starting off with Naruto, well I was one of those people who was incredibly annoyed seeing how much spotlight this anime received. An anime about ninjas, who do nothing ninja like? Well, I took the time to watch it. The first few episodes were incredibly bland, though it picked up like what was it, 20, 30 episodes in maybe? It got interesting, but then it went to fillers... So I skipped 100 episodes, litterally 100 episodes, and it got back to the plot, after the short span of plot, I skipped another 100 episodes which led me to Shippuden. This is bad story telling. And even the main plots were simple at best. Though I'll admit entertaining, but it didn't live up to the hype, an wasn't very memorable.

    Bleach: Well Started off okay, had some simple fillers, pretty bland, it kicked off much like Naruto, a bit faster, kept me hooked for about 50 episodes, then drowned me in fillers. Got back on track and then in the middle of the main plot it took a 30 episode filler break.... granted that was close to two years ago, and now I've heared they are still where I left off.

    One Piece: Well I can't comment much, I won't auto say this is bad, I will however say the few random episodes that I have seen have been bad. And the art style didn't appeal to me. And I can give this excuse if I wish. OP isn't the only original art style out there. Look at Kaiji, Claymore, Katanagatari. All incredibly unique art design in my oppinion. Though to me OP's looks childesh, maybe thats why people who have never read or seen it say that? But again, I won't say it's terrible, because I havent seen it.

    All in all, the Big 3 have some good points, but if you condense the big 3 into a 100 episodes, instead of Never ending, with more crap episodes then good ones, it's going to develop hate. And as long as the big 3 exist far better animes, with much more developed plot, or unique art, or even somethig we possibly havent seen before will be overshadowed. The big 3 are not terrible, they just are simply not great, and far better titles exist. Try broadening your horizens a little, and you will find the reasons why the big 3 are detested and loved at he same time. Disliked by the usual bland, and might I add predictible plot. But enjoyed because of the action, and in terms of DBZ The epic screaming power ups that make you feel like you just jizzed becase of how epic it is, feeling it gives out. But in the end I hope they die, and something original comes out, that won't release fillers, and will simply pause, and then put out epicness. Example of such an anime is Darker Than Black.

    On Manga, I actually hardly read manga... unless I have the book in hand, so if you feel like telling me to read the manga's send me your collection :3 and I will. Other wise the above was anime wise only.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:54 11/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    When those series' ends and the Manga industry starts going on a slump, they are just going to blame the West for the decline as usual.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:30 15/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cure Narutard,
    save the world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:01 14/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    THE TRUTH is... if anybody is still willing to listen here... SHOUNEN MANGA is in utter decline...

    that spells doom for all otakudom.

    Good bye otaku...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:55 23/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    decline? 20 years ago the market could hold only ONE popular shonen at a time (whit 2 maybe 3 runners ups) now there are 3 (and like a dozens runners ups and hopefuls) and HAVE YOU SEEN THE SALES FIGURES OF ONE PIECE???!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:42 17/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Naruto - i love it, still anime recently is getting boring, not all fillers are interesting, movies are shit, and, what's the most important because of all that filler shit i sometimes forget what it's all about. It's getting a bit stupid sometimes and Naruto should grow up a bit more. Maybe I'm just too old...
    Still, i still love it.

    One Piece - at first i didn't like it because of the art. But i was bored and started watching it and i still am. This is really good. I'll never get bored.

    Bleach - when i started watching it it was really really interesting. But later those all fillers... When only it's becoming interesting they tell you to watch some stupid fillers without any meaning, not funny and boooring. It would be really interesting if not those fillers. But that's not all to it. Because of the fillers the actual plot is becoming too long and eventually boring. I mean really, the fights are longer than even DB. And the chars are sometimes too shallow, because of the crappy story there is no concentration on the inside of chars. Only shallow comedy, with the same gags over and over. Still, i watch it, hoping to see them getting to meritum eventually.

    I would like to have more shorter but good mangas. I don't like to say good bye to the chars i love but it's sometimes better.

    I doubt that Kishimoto or Oda would create another manga, similar to Naruto or OP. Remember Toriyama, when he finally finished DB, he never ever wanted to create such thing anymore and started making some short mangas, which didn't become so popular. It's not actually that easy to create a completely new story, without repeating the story from previous manga. Kishimoto for example created many mangas before, all of them having similar accents, which actually created idea for Naruto. So it's not that he sat one evening and created a story that lasts until today. He was creating the story for his whole life. So people, don't count too much on them. They will create something for sure but i seriously doubt it will be a long title, rather a better quality, more thoughts maybe...

    I wasn't talking much about bleach because I'm gradually losing respect for the series. Damn editors. They should read Genshiken or something...

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:09 14/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I dont get the point author wanted to say.
    What will happen when those three ends? new manga series will appear, thats all, world wont stop spinning jeez...

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:21 14/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    nothing. It will be a blessing to finally have those end so that the authors have better chances to make other mangas

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    12:39 12/09/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i always wonder why they're still alive up to this day.

    they were good few seasons ago but they're now very tedious :|

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:35 20/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Eiichiro said himself that One Piece will continue from the "2 years after" chapter for at least ten years! And Tite wants to finish the current arc for Bleach which will take 6 months and after that he will run the last arc for another 2 years. So there's nothing dramatic to be concerned about. And there's Fairy Tail which doesn't seem to be ending soon and maybe also Nurarihyon. (The manga has advanced pretty well.) Is there anybody who has info about naruto?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:39 09/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Much as I dislike OP it will be lasting quite a bit of time. as there isn't a definite time of closer.

    Naruto is doing quite well in the manga but definitely should end soon. Madara -> other tailed host -> mysterious nemesis ->END

    Bleach should've come to a close a while back ago BUT, I do like how Kubo shown how everyone grow up so far.

    Sidenote: The only reason I dislike OP is due to the artwork otherwise the story is pretty good.









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