Statistical analysis demonstrating that Bleach and Naruto carry the least amount of text and have the biggest pictures of any Shonen Jump manga has lately been the cause of even more mockery of their much put upon fans.

The study’s findings are summarised in a chart of almost Shonen Jump level simplicity:


The basic approach of the investigation was to count the number of frames and lines of text in each title featured in Shonen Jump over 3 chapters, and so work out the general complexity of each title.

Although this can be interpreted in a variety of ways (a manga with short chapters might have to pack in the text), the most obvious conclusion is that a manga with hardly any text and only one or two frames per page is unlikely to be highly challenging to comprehend.

The creator of the study could not help but note that Bleach had by far both the lowest number of frames and the lowest amount of text of all two dozen titles, with its big pictures and absence of boring text ensuring that it is “living up to its name as every page is overwhelmingly a bleached white expanse.”

Close on Bleach’s heels is none other than Naruto – with the 2nd lowest amount of text and the very least amount of text per panel, although it is noted that this spartan use of the written word is largely excused by the strongly “dynamic” depictions the series is known for.

Meanwhile One Piece placed somewhere in the middle of the pack, although it did have the 4th highest amount of text per frame, it being suggested that each chapter contains a fairly large amount of information but that a low number of frames forces each to carry a fair amount of text.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    06:26 12/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Is this really a surprise they are shonen after all.

    Basic Shonen

    Protagonist: Hey are you the bad guy?
    Antagonist: Yes!
    Protagonist: Lets fight!
    Antagonist: Hold it. You and your friends have to fight my underlings first!
    Protagonist: Super move spamming GO!!
    Antagonist: Ah, I can't believe you beat them! But you aren't strong enough to beat me!
    Protagonist: Super move spamming GO!!, Oh no it didn't work!
    Antagonist: I told you you were weak. Now You and all of your friends will die!
    Protagonist: Last minute ultra friendship power MAX!!
    Antagonist: No this can't be! Impossible!

    Spread over as many chapters as needed profit

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:59 12/06/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    you forgot the constant flashback parts

    Comment by Anonymous

    Flashback arcs.
    Training arcs.
    Fucking incredible.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:12 12/06/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    That sounds like a complete arc from Fairy Tail.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Or dragon ball z.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:37 12/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    My Little Pony made it in with two episodes and a little bit more of creativity.

    Comment by Anonymous

    You sir just won all my internetz

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    Comment by Hayate
    09:50 12/06/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    u forget the last part where the antagonist turns into good guy, help him around and won the popularity poll contest

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    Comment by Benoist
    18:31 12/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    and the not-so-good turning really bad

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:14 13/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Or dont forget, "we can't win now so we'll comeback when we can win THEN!"

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:18 12/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yeah, that's pretty much it.

    It's understandable, since these ARE Shounen, and they follow a very general formula, some having slight deviations.

    But... Bleach is nowhere near the middle. What the fuck.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:32 12/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You've clearly read only two generic fighting shonen(like Fairy Tail and JoJo), most shonen don't get even close to that formula.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:13 12/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Jojo generic? Don't post as Anonymous when you should be posting as Retard.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:13 12/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The most popular part of jojo followed exactly the formula stated above.

    They have to kill Dio, but OH! they have to fight endless underlings first, then they get to Dio who is s stronger than the rest.
    Then Deus Ex Machina, Jotaro won.

    Seriously, it's not bad, but it's overrated as fuck.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:07 12/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    mfw Jojo is generic fighting shonen

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:29 12/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who the fuck reads jojo?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:24 01/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    like me?...silly

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    Comment by Anonymous
    02:20 13/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Annnd thats what Gintama would shamelessly put up in their chapters.

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    11:22 12/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    So true..
    It happens every time..
    That's why I don't even read those Jumps..
    I prefer Thermae Romae over those series..

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    Comment by Myballz
    10:12 12/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It follows the same plot as Pocket Monster

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:27 12/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    too bad they all suck.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:50 12/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.5)

    What about Gintama? That series is fucking amazing!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:13 13/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gintama sucks a lot like gay men, all are homos and gays

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    Comment by cats2
    08:05 12/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gintama's great, but the anime is SOOOO much better then the manga it's probably best to just wait for another season.

    One of the few examples you can ever give where the anime is better then the manga.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:28 13/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Gintama gets kind of old when you grow out of jokes featuring excrement.

    Of course, some people never do.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:54 13/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't know about you but I found the Gintama manga great as well. Now for Nichijou, they did an amazing job with the Anime, far surpassing the original manga which just didn't give the amount of impact with some of the scenes as the anime did.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:25 12/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ginatama anime is good solely because of the seiyuu and not so much because it is animated. It's by far the only show where i can happily watch filler episodes where the protagonists do nothing other than sitting under their kotatsu, talking and eating tangerines.

    But yeah, you have to treat them both as separate. The manga has a perfect balance of frames a and text, imho. Which is quite surprising, since there's a LOT to read there. It's quite astonishing how much humour/spoof is in almost each line. The perfect comedy/satire, if there ever was one.

    Comment by Anonymous

    and anon 5:27 would know because he reads and watches them all.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Your comment has too little text and way too much white space. Translation: Boring shit.

    Comment by Anonymous

    and it's too bad when other manga sucks harder than the big 3.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:19 12/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    either a 12-year old japanese boy that knows english or a 40-year old white man detected

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:01 12/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    What's wrong with being a 40 year old white man? We all get older in time. duh.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:27 12/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Have you learned nothing from manga stereotypes? Japanese don't speak English unless they are genius lolis and/or have studied in America!

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:24 12/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Don't forget Anthrax... big FOUR

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:18 12/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Aaah i see what you did there :p

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:04 12/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    honestly, i don't really see the connection between more text and good manga.

    i'm curious as to where to LOVEru would be on that list, but wherever it would be, it wouldn't change the fact that it's better than every other manga on that chart.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:20 12/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Time you realise ToLoveRu is currently not serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump. Be glad it isn't, or you will not see any nipples :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:23 12/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    that's true

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:18 12/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm not sure I follow. Are you saying that just because it's not serialized in Jump, it cannot be compared on generic metrics to the Jump line-up?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:57 17/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    they are sayign that this list here only includs jump manga.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:33 13/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well people who are insecure about what they like need something to up their self esteem?

    But yes, you are right about more text doesn't mean it's a good manga or good book. Pointless babble is pointless. Transitioning of scenes, the art, fulidity of the plot and when to use text is as important as each other really.

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    Comment by Kubo Toshimitsu
    11:06 12/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yeah. It's totally unrelated.
    More text = better, Detective Conan?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:46 13/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't see the connection between more text and good visual stories, period. Doesn't matter if it's a movie or a graphical novel or whatnot. I guess that might border too much into "Viewers are genuiouses" trope though, if you convey a complex story with minimal text. But I'm definitely no genious yet I enjoy the fuck out of stuff like that. Complex stories that are heavy on the "Show, don't tell" I mean.

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    Comment by Cytryz
    17:10 12/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm *ponders* come to the realization that this chart has overall proved absolutely nothing.

    I think they fail to realize the manga has to be good. It does not have to be complex or simple or somewhere in the middle. That part does not matter really at all. All that really matters is if it is good :\

    Take bakuman and naruto i like both a whole lot but they are on the other sides of this chart, i also like one piece which is in the middle so what does this chart prove exactly?

    to me it shows your manga can be simple , complex, or somewhere int he middle and still be great as well as still can be shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:55 12/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I... can't... take... it... Too... much... reason... on... your comment!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:31 12/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Medaka that low text-wise? Really? Could have sworn it's going to be in the top 3 with all the text-heaviness.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:39 12/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    This graphic is truly retarded and subjective. They just threw darts on it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:02 12/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    See that. Narutards aren't really retarded. They're just functionally illiterate.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:48 12/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    As much as I dislike ad hominem, I really think it would have helped your case if you cleaned up your sentences before you bashed Naruto fans. Naruto and Bleach have their own place in the manga world. Would you say The Da Vinci Code is better than Green Eggs and Ham? "To each their own" is a proverb I hope not all people have forgotten. :(

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:51 12/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dan Brown is a good writer, but he follows a formula. Same basic plot over and over, he just changes the theme/locations and the secondary protagonist. If you read all his books backwards and pay attention to the plot sequences, you'll see how he developed his formula all the way back to Digital Fortress.

    If you carefully read the first four novels in order, you should've been able to guess the ending to Lost Symbol pretty easily. Shouldn't take you more than 2/3rds into the book.

    Don't get me wrong, he's an entertaining author, but he needs a fresh plot line.

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    Comment by Benoist
    18:39 12/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    most than agree with it. not to mention the topics he writes about are treated with an almost comical shallowness :)

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