Akane-Banashi is a manga series that started earlier this year, and while it’s still a new series, it has already received a lot of accolades, enough that it could just be Shonen Jump’s next hit manga.
Specifically, a quote from Oda appeared on the series’ volume 1 obi. In the quote, he said that he highly recommends Akane-Banashi as he likes it. Oda also mentioned that he “wishes the best of luck to Akane.”
As the creator of One Piece, Oda’s recommendation is a big deal. After all, One Piece is among the most popular and highly regarded manga of all time.
In the obi of the upcoming volume 2 release, a quote from Anno is printed. There, he praised the series’ depiction of rakugo and how the manga can express emotions through backgrounds, dialogue, and onomatopoeia.
Anno ended his quote with a recommendation for people to “give [Akane-Banashi a read].”
While Evangelion may not be as long as One Piece, the franchise arguably occupies the same level of popularity.
Given that Evangelion is globally-renowned anime, Anno’s recommendation is another feather in the cap of Shonen Jump’s new hit manga.
Akane-Banashi is a manga series that started serialization in Weekly Shonen Jump back in February 2022. The series is written by Yuki Suenaga and illustrated by Takamasa Moue.
The manga follows Akane, a teenager who aims to reach the highest rank in rakugo – a traditional Japanese form of storytelling.
Akane aims to reach the top to avenger her father whore was expelled from a top rakugo school six years prior.
The series releases every week on Weekly Shonen Jump. Chapters are also released in English through Manga Plus.