Double Taisei |First Impressions on The New Shonen Jump Series

Double Taisei |First Impressions on The New Shonen Jump Series

For the past couple of months, I spent less time watching anime. Not just because I was busy with school and life, but because I enjoyed reading before bed. Nothing felt better than crashing after a good read whether that was manga or a light novel. With Shonen Jump making it easier and easier to stay up to date through their manga app, I’ve made it a point to try and keep up on my current manga, catch up on the oldie(but goodie) stuff I’ve been missing and check out the new series. Today I wanted to talk about one of Shonen Jump’s newest series, Double Taisei. Let’s jump right in!

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Double Taisei is a shonen manga based around Taisei Amado, an amazing shogi player on his way to becoming a pro. He has yet to lose a match professional but yet all he is thinking about is the loses he was handed by what seems to be his twin brother. This person has since abandoned the game of shogi but Tai continuously wonders what his next move will be in their current game. When Tai goes to bed you learn that his brother is actually another personality.

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This was a strange but interesting premise. It did a great job of laying down an early foundation without boring the reader. With a Shonen Debut, you NEED to grab the reader right then and there. If you don’t, you put yourself in a rough situation, fighting for popularity against any other competition.

Read Bakuman if you don’t know what I’m talking about. Great manga to explain the dynamics of Shonen Jump and weekly magazines.

Double Taisei has only released 5 chapters since this post has gone up and there’s really not much to say about it. Yes, the premise is interesting, the art is solid but there’s not much to keep me going… yet. I’m not going to write this one off. I’m mainly sticking around hoping to see more of what the mangaka has in store for us. You can’t get a Shonen Jump slot without having a solid enough pitch. I feel like we are just hitting the tip of the iceberg.

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I feel like I didn’t really say much about it but that’s just kind of where I’m at with Double Taisei. I feel that it has potential to be something cool and very different from the other Shonen Jump series but I’m just not sold on it. I do hope that this turns into a great introduction to shogi because I know nothing about it and would love to learn. If you guys are also reading, I’d love to get your thoughts on it. Leave them in the comments below!

Thanks for taking the team to read this and know you are awesome! Later guys!

2 Replies to “Double Taisei |First Impressions on The New Shonen Jump Series”

  1. Thank you for reviewing the new jump series. I dropped this one after the first chapter, but will be interested in seeing what you ultimately think of it.

  2. I dropped this one after 4 chapters for two reasons – it relies heavily on characters’ gimmicks to sell itself without having those gimmicks be related to the game (there’s an opponent in what is essentially a straitjacket for no reason) and since this is meant to be shogi at the master level, it uses terminology without stopping to explain why moves are gonna wreck the opponent, so you have to rely on translator’s notes squashed between the panels (basically, it’s executing “show, don’t tell” right, but because I know nothing about shogi, I feel lost).

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