Here are some of the characters from Weekly Shonen Jump that Junichi Suwabe has brought to life over the years: Ryoumen Sukuna from Jujutsu Kaisen, Shouto Aizawa from My Hero Academia, Vergo from One Piece, Yami Sukehiro from Black Clover, Shinta Fukuda from Bakuman… to name but a few. Undoubtedly, the Tokyo-born voice actor has made his mark: hence why a special issue of the magazine has been created to celebrate this.
Announced during this year’s Jump Festa 2021 Online, this special issue of Weekly Shonen Jump imagines a world where Junichi Suwabe was ‘reincarnated’ as its editor-in-chief and contains chapters from series where he has voiced one of the characters, alongside the regular ones. This makes it into quite the bumper issue.
Check out the full list of chapters and characters that appear in them below:
- One Piece 672 (Vergo)
- My Hero Academia 275 (Aizawa)
- Black Clover 256 (Yami)
- Jujutsu Kaisen 116 (Sukuna)
- Bleach 284 (Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez)
- Gintama 19 (Goemon)
- Bakuman 67 (Fukuda)
- Kuroko’s Basketball 72 (Daiki Aomine)
- Food Wars! 179 (Akira Hayama)
- The Prince of Tennis 153 (Keigo Atobe)
- New Prince of Tennis 43 (Atobe again)
- …alongside everything else!
— 諏訪部順一 Junichi Suwabe (@MY_MURMUR) December 19, 2020
When you lay it all out like that, it really does become clear just how many great Jump characters Junichi Suwabe has helped bring to life. There’s so many iconic characters listed there that it almost becomes pointless to try and pick a favorite, although Fukuda does lie close to my heart. Sukuna, too, perhaps because of recency bias.
Is there any other single voice actor who has contributed this much to Weekly Shonen Jump? I certainly can’t think of one. You could point to someone like Mayumi Tanaka or Junko Takeuchi for bringing to life such iconic protagonists as Luffy and Naruto from One Piece and Naruto respectively, but that’s nothing compared to the variety of Junichi Suwabe. He’s truly in a league of his own.
Five lucky winners can also be in with the chance of winning a physical version of the issue of Weekly Shonen Jump that Junichi Suwabe is pictured holding above, so don’t hesitate to check out the official website for more details. You can read the issue itself either on Jump Plus or Zebrack.