When we first heard that The Quintessential Quintuplets author Negi Haruba was preparing for a new series, we thought that it might be something similar to his previous work: a nice little love comedy, with an attractive female cast.
No such dice. Revealed via the author’s Twitter on Tuesday, Negi Haruba’s latest work in Weekly Shonen Magazine will be a sentai series, titled Sentai Daishikkaku (Sentai Big Failure). It will begin serialization on 3 February next year, a week after The Seven Deadly Sins sequel Mokushiroku no Yon Kishi (The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse) by Nakaba Suzuki.
— 春場ねぎ (@negi_haruba) December 22, 2020
Well, then. That’s certainly the opposite of what we were expecting, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing: it’s always nice to see authors trying to go out of their comfort zones. Let’s not forget either that something like Dragon Ball, which was serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump, was very different from everything that Akira Toriyama had created up until that point, including Dr. Slump. While I don’t want to say that Sentai Daishikkaku might become as big of a hit as that series, it could uncover some hidden talents that we didn’t know the author had until now.
Looking at some of the other veterans who have made their return in Weekly Shonen Magazine, we can see just how unusual Negi Haruba’s new series is. As mentioned, Seven Deadly Sins author Nakaba Suzuki is coming back with a sequel to his recently concluded action series, which is about as predictable as you can get. Miki Yoshikawa, too, made her return with The Cuckoo’s Fiancee: a love comedy just like Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, only with less magic.
It must be said that Sentai Daishikkaku could turn out to be a love comedy yet, as very few details have been released about the series as of the time of writing. I am hoping that Negi Haruba takes the opportunity to create something completely different, because that’s ultimately be more interesting than more of the same.
Negi Haruba’s new series Sentai Daishikkaku will begin on 3 February in Weekly Shonen Magazine.