Shonen Jump+ Creators Release New Illustrations for Japan's Obon Festival

Over a dozen of Shonen Jump+'s top creators have released special illustrations of their characters celebrating Japan's traditional Obon Festival.

The new illustrations were posted to the Shonen Jump+ website and app. Shonen Jump+ is publisher Shuiesha's online digital manga service, and has been the launching point for several popular new series', including Naoya Matsumoto's Kaiju No.8 and Tatsuya Endo's critically acclaimed SPYxFAMILY, both of which were featured in the app's Obon celebration. Some of the other series included in the festivities are Otomo No Teikoku, World's End Harem, and Dandadan.

The rest of Shonen Jump+'s Obon illustrations can be viewed here.

Obon, sometimes referred to as just "bon," is a traditional Japanese Buddhist custom dedicated to honoring the spirits of a family's ancestors. The three-day long festival has been celebrated in Japan for over 500 years, and while it isn't an officially recognized public holiday, many businesses will allow employees to take time off for the festivities, while schools are usually closed for summer break during the period. People celebrate the event with a variety of traditions, from prayers and visiting the graves of loved ones, to more festive activities, such as dances, carnivals and fireworks displays. Anime and manga fans have probably seen Obon Festivals and the accompanying fireworks many times without realizing it, as the festival has been featured in everything from dramas such as A Silent Voice to comedies like Monthly Girls Nozaki-Kun and Kaguya-sama: Love Is War.

Shonen Jump+ is the online-only spinoff of Shueisha's hit-making Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. The app has been downloaded over 10 million times and has generated over 12 billion yen in revenue for the publisher. In December of 2020, Shuiesha announced that it was moving the second part of the extremely popular Chainsaw Man manga series over to Shonen Jump+ from the print magazine. Titles from the service can be viewed in English on the Manga Plus service, which Shuiesha also owns.

Source: Shonen Jump+

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