It seems like yesterday, but believe me, it's been over 10 years since the Young Monica Gang (TMJ) started. The publication, which started in 2008, shows the children of Limoeiro, already teenagers, and in a very different style from normal. Mauricio de Souza Produções' unusual bet was to draw the classic characters in the style of Japanese manga (we talk about the history of MSP and the company's recent strategy in this article, by the way).
Eleven years later, it seems worth it – TMJ today sells more than the gang's classic comics. After her came Chico Bento Moço, and the print runs grew. As TMJ gained its own fans (not just "inherited" from the classic gang), the traits of the designers also changed. At first, there was a clear concern to refer to the appearance of the child characters, maintaining Monica's banana hair or the five strands of Chives. As is clear from the image below, however, this direct reproduction has been relaxed in favor of another, more classy, adult aesthetic.
TMJ 2 (2008), TMJ 38 (2011) and TMJ 2 of series II (2017). When TMJ reached its 100th volume in 2016, the publication was “restarted” and named “series II”. From then on, the counting of volumes resumed from paragraph 1 onwards. Stay tuned for this rating to find the arches we mentioned below.
Now the Young Class will try their luck in another kind of media: animation. The release of the animated series will take place at Cinemark on November 2 and 3, and will arrive on Cartoon Network on the 7th. The new face of the characters, adapted especially for TV, you see in the first image of this text.
SUPER has watched 4 episodes and it's good: the voice actors are great and the tone of the animation is on average between too serious for a child and too childish for a teenager. Every episode we saw had original scripts, but the producers guarantee that throughout the 27-chapter season there will be narrative arcs adapted from the manga.
Material, by the way, is not lacking. In the black and white pages of TMJ, the characters live classic teen dramas (Do Contra and Monica's “Docônica” couple are one of the most popular ships) and save the world several times – but the scripts also explored very curious themes. One of the arches, for example, was famous for talking about psychoanalysis, in a three-volume sequence (Series I, Nos. 15, 16, and 17) called "ID Monsters."
Taking advantage of the premiere of the series, then, we decided to gather here 5 of the most beloved adventures ever published on TMJ – the top five, in the opinion of this reporter who writes to you.
If you didn't know anything about the manga and were curious, enjoy it. For those who, however, already know everything about TMJ, this text has another purpose. Below are official SUPER bets on which manga bows are most likely to be adapted for animation.
The Owner of the World (TMJ 13 and 14, Series I)
In this arc, screenwriter Petra Leão enters readers into the world of online role-playing games. In the story, the "World of AnimeCraft" (WOA, pun, of course, as World of Warcraft) takes the protagonists into the universe of Endive, a magical city where you can be anything you want and achieve various goals.
Monica enters the game thinking it will be simple, and can easily defeat all enemies – as it usually does – but the online reality is quite different from real life. To level up, everyone starts the same from scratch. In this world, one of the biggest problems is the enigmatic owner of the Fantomus ship, Captain Onion C. Esparro, who looks more like a stage boss than an average player.
Smudge says he is “a legend in the world of online games! It came out of nowhere and leveled up very fast, becoming the strongest character in the game. ” But the way he did it was not the most praiseworthy: aboard his flying ghost ship, he plundered cities and steals the magical goals of other players.
TMJ 13 cover and the comic featuring Captain Onion C. Esparro.
Is it obvious who the captain is? Who in the class is smart, has megalomaniacal crazes of grandeur and has always devised unfailing plans to become the owner of the street? Onion's (or rather Sparse's) main goal is to beat the so-called "great guardian", the game's strongest monster, to win the coveted King of the World crown. The story is fun and surprising, especially with the appearance of the mysterious Lucilia, a weak character who appears on the captain's ship wanting to help him in his quest. But what is your true identity? Who is behind the computer? Can onion finally be "the owner of the world"?
Something remarkable in this saga are the references: besides WoW, we have classic lines like “You shall not pass”, reminding The Lord of the Rings; anime allusions like Sailor Moon, Naruto, Dragon Ball; and classic games like Zelda. It would be perfect as animation!
The Laughter Notebook (TMJ 23 and 24, Series I)
The on-call otakus have already noted the reference: YES, this saga is a parody of the classic Death Note manga, or Death Notebook. Again, Petra Leo makes an excellent adaptation (as well as tribute), reversing the problem of the original Death Note. Suddenly, world leaders have their fights broken up, thefts are prevented and disasters are resolved through unexplained bouts of laughter.
The narrative tells how Onion, who can no longer bear the bad mood of his colleagues, ends up finding the 'Laughter Notebook' and deciding to make use of it. To find out how the object actually works, the boy takes several tests, being guided and watched by the keeper of the notebook, Angelo (the grown-up Angel), who has a funny fondness for apples.
Fans of the classic manga will easily associate Onion with Light, Ryuk with Angelo (even the taste for apples is there) and remember the original Death Note tests. The way references are placed fit the new story very well.
The covers of the bow “The Notebook of Laughter”.
Another highlight goes to the conflict created. In the original, as the name makes clear, who has the name noted in the notebook… dies. Even though the victims are bandits, however, it is clear that this is a morally reprehensible conduct, and it is not for a punisher to decide who will live or die.
At TMJ, even the growing bursts of laughter resulting in advantages for the world, they begin to split opinions: Monica feels that it is unnatural, that someone is preventing people from truly expressing themselves when they are angry, and that it cannot continue. . She then decides that the so-called Great Clown must be stopped – a nickname by which it is known, but which Onion particularly hates.
Other Death Note characters also appear, such as Detective L and Second Kira ("Second Clown" on TMJ). The tribute appeals to both TMJ and Death Note fans – and would look amazingly lively to the screens (unlike the latest television version of Death Note itself, which flopped).
Umbra (TMJ 74, 75 and 76, Series I)
Now, let's get into the “subuniverse” most loved by fans of the young class: the so-called Super World Saga of the End World. The author, Emerson Abreu, had already written screenplays for TMJ and used to bring elements of suspense and horror to the narratives (a good example is “Shadows of the Past,” a story in series 51 and 52).
Fans began to realize that every time it was Abreu who signed the script, the stories contained a few loose threads and easter eggs that would be tied into future narratives, creating interrelated plots. This intention, which was discreet at first, was revealed with the release of a volume called “Umbra”. In it, the premise of the Super Saga is revealed: all Emerson stories tell of events that precede the end of the world. So, even if the editions are distant from each other, everything the class does – as it confronts Horsemen of the Apocalypse, curses and various villains – contributes to the same central universe … where the world is literally ending.
Well, let's explain better what happens in "Umbra" then. In this edition, the class goes to the quiet town of Sococó da Ema to do a school project: to record a documentary about the flying legend of the Flying Donkey, which inspired a typical party in the city.
Investigating the myth with the locals, however, they discover that there are missing children, evil spirits and real tragedies lurking around the city in connection with the legend. The class ends up hostage to the "sons of the Umbra," seven spirits of cursed children – whose job is to prophesy the return of a great evil, which they call the Serpent. The children of the Umbra warn that someone in the class is scheduled to die there in the city.
The skeptical Onion takes none of this very seriously – and decides to register the spirits to make his documentary a success. Result: the consequences of the curse turn directly against him. Does it look macabre? Yeah, really.
TMJ 74 cover, which starts the “Umbra” bow (and whose art shines in the dark) and the TMJ 75 cover (one of the most beautiful …