But, really, when all is said & done, one question will remain: "Why go through all of this, and why come back to it twice?"
Because I have always felt that history matters just as much when it comes to entertainment as it does to real life events... and not enough of it is easily available in English when it comes to a subject like manga, even for a topic as popular as Shonen Jump. Over in Japan you can find both manga & even written memoirs from the people who lived through it all, whether it was Shinji Hiramatsu going from assistant to his serialized debut in the 70s, Koji Maki having to deal with cancellation in the 80s, 3rd Editor-in-Chief Shigeo Nishimura recalling his time with Jump from his perspective, or 4th EiC Hiroki Goto looking back on some of the Golden Age's most iconic works. Some of these were even published by Shueisha, but you know Viz more than likely wouldn't be interested in any of this stuff, simply because, for most manga fans, it's history & that isn't what they're interesting in reading about; that's not a slight towards most manga readers or Viz, by the way, but it is a simple fact. I did the original Ages of Jump in 2016 simply because I wanted to (even if only for my own curiosity), I did the Ages of Jump Redux in 2018 because I wanted to do it again for Jump's 50th Anniversary, and the same is true of the Ages of Jump Encore in 2023 for Jump's 55th. If others out there found something cool to learn from all of this, then I am sincerely grateful for that, because it does give the feeling, even if only fleeting, that it did matter. Thank you to anyone who came across this series, & thank you to everyone who felt that it was worth sharing, even if most of it does come off as rather "Wall of Text"-like; that's just how it came out in 2016, & I'm trying to keep consistency across this entire series.
And with that out of the way, let's bring it all to an end with a coda as we re-enter the Golden Age's second half.