Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (June 30, 2014)

This issue includes chapters for Toriko, Bleach, One Piece, Naruto, Hunter x Hunter, Nisekoi: False Love, World Trigger, and Stealth Symphony. There’s also a “Toriko Call for Ingredients” feature and another crossover one-shot for Nisekoi: False Love and My Love Story!!

For the series that carried over from previous issues I’ve read, I tried to put a little more focus in my write-ups about the progression of the story from the previous chapter. I will warn you that these write-ups will more than likely contain spoilers.

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Toriko CH:282

Toriko and the others are sent on a mission to get air for an old daruma to eat so he cancure his illness. They’re given Monster Robes to wear because they’re supposed to be the best defense to have in the Hex World. They encounter laser rain on their journey. As they continue, they encounter deadly poison rain. It’s revealed that there’s a correct order and route to gathering Acacia’s full-course meal, and that if you eat air you can’t find the next land, Area 7. After an explanation from Mappy, Toriko comes to the realization that what this is really about is leveling up your gourmet cells. We see Toriko and his group are passing by Nightmare Hill, and Toriko actually looks frightened. Mappy makes a startling comment right at the end of the chapter…

There’s a lot of exposition in this chapter, and it also appears references are being thrown about to things that were mentioned in an earlier part of the series that I haven’t had a chance to read. Because of that, it did make this chapter a little harder to follow for me than I would have liked. However, the revelations made at the end of the chapter do sound rather ominous, so my curiosity is piqued as to what’s going to happen to the characters. Hopefully that curiosity will be satisfied when I read the next chapter.

Toriko Call for Ingredients

This is a call for entries to create an ingredient for the Toriko manga series, and it also includes the rules on how to submit ideas. This is followed by three examples of entries that have already been received.

Bleach CH:586

In this chapter, the Soul Reapers who have joined up with Ichigo begin attacking the enemies. While the Soul Reapers take on most of the enemies, Ichigo goes after the Quincy King, Yhwach. But at that moment, Uryu appears and tells Ichigo to leave and says that Ichigo is unable to stop the Quincy King. After launching an attack on Ichigo, Uryu is seen leaving with the Quincy King…

Knowing that Uryu is a Quincy, I’d been wondering why he hadn’t appeared in this fight prior to this point. I guess he was waiting for Ichigo to appear on the scene before making his entrance. From what’s said in this chapter, it looks like Uryu will be leaving Ichigo, Orihime, Chad, and the others behind permanently. The question at this point is: will Uryu’s leaving the group be permanent, or may he end up coming back at some point after whatever’s going on with the Quincy comes to an end?

One Piece CH:751

In this chapter, chaos continues to ensure as various battles are taking place. There’s a bit of a battle taking place involving Issho and Vice Admiral Bastille. Bastille declares that if Luffy ever asks him for help that he will race to his side, no matter his position. Next, the actions shifts to Luffy and the people riding on top of the bull. Kelly Funk from the Mogaro Funk Brothers catches up with Luffy and says he’ll lead him to a shortcut so he can get to the flower field. There’s a call on Law’s transponder snail, and it’s from Robin to inform them that Viola found the keys to Law’s cuffs. Robin says that she and a group going with her will get the keys to them at the flower field. Luffy and Law suddenly reach a dead end, and they discover they’re actually in a well tilted on its side…

We get another action-packed chapter of One Piece. While the action is still jumping around a little bit, it’s not jumping around as badly as it did in the previous chapter. I could actually kind of follow what’s going on. But just as it looks like Luffy and Law are going to make it to their destination, they find that they were lied to about the shortcut. The end seems to imply that Doflamingo had a hand in this incident. Unfortunately, Nico has what they need, but they aren’t going to be able to meet up right away due to being tricked into going into a well. I suspect the next chapter will probably focus on whatever fight Luffy needs to do in order to escape.

Naruto CH:682

In this chapter, Naruto and Sasuke work on coming up with a plan to deal with Kaguya. They launch their attack on her, and Naruto uses a twist on one of his well-known jutsu. Surprisingly, it seems to work on Kaguya! Unfortunately, just when it looks like Naruto and Sasuke are going to succeed, Kaguya manages to to move between spaces and she sends Naruto and the others to an ice world. Right at the end of the chapter, Naruto and Sasuke are split up by the enemy…

Oh my gosh, that reverse harem was great! I really laughed out loud when I saw that because it amused me so much. While this battle is obviously leading up to the end of the story, Kishimoto has found a way to keep the story going for a little while longer before having to wind things down. Kaguya is a very powerful enemy, and it’s going to be interesting to see how Naruto will ultimately be able to bring her down. I look forward to reading Naruto every week, and I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next.

Hunter x Hunter CH:345

We see Gon at home with his mother, because he has now become “normal.” She hands him a lot of things he’d been exempt from doing because he was working as a hunter. Ging, meanwhile, gets a response back from the group he’s been talking with. They won’t object to him being second to Beyond, but some of them refuse the money he’s offering them while others are willing to accept it. However, to avoid chaos, until they all decide to accept the money, they won’t listen to any of Ging’s orders. They’re tmep hunters. As Ging talks, Pariston becomes annoyed with Ging. A contract is taken to Beyond for him to sign, and after going over the details, he signs it.

This chapter allows us to get a glimpse of Gon, since he’s basically been absent from the story since Hunter x Hunter started back up in Weekly Shonen Jump recently. A lot of the focus is on the work Ging is doing, although we also see the Hunter Association taking what precautions they have to in regards to Beyond. At this point, it looks like the journey to the Dark Continent is getting closer and closer.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:128

In this chapter, Yui is the king for the King Game. She declares that two people have to reveal their crush; one of them is Shu, and he says something unexpected. The other ends up being Marika, but before she can answer, Shu says it’s time to move on. Before they can, though, the doorbell rings. It turns out it’s Haru, Fu and Paula. The new arrivals join in the King Game. Haru and Fu try to cook up a scheme if they become king in order to choose Raku and Onodera. One does become king, but their signals get mixed up and Raku has to hug Haru instead of Onodera. As it gets later, the girls realize that Yui and Raku will be alone that night, so the girls declare they’re sleeping over that night…

So this chapter basically continues the silly King Game, and adds in Onodera’s sister and a couple of her friends into the mix. It wasn’t that funny, and it just felt ridiculous. Of course, the harem decides to stay for the night to keep Yui from spending time alone with Raku. After the others go to sleep, Yui suggests that she and Raku take a bath; of course, the other girls hear and declare they’re going to stay up until morning playing board games. I suspect the next chapter will continue this story, and it’s a story that I’d like to see come to an end at this point.

World Trigger CH:065

In this chapter, Jin tries fighting against of the Neighbors. As they fight, the Neighbor melts into the darkness and then uses his trigger to attack Jin. Jin is able to see the Neighbor’s future, and what he says angers the Neighbor. Osamu also learns about the Black Trigger broke into headquarters and that’s why nobody can get into the base. Karasuma declares they’re still heading there, because Jin must have had a reason to tell them to go there. The Neighbor in the base starts attacking the lab, and Suwa Squad appears to take him on.

This chapter just starts into the battle with Jin, but doesn’t stay there long. This is followed by a brief scene of Osamu and his group, and then a slightly longer scene at the base. The scene at the base was probably the most interesting, but it stops just as it’s really getting interesting. Hopefully we’ll see more of that battle, as well as more of Jin’s battle. In a lot of ways, I’m still a little lost with what’s going on, but I keep hoping that I’ll start getting some more clarity as I read more of this series.

Stealth Symphony CH:018

In this chapter, we see a flashback to five years earlier, and it turns out that a man who was almost a dragon was killed by the president of the assassins guild. We also learn the history of where the dragons came from, and it has to do with alternate universes. It’s also revealed that the remains of a freakishly large ark, which is the biggest heirloom ever, is buried under the town. And it’s Jig’s heirloom that can resurrect the ark. Alice finds Troma and Slice, and when Alice hears from Slice that he is the one behind the dragons, she gets upset and tries to attack Slice; Troma stops her. Slice points a gun at Alice, and Jig arrives and attacks. He says he saw a gun being pointed at her and he says he needs to kill the guy. When Troma says he’ll protect slice, Jig says he’s able to become Troma’s enemy. The chapter ends with Troma and Jig starting to get into a fight…

For the most part, this chapter was a bit of an “info dump.” There was some action near the end of the chapter, but it goes by rather quickly and it was hard to let an action sink in before something else happens. At this point, it looks like there’s going to be a fight between Jig and Troma, and that Jig will be the key to resurrecting the large heirloom and help the dragons with their goals.

Nisekoi X My Love Story!! Girls’ Side

A couple of weeks ago, there was a crossover story for Nisekoi and My Love Story!!, and it focused on the boys. This time, we get to see the same story, except it’s from the girls’ point of view. Raku’s harem sees Rinko being harassed by a group of guys, so they intervene. Chitoge uses her strength to take one of them on, Tsugumi steps in to protect her mistress when the other guys threaten Chitoge, and Marika talks to nearby police officers since she’s the daughter of the chief of police and asks them to punish the guys. Onodera asks the girl if she’s OK, and the group goes to a nearby cafe. They find out that Rinko was also waiting for someone at the park. Rinko tries to call Takeo and gets no answer, Raku doesn’t answer his phone. Then we see the girls finding Takeo and Raku in the hole.

This is the same crossover story, but told from a different point of view. I probably liked this version a little better simply because I already had familiarity with all of the characters and the story from reading the boys’ side of this story a couple of weeks ago. With that being said, though, it’s not a one-shot that really grabbed me, though. It was OK, but I didn’t think it was anything special.

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