Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (September 1, 2014)

This issue includes chapters for Nisekoi: False Love, One Piece, Naruto, World Trigger, Bleach, and Toriko. In addition, there’s a Nisekoi: False Love short story and a special preview of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.

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.

Of course, you can always check out Weekly Shonen Jump for yourself by subscribing to the digital publication at VIZManga.com.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:136

This chapter sees the princess of Nonbiiri arriving in Japan to be a goodwill ambassador; she escapes from her bodyguards and runs by Raku and Chitoge. When Chitoge sees the girl is being chased, she pulls her out of the way and hides behind some bushes. After the guards leave, the girl pulls down the shawl covering her head, and she happens to look a lot like Chitoge! Since the girl doesn’t speak Japanese, she has to use her smartphone to translate; she reveals herself to be the princess. When the princess asks for their help, Chitoge readily agrees. Chitoge disguises herself as the princess in order to lure out the bodyguards. Raku shows the princess around. By the end of the chapter, it looks like the princess might be interested n Raku.

As soon as I saw that the princess looks almost exactly like Chitoge, I knew they were going to pull a switch like this and have Chitoge disguise herself as the princess. I’ve seen this trope from The Prince and the Pauper, Jem, Pokemon, you name it. It never seems to end well, though, and I’m sure that’ll be the case here, too. I hope I’m wrong about the princess becoming interested in Raku. but knowing this series’ track record, we’re probably headed toward adding the princess as yet another member of Raku’s harem.

Bonus Nisekoi

This is a two-page short story that sees Yui’s bodyguard, Night, telling Raku how Yui took control of the Char Sui Kai. It’s a nice little bit to give some background on Yui, and it’s pretty decent for what it is.

One Piece CH:758

In this chapter, Trafalagar and Luffy make it inside the palace. and Sugar is plotting to turn them into toys. Viola uses her vision to help Usopp figure out where he needs to shoot from where they are in order to hit Sugar. Unfortunately, Sugar catches the projectile. But the joke’s on Sugar when she passes out again. The chapter ends with Luffy and Doflamingo reaching the top floor of the palace.

The focus of this chapter ends up being on Luffy, Trafalgar, and Usopp. Usopp managed to do something to help out for once, and it worked. It’s nice to see this story arc finally progressing, and it looks like it’s almost time for the final battle to take place between Luffy, Trafalgar, and Doflamingo. Of course, I expect this final battle to stretch out for a few chapters.

Naruto CH:690

In this chapter, it appears that Naruto and Sasuke finally defeat Kaguya. Unfortunately, her defeat starts causing a lot of chaos in the space-time that they’re in. During the confusion, Naruto heads off on his own in order to deal with Zetsu. Naruto succeeds in sealing both Kaguya and Zetsu away, but now Naruto and the others need to find a way back home. Fortunately for them, the various historical Gokage are used by the Sage of Six Paths to summon Naruto and the others back to their world.

It looks like the big battle is finally over. YAY! However, there’s a “To be continued…” on the final page of the chapter, so that means there’s still more to come. My guess is that the next few chapters will be dealing with the aftermath of this big battle, as well as hopefully tying up various loose ends. I’m very happy to see that this fight with Kaguya is over, and I can’t wait to see how Kishimoto will be continuing the story from here.

World Trigger CH:073

In this chapter, the sniper squad is fighting with the humanoid Neighbor. The humanoid Neighbor calls for Rabits to be sent in to chase off the snipers. When the Rabits arrive, they put their focus on trying to distract the snipers.

Overall, not much progress happens in this chapter. It’s pretty much the sniper team, the humanoid Neighbor, and the Rabits taking volleys at each other and trying to outwit the other side. Osamu gets a brief mention right at the end of the chapter, so I think the focus of the story will be back on him within the next couple of chapters.

Bleach CH:594

In this chapter, we see Kuchiki and a captain together on the battlefield; however, the captain suddenly turns on Kuchiki and tries to attack him. The captain asks if Kuchiki is being manipulated by the enemy or if he’s the enemy disguised as an ally. Just then, a Quincy named Pepe arrives, and one of the female Quincies starts to run toward him…

Here’s a chapter where not much really happens to progress the overarching story. There’s a brief bit with Mayuri, and then the confrontation between Kuchiki and that captain. But now I’m confused as to what’s going on with those two. Is one of them really the enemy? And if so, which one? Pepe just arrives on the scene as the chapter ends, and I really don’t have much of an idea as to who this Pepe is supposed to be. Hopefully we’ll get a little more in the way of answers and story development in the next chapter.

Toriko CH:290

At the beginning of this chapter, we see that the group makes it in time for the air fruit. Five quadrillion tons of air burst forth from the air fruit for the first time in thousands of years. Shortly before this happened, the Nightmare had decided to kill Toriko. But just as the Nightmare is about to strike, the air from the air fruit stops it in its tracks. And with that, the battle between Toriko and the Nightmare comes to an end. At the end of the chapter, the Nightmare gives birth to one of the new eight kings.

This chapter had a lot of narration in it, and not much in the way of action. Fortunately, even though it was primarily narration, the story itself ended up moving and finally bringing an end to this particular part of the story. But now that the battle is over and the air has been prepared and released, where will the story go to next?

Special Preview: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

This is a preview of the first two chapters of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1 Phantom Blood.

The story opens with the Aztecs, with one of their tribes that attempted to take over the world using the powers of a stone mask that bestowed eternal life and the power to dominate. However, this tribe abruptly disappeared at some point, with only ruins left behind. It turns out the stone mask is later excavated and becomes a pivotal piece of the story.

At the beginning of the actual story, the father of a young man named Dio is dying. His father’s dying wish is to mail a letter and head to the place its addressed to, because this person owes him a favor and he expects the friend will look after Dio. There’s a flashback that Dio’s father has about finding a carriage that had been in an accident; Joestar and his son are still alive, but everyone else perished. After his father passes on, Dio heads on his way.

We then meet Joestar’s son, Jonathan, who’s trying to protect a girl who’s being bullied. The bullies beat him up. As Jonathan arrives home, Dio shows up. At first, their meeting seems to go OK, but things turn bad when Dio attacks Jonathan’s dog. We see that Dio’s planning to psychologically torture Jonathan to the brink in order to take his place as the heir to the Jonestar estate.

As he gets settled in, Dio sees the stone mask. When Jonathan tries to be polite and wants to be polite, but Dio beats him up. And things get worse as Jonathan’s father starts treating him more coldly and keeps pointing out Dio as an example of how Jonathan should be. We then see Jonathan and Dio going up against each other in a boxing match, and Jonathan ends up losing.

Wow, that Dio is such a jerk! I hope that as the series progresses, JoJo will become stronger and be able to stand up to Dio and his psychological torture.

I’ve heard a lot about JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure over the past few years, but this is the first opportunity I’ve had to actually have some exposure to the franchise. It’s got an interesting setup, and it looks like it has a lot of potential. I’ll definitely need to keep my eye out to see if my local library system will get a hold of these volumes in order to see how this series goes.

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