Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (January 26, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for Nisekoi: False Love, One Piece, Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment, Toriko, World Trigger, Food Wars!, Bleach, Hi-Fi Cluster, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. In addition, this issue also includes the third chapter of Rosario + Vampire as part of Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “Jump Back” initiative.

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.

I only started reading Weekly Shonen Jump back in late February/early March of 2014, which means there’s a number of series published in the magazine that I jumped in the middle of. Since then, I’ve been able to start reading older chapters of some of the titles, but I haven’t managed to do this for all of the titles yet. Because of this, there may be times I might inadvertently include incorrect information in the write-ups. If you see something in a write-up that’s incorrect due to my having not read earlier chapters of a series, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know. Not only can I correct the incorrect information in the write-up, it will also help provide information for me to have when reading future chapters of a series in Weekly Shonen Jump.

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:155

At the beginning of this chapter, Raku’s group for the class trip decides they want to change where they’re going on the third day. Meanwhile, Chitoge and the others begin their plans for the day. But, we see Marika grinning as he has her phone out. Marika suggests that since everyone wants to do their own thing they should go their own ways and make sure the teacher doesn’t find out. Marika is the only one who leaves, though. We then see Marika come to the new location that Raku’s group decided to go to and she lies about getting separated from the others.

Raku sends a text to the other group about Marika being lost and asks the group to come get her. After doing some research on the temple, they rush over and catch up with Marika and Raku. We see why Marika schemed to get Raku here: if you shoot an arrow at the person you like, the power of the arrow will make the person love you or something like that. Just as it looks like Chitoge will be able to do something, Marika’s henchwoman Honda arrives and ties her up. Tsumugi saves Chitoge, of course, and this leads to a fight between Tsumugi and Honda. Raku runs off and bumps into Onodera, but she’s also trying to take advantage of the situation. But she’s interrupted by Chitoge and Marika, and Chitoge and Marika shoot arrows at Raku right when the chapter ends.

So, this is what Marika was scheming at the end of the previous chapter. I should’ve figured it would have been something like this. She also managed to convince Raku’s group to change their location in order to make this happen. Once again, this chapter just shows why I can’t stand Marika. Overall, this chapter just didn’t do much for me. The zaniness that takes place once everyone gets to the temple will probably be amusing to fans of the series, but it feels so similar to things that have happened to Ranma in Ranma 1/2 when it comes to the various love interests, so it comes across to me as not being very amusing or interesting.

One Piece CH:774

In this chapter, we see the Tonttattas wondering what happened to Princess Mansherry. Meanwhile, Lady Viola calls Leo to let him know that Giolla has captured the princess and is forcing her to use her powers. We then see Princess Mansherry being scolded by Giolla after she says she can’t do anything more with her power. The princess is also told that she has to use her heal-heal fruit powers to revive more of the enemy. When the princess refuses, Giolla grabs her. This causes the princess to cry, and one of her tears falls on one of the fallen enemy; this person is revived. Just as Giolla is about to make the princess cry some more, Leo and the others arrive and start attacking to try to keep the princess’ tears from reviving anyone else.

Oh, yeah. With that strong focus on Trafalgar’s backstory a while back, I’d forgotten all about Princess Mansherry’s storyline. I’m glad to see this referenced and jog my memory that this storyline existed. There were a couple of other brief scenes right at the beginning of this chapter, but the vast majority of it focused on Princess Mansherry and Leo’s attempt to rescue her. I’m trying not to provide spoilers here, but I will say that the storyline with Princess Mansherry has now been resolved. Thank goodness! That’s at least one of the storylines that’s been running in this series recently that’s now come to an end. Hopefully some of the others will start wrapping up over the coming chapters.

Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment CH:007

This chapter introduces a masked dude who is getting large quantities of Magical Happy, and is selling the white powder all over the school. There’s been rumors circulating that Magical Happy has illegal things mixed into it. Tento tells Abaku that it might be a good idea for classroom arbitration to take it up as a discussion topic. This chapter also introduces Shiratori, another classmate of Tento and Abaku’s, and Tento seems to have feelings for her. After Shiratori mentions a couple of things she’s heard about and seen for herself in regards to Magical Happy, Abaku seems to get a contemplative look on his face.

Their classmate Tanaka becomes completely addicted to Magical Happy and passes out. It turns out it’s against the rules to bring snacks to school, so Abaku has been appointed to be in charge of Tanaka’s defense for the upcoming classroom arbitration. We learn from Tanaka that he received an email from the masked dude three weeks earlier, and he describes what his encounter with the masked dude was like. It’s also revealed that Tanaka had been promised another deal, but when he went to the storehouse, the masked dude said the deal was called off.

Pine gets the email that was sent from the accused and goes to expose the magical powder transaction site. When she gets there, she finds someone rather surprising who appears to be the masked dude…

Wow, it’s amazing how much this Magical Happy comes across like a drug. Is this Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment‘s way of getting a drug story into the series without actually having anyone take drugs? I also have a suspicion that things aren’t what they seem with the person Pine finds at the transaction site. I’m predicting that this is some kind of “red herring,” since this series has never had either Abaku or Pine find any major information so quickly previous to this chapter. There’s got to be more than meets the eye when it comes to this case.

Toriko CH:309

As Toriko and the others puzzle over the ring at the top of the mountain, Bambina the monkey king suddenly falls out of the sky. We then see Bambina playing hide and seek with Toriko and the others after they’ve powered up. They keep finding Bambina. When Toriko asks Bambina what he wants to play next, all five billion monkeys come rushing over. They realize the ring is there for a festival, and that they’ve come to see a serious battle against the monkey king and not a game as they had thought.

This particular chapter was very action heavy, and primarily focused on the game of hide and seek that Toriko and the others are playing with Bambina. Because of this, not very much actually happens in this chapter. Of course, it turns out that it was wishful thinking for Toriko and the others to simply be able to play with Bambina in order for the story to progress. Since Kaka’s realization ends the chapter, it becomes a cliffhanger for the reader, because we now have to wait a week in order to find out what’s going to happen with this battle against Bambina that’s being hinted at.

World Trigger CH:090

This chapter continues the B-Rank Wars, and Arafune and Yuma begin their battle. During the battle, Arafune’s sword gets a hit in on Yuma’s, which causes damage to Yuma’s sword. Meanwhile, we learn that Suwa Squad has split up and that both Arafune agents have been marked. We then see Sasamori going after Hokari. But Hokari sacrifices himself in order to get a shot in on Yuma. But something surprising happens at the end of the chapter…

Well, the action definitely keeps going in the B-Rank Wars, even if I’m not entirely following what’s going on. Unfortunately, this is due in large part to not knowing all of these characters and whether or not they belong to Arafune or Suwa Squad. Hopefully as I see more of the anime and read more of the manga, I’ll start learning who more of these people are. Even though I’m personally lost, I suspect that long-time readers of World Trigger will enjoy the story and all of the action that’s included in this chapter.

Food Wars! CH:103

At the beginning of the chapter, it’s announced that a decision has been reached. The judges explain the strengths of the various chefs, as well as the fact that all three dishes were almost exactly as delicious as the others. The deciding factor in the match was whether or not the dish brought to mind the face of its chef. Just as the winner is about to be announced, we see a flashback for Akira that provides some backstory for him. The winner is announced right at the end of the chapter…

I have to admit that this chapter did a good job of building up the suspense over finding out who won the competition. I also really enjoyed getting Akira’s backstory, because I believe it helped me to better understand him. And I also have to admit that when the winner was announced, it wasn’t who I had been expecting. If you read my write-up last week, then you’ll know who I predicted to win. But, you know, I’m not disappointed that the person who I thought would win didn’t. I believe that the person who ultimately won helped to make this competition end on a much more realistic note.

Bleach CH:612

In this chapter, Yhwach goes to Reio and appears to stab him. We then see Rukia and Renji approaching Captain Hirako, Omaeda and Soi Fon. It turns out a message had been sent out telling all the captains and assistant captains to convene even if they must disengage from whomever they’re fighting. As everyone convenes, we also meet Yoruichi’s younger brother, Yushiro. It turns out Kisuke has called the meeting, and he fills everyone in on what’s been going on with the various squads. Kisuke also says that once he has assembled everyone, he wants to storm Reiokyu. But right at the very end of the chapter, Ichibe tells Ichigo that humans cannot defeat Yhwach.

This chapter is basically getting the reader up to speed and/or reminding the reader what’s happened with the various squads over the course of the battle up to this point. It’s also here to lay the foundation for what appears to be the next plot point that will help to progress this story arc. This primarily focuses on Kisuke and the captains and assistant captains who have gathered, with only a brief scene with Yhwach at the beginning and a brief scene with Ichigo at the end. I’m really hoping that Kubo is finally trying to do something to make this story move.

Hi-Fi Cluster CH:018

This is the final chapter for Hi-Fi Cluster. We see Peta at his high school graduation, and we learn through a conversation with Nano that Peta will be continuing his job working at Special Unit Six. Peta realizes that he’s been called in and has to leave Nano behind. At this point, we learn that two years have passed since the previous chapter, and the reader receives a narration that explains what’s happened to the various characters. Kandera then reveals they have a new job to find a weird gang with new and improved hi-fi labels that are the exact some ones as Special Unit Six’s. The chapter ends with them heading out for this new assignment.

Those who have read my write-ups the past three weeks or so know that I had anticipated that the series would come to an abrupt end. I was disappointed to discover that I was right. This was an okay ending, but there’s still the loose end of Landscape Mole and this new gang with improved hi-fi labels. And I guess it was nice to see that Peta managed to graduate from high school as well.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal CH:50

The battle between E’rah and Yuma and the others continues. When E’rah plays Anti-Hope God of Despair, she reveals that her opponents cannot XYZ summon while this is on the field. When she tells Anti-Hope God of Despair to attack Utopia the Lightning, Kaito activates Titanic Galaxy’s effect. This causes Kaito to sacrifice himself. E’rah tells Yuma that he should submit to her since he only has one life point left. Yuma’s friends encourage him not to give up. Yuma draws a card, and it’s the spell card Memories of Hope and is able to bring back Kaito and Shark’s monsters. He then uses the Memories of Hope and the Future Energy spell cards. With this, Yuma is able to attack Anti-God of Despair. E’rah counters and is able to cancel out Yuma’s attack. But then Titanic Galaxy’s effect is activated. E’rah counters again, but another effect is activated for Titanic Galaxy. Utopia the Lightning’s ATK jumps dramatically, but E’rah has a card to counter this, too. Yuma then activates the Dauntless Challenge quick-play spell. This finally knocks E’rah’s life points down to 100. But E’rah has a card she can play to help her out here, too, as the chapter ends.

Okay, this was starting to get a little ridiculous. Just as it looked like Yuma finally had the upper hand and could bring this battle to a close, E’rah always just happened to have a card to counter. And for most part, that’s all this chapter was… volleying the advantage back and forth. I’m really, really hoping that this story will be coming to an end soon. It’s starting to feel like it’s being ridiculously dragged out, and it’s gotten to a point where I have a harder and harder time caring about what’s going on.

Rosario + Vampire CH:003

Rosario + Vampire is being featured as part of Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “Jump Back” initiative, and this is the third week that this title has been part of this initiative.

It’s now been a month since Tsukune started going to Yokai Academy, and the students are now required to join a club. He and Moka go to check out the swim club, but Moka tells Tsukune that she really doesn’t want to swim. It turns out water is a vampire’s natural enemy, but she doesn’t say this to Tsukune. The club president takes Tsukune into the pool and stays close to him, which makes Moka jealous. When Kurumu hears rumors about Moka joining the swim club, she decides to check it out. Moka, meanwhile, has to leave the pool after the club president gets her wet. Meanwhile, Tsukune decides not to join the swim club if Moka isn’t going to be in it. At this point, the club president reveals her true form as a mermaid. Moka returns to the pool and sees what’s going on, and Moka surprises the mermaid by jumping into the water. Kurumu arrives and Tsukune learns the truth about vampires and water, and Tsukune rescues Moka. While underwater, Tsukune pulls off Moka’s rosario, and Moka defeats the mermaids. Afterward, the other Moka slaps Tsukune because of what the usual Moka was going through. Right at the end of the chapter, we see Tsukune, Moka, and Kurumu joining the newspaper club.

Sigh. Once again, this chapter relies on the formula that was established in the previous two chapters. Tsukune’s life is threatened by one of the other students in the class, Tsukune pulls off Moka’s rosario, and she transforms and kicks the other student’s butt. Yawn. I remember this from when I read the first volume a while ago, as well as complaining about how the chapters felt formulaic. Re-reading these chapters hasn’t done anything to improve my opinion of this series, I’m afraid.

And it looks like Chapter Four of Rosario + Vampire will be appearing in the next issue of Weekly Shonen Jump.

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