Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (February 23, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for One Piece, Black Clover, Kagamigami, Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment, Food Wars!, My Hero Academia, Nisekoi: False Love, Bleach, Toriko, World Trigger, One-Punch Man, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. This issue also includes the first chapter of Cyborg Roggy, which is the next title for this wave of Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “Jump Start” 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.

Cyborg Roggy CH:001

Cyborg Roggy is the next title to be included as part of this wave of the “Jump Start” initiative.

The series is set in a world where about a decade earlier, artificial biological implants known as “augmentation parts” started to get around.

Dog is hired to find out who attacked a cyborg. He’s handed the clothes of the cyborg who attacked, with the hopes that he can get a smell of the attacker. His car is vandalized, and his items inside it are stolen, including the bag of clothes he was given to try to track down the cyborg’s attacker. Dog is able to use his sense of smell to track down the bag of clothes, and he comes across a cyborg attacking the guys who wrecked his car. Unfortunately, a couple of nearby homeless men grab the bag and burn it. Dog talks to the cyborg and explains his situation. It turns out the cyborg wants to talk to Ignite, the leader of the group that hired Dog. Dog calls some of Ignite’s men over, claiming that the cyborg is the one who committed the crime. When Ignite arrives, the cyborg meets with him. When Dog tries to get away, the cyborg accompanies him as he’s fleeing from Ignite and his men. After they make it to a location with few bystanders, the cyborg is ready to take down his pursuers. When the cyborg is able to talk to Ignite again, he says he’s trying to get an umbrella back for a little girl and demands to get it back. The cyborg explains he’s trying to get the umbrella back because he made a promise. The cyborg also reveals that he actually has another score to settle with Ignite from much further back. After the cyborg defeats Ignite, Dog comes back with the umbrella. At the end of the chapter, the cyborg introduces himself as Roggy.

I have to admit that when I first saw the premise, it was making me think about how the idea of something enhancing people in a sci-fi setting was sounding kind of like the recently cancelled Hi-Fi Cluster. But as I read the actual chapter, it was quickly apparent that Cyborg Roggy and Hi-Fi Cluster are nothing alike. Roggy is definitely an interesting character. He comes across as such a “tough guy” right at first, but then we learn that he’s trying to talk to Ignite because of something that most people would regard as a silly reason. Roggy isn’t what I expected from a character with his type of design, but I think that this dichotomy works. It looks like Dog is going to be his weaker sidekick, so it’ll be interesting to see how this series continues with the two of them teaming up together. I definitely see some promise with this manga, and I’m hoping the next couple of chapters will see that promise manifest itself.

One Piece CH:777

It’s revealed that Kyros defeated Diamante in the battle. Unfortunately, Kyros, Rebecca, and Robin’s relief is short-lived when Pica arrives. After a conversation with Kyros, Pica leaves and returns to the battleground where he and Zoro were fighting. But instead of going after Zoro, Pica starts attacking the weak and injured. Then Pica is on the move, and it appears he’s after King Riku. Zoro decides to go after him.

So we officially wrap up the battle between Kyros and Diamante, and it now appears that the focus has shifted to Pica. But Pica isn’t satisfied fighting with Zoro, so he goes after King Riku in order to prevent his return to power. With the chapter being titled, “Zolo vs. Pica,” I had assumed that most of the chapter would have focused on their battle, so it was a little disappointing that they don’t actually battle each other at all. The only thing we get is Zoro getting ready to take Pica on right at the end of the chapter. I’m hoping that the next chapter will actually focus on Zoro and Pica’s battle. While I wouldn’t expect a battle between them to end in one chapter, I’m hoping to see their battle renewed in the next chapter since so much built up to that.

Black clover CH:002

Six months have passed since the end of Chapter One, and the story is set at the Magic Knights Entrance Exam venue. We see that both Asta and Yuno are here. While at the venue, Asta accidentally bumps into Yami Sukehiro, a leader of the Black Bulls, one of the Magic Knight squads; unfortunately, Asta doesn’t leave a good impression. When the exam is underway, William Vangeance, the captain of the Golden Dawn squad, calls for a magic tree to descend, and from its roots, it hands out broomsticks. The first test has the Wizard Knights hopefuls flying on a broomstick. Yano is able to do this easily. Asta, unfortunately, can’t even make himself float. We briefly see some of the other tests, and Asta is struggling. The final test has the participants engaging in actual combat. Asta is approached by a guy who simply sees him as a bottom dweller that will make him look better, and Asta accepts. Asta’s battle ends up being first. Everyone thinks Asta is going to fail, but he surprises everyone when he uses his grimoire and easily knocks out his opponent.

First of all, I have to say that I couldn’t help but think that Gordon Agrippa, one of the characters introduced in this chapter, strongly resembles Marilyn Manson. That was so distracting! But when it comes to the actual story itself, I couldn’t help thinking that Black Clover has accelerated the Naruto formula a little and moved the important exam up to the second chapter. While the Magic Knights Entrance Exam isn’t exactly like the Chunin Exam, they’re both very important exams for their respective stories. And the main reason the test was moved up so much earlier is the fact that Asta doesn’t need to worry about the team building that Naruto and the rest of Team 7 had to go through. While this chapter isn’t quite as blatant about the Naruto formula as the first chapter was, I can still see it here. I’m really hoping that Chapter Three can succeed in breaking away from the Naruto formula even more than Chapter Two did.

Kagamigami CH:003

This chapter shows us that someone going by “Hollow Rabbit” has given the power to control shikigami to someone that he met on the Internet, and the Shikigami Association is concerned about it. It’s also revealed that the ripper who was captured back in Chapter One had an unregistered ghost device embedded in his chest area, as well as a huge parasitic worm in his abdomen. An executive named Karasuma is assigned to talk to Kyosuke Kagami, since he was the one who captured the ripper.

Karasuma goes to visit Kyosuke at Mako’s place. He tells the both of them that he’s the association’s task broker, and that it’s his job to match an appropriate shikigami user to a task. It turns out that there’s an outbreak in Tokyo of random grudge killings using shikigami, and Kyosuke is given the task of hunt down the individual who is sharing the knowledge of shikigami usage.

Later, Karasuma takes Kyosuke to the person he’s been paired up with for the task. He’s been paired with one of the association’s top three most violent people. We’ve been seeing “Hollow Rabbit” trying to convince someone to acquire the power to control shikigami, and it turns out that this person is the guy that Kyosuke has been teamed up with. We learn the guy’s name is Keiichi Shido, and he’s already started attacking “Hollow Rabbit.” Right at the end of the chapter, it’s discovered that Mako has stowed away in the vehicle with Karasuma and Kyosuke.

Well… this isn’t the direction I had expected this manga to go in. It’s not necessarily a bad direction, but it’s not what I was expecting. From the three chapters of this series that I’ve read, I think it has a lot of potential. Unfortunately, it looks like I won’t be able to read more of it immediately, since this is the final chapter that’s going to be run as part of the “Jump Start” initiative. If it gets a good enough response, it could end up being added to Weekly Shonen Jump in the future.

Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment CH:011

Abaku and Tento go to school on a day that it’s closed in order to meet with Hikari Takasu, who has been accused of plagiarism. Meanwhile, Sarutobi is meeting with Vin Daichi, the one who has accused Hikari of the crime. Sarutobi’s meeting isn’t very productive, but Abaku’s meeting with Hikari is much more helpful. Abaku is shown three pairs of art; the first two really aren’t that similar, but the third one appears to be an exact match. They meet Ms. Goh, who helps out with the third and fourth grade art classes, and is an alumnus of the school. She had an artwork that placed in a prefecture-wide contest, and Hikari looks up to her. She used to paint with both Hikari and Vin when they were younger. Hikari has an article with him about Ms. Goh’s teacher that she studies under, and Abaku notices that Ms. Goh’s work that placed in the contest has a similarity to her mentor’s work.

Later, Abaku and Tento go to observe Sarutobi at a classroom session that’s taking place at the school next door. But when they get there, they find an end-of-day meeting going on instead of a classroom session. They’re five minutes late, and the classroom session is already over and done. Sarutobi tries to wager that if Abaku loses, the two of them should join forces; Abaku refuses. At the end of the chapter, Tento admits to seeing Abaku’s clippings about the Bloody Session and asks Abaku about it.

From what I saw in this chapter, it appears that somehow, Ms. Goh is involved with this plagiarism case. However, I can’t quite figure out how she did it or why yet. And it also appears both Abaku and Sarutobi were involved in the Bloody Session that had been hinted at earlier in the series. With Tento admitting to seeing the clippings and asking Abaku outright, I wonder if the next chapter will see Abaku providing some background for that, or if the next chapter will jump straight to the civil suit. I’ve been really curious about the Bloody Session since it was first mentioned, and I’m really hoping the next chapter will at least provide a little more information on it.

Food Wars! CH:107

In this chapter, we see that Megumi and Erina have been paired up together for Stagiaire Week, and they’re assigned to work at a restaurant called Excellent. Erina tells Megumi to concentrate on nothing except staying out of her way. The head chef tells them both that they’ll be starting out by washing dishes. Erina says she refuses, because it is proper to assign a person tasks appropriate to their skill level. Three days later, Erina has proven herself with her culinary skills. However, the head chef isn’t happy about Erina taking over his kitchen.

Overall, this chapter focused more on Erina and Megumi than it did on Soma and Hisaki. Not surprisingly, Erina makes a big splash in the kitchen. While the head chef isn’t happy about this at first, he ends up having to admit that Erina knows what she’s doing and allows Erina to give her opinions on the dishes. But at the end of the chapter, it appears Soma may not be entirely satisfied with the location where he and Hisaki have been assigned and thinks there needs to be a change. It’ll be interesting to see if the next chapter will show us what Soma is thinking.

My Hero Academia CH:031

Midoriya is approached by Todoroki, who asks Midoriya is he’s All Might’s illegitimate child or something. Midoriya denies it, but then asks Todoroki why he would think that. Tadoroki believes that Midoriya is hiding some kind of connection. And since Todoroki is the son of the second greatest hero of all time, he’d want to crush Midoriya if he was connected to All Might, the number one hero. Meanwhile, All Might encounters Endeavor, Todoroki’s father, and asks for advice on training the next generation. Endeavor isn’t willing to help; all he says is that he created Todoroki so he could be molded in order to defeat All Might. We then see Todoroki explaining his situation to Midoriya and saying how much he hates it. After sharing some words, Midoriya makes his own declaration of war: he says he’ll beat Todoroki.

The primary purpose of this chapter was to provide backstory for Todoroki. As someone who’s jumping into the middle of this series, I appreciate getting backstory on any of the characters, because I hope it will help me to better understand who these characters are and the story that they inhabit. We definitely seem to be building to a rivalry between Midoriya and Todoroki, which becomes a second generation rivalry of Endeavor and All Might. From what’s shown at the end of this chapter, it looks like the next chapter will start showing the final event that pits the 16 members of the winning teams into a series of one-on-one battles.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:159

This chapter opens how the previous chapter ended, with Shu asking Raku who he likes more: Onodera or Chitoge? Raku insists that he only sees Chitoge as a friend, but Shu doesn’t seem entirely convinced. Shu even bluntly tells his friend that he thinks that Raku has started to like Chitoge. Raku then runs into Onodera, who is making a farewell cake for Chitoge. Onodera says that all it seems she can do now is decorate cakes, and Raku gives her words of encouragement. When Raku mentions that he wishes there was something he could do to help Chitoge, Onodera surprises Raku and herself by saying that he should help her. This is because he knows more about Chitoge’s home situation than she does.

Raku goes to look for Chitoge. When he finds her, she tells Raku she’s come up with a great plan. Since her father won’t let her stay in Japan because she won’t be well-guarded, Chitoge comes up with the idea to move in with Raku so she’d be under the protection of Raku’s father’s yakuza. Raku tries to argue, but Chitoge points out that Yui lives there. Raku justifies Yui’s being there by saying that she’s more like a big sister. He also argues that her father and Claude would never truly let her live there. Chitoge looks sad and has to admit defeat. But when he sees her sad expression, he decides that he’ll try to convince his father and the other members of the yakuza. But then he asks what Chitoge’s plan is if he’s able to succeed; her response is that she’ll sneak out without a word and hide at his place. She mentions that Tsugumi would probably stay with them as well. But at the end of the chapter, we see that someone has been listening in on the conversation…

Well, at first glance, it appears that Komi has found a way to keep Chitoge and Tsugumi in Japan and keep the series from ending. When I thought that, I found myself feeling a little disappointed. But seeing those final two panels makes it obvious that this isn’t going to go according to plan. I suspect that the person listening in on the conversation will somehow keep this plan from coming to fruition. And if I’m right about that, there’s still a good chance that what we’re seeing now could potentially be leading toward the end of Nisekoi: False Love.

Bleach CH:616

Yhwach tells Ichigo and the others that no matter what they do, Reio cannot be resurrected. Then the scene shifts to the Soul Reapers, where Ukitake declares that he will take Reio’s place. He summons something called Mimihagi. We learn that Ukitake was supposed to die when he was three. His parents went to a shrine for Mimihagi, a god who is said to be the enshrined right arm of Reio that fell from the sky long ago. His parents began a prayer to offer Ukitake’s lungs, and because of this, he lived. Ukitake is performing a ritual called Kamikake, which allows Mimihagi’s power to spread from his lungs to all the organs in his body. He has now become Mimihagi’s dwelling. Right at the end of the chapter, we see Shunsui calling out to Aizen.

Wow… what a backstory for Ukitake. It’s interesting, but I’m also a little sad to see that he is now transforming in order to replace Reio. I’ve always liked Ukitake as a character, and with this change happening, he won’t ever be the same again. But just like with last week’s chapter, it truly feels like Kubo is finally trying to progress this story arc for Bleach. Events are starting to happen one after another, and the story isn’t feeling like it’s being unnecessarily stretched out. Please, Kubo, keep this up, and don’t drag out any more battle scenes.

Toriko CH:313

Kaka sees Komatsu awake and sitting up, but then he appears to start melting. Meanwhile, Toriko and the others join together for an attack; but before they launch the attack, Sunny envelops the ring with his hair in order to conceal their fight from outside viewers. During this “fight,” Toriko and the others finally understand what Monkey Martial Arts really is. We also get to see a flashback of when Coco explains something he had seen in a mural at the ruins they visited earlier, and how this helped them to come up with their theory about the truth of Monkey Martial Arts. And near the end of the chapter, it appears that Kaka may not be what they appeared to be…

In the end, not much really happened in this chapter. It was more of a chapter to share some exposition with the reader and to build up to what should be the next action sequence in the story. It looks like Toriko and the others understand what Monkey Martial Arts is, and what they need to do in order to reach their objective. And it appears Kaka hasn’t been entirely honest with Toriko and the others. Hopefully more will be answered about Kaka sooner rather than later.

World Trigger CH:093

This chapter sees Ko Murakami from Suzunari-1 introducing himself to Yuma, and Yuma introduces him to Osamu. Ko is there to see the rookie attacker who cut down Arafune and the team whose strategy forced him to draw his Kogetsu. When Ko is looking for someone to help him practice, Yuma volunteers. Yuma is warned not to do it, because he’ll jeopardize his next match. When Arafune and Yosuke say they’ll keep their mouths shut, Ko says he has two conditions for his fight with Yuma. While this is going on, Chika is having a conversation with Reiji, and we get a little bit of backstory for him. We then see at the end of the 10 rounds of Yuma and Ko’s battle that Ko won, and that Yuma lost five times in a row. Right at the end of the chapter, Ko’s Side Effect is revealed.

This was a chapter that was focused more on building up toward the next battle in the B-Rank Wars, as well as providing some character development for Reiji. It was a little disappointing that we never actually got to see the battle taking place between Yuma and Ko. All we saw was when they took a break at the halfway point and right after they finished their final round. If the anime makes it this far, I really hope that they’ll see fit to animate the actual battle instead of mentioning it’s going on but not showing any of it. After the big deal that was made about the risk Yuma was taking to accept this fight, I felt cheated that we never got to see any of it.

One-Punch Man CH:041

This chapter opens with Wild Monkey, Hellish Blizzard, and Eyelashes going after a target’s hideout. Meanwhile, Genos senses something approaching quickly. When Genos goes to investigate, he finds Speed-O’-Sound Sonic, who claims to be Saitama’s rival and wants to settle things with him. But then someone calls out for Saitama and says that Hellish Blizzard wants to talk to him. Saitama has no idea who she is. Hellish Blizzard’s sidekicks call Saitama a cocky noob who hasn’t come to see Hellish Blizzard and offer her a customary greeting for when joining Class B. He’s told about the hero factions that exist, and is told he won’t last long unless he joins one. She asks Saitama to join her, and he refuses. She sics her goons on him, but Saitama easily punches them away into the sky.

Basically, this chapter introduces the idea of hero factions, as well as a new hero that I’d personally never seen before. Hellish Blizzard definitely came off as being really cocky, and I was so glad to see Saitama easily punch away her goons. She so deserved that! I wonder if future chapters of the series will end up introducing other heroes from other hero factions, and if they’ll try to recruit Saitama.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal CH:51

Yuma says they’ve got one hope left, and that the other guys protected this last hope with their lives. They are truly able to release the power of the four elements, and that the legend of the Astral World rises again. By combining with Astral, Yuma becomes Zexal. Zexal plays a Spell Card. He also explains that for the ultimate duelist, all duels are preordained. Not only that, but the cards he draws are created by the duelist. Zexal is able to summon Hope Zexal, which keeps his opponent from activating effects. Zexal uses his Hope Sword and slashes at E’rah, knocking her Life Points down to 0. With that, E’rah is defeated and her world is gone. Those who died also come back to life. Yagumo’s soul is also freed from E’rah’s control. Haruto also comes running over, and his soul has returned to normal. Right at the end of the chapter, Astral says that all of their Numbers must be returned to him.

Yes! The battle with E’rah is finally over! But in a lot of ways, once Zexal was summoned, it became rather anti-climactic. I found myself thinking, “You built this up all this time and then it ends this quickly?” Oh, well. At least that battle’s over. But even though the major battle is over, the series isn’t done quite yet. It looks like the situation with Yuma and the Numbers still needs to be resolved. But it does seem like this manga may be ending sooner rather than later.

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