Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (March 23, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for Bleach, One Piece, My Hero Academia, Toriko, Food Wars!, Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment, Nisekoi: False Love, and One-Punch Man. The third chapter of Claymore is also included for Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “Jump Back” initiative, and a preview of the first chapter of Tokyo Ghoul has also been included.

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.

Bleach CH:620

Uryu tells everyone to stay where they are or he’ll shoot. Ichigo tries to reason with Uryu, but it seems like it’s no use. When other Quincies come to try to help Uryu, he shrugs them off. Uryu also sends Ichigo falling down toward the ground. Meanwhile, Yhwach decides to take the power of the right arm of Reio, and then decides he’ll try to do even more and take everything from Reio. At the end of the chapter, the other Soul Reapers feel the trembling start back up again.

I can’t believe that Ichigo is dead. Somehow, he’ll find a way to survive the fall and come back to take care of Yhwach, Uryu, and the Quincies. It appears the story is trying to start wrapping up, but I’m still afraid that Kubo will find a way to slow things back down again in order to stretch this final arc out and make the series last a little longer. I hope I’m wrong, because the recent movement in the story has been a welcome change of pace.

One Piece CH:780

It’s revealed that Trafalagar Law is still alive. Doflamingo tries to strike a bargain with Law, but his ultimate response is giving the middle finger and telling Doflamingo that he can’t stop Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates. This section ends with Doflamingo shooting at Law.

We then see Luffy reaching where Doflamingo is, and the two of them begin a battle. Luffy finds Law, and Law appears to have died this time. But Luffy doesn’t want to believe it.

So we’re finally returning to the fight with Doflamingo. Things don’t look good for Law at this point, but I wouldn’t necessarily rule out some kind of miracle here, either. And now this arc has finally reached the point where Luffy is about to take on Doflamingo and the other remaining member of the Doflamingo family. I expect the next chapter will be very action packed and focused on Luffy’s battle with the final bosses.

My Hero Academia CH:035

The third match between Kaminari and Shiozaki is over before it can even begin, with Shiozaki using her plant ability to trap Kaminari before he can do anything. Next up is Tenya Ida versus Mei Hatsume. Their match ultimately goes on for 10 minutes, but in the end, Ida is the one who moves on. When Urara goes to see Ida, they are joined by Midoriya, who informs them that two more matches ended already and that they were rather short. Urara is worried about her upcoming match, but Midoriya shows her a strategy he came up with to help her out. But Urara surprises him by turning him down. The chapter ends with Urara and Bakugo entering the ring for their match.

For the most part, this chapter glossed over several of the fights in order to rush through this section of the story. The only match to really get much attention in this chapter was Ida versus Hatsume. The only other seciton of this chapter that received much focus is the scene between Urara, Ida, and Midoriya near the end. I suspect the idea is to rush through these early matches and focus more on the semifinals and finals. Hopefully the next chapter will be more interesting than this one was.

Toriko CH:317

The Monkey King easily defeats Kaka, and as he does, 100 G Mountain begins to crumble. Toriko and the others give Komatsu pair, and it first, it looks like it didn’t work. But as Toriko takes his hand, and the hole in his chest begins to fill with pair. The group finds itself on another plane, and they see Komatsu’s heart floating by them. They try to grab his heart, but can’t succeed at first. Toriko manages to reach through Komatsu and get the heart, and place it back into Komatsu’s body. By doing this, the hole closes up and Komatsu comes back to life.

Fortunately, the fight between Kaka and the Monkey King didn’t last long, so the focus could be on Toriko and the others reviving Komatsu. Things looked rather bleak for a while there, and there was definitely a lot of tension going on. But I’m glad that everything turned out all right in the end, because I would have been rather upset if Komatsu had died.

Food Wars! CH:111

The construction phase for Shinomiya’s new restaurant is over, and now it’s time to prepare for the preopening reception. For this, Soma will serve as an assistant to Lucie Hubro, the meat course chef. It’s quickly time for the preopening reception, and the tension starts to run high. So far, the first customers enjoy the first part of their meal. Soma finds there’s a lot to do and that he has to do it in a hurry. Unfortunately, in all the rush, Soma manages to make a mistake. Abel, the head chef, makes it clear to Soma that he doesn’t see Soma as part of the team, that he’s simply just an intern. After this, Soma starts pushing himself harder.

So now the real challenge of working for Shinomiya begins. The pacing for the food preparation for a full-course meal is much different than what Soma is used to, so it’s not surprising that he’s getting confused and has a harder time keeping up. But I expect that since he’s still got a few more days to go on this assignment, Soma will be working hard to learn what he needs to in order to improve the job he’s doing in this particular kitchen.

Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment CH:015

Abaku argues that Pine’s father can’t prosecute the case because the school judgment is a system for the children by the children. It turns out there’s an Article 27 that allows an exception for certain adults if they’re properly qualified and are guardians of involved parties. Her fine begins the paperwork, and declares that Yamada shall be indicted as Evil Spirit 5-Meters Deep. It turns out he looked up intelligence on the students in the school and monitored the pool. The class president, who had also been watching the pool, is asked if this is true. He says that he saw her, but he didn’t see any sign that she had brought anything with her. The class president realizes that Pine’s father is using intimidation. Abaku says he will defend Yamada. And Pine’s father reveals that Pine will be leaving the school at the end of the next week.

The classroom session is called to order. Abaku questions Inako as his first witness. Then, Pine’s father calls Matsuoka as a witness. Right at the end of the chapter, Abaku says he’s going to ronpa the hell out of Pine’s father.

Wow, Pine’s father is an absolute jerk. All he does is look down on the kids and uses intimidation to get Matsuoka to say what he wants him to say. I’m looking forward to Abaku finding a way to school Pine’s father. He’s such a smug and pompous ass that he really needs to be schooled by a sixth grader.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:163

We find out that Chitoge will only be staying at Raku’s house for one day, because the house is in total chaos due to all of the packing that had been taking place. While Chitoge is there, she tries to help out around the house, but she has a mishap with the washing machine. When she tries to clean the house, Chitoge makes an even bigger mess. And then we see Raku helping Chitoge out with making dinner. Raku and Chitoge have to share a room that night, and they spend time talking about how everything seems to have returned to normal. Before they can fall asleep, Yui comes in.

Right at the end of the chapter, Onodera is looking for a CD and comes across a drawing that catches her interest.

Sigh. It turns out Chitoge living with Raku was only a one night thing. After all that’s happened in this story arc, it’s disappointing to see that everything will basically return to the status quo of before this story arc started. So we end up back in the same rut that we had been in before. In the long run, after it seemed like this series was making some progress, it takes at least two steps backwards. Hopefully this drawing that Onodera found will have an interesting story to go with it.

One-Punch Man CH:043.2

Just as it looks like Genos will prevail over Sonic, it turns out that Sonic is moving with special footwork and fast movement to create an afterimage. Genos decides that since he can’t see Sonic, he’ll just blast the whole area with his incineration cannons. Before he can do it, Saitama knocks him out of the way because he doesn’t want explosions in front of his house. At the end of the chapter, Saitama says he’ll fight Sonic.

Wow, the previous chapter was rather deceptive, because it certainly looked like Genos was beating the heck out of Sonic. So it wasn’t quite so one-sided after all. I should have expected that it wouldn’t have gone that easily. Now the stage is being set for Saitama to take on Sonic, and it’s going to be interesting to see how it goes.

Claymore CH:003

The “Jump Back” initiative continues with the third chapter of Claymore.

Raki awakens in an inn ar Egon Village. He learns his food and lodging have already been paid for by a silver-eyed witch. Raki has a quick bite to eat, then goes off to search for Clare. An villager comes up to Raki and says that a Claymore was looking for him. He’s told that she left the village and headed for the woods nearby. He goes to the woods and finds a Claymore, but it’s not Clare. This Claymore claims she’s the one who saved Raki. After she refers to herself as a Claymore, Raki pushes her away, knowing that they never refer to themselves by that name. The “Claymore” transforms into a yoma and takes Raki prisoner. Clare appears The yoma tries to use Raku to keep Clare from attacking, but Clare wonders what makes the yoma think a hostage will stop her. Clare throws her sword aside, and the yoma lunges toward her. It looks like the yoma has the upper hand, but Clare does something that turns the tide of the fight around. After the rescue is over, Clare asks Raki why he’s so far away from his village. As he starts to explain, Clare has a flashback to her childhood. Clare asks Raki if he can cook, and if he can, to follow her until they reach a town where he wants to live.

So we see Raki appear again, and that Clare had been looking out for him. And thanks to what happens here, Raki ultimately becomes Clare’s traveling partner. I suspect that at some point, they will form a true friendship during their travels. The pieces now seem to be in place for Clare and Raki to travel and encounter various yoma as part of Clare’s job. According to the end of the chapter, Chapter Four will appear in the next issue of Weekly Shonen Jump, so we can at least see how their travels together will begin.

Tokyo Ghoul CH:001

A preview of the first chapter of Tokyo Ghoul is also included in this issue of Weekly Shonen Jump. VIZ Media is releasing the firts volume digitally right now, and will be releasing it in print in June 2015.

We learn that monsters known as Ghouls feed on the dead flesh of humans. The story, however, focuses on Ken Kaneki, a rather normal college student. Kaneki is talking to a friend of his about Ghouls, and his friend mentions that it’s said that Ghouls hide amongst them disguised as humans. They’re at a coffee shop of some kind, and the girl that Ken is interested in comes in. After his friend sees the girl, he says he has to head off to work. It turns out they’re also reading the exact same book. As the girl heads in Ken’s direction, he accidentally drops his book. She helps him pick it up, and they begin talking with each other.

Ken talks with his friend later, and we learn that Ken will be going on a date with the girl and that her name is Rize Kamishiro. We then see them on their date, and they discover they have a lot in common. She asks Ken to walk her home since she lives near the building where a Ghoul recently attacked. On the way, she suddenly tells him about she’s noticed the way he’s looked at her. It looks like she’s going to kiss him, but then suddenly bites him on the shoulder. It turns out that Rize is a Ghoul. He tries to get away, but she captures him. Ken finds a pencil on the ground and manages to stab Rize with it. He tries to get away again, but Rize manages to stop him. But before she can do anything more, steel beams fall on her.

Ken awakens in a hospital and hears that he needs an organ transplant. They decide to use Rize’s organs since their blood types match…

Well, this certainly establishes an interesting story. Although I have to admit that I suspected that Rize was a Ghoul rather early on, so the revelation that’s made later in the chapter didn’t faze me as much as it would have otherwise. This is definitely more on the suspense and horror side of things, which is something that I’m usually not in a rush to read. However, this story has a decent start, so I might be interested in reading more of Tokyo Ghoul at some point.

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