Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (April 13, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for One Piece, My Hero Academia, World Trigger, Food Wars!, Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment, Bleach, Nisekoi: False Love, and Black Clover.

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.

One Piece CH:783

The fight between Luffy and Doflamingo continues. Luffy tries to rescue Law, and asks Robin to take care of him. Luckily, she can use her Devil Fruit ability to create a net and catch him. However, Doflamingo tries to turn his attention to Law since he’s not finished with him yet. Cabbage arrives and decides that she needs to cross swords with Doflamingo now that he has seen her. But after Luffy says he needs her to take care of the others, she agrees. Luffy gets Doglamingo to turn his attention back onto him. As Doflamingo fights and appears to be getting the upper hand, he also gloats that the birdcage will begin to kill people. But this seems to egg Luffy on, and he just launches an attack when the chapter ends.

This is one of those chapters where there’s a lot of action going on, but not a lot actually happens in the long run. It looks like Law has resigned himself to not making it out alive from this battle, but at least Cabbage is with him to keep him company. I’m sure that by the end of this arc, Luffy will triumph over Doflamingo and Law will make it through, but I don’t know how much longer Oda intends to stretch this out. And with the added tension of the constricting birdcage getting closer to claiming its first victim, the tension has risen dramatically.

It should be noted that One Piece will be off next week.

My Hero Academia CH:038

The fight between Midoriya and Shoto begins. Unfortunately for Midoriya, Shoto’s matches have ended in a flash before this point, so he had no way to learn much from watching him. So Midoriya has to learn while fighting. Unfortunately, Midoriya finds pretty quickly that his right hand is done, followed close behind by his other hand. But Midoriya surprises everyone by using his quirk while he has broken fingers. Right at the end of the chapter, Midoriya tells Shoto to come at him with everything he’s got, instead of just half of his power.

I’m not surprised to see that this chapter ends before Midoriya and Shoto’s match comes to an end. Knowing how the story had been building up to this moment, there was no way I could think that it’d be done in one chapter. Hopefully this match can either come to an end or be right about to end as the next chapter finishes. The pacing is good so far, and I don’t want it ruined by the mangaka trying to stretch things out for too long.

World Trigger CH:099

Kumagai and Murakami begin duking it out, but during the battle, her Trion body loses one of its hands. She uses meteor to try to turn the fight into her favor. We learn through Kumagai’s thoughts that this is the first time that she’s used a shooting trigger. But in the end, Kumagai ends up having to bail out. Yuma appears in front of the victorious Murakami right at the end of the chapter.

The first part of the chapter placed a strong emphasis on commentary, so the action part of the chapter was near the end of the chapter. While the commentary is useful to help the reader figure out what’s going on, having too strong of a focus early on in the chapter like this does make the chapter more of a boring read than if the commentary and action could be have been intercut a little more. But it looks like the foundation is being set for the next chapter to focus on Murakami and Yuma, and it’ll be interesting to see how that goes.

Food Wars! CH:114

Shinomiya allows Soma to submit a dish to the new recipe contest. We learn from Mr. Chapelle that the dish Soma comes up with will essentially decide if he passes or fails this week’s Stagiaire. Soma learns from the others that they’re all taking the new recipe contest very seriously. We then see Soma furiously working on making his dish. He has a flashback of learning things from his father and comes to realize that everything his father came across his life as a chef he condensed into his ideal vision of a family restaurant. It’s now time for the judging, and Soma brings out his dish right at the end of the chapter.

This chapter basically focuses on Soma as he realizes that he has to break free of everything he used to be as a chef. The flashback that’s included in this chapter also gives us a little bit more insight into what Soma has learned from his father when it comes to cooking. I wasn’t surprised to see that the chapter ended just as Soma brought out his dish. I figured it would be that way in order to build the suspense. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with his dish in the contest during the next chapter.

Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment CH:018

As Higashide is trying to arrest Tento, Abaku and Sarutobi are investigating the crime scene. Abaku swears to save Tento, while Tento is sent to the Children’s Detention Center because of being taken into custody for a Class A Offense. Yui Kijima, the third of the three tongues, has been named the lead prosecutor for Tento’s classroom session. We see she has a violent way of questioning people, and we see that she’s already decided that Tento is guilty. She can tell he isn’t lying at first, but once she asks if he’s hiding something right now, she figures out that he lies when he says no. Just as Yui is about to question him further, Abaku arrives and the two begin sniping at each other. Meanwhile, Higashide receives news that a metal bat was found on the rooftop and it’s thought to be the weapon that was used in the attack. When dusting for prints and comparing them with fingerprints voluntarily submitted by all of the students, they found a positive match that isn’t Tento. Right at the end of the chapter, Abaku reveals to Tento that he had received an email prior to transferring to the school that appears to be from Red Ogre, who apparently is the true perpetrator of the Bloody Session.

Wow, that Yui is a rather frightening kid. But it was also disappointing to see that a sixth grader has been sexualized in the way that Yui has. This was done with both her attire and through the fact that it appears her interrogation methods look suspiciously like BDSM.

But from everything that’s been presented in this chapter, it appears that Tento is indeed innocent. And with various revelations made near the end of the chapter, it’s becoming clearer to see that this series is close to ending, and that it wasn’t planned to run for this short of a time. It appears that the reader may already know who Red Ogre actually is and that both this case and the Bloody Session could be solved rather quickly. At this point, I think it just depends on how many more weeks Weekly Shonen Jump is willing to give this series before it’s forced to conclude.

Bleach CH:623

Kurotsuchi makes it clear to Aizen that he is controlling the level of his restraints. Aizen challenges Kurotsuchi to turn his device all the way up, and Kurotsuchi obliges. Just then, NaNaNa Najahkoop and some of the other Quincies arrive. Just as NaNaNa is about to attack, Bazz-B attacks NaNaNa. Bazz-B says they’ll give the Soul Reapers a hand because if Reiokyu falls then they’ll have problems, too. But in order to get their help, he demands something in return. If the Soul Reapers build the gate to Reiokyu, the Quincies want to be taken to the royal palace so they can kill Yhwach for abandoning them.

The early part of the chapter establishes what Aizen’s power is, while the end of the chapter sets the stage for the Quincies to potentially team up with the Soul Reapers. The Soul Reapers don’t give an answer by the end of the chapter, so hopefully we’ll see where this storyline goes in the next chapter. There’s definitely potential for the story to get exciting soon, so I hope that the potential I see will manifest itself in the series’ upcoming chapters.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:165

Raku and Onodera continue to kill time as they wait for the lighting of the legendary fir tree. They have some awkward interactions, but the two of them still seem to be having fun together. But as time goes on, the awkwardness starts to go away, and they genuinely seem to be having a great time. At seven o’clock, Raku decides he wants to buy a present for Onodera and suggests they split up for a little bit and that they’ll meet at the plaza with the tree right at eight o’clock. While he’s looking around, Raku discovers that the battery on his phone is dead and that he hasn’t heard from the locksmith. The locksmith finds Raku and tells him that the pendant and key are missing. The locksmith figures they were accidentally thrown away and says they have until eight o’clock to find it at the central collection spot.

It was fun getting to see Raku and Onodera having such a great time together, but already knowing what had happened with the pendant and key in the previous chapter made it clear that their good time wouldn’t last. I was just waiting for Raku and Onodera to find out the bad news, and we finally saw it right at the end of the chapter. So now they have to get to the central trash collection and find their items by eight, as well as get to the legendary fir tree. It looks like getting both things accomplished could be impossible, so it’ll be interesting to see how this is handled in the next chapter. I have to say that this has been one of the more interesting chapters of Nisekoi: False Love that I’ve read in a while.

Black Clover CH:005-007

We get three chapters of Black Clover this week to help the readers of the English version of Weekly Shonen Jump get caught up to where the series currently is in the Japanese edition.

Chapter Five introduces the other new recruit to the Black Bulls, Noelle Silver. It turns out she’s a member of the country’s royal family. She’s a snob and holds the fact that she’s royalty over others. That night, Asta gets lost while trying to find the bathroom and wanders outside. He finds Noelle practicing her magic, which she seems to have little to no control over. Later, Noelle traps herself with her own magic, and it’s up to Asta to neutralize it. He succeeds, but it looks like he’s going to fall to his death. Fortunately, Yami comes to his rescue. When the Black Bulls learn Noelle can’t control her magic, they don’t make fun of her like she thinks they will. Hopefully Noelle’s attitude will start improving after this.

Chapter Six officially introduces the other members of the Black Bulls, so the reader gets to learn their names and personalities. Asta and Noelle are given their first mission, which is to go to the village of Saussy and hunt boar. Getting to the village is a problem because neither Asta nor Noelle can fly on a broom. Magna has to take them on his broom. When they reach the village, they find it’s been covered with magic, and Asta is asked to neutralize it. When they clear the mist, they find an execution in progress. Magna uses his magic to stop it. As the executioner tries to continue with what he was doing, Asta tries to use his sword to stop him.

Chapter Seven reveals that the executioner is Lord Heath. When one of his men tries to conjure another mist, Asta is able to negate it with his sword. In a flashback of Asta’s, we learn that there is prejudice against commoners with weak magic. As a kid, he decides that he wants to become the Wizard King and get rid of the prejudice. Lord Heath launches a major ice attack against the villagers, but Asta is able to repel that magic. Noelle tries to help, but she can’t control her magic. Magna tells Noelle to retreat. She’s about to run, but a little girl comes over and begs her to save them. Noelle develops heightened emotions and her magic becomes stronger and she can control it.

These three chapters start progressing Black Clover a little further. At first, I thought I wasn’t going to like Noelle, but she has started to grow as a character by the end of Chapter 7. While I can still see some of the similarities Black Clover has with Naruto, it does seem like this series is starting to diverge away from the Naruto formula as it progresses. I really hope that this continues to be the case, because I do think there’s potential for this series to become more than just a Naruto clone. It’s just a little frustrating that it had to start out as a such a Naruto knock-off, though.

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