Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (April 20, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for Nisekoi: False Love, Toriko, World Trigger, Food Wars!, My Hero Academia, Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment, and Black Clover. There’s also a special section devoted to Naruto fan art from a contest Weekly Shonen Jump ran late last year.

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.

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Weekly Shonen Jump (April 20, 2015)

Nisekoi: False Love CH:167

Raku and Onodera have 20 minutes to retrieve the pendant and key, as well as to get to the legendary fir tree. Raku believes that it won’t be possible to do both. We see that Onodera thinks there’s no way Raku would to go the fir tree now because of how important the locket is to him, and has to make up her mind as to what she’s going to do. But then we see that Raku has decided to go to the tree instead, while Onodera seems to have decided to retrieve the locket. But right at the end of the chapter, Raku gets a major surprise.

Huh, so this hasn’t quite turned out how I expected. I’d thought that they would both rush over to the garbage in order to retrieve the locket and key and sacrifice the tree lighting. But that’s not what happened. At first, I thought this could be Komi’s way of trying to get rid of the locket so he wouldn’t have to deal with that particular element. However, the last time Komi made it seem like a major change would happen with Chitoge moving away, it ended up not happening. I’m almost expecting that some kind of “Christmas miracle” will happen that will allow them to see the lighting of the fir tree and get their locket and key back.

Toriko CH:320

They work at trying to extract pair, but it’s going very slowly. When they wonder how long it will take to get enough for even one person to enjoy, Kaka suddenly shows up and says that it’ll take an extremely long time to get enough for everyone. Toriko and the others and unhappy to see that Kaka is still alive. But Komatsu says that she’s on their side, and that this is the real Kaka. Kaka says she will explain the true method to prepare pair. While it’s nowhere near as long as the natural drip method they’re using, it’s still a time-consuming process. Komatsu then points out that there’s a hole in the pair. Just then, there’s a flood of pair. Apparently, Komatsu was able to prepare it in one stroke. Everyone partakes in the pair, but Toriko and the others discover that by drinking a certain amount of it, they become the opposite gender and reveal new senses of taste. But Kaka tells them that one more mouthful will return them to normal. Right at the end of the chapter, it’s revealed that they can now see the spirit world.

Oookay, then. I know Toriko has gotten strange at times, but, um… wow. With the revelation that they can see the spirit world, I suspect that the next chapter will be placing an emphasis on this aspect. But it was good to learn that the Kaka who had been traveling with Toriko and the others had been a fake. I liked Kaka and was disappointed when it appeared that Kaka was actually evil. But definitely a lot of exposition right at the beginning, with major surprises taking place right at the end. If it wasn’t for those two major surprises, this probably would have ended up being a rather dull chapter.

World Trigger CH:100

The chapter opens with more commentary to catch the reader up on what’s taking place at the various fronts. Almost half of the chapter is devoted to commentary before the reader truly gets to see the actual action as it’s taking place. When the action does pick back up, the focus is on the battle between Yuma and Murakami. But after four-and-a-half pages of the fight, we’re taken right back to the commentary again.

Overall, I have to say that this wasn’t as action oriented of a chapter as I had hoped it would be. While the commentary can be nice to understand what’s going on, I’d also like to actually see the battles going on that are being commentated on. Unfortunately, it doesn’t help that I saw the newest episode of the anime earlier, which focused more on recap and exposition than it did on action. This could be making me more frustrated with this chapter than I might normally would have been.

Food Wars! CH:115

Shinomiya asks to taste Soma’s dish. He takes a bite, and the art makes it clear that he’s very impressed by what he just tasted. Someone else tastes it and has the same reaction. Soma then launches into an explanation of what he did, and all of the other chefs are surprised. But in the end, Shinomiya says that Soma’s dish isn’t worthy of being included on the menu at Shino’s Tokyo because it’s too low quality as it currently is. Shinomiya offers to show Soma how to do it if it was his recipe. But there is a nice twist right at the end of the chapter.

So this is another chapter that shows that while Soma is able to do something better than others expected, it’s still not necessarily the best that it could be. I do like seeing that Soma doesn’t always come out on top and seem to have the world handed to him on a silver platter. It’s refreshing to see a shonen lead having to work hard but not always being number one. And it looks like Soma has one more week for his Stagiaire Challenge, so it’ll be interesting to see where he ends up next.

My Hero Academia CH:039

After some sizing up, Midoriya and Shoto rush toward each other… and Midoriya lands a punch into Shoto’s stomach. There’s concern about the injuries that Midoriya has sustained up to this point, and the idea of stopping the match is considered. As this is being considered, the match continues, with Shoto asking Midoriya why he’s going this far. After Midoriya answers, we get a flashback of when Shoto was five years old and what ultimately led Shoto to hate his father as much as he does. Right at the end of the chapter, Shoto does something that no one expects.

For the most part, not much truly happens to progress the match over the course of this chapter. However, there’s some really good character development for Shoto here, and by the end of the chapter, Shoto seems like he’s starting to have a change of heart about some things. But the flashbacks and the prodding he’s getting from Midoriya have pushed Shoto to do something that he said he’d never do. I have a feeling that the next chapter will more than likely show us what the results of Shoto’s decision end up being.

Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment CH:019

In this chapter, Pine is informed that she is unable to serve as the prosecutor for the classroom session because only top prosecutors from the special investigations unit are permitted to handle Class-A incidents. Pine insists because it was her friend who was hurt. This doesn’t move Yui, though. Meanwhile, Abaku and Sarutobi are trying to figure out how the incident could have occurred in a way for Tento to be innocent. In a flashback, we see that Abaku has revealed more about the Bloody Session to Tento. Later, we see Sarutobi thinking that when he first met Tento, he felt comfortable around him because he felt familiar.

It’s now the day of the classroom session, and Pine comes up to Abaku with a summary of the day of the attack. This summary primarily focuses on the girls in the class. The classroom session is called to order right at the end of the chapter.

So this story continues to build, and more hints seem to be getting dropped. But which hints are truly important, and which ones are red herrings? Hopefully the classroom session will bring a lot of things into the light, and maybe even expose the true identity of Red Ogre. With the way recent chapters have been progressing, I’m just convinced that Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment is probably just about to end.

Black Clover CH:008-010

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 Eight sees Lord Heath using his ice magic and it appears Asta has been pierced by an ice spear. But Asta suddenly comes up behind Lord Heath and declares that he’s not done. Asta’s pretty beat up, but he still insists on going after Lord Heath. Magna jumps in to give Asta some help. Together, Magna and Asta are able to draw Lord Heath in with a decoy. Noelle is also able to control her magic and jumps into the fray.

Right at the beginning of Chapter Nine, Asta is able to get a good hit in on Lord Heath. Right after he defeats Lord Heath, Asta falls asleep. But Asta is awakened by a swallow pecking at him and giving him a stone from the village. Later, we see that Lord Heath’s magic has been sealed, but that he has a magic item inside of him. In the end, Lord Heath and his men self destruct. We then see the group that Lord Heath was working for, and it appears that the swallow gave Asta a magic stone.

In Chapter 10, we see that the Black Bulls have been awarded a star by the Wizard King for Asta, Magna, and Noelle’s actions. Asta also receives his first paycheck, and is taken to the castle town of Kikka in order to spend it. While they’re there, Vanessa takes Asta and Noelle to the black market. They run into Har, a guy that Asta did his entrance exam with, and a thief comes running past the Magic Knights. Both Asta and Har chase after the thief, but it’s ultimately Asta who apprehends the thief. Right at the end of the chapter, we see that the Wizard King is wandering around as Kikka in disguise.

While that battle with Heath was interesting, I’d really like to know how Asta managed to survive being attacked by an ice spear. Oh well. But over the course of these three chapters, there’s definitely a dynamic being developed between Asta and Noelle. Black Clover is starting to become a lot more interesting, and it’s starting to feel a little less like a Naurto clone. And was it just me, or did the Wizard King come across as being a little creepy? Hopefully Black Clover will continue to progress in a way that will make readers care about the characters, the story they’re going through, and the world that they inhabit.

Kishimoto Sensei’s Top Picks and Naruto Fan Art

This section reveals the 10 entries for the Weekly Shonen Jump cover art contest that featured Naruto characters that were Kishimoto’s favorites and he comments on each one. There are some amazing entries that are featured here, and I enjoyed reading Kishimoto’s comments. And right at the end of the feature, it’s announced that the Naruto mini-series will begin running in the next issue.

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