Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (May 11, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for One Piece, Nisekoi: False Love, Black Clover, Toriko, Food Wars!, Bleach, My Hero Academia, and Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment. This issue also includes the second chapter of the Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring mini-series, the first chapter of Straighten Up! Welcome to Shika High’s Competitive Dance Club (the first of the two “Jump Start” initiative titles), and the first chapter of Yu-Gi-Oh! (which is the latest title to be featured for the “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.

Straighten Up! Welcome to Shika High’s Competitive Dance Club CH:001

Straighten Up! Welcome to Shika High’s Competitive Dance Club is a title being featured as part of Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “Jump Start” initiative.

The manga focuses on Masaharu Tsuchiya, a boy going into his first year of high school. When it’s time for the various clubs to introduce themselves, a beautiful girl walks up to the stage and catches Masaharu’s attention. But during the assembly, someone bumps into Masaharu and causes him to shove a girl named Eri. After their awkward introduction, we learn that Masaharu isn’t that good when it comes to girls, and this goes all the way back to when he was in elementary school. He watches a demonstration by the members of the Competitive Dance Club, and let’s just say that the guys in the audience love what they see.

Later, we see that Masaharu is trying to decide which club to join. A couple of classmates suggest that they should check out the Competitive Dance Club. When they get there, they find there’s already a long line of guys waiting to check the club out during the trial period. But the reader also sees that Eri is standing in line. When the president of the club arrives and does a demonstration with Masaharu, it ends up scaring off most of the people standing in line. Even Masaharu’s friends run off. It turns out two people are still remaining: Masaharu and Eri.

A competitive dancing manga, huh? After reading these chapters, two major things come to mind. First, there seems to be a rather typical setup here of an incoming freshman who has some degree of shyness and doesn’t seem to know what kind of club they want to join. Second, the dancing demonstration definitely had some focus on fanservice; I suspect that’s there to keep Weekly Shonen Jump‘s male audience interested in a the concept. To be brutally honest, I don’t know how much interest their male readership really has in competitive dance. So far, this manga is off to an OK start, but there just wasn’t much in these early chapters to truly make this stand out.

Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring CH:002

This chapter opens with Sasuke still on his journey and encountering someone that he has to fight. After the opponent is down, he sees someone wearing a jacket with the Uchiha symbol and sees that this person has Sharingan. Sasuke asks who this is, but we don’t see a response. Later, this character goes to report to someone about Sasuke, and says they must kill Sasuke because he killed Itachi.

We then see Sarada talking to Shizune about her father, but then she changes the subject and asks about her birth because it turns out her birth record isn’t at any hospital in Konoha. When Shizune asks what brought this on, Sarada shows her the picture and asks about who Karin is because they have the same glasses.

Later, we see Cho-Cho talking to Sarada, who says she thinks that her parents may not be her real parents because she doesn’t resemble either of them. A boy named Mitsuki, who recently moved here from another village, comes over to them and starts explaining why Cho-Cho is acting this way. We then see Sarada wondering who she is. After Mitsuki leaves, Cho-Cho says she wants to set out on a quest to find who her real parents are, and Sarada is inspired to track down her father in order to ask him questions. If that doesn’t work, then she wants to hunt down Karin.

Naruto receives a hawk with a message from Sasuke. It’s a report of what happened to him, and Naruto calls Kakashi to talk to him about it. As he’s talking, Sarada comes up to his office door and overhears that Naruto is in contact with Sasuke and that he’s going to go see him and then pay Orochimaru a visit. Sarada decides to tail Naruto, but right as she’s about to go, Cho-Cho comes up behind her.

Some interesting developments in this particular chapter, and it appears to be setting the stage for this mini-series to run for longer than say 3-4 chapters. I’m genuinely interested in this storyline, especially with Sarada and her confusion over who she is. Is there going to be some kind of major bombshell by the end of this when it comes to her parentage? Also, I’m interested in seeing who this “new Uchiha” is and who they’re answering to. Who’s determined to kill Sasuke for killing his brother?

One Piece CH:785

The Tontattas begin evacuating from Smile Factory as the birdcage starts shrinking. Meanwhile, Zoro is shown heading toward the strings to try to stop them and buy time. But then the focus returns to the fight between Luffy and Doflamingo. But as it seems Luffy’s Gear Four will soon run out, and Doflamingo causes strings to pop out of the ground and nearby buildings also turn into string. After 20 minutes have passed, we still see people trying to evacuate, and Riku tries to explain what’s happening. His speech inspires everyone to try to run for their lives as Luffy and Doflamingo battle it out. Right at the end of the chapter, Luffy launches a powerful attack on Doflamingo.

There was a lot of jumping around going on in this chapter, to the point that it was almost dizzying to me as a reader. But it does feel like Oda is finally building up to a conclusion of Luffy’s battle, especially with Riku’s speech. Hopefully the next chapter will show that Luffy was victorious with the attack he launched at the end of this chapter.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:169

The beginning of the chapter seems to indicate that Marika kidnapped Raku and took him to an island for a vacation. Apparently, a bunch of cops sneaked into the yakuza stronghold and carried Raku away on his futon without waking him up. This location is the first place to greet the new year, and Marika wanted to witness the first sunrise of the year with him before anyone else. Raku insists on going home, but when he mentions Chitoge, that makes Marika more determined to keep him there. Raku ends up giving in, but then insists he wants to get homework done instead of doing any of the fun things that Marika suggests. Raku meets Marika’s servant, Honda, who asks him how he feels about Marika. During the discussion, Honda says that Marika doesn’t have much time left.

Oh, boy. A story starring Marika. The setup for this story was rather stupid, so that didn’t help anything. Honda’s comment about Marika not having much time is supposed to make it sound like she’s on her deathbed (she’s been on the sickly side during the entire series), but I bet this is another story where Komi is trying to make things seem more dramatic than they really are and then have some stupid resolution that causes it to not be the dramatic thing that he tried to make it out to be. Yawn.

Black Clover CH:012

Klaus, another member of Golden Dawn, asks Yuno why he saved Asta and his group when their mission is to capture the dungeon. A girl with the Golden Dawn group recognizes Noelle, who turns out to be her cousin, Mimosa. Unfortunately. Noelle can’t stand Mimosa. Klaus basically spends his time making fun of the Black Bulls. Meanwhile, we see the third member of Asta’s party trying to find someone. Klaus becomes upset when Asta confronts him, so he and Mimosa display their magic. Yuno then uses his wind magic to help his team mates. This then becomes a competition between Asta and Yuno to see which one can get to the treasure hall first. But since neither Asta nor Noelle having tracking magic, Asta just starts checking everywhere. But Nero the bird (who’s perched on Asta’s head), seems to know which way to go. Right at the end of the chapter, Asta and Noelle’s companion seems to find who he’s looking for.

Most of this chapter was spent on Klaus hurling insults as Asta, Noelle, and the Black Bulls in general. Personally, I thought this came across as a bit heavy-handed and excessive. The reader could understand rather quickly that Klaus looks down on the Black Bulls, so seeing this last so long felt like overkill. Near the end of the chapter, it’s revealed that a nearby country is trying to invade the one the story is set in, and the Black Bull who found someone in the dungeon at the end of chapter has probably found someone from that country. Sigh. I’m sorry I’m not using a name for Asta and Noelle’s companion, but I don’t know what it is.

Toriko CH:322

The conditions for capturing pair for Ballboons and other creatures is revealed during this chapter. Meanwhile, we see the fake Kaka talking with someone else about needing to capture Komatsu for their own purposes. We then see Brunch going to talk to Midora about Toriko, and then asks for confirmation that the three chefs are safe before handing over air. Midora asks about Pair and Another. Starjun is assigned to accompany Brunch to help Toriko out. Right at the end of the chapter, Kaka reveals something surprising.

This chapter primarily focused on explaining a couple of things and setting the stage for the next story arc that should be taking place in the Gourmet World. Overall, this ended up being a rather boring chapter. Yes, the information revealed in it is important, but it made for some rather dry reading. Hopefully the next chapter will be better.

Food Wars! CH:117

The Shokugeki between Soma and Tetsuji begins. At the same time, the other first years return from their Stagiaire challenges and learn about Soma’s Shokugeki. But we don’t actually get to see the Shokugeki; by the time th first years get there, Soma has already overpowered Tetsuji. When Soma asks if anyone in the audience sent him challenge letters, two people reply. Soma offers to do those Shokugeki with them right now. We see Soma launch into the next one. After a brief flashback, we see Soma defeat another opponent. After this, Soma says he’ll take on anyone day or night and that they don’t have to bother with challenge letters. Right at the end of the chapter, it’s revealed that the Momiji Meet and Greet is coming up, and this is where the top first-year students have an opportunity to meet the entire current Council of Ten.

This chapter basically establishes that Soma has gained valuable skills from his Stagiaire challenges and has acquired more confidence than he had before the challenges began. It was a little disappointing not getting to see much of the actual Shokugeki, but the point of this chapter was to get to a point where the story can begin establishing the next story arc. And from what we’re shown, it appears that next up will be the Momiji Meet and Greet.

Bleach CH:625

Ichigo is surprised to see Grimmjow. The two of them are just about to fight, but then is approached by the adult version of Nel; apparently, Urahara made her a bracelet that allows her to switch between child and adult whenever she wants. A box suddenly appears, and everyone is told to get inside of it. Inside the box are Riruka and Yukio. Yoruichi gives Ichigo and explanation for what’s going on. It basically boils down to how the group can launch a surprise attack in Reiokyu.

Basically, this chapter reintroduced four characters and gave an explanation for what will be coming up. There’s also a hint dropped about the Quincies right at the end, but that’s it. Basically, nothing truly happens over the course of this chapter. Yes, the explanation is important, but that’s pretty much what the majority of this chapter was. Hopefully the next chapter will actually help the story to move forward.

My Hero Academia CH:041

Midoriya talks to All Might and says that All Might should try to find someone else to replace him. During the conversation, it’s revealed that All Might has been born quirkless, but his predecessor did and believed in him and took him under his wing. All Might tells Midoriya that he has already exceeded his expectations more times than he can count. They go and watch the rest of the tournament. Bakugo and Kirishima are currently in the match. We see Bakugo win the match, which leaves the Final Four left. The next match is between Tenya Ida and Shoto Todoroki. It looks like Ida might actually win, but Shoto manages to turn things around.

So we get a chapter that makes a major revelation about All Might, as well as advances the match into the Top Four. Poor Ida was really hoping to be able to progress to show his brother how good he is, but Shoto cut that dream short. So we obviously know that Shoto will be in the final match, but his final opponent still needs to be determined. I expect that the next chapter will show the other match and might even start into the final match.

Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment CH:021

Abaku saus he’s solved the case and starts giving his explanation. Basically, it turns out that there was no real perp for this case, that it ended up being a situation where several coincidences came together to make it look like an actual crime had been committed. Just then, news arrives that Shiratori has regained consciousness. Right at the end of this chapter, Abaku calls Tento to a meeting and asks if he’s Red Ogre.

Unfortunately, English readers of Weekly Shonen Jump will have a hard time finding out what will happen in the final arc, because the Japanese Weekly Shonen Jump is discontinuing this series in their publication. However, the final arc will run on the Jump+ website in Japan. While it was obvious that this series was close to being brought to an end in Weekly Shonen Jump, it’s still a little sad to realize that it truly is ending in the publication. But it’s a little frustrating that there’s still one arc left that won’t be available in the publication.

Yu-Gi-Oh! CH:001

Yu-Gi-Oh! is being featured as the next title for Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “Jump Back” initiative.

Yugi is at school, and works on solving a puzzle he brought with him. Honda (known as Tristan in the anime) grabs it, taunts Yugi, and passes it to Jonouchi (known as Joey in the anime). Jonouchi throws it back to Honda, but Anzu (known as Tea in the anime) catches it and scolds the other two boys. Yugi shows Anzu what’s inside his puzzle box; it’s the pieces of puzzle he’s been trying to solve for eight years.

We then see Honda and Jonouchi, and that Honda swiped one of the puzzle pieces from the box without Yugi noticing. Juonichi takes the piece and throws it out of a nearby window; the piece falls into the pool.

Later Yugi is approached by Ushio, who says he wants to be Yugi’s bodyguard and protect him from bullies. But from what we see, it looks like Ushio may not be on the up and up.

We see Yugi working at trying to solve the puzzle at home, but he falls asleep as he reaches the same place that he always gets stuck at.

The next day, Ushio shows Yugi that he’s beaten up Honda and Jonouchi. Yugi tries to ask if they’re OK, but Ushio continues attacking them. Yugi tries to stop Ushio. Ushio then says that Yugi still owes him 200,000 yen for bodyguard fees. Yugi stands up for the other two boys and asks to be hurt instead, and Ushio takes him up on it.

That night, Yugi works on the puzzle but also tries to figure out what he’s going to do about Ushio. Yugi is about to finish the puzzle when he discovers there’s a piece missing. His grandfather comes into the room, carrying the missing puzzle piece. It turns out Jonouchi fished it out of the pool and brought it to the game shop. Yugi finished the Millennium Puzzle and something happens to Yugi.

Yugi calls Ushio out to the school at midnight. Yugi says he not only brought the 200,00 yen, he also upped it to 400,000. But Yugi won’t hand it over unless Ushio plays a game with him. Yugi says they must play a shadow game. After Yugi describes it, Ushio thinks it’s just a test of courage. Ushio ends up breaking the rules and Yugi casts a spell so the only thing in his head is an illusion of avarice.

The next day, we see that Yugi has no memory of what happened the previous night except for the fact that he finished the Millennium Puzzle. At the end of the chapter, Juonichi says he wants to be friends wth Yugi.

So it appears that the manga incorporates elements from the “Season 0” episodes of Yu-Gu-Oh! Seeing the characters’ original Japanese names has taken some getting used to, as well as the manga designs for some of them. Yugi and Anzu (aka Tea) look rather similar, but Honda (aka Tristan) and Jonouchi (aka Joey) looked rather different. I don’t know if this is all the “Season 0” material we’ll see, or if there may be more before the manga reaches the storyline that American fans are more familiar with from the 4Kids English dub of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime. The manga should be running in Weekly Shonen Jump for a few more weeks, so I should be able to find out.

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