Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (May 18, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for My Hero Academis, One Piece, World Trigger, Black Clover, Food Wars!, Straighten Up! Welcome to Shika High’s Competitive Dance Club, Bleach, Toriko, and Nisekoi: False Love. This issue also includes the third chapter of the Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring mini-series and the second 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.

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My Hero Academia CH:042

Now it’s the match between Bakugo and Tokoyami. It’s a pretty intensive fight, but in the end, Tokoyami surrenders to Bakugo. This now means that the final match is between Bakugo and Todoroki. In the prep room, Bakugo thinks over what Midoriya said to him earlier. Meanwhile, Tenya gets a phone call from his mother saying that a villain got his brother. The chapter ends with the final match just about to get underway.

This chapter basically whizzed through the second-to-last match rather quickly. Tenya has an important character moment with his mother’s phone call, and I’m wondering how he’s going to handle the news. How much will this news affect Tenya as a character? And I guess it wasn’t too surprising that the chapter ended right as the final match was about to get underway, because this has been a common way for the chapters to end during this story arc. But I suspect that the next chapter isn’t going to try to whizz through the final round, and it will possibly even be the focus of the whole chapter.

One Piece CH:786

Luffy realizes that he still hasn’t done enough damage to Doflamingo yet because the birdcage hasn’t disappeared. Luffy tries to launch another attack, but his Fourth Gear seems to have worn him out. And then it’s revealed that Doflamingo is still alive. The coliseum announcer talks to Luffy, who says he needs ten minutes in order to get his haki back and finish Doflamingo off. The tournament gladiators gather together as Burgess tries to reach Luffy. Sabo arrives right at the end of the chapter.

Oh, darn it. Doflamingo isn’t finished quite yet. And since Luffy needs ten minutes to recuperate, this will give Oda several chapters to postpone the inevitable. I’m guessing the next chapter or two at the very least will focus on the battle with Burgess and the gladiators trying to buy Luffy time. I just hope that Oda doesn’t use this as a way to stretch out the story for an extremely long time.

World Trigger CH:102

This chapter spends a lot of its time early on with commentary, both from the commentators at the Rank Wars and from Hyuse and the other members of Tamakoma Branch. It’s pointed out that it looks like Osamu is starting to utilize a tactic that Hyuse was descibing in his commentary. It turns out Osamu and Chika are trying to create a flash flood and force Nasu and Kuruma to become targets again. Osamu jumps into the fray to attack Nasu along with Kuruma. Kuruma gets a hit in before he has to bail out due to his combat body exceeding its limit. But just as Osamu seems like he’ll finish Nasu off, she does something unexpected. And just as Yuma makes it to Osamu’s location, Nasu’s combat body exceeds its limit and she has to bail out. This brings about the end of this Rank War, and Tamakoma-2 wins.

At first, I was a little frustrated by how much commentary was included in the early part of this chapter. Fortunately, once the commentary passed, there was actually significant progress in the chapter. So much so that the winner of this Rank War was announced right at the end of it. Now it’s going to be interesting to see what will happen to Osamu and the other members of Tamakoma-2.

Black Clover CH:013

Luck has found who he’s looking for and easily takes out his underlings. The guy tries to get away, but Luck doesn’t let him and attacks him. We learn the guy Luck is dealing with is from the Diamond Kingdom and that he once fought against the leader of the Black Bulls. But before Luck can get the upper hand, the other guy uses his magic, which is weakening smoke magic. Meanwhile. Asta and Noelle are in an area where the gravity has gone insane, and the members of Golden Dawn find a door. But Golden Dawn discovers that someone else is already there and using their magic.

The majority of this chapter focuses on Luck and his opponent, although their fight doesn’t truly progress much by the end of the chapter. Asta and Noelle get focused on the least in this chapter, which is probably because they currently haven’t encountered any enemies. Golden Dawn appears right near the end of the chapter and have just encountered their enemy right just shortly before the final panels. For the most part, the plot of this story arc didn’t make much progress at all. Hopefully the next chapter will help to move this story a little further along.

Food Wars! CH:118

The first years learn about being invited to the meet and greet with the Council of Ten. The story then moves ahead in time to the meet ad greet. As the first years wait, we see that they have a hard time getting along with each other. Just then, the members of the Council of Ten arrive. When they arrive, we get to see how these members interact with each other, and it’s really no better than the first years’ interactions. Soma breaks the awkwardness by saying that he wants to join the Council of Ten right now and asks if any of the upperclassmen are up for a Shokugeki with him. He’s flat out told no.

This was basically a dialogue intensive chapter that helped to introduce a few more characters to the mix. But to be honest, not a whole lot happens by the end of this chapter. I believe that this meeting between the first years and the Council of Ten will eventually lead to something, and hopefully that will come sooner rather than later.

Straighten Up! Welcome to Shika High’s Competitive Dance Club CH:002

Masaharu tries to get out of dancing, but the president of the club won’t hear of this. Then Masaharu and Eri introduce themselves. The president introduces himself as Masumi Doigaki, and the vice president introduces herself as Rio Ayatsuji, and it’s also revealed that the club just started two years ago. When Masumi learns that neither first year has any dancing experience, he starts them off with the super introductory course. First, they must learn how to stand properly. They are then taught the rules of competitive dancing. They then start learning to dance with music, with Rio working with Eri. Then, Rio works with Masaharu, which ends with his making a faceplant into Rio’s chest. Later, we see that Masaharu and Eri ride the same train, and they talk; later, they discover they get off at the same stop. After getting off, Eri asks Masaharu if he wants go to the dance club room with her the next day. He accepts and is happy that a girl needs him.

With this chapter, I can say that there was only one real instance of any “fanservice” involved, so that was an improvement over Chapter One. But I have to admit that I hate the character design for the club president, because he literally looks like a clown. He really stands out way too much in comparison to the other characters that we’ve seen up to this point. While there were hints of a potential romance between Masaharu and Eri in the previous chapter, I felt that it seemed to be more blatant by the end of Chapter Two. So far, I’m finding this to be a decent series, but I can’t call it a great series. Hopefully Chapter Three will be more along the vein of this chapter than Chapter One.

Bleach CH:626

Ichigo and the others begin their journey to Reiokyu. We then see the Quincies delcare that Yhwach has taken all of Reio. The Quincies go to see Yhwach and discover that something mysterious is leaking out of him. Yhwach declares this is what it’s like to be overflowing with power. Right at the end of the chapter, Yhwach declares that he will reinvent their nation.

Overall, this chapter ended up being a rather quick read, with its focus primarily on Yhwach and the Quincies. We only see Ichigo and company for about a couple of pages, and it’s just enough to establish that they’re on their way and to quickly talk about a couple of things. Hopefully the next chapter will start showing a little more action to help progress the story.

Toriko CH:323

Kaka reveals that the Earth has been cooking this entire time, and then proceeds to give an explanation why. Apparently, as part of the cooking process, part of the Earth’s flavor oozes up to the Earth’s surface once every several hundred years and becomes one of eight foods. And according to Kaka, Acacia’s full-course meal is the Earth’s full-course meal. And the ones who have been preparing the Earth have been the Blue Nitro and the Red Nitro. There’s also an explanation as to what the Nitro are. It’s also revealed that the Blue Nitro’s true goal is the revival of the monster within Acacia. But once this information is revealed, a creature comes up behind Kaka and attacks.

Sigh. This ended up being an exposition chapter for all but the last 2-3 pages. While the information being imparted is important, it made this chapter of Toriko a rather boring read, since nothing much happens throughout it. But with the way this chapter ends, it looks like the stage is being set for the next chapter to have more action in it.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:170

Raku and Marika are out on a rowboat, and it sinks. Fortunately, they’re able to make it to land. Meanwhile, Chitoge learns that Marika had Raku kidnapped. Back on the island, Raku realizes that they’re stranded. Fortunately, he’s able to keep a cool head and knows what they need to do in order to survive. During the chapter, Raku admires how Marika is just as unflappable as ever, but he reminds her that if she hadn’t kidnapped him, they wouldn’t be in this predicament. The end of the chapter seems to be hinting that something is wrong with Tachibana.

This chapter shows Marika acting like her normal self, including trying to twist words around to her advantage. Unfortunately, nothing in this chapter helped endear me to her at all. And even with the end of the chapter hinting that something may be wrong with Maria, Komi has pulled similar stunts with some of the other love interests, so I’m not buying that there’s something truly serious here. This is somehow going to end with something really ridiculous and reveal that the issue with Marika is not as serious as it appears.

Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring CH:003

Boruto just misses Naruto as he heads out. Boruto has brought Naruto’s lunch, and Sarada offers to deliver it for him. Boruto rejects the offer and says he’ll take it back home and explain to his mother. But Sarada snatches it from Boruto and says she’ll take it. Mitsuki is there also, and he tells Cho Cho to come with him. But Sarada pulls her away to help her catch up to Naruto. We then see the enemies from the previous chapter, with the one called Shin (who wears a Uchiha crest and seems to have Sharingan) being ordered to bring Sarada to the other man. Shin intercepts the two girls, and Cho Cho and Sarada try to fight him. Naruto appears and gets in between the two sides, and he realizes that Shin is the person that Sasuke told him about… and that’s where the chapter ends.

OK, is it just me, or has Cho Cho suddenly become rather annoying? She was a little silly in the previous chapter, but her behavior went from silly to annoying rather quickly here. And this chapter reveals that the guy who fought with Sasuke last chapter is Shin Uchiha. Now the question is, how is he a Uchiha? And who is the cloaked man that is ordering Shin around? And will Sarada get to see Sasuke and get answers from him concerning her doubts and issues? I’m hoping the next chapter of this mini-series will begin to answer some of these questions.

Yu-Gi-Oh! CH:002

The chapter opens with a TV van in front of Yugi’s school, and a guy inside sees Yugi and says he’s going to be the star of their next project. It turns out this crew is here to do an expose on bullying and school violence, and the director believes Yugi looks wimpy enough to be the type to get beat up. The assistant director is told to find Yugi and to play the role of the bully. The assistant director finds Yugi and tells him to come behind the gym during recess to meet someone. When Yugi goes to the appointed place, the assistant director punches him. But Jonouchi jumps in to save Yugi, and it’s revealed what’s really going on. Jonouchi gets mad at the director and tries to attack, but the director claims he’s filming. But then he tells his cameraman to stop and he knees Jonouchi. We see the puzzle activate, but the director leaves. Later, Yugi catches up to the director with the puzzle activated; Yugi tells the director that he must play a game with him for trespassing in his soul. Yugi challenges him to a dice game, with whoever rolls the lowest number wins; but if Yugi wins, the director has to play a penalty game as punishment. Yugi finds a way to win and take out his revenge on the director.

It’s been interesting for me to see more of the “Season 0” material of Yu-Gi-Oh!, and to see just how different it is from what I know of the English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! And it’s just fascinating for me to see Yugi playing games that aren’t a card game, since that’s what’s so strongly associated with the franchise. But when that Millennium Puzzle is activated, Yugi can become rather devious. But I have to admit that I enjoyed seeing the punishment he gave to the director for how he tried to manipulate reality for his project. And since there’s a “To Be Continued” note at the end of the chapter, we definitely are in store for another adventure.

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