Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (June 15, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for One-Punch Man, World Trigger, My Hero Academia, Bleach, Black Clover, Toriko, Nisekoi: False Love, and Food Wars!. This issue also includes the seventh chapter of the Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring mini-series and the second chapter of Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac (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.

One-Punch Man CH:045

At the beginning of the chapter, we see Charanko being cast out by Master Bang. We then see Charanko going to see Saitama and the others about telling them about what happened. Genos thinks that Garo the Human Monster is involved. As Saitama thinks about it, he says that something puzzles him: he doesn’t know who Charanko is. We then see Garo approaching a hero known as Mumen Rider; but before anything can happen, a group of guys with a grudge against Garo come up behind him. Among them is Class S Hero Tank- Top Master. Then, a major fight erupts between Tank-Top Master and Garo. At first, it looks like Tank-Top Master has the upper hand, but Garo is able to get back up. Right at the end of the chapter, we see Master Bang and his brother Bomb getting ready to head out and take on Garo.

For the most part, Saitama and his group really didn’t play much of a role in this chapter. Ultimately, it seems the point of this chapter was to establish the foundation for a new story arc that involves Garo. With the way the chapter ends, I expect Saitama and his group to not play much of a part in the next one, either. I assume at some point Saitama will somehow become involved in the fight with Garo, but that it won’t happen right away.

Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring CH:007

Sakura learns that that Shin is simply a clone of the mystery man, and that he’s got several other clones as well. We also learn that he is a former experiment of Orochimaru’s for the development of cloning techniques. Meanwhile, Sasuke and Naruto realize that they will need to see Orochimaru about this man after noticing his arm is implanted with multiple sharingan, just like Danzo. It’s also decided that Sarada and Cho Cho need to stay with them for protection since Sarada is being targeted. We then see Sakura and the mystery man getting into an argument about genetics and the importance of being a parent.

When Naruto, Sasuke, and the others arrive to go see Orochimaru, they run into Yamato, Jugo, and Suigetsu. And just then, Orochimaru shows his face, and he looks surprisingly younger. Sasuke explains the situation and asks Orochimaru if he knows anything about it. Orochimaru takes them inside and explains about Shin and his clones and how they are not related to the Uchiha; Shin was simply enamored of Itachi. As they go to another room, Sarada approaches Suigetsu, shows him the picture, and asks about Karin. She learns that Karin is at another hideout. She then asks if Suigetsu could investigate the possibility of Karin being her mother. Suigetsu finds a something with Karin’s DNA and then takes a sample from Sarada. He runs both through an analyzer and finds that there’s a perfect match. Sarada starts shedding tears, and we see that Naruto has overhead what happened. Right at the end of the chapter, Sarada lashes out at Naruto and activates her sharingan.

Wow. Just wow. I didn’t want to believe that Karin was Sarada’s mother, but… wow. I really want to get an explanation for what happened here. How did this happen? Why did Sasuke take Sarada to Konoha and have Sakura raise her? Or, since the machine said, “Perfect match,” perhaps Sarada is a clone of Karin, especially with all of the emphasis on cloning? There’s so many unanswered questions, and hopefully this mini-series will answer them. And I really couldn’t blame Sarada for her reaction to Naruto at the end of the chapter. This poor girl’s world has now been turned upside down, and I’m sure she’s going to be demanding answers from Sasuke and Sakura before this all finished.

World Trigger CH:105

It’s revealed that the Rad they’re talking to had the horns of Enedora implanted into it. However, the upper brass at Border are suspicious of just how cooperative the Rad is with their interrogation. They want Yuma to determine whether or not its lying. We get to hear the questions being answered again, and the audience learns some important information about the countries in the Neighborhood. At one point in the questioning, Yuma points out a lie. Afterward, Yuma is told they’ll need him to come back other times to help out with interrogations to make sure they don’t get any bogus intel; Yuma agrees. Later, when Osamu and Yuma return to Tamakoma Branch, they are informed that Chika and Osamu have a visitor. It’s Ninomiya, one of the B-Rank captains. He drops a bombshell right at the end of the chapter when he asks if Chika and Osamu recognize the name Rinji Amatori.

So this chapter helps to provide some explanation about the Neighbors and their Neighborhoods through the interrogation of Enedora. While Enedora may not be entirely trustworthy, at least Yuma’s Trigger will be able to help Border sort through the truth and the lies. And I found it interesting that a member of Border goes to see Chika and Osamu and that he knows of Chika’s brother. It’s going to be interesting to find out why Ninomiya is asking them about him. Did Ninomiya know him somehow? Has Rinji perhaps been located? I hope the next chapter will open with this plot point, since this could potentially go in so many directions.

My Hero Academia CH:046

We see that the students are being given lists of agencies all over the country willing to take interns; the only exception are those who were drafted, because they get a sheet with a list of the agencies that scouted them. The students only have two days to make their decision. After class, All Might finds Midoriya and tells him that someone has drafted him: Gran Torino, All Might’s former homeroom teacher at U.A. Then the day arrives for them to head off for their internships. Midoriya and Uraraka try to talk to Ida because they heard about what happened to his brother. When they say they can talk to them if he needs to because they’re his friends, all he says is “Sure.” Midoriya makes a comment here that seems to foreshadow that something bad is going to happen in regards to Ida later. When Midoriya makes it to Gran Torino’s place, he finds it’s run down and that Gran Torino himself is pretty old. Things are rocky to start off, but at the end of the chapter, there seems to be more to this old hero than there appears on the surface.

So the internships are about to get underway, and Midoriya ends up being scouted by All Might’s former teacher. Not surprisingly, Gran Torino is pretty old. But what is surprising is that after playing around as a doddering old fool, Gran Torino surprises Midoriya by being more alert and sharp than he appeared. That’s a pretty clever trick to get someone’s guard down, that’s for sure. And I definitely believe that Midoriya is foreshadowing something that will happen in the future with Ida, especially after seeing the last panel that Ida appears in. But what exactly Ida will end up doing isn’t readily apparent to me at this point.

Bleach CH:630

The chapter opens with Grimmjow chasing after one of the Quincies, and the two of them exchange taunts. Meanwhile, Haschwalth orders someone to follow Uryu; but before the order can be carried out, Bazz=B attacks the peon. Bazz-B tries to attack Haschwalth, and after a short fight, Hachwalth realizes Bazz-B was not amongst the Quincies chosen by Yhwach. Bazz-B launches a second attack right when the chapter ends.

The majority of this chapter focused on Bazz-B and Hachwalth. But Bazz-B says something interesting to Hachwalth, so it’ll be interesting to see if anything will come of this comment. The part with Grimmjow right at the beginning didn’t seem to add terribly much to the story, and it almost felt as if it was there for comic relief. Hopefully the storyline with Ichigo and the others will eventually start to progress again.

Black Clover CH:017

We see that the Golden Dawn members who aren’t Yuno are embarrassed to be saved by members of the Black Bulls. The enemy creates more versions of himself, and Asta tries taking them all on. There’s an action sequence that makes it look as if Asta’s doing a pretty good job. But the enemy returns with Titan’s Heavy Armor. At the end of the chapter, Asta is able to knock down his opponent, and Yuno finally jumps into the action to take on some of the clones.

With the way the last chapter ended, it sure seemed like the story was being set up for Asta and Yuno to have a competition as to who could take down the enemy. But in this chapter, that contest never materialized. In fact, Yuno hardly did anything for most of the chapter. Did the mangaka somehow forget that he had set the story up for Asta and Yuno to challenge each other, or did he change his mind after the previous chapter was already submitted for publication?

Toriko CH:327

At the beginning of this chapter, Toriko essentially proposes to Rin; he says that after he’s gotten hold of God and they’re safely reunited, they should get married. After this, the various groups head on their way to find their assigned ingredient. We then get to see the interactions between the pairings, and most of them don’t seem to be happy to be paired together. The main exception seems to be Tylan and Coco. We also see Starjun and Toriko having an interesting conversation. After this, Gold Chef Jiji is giving an explanation about the four ways into the back channel to Komatsu.

This chapter is essentially an exposition chapter to set up the story before starting into any real action. Probably the most important exposition comes from Toriko and Starjun’s conversation and Gold Chef Jiji and Komatsu’s conversation. The rest of the chapter is essentially setting the dynamics for the various pairings. Hopefully the next chapter will actually have some action to start progressing the story.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:174

Chitoge looks at the calendar and sees that it’s time for her and Raku’s official first date of the year. When Chitoge meets up with Raku, she says she has a plan for the whole day. Chitoge takes him to a movie theater and suggests seeing a movie that she normally wouldn’t watch. We learn that Chitoge has a goal of wanting Raku to enjoy the date. Unfortunately, she falls asleep 15 minutes into the movie. Next, she takes him out for lunch at a soba restaurant, which she normally doesn’t eat. Raku loves it, but Chitoge discovers that she’s still hungry. She tries to hide it, but her stomach gurgles loudly. She then takes him to a cat cafe; unfortunately, the cats don’t like him too much. Chitoge then takes Raku fishing and asks him to teach her how. But when Chitoge gets a nibble, she accidentally knocks Raku into the water. Raku asks Chitoge what’s going on and the two of them talk it out; but then Chitoge surprises Raku by asking if he has a crush on anyone. When he claims no one, Chitoge asks him about the girl from 10 years ago… and Raku gives Chitoge a very surprising answer. But when Raku asks Chitoge if there’s anyone she has a crush on, her answer surprises Raku.

Overall, this is one of those chapters where one of the girls tries to do things with Raku, and everything they try goes horribly wrong. Although it seems like Chitoge tends to get stories more like this than the other girls in the harem. But it’s a tried and true formula for Komi, so it really wasn’t that funny or amusing to read. The most important part of the chapter happens at the end, when Chitoge and Raku have their conversation. Raku’s answer seems to show that he’s finally maturing a little and progressing a little as a character. But it’ll be interesting to see how Chitoge follows up her response to Raku at the end of the chapter.

Food Wars! CH:122

Soma goes to ask Nikumi to help out with his booth for the festival, but she has to keep her eye on the booth for the Bowl Society. As Soma wanders and thinks about his menu, he finds Erina working at getting her entry ready for the festival. When it turns out the movers Erina hired are going to be late, Soma asks her to taste some of the dishes he plans to use. After tasting a dish, Erina tells Soma he has no chance against Kuga. Megumi comes over later, and Soma starts talking to her about what he’s learned about Kuga’s Chinese cooking. Megumi then reveals that she plans to help Soma out with his booth. We then see Alice Nakiri trying to take over Shiomi Seminar’s booth space.

This chapter is working at setting the stage for the forthcoming school festival. We seem to be getting closer to it, although it looks like it may take Soma another chapter or two to figure out dishes he can make that can compete with Kuga. At least he has help now instead of simply going at it alone. Hopefully Megumi has enough skill to help keep Soma from going in the red and getting expelled.

Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac CH:002

Seiya obtains the cloth after being acknowledged by Athena as a new knight. Seiya is then given an explanation that the cloth most only be worn to defend justice and never to be used for personal gain or for personal battles. If he ever violates this law and defiles the cloth, knights from all over the world will descend on him. Later, Marin explains to him that he only open the box that holds the cloth if his life is in danger. Later, we see Marin leading Seiya away in the night because she knows that Shina and her cronies will be coming after Seiya for the cloth. But Shina finds them and begins attacking Seiya. Seiya tries to fight back. When Seiya realizes his life is in danger, he opens the box and puts the Pegasus Cloth on. Shina tests Seiya to see if he’s truly merged with his cloth or not, and discovers that Seiya doesn’t seem to have any control over it. He managed to control it once, but Marin says that he’s a novice and what he needs to do to try to control it. Seiya doesn’t want to fight Shina because she’s a woman. When Shina’s male cronies show up, Seiya has no problem taking them on, and the cloth works for him again. At the end of the chapter, Marin and Seiya part ways so Seiya can head back to Japan with the cloth.

This chapter places a lot of focus on explaining what the cloth is and how it ultimately works. However, this is accomplished while action and fighting are taking place, so the exposition doesn’t bog down the story terribly much. Now that this chapter has established Seiya getting the cloth and learning how to use it, it appears that the story will now be shifting its focus to Seiya and his travels back to Japan. It’ll be interesting to see whether or not I’m right next week.

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