Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (June 29, 2015)

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

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My Hero Academia CH:048

The chapter opens with some of the other characters being instructed by their mentors. Then the story shifts back to Midoriya and Gran Torino. That night, after Gran Torino goes to sleep, Midoriya sneaks off to practice getting used to his Quirk. The next morning, Midoriya talks to Gran Torino about trying to put what he said into practice but realizing that he has a long way to go. Gran Torino then shares stories of when he trained All Might. After having a mishap defrosting something in the microwave, Midoriya has a realization. Gran Torino is impressed by what Midoriya has figured out.

It sure seems like that Gran Torino is a crafty old coot. It’s amazing what he’s been able to come up with to help Midoriya puzzle out what his problem with his All For One Quirk is. It certainly appears that this particular arc is heading toward Midoriya finally figuring out how to utilize his Quirk and to start hitting some strides that will help him catch up to his classmates. It’s a classic master and student story featuring an underdog that’s present in many shonen manga.

Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring CH:009

Sakura and the original Shin are battling it out. But just then, Naruto, Sasuke, Sarada, and Cho Cho arrive, with Sasuke using his ocular powers to help Sakura out. The original Shin is able to order his clones to attack the group, but they surprise everyone by attacking their “father” instead. It turns out the clones have created more clones and they don’t need the original anymore. Naruto uses his Multiple Shadow Doppelganger jutsu and begins taking on the clones. The original tries to use his power to capture Sakura, Sarada, and Cho Cho, but Sarada is able to use to kill off the thing that the original Shin summoned. But more clones appear, and Sarada suddenly does something that surprises everyone.

This was primarily a battle chapter, but I have a feeling that the battle may be getting close to ending. I’m hoping that within the next couple of weeks, we’ll finally have an answer as to the truth behind Sarada’s parentage. I’m really interested in seeing what Kishimoto has up his sleeve in regards to that.

Food Wars! CH:124

This chapter backtracks to Soma getting the cart that he brought out at the end of the previous chapter. We then see all the preparations that are taking place for the festival. We then see how Alice was able to manipulate Shiomi into letting her help out with their booth. Soma and Megumi then begin working on making black pepper pork buns. We see a flashback of how Soma got the idea for this item and why he’s going with it. Then time skips ahead to the first day of the festival. The festival officially opens right at the end of the chapter.

When I first started reading this chapter, I was afraid that we would have another chapter or two of preparation after this before jumping into the festival. I’m happy to say that I was wrong about that, though. So it appears the audience now has an idea of what Soma is up to and how he thinks he might be able to stand a chance against Kuga. If not that, perhaps it will help to keep him from going into the red and being kicked out of the academy. I wasn’t surprised to see that the chapter ended with the declaration that that festival was officially open, but I was surprised by seeing the school anthem being sung right before. Like Soma, I wasn’t aware the school even had an anthem.

One Piece CH:791

The suspense is built up right at the beginning of the chapter, until we finally see Luffy crash down onto the ground. Then, everyone notices that the birdcage is starting to disappear. The factory also collapses. Luffy is officially declared the winner of the fight, and everyone cheers.

Yes! The battle between Luffy and Doflamingo is finally at an end, and it’s not surprising that Luffy ended up being victorious. While their battle may be over, I suspect that this arc isn’t quite done yet. At this point, I’m expecting at least a couple more chapters to wrap everything up in Dressrosa before Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates move on to their next adventure.

World Trigger CH:107

Osamu is seen heading to an A-Rank strategy room. When he gets there, he’s surprised to see Kitora. He meets Ayatsuji, sees Tokieda, and learns that Arashiyama will be there shortly. Osamu learns that thanks to what he said at the press conference, there’s an influx of applicants to be Border agents, so they’re having to do an Enlistment Ceremony once a month. When Arashiyama arrives, Osamu starts asking about shooting tactics. Arashiyama tells Osamu that he doesn’t need to score points by himself and explains why. They also get into a discussion oh strategies for various kinds of Triggers. But Arashiyama says that since Osamu is willing to learn, they will try to teach him something that might help. We then see Chika and some of the others at a combined sniper practice.

This chapter primarily focuses on Osamu and his quest to learn ways to be able to score points himself during the B-Rank War. At first, it appears that his desire will be swept under the rug, so it was surprising when Arashiyama decides to go ahead and try to teach Osamu something. It looks like it’ll be a rushed lesson, but I guess that’s better than nothing. We only see a brief bit of the sniper practice right at the end of the chapter, and that section helps the chapter to end on an amusing note.

Toriko CH:329

When Komatsu and the others arrive at Blue Grill, they are attacked; however, they are saved by what appears to be a rather powerful chef. Komatsu is eager to meet the chefs at Blue Grill. They begin exploring their surroundings and come across an open-air market. Komatsu comes across a chef who seems to possess a lot of ability. Jiji reveals that in order to get to the back channel, they need to be able to demonstrate their cooking skills.

This chapter is basically here to establish Blue Grill and what the group will need to do in order to continue on their journey. I thought that Komatsu’s excitement really added something to this chapter, and I also thought it was kind of adorable. But right at the end of the chapter, there seems to be a hint thrown out there that there’s possibly something underfoot going on at Blue Grill. Hopefully the next chapter will elaborate on this.

Bleach CH:632

This chapter continues the flashback showing the backstory for Bazz-B and Haschwalth. When an announcement is made about the formation of Stern Ritter, Bazz-B drags Jugo with him to enlist. He’s told that testing will be at a later date and that they’ll be notified. Bazz tells the officer that he wants to fight him. As Bazz lunges at the officer, Yhwach himself arrives at the scene. Yhwach announces that he has come to pick up the one who is to become his right arm, and who he says comes as a surprise.

This chapter is simply a flashback chapter that continues building up the backstory that was first introduced in the previous chapter. With the way this chapter ended, it’s obvious that at least part of the next chapter will continue the backstory. Hopefully the backstory is almost done, so we can get back to making some kind of actual progress to the overarching story.

One-Punch Man CH:046.2

Garo continues taking on Tank-Top Master and the other heroes, and Garo is able to take them all down easily. Right at the end of the chapter, Bang and Charanko come up to where the fighting had taken place, and they see all of the heroes defeated by Garo lying on the ground.

Basically, very little actually happened in this chapter. It’s such a quick read due to all of the action and fighting, so when I reached the end, I was like, “That’s it?” But I really shouldn’t have been surprised, since these action heavy chapters that are such quick reads are basically the status quo for One-Punch Man.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:176

We see that Raku’s friends have been given an invitation to Yui’s birthday party. When they get to Raku’s place, they’re amazed by all the bigwigs from the Char Siu Kai there. Raku has to help out with the party because they’re short-handed. Chitoge goes into the kitchen to see if she can help out. Raku says he’s fine and that she shouldn’t be helping since she’s a guest. Chitoge finds herself wondering if Raku is avoiding her. She then sees Marika all over Raku and becomes jealous. Chitoge becomes so upset and begins violently eating a large birthday cake, causing it to crash to the ground. However, this leads to Yui and Chitoge having a heart-to-heart talk. We then see Marika and Raku talking, and Marika basically disses Yui. Yui is then approached by Night, who informs her that she has received a marriage proposal. She is told she has to accept the proposal and cannot refuse.

My favorite part of this chapter was the heart-to-heart that Yui has with Chitoge. Yui really seemed to mean what she said and that it came from her heart. I was not happy with Marika for putting Yui down and calling her childish, since Marika is the one who’s most likely to act childish of the members of Raku’s harem. And with the marriage proposal at the end, I can’t help but think that Komi is somehow trolling the readers again. I won’t believe that it’s an earth-shattering event until I see Komi follow through on it.

Black Clover CH:019

This chapter opens with Mars having a flashback to provide some backstory to the reader about him. We see that Mars had a friend who he ultimately had to fight against in order to get to where he is now. After he defeats his friend, her ability is combined with his. We then return to current time, where Mimosa is trying desperately to save Noelle. As she does this, we get a flashback with her backstory and Noelle’s backstory. Asta jumps into the fray with a sword he discovered at the beginning of the chapter. It turns into a battle between Asta and Mars. Noelle gains consciousness and tells Asta to crush Mars. Asta launches a powerful attack right at the end of the chapter.

This chapter had a strong focus on providing some brief backstory for some of the characters, and the action doesn’t really come into play until right at the end of it. From what we see at the end of the chapter, it looks like it’s being set up for Asta to defeat Mars with his sword and the power of friendship. It’ll be interesting to see if I’m right.

Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac CH:003

The hype begins to build for the “Battle of the Century.” We see Seiya has returned to the orphanage, and he talks with a girl named Miho. Seiya had gone there in the hope of finding a clue where his sister went, but he doesn’t seem to be having any luck. The story now skips ahead to the opening ceremonies for the tournament. When things get started, the rules for this tournament are explained. It turns out the first match will be between Seiya and Geki. As it looks like Geki is going to crush Seiya to death, he has a flashback of training under Marin. But through this flashback, Seiya gets what he needs in order to get the upper hand on Geki and ultimately win the match.

This ended up being a more action oriented chapter, and ultimately utilizes the tropes that have become well-known in shonen manga over the years. Even though I recognized the tropes, I still found myself interested in what was going on in the battle. Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac seems to have a lot of potential from reading the first four chapters, so I may need to find a way to read more of this series in the future.

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