Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (July 13, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for One-Punch Man, Food Wars!, Toriko, Black Clover, Bleach, and My Hero Academia. This issue also includes the first chapter of Best Blue, the next title in Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “Jump Start” initiative, and the second chapter of Dragon Ball (which is the current 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.

Best Blue CH:001

This is the first chapter of the next title Weekly Shonen Jump is highlighting as part of its “Jump Start” initiative.

The main character of the series is Takumi Aono, a third-year student at Higashina Middle School. He lives on an isolated island, but he’s determined to become a competitive swimmer. Someone from the mainland shows up, and Takumi thinks he’s there to watch swimmers and coach them. But it turns out he’s only come to serve as a lifeguard for the pool. He has come with his younger sister, Mio, who have come to visit their grandfather for the summer; he has the job as a lifeguard while he’s visiting. Takumi is determined to have the new lifeguard teach him how to swim, but he says no way. It turns out that Takumi is the only member of the school’s swim team. Takumi then asks if they know “The Legend of Amami,” which is something that happened at nationals six years ago. After seeing that, Takumi became addicted to swimming, and it’s his goal to overtake the legend with his own record. The lifeguard says that anchor isn’t a big deal and that Takumi should give up on his dream. When the lifeguard asks if he can break that anchor’s time, and Takumi says he’ll do it before summer vacation is over. The next day, he doesn’t break the record, but Mio is still impressed with how he did. Later, the lifeguard asks why Takumi doesn’t join a swim club, and he says there isn’t one on the island. Two weeks pass, and Takumi goes to the pool every day. More time goes by, and then it’s the final day of Takumi’s vacation. He manages to break his own record, but not the anchor’s time. But the lifeguard decides to challenge Takumi to a race, and then introduces himself as Souta Kagura, the anchor of Amami High that Takumi has been trying to beat. We learn that Souta has been offered a chance to become a swim coach at Harusame High School, and he asks Takumi if he wants to go to school in Tokyo. Souta stays behind to train Takumi until he’s ready to take the entrance exam to Harusame.

Okay, after reading this chapter, I couldn’t help but feel that Takumi and his situation are based on Hinata and his situation in Haikyu!! The only main difference is that Hinata plays volleyball and looks up to a famous high school volleyball player from a championship, while Takumi looks up to a famous high school swimmer from a championship. Also, Takumi gets to meet the guy he looked up to. From what I’ve seen from the Haikyu!! anime, that doesn’t seem to be the case for Hinata. I also figured out who Souta was rather early on, because I thought that a couple of rather blatant hints were thrown out there for the reader.

After reading this first volume, it came across to me like this mangaka is trying to cash in on the popularity of Free!, and adding shonen elements that almost came directly out of Haikyu!! Hopefully the next chapter will find a way to start bringing this series into its own, instead of having it feel like it’s the love child of Free! and Haikyu!!

One Piece CH:793

This chapter continues to see Naval HQ admiral Fuhitora bowing in front of Riku, He begins by groveling, and then salutes the actions of the pirates, gladiators, and citizens that made this victory possible. We then see The Five Elders, the highest power of the world government, meeting with Sakazuki, the fleet admiral of the Navy. They receive a report about Doflamingo’s defeat. Then the video and information that Dressrosa had sent out spreads around the New World, and those who had deals with Doflamingo are in utter chaos. At the end of the chapter, we see Fujitora being told that he won’t set foot on any naval base in the world until he brings Luffy and Law with him.

Now that the celebration is over, the reactions of other factions and the chaos the news creates becomes the focus of this chapter. It also appears that the foundation for the next story arc may be getting set here as well. Since Fujitora is being told that he’ll have to capture Luffy and Law, I expect that’s what Oda will be focusing on next. I’m curious to see whether or not I’m right.

Food Wars! CH:126

The top three sellers for each area are announced at each area at the end of the first day of the festival. It’s revealed that for the Center Campus, Kuga came in first place while Soma didn’t place in the top three. And it turns out that two booths ended up in the red: Soma’s and Shiomi Seminar’s. This means that all three finalists from the Fall Classic ended up in the red. Later, Soma and the others start going over what happened at their booths at the festival. Then it skips ahead to the end of the second day, and we see that Soma moved up five spots from being at the bottom at Center Campus. We learn that Soma added a second dish to his menu that day, and that he had a few more people in his line.

After reading the previous chapter, it wasn’t too surprising to see that Soma performed so poorly on the first day. And while he managed to move up five spots the next day, I suspect he may still be having trouble getting back into the black. How is Soma going to manage to turn things around so that he and Megumi aren’t expelled? Soma can’t be kicked out, since he’s the main character, so something will have to happen to save him. But what will that be?

Toriko CH:330

The human chefs start becoming notorious in Blue Grill. The human chefs, meanwhile, begin asking a lot of questions about Blue Grill and their cooking. They find out that when night falls, they’ll learn the secret of Blue Grill’s civilization. Komatsu runs into a boy from Blue Grill named Chaco. It turns out that Chaco dreams of becoming a respectable chef one day. Komatsu learns from Chaco that when night falls in Blue Grill, the ghosts come out. If you don’t wear a talisman, you will become possessed. The others learn that order to get through the Back Channel, they need to have particular cooking skills to get through the gate. The human chefs are told they will be challenging Blur Grill’s top chefs in a cooking match. If they lose, they will give up on any plans to go to the Back Channel. The match will be the next day against the Ten Shell Masters.

So it appears that this chapter is setting up an obstacle for the human chefs to overcome in order to gain access to the Back Channel and be able to continue on their mission. Unfortunately, it looks like Komatsu could end up being separated from the group and could even become possessed by a food spirit. I expect the next chapter will focus on that possibility, and may also begin the cooking match that was mentioned right at the end of the chapter. Of course, the story could also stop there and shift its focus to one of the other groups. It’ll be interesting to see which direction the next chapter will end up going in.

Black Clover CH:021

Yuno works at trying to get the group out, while Mimosa works at trying to heal Asta. As she heals Asta, he asks her to heal Mats as well. Asta says they came to capture the dungeon, not to kill enemies. As things look bleak, Lucky says he’ll guide Yuno and Klaus. Everyone is determined to not let Asta die as they try to escape. The group manages to escape from the collapsing dungeon. We then see that Asta has recovered. Klaus apologizes to Yuna and Asta for his behavior earlier.

So this chapter brings about a conclusion to this particular storyline. Even though it turns out that neither the Black Bulls or Golden Dawn manage to secure the treasure, everything still works out for both groups. They escape, Asta is healed, and Klaus sees the error of his ways. But with the way this chapter ends, there’s no hint as to what direction the story will go in next. Oh, well. But at least Black Clover is starting to feel less and less like a Naruto clone now.

Bleach CH:634

Jugo and Bazz-B continue their fight in the current time briefly, and then we return to a flashback. This flashback shows Bazz-B joining the Stern Ritter and trying to pick fights with Jugo; at this point, three years have passed since Jugo began serving Yhwach. Then the action returns to the present, and the fight continues. And then the battle actually ends right near the end of this chapter.

So, this chapter provides the last little bit of backstory for Jugo and Bazz-B before the winner of the fight is determined. But at least their battle is finally over, so the story should be shifting somewhere else. Unfortunately, the way the chapter ends, there’s no hint as to which character or characters will be focused on next.

My Hero Academia CH:050

It’s now the third day of the internship. Gran Torino has decides it’s time for Midoriya to move on to phase two of the actual internship. He explains that this means it’s time to hunt down villains. As they work toward traveling to their destination, Midoriya finds himself feeling concerned about Ida. Then the scene shifts to Ida and his mentor, and the hero he’s with asks him point blank if Ida is after the hero killer. It’s explained that vigilantism is strictly against the rules, and anyone caught breaking it will be considered committing a major crime. But we see that Ida has an urge to do something, but doesn’t know what he can do about it. We then see the hero killer arriving at the city Ida is currently in. The story then returns to Midoriya and Gran Torino traveling on a bullet train. The train makes an emergency stop, and then there’s an explosion. Midoriya recognizes Nomu as it boards the train. Midoriya also realizes they’re in Hosu City, where Ida is. Ida comes across the hero killer and right at the end of the chapter, declares that he will take down this enemy.

Oh, this doesn’t look good, especially after Midoriya’s comment about Ida several chapters back that felt like foreshadowing. With the way this chapter ends, I assume that Ida and the hero killer will be facing off in the next chapter. If it does, I’m not sure whether or not the fight between them will end in the next chapter or not. And knowing that Midoriya is around… ooh, this could get really bad.

Dragon Ball CH:002

Goku starts learning about the modern conveniences that he never had while living out in the wilderness with his grandfather. Bulma also gives Goku his first bath and discovers that he has a tail. Goku also makes discoveries about Bulma.

This chapter basically focuses on Goku being the “backwater hick” who doesn’t know much of anything, and so is starting to learn things in a humorous manner. Unfortunately, that means no progress is truly made on the journey to discover the other Dragon Balls. But this chapter does provide more development for both Goku and Bulma and the friendship that is slowly starting to develop.

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