Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (July 20, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for Nisekoi: False Love, One Piece, Black Clover, My Hero Academia, Toriko, World Trigger, Bleach, and Food Wars. This issue also includes the second chapter of Best Blue, the next title in Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “Jump Start” initiative, and the third chapter of Dragon Ball (which is the current title to be featured for the “Jump Back” initiative). And right at the end of the volume there are cosplay pictures from both Anime Expo and San Diego Comic-Con.

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.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:178

Raku is taken aback by Yui confessing her feelings to him. Yui says she knows that Raku’s relationship with Chitoge isn’t real, and she asks him what the chances would be of him coming to feel for her the way she feels for him. Raku has no idea how to react because Yui has blindsided him so badly. As he thinks, Chitoge’s face suddenly appears in Raku’s mind. After a few moments, Yui apologizes for putting Raku on the spot and says he doesn’t have to answer right away. Raku then finds himself having to think seriously about the girls in his life and how he feels about them. Later, we see Raku give Yui his answer: that he sees her as a sister. That night, as Raku mulls over things in his mind, Yui comes into his room and usual and lays down next to him. Yui says she thinks she can move on, and the last panel has her saying, “So long.”

Well… that was shocking. After how much Komi has been trolling readers recently, I was so sure that this would be another case of being trolled again. But Komi actually made a major change in the dynamic of the series. So there should now be at least one less girl in Raku’s harem. And the one who went first was the girl who most recently joined. Could this be a sign that perhaps Komi is starting to think about winding down this series? Honestly, I hope so. Between the characters being in their final year of high school and the fact that so little progression has been made to the overarching story after all this time, it would be nice to finally see the series working toward reaching a conclusion.

One Piece CH:794

At Kyros’ house, we see various cast members recuperating after the big battle. It also includes Sabo having a flashback to his childhood and how he became separated from Luffy and Ace as kids. He had lost his memory, and it was through learning of Ace’s death that his memory returned to him. It also includes a flashback of when Sabo and Luffy reunited. After sharing his memories, Sabo decides to be on his way.

This chapter is basically a flashback and backstory story, but I appreciated getting it. And we do see that Sabo is moving on and won’t be traveling with Luffy and the Straw Hats. So now it looks like the Straw Hats need to heal and regain their strength before they move on from Dressrosa and discover what their next adventure is going to be.

It should be noted that One Piece will be off next week.

Black Clover CH:022

Asta and Noelle are told they need to give a report to the Knights Headquarters about what happened at the dungeon. On their way, they run into the members of Golden Dawn, who are also on their way to make a report. We learn that Mimosa seems to be interested in Asta. But it looks like Noelle is interested, too. When they report to the Wizard King, we learn they retrieved a spell from the dungeon before it collapsed. From something we see the Wizard King thinks, it appears that Yuno has been chosen by somebody because of being able to perform this spell in the dungeon. Asta then shows the Wizard King the strange writing that appeared in his Grimoire. The Wizard King doesn’t recognize it, and Asta pulls out the anti-magic sword. When the Wizard King touches it, it starts absorbing his magic. Yuno and Asta ask how one becomes the Wizard King. After hearing his answer, Yuno and Asta are more determined than ever.

So this chapter allows our main characters to finally meet the Wizard King, and through exposition, the reader finally learns how someone can become the Wizard King. It’s been Yuno and Asta’s goal since the beginning of the series, but no explanation had been given prior to this chapter. We also get a hint that there’s something important about Yuno from what the Wizard King thinks. It looks like the point of this chapter was to provide some exposition, as well as to encourage both Asta and Yuno to continue working toward their goal.

My Hero Academia CH:051

Midoriya escapes from the train to try to find Gran Torino. We then see Gran Torino trying to take on a villain. But during the fight, another hero arrives on the scene. When Midoriya arrives on the scene, he sees that Ida has run off. We then return to Ida’s fight with the Hero Killer. It looks like the Hero Killer has already gotten the upper hand on Ida. But just as it looks like Ida is going to receive a fatal blow, Midoriya arrives on the scene and distracts the Hero Killer.

This was a very action oriented chapter, focusing on the nomu attacking the city and on Ida’s fight with the Hero Killer. Of course, it’s not surprising that the Hero Killer was able to overpower Ida rather quickly, since Ida is still in training. I’m not surprised that Midoriya arrived in time to help protect Ida, but could something still happen to Ida? Midoriya is also still a trainee, so there’s going to be a limit as to what he can do. With Midoriya’s comment about Ida in the narration in an earlier chapter, I still suspect that something could happen to him. Even if Ida isn’t killed, he could end up being seriously injured like his brother.

Best Blue CH:002

We see Souta begin training Takumi. We see that Souta intends to work Takumi hard, especially since Takumi has potential but no real skills. It turns out that Souta only has six months to get Takumi up to high school level training. We then skip ahead to the fourth day of training, and then to day 15. We then see Souta going to Takumi’s place and he meets Takumi’s parents. We discover Souta has come to ask Takumi’s parents if he can take Takumi with him. We don’t see his parents’ answer, and instead skip ahead to day 18 of training. Right at the end of the chapter, we see that March has come, and that Takumi is heading out with Souta.

This chapter is here to get through Takumi’s training and setting the stage for the story to jump ahead to Takumi in high school in Tokyo. These first two chapters establish the characters of Takumi and Souta, as well as the premise of Takumi swimming with a high school team. So it looks like the final chapter in the “Jump Ahead” initiative will see Takumi starting out in high school and will probably start to introduce Takumi’s team mates.

Toriko CH:331

Komatsu discovers that there is a slum in Blue Grill, and it turns out this is where Chaco lives. Komatsu is told to spend the night because of all the food spirits that are out that night. We see Komatsu cook for Chaco, but Chaco isn’t impressed by the dish that Komatsu prepared. We then learn why we see some people in the area wearing masks. When Komatsu wakes up, he discovers that Chaco is gone and has been taken away.

It looks like this chapter is establishing something major that will be happening in Blue Grill. There’s a scene where it looks like Chaco is in a mask and leaning over Komatsu in his sleep, and I have to admit that it looked a little on the gross side. There definitely seems to be more going on than what had been seen on the surface prior to this chapter. So it’ll be interesting to see what exactly will be going on with what’s been hinted at in Blue Grill.

World Trigger CH:109

We learn that Kageura’s has a Side Effect called emotion perception. Yuma is officially introduced to Kageura, but Kageura doesn’t seem to think much of him. Meanwhile, Osamu goes to see Izumi, but a guy named Yuiga tries to turn him away. Izumi gets mad at Yuiga and attacks him. Osamu talks with Izumi about wanting to be able to score points by himself and why Osamu has come to see Izumi. At the end of the chapter, Izumi tells Osamu that he has to beat Yuiga with 100 wins one-on-one before he’ll teach Osamu composite shots.

This chapter is basically here to establish Kageura, as well as setting the stage for Osamu to work toward his goal of learning composite shots. This seems to be a way to not only help Osamu grow his battle tactics, it also seems to be here to help stretch out time a little before continuing on with the B-Rank Wars. I expect the next chapter will put its focus on Osamu battling with Yuiga and whether or not he can succeed at making the goal that Izumi has set for him. It’s a little disappointing for the B-Rank Wars to be placed on hold like this, but it’s understandable that Osamu needs to get stronger before the B-Rank Wars can continue.

Bleach CH:635

We see that Ichigo and the others have lost sight of Grimmjow, and the group decides to split up in order to find him. We then see Grimmjow catch up with his prey, but his prey gets him with a poison ball. The scene then shifts to the Soul Reapers, and we see that they are being targeted by some kind of sniper. Kenpachi senses something and reacts, but something happens that he doesn’t expect.

The chapter is basically all over the place. It’s a composite of three or four brief scenes, but nothing truly progresses the plot. Hopefully Kubo doesn’t end up doing this too much in upcoming chapters as a way to stretch out the story.

Food Wars! CH:127

We see that Soma tries to go to a different location to give away his remaining stock for free as snacks to people who are leaving the festival. We learn he had done this the previous night too, and it gave him a chance to try out some new things. He equates what he’s doing with people hanging out free samples that other booths were doing. By lugging his cart around, he’s trying new dishes and giving them out for people to taste and give feedback on. We learn he had made noodles from his bun dough the previous night, and these samples helped him sell a lot more food today. We then see the group from the Shiomi Seminar talking about what to do for their booth. Right at the end of the chapter, Soma comes up with an idea for something to try for his food cart.

The vast majority of this chapter focuses on Soma and what he’s been doing to try to drum up business for his food cart in the hopes of getting out of the red. But we see that he also realizes he needs to come up with a dish that’s more recognizable to people in Japan and that it has to be something that can compete with Kuga and his renowned Chinese food. While it appears that Soma is starting to make some progress in turning his fortunes around, it’s obvious that he still has a lot of work to do.

Dragon Ball CH:003

Goku and Bulma meet Turtle, a sea turtle who has lost his way and is trying to get back to the sea. Goku volunteers to carry Turtle back to the sea, and at first, Bulma is ready to part ways. But she realizes she didn’t get Goku’s Dragon Ball from him and sees a dinosaur nearby, she rushes to catch up with him. When they’re stopped by someone who wants to eat Turtle, Goku takes them on and defeats them. We then see Goku, Bulma, and Turtle making it to the sea. Turtle says he’d like to reward them, and asks them to stay on the beach and wait. The turtle returns with Master Roshi riding on his back.

This chapter introduces Turtle, which ultimately leads to the introduction of Master Roshi. The chapter also establishes how strong Goku is, and this strength is something that will continue to appear in the series. Next week is supposed to be the last chapter for the “Jump Back” initiative, so we’ll see exactly where the story will cut off.

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