Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (July 27, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for My Hero Academia, Nisekoi: False Love, Bleach, World Trigger, Toriko, Food Wars!, and Black Clover. This issue also includes the third chapter of Best Blue, the next title in Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “Jump Start” initiative, the fourth chapter of Dragon Ball (which is the current title to be featured for the “Jump Back” initiative), and the first chapter of the Twin Star Exorcists manga to preview the series.

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.

My Hero Academia CH:052

Midoriya discovers that Ida can’t move because he’s been cut by the Hero Killer. Ida tells Midoriya not to interfere, but Midoriya inists on staying. Then a battle begins between Midoriya and the Hero Killer. During the battle, Midoriya uses his full cloak and finds that it works. But the Hero Killer managed to get a cut in on Midoriya, which affects his ability to move. And just as it looks like Ida’s done for, something surprising happens.

This ended up being a rather bittersweet chapter. On the one hand, Midoriya discovered that his full cloak actually does work. But on the other, it still wasn’t enough to entirely dodge and protect himself from the Hero Killer’s Quirk. After Midoriya was knocked down, I really thought that Ida was done for. So I was legitimately surprised by what happened right at the end of the chapter. I’m actually looking forward to reading the next chapter to find out where the story will go to next.

Best Blue CH:003

After arriving in Tokyo, Souta takes Takumi to a tournament. It turns out Souta entered Takumi into it. It’s hosted by a swim club that Souta knows, and he’s using it as a prebattle before Takumi enters high school. While there, Takumi meets Oshiro, someone that Souta knows. While training in the sub pool, Takumi meets an arrogant boy named Yohei Onaga. When Takumi competes in his first race, it’s shown that he’s really fast. And at the end of the chapter, we see he came in first place.

So I guess I was wrong about seeing him going into high school in this chapter. But we do get to see that Takumi doesn’t quite understand the etiquette that’s expected at swimming competitions, and that he seems to have already made a rival out of Yohei. I expect the story will be set up where Takumi and Yohei will either be going to the same high school and competing on the same team, or that they end up on rival teams.

So it looks like this is the end of Best Blue for the “Jump Start” initiative. It’s a decent series, and perhaps it’s one I might grow to like better if I was able to read more of it. If there’s enough interest from the readers of the English Weekly Shonen Jump, there could always be the potential for Best Blue to become a regular manga featured in the publication.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:179

Raku learns from Yui that she was planning to leave after she told him how she felt and that she feels like she’s depended on him too long already. She’s now renting an apartment and moved most of her stuff, because Yui suspected what his answer would be. Yui reiterates that she’ll tell what she knows about 10 years ago once Raku decides who he cares about the most. But she does throw out something: she’s not Raku’s promise girl. We then see Yui informing Chitoge that Raku rejected her, and it appears Chitoge wants to be friends with Yui. Near the end of the chapter, Yui learns that the marriage proposal was made up.

So, Yui may no longer be part of the harem, but she hasn’t been written out of the series completely. That makes sense, considering she’s a teacher at Raku’s school. She can’t just simply up and leave at moment’s notice. Besides, it appears she still holds a clue to the promise 10 years ago. I had suspected that the marriage proposal was probably fake, so that didn’t really catch me by surprise. But I’m hoping that with this development, maybe Komi is starting to lay a foundation for bringing Nisekoi: False Love to an end.

Bleach CH:636

The Soul Reapers see an opponent that has made its head grow larger. Kenpachi’s broken arm suddenly starts twisting on its own and he rips it off. Mayuri can’t figure out what the opponent’s abilities are and advises Kenpachi to stay away. Kenpachi decides to disregard this advice and charges toward the opponent. As Kenpachi attacks, Mayuri comes up from behind and sends a sword through him. Mayuri uses an anesthetic, and it works on both Kenpachi and on the opponent. Mayuri then starts to take on the opponent.

This chapter focuses exclusively on Mayuri, Kenpachi, and the group of Soul Reapers with them. However, the main focus is on Kenpachi and Mayuri. From what’s shown here, it looks like Kenpachi could be down for the count, thus allowing Mayuri to become the star of this battle. It looks like the stage is being set for Mayuri to toy with this opponent in the next chapter.

World Trigger CH:110

The solo Rank War between Yuiga and Osamu gets underway. After their first bouts are done, Osamu wonders why Yuiga is an A-Rank. He later learns that Yuiga is the son of Border’s biggest sponsor. The next day is Chika’s birthday, and Osamu learns on that day that Chika let it slip out that she can’t shoot people. Osamu now has to come up with new strategies for their upcoming B-Rank War. We then see Azuma Squad meeting and working out their own strategies for the upcoming battle. A few days later, we see that Osamu is still a long way off from making his goal in the Solo Rank War, but he is learning how to get more hits which should allow him to help his team. Then the fourth round of the B-Rank Wars begin.

This chapter basically spends a lot of its time trying to quickly get through the days in order to get to the beginning of the next round of the B-Rank Wars at the end of it. Not much in the way of action really takes place, and it’s more of an exposition chapter than anything else. Since the chapter ends with the beginning of the next round of the B-Rank Wars, I feel safe in saying that the next chapter will be focusing on that.

Toriko CH:332

We see some of the chefs in Blue Grill talking amongst themselves, and their discussion turns to Ichiryu. Their conversation is interrupted and informed and their turns are coming up. The cooking battle between the Ten-Shell Masters and the human chefs is gearing up to get started. The story then returns to Komatsu, who learns about soul transactions and learns about these people’s ancestors. He also learns what the project is that Chaco mentioned earlier. Komatsu asks where Chaco was taken to. Before he can do anything, Komatsu receives a call about the cook-off.

This chapter spends a bit of time establishing the Ten-Shell Masters, but it’s also important because of Komatsu learning the truth about the people who live in the slums. He’s received a call about the cook-off, but I have a suspicion he’ll decide to skip out on it and try to rescue Chaco instead. I can’t see Komatsu abandoning someone who he knows needs help.

Food Wars! CH:128

We learn that on the third day of the festival, Soma’s cart is still in the red because of how big of a hole they found themselves in at the end of the first day. Kuga comes over to Soma and tells him that he’s an eyesore and tries to intimidate him to close up shop. We then see Soma and Megumi in the kitchen, with Soma trying to figure out a way to improve his father’s tofu recipe. It’s now the fourth day of the festival, and we see that Soma has arranged to have benches by his booth for people to sit and eat at. Soma also unveils his mapo tofu.

This chapter sets up that the odds still seem to not be in Soma’s favor. But the night before the fourth day of the festival, he comes up with a couple of ideas that are revealed at the end of this chapter. It’ll be interesting to see how these new ideas help Soma out. I’m sure they have to, because the author isn’t going to have his main character expelled from the school.

Black Clover CH:023

The chapter begins with the distinguished service ceremony. This ceremony introduces several new characters and explains why each of them are being recognized for distinguished service. Then it goes to the reception taking place after the ceremony. Asta ends up being noisy and acting like a stereotypical bumpkin at this fancy affair, and some of the wizards recognized at the ceremony look down on him. They also look down on Yuno as well, simply because he comes from the country. It turns out one particular wizard is Noelle’s older brother. She’s also looked down on by an older sister and another brother. She tries to run away, but Asta tells her that she doesn’t need to run. A wizard uses their magic on him, but Asta repels their magic.

This chapter establishes just how snooty some of these long-time wizards are. It also provided insight into how many people from Noelle’s family are involved and how much they look down on her. I’m not surprised that Asta encouraged Noelle to not run away from her snooty relatives and their taunts. When one of the magicians uses their magic on Asta to silence him, I couldn’t help but think that it might have been inspired by one of Gaara’s sand jutsu attacks from the Naruto franchise. And just when it seemed like the Naruto comparisons were disappearing. But my biggest frustration with this chapter was with how many new characters were being thrown out at the reader. There was no way I was going to remember who any of them are.

Twin Star Exorcists CH:001

This chapter was published to promote the first volume of the Twin Star Exorcists manga, which VIZ Media released on July 7, 2015.

Rokuro is from a family of exorcists, but he’d rather be a singer, a soccer player, or anything but an exorcist. He’s constantly getting shot down by girls, with the most recent one asking Rokuro if there’s anything right about him. In order to ask this girl out, he skipped out on a kegare excorism and is scolded. We learn that Rokuro had been fighting as an exorcist until two years ago, and that he was talented at it. It turns out that Rokuro is also the only survivor of Hinatsuki Dorm. We then get to see a flashback of the training Rokuro did when he was younger. As Rokuro is walking around thinking about his life, a girl falls from the sky and falls into a nearby river. He jumps in to save her, but she’s not hurt and gets herself out. Rokuro then realizes he can’t swim and asks the girl for help. After he’s saved, Rokuro thinks that the girl looks rather cute. She needs help finding a location on a map, and Rokuro tries to help her. Unfortunately, he manages to get them lost. As they walk, something happens, and the girl reveals that she’s an exorcist. Rokuro realizes she’s an exorcist and understands what she’s talking about, but he tries to claim he isn’t an exorcist. When another kegare attacks, the girl gives Rokuro another talisman and tells him to get himself and a couple of kids out of the area. The girl makes a reference to the Hinatsuki tragedy, which surprises Rokuro. We then hear an explanation of what the tragedy was. When he hears one of the kids crying, it reminds him of the Hinatsuki tragedy. Just when it seems like the girl has given up again the kegare, Rokuro suddenly jumps in. It turns out he has a black paper talisman with nothing written on it, and we see a flashback of how he got it. Rokuro uses the talisman and is able to defeat the kegare. The girl is impressed, but lectures Rokuro for jumping in when she didn’t ask for help. Rokuro learns that the girl’s name is Benio. We see that the two of them don’t like each other and want nothing to do with each other ever again. When Rokuro returns home, he finds that Benio is there and that she’ll be staying with them from now on.

This seems to have a rather classic set up of a protagonist who has a gift but doesn’t want to use it, and ends up in a situation where they’re forced to do something. The relationship between Rokuro and Benio is the classic rival setup, and after seeing the two of them say that they never wanted to see each other again, it was obvious that they would be together at some point. I kind of had a suspicion that the map Rokuro was unable to follow would lead to his home. Even though some of the elements were predictable, there was still an interesting idea going into this. From this chapter, it looks like Twin Star Exorcists might have potential.

Dragon Ball CH:004

Goku and Bulma officially meet Master Roshi. As a reward for Goku saving Trutle, Roshi summons Kinto’un, a magical cloud. Bulma sees that Roshi has a Dragon Ball hanging around his neck, and she gets it from him. Now she and Goku have four Dragon Balls. Right at the end of the chapter, they reach what appears to be a deserted village.

Well, this is the last chapter of Dragon Ball to appear for the “Jump Back” initiative. It basically introduces Master Roshi and establishes how pervy he is. For plot advancement, though, Bulma was able to get her hands on another Dragon Ball. The chapter ends with a hint of what could happen with the next storyline in the series.

I like Dragon Ball, so I have to admit that I will miss reading it in Weekly Shonen Jump in next week’s issue.

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