Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (August 3, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for Black Clover, Food Wars!, Bleach, My Hero Academia, World Trigger, Toriko, Nisekoi: False Love, and One Piece. This issue also includes the first chapter of D.Gray-man (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.

Black Clover CH:024

After Asta makes his declaration, more of the nobles attack him with magic. But Asta uses his ability to erase what they’re throwing at him. And with one particular attack, Asta uses both his swords and forces a noble to kneel. But then, the captain of the Silver Eagles intervenes, and Asta can feel a chill as he comes forward. But then the Silva clan is reprimanded for their actions, which is followed by a member of the Vermillion clan declaring that Asta as his rival. But the tension is broken when someone runs in and declares that the capital is under attack.

This purpose of this chapter is to establish the Silva and Vermillion clans. While all the nobles are snooty, this chapter shows that the Silva clan is much more snooty in nature than the Vermillion clan. Also, it’s made perfectly clear by the end of this chapter that these two noble magical clans don’t seem to like each other. The beginning of the chapter also shows the reader that someone is determined to take down the magic clans, although there’s really nothing to indicate who this person is and why they want to do this. But right at the end of the chapter, we see that this person has launched an attack on the capital. I suspect that the next chapter will be focusing on this attack.

Food Wars! CH:129

We see that Soma has put together a mapo tofu that tastes very much like the mapo tofu that his father made for this restaurant. And then Soma points out that Kuga’s attempt at satisfy customers 100% every time is a hard thing to do. His point is proven as people start complaining about how long of a line there is in front of Kuga’s booth. We also see people being asked to eat as quickly as they can so there’s room for other customers to sit. Soma uses this to his advantage and starts attracting customers to his booth and away from Kuga’s. Subaru Mimasaka shows up to help Soma fill all the new orders that are coming his way. All Kuga can do is watch and seethe from the sidelines.

Well, I knew that Soma would have to find a way to turn his fortunes around, since the lead character of a shonen manga can’t be defeated to the point that he’d potentially be kicked out of the his own story. I hadn’t predicted that this was the way that Soma would pull it off, though. Soma can be a little slow to pick up on things, but once he realizes something, he picks up the ball and runs with it. Now what’s Kuga going to do in the face of Soma becoming real competition for him?

Bleach CH:637

Mayuri goes to confront this new opponent face-to-face, and tells the Quincy that it must offer itself to him as an experimental subject. Of course, the Quincy doesn’t agree, and it transforms itself. Mayuri realizes this oppoent is Reio’s left arm. The arm tries to attack, and Mayuri wonders why Reio’s left arm would be serving Yhwach. At the end of the chapter, Mayuri goads the arm to show him more of its abilities.

This chapter basically focuses on Mayuri and his interactions with the Quincy. Not surprisingly, Mayuri is nearly giddy with excitement over the discovery of Reio’s left arm and the various things it can do, since he is so focused on science and discoveries. But will Mayuri’s fascination ultimately leave him open for a surprise attack?

My Hero Academia CH:053

Todoroki appears and starts to take on the Hero Killer. As their battle escalates, Midoriya finds that he can move again and joins in the battle. They are attempting to hold the Hero Killer off until the pros can arrive. Todoroki has a flashback as he thinks about Ida’s behavior recently and how it parallels what Todoroki has been going through emotionally.

This chapter has some action in it, but the major focus is on Todoroki and his thoughts about the character development that he’s gone through while we’ve been focusing on Midoriya and his training. At the same time, the reader also receives an explanation for how the Hero Killer’s ability works. However, for the characters in the story, this explanation doesn’t seem to help them much. We see Ida react briefly in this chapter, but I’m hoping to see more of him in the next chapter. I’m especially curious to see how Ida will end up being affected in the aftermath of this battle, because it appears his attempt at avenging his brother has failed.

World Trigger CH:111

We see the next solo Rank War getting underway, and that they’re having it in a cityscape covered with snow. As the battle goes on, Osamu becomes a target for one of the other teams. We also see other fights starting up in the Rank War as well. Shiori gives Yuma and Chika some advice during the battle. At this point, it looks a battle royale is building in the middle of the map. We then see Jin placing a bet with the captured Neighbor as to whether or not Tamakoma-2 will win.

A lot of this chapter is spent on getting this Rank War started and setting the stage for the major fighting to begin. There was a brief scene of action in this chapter, but most of it was taken up with the commentators talking about the battle or by the teams in the Rank War working on strategy. But the bet Jin has going is interesting, especially knowing what the Side Effect of this Trigger is. Does Jin really know what the outcome is or not?

Toriko CH:333

Asardy, one of the Blue Grill chefs taking place in the cook-off seems to have a vision, but he says he can’t predict the outcome of this competition. A Coffin Crab appears, which is a refrigerator in food spirit world that stores extinct ingredients. And then the Soul Furnace appears and is lit. The first competition ends up being who can make the tastiest dish from a leafish… but the fish has to be captured first before they can cook it. Condor, one of the human chefs, goes in first and finds that the bubble where the fish is stored has no concept of gravity. It’s revealed that he has to prepare the fish in that space that has no concept of gravity. It also turns out the leafish is a carnivore. Condor succeeds in capturing it. Right at the end of the chapter, the stage is set for Condor and Yuda (one of the Blue Grill chefs) to have a cook-off.

This chapter is basically setting up for a cook-off between Condor and Yuda, and it appears that event will be taking place in the next chapter. But there is some action here as Condor works at capturing the leafish. He actually surprises everyone in Blue Grill by how quickly he was able to succeed. The people in Blue Grill believe that the human chefs are at a disadvantage, so it’s good to see the human chefs proving them wrong. I’m just hoping that this cook-off isn’t stretched out for too long, though, because we do have other characters in other locations that need to be focused on as well.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:180

At the beginning of the chapter, we see Marika taking medicine and having to stop in the middle of making chocolate. She seems to be struggling more than she had been. We then see Chitoge and Onodera give Raku chocolate for Valentine’s Day. Even Tsugumi gives Raku a small piece of chocolate. But then Raku looks around and realizes that Marika isn’t in class. At this point, we learn that it’s been a month since Yui confessed her feelings to Raku, and that he’s decided that it’s time to respond to Marika’s feelings. In his thoughts, he sees that he needs to reject her, but she’s been absent a lot and there’s never a good time. Chitoge sees that Raku is worried, and she volunteers to go with Raku to see Marika. But as they go to get something to give Marika as a gift, they run into her while they’re out shopping. As they talk, Marika receives a call from her mother, which she ignores. Chitoge realizes she left her bag at school and runs off. Marika then presents Raku with a chocolate engagement ring. As Raku is about to tell Marika his feelings, she surprises him by saying she knows he likes Onodera and is pretending to date Chitoge. Right at the end of the chapter, she tells Raku to give her his answer.

Well, we’ve now jumped ahead to Valentine’s Day, and it appears that Marika is becoming more sickly. With the way this chapter ended, with Marika admitting she knows the truth about Raku and wanting Raku’s answer, it looks like Komi is setting things up to remove Marika from the harem. This feels so much like what happened with Yui, I believe this is possible. And knowing that it’s Valentine’s Day, there’s not that much more time until the end of their third year of high school. By all appearances, it looks as if Komi is working on wrapping up the series one piece at a time. Maybe he’s finally come to the realization that there really isn’t much further than he can take this series.

One Piece CH:795

Fujitora decides to not go after Luffy and Law at this point. We then see Nami, Brook, and some of the other Straw Hats fighting what appears to be other pirates. At the hideout of the Kid Pirates, we see that a pirate at the ruined Sky Island attempts suicide by jumping off of the island, but he doesn’t die when he falls to the earth. Apparently, when they’ve tried to execute this pirate in the past, he wouldn’t die. His name is Kaido, King of the Beasts. At the end of the chapter, Kaido declares they’ll start the greatest war this planet has ever seen.

I have to admit to being a little lost as I read this chapter, and not being entirely sure what was going on. I didn’t really pick up on what was happening until right at the end. It appears this chapter is basically here to set the stage for the next stoy arc. So I’m guessing that when Luffy and the others leave Dressrosa, they’ll come across Kaido and his group as they try to wage their war.

D.Gray-man CH:001

This is the first chapter of D.Gray-man, which is the latest title to be featured in the “Jump Back” initiative. The first four chapters of the series will be published over the next four weeks.

The series is set in England at the end of a fictitious 19th century. Allen Walker wanders into a church that people think is haunted, and he’s found by two police officers. One of the officers is killed by an Akuma, but Allen is accused of murdering him. As he’s being questioned, they discover that one of his hands is deformed and has a cross embedded into it. The other officer (Moa) who was there tries to defend Allen. Allen tries to explain about what an Akuma is, and he offers to help with the investigation. Allen explains that the cross in his hand is an anti-akuma weapon. The reader discovers that the akuma is actually the brother of the police officer defending Allen. When Allen is at Moa’s place, he detects that her brother is an akuma, and he transforms in front of the two of them. Allen then reveals to Moa that the akuma killed her brother and began wearing his skin. When the akuma tries to attack, Allen and Moa are sent flying into the church, where they run into the other police officers and detectives. The akuma follows them and kills everyone except Allen and Moa. This is followed by an explanation from Allen as to what an akuma is. We then get a flashback from Moa that explains what happened that led to Marc becoming an akuma. Allen then uses his power of exorcism to bring salvation to the akuma’s soul. And right at the end of the chapter, we learn that the “maker” of the akuma is the Millennium Earl.

This first chapter is here to establish the main character, as well as the world that he inhabits and various elements of the series. It reads a lot like the first chapter of other series, especially series that feature supernatural elements. But the chapter isn’t a boring read, and there’s enough there to make the reader want to come back and read more in order to find out what will happen to Allen.

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