Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (August 31, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for Bleach, One-Punch Man, My Hero Academia, Toriko, Nisekoi: False Love, World Trigger, Food Wars!, Black Clover, and One Piece. This issue also includes the fourth chapter of D.Gray-man (which is the current title to be featured for the “Jump Back” initiative).

I’m providing my reactions and impressions for each manga title that appears in the volume. However, be warned that this post may potentially 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.

Bleach CH:640

This chapter focuses exclusively on Mayuri and his battle with Pernida. At first, it looks like his altered Bankai has succeeded in defeating Pernida, but of course it would never be this easy. Not with how much Kubo has been stretching out battles over the past year or so. But Nemu does something surprising that Mayuri doesn’t expect. But because she thought for herself, Mayuri isn’t happy with her. So I wonder how Kubo is going to continue this battle between Mayuri and Pernida, as well as how long he’ll end up stretching it out for.

One-Punch Man CH:050

This chapter sees Saitama running into Garo and managing to beat him up. It turns out that Saitama was out shopping for a wig so he can enter the martial arts tournament as Charanako, and Garo happened to be in the neighborhood picking a fight with someone else. We later see that Garo doesn’t have much memory of what happened with Saitama, so it appears Saitama won’t be on his kill list… yet. And with the way this chapter ends, it’s very likely that we’ll finally get to see what the martial arts tournament is like.

My Hero Academia CH:056

The battle with the Hero Killer finally comes to an end, with a seriously injured Hero Killer collapsing and being caught. A lot of the chapter actually focuses on Midoriya, Ida, and Todoroki in the hospital. They receive a visit from the chief of police and receive a lecture about acting without explicit instruction from the police and the powers that be. Sadly, in order to avoid punishment, it has to be kept quiet that the three of them took down the Hero Killer and let Endeavor take the credit instead. Honestly, what a crappy deal. With the way the chapter ends, I expect that this incident will be weighing on the minds of these three characters and could become important later on in the story.

Toriko CH:336

This chapter focuses on Teppei, the son of Jiro, as he and Nakaume try to escape from Neo’s hideout. They encounter several adversaries who try to stop them, but at the end, Midoriya himself shows up. This chapter seems to be indicating that the time to the baking of the world is getting close at hand, and that Nakaume may actually know who’s behind this potential catastrophe. Hopefully at some point we’ll return to Blue Grill so we can see what’s going on at the cook-off as well as what’s happening with Komatsu. I’m a little frustrated that there are now two loose ends hanging out there so the focus of the story could shift elsewhere for a while.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:183

Marika tries to run away, but Honda confines her. Not surprisingly, when Marika asks to return to her old school, her mother shoots her down. Raku and the others make it to Marika’s place to try to see her, but they can’t gain admittance. But when Mikage shows up to visit, they can hear Raku and the others calling out to Marika. I have this suspicion that somehow, Marika may find a way out of this situation. I have no idea how, since her mother seems so strict. But at the same time, Mikage drops a hint that there’s something she hasn’t told Raku and the others yet, and perhaps this piece of information may make it where Marika won’t be able to return with them. Recently, I would have simply thought that Komi was trolling with this, but considering he actually had Raku reject Yui’s feelings and caused her to drop out of the harem, there’s always the possibility that Marika could be written out in the long run. And knowing that Raku plans to reject her, there is that remote possibility of saying goodbye to Marika. Of the harem members, she’s the one I would miss the least.

World Trigger CH:113

Some of the chapter focuses on Osamu’s reaction, as well as other character’s reactions, to him bailing out of the battle. In the battle itself, the focus ends up being on Chika for a bit of it. She actually surprises everyone with what she does. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work and turns her into a target instead. She ends up needing help from Yuma and receives unexpected help from other people in the battle. But Chika ends up bailing out, and now it’s up to Yuma to try to find a way to win this battle. We may have reached the point where Tamakoma-2’s winning streak comes to an end. To be honest, with the way the situation is now, I can’t see Yuma being able to pull this off single-handed. However, I’ll be pleasantly surprised if future chapters prove me wrong.

Food Wars! CH:132

Most of this chapter focuses on Soma and Megumi being taken to the booth of Tsukasa, Totsuki’s number one seat. It was kind of amusing to see the “fanservice” that takes place being used on Soma when he tries something and is blown away by it. I’d never seen that happen to Soma before. The guy who’s the first seat is actually kind of interesting. While he has confidence in his cooking abilities, he’s fretting and worrying that his customers aren’t comfortable enough. It’s quite an interesting mixture for his personality. This chapter was definitely here to establish Tsukasa as a character. And from what we see at the end of the chapter, it looks like Soma and Megumi may end up meeting Erina’s father in the next chapter.

Black Clover CH:027

This chapter focuses almost exclusively on Asta and his battle. Noelle, meanwhile, thinks she can’t be of any help. But she gets encouragement from one of the other Magic Knights. So it looks like she heard what she needed to, and was able to help Asta out when it seemed like he would be done for. And we finally see Asta’s new self-appointed rival jumping in as well. It’s about time his rival jumped in and did something! It looks like the next chapter will see Asta taking on the enemy leader, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens. Can Asta actually defeat this guy, or will it take help from others? But I have a suspicion that this story arc will be coming to an end sooner rather than later.

One Piece CH:798

We see the Tontattas trying to do whatever they can to help Luffy and the others try to reach the boat in the eastern port so they can get away from Fujitora. Before any major action takes place at the eastern port, though, Law encounters someone who knew Corazon and the two of them have a talk. At least this discussion was resolved in a way where the two parties have a mutual understanding. Just as it seems Luffy and the others might be able to escape, Fujitora uses a power to lift the rubble from the battle into the sky, which it appears he plans to use in order to stop Luffy. But Luffy isn’t afraid, and decides that he needs to fight Fujitora and not run away; if he does, there’s no way he can become King of the Pirates. So I’m expecting the next chapter to focus on a battle between Luffy and Fujitora. And I’m anticipating that the battle between these two won’t be a short one.

D.Gray-man CH:004

This chapter brings about the end of the story focusing on John and his friend, Leo. While Allen is able to take on Millennium Earl with his anti-akuma weapon, he is unable to defeat him. This definitely sets the stage for the series to continue. At the end of the chapter, John realizes what changes he needs to make in order to move forward, and Allen is on his way to the exorcist headquarters. D.Gray-man has a very interesting story to it, and I think there’s a lot of potential there. Unfortunately, this is the final chapter for the “Jump Back” initiative, so you have to read the rest of D.Gray-man Volume One in order to find out how the story progresses from here.

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