Crunchyroll Announces Two More Simulcasts

Crunchyroll has announced that it is streaming the Fist of the Blue Sky Regenesis and the third season of the Shōnen Ashibe GO! GO! Goma-chan anime as they air in Japan.

Fist of the Blue Sky Regenesis debuted on Crunchyroll on April 2, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. EDT, and the simulcast is available to users in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Russia, Central America, and South America, including the Caribbean.

The simulcast of the third season of the Shōnen Ashibe GO! GO! Goma-chan anime began on April 3, 2018 at 7:00 a.m. EDT. The series is available to users worldwide except in Asia.

The site also announced the streaming dates and regions for its stream of The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These anime, will debuted on April 3, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. EDT. The simulcast is available for users in the United States, Canada, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Central and South America.

Crunchyroll also added the following catalog titles from FUNimation Entertainment:

  • Black Lagoon – available in the United States and Canada
  • Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail – available in the United States and Canada
  • Claymore – available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa
  • Snow White with the Red Hair – available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa

Source: ANN

Manga Review: “Claymore” Volume 26

Originally written for WatchPlayRead.com

Claymore Volume 26 is set in a world where humans coexist with sentient creatures called Yoma that feed on human innards. A nameless and secretive organization was created out of half-human, half-Yoma warriors to protect the humans from the Yoma. The humans have called these warriors “Claymores” due to the large, unsheathed swords they carry. The Claymores were created by implanting Yoma flesh and blood into humans. The series focuses on Clare, the lowest ranked of the Claymores. Clare’s goal is to hunt down Priscilla, who killed Clare’s friend Teresa.

Claymore Volume 26
Written by: Norihiro Yagi
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: March 3, 2015

Volume 26 sees Raki, Clare’s traveling companion, coming face to face with Priscilla. The two of them have a swordfight, but Priscilla manages to get the upper hand. But as it’s shown later in the volume, Raki’s situation isn’t as dire as it appears to be. I appreciated the fact that later in Volume 26, we get to see a brief flashback from Raki’s training that explains why his situation isn’t so bleak.

Clare and the group of Claymores traveling with her come upon Priscilla and Raki, and they all try to take on Priscilla. Clare, of course, is more determined than the rest, but she’s not as willing to risk her life as she had been earlier in the series. It’s revealed that Clare had changed after traveling with Raki and the other Claymores. Long time readers of the series understand that this is a major change in character and personality for the formerly distant and quiet Clare.

A lot of fighting and action takes place in Claymore Volume 26 because there are two battlefronts going on. Clare, Raki, and the Claymores try to take on Priscilla, while the Awakened Ones also seem to turn their attention toward Priscilla. But mixed in with the battles are interactions between the Claymores and an emotional scene of them dealing with a loss among their ranks. There’s a good mix of both action and character moments in this volume, which helps to make it an enjoyable read. Even with the non-action scenes included, I still found myself going through the volume rather quickly.

When it comes to the art, Claymore Volume 26 has a crisp look to it. Yagi’s art style complements the fantasy world that’s being depicted in the story, and I find that the designs of the Claymores have an otherworldly feel to them. The look and feel of the art helps to give Claymore a unique atmosphere.

I would recommend Claymore to manga readers who enjoy stories with a fantasy setting that have a dark feel and significant violence. Long time readers of the series will appreciate how the story progresses and the character development that takes place in Claymore Volume 26.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (March 30, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for Food Wars!, My Hero Academia, Nisekoi: False Love, One Piece, World Trigger, Toriko, Bleach, Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. The fourth chapter of Claymore is also included for Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “Jump Back” initiative, and the fourth chapter of Boys Over Flowers Season 2 is included for Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “Jump Start” 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.

Food Wars! CH:112

Soma thinks that even though he’s so far behind, but he swears that by the last day he’s going to catch up. Afterward, Soma is told by Shinomiya that after seeing his work today, Shinomiya almost wishes that Soma wasn’t there. We then see Soma studying to learn various things he needs to know, and the chefs are surprised to this when the arrive the next day. When Soma asks for advice, the head chef tells him they need to clean and get things ready and that they don’t have time to help him. But then he sees that everything is already clean and that the peeling is done. Lucie is then told to answer Soma’s questions.

We then see that Soma has been asking questions for three days straight. And then we see that Soma is starting to get what he needs to know. It turns out he’s absorbing the knowledge he needs at an unbelievable pace. Shinomiya seems to think that Soma is finally able to do more than just base prep. Afterward, Soma is told that he can’t make any mistakes the next day, since it will be his last day.

This chapter shows Soma going from not knowing all the preparation techniques and falling behind to picking up the skills and what he needs to do in a rather quick manner. The growth Soma shows during this chapter is incredible, but the next chapter should have his final day included in it. I suspect that the real test for him will be that final day, especially since Shinomiya made it clear to Soma that he isn’t allowed to make any mistakes.

My Hero Academia CH:036

This chapter focuses on the match against Uraraka and Bakugo. Uraraka tries to get the upper hand, but Bakugo manages to keep reacting faster than she anticipates. And Bakugo tries going all out. so all Uraraka can do is try to dodge. A group in the crowd starts booing Bakugo for toying with Uraraka. It’s revealed that Uraraka was keeping Bakugo’s attention focused on the ground so she could set up her weapons above them. But before her meteor storm can affect Bakugo, he launches an attack. The chapter ends with Uraraka unable to continue, and Bakugo advances to the second round.

Even though Uraraka lost, you hvave to give her credit for trying. She did manage to successfully distract Bakugo so she could make her plan work. It’s just too bad that the best that she could do still wasn’t enough to take down Bakugo. Now that this match is over, I wonder if the next chapter is going to rush through any remaining matches in order to advance to next round. I also wonder if, once we get into the next round, that the matches won’t be rushed through quite so much.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:164

Onodera thinks she’s found the missing pages of a picture book and wonders why they were in Haru’s room.

We then see Chitoge and Raku walking down the street, and Chitoge realizes it’s Christmas Eve when she receives a text from her mother. Chitoge has made plans to spend Christmas Eve with her mother since she’s in Japan at the moment. Raku receives an email from Haru, asking him to come over. When he gets there, she tells Raku to go to her room and wait. He finds the picture book on a desk and discovers pages he’s never seen before in it. Onodera sees him just as he discovers them. The pages include references to “Zawswe in love,” as well as a locket and a key. Onodera mentions that Raku had said that the first time he met the girl he made the promise with he wrote in the picture book she was reading to give it a happy ending. She wonders if this picture book might be it. He recognizes the handwriting as his in the pages that were found. Unfortunately, they still haven’t found the ending pages yet. Right at the end of the chapter, Haru asks Ichijo to go on a date with Onodera.

Well, then, perhaps we haven’t entirely returned to the status quo after all. While there’s obviously still some pages from the book missing, I really hope that maybe this is finally the clue they need to start resolving this locket and key business. I wouldn’t be surprised if Onodera was the girl he made the promise with all along. But what’s this about with Haru asking Raku to take Onodera on a date. Hmm… I don’t know. I smell something fishy here, but I’m not sure what.

One Piece CH:781

It’s announced that the terms of the game have changed. The birdcage surrounding the city is slowly closing in, and in one hour, it will slice through everything in the country. Luffy begins launching attacks on Doflamingo again, but before he can do anything, Law gets up and hits him first. And after Doflamingo talks badly about Corazon, Law attacks him again. It looks like Law has the upper hand, but it turns out that with enough time, Doflamingo can perform emergency care on himself. But just as Doflamingo is about to strike Law, Luffy gets in the way.

This was a very action-packed chapter, and it’s pretty much continually in motion. It’s wonderful to see the focus being on Luffy and Doflamingo, and it was quite a pleasant surprise to find that Law wasn’t dead after all. But it was disappointing to see that Law wasn’t able to take Doflamingo down. But hopefully Luffy can pick up from where Law left off and finally finish Doflamingo off.

World Trigger CH:097

Now that the bridge is gone, it’s harder for the squads to meet up. Yuko, Ko and Yuma begin battling it out. Meanwhile, Osamu is up against Rei. Nasu is also showing how good her sniping skills are with her Viper. At the end of the chapter, we see the other members of Tamakoma Branch watching what’s going on, and it sounds like Hyuse may not be very confident that Osamu’s team can make it.

Overall, this chapter jumps around a bit between Yuma’s position, Osamu’s position, and Chika’s position. But of the three, Chika definitely gets the least amount of focus in this chapter. Even though we see some action in the chapter, there’s not much in the way of any real progression in the battle. The chapter basically keeps the story in a holding pattern. Hopefully the next chapter will find a way to progress this battle for the B-Rank War.

Toriko CH:318

The first few pages of the chapter focuses on Komatsu and the others having a tearful reunion. Actually, it’s Komatsu that’s tearful; the others are dealing with the effects of the Sundoriko pollen. Komatsu tells them the flowers and edible and that if they eat them, the symptoms might stop. It turns out that Komatsu’s guess is right. When they realize they don’t know what’s happened to the Monkey King, and then 100 G Mountain completely crumbles. With the mountain gone, they discover a house standing in the middle of the rubble; the Monkey King is inside the house. They also learn that they had done the Monkey Dance right all along, and that they were mistaken about what the Monkey King had wanted to do at the end.

Well, it appears that the Monkey King story is finally reaching a conclusion. The truths about the Monkey King and 100 G Mountain that are revealed during this chapter are actually rather sad. But at least Komatsu is alive again, so that made this story arc worth it in the end. Hopefully the next chapter will begin a new story arc.

Bleach CH:621

Urahara and the Soul Reapers discover the Seireitei is being closed off. Meanwhile, we see a torrent of Reio’s power that was released from Ukitake’s seal becoming an unstoppable torrent passing through Yhwach’s body. Soi Fon takes it upon herself to try to take care of the situation on her own. The unstoppable torrent reaches the Soul Reapers, and they try to destroy it. Right at the end of the chapter, a character from the past makes a surprise appearance.

This chapter basically focused on the Soul Reapers, and there was nothing to indicate what happened to Ichigo and the others after Uryu’s attack. Hopefully we’ll find out what happened to them sooner rather than later. But from what we did see in this chapter, it appears that the Soul Reapers could have quite the uphill battle against the torrent. And how will the surprise appearance by a particular character affect what’s going on?

Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment CH:016

Abaku presents evidence that was found in the pool, which is an aquarium. Abaku performs a magic trick which has to do with light refraction. Abaku then points out that Inako’s testimony verified the aquarium was in the 5-meters deep area when she said a boy thought he saw the face of a child staring up. Abaku also explains how the perpetrator made the fish appear right on time during fifth period. This also involves the court-ordered necropsy of the fish by the science club. Abaku then points out when the tank had to be placed there and the only person who could have done it at that time. Abaku is right, and the motive is revealed. In the end, Pine’s father concedes. Pine also tells her father that she doesn’t want to change schools. Pine’s father allows her to stay.

The resolution to this case rather interesting. However, I have to wonder if perhaps how the case was carried out might be a little too complex for sixth graders. Oh well. If I can overlook rather complicated explanations in Case Closed, I should be able to overlook them in Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment as well. I’m glad to see Pine’s father get shown up during the classroom session, but his change of heart at the end felt a little rushed. But if he hadn’t had that change of heart, Pine wouldn’t still be at the school.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal CH:52

We see some of the characters return to Heartland, but it’s pointed out that Yuma, Kaito, and some of the others haven’t returned. We see the others are still in the other world, and Astral asking them to return their Number Cards to him. They are Astral’s memories and must not remain in their world. However, Yuma refuses to hand over Utopia. Instead, Yuma challenges Astral to a duel, and he accuses Astral of trying to duck out with a secret; when E’rah disappeared, the two of them had become one and Yuma learned what Astral’s other mission is: to seal E’rah’s fragmented soul forever by sacrificing himself. Astral explains that while they defeated E’rah, they have not completely destroyed her. Astral ends up agreeing to the duel, with Yuma wagering his Utopia card.

The duel between Yuma and Astral begins. Astral quickly demonstrates a lot that he’s able to do on his first turn. The chapter ends just as Astral is finishing his first turn.

Even though E’rah has been defeated, there’s still a little more of the story left to tell. Darn it, I was hoping this story was closer to ending than this. But now that Astral has regained his memory, he knows what he needs to do, but it’s something that Yuma disagrees with. So now Yuma plans to duel Astral, and I guess it’s an attempt to keep Astral from going through with his mission. At this point, it appears that the cards are stacked against Yuma, but knowing what I know of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, I expect Yuma will be able to pull something unexpected off and ultimately defeat Astral.

Claymore CH:004

The “Jump Back” initiative continues with the fourth chapter of Claymore.

Raki and Clare begin traveling together, and Raki learns that Claymores only have to eat once every couple of days. Clare suddenly gets up and tells Raki not to follow her. It turns out she’s meeting with the guy who arranges the jobs for the Claymores, and he hands her a black card. When Clare returns to Raki, and she tells him that they’ll be crossing Mount Shire the next day. The next day, Raki learns that Clare is being sent to take down another Claymore, because she has become a full-blown monster. The black card was sent to Clare by Elena, because she specifically wants to be killed by Clare. Clare and Raki find Elena. When Elena begs for Clare to kill her, Raki tries to intervene. But Clare does the job that she was asked to do.

This is a very moving chapter of Claymore, and it shows that they have to learn to put duty above friendships and their own desires. Raki is learning some awful truths while on his journey with Clare, and I’m sure he’ll learn more as they continue to travel together.

This chapter of Claymore is the final one being highlighted for the “Jump Back” initiative, and I have to say that these four chapters establish a very strong story. While I’ve already seen the anime, I know that the story diverges at some point. Reading these four chapters makes me want to pick up the manga and catch up with the more recent volumes that I read and reviewed for my blog.

Boys Over Flowers Season 2 CH:004

Haruto tells Oto not to think that he was coming to her rescue or anything. But he slips and says he wasn’t following her or anything. She asks why he’s following her, because that’s creepy. Oto runs off, but comes face to face with Kaito. He tells Oto that she’s right about what Haruto is doing not being normal. Kaito tells her that Haruto is afraid that she’ll blab his secret, and he gives her a cold look as if she’s trash. Later, as Oto thinks about what happened with her co-worker, she finds herself thinking about what would have happened to her if Haruto hadn’t come.

We then see Haruto at home, and he’s upset over what happened. Before he can talk to the butler, a maid tells him that someone has come to see him and that they’re waiting by the gate. When Haruto gets to the gate, he finds Oto standing there. She’s come to thank him for saving her.

And this is the end of this “Jump Start” title. After reading these four chapters, I have to say that Boys Over Flowers Season 2 isn’t a bad manga, but at the same time, there wasn’t much about it that stood out to me in the long run. I think it’s due in large part to the fact that the main audience for this series is teen girls, and there’ not much here to really grab a 40-year-old woman.

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (March 23, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for Bleach, One Piece, My Hero Academia, Toriko, Food Wars!, Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment, Nisekoi: False Love, and One-Punch Man. The third chapter of Claymore is also included for Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “Jump Back” initiative, and a preview of the first chapter of Tokyo Ghoul has also been included.

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.

Bleach CH:620

Uryu tells everyone to stay where they are or he’ll shoot. Ichigo tries to reason with Uryu, but it seems like it’s no use. When other Quincies come to try to help Uryu, he shrugs them off. Uryu also sends Ichigo falling down toward the ground. Meanwhile, Yhwach decides to take the power of the right arm of Reio, and then decides he’ll try to do even more and take everything from Reio. At the end of the chapter, the other Soul Reapers feel the trembling start back up again.

I can’t believe that Ichigo is dead. Somehow, he’ll find a way to survive the fall and come back to take care of Yhwach, Uryu, and the Quincies. It appears the story is trying to start wrapping up, but I’m still afraid that Kubo will find a way to slow things back down again in order to stretch this final arc out and make the series last a little longer. I hope I’m wrong, because the recent movement in the story has been a welcome change of pace.

One Piece CH:780

It’s revealed that Trafalagar Law is still alive. Doflamingo tries to strike a bargain with Law, but his ultimate response is giving the middle finger and telling Doflamingo that he can’t stop Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates. This section ends with Doflamingo shooting at Law.

We then see Luffy reaching where Doflamingo is, and the two of them begin a battle. Luffy finds Law, and Law appears to have died this time. But Luffy doesn’t want to believe it.

So we’re finally returning to the fight with Doflamingo. Things don’t look good for Law at this point, but I wouldn’t necessarily rule out some kind of miracle here, either. And now this arc has finally reached the point where Luffy is about to take on Doflamingo and the other remaining member of the Doflamingo family. I expect the next chapter will be very action packed and focused on Luffy’s battle with the final bosses.

My Hero Academia CH:035

The third match between Kaminari and Shiozaki is over before it can even begin, with Shiozaki using her plant ability to trap Kaminari before he can do anything. Next up is Tenya Ida versus Mei Hatsume. Their match ultimately goes on for 10 minutes, but in the end, Ida is the one who moves on. When Urara goes to see Ida, they are joined by Midoriya, who informs them that two more matches ended already and that they were rather short. Urara is worried about her upcoming match, but Midoriya shows her a strategy he came up with to help her out. But Urara surprises him by turning him down. The chapter ends with Urara and Bakugo entering the ring for their match.

For the most part, this chapter glossed over several of the fights in order to rush through this section of the story. The only match to really get much attention in this chapter was Ida versus Hatsume. The only other seciton of this chapter that received much focus is the scene between Urara, Ida, and Midoriya near the end. I suspect the idea is to rush through these early matches and focus more on the semifinals and finals. Hopefully the next chapter will be more interesting than this one was.

Toriko CH:317

The Monkey King easily defeats Kaka, and as he does, 100 G Mountain begins to crumble. Toriko and the others give Komatsu pair, and it first, it looks like it didn’t work. But as Toriko takes his hand, and the hole in his chest begins to fill with pair. The group finds itself on another plane, and they see Komatsu’s heart floating by them. They try to grab his heart, but can’t succeed at first. Toriko manages to reach through Komatsu and get the heart, and place it back into Komatsu’s body. By doing this, the hole closes up and Komatsu comes back to life.

Fortunately, the fight between Kaka and the Monkey King didn’t last long, so the focus could be on Toriko and the others reviving Komatsu. Things looked rather bleak for a while there, and there was definitely a lot of tension going on. But I’m glad that everything turned out all right in the end, because I would have been rather upset if Komatsu had died.

Food Wars! CH:111

The construction phase for Shinomiya’s new restaurant is over, and now it’s time to prepare for the preopening reception. For this, Soma will serve as an assistant to Lucie Hubro, the meat course chef. It’s quickly time for the preopening reception, and the tension starts to run high. So far, the first customers enjoy the first part of their meal. Soma finds there’s a lot to do and that he has to do it in a hurry. Unfortunately, in all the rush, Soma manages to make a mistake. Abel, the head chef, makes it clear to Soma that he doesn’t see Soma as part of the team, that he’s simply just an intern. After this, Soma starts pushing himself harder.

So now the real challenge of working for Shinomiya begins. The pacing for the food preparation for a full-course meal is much different than what Soma is used to, so it’s not surprising that he’s getting confused and has a harder time keeping up. But I expect that since he’s still got a few more days to go on this assignment, Soma will be working hard to learn what he needs to in order to improve the job he’s doing in this particular kitchen.

Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment CH:015

Abaku argues that Pine’s father can’t prosecute the case because the school judgment is a system for the children by the children. It turns out there’s an Article 27 that allows an exception for certain adults if they’re properly qualified and are guardians of involved parties. Her fine begins the paperwork, and declares that Yamada shall be indicted as Evil Spirit 5-Meters Deep. It turns out he looked up intelligence on the students in the school and monitored the pool. The class president, who had also been watching the pool, is asked if this is true. He says that he saw her, but he didn’t see any sign that she had brought anything with her. The class president realizes that Pine’s father is using intimidation. Abaku says he will defend Yamada. And Pine’s father reveals that Pine will be leaving the school at the end of the next week.

The classroom session is called to order. Abaku questions Inako as his first witness. Then, Pine’s father calls Matsuoka as a witness. Right at the end of the chapter, Abaku says he’s going to ronpa the hell out of Pine’s father.

Wow, Pine’s father is an absolute jerk. All he does is look down on the kids and uses intimidation to get Matsuoka to say what he wants him to say. I’m looking forward to Abaku finding a way to school Pine’s father. He’s such a smug and pompous ass that he really needs to be schooled by a sixth grader.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:163

We find out that Chitoge will only be staying at Raku’s house for one day, because the house is in total chaos due to all of the packing that had been taking place. While Chitoge is there, she tries to help out around the house, but she has a mishap with the washing machine. When she tries to clean the house, Chitoge makes an even bigger mess. And then we see Raku helping Chitoge out with making dinner. Raku and Chitoge have to share a room that night, and they spend time talking about how everything seems to have returned to normal. Before they can fall asleep, Yui comes in.

Right at the end of the chapter, Onodera is looking for a CD and comes across a drawing that catches her interest.

Sigh. It turns out Chitoge living with Raku was only a one night thing. After all that’s happened in this story arc, it’s disappointing to see that everything will basically return to the status quo of before this story arc started. So we end up back in the same rut that we had been in before. In the long run, after it seemed like this series was making some progress, it takes at least two steps backwards. Hopefully this drawing that Onodera found will have an interesting story to go with it.

One-Punch Man CH:043.2

Just as it looks like Genos will prevail over Sonic, it turns out that Sonic is moving with special footwork and fast movement to create an afterimage. Genos decides that since he can’t see Sonic, he’ll just blast the whole area with his incineration cannons. Before he can do it, Saitama knocks him out of the way because he doesn’t want explosions in front of his house. At the end of the chapter, Saitama says he’ll fight Sonic.

Wow, the previous chapter was rather deceptive, because it certainly looked like Genos was beating the heck out of Sonic. So it wasn’t quite so one-sided after all. I should have expected that it wouldn’t have gone that easily. Now the stage is being set for Saitama to take on Sonic, and it’s going to be interesting to see how it goes.

Claymore CH:003

The “Jump Back” initiative continues with the third chapter of Claymore.

Raki awakens in an inn ar Egon Village. He learns his food and lodging have already been paid for by a silver-eyed witch. Raki has a quick bite to eat, then goes off to search for Clare. An villager comes up to Raki and says that a Claymore was looking for him. He’s told that she left the village and headed for the woods nearby. He goes to the woods and finds a Claymore, but it’s not Clare. This Claymore claims she’s the one who saved Raki. After she refers to herself as a Claymore, Raki pushes her away, knowing that they never refer to themselves by that name. The “Claymore” transforms into a yoma and takes Raki prisoner. Clare appears The yoma tries to use Raku to keep Clare from attacking, but Clare wonders what makes the yoma think a hostage will stop her. Clare throws her sword aside, and the yoma lunges toward her. It looks like the yoma has the upper hand, but Clare does something that turns the tide of the fight around. After the rescue is over, Clare asks Raki why he’s so far away from his village. As he starts to explain, Clare has a flashback to her childhood. Clare asks Raki if he can cook, and if he can, to follow her until they reach a town where he wants to live.

So we see Raki appear again, and that Clare had been looking out for him. And thanks to what happens here, Raki ultimately becomes Clare’s traveling partner. I suspect that at some point, they will form a true friendship during their travels. The pieces now seem to be in place for Clare and Raki to travel and encounter various yoma as part of Clare’s job. According to the end of the chapter, Chapter Four will appear in the next issue of Weekly Shonen Jump, so we can at least see how their travels together will begin.

Tokyo Ghoul CH:001

A preview of the first chapter of Tokyo Ghoul is also included in this issue of Weekly Shonen Jump. VIZ Media is releasing the firts volume digitally right now, and will be releasing it in print in June 2015.

We learn that monsters known as Ghouls feed on the dead flesh of humans. The story, however, focuses on Ken Kaneki, a rather normal college student. Kaneki is talking to a friend of his about Ghouls, and his friend mentions that it’s said that Ghouls hide amongst them disguised as humans. They’re at a coffee shop of some kind, and the girl that Ken is interested in comes in. After his friend sees the girl, he says he has to head off to work. It turns out they’re also reading the exact same book. As the girl heads in Ken’s direction, he accidentally drops his book. She helps him pick it up, and they begin talking with each other.

Ken talks with his friend later, and we learn that Ken will be going on a date with the girl and that her name is Rize Kamishiro. We then see them on their date, and they discover they have a lot in common. She asks Ken to walk her home since she lives near the building where a Ghoul recently attacked. On the way, she suddenly tells him about she’s noticed the way he’s looked at her. It looks like she’s going to kiss him, but then suddenly bites him on the shoulder. It turns out that Rize is a Ghoul. He tries to get away, but she captures him. Ken finds a pencil on the ground and manages to stab Rize with it. He tries to get away again, but Rize manages to stop him. But before she can do anything more, steel beams fall on her.

Ken awakens in a hospital and hears that he needs an organ transplant. They decide to use Rize’s organs since their blood types match…

Well, this certainly establishes an interesting story. Although I have to admit that I suspected that Rize was a Ghoul rather early on, so the revelation that’s made later in the chapter didn’t faze me as much as it would have otherwise. This is definitely more on the suspense and horror side of things, which is something that I’m usually not in a rush to read. However, this story has a decent start, so I might be interested in reading more of Tokyo Ghoul at some point.

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (March 16, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for One-Punch Man, Bleach, Nisekoi: False Love, My Hero Academia, Toriko, World Trigger, Ultra Battle Satellite, Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment, Food Wars!, and Boys Over Flowers Season 2. The second chapter of Claymore is also included for Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “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.

One-Punch Man CH:043

Sonic arrives on the scene, and Genos says he’ll take care of him. Genos is able to surprise his opponent by being able to move faster than him. Saitama comments that Geno’s even faster than when the two of them sparred together. This short battle sequence ends up being rather one-sided.

This particular chapter was extremely action-oriented with very little in the way of dialogue, so it ended up being a rather quick read. Fortunately it’s a quick read, because the battle is so one-sided that it wasn’t very interesting to me. Hopefully the next chapter of One-Punch Man will be a little more interesting to read.

Bleach CH:619

Yhwach tells Ichigo that he never once thought of making him do what he wants, because their wills are connected. According to Yhwach, Ichigo has always been fighting for him since he awakened as a Soul Reaper. Yoruichi tells Ichigo not to listen to Yhwach, that what he says is nonsense. Ichigo tells Yhwach to shut up, and he fights back. After Yhwach taunts Ichigo, Uryu shoots Yoruichi with an arrow. As Yhwach tries to get to Reio, Yoruichi unleashes a power that she thinks will stop him. But Yhwach is able to repel it, and use his own power against Yoruichi.

Wow… this was a relatively quick read, but the story manages to make a little more progression. I’m glad to see that Ichigo didn’t listen to Yhwach, but I’m afraid about what’s happened to Yoruichi. She’s one of my favorite characters in the series, and I’d hate to see her die. But right now, it’s not looking too good for her. It looks like the next chapter could potentially see Ichigo and Uryu having to face off against each other, and that could be an interesting development if that happens. And hopefully the next chapter will continue to help this storyline progress

Nisekoi: False Love CH:162

Just as Raku and Claude are about to fight it out, Chitoge’s father intervenes. He says that Claude needs to stop, because everything’s been settled because the move has been cancelled. Her father changed his mind because he received a petition and an oath signed by every Beehive member in the house. Their oath is to not fight with the Shuei-Gumi. Chitoge’s father frees her from the locked room and says that Chitoge will stay in Japan until she finishes high school. Chitoge’s father says he has to thank Raku because he went to great lengths to aid his daughter.

Later, Chitoge talks to Raku and asks why he did all of that for her. After some contemplation, Raku tells Chitoge that it’s because he sees her as one of his best friends. Unfortunately, hearing this doesn’t make Chitoge happy, and Raku is confused about why she’s angry. But right at the end of the chapter, Chitoge’s father calls her and mentions that he heard about her wanting to move in with the Shuei-Gumi. He says he talked with Raku’s father and asks if she’d still like to move in with them.

I should have figured that the move was never going to happen. When I first saw read that Chitoge’s father had changed his mind, I found myself thinking that we would ultimately be returning to the status quo. But when Chitoge’s father asks her if she wants to move in with the Shuei-Gumi, that has given the series an opportunity to go in a new and slightly different direction. If Chitoge does move in, she and Yui would both be under the same roof as Raku. This potential change could open the doors for a change in the dynamic between Chitoge and Yui. But hopefully something is done to inject some new life into Nisekoi: False Love or at least help the series get out of the rut that it’s been in for a while.

My Hero Academia CH:034

After the match is over, people in the crowd start talking about how great Shinso is, how his Quirk would be great against villains, and wondering why he’s only in General Studies. In the end, Shinso tells Midoriya to promise him that he won’t lose in a sorry way out there.

Later, Midoriya talks to All Might about the vision he had while he was in the ring. All Might admits he’d seen these same figures when he was young, and that it’s a sign Midoriya is getting used to One For All. He explains that what he saw are the traces of the Quirk’s past bearers. But they can’t directly interfere or influence the current bearer, and he cannot affect them.

Now it’s a battle between Hanta Sero and Shoto Todoroki. Shoto ends up going overboard and immobilizes Sero, because he was annoyed at his father lecturing him right before he headed out to the ring.

Overall, there wasn’t much action in this chapter. The most action was in the final few panels, but the fighting was over so quickly that it seems like it hardly counts. Instead, this chapter focused more on Midoriya learning what was behind the vision he had, and reinforcing the idea that Shoto’s father only expects his son to get strong enough to defeat All Might. I suspect that the next chapter of My Hero Academia will focus on getting through more of the first round of the final event, and possibly speeding through them in order to move on to the second round. I suspect that the story is ultimately heading toward Midoriya and Shoto facing off against each other in the final round.

Toriko CH:316

We see that the Monkey King’s Pair dropped, even though they didn’t finish the dance. They’re confused at first, but they see that the Monkey King is smiling. Apparently, they satisfied him by accident. Then they discover that while both parts of Pair fell, one of them is missing. Komatsu shows up while in another plane, saying that both have to be caught at the same time. Toriko and Komatsu catch them. Komatsu says they must now combine Pair, and they combine them carefully so it appears in Toriko’s plane. They combine, and there’s crazy energy going on that causes Food Treasure Pair to be created. Komatsu says he needs to go, but asks Toriko to give him his hand. Yun appears with Komatsu, and they realize that he’s out of time and that they have to hurry and get him to swallow Pair. Kaka appears, demanding Komatusu and the Pair. Right at the end of the chapter, the Monkey King comes over to Kaka.

Wow, this chapter was rather weird. But I am glad to see that it appears that this story arc seems to be getting closer to its conclusion. But I really hope they can save Komatsu in time, because he’s one of my favorite characters in Toriko. I’d hate to see him die and be written out. I hope that the Monkey King is able to do something about Kaka so Toriko and the others can go about their business of trying to save Komatsu.

World Trigger CH:095

We get to see the commentary on the third round of the B-Rank Wars for a short bit, and then the reader gets to see the actual action that’s taking place in the stage. During the round, we see Akane from one of the other teams having a flashback about telling her teammates that her parents have decided to move away and take her with them. Back in the round, we see that cannon fire from Chika’s cannon takes out a nearby bridge. With this development, one of the squads tries to come up with a strategy that incorporates the fact that the bridge has been destroyed.

Even though the third round just started in the previous chapter, it felt like that not a whole lot of progression happened for this round over the course of this chapter. Overall, it felt like more time was spent on the commentary and on Akane’s flashback than on the actual round itself. Sure, the bridge was blown up, but not much else really happened here. Hopefully, the next chapter will do a bit more to progress this round of the B-Rank Wars.

It should be noted that World Trigger will be off next week.

Ultra Battle Satellite CH:003

We now see the fight between Jin and Sakura. Just as it looks like Jin will land a hit on her, she kicks her foot up and blocks him. Then, Sakura launches her attack and uses a flying double kick. Jin tries taking her legs out with low kicks, but she’s able to jump out of the way. She then lands a kick on Jin’s face. Jin declares that he’s going to show Sakura his “real karate that’s banned in matches.” But before he can do anything, she shows that she can move even faster and she lands another kick on him. Jin throws sand into Sakura’s eyes. Jin lands a blow on Sakura right at the end of the chapter.

Well, you definitely can’t complain when it comes to the action in this chapter. The chapter focuses exclusively on the fight, with the various moves and surprises one would expect from a shonen fighting manga.

Chapter Three was probably one of the best chapters I read of Ultra Battle Satellite, but it ultimately didn’t do much to improve my opinion of the series. Of the various “Jump Start” titles that were part of this recent initiative, this one is still my least favorite.

Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment CH:014

The chapter opens with a flashback of Pine’s and learn how this is the first time she’s stayed in a classroom for two months. We then see in the present that that Pine has received a transfer notice.

At school, Abaku is shown a note with newspaper lettering that declares that the opening of Tenbin’s sixth grade pool opening will be hijacked. He learns that after the discovery of the note, the Phys Ed committee checked out the pool and didn’t see anything unusual. They are approached by Junko Inagawa, a ghost story enthusiast who declares that the evil spirit 5-Meters Deep (which was mentioned in the note) exists. This student also mentions that goldfish have been disappearing from the courtyard pond and that an aquarium in a science room also vanished.

It’s eventually time for the 6th grade to have their swim class. When Sarutobi jumps into the pool, countless fish start jumping out of the pool, their lives ended by the freshly chlorinated pool. Abaku looks into what happened with the fish, and he determines it’s a criminal case. He tells Pine that they can’t start anything without an indictment from her. Pine’s father suddenly appears at the school pool, and he says that he himself will prosecute this final case.

I’m a little disappointed at the depiction of the sixth grade girls during the swim lesson. Many of these girls, who are about 11-12 years old, are drawn with chests that look like they belong on an older teenager or young woman. The girls with these larger chests are in bikinis that accentuate the large breasts. It’s disappointed that the decision was made to try to sexualize girls this young. If they were high school girls, it wouldn’t have rubbed me the wrong way, because I’m more used to that in anime and manga.

But the actual story itself was interesting. Pine’s father is a prosecutor who decides that he needs to take on Abaku himself, and he’s also made it so Pine will be transferring schools shortly after. It almost makes me wonder if he was somehow involved in the actual case with the goldfish and the swimming pool. It’s going to be interesting to see how Abaku going head-to-head with an adult prosecutor, as well as seeing how this case is solved and the explanation for how this case happened.

Food Wars! CH:110

We discover that Soma has been sent to help out in Chef Kojiro Shinomiya’s kitchen as his next assignment for Stagiaire Week. Soma is told to help out with the construction and interior decoration for the restaurant. We learn that even though Shinomiya may have gained a big name as a chef, his various sponsors are against opening up a restaurant in Japan.

Soma is introduced to the head chef’s aide from the Paris restaurant, and he’s basically Shinomiya’s right hand man. But we see that the head chef’s aide is unhappy about Soma being to friendly with Shinomiya. Soma tries asking Shinomiya about why he’s trying to open up a new restaurant in Japan. After Soma mentions that he’s happy to be working with Shinomiya in order to expand his abilities, Shinomiya says he’s opening a restaurant in Japan because it’s what he needs to do to get better.

This chapter is basically introducing the reader to some new characters that Soma will be working with during this assignment, as well as setting the stage for what will propel this particular story. There was definitely more dialogue and explanations here, but it was needed in order for the reader to understand what’s going on. Hopefully the next chapter will start seeing some more action take place in order for this particular story to progress.

Boys Over Flowers Season 2 CH:003

Oto gives Haruto a piece of her mind after hitting him with the meat. She then tells him that he is the worst and to never invite her to anything again. Haruto stews and thinks that this wasn’t the way he thought it would be.

Later, Kaito goes to see Haruto after hearing about what happened and to share what he has found out about Oto. It turns out that her family used to have money, but their cosmetic company has had bas business for a couple of years and now they’re in big debt, even after selling to a big company. Kaito says she’s no threat to him, that he should just kick Oto out and that no one will believe her if she blabs. Haruto can’t understand why his idol, Domyoji, would have chosen such a common woman. He then declares that making Oto quit the academy isn’t enough for hitting his face with a piece of meat, and he’s going to make her suffer for that.

At work, Oto is approached by a co-worker named Maeno. He appears to like Oto, but she doesn’t like him because he badmouths the customers and comes into the back when she’s restocking. We then see that Haruto is watching her in the convenience store in a nearby car with binoculars; Kaito is with him. Oto’s shift has ended, and they see Maeno following her. Maeno corners her in a dark park and asks to walk home. She’s confused, because he lives in the opposite direction. As Maeno grabs Oto, he is kicked from behind. Oto is surprised to discover that it’s Haruto who saved her.

Haruto seems to be feeling conflicted. On the hand, he keeps insisting that he will never have feelings for a commoner. He follows her around, claiming that he needs to keep an eye on her and make sure she doesn’t blab about him. However, as we see at the end of the chapter, he’s concerned about her when he sees Maeno following Oto and rescues her when she’s in trouble. It appears the story is being set up where Haruto will insist that he doesn’t have feelings for Oto, yet will keep doing things that seem to indicate that he does. The main question will be if Oto somehow develops feelings for Haruto, especially if he keeps managing to rescue her from situations like this one.

Claymore CH:002

When the village chief tries to pay Clare for her services, she says she doesn’t want the money. Instead, she swings her sword and chops off the top of his head. It turns out the chief was also a yoma. When she’s done, Clare says she’s leaving and that someone will come to collect the money. Rubel, the person from Claymore who collects the money for jobs, tells Clare about another job request they have received.

When Clare arrives in the city being attacked by a yoma, she seems to encounter the yoma immediately. It turns out that there are four other yoma hiding nearby. Clare finds herself in a battle with these yoma. After a bit of fight, she can take down all but once, which flees from the fight. Clare powers up and throws her sword at the yoma that’s trying to fly away.

Unlike the first chapter, Chapter Two spends much more time focusing on Clare’s fights with the yoma than on development. There are a couple of hints dropped in the volume in regards to some potential background for Clare, but nothing is explored in length. This was definitely an action-oriented chapter, but it does help establish Clare and her capabilities as a Claymore.

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (March 9, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for One Piece, World Trigger, My Hero Academia, Blue Exorcist, Food Wars!, Ultra Battle Satellite, Toriko, Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment, Cyborg Roggy, Bleach, Nisekoi: False Love, and Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign. This issue also includes the first chapter of Claymore, which is the next title for Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “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.

One Piece CH:779

At the beginning of this chapter, the Smile Factory suddenly explodes. Princess Mansherry is brought to Kyros, and she offers to heal him; however, he tells her not to use her powers on him because they must have a limit. We then see Sabo trying to free some of the straggling prisoners of the coliseum, and he’s making a call to let others know that Luffy may be in trouble. We then finally return to the fight between Luffy and Bellamy that started several chapters ago. At the end of it, Luffy gets a punch in that takes Bellamy down.

So it appears this chapter finally whittles the fighting down to just two more major enemy powers, with Doflamingo obviously being one of them. And with Luffy now defeating Bellamy, it looks like Doflamingo will be his next target. But whether or not the next chapter will move onto Luffy and Doflamingo, or whether it will focus on the other major enemy power that’s left, is unknown at this point. Personally, I think the other major enemy power will be focused on next in order to leave Luffy vs. Doflamingo as the last major battle.

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

World Trigger CH:095

This chapter opens with a flashback to eight months earlier, when Ko surpassed Arafune as an attacker and what Ko went through. He feels like he just steals everyone’s hard work with his Side Effect. Ko thinks he caused Arafune to quit as an attacker, but Arafune claims he had planned to quit when he hit 8,000 points.

We then return to present time, where Osamu, Yuma, and Chika talk about the stages that Nasu Squad are most likely to choose, and they also talk about their own team’s strategy. Then we see Nasu Squad talking about which stage they chose and their squad’s strategy.

And now it’s beginning of Round Three of the B-Rank Wars, and the commentators share their thoughts on Nasu Squad’s stage choice. The participants are sent into the riverbank stage, with a rainstorm for the weather conditions. The third round is just starting to get underway when the chapter ends.

So this chapter is basically setting the stage for the third round of the B-Rank Wars. However, we do get some brief backstory information on Ko, so that was helpful to understand why he acted the way he did in the previous chapter. Nasu Squad has definitely set up an interesting stage for this round of the B-Rank Wars, so it could be interesting to see how Osamu, Yuma, and Chika deal with this.

My Hero Academia CH:033

In this chapter, Shinso tells Midoriya that it must be nice to have everything handed to him, and then tells him to turn around and walk out of the ring. It turns out Shinso’s Quirk is brainwashing. We learn that Midoriya had been warned about Shinso’s quirk, and we see a flashback of what he was told. As Midoriya walks, he sees people and suddenly starts regaining his own consciousness. Midoriya turns around and faces Shinso again, and Midoriya can only think what he wants to say in return to Shinso in his mind because speaking to Shinso will activate the brainwashing again. The two end up getting into a physical fight, and Midoriya manages to win the round right at the end of the chapter.

So it looked like Shinso had found a way to make the round end easily with his Brainwashing Quirk. But somehow, Midoriya received some mysterious help. Midroriya does think a little about what this mysterious help could have been. Hopefully Midoriya and the reader can get some concrete answers for what happened to Midoriya in this chapter. And now that Midoriya managed has managed to make it past the first round, I wonder who Midoriya will have to face off against in his next round and what will happen to him.

Blue Exorcist CH:065

We see that the characters are back in school now, and Miwa thinks that he sees Renzo. Then we see a flashback to about a year ago, when Renzo was given a business card from The Illuminati. Director Shima was asked to have Renzo, his son, become a spy. The director is against it, but Renzo says he wants to do it. Rin comes to school, wearing a wif and and trying to pass himself off as Renzo because he feels responsible for Renzo leaving. But then the real Renzo shows up. Everyone is happy to see him, but they demand that he explain himself. He doesn’t give a real answer, so some of the others begin attacking Renzo. Right at the end of the chapter, Mephisto appears and tells them to stop punishing Renzo.

This chapter sees most of the characters trying to return to their “nomral” life after dealing with Gedoin and rescuing Izumo. But the main focus of this chapter is on Renzo. The flashback we see explains how he became a double agent. Unfortunately, since it doesn’t seem Renzo can tell his friends about it, he has to act in a way that makes his friends angry with him. I suspect that Mephisto will probably end up being the one to explain the truth to Renzo’s friends. I wonder how they’ll react to Renzo after finding out the truth of what he was doing and why he was doing it.

Food Wars! CH:109

Soma and Hisako are told they passed, and that the paperwork for their next assigned Stagiaire location should arrive tomorrow. As Soma talks with Hisako, he learns that she doesn’t have a lot of confidence and thinks she needs to follow in Erina’s footsteps. Soma advises her that instead of trying to follow in Erina’s footsteps, she needs to make herself into someone who can stand beside her. After saying this, Soma realizes that he needs to follow his own advice, since all he’s done up to now is try to follow in his father’s footsteps.

We then see Erina giving Megumi a ride home in her fmaily’s fancy car. Through their conversation, we learn that they both passed as well. As they talk, Megumi gives Soma a lot of credit for how far she’s come, and Erina doesn’t like hearing this.

A chef on his way to receiving his third star is in the process of opening up his first restaurant overseas is not happy to hear that Chef Dojima wants to saddle him with “useless students.” But right at the end of the chapter, Soma suddenly appears at his door.

So the first Stagiaire Week assignment is completed, and both teams that we followed passed. There was also some great character development in this chapter, especially for Hisako. And it was good to see that Soma has a better understanding of the fact that he’s just as guilty as Hisako is when it comes to trying to follow someone else’s footsteps. But I admit I’m a little confused about the Stagiaire thing, because at the beginning of the arc, it was established as being “Stagiaire Week.” I had assumed they would stay in one location for the week, and it appeared this first assignment lasted 4-5 days. So if this is a new assignment for the week, they only get 2-3 days for this one. Hopefully this will be clarified a little more in the next chapter.

Ultra Battle Satellite CH:002

Jin discovers that his bounty went up after winning his battle against Hosuto and that he’ll get $7,000 for winning the match. The next day at school, Jin demands to talk to Sakura. He learns that she was watching the match, but then asks her who she is and what U.B.S. is. She doesn’t answer his questions, but asks him to meet her at the shrine by the station after school.

Porky accompanies Jin to the meeting location, and Jin tells her it’s time to answer his questions. She reveals she has a U.B.S. phone, and Jin asks Sakura if she’s also a fighter. After Sakura activates her phone, she begins attacking Jin. By activating her phone, the match will stream worldwide for the people who pay to view it. Subscribers bet a fortune on the matches. The chapter ends with Jin accepting Sakura’s challenge.

Surprise, surprise! It turns out Sakura isn’t just a fan of U.B.S., she’s also a participant. I had my suspicions about her interest in Jin and getting him hooked up with U.B.S., and this chapter proved that my suspicions of her weren’t off-base. While Chapter Two was a little better than Chapter One, I’m still not sold on Ultra Battle Satellite yet. Maybe Chapter Three will be better than Chapter Two.

Toriko CH:315

The Four Kings start unleashing several powerful attacks on the Monkey King, but nothing seems to faze him. In fact, it appears almost as if he can move at the speed of light. After some fighting, all four of them manage to grab the Monkey King’s balls, but they won’t come off. Unfortunately, Toriko acts recklessly, and they’re no longer in sync; this allows the Monkey King to start getting the upper hand. The four of them fall, and they are surrounded by a colony of wild Sundorikos and their deadly pollen. The Monkey King grabs them and is just about to eat them, and Toriko decides he’ll eat the Monkey King back. Right at the end of the chapter, Toriko swears he can see Komatsu, and something happens to the Monkey King’s balls…

Well, then. That was an… um… interesting chapter. But I have to say I’m getting really tired of this whole storyline with the Monkey King and his balls. I hope that the ending of this chapter is trying to tell the reader that this particular storyline is almost over. Please, let this almost be over. It’s starting to feel like it’s being stretched out for longer than it needs to be.

Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment CH:013

The chapter opens with Abaku recapping the evidence that Sarutobi has presented for the case. Abaku asks Sarutobi why there were only sketches for the first two similar works and not the third one that was exactly identical. Abaku has a theory that Ms. Van Gogh was not the one who painted the identical third paintings. Instead, the two boys painted their own paintings intentionally in order to bring about a lawsuit since rumors of plagiarism already existed at the school. Abaku also wonders what Ms. Van Gogh’s weakness was that caused her to paint for the two boys to begin with. He then asks Ms. Van Gogh if she is ghost painting for her mentor, Suenari Yamo. They ultimately wanted this school judgment in order to save Ms. Van Gogh from Yamo. The boys say that Abaku’s theories are right. By the end of the chapter, Sarutobi and Abaku seem to bring about an end to their rivalry.

When some of the information about Ms. Van Gogh was revealed in the previous chapter, I somehow felt that she was painting for her mentor in some way, but I didn’t know whether she was being forced to or what. I hadn’t anticipated that Da Vinci and Picasso had been forcing her to ghost paint for them, or that they were doing this in order to help Ms. Van Gogh. While they had good intentions for what they did, I’m glad to see the students were made to do some weeding for calling for a school judgment under false pretenses. And I was glad to see Abaku and Sarutobi start to get along now. While Sarutobi will probably still have the basic personality he has now, I’m thinking he’ll be working with Abaku now instead of against him.

Cyborg Roggy CH:003

Roggy and Dog are approached by an investor of the Baubul Company. The original of an augmentation unit has appeared, and he wants Roggy to destroy it. Roggy goes to Baubul and discovers that it’s a toy company. Roggy claims to be a co-worker of the guy who approached him about the job, and he meets with two people from the business division. As Roggy is being led on a tour, he finds an employee, grabs him, and takes his uniform without his guide noticing. By getting access to a storage area, Roggy is able to investigate. Unfortunately, he is found, and he gets attacked wherever he goes as he flees. But Roggy is able to get past everyone. Just as he thinks he may have found what he’s looking for, the chapter comes to an end.

This was probably the most interesting chapter Cyborg Roggy that I’ve read. Unfortunately, it ends on a cliffhanger, and we have no guarantee of being able to read more of this series since it’s currently part of the “Jump Start” initiative. While Cyborg Roggy wasn’t my favorite series from this set of “Jump Start” titles, I can say it easily comes in second place. If it was ever decided to continue Cyborg Roggy in Weekly Shonen Jump, I wouldn’t be too adverse to the idea.

Bleach CH:618

This chapter sees Shunsui communicating with Aizen, in the hope that Aizen will want to help the Soul Society during this time of crisis.

We then move on to Yhwach facing off against Ukitake, who has now taken Reio’s place. Ichigo tries to get in Yhwach’s way. Yoruichi does what she can to protect Reio and Reio’s arm. The chapter ends just as Ichigo and Yhwach are about to get into what should be a major fight.

This chapter was ended up being a very quick read. While the scenes do include some dialogue to help make some minor progression to the story, most of the panels focus on action. I just hope Kubo isn’t back to try to stretch this story out simply to keep it going longer.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:161

Tsugumi asks Raku for help to save Chitoge, and he agrees. Tsugumi gives Raku instructions on how to sneak in while everyone’s packing for the move. With Tsugumi’s instructions, he’s able to get a key to the room Chitoge is locked in, but he has to avoid traps in order to get to her. Tsugumi tries to distract Claude, but he catches on. Tsugumi tries to attack, but Claude thwarts her attempt. Raku makes it to the room, and Chitoge lectures him for being stupid because he could get himself killed by coming here. When Raku tries to unlock the door, the key doesn’t work. It turns out Claude has the real key. Raku tries to reason with Claude, but the chapter ends with Claude threatening Raku.

Just as it looked like Raku would be able to save the day, it turned out that he was unable to. At this point, I’m still trying to figure out whether or not the series may be wrapping up, or if Komi is simply creating a long story arc that makes it look like the series could be ending. But I have to admit that these recent chapters of Nisekoi: False Love have been some of the best that I’ve read in quite a while.

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign CH:031

Yu and the others are at Nagoya City Hall, and they’re just starting to launch their attack on Crowley, Chess, and Horn. Guren and the others realize that even though there are 15 of them, they’re outnumbered by how strong the three vampires are. They have to decide whether to kill the hostages so they can’t be interrogated, or if they should split up their group to go after the vampires and free the hostages. Shinoa reminds everyone that their mission is to just be decoys so the vampires don’t notice their forces gathering in Shinjuku.

Meanwhile, the three vampires come up with their own plan to capture two of the commanders to take to Lord Ferid.

Guren orders that only his squad will go after Crowley Eusford, and that Narumi and Shinoa squads will use that chance to rescue the hostages. They are told they have five minutes to free as many of the hostages as they can, and that they must retreat right at the five minute mark. Goshi is ordered to create an illusion to make it look like there’s 200 of them. The squads move out to start into their respective assignments. Guren encounters Crowley, and the two of them begin to fight… but Crowley is able to take him down very easily. When Shinoa Squad sees that Guren is in trouble, they decide to abandon their mission and rescue him instead. We see Mika trying to get to Yu right at the end of the chapter.

This chapter sees Guren coming face-to-face with an enemy that’s actually leagues ahead of him when it comes to strength. Things are looking pretty bad for him at the moment, but I don’t think Shinoa’s squad is going to be able to help as much as they think they can. I’m predicting that while Shinoa’s squad might be able to slow the enemy down, they won’t be able to prevent Crowley and his minions from capturing Guren. I could be wrong, but I just don’t quite see a successful rescue operation here.

Claymore CH:001

Claymore is the next title being featured for Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “Jump Back” initaitve.

In Claymore, humans coexist with creatures called Yoma; the Yoma are sentient monsters that feed on human innards. A nameless and secretive organization was created out of half-human, half-Yoma warriors to protect the humans from the Yoma; however, this organization charges large fees for their services. The humans have called these warriors either “Claymores” due to the large, unsheathed swords they carry or “Silver Eye Witches” due to their appearance and cold demeanor toward others. The Claymores are created by the organization by implanting Yoma flesh and blood into humans.

At the beginning of the series, a small town is terrorized by a Yoma and a Claymore named Clare is assigned to take care of the Yoma in that village. Clare is a distant and quiet Claymore, and she occasionally has an impulsive side. While she is at the village, Clare meets a naïve and kind-hearted young man named Raki; his parents were murdered by a Yoma, and he lived with his brother and his uncle in the village. It turns out the Yoma who attacked Raki’s parents disguised himself as Raki’s brother, and was the Yoma attacking the village. This Yoma is killed by Clare, and soon after the Yoma’s defeat, Clare leaves the village.

My first exposure to Claymore came through watching the anime series first, and this first chapter was basically left intact in the anime adaptation. This chapter does a great job establishing the world this series inhabits, as well as what the Claymore are and how they came to be. While the interactions between Clare and Raki are relatively brief in this first chapter, the reader can already see that the two of them will end up forging some kind of relationship.

The art in this first chapter looks rather rough, though. I read a much later volume of Claymore a few months back, and the art definitely has improved over time and doesn’t look nearly as rough as this chapter does.

VIZ Media Announces Top Ten Selling Digital Manga for the Week of November 4, 2014

VIZ Media has announced the company’s top ten selling digital manga for the week of November 4, 2014.

1. Bleach Volume 62
2. Blue Exorcist Volume 12
3. Naruto Volume 1
4. Naruto Volume 2
5. Claymore Volume 25
6. Dengeki Daisy Volume 15
7. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1 Volume 2
8. Kiss of the Rose Princess Volume 1
9. Food Wars! Volume 3
10. Naruto Volume 3