Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (October 20, 2014)

This issue includes chapters for One Piece, World Trigger, Nisekoi: False Love, Naruto, One-Punch Man, Toriko, Bleach, and eIDLIVE. In addition, this issue also includes the third chapter for Death Note as part of Weekly Shonen Jump‘s new “Jump Back” initiative. There’s also a brief Q&A with Takeshi Obata.

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.

Of course, you can always check out Weekly Shonen Jump for yourself by subscribing to the digital publication at VIZManga.com.

One Piece CH:764

This chapter continues the flashback about Law and his time with the Don Quixote family. It specifically focuses on Law talking with Corazon and learning the truth about Corazon and his brother, Doflamingo. During the discussion, Corazon tells Law that he needs to get away from Doflamingo and the others. When Law threatens to tell Doflamingo the truth, Corazon attacks. Later, Corazon discovers that Law hasn’t said a word. Corazon takes it upon himself to get Law away and to try to find a cure for Law’s disease. Unfortunately, when Corazon takes Law to be treated, the hospital won’t do anything because they’re afraid of contracting the disease. Corazon keeps taking him to various hospitals, but they always get the same response.

I have to say that I felt so bad seeing the treatment that poor Law was getting over and over from the various medical professionals about his disease. While I know there’s no known cure for it, he was being treated as if he was less than human and that no one wanted to risk being around him. In a lot of ways, it makes me think of the fear and uncertainty we’ve been seeing in the news lately regarding Ebola. I know it’s purely coincidental, but it sure makes this chapter feel timely! But I also liked seeing how Corazon is coming to care for Law over the course of this chapter. Unfortunately, I suspect this is going to somehow come to a tragic end.

World Trigger CH:079

We see Yuma get a hit in on Viza, and then Yuma heads off to where Hyrein and Mira are. Miwa is up against these two as Osamu realizes what he has to do. Mira tries to stop Osamu, but he turns off his Trigger and runs. Miwa attacks Mira, and she’s injured. Also, because she used too many windows, she’s now out of Trion. Just then, Yuma arrives, and he and Miwa ask each other where the enemy is. And right at the end of the chapter, there’s only seven seconds left until the future crossroads.

This was probably one of the better chapters of World Trigger that I’ve read since I started reading the series earlier this year. There’s a lot of action taking place, and the story is finally starting to move a little more noticeably. I suspect that the story will somehow slow back down again, but with the declaration that there’s only seven seconds left until a major event, I can’t see how the manga author can stretch those last seven seconds out for months. Of course, there’s always a chance that the manga author will find a way to do that, though.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:143

This chapter sees Onodera approaching Raku and asking him to help out with a job at a hot springs resort that’s owned by one of her relatives. As they work together, they both get so nervous because of their unspoken mutual attraction for each other. But as they try to clean up some futons, they find themselves in an awkward and compromising position. This causes even more awkwardness between them as they work. But when the chef throws out his back, Onodera recommends that Raku fill in for him. This forces Raku and Onodera to work together, and this improves the situation between the two of them. The chapter ends with an unexpected surprise awaiting both Raku and Onodera.

I just read the fifth volume of the Nisekoi: False Love manga the day before reading this chapter, and as soon as I saw the setup for this story, I wanted to facepalm. Onodera asking Raku to help out somewhere already happened back in the fifth volume of the manga, so that made this whole story idea feel recycled. While this was at a hot spring resort instead of at the sweet shop, the idea that Onodera and Raku have to work together and are nervous about it the whole time thing has already been done. It’s bad enough that Komi has been recycling ideas from other manga such as Ranma 1/2 and Love Hina, but now he’s starting to recycle his own ideas from Nisekoi: False Love. Resorting to recycling makes it feel as if Komi is struggling to come up with ideas simply to stretch the series out and make it last longer.

Naruto CH:696

In this chapter, Naruto and Sasuke take a reprieve from their battle and start talking about Sasuke’s philosophy. But after this short reprieve, their battle continues again. Sasuke then works on merging all the disseminated chakra into one, and Naruto tries to counter by using one of his jutsu and the battle continues. Naruto declares at the end of the chapter that he wants to fight and win against Sasuke fair and square… but not against the current Sasuke.

This chapter sees the fight between Naruto and Sasuke stopping and starting quite a bit. But both sides keep upping the ante, so this fight shouldn’t be lasting for too much longer. Of course, with only three chapters left, it can’t go on much longer. I really hope this fight can be resolved in two more chapters, and that the final chapter will show the aftermath. It’s still hard to believe there’s only three chapters left for Naruto, and I’m hoping this series will receive a satisfying enough conclusion.

After the chapter is over, there’s a four-page spread about the new Naruto Shippuden deck building card game that’s come out. These pages explain how the game works.

One-Punch Man CH:037.6

This chapter sees Genos going up against the smaller being that emerged from the melted G4 in the previous chapter. However, this being insists that it’s only interested in going after King. Genos manages to dump the contents of a foam fire extinguisher on it, and then dislodges a water outlet in order to create steam. Right at the end of the chapter, Genos is about to head-butt the being…

This ending up being a rather quick read, and this chapter only focused on the battle between Genos and the being. With the way the previous chapter had ended with the giant bird crashing through King’s window, I’d been looking forward to seeing how that part of the story would progress. Oh well. Perhaps we’ll see more with King when the next chapter is published in Weekly Shonen Jump.

Toriko CH:297

Toriko and the others find themselves surrounded by Gore-illas. Zebra fights against the creatures, and Toriko and the others have no choice but to join in. Toriko finds himself up against a Crazy Salsa-Simian, which is a monkey that can fight by using martial arts. The other members of the party find themselves up against other types of apes and monkeys. The group finds that this swarm of primates won’t be easily defeated. But the primates suddenly stop when one of the Eight Kings arrives on the scene. Suddenly, the Choo Choo Chomper, along with Toriko and his group, fall down a giant hole to someplace deep underground that has ruins. They are approached by a creature just as the chapter ends…

This chapter spent a lot of time explaining about the various kinds of monkeys, as well as the hierarchy of their society. But just as that finished, our main characters fall someplace underground. It just made me wonder why so much time was spent on explaining about the monkeys if we’re separated from them by the end of the chapter. I’m not sure what kind of creature has approached them at the ruins, but I suspect he’ll be providing a lot of exposition in the next chapter.

Bleach CH:601

This chapter sees Squad Zero starting into their fight against the royal guards. Etsu Nimana, one of the members of Squad Zero surprises the royal guards with his sword and how he uses it. Etsu is able to take down one of the royal guards, and begins attacking another one. He seems to knock this other one down, but something happens at the end of the chapter that surprises Etsu…

So here’s a chapter that focuses on one character fighting with a couple of others. The first guy seemed to be taken down rather easily, but the second one pulls off the type of surprise I’ve come to expect from Bleach when it comes to thinking someone’s taken down an enemy when they really haven’t. In the end, though, the story really doesn’t progress much by the end of the chapter.

eIDLIVE CH:003

This chapter sees Chief Brick being briefed about the escape that happened in the previous chapter. But the important aspect of this meeting is the fact that a situation is headed toward our solar system. Chuta is examined by Professor Isaku, and learns that the powerful life-based technique that eIDLIVE uses to fight with is body odor. Back on Earth, Dory begins using his power to help Chuta out, whether it’s to cover up for him missing a kick in soccer or helping to take down shoplifters. But in the process, Chuta’s Aunt Mimi is hurt, which causes Chuta to be racked with guilt. While he’s at the hospital, Misuzu approaches Chuta and tells him that using Doru’s power in his everyday life on Earth is against the rules. While eIDLIVE has taken care of it this time, the next time Chuta will be punished for it. Chuta begins thinking that he should quit eIDLIVE. After Chuta has a conversation with his aunt, Chuta realizes he has to try harder for his aunt’s sake.

After it’s discovered that the shoplifter was an alien, eIDLIVE doesn’t plan to go after it since the severity of the crime isn’t a high enough level. But Misuzu decides to bend the rules so Chuta can use this as a way to level himself up. When Chuta gets more information about the alien, it’s discovered the perpetrator is a violent criminal wanted for multiple murders. When Chuta delivers the information to Chief Brick, he’s told an investigation will be opened, and Chuta makes a case for getting involved with the investigation. Chuta and Misuzu are sent to Earth to track down the alien. In the end, it takes both Chuta and Misuzu to capture the alien.

Unfortunately, my impression of this series didn’t improve at all over the course of this chapter. In fact, I found myself feeling rather bored as I read it. It also didn’t help that this chapter was so darn long! Of the four “Jump Start” series I’ve read, I’d have to say that eIDLIVE and Sporting Salt tie for my least favorite. It’s a series that I’m not in a rush to ever read again.

Death Note CH:003

In this chapter, we see that Light is trying to take a break from media exposure, since all that’s being talked about is L and “Kira,” the name that Light has been given by the public for what he’s been doing. We also see the special investigative bureau sharing what evidence they’ve gathered in their investigation into “Kira.” We also learn that Light’s father is part of the investigation into “Kira.”

What an interesting twist that Light’s father is part of the investigation into “Kira.” And it was also interesting to see that Light is trying to find ways to toy around with L and the police investigating the case. With each chapter I read of Death Note, I find myself becoming more and more interested in the story.

But I’m a little confused. According to what I saw at the end, it’s saying there will be another chapter of Death Note in Weekly Shonen Jump next week. Is this accurate? I thought the idea was to only provide three chapters for the “Jump Back” initative, just like the “Jump Start” initiative.

Q&A With Takeshi Obata

There’s also a one-page Q&A with Takeshi Obata. This allowed Weekly Shonen Jump to ask some of the questions sent in by fans that they weren’t able to get to during the New York Comic Con panel with Takeshi Obata. I wish this had been a two-page Q&A, because this just felt a little too short.

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Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (October 13, 2014)

This issue includes chapters for Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Toriko, World Trigger, Nisekoi: False Love, One-Punch Man, and eIDLIVE. In addition, this issue also includes the second chapter for Death Note as part of Weekly Shonen Jump‘s new “Jump Back” initiative. There’s also an excerpt from a 10-page interview with Masashi Kishimoto and Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro.

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.

Of course, you can always check out Weekly Shonen Jump for yourself by subscribing to the digital publication at VIZManga.com.

Naruto CH:695

This chapter sees Sasuke and Naruto’s fight getting underway. During the fight, both of them go up to their next state to kick the fight up a notch. This is then followed by the two of them remembering how lonely they were when they were younger, and then memories of their previous battle at the Valley of the End. Naruto accuses Sasuke of trying to be alone again, and Naruto’s determined to not let that happen. Not much progress is made in the fight by the end of the chapter.

Basically, this chapter is meant to set the stage for what will hopefully end up being an epic fight between Naruto and Sasuke. In this chapter, more time was spent on reminding the reader about these characters’ pasts than on anything else. And with this, there’s only four more chapters remaining for Naruto. I’m hoping this fight between Naruto and Sasuke isn’t made to last for all four of the remaining chapters, because I’d like to see some kind of closure as to what will happen in the aftermath of their fight.

Bleach CH:600

Right at the beginning of this chapter, Senjumaru appears to be killed rather easily by the royal guards. But this turns out to be an illusion, because Yhwach and the others were lured to a false Reiokyu. A cage is built from a tree of life to trap the royal guards. And right at the end of the chapter, Squad Zero is ready to fight.

I have to admit that I hadn’t seen the twist of the fake Reiokyu coming. But for some reason, I have a feeling that this cage isn’t going to hold the royal guards as well as the chapter is trying to lead us to believe. And now the stage is set for a showdown with Squad Zero, but I can’t see the squad winning the fight so easily.

One Piece CH:763

There’s a strong focus on a flashback about the Celestial Dragons. We then return to the flashback of Law being brought when he ran away after stabbing Corazon. But instead of being punished, Law is offered membership into the Don Quixote family. When Law says he only has three years to live, he’s told they can probably find a devil fruit within that time that could save his life. And right at the end of the chapter, when Law reveals his true name to some of the others, Corazon pulls him aside and says that he needs to stay away from Dofy.

This is another chapter that focused very heavily on providing backstory for Law’s character. Since this was exclusively a flashback chapter, nothing happens to progress the overarching story. I don’t mind too much, though, since I’m getting some much needed backstory for Law. I knew nothing about him when I jumped into the middle of this arc in Weekly Shonen Jump several months ago.

Toriko CH:296

In this chapter, the Choo-Choo Chomper is attacked by large, round, spiky creatures as Toriko and the others are heading to Area 7. They determine that the “creatures” are actually pollen, and they discover when they reach Area 7 that everything on the continent is gigantic. After arriving at Area 7, a large monkey boards the Choo-Choo Chomper and tries to attack. However, the monkey is overcome by Zebra. But this could spell trouble for Toriko and the others…

This chapter introduces the reader to Area 7, which is just huge. As you’d expect from this series, arriving at Area 7 wouldn’t be a walk in the park. The stage is definitely being set for a confrontation between Toriko’s group and the inhabitants of Area 7. But with this confrontation, there’s going to be the issue of making sure that nothing happens to Komatsu in the process, since the whole point of them coming to Area 7 was to try to get him healed from his injury.

Interview with Kishimoto and Shimbakuro

This is a two-page excerpt of a 10-page interview with Masashi Kishimoto and Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro that’s included in Toriko Volume 24. It’s basically the two of them talking about various things they’ve gone through as manga artists. It’s OK for an excerpt, but hopefully the full 10-page interview is better.

World Trigger CH:078

At the beginning of this chapter, Mira captures Replica. Unfortunately, this means that Osamu won’t be able to get inside the base, so he needs to find a different way to achieve his goal. But then we see that the Rabit is cubified and that Replica is with Osamu. While most of Replica’s functions have terminated, it can still open the entrance to the base. It’s going to take 20 seconds for Replica to analyze the entrance. Then the focus switches back to Yuma and the Black Trigger who looks like an old man. Yuma does something that surprises the Black Trigger right at the end of the chapter…

For the most part, not a whole lot truly happened in this chapter that progresses the overall story. Only minor things happen in both stories that take place in this chapter, but the story is pretty much just spinning it wheels in order to make this story arc last longer. I’ve been reading World Trigger in Weekly Shonen Jump for several months now, and in all reality, there hasn’t been a whole lot of progress in the story during that time.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:142

This chapter sees Marika declare that she’s going to conquer the animals of the school menagerie. Marika meets up with Raku, and Chitoge is there as well because Raku asked for her help. But as we see, Marika’s attempt at overcoming her fear of animals is just a front because she wants to be able to spend time around Raku while he’s around animals. Chitoge has figured this out on her own, though. When Marika meets the capybara, it makes its alarm sound. However, when Chitoge is around it, it makes its affection sound. Marika doesn’t have any better luck while she’s around a barn owl. And then Marika has an epic fail with a crocodile. In the end, Marika makes no progress whatsoever in regards to her fear of animals.

So here’s another stand-alone story that has nothing to do with the overarching story of the locket and the promise. Oh well. At least this stand-alone story provides some character development for Marika. There’s some humorous moments in this chapter, so that makes a little worthwhile. But hopefully we’ll start seeing some progress in the overarching story soon.

One-Punch Man CH:037.5

This chapter sees Genos still going up against G4. It looks like Genos has defeated him, but then a smaller being emerges from the melted G4. This smaller being begins attacking with lasers. Meanwhile, King and Saitama are still at King’s place. with Saitama talking to King as King plays videogames. Saitama asks King why he ran away from the fight and keeps persisting with his question. Before King can say anything, an emergency warning sounds and warns that a giant bird has appeared in the city. As Saitama is about to leave, the giant bird suddenly flies right through King’s window.

So there was only brief movement in the story in this chapter. The purpose of this chapter seemed to be to set up the two plot points of the new being emerging from G4 and the bird crashing into King’s place. Will Saitama finally see for himself that King is a fraud in an upcoming chapter? It does seem to be what this is leading up to.

eIDLIVE CH:002

At school, Misuzu is asked if she’s friends with Chuta. Her response is that she hopes he vanishes without a trace. Chuta later talks to the Monitalien that’s been inside him this whole time, and the creature is given the name “Doru.” Chuta also discovers in this chapter that if he tries to hurt Doru, he’ll also hurt himself because they share one body. This chapter then sees Chuta heading to eIDLIVE for his first day of work, with Misuzu giving Chuta the grand tour of eIDLIVE’s facility. While they’re on the tour, a suspect escapes from the detention center. It’s discovered that the escapee has transported itself to Earth, so Misuzu and Chuta are sent back to Earth to pursue him. Misuzu ends up being the one to take down the escapee, and she undergoes a transformation before she does.

Like the first chapter, this chapter was completely in color. I have to say that while seeing Misuzu’s transformation sequence was kind of cool, it raises more questions about her. Until the escapee element of the story happened, this chapter was a little on the boring side because it focused heavily on the exposition. Unfortunately, this chapter didn’t do much to improve my opinion of the series that I had after I finished reading the first chapter. I still haven’t found a real “hook” for it yet to grab my interest.

Death Note CH:002

At a G8 summit, which is a meeting of Interpol, they discuss the mysterious deaths of criminals that have been taking place. It’s decided to put a detective named L onto the case, but it’s revealed that L is already on it. It’s also revealed that websites are starting to pop up devoted to a messenger from hell named “Lord Kira” who is passing judgment on humanity, and Light has a long discussion with Ryuk about this. The conversation is interrupted by a report with L giving a press conference and guaranteeing that “Kira” will be caught. When L declares that Lord Kira is evil, Light decides to use the Death Note. But it turns out that the L on the television wasn’t the real L, and L makes some revelations during the broadcast. After the broadcast, Light declares that he’s going to find and dispose of L.

I have to say that I’m glad that Weekly Shonen Jump is providing this “Jump Back” initiative. Now that I’ve finally been exposed to more of Death Note than simply the first episode of the anime, I’m finding that the story is better than I had given it credit for. With the introduction of L, it looks like a game of “cat and mouse” is about to begin between Light and L. I can see a lot of potential for suspense and intrigue. I’m actually looking forward to reading the third chapter next week.

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Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (September 29, 2014)

This issue includes chapters for World Trigger, Naruto, Sporting Salt, Toriko, Nisekoi: False Love, Hi-Fi Cluster, and Bleach. In addition, this issue includes the first chapter for eIDLIVE, the fourth title in the Weekly Shonen Jump “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.

Of course, you can always check out Weekly Shonen Jump for yourself by subscribing to the digital publication at VIZManga.com.

World Trigger CH:076

This chapter opens with Shuji going up against Commander Hyrein as Osamu watches what’s going on. Osamu is asked what he wants to do, and he decides to fire one last shot. Unfortunately, Osamu’s asteroid is blocked. As Osamu runs away, he encounters Mira, the wormhole user. The scene then changes to another area of the battlefield, where Yuma is fighting against the Black Trigger that looks like an old man. Unfortunately, not much happens during this fight before the chapter comes to an end.

The purpose of this chapter was to try to progress Osamu’s actions a little more and lay the foundation for another battle that’s just getting going. I had been hoping to see a little more progress for Osamu, but that was probably too much to ask for, since the previous chapter had focused so heavily on him. At the end of this chapter, there’s a note that says, “About 199 seconds until the future crossroads.” I really don’t know what this is referring to, since I jumped into World Trigger in the middle of this particular story arc. I’m afraid that the author is going to try to stretch those 199 seconds out as much as possible in order to make the story last longer.

Naruto CH:693

In this chapter, Naruto stands up to Sasuke and says he won’t let any harm come to the Biju. Sakura tries to convince Sasuke not to do what he’s planning to do; his response is to put her under genjutsu. When Kakashi tries to break things up, Naruto reminds him that he promised Sakura that he’d bring Sasuke back. Sasuke and Naruto head off to fight somewhere else, where the Sage of Six Paths talks with Kakashi. We see where Sasuke and Naruto end up: at the Valley of the End.

This chapter relies a bit on recalling events that happened much earlier in the Naruto series. In a lot of ways, it almost feels like we’ve come full circle. And with a battle between Sasuke and Naruto at the Valley of the End, it really feels like history is trying to repeat itself. But can Naruto be the one to defeat Sasuke this time around? And how long is Kishimoto going to stretch out this new battle at the Valley of the End?

Sporting Salt CH:002

This chapter sees Hiroyuki at his first day at Tachibana Harbor High School. When Hiroyuki sees how many sports the school has, he gets very excited. Unfortunately, just like in Chapter One, when Hiroyuki sees athletic bodies and wants to touch them, people think he’s a pervert. The student council president decides that she needs to test Hiroyuki. A boy named Osamu comes in. He’s the captain of the tennis team and says that if the team doesn’t win its next tournament, their team will be dissolved. This week’s doctor’s placebo item is muscle reinforcement braces. Like in Chapter One, the person he offers it to points out a flaw with it and turns it down. Hiroyuki comes to the tennis club’s room and puts a special leg bind onto Osamu, because he sees that Osamu has shin splints. We then see it’s a week later, and Osamu still has the leg bind on. It turns out that this does the trick, and Hiroyuki passes the student council president’s test.

The “Hiroyuki gets excited over an athlete’s body and wants to touch it” gag just doesn’t work as well, especially when it shows up three times within a few pages. Hopefully, this won’t become a recurring gag throughout the series. And it looks like the “doctor’s placebo item” will potentially end up being a running gag, too. Unfortunately, neither one of these gags is terribly funny. And after reading this chapter, I really get the feeling that this series is going to be rather formulaic. Hopefully next week’s chapter, which will be the final chapter in the English edition of Weekly Shonen Jump, will prove me wrong.

Toriko CH:294

This chapter jumps right into the battle with Neo, and it includes appearances by a Horse Turtle and an Angler Bird. We also learn that some of the members of Neo are former allies of Toriko and the others who are now under Joie’s control. Toriko battles with Teppei, and after their fight, Teppei disappears so he can report to Joie. Daruma tells them that Teppei passed through the “back” channel. Meanwhile, Komatsu’s not recovering from his injuries, because it appears that the place where his heart was vanished into thin air. There’s only one food that can save Komatsu, and that’s Acacia’s Soup.

So it appears that the new enemy has some connections to Toriko and the others after all. It was interesting to learn that Teppei knows Toriko and the others and that Teppei can vanish into thin air. And poor Komatsu! It looks like his injuries will be forcing Toriko and the others on a new journey in order to find Acacia’s Soup and save their friend.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:140

In this chapter, Tsugumi finds a perfume bottle in Claude’s room but isn’t sure it’s really perfume or a drug disguised as perfume. She decides to take it for safekeeping, and brings it with her to school. She’s startled when Chitoge calls out her name, and Tsugumi drops the perfume bottle. When Tsugumi realizes the bottle is gone, she panics. Chitoge finds the bottle and picks it up, sprays some of it on herself, and collapses. Just then, Tsugumi gets a call from Claude and learns that this is a perfume sleeping drug and whoever takes it will only awaken with a kiss. Tsumugi asks if there’s any other way to awaken the sleeper. Tsumugi tells Raku that he needs to be the one to kiss Chitoge. Unfortunately, Kosaki comes up at that moment, and Raku accidentally sprays her with the perfume. But before Raku can do anything, Tachibana approaches and is accidentally sprayed with the perfume. Then Tsumugi accidentally spritzes Raku with the perfume, but just as Tsumugi is about to kiss him, something surprising happens…

All right, I thought the “trading places with royalty because they look like a main character” storyline was kind of weak, but the story in this chapter was even more ridiculous. Overall, I have to say that Nisekoi: False Love has the occasional story that I enjoy, but a lot of them are either mediocre or extremely over the top. At least this story only lasted for one chapter! I know I keep saying this, but I hope the next chapter will return to the overarching story.

Hi-Fi Cluster CH:003

Peta is given sight assist goggles for label adaptation for an external compatibility extension device. Kandera, Peta, and Miri are approached by a man named Ekusa, another member of Special Unit Six, who has been called in for a case. The case has to do with robberies, with suspects that are a group of six. All four of them wait for the criminals, and when they arrive, Ekusa takes them on. We learn that Ekusa’s Hi-Fi ability is gravity control, which comes from Isaac Newton.

This is the last chapter of Hi-Fi Cluster that’s appearing in the English version of Weekly Shonen Jump. It’s too bad it’s leaving, because the chapter is just getting the next story going when it ends. So far, of the three Weekly Shonen Jump “Jump Start Initiative” titles I’ve read up to this point, I would have to say that this one is the strongest. I really hope that at some point, this series can either take up any empty slots that open up in the English version of Weekly Shonen Jump, or that VIZ Media would be willing to license this series and release it in book form.

Bleach CH:598

Before Urahara can launch Ichigo and the others, Ganju arrives and demands to know what they’re doing. He shows them a road map to Reiokyu and insists that they can’t get there without it. When Ichigo tries to explain that they’re going to a dangerous battle, Ganju insists on coming with them. They allow Ganju to join them, and Urahara launches the group. And right near the end, there’s a confrontation between two females in Reiokyu…

I definitely enjoyed the earlier part of the chapter more than the later part, because I got to see what happened with Ichigo and the others. And it was nice to see Ganju again and to see him getting in on the action. The later part of the chapter didn’t do anything for me, simply because I have no idea who either one of these characters are or anything about them. But at least Ichigo and the others are starting to get a little closer to Reiokyu. Hopefully they’ll make it there sooner rather than later.

eIDLIVE CH:001

This is the fourth title to appear as part of Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “Jump Start Initiative.”

A character named Chuta is talking to himself in class and ignoring his teacher. Later, we see others talking to him and about him, making it clear that they think Chuta is a weirdo. It turns out Chuta has talent for cooking, and the Cooking Club asks him to join the club because they have a contest coming up. He refuses, and at first the girls say that’s why he doesn’t have any friends. Unfortunately, he ends up talking to himself again and cementing his reputation for being a weirdo. We learn that he hears a “voice,” he says this voice has been with him for as long as he can remember. Later when he says something rather embarrassing out loud, Misuzu (a girl he has a crush on) overhears him and this kills any chances he might have had with her. When Chuta goes to put his slippers in his locker, he finds something strange inside of it. We learn this creature’s name is Inspector Chips.

When Chuta returns home, he discovers that Chips has followed him there. Chips sends Chuta to a bureau where there are cat people. He learns they are Space Police eIDLIVE, and that Misuzu is among them; Misuzu has been observing Chuta. He learns that the force recruits people with the makings of good police and that they are chosen by consensus of the mother computer; Chuta was chosen. Chuta is told that he has to take the qualifying exam. Misuzu objects, because all of Chuta’s talking to himself makes it clear that he suffers from delusions. Chuta learns that for the test, he has to capture a particular criminal alive. Chips transfers Chuta. Meanwhile, a thermography scan done on Chuta at the bureau show an unusual heat pattern for an Earthling. It turns out that the new home ec teacher, Ms. Saotome, is the criminal. Just when things look hopeless, something happens that allows Chuta to get the job done. Right afterward, something pops out of Chuta; it’s a Monitalien. The Montalien tells Chuta how their joint attack works. Together, they’re able to arrest the alien.

This is the first manga chapter that I’ve personally seen in Weekly Shonen Jump that was completely in color. Unfortunately, that was probably the best thing about this chapter. Overall, I thought that this story was on the strange side. Before the “voice” was revealed to be a creature inside of Chuta, I wasn’t enjoying the idea of a manga making fun of people hearing voices in their head. I know people who hear voices like that, so I have a hard time finding any humor in that concept. I was relieved to see that it wasn’t truly “hearing voices in his head.” But even outside of that, there just wasn’t much to hook me into this particular story.

It should be noted that this title will continue in the October 13, 2014 edition of Weekly Shonen Jump.

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