Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (June 8, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for Toriko, One Piece, Food Wats!, Black Clover, Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign, Devilyman, Bleach, Nisekoi: False Love, My Hero Academia, One-Punch Man, and Blue Exorcist. This issue also includes the sixh chapter of the Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring mini-series the finale for Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment, and the first chapter of Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac (which is the latest title to be featured for the “Jump Back” initiative). And at the back of the volume, there are some cosplay photos from Fanimecon and some fan art for My Hero Academia.

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.

Toriko CH:326

This chapter introduces Gold Chef Jiji. In addition, Toriko confronts Starjun, and Starjun says he heard about Toriko acquiring pair. He also drops a hint to Toriko about something Midora said to him about pair. Komatsu approaches Gold Chef Jiji and asks if he’s the one who wrote the cookbook that he found in Gourmet Pyramid. It turns out that Golf Chef Jiji has a little bit of knowledge about the locations and capture methods for the remaining dishes in Acacia’s full-course meal. He says he’ll tell, but that he’ll be the one to decide who goes where. He decies that the majority of the members will remain in Area 6 due to how difficult capturing the course there will be. He assigns Zebra and Brunch to go to Area 5, Sunny and Live-Bearer to Area 4, Coco and Tylan to Area 3, and Toriko and Starjun to Area 1.

The purpose of this chapter is set up what I suspect will be simultaneously running storylines that will make this story arc last a while. I find Toriko and Starjun to be an interesting pairing, since they’re rivals being forced to work together. Hopefully they’ll be able to work together for the good of the world. It’s going to be interesting to see how the story progresses between the various groups that are out trying to acquire the remaining dishes for Acacia’s full-course meal before the eclipse.

One Piece CH:789

We see that the center of the birdcage is just about to burst. However, they insist on still trying to push it to try to slow it down. Meanwhile, Rebecca is trying to stop Viola from fighting wity Doflamingo. Doflamingo takes control of Rebecca and tries to make her kill Viola. The announcer from the colosseum comes out and starts talking about Luffy, and then starts addressing Doflamingo as a way to distract him and get him away from Viola and Rebecca. At the same time, those who were healed by Princess Mansherry’s tears begin collapsing. Just as Rebecca is about to kill Viola, Luffy recovers and jumps in between them.

Oda spent this chapter building up to Luffy’s recovery, and sprinkled in some danger for Viola and Rebecca in the process. He also made sure to make the whole situation seem like it could be lost prior to Luffy getting back up. It looks like the scene is being set for Luffy to resume his battle with Doflamingo when the next chapter is published.

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

Food Wars! CH:121

After his meeting with Kuga, soma finds himself wondering what he’s going to be doing for the festival. Hojo points out that there’s one more thing that Kuga has Soma outdone by a long shot: name recognition. When talking with Mitsuru, he learns that the journalism club is responsible for putting together the festival guidebook that is handed out to all the guests. When he returns home to Polaris Dorm, he is approached by Isshiki about the idea of the dorm doing a booth for the festival together. Soma still wants to do his own booth, though. Fortunately, Isshiki is willing to explain the application form to Soma as well as what Kuga’s plans are for his booth location. We then move ahead in time to the last day of booth applications. We see that Soma has requested the space directly in front of the Chinese Food Research Society’s booth. Right at the end of the chapter, Soma learns that anyone whose booth on their own will be expelled if their booth ends up in the red.

This chapter is all about setting the stage for the forthcoming school festival. As the chapter goes along, it appears that Soma has actually thought ahead and was being clever. Unfortunately for him, he learns after everything is set in place that he has the potential to be expelled if his booth ends up in the read. So now the stress and stakes are even higher than he thought they were. It’s going to be interesting to see how he’s going to pull this off, especially since Soma’s going head-to-head against one of the members of the council of 10 and doing the same kind of food that Kuga is renowned for making.

Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring CH:006

This chapter opens with Sasuke battling with Shin and the freaky-looking mystery man. During the exchange, the mystery man reveals his intention to revive the Akatsuki. Sasuke asks Naruto to protect the children, but then suddenly Sasuke’s sword ends up in Naruto. It’s revealed that the mystery man has an ocular power that allows him to manipulate weapons. The mystery man launches an attack on Sarada, but Sasuke jumps in the way to protect her. But just at that moment, Sakura shows up and gives the mystery man a very powerful punch. Sakura and Sasuke talk about Sarada, but then the mystery man uses teleportation and takes Sakura with them right into the heart of enemy territory.

This chapter reveals some more about the mystery man, but still not his name. It was bittersweet to see Sasuke, Sakura, and Sarada reunited for such a short time. But it looks like Sakura will end up playing an important role when it comes to Shin and the mystery man as a medic ninja. It’s going to be interesting to see where the mini-series is going to progress from here.

Black Clover CH:016

Luck and Asta’s enemy decides to make a break for it instead od trying to stick around and continue fighting. We then return to Golden Dawn’s battle with their opponent. Yuno and his teammate, Klaus, keep trying to exchange blows with their opponent, but nothing seems to work. Yuno has a flashback of him and Asta fighting each other when they were younger, anf Asta declaring he’s not going to quit until he hits Yuno. Yuno channels that memory and declares to his current opponent that he’s not going to stop. move, or give up. Asta then shows up with his sword and declares that Yuno is his rival. At the end of the chapter, it turns into a contest between Asta and Yuno as to which one of them will be the first to take down this opponent.

This chapter seemed like it was going to be Yuno’s turn to shine, since it appeared that he was about to launch a major counterattack against his opponent. But I should have guessed that the loudmouth protagonist would jump in and try to upstage his rival. This is one of those dynamics that reminds me very heavily of how just how inspired by Naruto that this series is. Of course, it didn’t help that I had just read the Naruto mini-series right before I read this chapter. And I expect that the next chapter will be focusing on Asta and Yuno’s competition.

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign CH:034

Yuichiro asks Asamaru to give him power so he can rescue Guren. Asamaru says that while giving power isn’t a problem, it’s the pills he took that is. Asamaru then says that Yuichiro should be dead, but the power of the angels is forcibly keeping him alive. Yuichiro sees a trumpet and thinks that he wants it. Asamaru says he shouldn’t take it because angels can be nastier than demons. Asamaru then tries to heal Yuichiro and comments that he can’t be put back to normal because he’s lost more of his humanity. Yuichiro demands Asamaru’s power and says that the power is his; three pills’ worth of the drug is in effect, and he can use all of Asamaru’s strength for 2-3 minutes without becoming a demon. In the battle, Yuichiro revives and uses his demon strength to go after Lord Crowley and demands that he gives Guren back. Guren tells Yuichiro to get out of there, but Yuichiro is too determined to go after Crowley. Yuichiro demands more power from Asamaru, and now that the pills have worn off, Asamaru tempts Yuichiro to let his desire swallow him in order to obtain power. Kimizuki then arrives on the scene to rescue Yuichiro from being possessed. After retrieving Yuichiro, Kimizuki and the others start to run. Right at the end of the chapter, we see that Mikaela is determined to get Yuichiro back.

This chapter ended up being very intense. First, its the intensity of Yuichiro as he’s interacting with Asamaru and trying to acquire more power. Then, it gets intense when Yuichiro acquires more power and tries going after Crowley. The intensity builds to Yuichio being possessed by Asamaru, and Kimizuki doing what he can to try to save his teammmate. It was a little disappointing to see that Guren ultimately had to be left behind so the others could escape. Hopefully Guren will be able to make it through this without being killed. And the final words of Mikaela’s show that he has every intention of getting Yuichiro, and I suspect that the next chapter will focus on him fighting with Yuichiro’s teammmates.

Devilyman CH:003

A woman is trying to rescue a cat, but she ends up falling and landing on a sleeping Madogawa. Her name is Ruri Kururi, and she’s a police officer trainee. Aeru tells her his hands are cold and asks Ruri to warm them up for him. But Aeru discovers she doesn’t have anything he can hold over her when he looks into her mind. When Ruri discovers the cat in here, she starts making a mess in Aeru’s place, which angers Aeru. Ruri is kicked out. When she tries to go back in so she can take Aeru home to his parents, Ruri discovers that he’s gone. When Ruri returns to the police station, she is given a new case: she has to go back to the tent city and make the homeless all pack up and leave. It turns out filming is being done for a show called Police 24. Ruri was accompanied by her boss, Officer Miyoshi. Aeru returns and manages to touch Miyoshi’s hand, and he managed to see something juicy in Miyoshi’s mind. Later, while Miyoshi is in the bathroom, papers starting floating into the stall which detail the shady practices he has engaged in. Aeru locks Miyoshi in the stall and starts trying to negotiate for the squatters to stay.

So this chapter brings in a corrupt member of the police force, and it appears at the end of this chapter that this character and storyline will be continuing, at least for the next chapter. Unfortunately, since this is the last chapter being run as part of the “Jump Start” initiative, we won’t know whether or not my assumption is correct.

Devilyman didn’t grab me with its first chapter, but the series has slowly started improving. While I wouldn’t say that this is a bad manga, I also wouldn’t call it a great one, either. It’s not bad for what it is, but it’s really not the type of manga that interests me for the most part.

Bleach CH:629

The contingent that has reached Reiokyu start heading toward the castle, but Urahara tells them to wait and asks where Kurotsuchi went. We then see what Kurotsuchi is planning on doing; unfortunately, his plan is suddenly thwarted by seeing that Kenpachi and some of the other Soul Reapers are still around. It appears to be hinted at that this group is planning to do something on their own. We then return to Reiokyu, and we see that this group discovers someone standing out in the distance.

So it appears that Kubo is trying to establish two storylines taking place. The main one, of course, is Ichigo and the others making their way through Reiokyu and getting to Yhwach for a rematch. I suspect the other storyline will see Kurotsuchi and the others who ended up being left behind going after Aizen. While it was never outright stated, that’s the only thing I can think of that they’re planning to do since we know he’s back. And let’s face it, quite a few of the Soul Reapers didn’t seem to be terribly thrilled by Aizen’s appearance. But hopefully Kubo will return to making some noticeable progress in the story sooner rather than later.

Gakkyu Hotel: School Judgment Finale

We see that Abaku has summoned Tento to the site of the Bloody Session, and he asks Tento if he is Red Ogre. We learn that Kijima has gotten her memory back about the incident, and she and Sarutobi also appear in the classroom. Tento admits that Abaku has guessed correctly. The three tongues realized that the truth of the situation was that the perp must have been an adult, and that the only adult in the classroom at the time was the teacher. We see in a flashback that Abaku learned some details about their teacher that definitely back up the idea that she was the culprit. And in the end the teacher killed herself after realizing what she’d done. And the truth about why the three tongues had been sent to Onigashima Elementary and about Red Ogre are also revealed. We then learn that Sarutobi snuck into a hospital and grabbed a chart of Tento’s. It turns out Tento was absent from school that day because he was sick with a cold. Because he hadn’t been in class that day, he wasn’t sent to Onigashima and was instead transferred to another school. It’s also revealed that there was an operation to reveal the truth to these survivors by setting a stage to solve the mystery of Red Ogre by their own hand. Basically, every case we saw in the series was part of this plan.

We then move ahead to Tenbin Elementary’s graduation, and it’s been a half a year since the truth was revealed in the previous scene. There’s narration that explains what happened during those six months, and then the story is brought to a close.

I’m glad that the English version of Weekly Shonen Jump decided to publish the final piece of the story after it had been released in Japan. There’s so much exposition included here that brings absolute closure to the series. With the way this chapter ends, there really is no way or reason to bring this series back in any way. The overarching story has been resolved, and everything has been brought to as happy of an ending as it could have been.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:173

At the temple, Chitoge suddenly comes running up to Raku and starts yelling at him about his “close friends” comment from an earlier chapter. He also senses a spooky vibe coming from the other girls. Shu shows Raku a cup with sake, and it makes Raku remember the girls getting drunk on whiskey bon bons during the previous New Year’s holiday. Shu tells Raku to run, and when he does, the girls follow him. It appears the girls somehow got drunk again and are chasing Raku and putting the moves on him. Raku finds Paula, who didn’t drink the sake, and tries to get her to help him. But at the end of the chapter, we see the girls waking up and not remembering what happened, which is what happened to Raku after this same getting drunk plot point happened to him the previous year.

Oh, dear God. Komi had to reuse his drunk plot device from the previous New Year’s story. It was stupid the first time, and it was just as stupid this time. Why does Komi feel a need to recycle his plot ideas as often as he does? Has he started running out of story ideas? If so, maybe it’s a sign that it’s time for him to wrap up Nisekoi: False Love. The chapters where he recycles ideas he used in an earlier chapter of the series don’t interest me, and they end up annoying me.

My Hero Academia CH:045

Two days after the sports festival, someone on the train Midoriya is riding recognizes him from the sports festival, and then other nearby people realize who he is and start complimenting him. As he’s reaching school, he runs into Ida, who says his brother is OK and apologizes if either he or his brother caused Midoriya any undue concern. In class, the students start sharing that they had similar experiences to Midoriya’s on the train. In their Hero Informatics class, they are assigned to come up with their hero aliases. Before they get to that, though, their instructor shares the complete pro draft pick numbers. We see that Todoroki came in first, followed by Bakugo in second. Ida is in fourth. Midoriya is nowhere to be found on the list. A hero named Midnight comes in to assess the sensibility of the hero aliases that the students pick. The first couple of names are shot down by Midnight, but then better ones start coming along. Midoriya surprises everyone by proposing “Deku” as his hero alias, but he explains that he’s the deku who gives it his all. Right at the end of the chapter, All Might sees a pro pick for Midoriya, and is surprised by what he sees.

So this chapter is basically here for the students to try to come up with their hero aliases. It also establishes the pro draft picks and the idea that the students will soon be accompanying heroes and be mentored by them. Some of the names the students came up with were rather hilarious, even though most of those were shot down by Midnight. Overall, this was a light chapter, except for the brief flashback Ida has of visiting his brother in the hospital and learning that he has lost the feeling in his legs. And with the way the chapter ended, it looks like the stage is being set to reveal which pro has expressed interest in Midoriya.

One-Punch Man CH:044.2

A hero going by the name of Handsome Kamen approaches Suppon and fights him. The fight doesn’t last long, and the hero wins. Meanwhile, an attempt is still being made to get Saitama to join with a hero faction, but he refuses. Just then, King comes in and asks Saitama if he borrowed his video game. The woman who came to visit is surprised to see the two of them interacting, and she wonders if she could join them. And then we see the Hero Association assigning hero names for Genos and Saitama. We see that Genos is to be called Demon Cyborg, and that Saitama is to be called Bald Cape, and they think these two will be overjoyed with these suggestions.

This chapter is basically a hodgepodge that shows pieces of at least two or three different plot points. The section with Saitama seemed to last the longest, but these scenes barely get going before moving on to something else. Hopefully this series will soon show us what overarching plot point it’s ultimately heading for, because right now, there’s not much happening to truly advance the story.

Blue Exorcist CH:068

Yukio finds himself wondering if he should seek advice. His thoughts are interrupted by the arrival of Rin. A tense Yukio tells Rin that he’s going out and will be home late. We then see Yukio visiting someone in the hospital, and they start talking about whether or not they can trust Shima and Lord Pheles. We then learn that Mephisto gave Yukio tickets to a bath house as a reward for the fighting they did, and everyone ends up going. This also includes Shima. Then the chapter starts seeing various characters heading into the baths and spending time in them. While they’re there, Yukio asks Miwa if he really trusts Shima. Miwa says he does. We then see that Shima is perv and is determined to see the girls in their bath. Rin stops him, though. And then on top of the wall they see the three wise monkeys, and anyone who goes near them wants to see, speak, or hear secrets. Yukio realizes that he can’t let himself be possessed and reveal what’s in his heart. Bon uses a simple ward to get rid of the demons. But somehow, the wall dividing the two baths collapses, and both groups can see the other. Later, Rin talks to Yukio and says that he seems to be worried about something. But all Yukio says is that he’s tired.

The majority of this chapter seems to be here to provide fanservice and some light-hearted fun. I guess this is to help lessen the heavier mood that has been in the manga for a little while, as well as to provide a short break before truly getting the next story underway. From what I’m seeing, it appears that Yukio will be the focus of the next story, and his desire to want to be stronger.

Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac CH:001

Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac is the next title to be featured for Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “Jump Back” initiative. There will be a total of four chapters of this manga to appear over the next four weeks.

A couple of tourists visiting some ruins in Greece are startled by a loud noise and finding a young man covered in wounds lying on the ground. When the young man awakens, he asks where a woman is. Before they can answer, the man senses that the person he’s looking for is nearby. When the two tourists see who the young man is looking for, them become scared and run off. We learn that the young man’s name is Seiya. The woman is Marin, and she’s apparently training Seiya. Apparently, Seiya is supposed to battle against a ferocious opponent named Cassios the next day. Marin insists that Seiya prove to her that he can beat Cassios before she’ll stop training him. The tourists then see Seiya and Marin disappear, and find a crater where they had been. When they return to town, they learn that Seiya and Marin are the Knights of Athena, and they, along with a reader, are provided an explanation of what the Knights of Athena are.

The story then shifts to the battle next day between Seiya and Cassios. They are the last two warriors remaining, and the one who wins will become one of Athena’s honored knights. But before the battle takes place, Shina says there’s a rumor that Seiya left Sanctuary the previous evening, and he and Marin try to fight the accusation. The master in charge says that Seiya can still fight, and the battle begins. Cassios grabs Seiya and starts toying with him. But it turns out that Seiya manages to rip off Cassios’ ear. And from here, Seiya continues to get the upper hand. As the battle goes on, Marin has a flashback of when she first met Seiya and the training she has done with him over the past six years. In real time, Cassios seems to be getting some of his momentum back. Seiya has a flashback of something Marin taught him. And right at the end of the chapter, it appears that Seiya has landed a major blow on Cassios.

This chapter spends a lot of time establishing the concept of the Knights of Athena, as well as providing backstory for both Seiya and Marin. This first chapter also includes a major battle, so there’s action mixed in with the exposition; this helps to keep this an interesting read as well as keeps the exposition from bogging down the story too much.

When it comes to the art, it’s obviously an older manga just from the look and feel of it. And as the introduction to this Jump Back feature explains, this manga was originally drawn over 30 years ago, and was done in such a way that it was meant for print publication. Because of this, there will be white spaces on the pages where a panel covers two pages. Fortunately, I didn’t see this very often in Chapter One. But even when I did notice that was there, it really didn’t distract me that much from what I was reading.

Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac is off to a good start, and I’m interested in seeing where the story will go next.

Shonen Jump+ Publishes Final Chapter of the Gakkyu Hotei Manga

Shueisha’s Shonen Jump+ digital magazine has published the conclusion of Nobuaki Enoki and Takeshi Obata’s Gakkyū Hōtei: School Judgment manga. Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine previously ended its publication of the manga earlier in May 2015, but noted that Shonen Jump+ would publish the end of the manga in May.

The series relaunched in Japan on December 1, 2014. Enoki originally ran the first version of the manga under the same title in the Jump Live smartphone manga service in 2013. The manga’s last chapter also announced that Shueisha will publish the manga’s second compiled book volume in Japan in July 2015, and the third and final volume in August 2015.

VIZ Media published the first three chapters of the manga in English in its digital Weekly Shonen Jump magazine as a part of its “Jump Start” initiative in November-December 2014, and then the company added the series as a permanent part of its lineup in December 2014.

Source: ANN

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (May 11, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for One Piece, Nisekoi: False Love, Black Clover, Toriko, Food Wars!, Bleach, My Hero Academia, and Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment. This issue also includes the second chapter of the Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring mini-series, the first chapter of Straighten Up! Welcome to Shika High’s Competitive Dance Club (the first of the two “Jump Start” initiative titles), and the first chapter of Yu-Gi-Oh! (which is the latest title to be featured for the “Jump Back” initiative.

For the series that carried over from previous issues I’ve read, I tried to put a little more focus in my write-ups about the progression of the story from the previous chapter. I will warn you that these write-ups will more than likely contain spoilers.

I only started reading Weekly Shonen Jump back in late February/early March of 2014, which means there’s a number of series published in the magazine that I jumped in the middle of. Since then, I’ve been able to start reading older chapters of some of the titles, but I haven’t managed to do this for all of the titles yet. Because of this, there may be times I might inadvertently include incorrect information in the write-ups. If you see something in a write-up that’s incorrect due to my having not read earlier chapters of a series, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know. Not only can I correct the incorrect information in the write-up, it will also help provide information for me to have when reading future chapters of a series in Weekly Shonen Jump.

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

Straighten Up! Welcome to Shika High’s Competitive Dance Club CH:001

Straighten Up! Welcome to Shika High’s Competitive Dance Club is a title being featured as part of Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “Jump Start” initiative.

The manga focuses on Masaharu Tsuchiya, a boy going into his first year of high school. When it’s time for the various clubs to introduce themselves, a beautiful girl walks up to the stage and catches Masaharu’s attention. But during the assembly, someone bumps into Masaharu and causes him to shove a girl named Eri. After their awkward introduction, we learn that Masaharu isn’t that good when it comes to girls, and this goes all the way back to when he was in elementary school. He watches a demonstration by the members of the Competitive Dance Club, and let’s just say that the guys in the audience love what they see.

Later, we see that Masaharu is trying to decide which club to join. A couple of classmates suggest that they should check out the Competitive Dance Club. When they get there, they find there’s already a long line of guys waiting to check the club out during the trial period. But the reader also sees that Eri is standing in line. When the president of the club arrives and does a demonstration with Masaharu, it ends up scaring off most of the people standing in line. Even Masaharu’s friends run off. It turns out two people are still remaining: Masaharu and Eri.

A competitive dancing manga, huh? After reading these chapters, two major things come to mind. First, there seems to be a rather typical setup here of an incoming freshman who has some degree of shyness and doesn’t seem to know what kind of club they want to join. Second, the dancing demonstration definitely had some focus on fanservice; I suspect that’s there to keep Weekly Shonen Jump‘s male audience interested in a the concept. To be brutally honest, I don’t know how much interest their male readership really has in competitive dance. So far, this manga is off to an OK start, but there just wasn’t much in these early chapters to truly make this stand out.

Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring CH:002

This chapter opens with Sasuke still on his journey and encountering someone that he has to fight. After the opponent is down, he sees someone wearing a jacket with the Uchiha symbol and sees that this person has Sharingan. Sasuke asks who this is, but we don’t see a response. Later, this character goes to report to someone about Sasuke, and says they must kill Sasuke because he killed Itachi.

We then see Sarada talking to Shizune about her father, but then she changes the subject and asks about her birth because it turns out her birth record isn’t at any hospital in Konoha. When Shizune asks what brought this on, Sarada shows her the picture and asks about who Karin is because they have the same glasses.

Later, we see Cho-Cho talking to Sarada, who says she thinks that her parents may not be her real parents because she doesn’t resemble either of them. A boy named Mitsuki, who recently moved here from another village, comes over to them and starts explaining why Cho-Cho is acting this way. We then see Sarada wondering who she is. After Mitsuki leaves, Cho-Cho says she wants to set out on a quest to find who her real parents are, and Sarada is inspired to track down her father in order to ask him questions. If that doesn’t work, then she wants to hunt down Karin.

Naruto receives a hawk with a message from Sasuke. It’s a report of what happened to him, and Naruto calls Kakashi to talk to him about it. As he’s talking, Sarada comes up to his office door and overhears that Naruto is in contact with Sasuke and that he’s going to go see him and then pay Orochimaru a visit. Sarada decides to tail Naruto, but right as she’s about to go, Cho-Cho comes up behind her.

Some interesting developments in this particular chapter, and it appears to be setting the stage for this mini-series to run for longer than say 3-4 chapters. I’m genuinely interested in this storyline, especially with Sarada and her confusion over who she is. Is there going to be some kind of major bombshell by the end of this when it comes to her parentage? Also, I’m interested in seeing who this “new Uchiha” is and who they’re answering to. Who’s determined to kill Sasuke for killing his brother?

One Piece CH:785

The Tontattas begin evacuating from Smile Factory as the birdcage starts shrinking. Meanwhile, Zoro is shown heading toward the strings to try to stop them and buy time. But then the focus returns to the fight between Luffy and Doflamingo. But as it seems Luffy’s Gear Four will soon run out, and Doflamingo causes strings to pop out of the ground and nearby buildings also turn into string. After 20 minutes have passed, we still see people trying to evacuate, and Riku tries to explain what’s happening. His speech inspires everyone to try to run for their lives as Luffy and Doflamingo battle it out. Right at the end of the chapter, Luffy launches a powerful attack on Doflamingo.

There was a lot of jumping around going on in this chapter, to the point that it was almost dizzying to me as a reader. But it does feel like Oda is finally building up to a conclusion of Luffy’s battle, especially with Riku’s speech. Hopefully the next chapter will show that Luffy was victorious with the attack he launched at the end of this chapter.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:169

The beginning of the chapter seems to indicate that Marika kidnapped Raku and took him to an island for a vacation. Apparently, a bunch of cops sneaked into the yakuza stronghold and carried Raku away on his futon without waking him up. This location is the first place to greet the new year, and Marika wanted to witness the first sunrise of the year with him before anyone else. Raku insists on going home, but when he mentions Chitoge, that makes Marika more determined to keep him there. Raku ends up giving in, but then insists he wants to get homework done instead of doing any of the fun things that Marika suggests. Raku meets Marika’s servant, Honda, who asks him how he feels about Marika. During the discussion, Honda says that Marika doesn’t have much time left.

Oh, boy. A story starring Marika. The setup for this story was rather stupid, so that didn’t help anything. Honda’s comment about Marika not having much time is supposed to make it sound like she’s on her deathbed (she’s been on the sickly side during the entire series), but I bet this is another story where Komi is trying to make things seem more dramatic than they really are and then have some stupid resolution that causes it to not be the dramatic thing that he tried to make it out to be. Yawn.

Black Clover CH:012

Klaus, another member of Golden Dawn, asks Yuno why he saved Asta and his group when their mission is to capture the dungeon. A girl with the Golden Dawn group recognizes Noelle, who turns out to be her cousin, Mimosa. Unfortunately. Noelle can’t stand Mimosa. Klaus basically spends his time making fun of the Black Bulls. Meanwhile, we see the third member of Asta’s party trying to find someone. Klaus becomes upset when Asta confronts him, so he and Mimosa display their magic. Yuno then uses his wind magic to help his team mates. This then becomes a competition between Asta and Yuno to see which one can get to the treasure hall first. But since neither Asta nor Noelle having tracking magic, Asta just starts checking everywhere. But Nero the bird (who’s perched on Asta’s head), seems to know which way to go. Right at the end of the chapter, Asta and Noelle’s companion seems to find who he’s looking for.

Most of this chapter was spent on Klaus hurling insults as Asta, Noelle, and the Black Bulls in general. Personally, I thought this came across as a bit heavy-handed and excessive. The reader could understand rather quickly that Klaus looks down on the Black Bulls, so seeing this last so long felt like overkill. Near the end of the chapter, it’s revealed that a nearby country is trying to invade the one the story is set in, and the Black Bull who found someone in the dungeon at the end of chapter has probably found someone from that country. Sigh. I’m sorry I’m not using a name for Asta and Noelle’s companion, but I don’t know what it is.

Toriko CH:322

The conditions for capturing pair for Ballboons and other creatures is revealed during this chapter. Meanwhile, we see the fake Kaka talking with someone else about needing to capture Komatsu for their own purposes. We then see Brunch going to talk to Midora about Toriko, and then asks for confirmation that the three chefs are safe before handing over air. Midora asks about Pair and Another. Starjun is assigned to accompany Brunch to help Toriko out. Right at the end of the chapter, Kaka reveals something surprising.

This chapter primarily focused on explaining a couple of things and setting the stage for the next story arc that should be taking place in the Gourmet World. Overall, this ended up being a rather boring chapter. Yes, the information revealed in it is important, but it made for some rather dry reading. Hopefully the next chapter will be better.

Food Wars! CH:117

The Shokugeki between Soma and Tetsuji begins. At the same time, the other first years return from their Stagiaire challenges and learn about Soma’s Shokugeki. But we don’t actually get to see the Shokugeki; by the time th first years get there, Soma has already overpowered Tetsuji. When Soma asks if anyone in the audience sent him challenge letters, two people reply. Soma offers to do those Shokugeki with them right now. We see Soma launch into the next one. After a brief flashback, we see Soma defeat another opponent. After this, Soma says he’ll take on anyone day or night and that they don’t have to bother with challenge letters. Right at the end of the chapter, it’s revealed that the Momiji Meet and Greet is coming up, and this is where the top first-year students have an opportunity to meet the entire current Council of Ten.

This chapter basically establishes that Soma has gained valuable skills from his Stagiaire challenges and has acquired more confidence than he had before the challenges began. It was a little disappointing not getting to see much of the actual Shokugeki, but the point of this chapter was to get to a point where the story can begin establishing the next story arc. And from what we’re shown, it appears that next up will be the Momiji Meet and Greet.

Bleach CH:625

Ichigo is surprised to see Grimmjow. The two of them are just about to fight, but then is approached by the adult version of Nel; apparently, Urahara made her a bracelet that allows her to switch between child and adult whenever she wants. A box suddenly appears, and everyone is told to get inside of it. Inside the box are Riruka and Yukio. Yoruichi gives Ichigo and explanation for what’s going on. It basically boils down to how the group can launch a surprise attack in Reiokyu.

Basically, this chapter reintroduced four characters and gave an explanation for what will be coming up. There’s also a hint dropped about the Quincies right at the end, but that’s it. Basically, nothing truly happens over the course of this chapter. Yes, the explanation is important, but that’s pretty much what the majority of this chapter was. Hopefully the next chapter will actually help the story to move forward.

My Hero Academia CH:041

Midoriya talks to All Might and says that All Might should try to find someone else to replace him. During the conversation, it’s revealed that All Might has been born quirkless, but his predecessor did and believed in him and took him under his wing. All Might tells Midoriya that he has already exceeded his expectations more times than he can count. They go and watch the rest of the tournament. Bakugo and Kirishima are currently in the match. We see Bakugo win the match, which leaves the Final Four left. The next match is between Tenya Ida and Shoto Todoroki. It looks like Ida might actually win, but Shoto manages to turn things around.

So we get a chapter that makes a major revelation about All Might, as well as advances the match into the Top Four. Poor Ida was really hoping to be able to progress to show his brother how good he is, but Shoto cut that dream short. So we obviously know that Shoto will be in the final match, but his final opponent still needs to be determined. I expect that the next chapter will show the other match and might even start into the final match.

Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment CH:021

Abaku saus he’s solved the case and starts giving his explanation. Basically, it turns out that there was no real perp for this case, that it ended up being a situation where several coincidences came together to make it look like an actual crime had been committed. Just then, news arrives that Shiratori has regained consciousness. Right at the end of this chapter, Abaku calls Tento to a meeting and asks if he’s Red Ogre.

Unfortunately, English readers of Weekly Shonen Jump will have a hard time finding out what will happen in the final arc, because the Japanese Weekly Shonen Jump is discontinuing this series in their publication. However, the final arc will run on the Jump+ website in Japan. While it was obvious that this series was close to being brought to an end in Weekly Shonen Jump, it’s still a little sad to realize that it truly is ending in the publication. But it’s a little frustrating that there’s still one arc left that won’t be available in the publication.

Yu-Gi-Oh! CH:001

Yu-Gi-Oh! is being featured as the next title for Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “Jump Back” initiative.

Yugi is at school, and works on solving a puzzle he brought with him. Honda (known as Tristan in the anime) grabs it, taunts Yugi, and passes it to Jonouchi (known as Joey in the anime). Jonouchi throws it back to Honda, but Anzu (known as Tea in the anime) catches it and scolds the other two boys. Yugi shows Anzu what’s inside his puzzle box; it’s the pieces of puzzle he’s been trying to solve for eight years.

We then see Honda and Jonouchi, and that Honda swiped one of the puzzle pieces from the box without Yugi noticing. Juonichi takes the piece and throws it out of a nearby window; the piece falls into the pool.

Later Yugi is approached by Ushio, who says he wants to be Yugi’s bodyguard and protect him from bullies. But from what we see, it looks like Ushio may not be on the up and up.

We see Yugi working at trying to solve the puzzle at home, but he falls asleep as he reaches the same place that he always gets stuck at.

The next day, Ushio shows Yugi that he’s beaten up Honda and Jonouchi. Yugi tries to ask if they’re OK, but Ushio continues attacking them. Yugi tries to stop Ushio. Ushio then says that Yugi still owes him 200,000 yen for bodyguard fees. Yugi stands up for the other two boys and asks to be hurt instead, and Ushio takes him up on it.

That night, Yugi works on the puzzle but also tries to figure out what he’s going to do about Ushio. Yugi is about to finish the puzzle when he discovers there’s a piece missing. His grandfather comes into the room, carrying the missing puzzle piece. It turns out Jonouchi fished it out of the pool and brought it to the game shop. Yugi finished the Millennium Puzzle and something happens to Yugi.

Yugi calls Ushio out to the school at midnight. Yugi says he not only brought the 200,00 yen, he also upped it to 400,000. But Yugi won’t hand it over unless Ushio plays a game with him. Yugi says they must play a shadow game. After Yugi describes it, Ushio thinks it’s just a test of courage. Ushio ends up breaking the rules and Yugi casts a spell so the only thing in his head is an illusion of avarice.

The next day, we see that Yugi has no memory of what happened the previous night except for the fact that he finished the Millennium Puzzle. At the end of the chapter, Juonichi says he wants to be friends wth Yugi.

So it appears that the manga incorporates elements from the “Season 0” episodes of Yu-Gu-Oh! Seeing the characters’ original Japanese names has taken some getting used to, as well as the manga designs for some of them. Yugi and Anzu (aka Tea) look rather similar, but Honda (aka Tristan) and Jonouchi (aka Joey) looked rather different. I don’t know if this is all the “Season 0” material we’ll see, or if there may be more before the manga reaches the storyline that American fans are more familiar with from the 4Kids English dub of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime. The manga should be running in Weekly Shonen Jump for a few more weeks, so I should be able to find out.

Gakkyu Hotei and Cyborg Roggy Manga Ending in Weekly Shonen Jump

This year’s 24th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will publish the final chapter of Yū Miki’s Cyborg Roggy (Kaizō Ningen Roggy) manga. The issue is also ending its serialization of Nobuaki Enoki and Takeshi Obata’s “shocking court mystery” manga series Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment.

The issue noted that Shueisha will publish the end of the “Bloody Class Meeting” arc of Gakkyū Hōtei in Shueisha’s Jump+ digital magazine at the end of May 2015 and also in the third compiled volume of the manga. Shueisha published the first compiled volume in Japan on May 1, 2015.

The series relaunched in Japan on December 1, 2014. Enoki originally ran the first version of this manga under the same title in the Jump Live smartphone manga service in 2013.

VIZ Media published the first three chapters of the manga in English in its digital Weekly Shonen Jump magazine as a part of its “Jump Start” initiative in November-December 2014, and then the company added the series as a permanent part of its lineup in December 2014.

VIZ Media also published the first three chapters of Cyborg Roggy in English in its digital Weekly Shonen Jump magazine as a part of its “Jump Start” initiative. Miki launched the manga in this year’s 13th issue on February 23, 2015.

The combined 22nd and 23rd issue of Weekly Shonen Jump published the final chapter of Itsuki Furuya’s Takujō no Ageha: The Table Tennis of Ageha manga on April 27, 2015. The same issue launched Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto spinoff manga mini-series, titled Naruto Gaiden: Nanadaime Hokage to Akairo no Hanatsuzuki (Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring).

Weekly Shonen Jump is launching three new series in May in the 24th, 25th, and 26th issues.

Source: ANN

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (April 27, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for One Piece, Food Wars!, Bleach, World Trigger, My Hero Academia, Toriko, Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment, Black Clover, Nisekoi: False Love, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. There’s also an excerpt of an interview with Masashi Kishimoto and Eiichiro Oda, as well as the first chapter of the Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring mini-series.

For the series that carried over from previous issues I’ve read, I tried to put a little more focus in my write-ups about the progression of the story from the previous chapter. I will warn you that these write-ups will more than likely contain spoilers.

I only started reading Weekly Shonen Jump back in late February/early March of 2014, which means there’s a number of series published in the magazine that I jumped in the middle of. Since then, I’ve been able to start reading older chapters of some of the titles, but I haven’t managed to do this for all of the titles yet. Because of this, there may be times I might inadvertently include incorrect information in the write-ups. If you see something in a write-up that’s incorrect due to my having not read earlier chapters of a series, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know. Not only can I correct the incorrect information in the write-up, it will also help provide information for me to have when reading future chapters of a series in Weekly Shonen Jump.

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

One Piece CH:784

Chaos ensues as the birdcage is shrinking. We then return to Luffy and Doflamingo’s battle, where Luffy has declared that he will use Gear Four. Luffy begins blowing himself up until he becomes a “Bounce Man.” With this, Luffy is able to make his arm retract into his body as he readies his punch for Doflamingo, and Luffy is able to cause his enemy to go flying. Doflamingo ends up landing in the center of town. It’s then revealed that Luffy can use his newfound springiness to fly, which he uses to get a great kick in on Doflamingo. We see Luffy get a couple more powerful hits on Doflamingo before the chapter ends.

Go, Luffy! It looks like he’s finally turned the tables! Maybe now that Luffy has gotten the upper hand, we’ll finally start seeing the Dressrosa Arc wind down. From what I’ve seen of One Piece over the years, once Luffy turns the tables and can start beating up his foe, it usually means that it’s just about over for his enemy. It’s not that this is a bad arc, but it’s been going since I started reading Weekly Shonen Jump a little over a year ago; but even at that point the arc was already in progress.

Food Wars! CH:116

It’s revealed that the Stagiaire skills test lasts for four weeks, with a student featuring four different locations during that time. At this point, they’ve made it halfway through. Then we see some of the other students as they start being weeded out due to not accomplishing achievements at their assigned locations, as well as students trying their hardest at their assigned locations. But then, instead of seeing Soma at the remaining two locations, the story jumps ahead in time two weeks. When Soma returns to the school, he finds that he’s received quite a few Shokugeki challenges. Then a second-year named Tetsuji Kabutoyama approaches him and asks for a challenge. Soma decides to take him up on it and asks to do it now; he also declares that he’ll accept every single one of the challenge letters.

I was actually surprised to discover that the final two weeks of the challenge were basically glossed over. I thought for sure that we would have seen Soma going through the other two locations. All I can figure is that the author was getting bored with the Stagiaire stuff and wanted to progress the story to battles at the school. And now that Soma’s made a name for himself, he’s got a lot of challengers to compete against; however, I don’t think we’ll be seeing every single one of these being depicted in the manga. But the stage is definitely set for Soma to go up against Tetsuji, and I suspect that will begin in the next chapter.

Bleach CH:624

The chapter finally lets us see what happened to Ichigo, Yoruichi, Chad, Orihime, and Ganju. Since Ichigo passed out, we get to see through flashbacks what happened to them after Uryu attacked. It’s also revealed that Kon was hiding in Ichigo’s robes. As Ichigo is trying to figure out how to get back to Reiokyu, Yoruichi surprises everyone by what she does and who appears right at the end of the chapter.

This chapter ended up being an exposition chapter rather than a chapter to truly advance the plot. But considering that I’d been wondering what had happened to Ichigo and the others, I’m not too upset that this chapter focused more on explaining what happened to them. But I have to say that I was just as surprised as Ichigo was when a certain character made an appearance at the end of the chapter. It’ll be interesting to find out how this character returned, why they returned, and what they’re going to do to help.

World Trigger CH:101

The chapter opens with Yuma having a flashback of a discussion he had with Replica, and then we return to current time. Yuma and Murakami are battling it out. Meanwhile, Osamu orders Chika to support Yuma. We then see that Taichi from Suzunari is taken down by Nasu. We then return to Yuma and Murakami’s battle, which is heading straight for the bridge. As Chika fires, both Yuma and Murakami fall into the river. Yuma uses this to his advantage and causes Murakami to bail out. Unfortunately, since Kuga is missing one arm and one leg on his Trion body, it appears that he’ll be washed out of bounds.

Well, we finally reached the conclusion of Yuma and Murakami’s battle. It didn’t think it was too surprising that Yuma ultimately prevailed; in fact, I would have been more surprised if Yuma had been the on who had been forced to bail out. I liked getting to see the flashback of Yuma and Replica, because I have to admit that I miss having Replica around. But I guess having Replica leaving is showing how much Yuma has learned from him and how much he has grown and progressed. It’s going to be interesting to see how this particular Rank War will progress in the next chapter.

My Hero Academia CH:040

Midoriya and Shoto’s battle continues, and the two lunge at each other. After the explosion, we see that Midoriya is out of bounds, so Shoto is the one to move on to the next round. Afterward, when Shoto’s father is happy about his son has put his childish rebellion aside, Shoto tells him that what he did out there had nothing to do with his father; in face, he had forgotten all about him. We then see Midoriya recuperating and learn that his right arm is shattered. At the end of the chapter, we learn that Midoriya finished in the top eight.

The way the battle had been building up, I was so sure that somehow Midoriya would pull through and win. So I was genuinely surprised when he ended up losing. But I think this was the more realistic way to go with this match, especially with the character development that Shoto went through during it. Since Midoriya is out of the running and we learn that he finished in the top eight, I suspect that this particular story arc is over. It’ll be interesting to see where this series heads to next.

Toriko CH:321

Toriko and the others are partying. Toriko and the others are joined by friends who have come from the human world. It turns out that if you drink pair, you can see food spirits. Guemon and Maury, who are in a state of suspended animation, and Pukin works to get them out of it. It’s also revealed that Komatsu has awoken to his gourmet cells and that he harbors a gourmet cell demon. One of the people there, named Zongeh, seems to bear a spitting image of the Monkey King’s lover, Bambina, and the Monkey King seems to think he’s her.

Wow, this chapter was kind of a mess and all over the place. Yes, there was a lot of exposition, but I felt like I was being bounced around in several different directions. Hopefully this story arc with the monkeys and apes is truly just about over. I’ve been thinking it should be almost done for the past couple of chapters or so, yet it’s still going on. Personally, I think this story arc has just about run out of steam, and I’m hoping that we can move on to another story arc sooner rather than later.

Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment CH:020

The classroom session gets underway. Information about the baseball bat that was found is revealed. Yui also works hard at trying to prove that Tento is guilty, as well as trying to remove the layers of mystery surrounding him. Abaku questions other witnesses and gets information about a noise. Suddenly, Sarutobi enters the room, who had been looking for something that Abaku asked him to look for. With this, Abaku has set his trap, and it appears that Yui has suddenly remembered something from the past.

This chapter is definitely building up to revealing who the perpetrator of the attack on Shiratori. And the end of the chapter also seems to indicate that the whereabouts of Red Ogre in this classroom will also be revealed. Since it appears a lot of major information will be coming together in the next chapter, that it could end up being the last one for the series. It’ll be interesting to see what ends up being revealed in the next chapter, and finding out whether or not this series will actually be coming to an end.

Black Clover CH:011

A new dungeon is discovered, and it’s explained that dungeons are like ancient tombs with relics and crazy magic traps. When dungeons are discovered, it’s the Magic Knights who are in charge of exploring them. It turns out the Wizard King has specifically asked for Asta to explore it. We then see Asta, Noelle, and another guy. With his anti-magic weapon, Asta is discovering several trap spells in the dungeon. The guy accompanying Asta and Noelle senses there are others in the dungeon and goes off on his own to find them. Just then, a trap spell is activated which uses high-level plant creation magic and captures Noelle; fortunately, Asta is able to save her. But Asta is caught by the trap in the process, and somebody saves him. It’s then revealed that Golden Dawn is also sending a few people into the dungeon, and that Yuno is the one who saved Asta.

Well, the good news is, Black Clover continues trying to move away from being a Naruto clone. The bad news is that this concept with the dungeons felt like it was lifted straight out of the Magi manga series. I hope that that borrowing or copying setups and concepts from other series isn’t going to be a running theme in this series. But I have to say that it was nice to see Yuno again, since we haven’t seen him in a while.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:168

The beginning of the chapter shows the garbage bags from the locksmith being picked up by the garbage collectors. Raku and Onodera are surprised to find each other at the legendary fir tree. But just as Raku is about to confess his feelings, the tree lights up. After they get the stuffed animal, Onodera receives a call from the locksmith saying he found the pendant and key; it turns out his granddaughter liked them and took them home. Later, when Onodera returns home, she asks Haru asks about the pages of the book, and Haru insists she’s never seen any other pages besides these ones and would make up an ending for the story. Their mother then tells Onodera that someone had given it to her ten years ago. It’s also revealed that the locksmith couldn’t open the locket with the key without breaking it. Marika isn’t happy about the vibe she’s getting from Raku and Onodera, and decides at the end of the chapter that she’s pulling out the big guns.

It turns out I was right last week when I expected some kind of a miracle for the key and lock to be returned to Raku and Onodera. So Komi trolled the audience once again. Sigh. And it looks like the next chapter is shaping up to feature Marika. Double sigh. I can’t stand Marika, and I generally don’t enjoy the chapters that focus on her. So I’m not expecting much from the next chapter if she is indeed the focus for it.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal CH:53

The battle between Yuma and Astral begins. Astral has three Number Cards, and Yuma keeps using various Gagaga cards. As Astral attacks, we see Yuma’s life points falling from 4000 down to 400. When it’s Yuma’s turn, he says he’s going to hit Astral with all of the tactics that he taught him. With his turn, he summons Gagaga Girl, makes her level match Gagaga Magician, and creates an overlay. He now has Utopia, Messenger of Light. Yuma activates Utopia One’s effect, uses all its overlay units, reduces his life points down to 1, excludes all of Astral’s monsters, and inflict their amount of ATK as damage. But Astral activates his Rank Gazer trap card, which increases his life by 300 times the rank of the XYZ monsters on his field. Astral’s life points still end up getting knocked down to 300, but Astral activates Rank Gazer’s other effect. Astral summons Thunder Spark Dragon. But then Yuma activates Rank Up Magic-Shining Force. As Yuma tries to attack Astral’s monster, Astral activates a quick-play spell. Astral’s life points are knocked down to 100. Astral ups the ante some more, and the chapter ends with him summoning Utopia Kaiser, the Numbers’ king of kings.

After reading this chapter, it felt like my head was spinning. It was pretty much constant card summoning and attacks, with the ante constantly being upped throughout the chapter. Since it seems Astral summoned a major monster at the end of this chapter, I really hope it means that this duel will end sooner rather than later. I really need a breather after trying to follow this chapter.

Masashi Kishimoto & Eiichiro Oda

This is an excerpt of an interview with Masashi Kishimoto and Eiichiro Oda that appears in the official guidebook for Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto exhibition. This excerpt is about how Kishimoto and Oda met each other.

Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring CH:001

This is the first chapter for the new Naruto manga mini-series that focuses on Naruto’s son and his peers. At the beginning of this chapter, it’s announced that the academy graduation ceremony is coming up. We see that Sarada isn’t excited about the exam; in fact, she doesn’t seem interested in becoming a shinobi. Later, as Sarda is talking with Cho-Cho, we learn that Sarada doesn’t get to spend much time with her father. Then we see Naruto training with Boruto and Sai training with his son. Later, when Boruto is talking with Sarada and Shikadau, Boruto says that the Naruto he’s been training with is a shadow doppelganger. Sarada looks a little sad when she sees the fathers and sons interacting, and then it’s revealed that Sarada has never even met her father. Sarada starts pestering Sakura for answers, and the two of have a tense moment. Unfortunately, Sakura gets so upset that she manages to destroy their house. When Sarada digs through the rubble, she finds a picture of Sasuke that includes Karin and Suigetsu. Sarada is upset when she sees it.

OK, I really liked this chapter and how it’s started to expand on what we saw of the new generation at the end of the final chapter of Naruto. It turns out that not everything is going as smoothly as it appeared in that last chapter. A strong focus of this chapter was definitely on some of the kids interacting with their fathers and how Sarada doesn’t have this in her life. From what’s said here, it appears that Sarada has never even met Sasuke. Of course, now that Sarada has seen this picture of Karin with Sasuke, I’m sure she’s going to have a lot of questions for her mother by the time this mini-series is over. I’m really looking forward to seeing how Kishimoto is going to be progressing this story for the new generation.

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (April 20, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for Nisekoi: False Love, Toriko, World Trigger, Food Wars!, My Hero Academia, Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment, and Black Clover. There’s also a special section devoted to Naruto fan art from a contest Weekly Shonen Jump ran late last year.

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.

Weekly Shonen Jump (April 20, 2015)

Nisekoi: False Love CH:167

Raku and Onodera have 20 minutes to retrieve the pendant and key, as well as to get to the legendary fir tree. Raku believes that it won’t be possible to do both. We see that Onodera thinks there’s no way Raku would to go the fir tree now because of how important the locket is to him, and has to make up her mind as to what she’s going to do. But then we see that Raku has decided to go to the tree instead, while Onodera seems to have decided to retrieve the locket. But right at the end of the chapter, Raku gets a major surprise.

Huh, so this hasn’t quite turned out how I expected. I’d thought that they would both rush over to the garbage in order to retrieve the locket and key and sacrifice the tree lighting. But that’s not what happened. At first, I thought this could be Komi’s way of trying to get rid of the locket so he wouldn’t have to deal with that particular element. However, the last time Komi made it seem like a major change would happen with Chitoge moving away, it ended up not happening. I’m almost expecting that some kind of “Christmas miracle” will happen that will allow them to see the lighting of the fir tree and get their locket and key back.

Toriko CH:320

They work at trying to extract pair, but it’s going very slowly. When they wonder how long it will take to get enough for even one person to enjoy, Kaka suddenly shows up and says that it’ll take an extremely long time to get enough for everyone. Toriko and the others and unhappy to see that Kaka is still alive. But Komatsu says that she’s on their side, and that this is the real Kaka. Kaka says she will explain the true method to prepare pair. While it’s nowhere near as long as the natural drip method they’re using, it’s still a time-consuming process. Komatsu then points out that there’s a hole in the pair. Just then, there’s a flood of pair; apparently, Komatsu was able to prepare it in one stroke. Everyone partakes in the pair, but Toriko and the others discover that by drinking a certain amount of it, they become the opposite gender and reveal new senses of taste. But Kaka tells them that one more mouthful will return them to normal. Right at the end of the chapter, it’s revealed that they can now see the spirit world.

Oookay, then. I know Toriko has gotten strange at times, but, um… wow. With the revelation that they can see the spirit world, I suspect that the next chapter will be placing an emphasis on this aspect. But it was good to learn that the Kaka who had been traveling with Toriko and the others had been a fake. I liked Kaka and was disappointed when it appeared that Kaka was actually evil. But definitely a lot of exposition right at the beginning, with major surprises taking place right at the end. If it wasn’t for those two major surprises, this probably would have ended up being a rather dull chapter.

World Trigger CH:100

The chapter opens with more commentary to catch the reader up on what’s taking place at the various fronts. Almost half of the chapter is devoted to commentary before the reader truly gets to see the actual action as it’s taking place. When the action does pick back up, the focus is on the battle between Yuma and Murakami. But after four-and-a-half pages of the fight, we’re taken right back to the commentary again.

Overall, I have to say that this wasn’t as action oriented of a chapter as I had hoped it would be. While the commentary can be nice to understand what’s going on, I’d also like to actually see the battles going on that are being commentated on. Unfortunately, it doesn’t help that I saw the newest episode of the anime earlier, which focused more on recap and exposition than it did on action. This could be making me more frustrated with this chapter than I might normally would have been.

Food Wars! CH:115

Shinomiya asks to taste Soma’s dish. He takes a bite, and the art makes it clear that he’s very impressed by what he just tasted. Someone else tastes it and has the same reaction. Soma then launches into an explanation of what he did, and all of the other chefs are surprised. But in the end, Shinomiya says that Soma’s dish isn’t worthy of being included on the menu at Shino’s Tokyo because it’s too low quality as it currently is. Shinomiya offers to show Soma how to do it if it was his recipe. But there is a nice twist right at the end of the chapter.

So this is another chapter that shows that while Soma is able to do something better than others expected, it’s still not necessarily the best that it could be. I do like seeing that Soma doesn’t always come out on top and seem to have the world handed to him on a silver platter. It’s refreshing to see a shonen lead having to work hard but not always being number one. And it looks like Soma has one more week for his Stagiaire Challenge, so it’ll be interesting to see where he ends up next.

My Hero Academia CH:039

After some sizing up, Midoriya and Shoto rush toward each other… and Midoriya lands a punch into Shoto’s stomach. There’s concern about the injuries that Midoriya has sustained up to this point, and the idea of stopping the match is considered. As this is being considered, the match continues, with Shoto asking Midoriya why he’s going this far. After Midoriya answers, we get a flashback of when Shoto was five years old and what ultimately led Shoto to hate his father as much as he does. Right at the end of the chapter, Shoto does something that no one expects.

For the most part, not much truly happens to progress the match over the course of this chapter. However, there’s some really good character development for Shoto here, and by the end of the chapter, Shoto seems like he’s starting to have a change of heart about some things. But the flashbacks and the prodding he’s getting from Midoriya have pushed Shoto to do something that he said he’d never do. I have a feeling that the next chapter will more than likely show us what the results of Shoto’s decision end up being.

Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment CH:019

In this chapter, Pine is informed that she is unable to serve as the prosecutor for the classroom session because only top prosecutors from the special investigations unit are permitted to handle Class-A incidents. Pine insists because it was her friend who was hurt. This doesn’t move Yui, though. Meanwhile, Abaku and Sarutobi are trying to figure out how the incident could have occurred in a way for Tento to be innocent. In a flashback, we see that Abaku has revealed more about the Bloody Session to Tento. Later, we see Sarutobi thinking that when he first met Tento, he felt comfortable around him because he felt familiar.

It’s now the day of the classroom session, and Pine comes up to Abaku with a summary of the day of the attack. This summary primarily focuses on the girls in the class. The classroom session is called to order right at the end of the chapter.

So this story continues to build, and more hints seem to be getting dropped. But which hints are truly important, and which ones are red herrings? Hopefully the classroom session will bring a lot of things into light, and maybe even expose the true identity of Red Ogre. With the way recent chapters have been progressing, I’m just convinced that Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment is probably just about to end.

Black Clover CH:008-010

We get three chapters of Black Clover this week to help the readers of the English version of Weekly Shonen Jump get caught up to where the series currently is in the Japanese edition.

Chapter 8 sees Lord Heath using his ice magic and it appears Asta has been pierced by an ice spear. But Asta suddenly comes up behind Lord Heath and declares that he’s not done. Asta’s pretty beat up, but he still insists on going after Lord Heath. Magna jumps in to give Asta some help. Together, Magna and Asta are able to draw Lord Heath in with a decoy. Noelle is also able to control her magic and jumps into the fray.

Right at the beginning of Chapter 9, Asta is able to get a good hit in on Lord Heath. Right after he defeats Lord Heath, Asta falls asleep. But Asta is awakened by a swallow pecking at him and giving him a stone from the village. Later, we see that Lord Heath’s magic has been sealed, but that he has a magic item inside of him. In the end, Lord Heath and his men self destruct. We then see the group that Lord Heath was working for, and it appears that the swallow gave Asta a magic stone.

In Chapter 10, we see that the Black Bulls have been awarded a star by the Wizard King for Asta, Magna, and Noelle’s actions. Asta also receives his first paycheck, and is taken to the castle town of Kikka in order to spend it. While they’re there, Vanessa takes Asta and Noelle to the black market. They run into Har, a guy that Asta did his entrance exam with, and a thief comes running past the Magic Knights. Both Asta and Har chase after the thief, but it’s ultimately Asta who apprehends the thief. Right at the end of the chapter, we see that the Wizard King is wandering around Kikka in disguise.

While that battle with Heath was interesting, I’d really like to know how Asta managed to survive being attacked by an ice spear. Oh well. But over the course of these three chapters, there’s definitely a dynamic being developed between Asta and Noelle. Black Clover is starting to become a lot more interesting, and it’s starting to feel a little less like a Naurto clone. And was it just me, or did the Wizard King come across as being a little creepy? Hopefully Black Clover will continue to progress in a way that will make readers care about the characters, the story they’re going through, and the world that they inhabit.

Kishimoto Sensei’s Top Picks and Naruto Fan Art

This section reveals the ten entries for the Weekly Shonen Jump cover art contest that featured Naruto characters that were Kishimoto’s favorites and he comments on each one. There are some amazing entries that are featured here, and I enjoyed reading Kishimoto’s comments. And right at the end of the feature, it’s announced that the Naruto mini-series will begin running in the next issue.

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (April 13, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for One Piece, My Hero Academia, World Trigger, Food Wars!, Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment, Bleach, Nisekoi: False Love, and Black Clover.

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:783

The fight between Luffy and Doflamingo continues. Luffy tries to rescue Law, and asks Robin to take care of him. Luckily, she can use her Devil Fruit ability to create a net and catch him. However, Doflamingo tries to turn his attention to Law since he’s not finished with him yet. Cabbage arrives and decides that she needs to cross swords with Doflamingo now that he has seen her. But after Luffy says he needs her to take care of the others, she agrees. Luffy gets Doglamingo to turn his attention back onto him. As Doflamingo fights and appears to be getting the upper hand, he also gloats that the birdcage will begin to kill people. But this seems to egg Luffy on, and he just launches an attack when the chapter end.

This is one of those chapters where there’s a lot of action going on, but not a lot actually happens in the long run. It looks like Law has resigned himself to not making it out alive from this battle, but at least Cabbage is with him to keep him company. I’m sure that by the end of this arc, Luffy will triumph over Doflamingo and Law will make it through, but I don’t know how much longer Oda intends to stretch this out. And with the added tension of the constricting birdcage getting closer to claiming its first victim, the tension has risen dramatically.

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

My Hero Academia CH:038

The fight between Midoriya and Shoto begins. Unfortunately for Midoriya, Shoto’s matches have ended in a flash before this point, so he had no way to learn much from watching him. So Midoriya has to learn while fighting. Unfortunately, Midoriya finds pretty quickly that his right hand is done, followed close behind by his other hand. But Midoriya surprises everyone by using his quirk while he has broken fingers. Right at the end of the chapter, Midoriya tells Shoto to come at him with everything he’s got, instead of just half of his power.

I’m not surprised to see that this chapter ends before Midoriya and Shoto’s match comes to an end. Knowing how the story had been building up to this moment, there was no way I could think that it’d be done in one chapter. Hopefully this match can either come to an end or be right about to end as the next chapter finishes. The pacing is good so far, and I don’t want it ruined by the mangaka trying to stretch things out for too long.

World Trigger CH:099

Kumagai and Murakami begin duking it out, but during the battle, her Trion body loses one of its hands. She uses meteor to try to turn the fight into her favor. We learn through Kumagai’s thoughts that this is the first time that she’s used a shooting trigger. But in the end, Kumagai ends up having to bail out. Yuma appears in front of the victorious Murakami right at the end of the chapter.

The first part of the chapter placed a strong emphasis on commentary, so the action part of the chapter was near the end of the chapter. While the commentary is useful to help the reader figure out what’s going on, having too strong of a focus early on in the chapter like this does make the chapter more of a boring read than if the commentary and action could be have been intercut a little more. But it looks like the foundation is being set for the next chapter to focus on Murakami and Yuma, and it’ll be interesting to see how that goes.

Food Wars! CH:114

Shinomiya allows Soma to submit a dish to the new recipe contest. We learn from Mr. Chapelle that the dish Soma comes up with will essentially decide if he passes or fails this week’s Stagiaire. Soma learns from the others that they’re all taking the new recipe contest very seriously. We then see Soma furiously working on making his dish. He has a flashback of learning things from his father and comes to realize that everything his father came across his life as a chef he condensed into his ideal vision of a family restaurant. It’s now time for the judging, and Soma brings out his dish right at the end of the chapter.

This chapter basically focuses on Soma as he realizes that he has to break free of everything he used to be as a chef. The flashback that’s included in this chapter also gives us a little bit more insight into what Soma has learned from his father when it comes to cooking. I wasn’t surprised to see that the chapter ended just as Soma brought out his dish. I figured it would be that way in order to build the suspense. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with his dish in the contest during the next chapter.

Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment CH:018

As Higashide is trying to arrest Tento, Abaku and Sarutobi are invstigating the crime scene. Abaku swears to save Tento, while Tento is sent to the Children’s Detention Center because of being taken into custody for a Class A Offense. Yui Kijima, the third of the three tongues, has been named the lead prosecutor for Tento’s classroom session. We see she has a violent way of questioning people, and we see that she’s already decided that Tento is guilty. She can tell he isn’t lying at first, but once she asks if he’s hiding something right now, she figures out that he lies when he says no. Just as Yui is about to question him further, Abaku arrives and the two begin sniping at each other. Meanwhile, Higashide receives news that a metal bat was found on the rooftop and it’s thought to be the weapon that was used in the attack. When dusting for prints and comparing them with fingerprints voluntarily submitted by all of the students, they found a positive match that isn’t Tento. Right at the end of the chapter, Abaku reveals to Tento that he had received an email prior to transferring to the school that appears to be from Red Ogre, who apparently is the true perpetrator of the Bloody Session.

Wow, that Yui is a rather frightening kid. But it was also disappointing to see that a sixth grader has been sexualized in the way that Yui has; this was done with both her attire and through the fact that it appears her interrogation methods look suspiciously like BDSM.

But from everything that’s been presented in this chapter, it appears that Tento is indeed innocent. And with various revelations made near the end of the chapter, it’s becoming clearer to see that this series is close to ending, and that it wasn’t planned to run for this short of a time. It appears that the reader may already know who Red Ogre actually is and that both this case and the Bloody Session could be solved rather quickly. At this point, I think it just depends on how many more weeks Weekly Shonen Jump is willing to give this series before it’s forced to conclude.

Bleach CH:623

Kurotsuchi makes it clear to Aizen that he is controlling the level of his restraints. Aizen challenges Kurotsuchi to turn his device all the way up, and Kurotsuchi obliges. Just then, NaNaNa Najahkoop and some of the other Quincies arrive. Just as Nanana is about to attack, Bazz-B attacks NaNana. Bazz-B says they’ll give the Soul Reapers a hand because if Reiokyu falls then they’ll have problems, too. But in order to get their help, he demands something in return. If the Soul Reapers build the gate to Reiokyu, the Quincies want to be taken to the royal palace so they can kill Yhwach for abandoning them.

The early part of the chapter establishes what Aizen’s power is, while the end of the chapter sets the stage for the Quincies to potentially team up with the Soul Reapers. The Soul Reapers don’t give an answer by the end of the chapter, so hopefully we’ll see where this storyline goes in the next chapter. There’s definitely potential for the story to get exciting soon, so I hope that the potential I see will manifest itself in the series’ upcoming chapters.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:165

Raku and Onodera continue to kill time as they wait for the lighting of the legendary fir tree. They have some awkward interactions, but the two of them still seem to be having fun together. But as time goes on, the awkwardness starts to go away, and they genuinely seem to be having a great time. At seven o’clock, Raku decides he wants to buy a present for Onodera and suggests they split up for a little bit and that they’ll meet at the plaza with the tree right at eight o’clock. While he’s looking around, Raku discovers that the battery on his phone is dead and that he hasn’t heard from the locksmith. The locksmith finds Raku and tells him that the pendant and key are missing. The locksmith figures they were accidentally thrown away and says they have until eight o’clock to find it at the central collection spot.

It was fun getting to see Raku and Onodera having such a great time together, but already knowing what had happened with the pendant and key in the previous chapter made it clear that their good time wouldn’t last. I was just waiting for Raku and Onodera to find out the bad news, and we finally saw it right at the end of the chapter. So now they have to get to the central trash collection and find their items by eight, as well as get to the legendary fir tree. It looks like getting both things accomplished could be impossible, so it’ll be interesting to see how this is handled in the next chapter. I have to say that this has been one of the more interesting chapters of Nisekoi: False Love that I’ve read in a while.

Black Clover CH:005-007

We get three chapters of Black Clover this week to help the readers of the English version of Weekly Shonen Jump get caught up to where the series currently is in the Japanese edition.

Chapter 5 introduces the other new recruit to the Black Bulls, Noelle Silver. It turns out she’s a member of the country’s royal family. She’s a snob and holds the fact that she’s royalty over others. That night, Asta gets lost while trying to find the bathroom and wanders outside. He finds Noelle practicing her magic, which she seems to have little to no control over. Later, Noelle traps herself with her own magic, and it’s up to Asta to neutralize it. He succeeds, but it looks like he’s going to fall to his death; fortunately, Yami comes to his rescue. When the Black Bulls learn Noelle can’t control her magic, they don’t make fun of her like she thinks they will. Hopefully Noelle’s attitude will start improving after this.

Chapter 6 officially introduces the other members of the Black Bulls, so the reader gets to learn their names and personalities. Asta and Noelle are given their first mission, which is to go to the village of Saussy and hunt boar. Getting to the village is a problem because neither Asta nor Noelle can fly on a broom. Magna has to take them on his broom. When they reach the village, they find it’s been covered with magic, and Asta is asked to neutralize it. When they clear the mist, they find an execution in progress. Magna uses his magic to stop it. As the executioner tries to continue with what he was doing, Asta tries to use his sword to stop him.

Chapter 7 reveals that the executioner is Lord Heath. When one of his men tries to conjure another mist, Asta is able to negate it with his sword. In a flashback of Asta’s, we learn that there is prejudice against commoners with weak magic. As a kid, he decides that he wants to become the Wizard King and get rid of the prejudice. Lord Heath launches a major ice attack against the villagers, but Asta is able to repel that magic. Noelle tries to help, but she can’t control her magic. Magna tells Noelle to retreat. She’s about to run, but a little girl comes over and begs her to save them. Noelle develops heightened emotions and her magic becomes stronger and she can control it.

These three chapters start progressing Black Clover a little further. At first, I thought I wasn’t going to like Noelle, but she has started to grow as a character by the end of Chapter 7. While I can still see some of the similarities Black Clover has with Naruto, it does seem like this series is starting to diverge away from the Naruto formula as it progresses. I really hope that this continues to be the case, because I do think there’s potential for this series to become more than just a Naruto clone. It’s just a little frustrating that it had to start out as a such a Naruto knock-off, though.

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (April 6, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for My Hero Academia, One Piece, Black Clover, Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign, World Trigger, Food Wars!, Bleach, Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment, Toriko, Nisekoi: False Love, and Blue Exorcist.

For the series that carried over from previous issues I’ve read, I tried to put a little more focus in my write-ups about the progression of the story from the previous chapter. I will warn you that these write-ups will more than likely contain spoilers.

I only started reading Weekly Shonen Jump back in late February/early March of 2014, which means there’s a number of series published in the magazine that I jumped in the middle of. Since then, I’ve been able to start reading older chapters of some of the titles, but I haven’t managed to do this for all of the titles yet. Because of this, there may be times I might inadvertently include incorrect information in the write-ups. If you see something in a write-up that’s incorrect due to my having not read earlier chapters of a series, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know. Not only can I correct the incorrect information in the write-up, it will also help provide information for me to have when reading future chapters of a series in Weekly Shonen Jump.

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

My Hero Academia CH:037

The first round of the one-on-one tournament is now over. During the break between rounds, Midoriya runs into Bakugo. Bakugo believes that Midoriya came up Uraraka’s self-sacrificing scheme, and Midoriya insists it was all Uraraka’s idea. We then get to see a phone conversation that Uraraka has with her parents, and we learn that while her parents support her being a hero, they don’t truly understand the technical side of it. Midoriya has a run-in with Shoto’s father, Endeavor. During this, Midoriya declares that he is not All Might, and that Shoto is not Endeavor. Right at the very end of the chapter, we see that the first match of the second round will be Midoriya against Shoto.

This chapter is basically here to give the reader a break before the big match against Midoriya and Shoto gets going. The biggest takeaway from this chapter is getting to see the kind of relationship Uraraka has with her parents. Outside of that, it consisted either of discussions to wind down Uraraka’s match, or conversations to get the reader psyched for the upcoming battle between Midoriya and Shoto. I suspect that the next chapter will at least get Midoriya and Shoto’s fight started but that it won’t finish over the course of that chapter.

One Piece CH:782

This chapter sees Luffy facing off against Doflamingo. But just as it looks like Luffy has the upper hand, Trebol lays down some sticky goop that traps Luffy. But even through he may be stuck in the goop, he’s able to get a hit in on Trebol. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do much. But Luffy keeps trying anyway. In the midst of all this, we get to see flashbacks of when Doflamingo was younger and how he was raised by his henchmen to become a king. And even though Law may be unable to move much, he’s still able to pull off an incredible feat.

Overall, this was a rather action-packed chapter of One Piece. Even though flashbacks may have been included, they didn’t really bog down the pacing of the chapter. While this battle may be nowhere near decided yet, at least a couple of things happened that helped to progress it somewhat. I’m expecting the next chapter to continue with this battle that features Luffy, Doflamingo, and Law.

Black Clover CH:004

Asta makes his first appearance among the Black Bulls, but no one seems to notice that he’s there. Yami appears and tells his squad to knock off their nonsense. With his arrival, Asta is introduced to the others. But when they learn he’s a run from the boonies, one of the females flirts with him, while one of the males says that Asta has to prove that he’s worth wearing their squad’s robe. Magna Swing, Yami’s top underling, says he’ll launch attack magic on Asta, which he must block or avoid, in order to get the robe. At first, Asta thinks he’ll be able to cut through it with his sword, but he figures out quickly that with his current skills, he won’t be able to cut through this magic. While his brain shuts down, his body moves and finds a way out. Magna Swing is impressed, and Asta receives his robe. Right at the end, we see someone watching and not being impressed with what they saw.

Well, it looks like Black Clover is starting to look a little less like a Naruto clone, especially with the introduction of the Black Bulls. It’s starting to get a little more interesting, but it’s too bad that a lot of setup felt like it was lifting many of the concepts that made up the setup for Naruto. Here’s hoping that Black Clover can continue moving away from its Naruto clone roots.

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign CH:032

Seishiro Hiragi goes visits Shinjuku to see what Kureto is doing there, and the two brothers have an argument. It gets to the point where Kureto’s men take down Seishiro’s men. It seems that Kureto believes that he’s going to be the hero who saved the world. Kureto is heading off to Nagoya, believing that he’ll be able to imprison the vampires there. Kureto has Seishiro thrown into the brig.

We then return to the upper floors of Nagoya City Hall, where Guren and Shinya try to escape, but Crowley catches up with him. Just as Guren orders Shinya to run, Yuichiro bursts through the floor right in front of Crowley.

Wow, Kureto sure as a kust for power, doesn’t he? I have a suspicion that Kureto’s going to end up being killed during this whole thing, or will end up being the one responsible for destroying the plan that had been put in place. Either way, I think Kureto is going to end up being a big disgrace instead of being the hero who saved the world. And it looks like the stage is being set for Yuichiro and the rest of Shinoa Squad to try to rescue Guren. I suspect that this will be the focus of the next chapter of the series.

World Trigger CH:098

We see that Tamakoma Branch has a prisoner, a Neighbor who was left behind after the invasion. We then return to the BRank Wars, where the fight rages on. Akane is told to bail out, but she chooses to stay and goes for a shot. Unfortunately, Yuma was within a certain radius, so Akane was unable to bail out. Yuma is able to do a trick that gives him the advantage and allows him to knock Akane out of the fight.

In the long run, not a whole lot happens here. For most of the chapter, it was primarily in a holding pattern, with people doing a lot of talking and trying to figure out their own strategy or predicting the other team’s strategy. The only real action took place right at the end with Yuma and Akane, so the chapter ends just as something is finally happening. Hopefully the next chapter will have more in the way of action.

Food Wars! CH:113

It’s now the last day of Shino’s Tokyo Pre-Opening. Soma is learning various tricks about French cooking from the head chef. At the end of the day, Shinomiya gets asked if he’s going to open a third restaurant, a reporter wants to put together a special feature on him, and another reporter wants an interview. Then a very special group of guests arrives, which includes Shinomiya’s former classmates, former teacher, and even his mother. Right at the end of the chapter, Soma declares that he wants to participate in the restaurant’s new recipe contest.

Probably one of the most interesting parts of this chapter is a combination of getting the background on why Shinomiya decided to learn French cooking and the history lesson about food in regards to World War II. I found the history lesson to be interesting, and I didn’t think it bogged down the storytelling. It was also amusing to see Shinomiya talking so differently when his mother was around, because this allowed us to see a different side of the usually serious Shinomiya. And it looks like the next chapter will be devoted to the new recipe contest.

Bleach CH:622

The Soul Reapers are shocked to see Aizen, and even more surprised when they learn that Kyoraku is the one who lifted Aizen’s sentence. Kyoraku says he thought they need Aizen’s power, but the other Soul Reapers are not cool with this. When Aizen tries to get Kyoraku to remove more of his restraints, Kyoraku unleashes eyeball monsters to get Aizen to cooperate. Aizen attacks the eyeball monsters. Elsewhere, Byakuya tells Kyoraku that freeing Aizen is an insult to them, and Kyoraku says they can smack him all they want later after they save the Seireitei. They see that Aizen has destroyed the eyeball monsters, and Aizen tells the Soul Reapers what they need to do.

This entire chapter focused on Aizen and the Soul Reapers. But this was a good thing, since we needed to learn why Kyoraku decided to free Aizen from prison. Aizen is as much of a jerk as ever, but his abilities will be useful to help the Soul Reapers battle against the Quincies. Hopefully we’ll get to see what has happened with Ichigo and the others sooner rather than later.

Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment CH:017

We see a meeting at the Children’s Division Special Investigations Unit at the Tokyo Public Prosecutor’s Office. They point out just how many classroom sessions have been taking place in Abaku’s class. It’s also revealed that there’s not a single piece of data about Tento that exists from prior to his arrival at Tenbin Elementary School this spring. Then we see Tento going to take care of the rabbits in the animal shed, and one of the rabbits escapes. As Tento catches the rabbit and takes it back, he runs into Airin and Hatakeyama, who tell him that he can’t say that he saw them there. Unfortunately, this causes the rabbit to escape again.

When Abaku and Higashide arrive at school, Pine tells them they need to go to the animal shed. They see a female student has fallen over inside, but the door is locked and no one can get inside. Sarutobi arrives to help out. They both use a special gun they are provided as prosecutors and attorneys for self protection to get the door open. When they get inside, they discover it’s Reiko Shiratori inside. It turns out to be a case of attempted murder. Tento returns with the rabbit, and he has the key to the animal shed. Tento is then taken into custody for the attempted murder of Reiko Shiratori and suspicion of involvement in the series of incidents attributed to Red Ogre. It’s revealed that Shuichi is an undercover police inspector. At the end of the chapter, we see that Yui Kijima, the last of the three tongues, will be taking on this case.

Wow, this series went up a couple of notches in a hurry. It’d been hinted that there was more to Shuichi than what we knew, but I never guessed he was an undercover cop. Between the type of this case this is, the fact that the chapter is titled, “Beginning of the End,” as well as the revelations that have come out for Shuichi, Tento, and the third tongue, I’m getting the suspicion that this series may be getting close to winding down. If the series really is ending, then I’ll be disappointed. To me, Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment has been one of the better series to be introduced to Weekly Shonen Jump in recent months.

Toriko CH:319

Toriko and the others find that the Choo Choo Chomper is in bad shape. Komatsu asks for a drop of pair, which he uses to heal the Choo Choo Chomper. Then Komatsu notices that Toriko’s arm is missing and freaks out. They realize that it must have been Terry and the others who made sure that the Choo Choo Chomper was here, and they wonder where the others are. As Toriko and the others try to figure out how to get down the mountain, the various monkeys they’ve met appear. But then another creature arrives, which turns out to be the camping monster that all the monkeys rode in on. As they all board this cloud, which turns out to be made of the Monkey King’s poop, 100 G Mountain begins regenerating. They make it to the birthcry tree, and everyone gathers together to eat food treasure pair.

It was really amusing to see Komatsu’s confusion over so many things, since a lot of things were introduced and a lot of things happened while he was unconscious. I didn’t mention it in the write-up, but the camping monster they ride on is known as a “Flying Nimbutt,” which probably got its name from the fact that it’s made from the Monkey King’s poop. I wasn’t entirely sure whether to find this amusing or disgusting. I imagine Toriko is getting ready to move on to its next story arc, but it looks like we’ll have to wait a couple of weeks in order to find out how the story will progress.

It should be noted that Toriko will be off next week.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:165

Haru tells Onodera and Raku that they need to go on a date to the shopping mall a few train stations over to see a legendary fir tree. They’re giving away special limited edition plushies, but you have to go as a couple to get one. She really wants one, but since she has to work, she hopes Raku and Onodera can go for her. They make it to the legendary fir tree, and discover there’s a legend: if a couple watches the special tree lighting ceremony together, they will live happily ever after. The tree will be lit at 8:00 in the evening for only five minutes, and that’s when the plushies are being given away. They then overhear people saying the people get married by the legendary fir tree, and Onodera and Raku freak out. But since it’s only noon, they have a lot of time to kill. While at the mall, Raku notices there’s a locksmith, and he asks Onodera if she has her key with her. Raku suggests seeing what’s inside the pendant. Onodera agrees. They go to the locksmith, hand over the lock and key, and the locksmith says he’ll look at it that day and call them when he’s done. Right at the end of the chapter, we see the locksmith’s granddaughter playing around and knocking the locket and key into the garbage.

I don’t care much about the legend of the fir tree, but seeing Raku and Onodera taking the locket and key to the locksmith raised my hopes that perhaps there might be some kind of progress coming in regards to this whole mystery surrounding those items and the promise. But my hopes were dashed when I saw the little girl knock them into the garbage, especially with the locksmith saying the truck would be coming soon. I feel like Komi has teased us yet again. But it turned out I was right when I suspected that Haru had some kind of ulterior motive for wanting her sister to go on a date with Raku.

Blue Exorcist CH:066

Mephisto says he has to take everyone with them becaue there’s a visitor from The Vatican waiting for them. Mephisto takes them to his offce in Johann Faust’s mansion. They find Lewin Light, nicknamed Lightning, waiting for them. Lightning has come to determine whether Renzo Shima is trustworthy. They have all been gathered to present evidence. Shima is given the first question, and is asked how he ended up returning to the order. As he starts to answer, the scene shifts into a flashback that explains what happened. Lightning then asks the others if they think Shima is trustworthy. Rin says that he believes that Mephisto is not trustworthy, and that’s why people think Shima is untrustworthy. Izumo says that while she’s grateful that Mephisto protected her sister, she asks why he didn’t tell her. After a confrontation, Mephisto admits that he’s been testing them and that they are pieces in a game that he controls. He then tells an angry Rin that they have to listen to him in order to defeat Lucifer. When they get back on topic, the other kids say in their own way that they trust Shima.

For the most part, this chapter focused very heavily on exposition and on various characters confronting Mephisto. Mephisto is a major jerk, and I feel the same as the kids; this guy just isn’t trustworthy. It was interesting to see that the kids thought Shima was trustworthy, and I’m hoping that they’re right about that. Considering he’s been a double agent for two different groups, who knows where his loyalties actually lie. This chapter also feels like it may be setting the groundwork for whatever the next story arc will end up being.

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.