Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (September 28, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for Black Clover, One Piece, Mononofu, Food Wars!, Samon the Summoner, My Hero Academia, Toriko, Bleach, and Nisekoi: False Love. This issue also includes Bakuman. age 14 (the second part of the two-part Bakuman. prequel manga, and the fourth chapter of Psyren (which is the current title to be featured for the “Jump Back” initiative).

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

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

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

Black Clover CH:031

It’s revealed that the guy causing all the trouble is Rades, who was a top choice for a Magic Knight squad six years ago but that he was expelled. So, this is basically a revenge plot of some kind. This chapter becomes a battle between the captain of the Crimson Lions and Rades. But it’s a short-lived battle, with the Crimson Lions’ leader winning it. While it was good to see the Magic Knight captain pump up the others around him, this chapter ended up being a little on the boring side for me as a reader. I had hoped to see some kind of epic battle, not an easy victory for the protagonist. Oh well. Maybe the next chapter will be more exciting.

One Piece CH:801

We get to see Doflamingo raving about pirates and the state of piracy as he’s locked away in a cell. And then it’s revealed that the bounties for the various Straw Hats and friends have gone up. I expect that the Navy was none too pleased about what happened on Dressrosa. The new bounty posters are actually rather amusing, although it’s interesting that Sanji’s says he’s only to be taken alive. Hmmm… I wonder what that could mean.

Mononofu CH:003

Shinobu goes through the entrance ceremony at school and decides to join the school’s shogi club. Unfortunately, Shinbou accidentally causes embarrassment for a boy named Rindo, who turns out to be the one and only member of the shogi club. How come I saw this coming when Shinobu had his run-in with him? Maybe because it’s a predictable plot twist? But when Shinobu plays one move against Rindo in a game, he’s kicked out for being a beginner. But after a talk with one of his dormmates, Shinobu decides not to give up and wants to start his own shogi club. Not surprisingly, this angers Rindo. The reader learns some interesting information about Rindo through the others at Shinbou’s dorm, and Shinobu does something that surprises Rindo. So we’ve basically got a situation where a newbie is coming in contact with someone who’s an old pro at the game, yet the pro has something that’s holding him back. It looks like the story’s being set up where, with his sense of being able to see the “checkmate,” Shinobu will help Rindo overcome that hurdle.

And that’s the end of this “Jump Start” initiative. Mononofu is probably one of the better titles to come through as part of the “Jump Start” initiative, but there are times when it can be on the predictable side.

Food Wars! CH:136

It turns out that what Erina’s grandfather wanted to speak with Soma about isn’t quite as important as I thought. But after Erina’s grandfather asks Soma what kind of chef he thinks she is, he launches into explaining about Erina’s childhood. Through flashbacks, we get some backstory for her. Even though the content of Soma’s meeting with the former dean of Totsuki isn’t what I expected, I still appreciate getting some backstory for Erina. Erina’s father was so mean and nearly abusive to her as a child. This flashback just seems to reinforce my impression of how much of a jerk he is. It also shows how Erina’s father was disowned from the family. At the end of the chapter, Erina’s grandfather asks Soma to help save his granddaughter from her father’s brainwashing. This is definitely going to be a tall order, but I’m sure Soma will take it on. As we’ve seen in the past, Soma feels is very committed and loyal to his friends, and I can’t see him turning his back on Erina because of her father.

Samon the Summoner CH:002

This chapter sees Sakura getting a lot of exposition from Samon about demons and familiars. But when one of Sakura’s friends shows up and is attacked by a demon, Samon is unwilling to help. This Samon guy is such a jerk that he’s not a likable character. So far, his attitude and behavior are making me not like this series very much. Sakura decides to try to take it on herself. And when Sakura realizes she can’t do it on her own, Samon still refuses to help. But when she says something that Samon wants to hear (that she desires to save her friend), he gives her some help. OK, he did finally help out, but the way he does this makes his come across as such a major jerk. So far, this second chapter really hasn’t sold me any more on this series than the first one did. Maybe next week’s chapter will be better?

My Hero Academia CH:060

This chapter sees the characters stressing about their upcoming final exams and trying to figure out what might be covered in them. We also get to see some of the animosity Class B has toward Class A. And Bakugo makes it clear to both Midoriya and Todoroki that he intends to perform better than them on the upcoming exams. This isn’t terribly surprising, since Bakugo has been established as a hothead from very early on. Then the chapter skips ahead in time to the practical exam, and the students discover the test isn’t going to be like what the upperclassmen had told them it would be like. And with the matchups, it looks like Midoriya ended up getting the short end of the stick. Will he be able to pass the practical exam?

Toriko CH:340

So Acacia is out there and seems to be acting more like a demon than anything else. When Jiro makes it to where Acacia was, the demon of Acacia is long gone. And it looks like there’s only mere days until the Gourmet Eclipse, and it has been hinted that something really bad will happen at that time. But after Jiro argues with the Nitros, he transforms into a beast. It looks like the stage is being set for Jiro to battle the Nitros. This chapter was basically a bunch of talking to provide exposition, with very little actually happening to progress the story outside of Acacia and what he does right at the beginning. Hopefully the story will actually make some progression in the next chapter.

Bleach CH:644

We learn that Nemi had brought body preservation pods, and the two people housed in them are no longer zombies. Mayuri asks a couple of Soul Reapers to take those two individuals out and to put himself and Kenpachi into them. After this, the chapter finally returns to what Urahara and the others are doing. Finally! But the action is just starting at the end of the chapter when Kyoraku is launching into a fight with a Quincy. Prior to that, it was a lot of talking as characters were running. But at least we’ve finally returned to focus to characters other than Mayuri!

Nisekoi: False Love CH:187

Marika’s escape attempt is foiled by Honda, and then we see the others in the dungeons. Chitoge and Tsugumi are together, and Raku finds that his cellmate is Marika’s father. The two of them have a conversation about Marika’s mother. Shinohara makes a surprise appearance in the dungeon in order to rescue the four of them, although Marika’s father decides to stay put. Ichijo is undeterred, and still plans to bust up Marika’s wedding. I guess the conversation with Marika’s father was supposed to give us insight into Marika’s mother and justify her actions. While it does a good job of explaining, I don’t think it truly justifies anything. And what can Raku possibly do to change Marika’s mother’s mind? I’m afraid that if succeeds in changing her mind, it’ll be due to some kind of a lame cop-out.

Bakuman. age 14

This chapter sees Akito trying to figure out how to achieve his goals. We’re also introduced to Mashiro, an artist in Akito’s class. It turns out Mashiro has been drawing pictures of the girl in their class that Akito likes. Akito makes the discovery when Mashiro accidentally leaves his notebook in class. But this chapter definitely sets up the possibility for a collaboration of the two in the future, since Akito likes Mashiro’s art style so much. I suspect fans of Bakuman. will appreciate seeing how the partnership they know from the original series ultimately came to be.

Psyren CH:004

This is the final chapter of Psyren to be highlighted in Weekly Shonen Jump’s “Jump Back” initiative. Ageha arrives where the others are and starts to help them battle against the monsters that they came across. Although it appears that only Ageha and one other person survive. The two of them have to try to work together in order to get past any remaining monsters and find a place that’s safe. But the chapter ends just as they come up with a plan, so the only way to know what will happen at this point is if you tracks down the first volume of the manga series and read it.

Psyren was OK from what I saw, but there just wasn’t quite enough here to hook me and make me want to rush out and read more. It’s not that it’s a bad series, it just didn’t do a whole lot for me personally.

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (September 21, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for One Piece, Toriko, Mononofu, Bleach, My Hero Academia, World Trigger, Black Clover, Food Wars!, Nisekoi: False Love, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V. This issue also includes the first chapter of Samon the Summoner (the second title to be featured in this “Jump Start” initiative), the Bakuman. age 13 two-part manga, and the third chapter of Psyren (which is the current title to be featured for the “Jump Back” initiative).

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

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

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

Samon the Summoner CH:001

Samon the Summoner is the second title being featured as part of Weekly SHonen Jump‘s latest “Jump Start” initiative.

Shosuke Samon is a transfer student who has such an intense personality that his classmates isolated him. It didn’t help that he introduced himself as a summoner and that his hobby is to summon demons. Sakura Teshigawa, one of his classmates who has a demon on her back, serves as the narrator for the series. Sakura is class president, and she is the only person who tries to talk to him. Sakura has a reputation in class for being an angel or a saint. Unfortunately, having this reputation means that Shosuke hates her. It’s because of Shosuke that she ends up with the demon on her back. The remainder of the chapter shows Sakura trying to deal with the temptations that this demon shoves at her, as well as having to deal with Shosuke and the insults he hurls at her. When a powerful devil arrives to go after Shosuke, he leaves Sakura alone to deal with it. But Shosuke does something unexpected.

Ookay…. well, then. This is definitely not a typical manga where the main male and female protagonists are being set up to be a potential romantic couple. On the contrary, Samon is so obsessed with Sakura turning evil that he will only protect her so that she can live to make his desire come true. After reading this first chapter, I have to say that this isn’t a bad manga, but it’s not standing out to me like Mononofu did, either. I’m not willing to write off Samon the Summoner quite yet, and I’m hoping the second chapter will be able to expand on what we’ve seen
here and helps to make the series something I’d be more interested in reading.

One Piece CH:800

Not surprisingly, Luffy declines the proposal of becoming the captain of a whole fleet of pirates. I knew that he wouldn’t be interested. But in the end, the other pirates swear their loyalty to Luffy and tell him to keep doing what he’s been doing all this time. We also see that Fujitora allows them to escape as thanks for helping to clean up the government’s mess. The way this chapter ends, it’s hinting that some big event that includes all of these pirates will be taking place at some point in the future. It may not necessarily be immediately, though. But this looks like this may finally be the conclusion for the Dressrosa arc. And if this arc really is over, it’ll be interesting to see where the series progresses from here.

Toriko CH:339

This chapter primarily focuses on the battle between Midora and Joie. But after some initial action, the story slows down for Joie to impart a bit of exposition. While the exposition is appreciated, it does slow down what had been a rather fast-paced chapter up to that point. We then see Setsu, Jiro, and Chichi as they drive off Neo, a gourmet cell demon that lurks within Acacia. This seems to indicate that Acacia could potentially be back. But with the way this chapter ends, it appears that doom and gloom could be coming. It really feels like a foundation is starting to be placed to work at bringing the series to an end. Obviously, it won’t be anytime soon, since there’s still a lot of loose ends out there. But it does appear that the story is building up to something major happening.

Mononofu CH:002

Shinobu is now obsessed with studying shogi instead of focusing on his school work. After getting a phone call from Shiobu’s father, who says he doesn’t want his son picking up bad habits, Yasukane declares that there should be no more shogi for Shinobu. But one of the other residents tells Shinobu that he should follow his dreams. So basically, we’re at the point where on obstacle gets in the protagonist’s way, but he receives encouragement to continue pursuing what he wants to do, no matter what. This is a rather common shonen setup, so this development isn’t too terribly surprising. But this person encouraging him gives him a complicated formation for a game they’re going to play. Even though Shinobu ultimately loses, he has so much fun playing an actual game that he wants to play again. During this second game, Shinobu shows his strength in the endgame. At the end of the chapter, Yasukane says he had no right to try to make Shinobu quit, and instead encourages him to try to become the best he can. Obviously, the protagonist wasn’t just going to quit in chapter two, because it would bring about a premature end to the story. We’ve now made it past this hurdle of almost quitting, so what other obstacles will Shinobu encounter as he starts trying to progress to the world of competitive shogi?

Bleach CH:643

What? No, Kubo didn’t just do that. He didn’t just kill a particular character. No, no, no! But it looks like this death is having to make Mayuri become introspective… but not for long. But it turns out that this character’s death may not be in vain, and it could potentially be what turns the tide in this battle. Hopefully this will finally bring about the end of this battle with Pernida.

My Hero Academia CH:059

This chapter sees All Might meeting with Midoriya and telling him more about One for All. This includes finding out how One for All came to be, and how the first villain to come out of the advent of exceptional humanity is the brains behind the League of Villains. But after he hears the story, Midoriya is determined to step up to a challenge that could be coming. But from what we see in All Might’s thoughts, it looks like he knows something bad is in store for himself and that he won’t always be around to help Midoriya. But it looks like the story is setting the stage for the students to have a summer training camp… except for those who can’t pass the upcoming final exams. But the end of the chapter also seems to imply that more trouble is on the way, so I imagine the training camp isn’t going to be all fun and games.

Bakuman. age 13

This is a two-part story that serves as a prequel to the Bakuman. manga. This story focuses on Akito and what his motivation was for trying to make it big with manga. Akito is starting junior high, and he finds that he’s trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life in the future. The only thing he knows is that he doesn’t want to be a salaryman. Time quickly goes by, and Akito always comes in first on the tests in seventh grade. He meets the girl who always comes right behind him in the ranking. Then he’s suddenly in eighth grade and still at the top of the class. In eighth grade, Aiko (the girl who always comes in second) wants to swap numbers or email addresses, claiming they can contact each other if they get stuck while studying; but from her expression, she’s obviously interested in Akito. But it’s during eighth grade that Akito learns that there are manga that are written and illustrated by different people. One thing that was really fun about reading the first part of this story is the references to various manga that were running in Weekly Shonen Jump at the time the story is set in. It definitely helps to make it feel like the story is actually set in the mid-2000s.

Admittedly, I haven’t had a chance to read Bakuman. yet, but I could still follow and enjoy what was going on in this special two-part manga. I’m interested in seeing how this progresses in the second chapter.

World Trigger CH:116

Osamu and Jin have an important conversation after Osamu asks him to join Tamakoma-2. Osamu also explains why he wants his squad to be able to go on an away mission as soon as possible and why he feels they need to make it past the B-Rank Wars and into the A Rank. Jin gives the answer to Osamu’s request that I expected, and I think he made the correct choice here. But Jin also mentions that if Osamu is still looking for new blood for Tamakoma-2, he knows a person better suited for the job than he is. Osamu is trying to puzzle out who he means, and so am I. It’ll be interesting to see is Osamu comes up with the person that Jin was thinking of. And right at the end of the chapter, we see that an Emergency Response Meeting with the elite members is about to get underway. Is the stage being set for something to happen to disrupt the B-Rank Wars?

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

Black Clover CH:030

It turns out it’s not Yuno who defeats the witch, it’s another magic user in a nearby restaurant who thinks the witch is after her food. While I was glad to see the witch defeated, did it have to be in such a comedic manner? And, hey, we finally return to Asta! He finds the new monster who’s sent against him is a bad match for him. But Asta gets some unexpected help from the captain of the Crimson Lion King Magic Knights. At the end of the chapter, it looks like it’s shaping up to be a fight between this captain and the villain. Well, at least we got to see Asta for a little bit in this chapter, so I guess that’s something.

Food Wars! CH:135

The news of Erina’s grandfather suddenly retiring and her father becoming the new dean sweeps across the campus. However, daily life at the school doesn’t seem to change immediately. Erina’s father delivers his acceptance speech for his appointment, and he shows a different side than what he showed in the previous chapter. His first change comes about when he tells Hisako that he is relieving her of her duties as Erina’s personal secretary. Uh oh. I suspect this is the first of many changes that he plans to make at Totsuki. At the end of the chapter, the former dean pays Soma a visit, and says he has something he wishes to speak with Soma about. Hopefully, the explanation that appears to be forthcoming will follow through in the next chapter.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:186

Chitoge and Raku end up having to split forces, and Raku stumbles upon Marika’s mother. He tries to convince her to call off the wedding. In the process, Marika’s mother asks if Raku would be willing to marry her instead. Not surprisingly, Marika’s mother isn’t moved. In fact, she debates Raku about beliefs and value systems. When Honda arrives, we learn both Tsugumi and Chitoge have been captured. Marika orders Honda to place those two and Raku in the dungeon so they can’t interfere with the wedding. Her plan after that is to turn them over to the authorities. Wow, Marika’s mother really doesn’t care about her daughter’s feelings or happiness. And I’m not surprised that Raku wasn’t able to change her mind. But it looks like Marika may have found a way to pick the lock on the door of her room right at the end. What’s she going to do when she gets out, I wonder?

Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V CH:002

Even though this may not be the person they’re looking for, but they decide to bring him in. When Yuto’s told he’s under arrest, he says he’ll have to duel with the man trying to arrest him. So Yuto and Sawatari (the man trying to arrest him) start to duel. And in true Yu-Gi-Oh! style, we get a whole bunch of exposition on how to play each card and the various stats that the cards have. The majority of this chapter focuses on the duel and the exposition. Honestly, it feels like once you’ve read one Yu-Gi-Oh! series, you’ve read them all. While the characters, cards, and their abilities are different from series to series, the storytelling format is very similar between each one. I have to admit that the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga series tend to bore me because of this.

Psyren CH:003

Most of the other players decide to wander outside, thinking that they have clues as to where to find the gate. When Ageha tries to warn them about the creature, they laugh and make fun of him. When he tries to show them proof, it’s gone. When Sakurako awakens and finds out about the others, she tells Ageha how to pull up a map with the phone and explains where the others are headed. After getting the info, Ahega decides to go to where the others are in order to try to save them. So it looks like Ageha will be trying to play the hero here. There’s only one more chapter left for this “Jump Back” initiative, and it’ll be interesting to see what will happen.

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (September 14, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for Black Clover, World Trigger, Toriko, Food Wars!, Nisekoi: False Love, Bleach, and My Hero Academia. This issue also includes the first chapter of Mononofy (the next title to be featured in the “Jump Start” initiative), and the second chapter of Psyren (which is the current title to be featured for the “Jump Back” initiative).

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

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

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

Mononofu CH:001

Mononofu is the first title being featured as part of Weekly Shonen Jump‘s latest “Jump Start” initiative.

This manga focuses on a boy named Shinobu, who’s slow on the uptake and has been seen as a loser for most of his life. He ends up not getting into the school he wanted to, and has to go to a private school instead. He finds a place to live with cheap rent, but it turns out one of the rules for living there is that you have to be part of the Shourei Association and be a shogi pro in training. Shinobu has never played shogi in his life, but Yasukane Naoi, one of the other residents, introduces him to the game. Yasukane realizes that Shinobu has tunnel vision, and that he’s best when he focuses on one task at a time.

So it appears that Mononofu will be a manga that focuses on a character finding a hidden talent and working at honing it. I have to admit that when I saw that this would be a competitive shogi title, I had my doubts about it. But so far, it seems that Shinobu has been given a strong enough background as the main character that it gets the reader hooked into the story. For me, this is probably one of the stronger titles to appear as part of the “Jump Start” initiative in a while, and it shows a lot of promise. I’m looking forward to seeing next week’s chapter to find out how this series will progress.

Black Clover CH:029

This chapter completely focuses on Yuno and the witch he’s fighting against. For most of the chapter, it looks like the witch has the upper hand. But as Yuno becomes introspective, remembering how so many people have tried to shrug him off as a Magic Knight due to his being a peasant. But as he ponders, he discovers something he can do with his magic, and this new potential manifests itself right at the end of the chapter. This seems to be a rather standard thing for shonen manga, where the protagonist finds some latent ability that’s been hidden away. So with this development, it looks like Yuno might be able to overcome the witch. Hopefully this is a sign that this battle will be wrapping up and that we’ll be returning to Asta’s part of the story.

World Trigger CH:115

This chapter did something surprising… Yuma was actually forced to bail out! But I think that was the more realistic way to go with the story, and that it’ll make Osamu realize even more that he can’t simply rely on Yuma all the time. Yes, Osamu did some more training that did help him improve somewhat, but in the end, he still had to rely on Yuma. Time runs out for the match, and Ninomiya Squad wins. We get to see some commentary, and it had a strong focus on Osamu and his actions, with the strongest criticism coming from Kazama: “He needs to do his job as captain.” That seems to have given Osamu something to think about, and right at the end of the chapter, he asks Jin to join Tamakoma-2.

Toriko CH:338

It’s revealed that Joie is a reincarnation of Froese, and that she was revived through Acacia’s full-course meal and his appetizer. Of course, this has to cause at least a slight pang of emotion in Midora, since he lived with Froese and Acacia when he was growing up. When Midora asks where Acacia is and what his goals are, Joie goes into a long-winded explanation. But when she talks, Joie says the wrong thing and angers Midora, which causes him to launch his Meteor Spice attack. But at long last, we finally get an explanation for Joie, and I actually enjoyed this chapter because Midora came face-to-face with her. Since I know their backstory, this meeting kind of tugs on my heart strings. But we can only hope his Meteor Spice attack does the trick, but knowing that this is a shonen manga, it’s likely that the author will find some way to stretch this out.

Food Wars! CH:134

Wow, this chapter ended up being a major game changer. Nakiri’s grandfather comes to confront Erina’s father, and it’s revealed that a majority of the Council of Ten have decided that it’s time for a new dean for Totsuki… and that the new dean should be Erina’s father. Erina’s father is a major jerk, and he feels her grandfather has been allowing too many inferior students to stay. If Erina’s father does take charge, this could be bad news for Soma and Megumi, since he’d obviously feel they’re inferior. How would the two of them manage to convince this jerk that they’re worthy of being students? This is definitely an interesting turn that could have a lot of consequences.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:185

The majority of this chapter focuses on Tsugumi and Honda battling it out. It actually seems to be a rather equal fight. After Honda learns why Raku and the others have come, she makes it clear that there’s no way Marika can go back to Bonyori High. We don’t get to hear why, but it shocks Tsugumi enough that it gives Honda an opening to take Tsugumi down. So now the mystery deepens, since this other thing about Marika has been hinted at previously. I have my suspicions about what it might be, and I’m curious to see if I’m right or not.

Bleach CH:642

This chapter focuses heavily on backstory for Nemu. I found her backstory very fascinating, and I learned so much that I hadn’t known before. And after the backstory, we see Nemu jumping into the battle again. Not only does she want to protect Mayuri, she also wants to show him how much she’s grown. This is such an awesome side to see of Nemu, since she always seemed to just always follow Mayuri’s orders until recently. Thank you, Kubo, for showing that there’s more to Nemu and her personality. Hopefully, this plan she’s launching against Pernida will work.

My Hero Academia CH:058

Midoriya’s training with Gran Torino is finished, and Gran Torino lectures him about still needing to find a way to control his power. The students return to school and swap stories about what happened to them during their training. Their first activity as a class is a rescue-training race. During the exercise, Midoriya seems like he’s keeping his power under control, but it turns out something happens that affects his ability to finish the race. Right at the end of the chapter, All Might tells Midoriya he wants to see him after school so they can talk about him and All for One. Gran Torino had told Midoriya when he was being questioned that the boy needed to talk to All Might. Hopefully this forthcoming coversation will reveal what Midoriya was wanting to know. And hopefully this conversation will be taking place in the next chapter.

Psyren CH:002

Ageha runs into the missing Sakurako at the location that was destroyed at the end of the previous chapter. She reveals that what they’re going through is a game, and if they clear this stage of Psyren, they can go back to their world. She collapses, and Ageha takes her to a building, where he finds other people in the same predicament as them. Through interactions, we get to see what some of these new characters are like. And after a nearby pay phone starts ringing, everyone gathered hears about the one and only exit for the game.

So, this is another story where the characters are trapped in some kind of game, except it uses phone cards instead of the internet. At least the phone cards give it a different angle. Hopefully this can be one of these “trapped in a game” stories that stands out from the others out there.

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (September 7, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign, One Piece, Food Wars!, Bleach, World Trigger, My Hero Academia, Toriko, Black Clover, Nisekoi: False Love, and Blue Exorcist. This issue also includes the first chapter of Psyren (which is the current title to be featured for the “Jump Back” initiative).

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

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

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

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign CH:037

This chapter focuses a lot on Yuichiro and Mika. At first, it’s Yuichiro trying to convince Mika that he isn’t a monster and that he needs to live. That actually resolves rather well, but then tensions start getting high when Mika tells Yuichiro not to trust the humans and go back to them, but Yuichiro insisting that they’re also his family. But the most important part of this chapter is Mika revealing the existence of the Seraph of the End project to Yuichiro and that this the reason how it ties in with what happened at the beginning of the series. There’s quite an interesting setup for this series now, and I believe that Yuichiro will find himself being torn between Mika and his friends from the Demon Imperial Army. And from the look of things, it appears that Mika really has no intention of cooperating with Yuichiro’s human teammates. I’m actually looking forward to seeing what will happen, and how being reunited with Mika will affect Yuichiro in the long run.

One Piece CH:799

Well, this was an interesting chapter. Luffy tries fighting with Fujitora, and it looks like it’s going to be an epic fight. But a giant grabs Luffy and starts heading toward all the boats in the port. And the citizens of Dressrosa run along to stick close to everyone, in order to keep Fujitora from dropping the large weapon from the sky. This chapter definitely didn’t go as I had anticipated, but I actually prefer this since it seems like the story is actually starting to advance. I also hadn’t anticipated the various pirate factions starting to get along, and asking to join up under the affiliation of the Straw Hat Pirates. It’ll be interesting to see how Luffy will react to this, since this proposal was dropped right at the end of the chapter.

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

Food Wars! CH:133

Erina’s father makes a grand entrance, but it turns out he’s an absolute jerk who has no qualms about insulting anyone. The chapter also reveals some backstory and history for him. This wasn’t what I was expecting after he made his first appearance in the previous chapter. Soma makes an appearance right at the end of the chapter, so perhaps he’ll be able to help Erina out. Erina’s definitely concerned about what her father will think of her cooking, especially with his demanding behavior. This is one of the first times I can personally think of that I’ve seen Erina cower to someone else. There’s definitely potential for this to be an interesting story line.

Bleach CH:641

This chapter focuses more on Mayuri and Pernida’s battle. Most of it is actually Mayuri talking to Nemu and explaining a plan that he believes will work. Unfortunately, things don’t go as Mayuri plans, and now it looks like Kubo will be stretching out this battle even more. But there’s a cliffhanger at the end of the chapter, so maybe the beginning of the next chapter will be interesting.

World Trigger CH:114

This chapter has a strong focus on the battle. However, there is a scene of Chika regretting the fact she didn’t shoot and how now left Yuma out there without any cover and disrupting Osamu’s plan. The action of this chapter alternates with commentary from the commentators, but the chapter ends with just two people standing. Not surprisingly, one them is Yuma. Can Yuma find a way to be the last one standing and help his team continue on to the next stage of the B-Rank War?

My Hero Academia CH:057

A lot of change is in the air over the course of this chapter. One of Ida’s hands may be permanently damaged. Gran Torino loses his teaching license for six months and takes a pay cut, and tells All Might he needs to talk to Midoriya and tell him everything. The Hero Killer’s message starts to spread, and it appears villains out there now have a strong desire to join the League of Villains. A lot was thrown out there in this chapter, and it appears the tone and direction of the series is about to make a sudden shift. It’s going to be interesting to see how the series will be progressing in the coming chapters.

Toriko CH:337

Midora and Joie come face to face, although not much happens with this. The main emphasis of the chapter is on Neo trying to revive and that it appears the revival is starting to succeed. This chapter jumps around a lot, so I have to admit that I was having problems being able to entirely follow what was going on. Hopefully the next chapter will either help to make this part of the plot clear, or that it returns to one of the loose ends that’s currently hanging out there.

Black Clover CH:028

At first, it looks like the Magic Knights have quickly defeated rather weak enemies, but they find they were actually in a trap instead. Most of them disappear through spatial magic, but Yuno manages to avoid it. A mysterious witch shows up, and it looks like it’s going to be up to Yuno to take care of her. It’s a little disappointing that the story line with Asta wasn’t touched on at all here, and now with this new development, I wonder how long it will be until we return to Asta’s part of the story. Hopefully Yuno will be able to defeat this annoying witch rather quickly so the story can move on.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:184

Raku and the others make it to Marika’s place, but are turned away by Honda and the guards. Mikage gives some help on how they can sneak in, and Raku, Chitoge, and Tsugumi try to infiltrate. But Honda finds them and tries to stop them. So this story line is still going, and it looks like Tsugumi and Honda will be battling it out in the next chapter. The end result of this story could still go either way, but I have a hard time believing that Marika’s mother will actually listen to Raku and change her mind. But who knows how Komi will end up playing this out.

Blue Exorcist CH:071

Most of this chapter focuses on Bon being determined to become Lightning’s disciple or assistant. It ends up coming down to having to play a game with a set of cursed demon karuta cards, and there things about this game that I hadn’t seen coming. We also briefly get to se Yukio trying to scare himself in order to force himself into manifesting his powers. While I had managed to guess that the karuta cards would be an important aspect of the chapter, I hadn’t been able to predict how the game would play out. But it looks like Bon’s character may be moving into a different direction, and that Yukio could potentially end up in a bad situation due to his desire to manifest power.

Psyren CH:001

Psyren is the next series to be featured in Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “Jump Back” initiative, and the first four chapters will be featured throughout the month of September.

Well, Psyren has an… interesting premise to it. Ageha takes on jobs that allow him to beat up people under the guise of helping them in order to make money. One day, he answers a ringing public telephone and finds a mysterious phone card with “Psyren” on it. Things get personal when a girl he’s known a long time, who also has one of these cards, mysteriously vanishes. As he tries to find out where she is, Ageha gets drug into and wrapped up in the world of Psyren. Sadly, Ageha had been warned to keep his nose out of this business, but he went headlong into it anyway. Ageha definitely isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed, and now he’s paying the price for jumping into the middle of something that he didn’t understand. It’ll be interesting to see what will happen to Ageha in the next chapter and to find out how this story will progress.

VIZ Media’s May 2014 Digital Manga Update

VIZ Media has announced the company’s May 2014 digital manga update. The update includes the digital-first release of Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma Volume 2 and the debut of the graphic novel adaptation of All You Need Is Kill, the sci-fi novel that inspired the forthcoming Edge of Tomorrow live-action film that stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.

Other notable additions include Phantom Thief Jeanne Volume 2, along with the final volumes for Psyren (Volume 16), Strobe Edge (Volume 10), and Otomen (Volume 18).

May 20, 2014 will see the release of the final volumes for Boys Over Flowers (Volume 36) and Knights of the Zodiac (Volume 28). The conclusions for Phoenix (Volume 12) and Whistle! (Volume 12), and scheduled for May 27, 2014.

The digital launch for Fate/Stay Night and Future Diary will begin happening on May 20, 2014, and will be digital exclusives at an MSRP of $4.99 each (US/CAN).

Readers can enjoy these and other new May 2014 manga updates that are available on VIZManga.com and the VIZ MANGA app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, Android-powered smart phones and 7″ tablets, These titles may also be purchased through the NOOK, Kindle, Kobo, iBooks and GooglePlay stores.

ALL YOU NEED IS KILL Graphic Novel · Unrated ·
MSRP: $8.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available Now

Written by Haikasoru editor and noted sci-fi author, Nick Mamatas, featuring full-color artwork by popular comic book artist Lee Ferguson, the new graphic novel offers a single-volume retelling of the original All You Need Is Kill light novel that inspired the Edge of Tomorrow movie starring Tom Cruise.

When the alien Mimics invade, soldier Keiji Kiriya is killed, on the battlefield. But he wakes up the previous morning as if nothing happened and must fight the battle again… and again… and again. Teamed up with the mysterious female fighter known as the Full Metal Bitch, Keiji must figure out how to stop the cycle—and what role his new and deadly ally plays in the fight to save Earth.

New Title Available Later in May

FOOD WARS!: SHOKUGEKI NO SOMA Volume 2 · Rated “T+” for Older Teens ·
MSRP: $6.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available May 20, 2014

Soma Yukihira’s old man runs a small family restaurant in the less savory end of town. Aiming to one day surpass his father’s culinary prowess, Soma hones his skills day in and day out until one day, out of the blue, his father decides to enroll Soma in a classy culinary school. Can Soma really cut it in a place that prides itself on a 10 percent graduation rate? And can he convince the beautiful, domineering heiress of the school that he belongs there at all? Leaving home for the first time in his young life, Soma moves into the Polaris Dormitory—a place run by an old crone and filled with crazy and eccentric students. Barely settled in, Soma quickly finds himself in one of Tohzuki’s legendary cooking duels—a shokugeki. Who will his very first opponent be?

FATE/STAY NIGHT · Rated “T” for Teens ·
MSRP: $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available May 20, 2014

The manga addition to the super-popular multimedia franchise has finally arrived. When he was little, high school student and amateur mechanic Shirou Emiya was adopted by a magus man. Now he wants nothing more than to follow in his stepfather’s footsteps and become a hero of justice. Little does he know that a war is waging among the Magi and that he is about to become its focal point. Volume 2 debuts on May 27, 2014.

FUTURE DIARY · Rated “T+” for Older Teens ·
MSRP: $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available May 27, 2014

Sakae Esuno’s chilling manga masterpiece is a relentless adventure that will have readers questioning the boundaries of time and space – and wishing for the slightest glimmer of hope in a dark, desolate world that may look surprisingly familiar. Yukiteru is a lonely student whose only hobby is the daily diary he keeps on his cell phone. But Yukiteru has a secret that nobody knows about… his cellphone can tell the future. Now, a vicious game of survival is about to begin among twelve future diary holders – with the winner crowned god of the new world! Sakae Esuno’s chilling shonen masterpiece should not be missed.

VIZ Media Launches New Manga Series on VizManga.com and the VIZ Manga App

VIZ Media has announced that new manga series are now available on VIZManga.com and for digital download on the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The VIZ MANGA app is available for free through the iTunes store and all manga volumes are generally available for purchase and down in the U.S. and Canada within the application for $4.99 (U.S./CAN) per volume.

The new series being released are: Buso Renkin, The Earl and the Fairy, Hikaru no Go, Psyren, Tegami Bachi, and Yu-Gi-Oh! GX.

VIZ Media Announces the Debut of the Psyren Manga Series

VIZ Media has announced that the company will be debuting the Psyren manga series with the release of the first volume on October 4, 2011. This title, with the story and art by Toshiaki Iwashiro, will be published under the company’s Shonen Jump imprint. The volume will carry an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN.

Psyren is rated “T” for Teens.

VIZ Media’s Manga Announcements at Anime Expo

VIZ Media made several manga related announcements at their panel during Anime Expo 2011:

  • VIZ Media will be adding the first volumes of Grand Guignol Orchestra and solanin to VIZ Media’s iTunes application on July 11, 2011. They will cost US$4.99 and $8.99, respectively.
  • VIZ Media also announced that upcoming manga releases include Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds Volume 1, the first Bleach and Fullmetal Alchemist 3-in-1 omnibus volumes, Matsuri Hino’s The Art of Vampire Knight art book in September 2011, a 3-in-1 omnibus for CLAMP’s X manga in October 2011, and the first volume of Psyren.

Source: ANN