Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (July 14, 2014)

This issue includes chapters for World Trigger, Naruto, Hunter x Hunter, Toriko, Bleach, Nisekoi: False Love, and Stealth Symphony. This volume also includes the first part of a Rurouni Kenshin side story and an Anime Expo con report.

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

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

Rurouni Kenshin Special Limited Series Part 1

This side story focuses on Shishio Makoto. Shishio escorts escorts a courtesan named Hanahomura to a location in the red-light district, and a ruckus is started when Shishio is told he can’t wear his sword. As they spend time together, Shishio learns more about her; however, Shishio doesn’t seem to be terribly impressed. The Wadatsumi Koheidan Shark troops arrive, with a plan to conquer all the brothels to celebrate their victory in the Satsuma Rebellion. Ichigase Sameo, the head of the troops, goes to see Hanahomura and asks for her to be with him tonight. When he offers to purchase her contract, Shishio jumps in and declares that he is her patron. Ichigase pulls out his sword and points it at Shishio; this arrogant guy not only insults Shishio, he declares that he’ll be back next week to make Hanahomura his. Then the story moves ahead a week, and Honahomura declares that she won’t accept Ichigase’s offer. We also get some background on the Maria Luz incident. Right at the end, Ichigase does something that will upset Hanahomura if she finds out…

Unfortunately, I haven’t read anything of Rurouni Kenshin prior to reading this, so I don’t have much of a frame of reference for it. But looking at it as a stand alone story, it does seem to have potential. I’m looking forward to seeing how the second part of this story will resolve everything. But after reading this, I need to find some time to read the Rurouni Kenshin manga.

World Trigger CH:067

In this chapter, Osamu and his group are still trying to make it to be the base, but they are attacked. Suddenly, Midorikawa and Yoneya arrive to help out. The new arrivals try to draw attention away from the group so they can get away, but some Neighbors still trying to get them…

This chapter primarily focuses on Osamu and the group he’s with. In a lot of respects, not a whole lot happens in this chapter; because of that, the story still doesn’t progress. Hopefully this story will start actually going somewhere eventually. World Trigger seems to have an interesting story, but at this point, it feels like it’s being stretched out to make it last longer.

Naruto CH:684

In this chapter, Kaguya tries to go after Naruto again. With the help of the tailed beasts, Naruto builds up a large amount of chakra for creating a bunch of shadow doppelgangers. They all converge on Kaguya to do the Naruto Ultimate Barrage. As Kaguya starts moving to a different time-space, Naruto sends his real body to follow her. They make it to the root time-space, which connects to five other time-spaces. After a moment of hesitation, Kaguya begins attacking Naruto. Kaguya thinks she’s gotten him, but something doesn’t seem to be quite right…

This chapter continues to keep this particular story arc going. In this chapter, we see Naruto finally succeeding in following Kaguya into a different time-space. He’s hoping to find Sasuke, but he’s not in the root time-space. This chapter definitely ends on a cliffhanger, though, and I can’t wait to read the next chapter to find out what actually took place near the end of this chapter.

Hunter x Hunter CH:346

This chapter opens with some “info dumping” about the V5 countries’ efforts to explore the Dark Continent and how they all failed. The Hunters that are meeting also discuss how to handle Beyond. From here, the meeting becomes a question and answer session. Later, a couple of the guys talk about the possibility of a spy being among the Zodiacs. Back at the meeting, we are introduced the attendees and what they’ll be doing for this mission: Cheadle, Mizaistom, Botobai, Pyon, Cluck, Saccho, Saiyu, Ginta, Kanzai, Gel, Leorio, and Kurapika. The chapter then jumps ahead to a month later, as we see Ging training some people. It’s also revealed that the Hunter Exam has ended, and that Beyond’s assassina all failed. Right at the end of the chapter, Ging and Pariston are approached by three guys who say their real boss is Beyond…

The vast majority of this chapter exists simply to impart information on several of the characters. It wasn’t too bad for me, since I’m still such a newcomer to Hunter x Hunter; all of this “info dumping” helped me to better understand some of the characters, as well as what’s been going on in the story. But I imagine that for long-time readers of this series, most of the chapter may not appeal much to them. But at this point, the story seems to be ever closer to getting to the voyage to the Dark Continent.

Toriko CH:284

In this chapter, Komatsu says he can hear the voice of food. At first, Mappy think it’s the air tree; however, they determine the voice is coming from where the king of foods is. Mappy says it can’t be, because they haven’t given it an offering yet. Toriko says that if it won’t let them pass, they’ll just have to force their way through. Toriko tells Mappy to go with Komatsu; he tells them to come back with air that’s ready to eat. After they leave, Toriko takes on the opponent, Nightmare Heracles…

This chapter starts to move the story forward a little. Now Komatsu and Mappy have gone off to get the air, while Toriko stays behind to take on Nightmare Heracles and potentially be sacrificing himself. However, with this being a typical shonen manga title, Toriko will somehow be able to triumph over Nightmare Heracles. The main question is just how many chapters it’s going to end up taking for Toriko to succeed.

Bleach CH:588

In this chapter, we see the leader of the Quincys, Uryu, and some of the others at Reiokyu. They are intercepted by Zero Company and their First Officer, Tenjiro Kirinji. The Quincys are told that they don’t allow first timers in there. This leads to a battle between Zero Company and the king of the Quincys. We then return to the battle between the Soul Reapers and some of the other Quincys. A discussion is just starting when the chapter comes to an end…

So, there’s no Ichigo in this chapter. Oh well. After having a bit of the chapter that focuses on the king of the Quincys, we finally return to the Soul Reapers. We basically hadn’t seen them for a couple of chapters, so it was good to see them again. Unfortunately, their part of the story doesn’t progress at all. The part with the king of the Quincys went by really quick, because it was primarily action and not much in the way of dialogue. Hopefully the next chapter will progress the story with the Soul Reapers.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:130

This chapter opens with the newspaper club meeting and talking about doing a special focus article related to the school festival. They’re planning on doing the article about the couple who played the leads in Romeo and Juliet the previous year. A girl named Mimiko is given the assignment of interviewing them. The couple in question is Raku and Chitoge. Mimiko says that while she was sent to interview them for the roles in Romeo and Juliet and to learn more about the school’s most famous couple, she also says she has her own agenda: she doesn’t believe that they are a real couple. She asks them to tell her the truth. The two of them begin putting on an act to try to convince her that she’s wrong. It turns out she’s already done a thorough investigation on the two of them. Mimiko shows them interviews she did with various members of the cast. Raku is suddenly called away to the teacher’s room. After he’s away, Chitoge is asked if she loves Raku. After some initial stammering, Chitoge declares that she does.

At first, this chapter feels like it’s there just to kill time. However, near the end, it’s clear it’s meant to progress Chitoge’s feelings when she admits to Mimiko that she is indeed in love with Raku. Fortunately, this confession gets Mimiko to back off of her assertion that the two of them aren’t a real couple. However, I’m wondering if Mimiko may reappear again at some point for some reason. With how much focus was placed on Mimiko in this chapter, I suspect she’s a character who may return every once in a while, trying to get a scoop for the paper.

Stealth Symphony CH:020

At the beginning of this chapter, it’s confirmed that it was Jig’s head that was cut off when he was in dragon form, and that it was done by a member of the Assassins Guild because he has a job. The orphanage director freaks out when she sees that Black Dragon is dead, and is surprised a mere human could kill him. This member of the Assassins Guild knew her five years ago, but he had a different appearance then. It turns out he’s a zombie, because he had died previously. It turns out this guy also has the Black Dragon’s power. The director demands that Slice hand the Macguffin back, but he mocks her. Slice also declares that he’s given up on getting his revenge on Alice. Troma manages to disrupt the director’s plan. We then learn that the one who ordered the job of killing Jig was Jig himself. After this, ten years pass, and Alice and Troma find themselves in Japan. It turns out there was a portal in some ruins.

Before reading this chapter, I had read a report on ANN saying that this manga had been cancelled, and that this would be the last chapter. As I read this chapter, it was obvious that the mangaka was trying to throw as much information out as possible before wrapping up the manga. Probably the worst part of this was how quickly Slice changed his mind about killing Alice; it just felt forced. The chapter also felt a bit rushed. I can’t complain too much about this, knowing the situation the mangaka found himself in. I’m sure that if the series hadn’t been cancelled, what was seen in this chapter would have been developed more as the series progressed.

AX Con Report

This section has text describing what Viz did at their various panels, and this was followed by pictures of cosplayers. I did enjoy looking at the pictures of the various cosplayers, although my favorite was the picture of the people cosplaying as Jugo and Kimimaro from the Naruto franchise. However, the baby in the Saiyan suit was my second favorite.

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (July 7, 2014)

This issue includes chapters for Nisekoi: False Love, Bleach, One Piece, One Punch Man, Blue Exorcist, Stealth Symphony, World Trigger, Naruto, Toriko, and Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign.

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

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

Nisekoi: False Love CH:129

This chapter sees Raku and the others returning to school. Raku sees Marika in the hall and calls out to her, and she tells him not to address her so informally. We then see a flashback of Marika’s, which takes place the previous night; she’s wondering how to get Raku to pay more attention to her because he always dodges her advances. She sees something in a magazine about secret love techniques, and it says that if coming on strong isn’t working, try pulling away. We return to the present time and see that Marika is having a hard time with this. In class, Marika discovers that she and Raku are both class officers that day, and so they have to clean the board. Poor Marika has a hard time trying to keep up her aloof front. They are then told they need to gather up some worksheets and bring them to their teacher. Raku spends the chapter being confused about Marika’s behavior. Yui sends Raku and Marika on another errand, and it becomes an awkward situation. Near the end of the chapter, Marika begins wondering if perhaps she’s gone a little too far…

This chapter puts a focus on Marika and her feelings for Raku. It’s a story that definitely ended with this chapter, so another story should begin in the next week’s chapter. I have to admit that it was kind of amusing to see Marika acting so cold and aloof towards Raku, since she’s normally so lovey-dovey toward him. While this chapter may not progress the overarching story of the locket and the keys, it does delve a little bit more into Marika’s character.

Bleach CH:587

In this chapter, Orihime tackles Ichigo as a blast is heading right toward him. Chad also oins in, and picks Ichigo up and throws him. Chad then scolds Ichigo; it’s okay to be shocked about Uryu, but what good does it do to fret over it? Ichigo suggests chasing Uryu down and asking him why he’s gone to the other side. Urahara suddenly appears on the scene, and Ichigo asks him to book a ticket to Reiokyu. Meanwhile, the other Soul Reapers are just as shocked about Uryu’s defection, and they’re taunted by a Quincy. Renji insults the Quincy, and the Quincy attacks…

This chapter focuses on some of the characters’ reactions to Uryu joining up with the head of the Quincys and leaving them behind. Ichigo has definitely taken this the hardest, and he’s bound and determined to find out why Uryu has done this. I expect that this is going to part of what the propels the story forward in the coming chapters.

One Piece CH:752

In this chapter, Doflamingo attacks Luffy and Law. But before he can get very far, a couple of Luffy’s supporters come up from behind and attack Doflamingo. Unfortunately, this Doflamingo ends up being a marionette. The two guys say that Kelly Funk tricked them, and they claim to have wiped him out. Luffy uses his Gum Gum power to create a shortcut in the well, and Luffy and Law come out of the hole and surprise the enemies that are on the second step. This chapter also shows what’s going on with the various groups within the chaos that’s developed.

This chapter primarily focuses on Luffy and Law and on how they get out of their predicament. However, there are also some brief scenes of what some of the others are up to as well. But like with many of the recent chapters of One Piece, it can be rather chaotic and jump around a lot. I have to admit that there are times when I’m starting to lose track of who’s where and what exactly is going on, but it’s still exciting.

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

One Punch Man CH:035.3

In this chapter, Saitama and Boros continue their fight. Boros declares that he’ll release all his energy to blow away both Saitama and the planet’s surface. Saitama retorts that he has a finishing move, too. Saitama launches his attack as Boros’ energy comes barreling toward him. The chapter ends as the two finishing moves collide…

Once again, it’s a rather short chapter that does nothing to progress the overarching story. Right now, I actually find myself feeling rather bored with One Punch Man with how slowly the story seems to be progressing, especially since this is a manga that isn’t published every week in the publication. Can the story finally progress already? This is still the same battle that’s been going on since I started reading this series in Weekly Shonen Jump in late March/early April.

Blue Exorcist CH:058

The chapter opens with Shiemi Moriyama battling with a chimera zombie, and is then followed by Ryuji Suguro battling with a chimera zombie. During his battle, Ryuji has a flashback from dragoon class, where he learned about the use of bazookas in exorcism. In the present time, he takes out a bazooka to attack; however, the chimera zombie starts talking, and this startles Ryuji. But Ryuji manages to get a shot in with the bazooka. He has another flashback about growing up. In the present time, Ryuji sees that the chimera zombie hasn’t returned to normal. Okumura runs into Shiemi, who was able to return the chimera zombie to the Earth with Nee’s help. Right at the end of the chapter, they encounter Mikhail Gedoin, the head of the Illuminati’s Far East Laboratory.

There was a strong focus on Ryuji in this chapter. Between the two flashbacks we see in this chapter, we get to learn a bit more about Ryuji. This chapter is also starting to provide a little more exposure and information for the chimera zombies. So far, I’m finding this story to be interesting, but I wish it appeared more than once a month in Weekly Shonen Jump. Because it’s in the publication so infrequently, it does kind of feel as if the story is taking a while to progress.

Stealth Symphony CH:019

In this chapter, there’s a battle between the humans and dragons at Jinbo-Cho. Alice talks to Jig, and asks why he wants to kill Troma; didn’t he come to this town to save people? Jig says it’s too late, he already killed people at the police station. When he says he killed Raika, Alice tells him that she’s still alive. Jig says that he’s already killed people of his own free will, and if he blames the wings, then his feelings for Lill will become a lie. Slice gets in on the action as well. But then Jig transforms into the black dragon and begins attacking Troma. And then something very surprising happens right at the end of the chapter…

So this chapter finally sees Jig transforming into his dragon form. He also becomes quite angry, especially at Troma, in this chapter. Of course, he also gets upset with Slice over some of the comments he makes. But the ending of that chapter… wow, I didn’t see that one coming. It’ll be interesting to see how the story will progress in the next chapter after what happened.

World Trigger CH:066

In this chapter, the fight between the Neighbor that invaded the base and the Suwa Squad begins, and the Neighbor discovers that his attacks aren’t penetrating the walls. It turns out the Neighbor has been locked inside a training room. The other Neighbors, meanwhile, are examining the humans who are attacking Viza and Hyuse. The order is given to send all seven remaining Rabits. We then return to the battle between Jin and Lord Hyuse. At the end of the fight, Jin learns that Hyuse is a decoy. Right at the end of the chapter, Osamu’s group is attacked…

This chapter still has a lot of jumping around in it. Yes, I know there’s action taking place in several locations, but it seems that for the most part, I’m just starting to get a handle of what’s going on in one location and then the scene changes to another fight at another location. Since I’m still trying to learn who the various characters are and what’s going on, all this jumping around makes it that much harder for me to figure things out. I keep hoping that the more time I spend reading this series, the more I’ll start learning and knowing.

Naruto CH:683

In this chapter, Kaguya tries to suck Naruto’s chakra dry, but he’s able to dodge her. Meanwhile, we see one of Naruto’s shadow clones with Kakashi, Sakura and Obito; he says he can sense his real body, but not Sasuke. After Obito regains consciousness, the group decides to go to where Naruto and Kaguya are in order to try to help Naruto. When the Naruto shadow clone and the group see what’s going on, Obito figures some things out. He comes up with a plan for how to recover Sasuke. Meanwhile, the four Hokage gather together and start discussing what to do; they are interrupted the arrival of the Sage of Six Paths.

These chapters continue to move the story ever closer to its conclusion. With the Hokage finally gathering together and being joined by the Sage of Six Paths, it appears the various elements of this story and working at coming together. This is the manga I definitely look forward to reading the most each week when I read Weekly Shonen Jump.

Toriko CH:283

In this chapter, Toriko encounters an extremely large horse at Nightmare Hill. It’s a heracles that’s one of the Eight Kings. Mappy then declares he’s going to die and become fertilizer for an air tree. He’s sacrificing himself in the hopes that the heracles will let them capture air. This chapter also provides an explanation about the horses that live on Nightmare Hill being air-vores that eat air, as well as information on the nightmare heracs. Right at the end of the chapter, Komatsu pulls out a knife and says he can hear the voice of the food…

The vast majority of this chapter was spent on exposition about the nightmare heracs. Because of that, it was overall a rather boring chapter. Yes, the exposition was important to understand where the story is headed, but it made for dry reading. I hope the next chapter will continue the action that will propel the story forward.

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign CH:023

In this chapter, Shinoa calls a meeting with Yu and the others at her room. They find that she and Mitsuba are trying to fix breakfast, but that the food they’re making is burning to a crisp. Kimizuki takes over and cooks the food. Shinoa says she wants to discuss two things: that Yu had been subjected to some kind of experiment that caused him to lose control in the last battle and try to kill her, and that she wonders if Lt. Colonel Guren is using them or if he’s their ally. With what they know about Guren, she wonders if they should follow him or not, and how each of them plans to face the world from now on and come to a mutual conclusion. Yu gives his answer, and the others agree. Meanwhile, we see Guren meeting with Kureto Hiragi. Kureto asks Guren about Yu, Yoichi, and Shiho and what he intends to do with them. Kureto also asks Guren where he thinks humanity will go from here. Kureto then shares his plans. Guren is ordered to take Yu, Yoichi, and Shiho, as well as soldiers, into Nagoya to kill the vampire nobles.

While there’s some focus on Yu and the others, the majority of this chapter focuses on Guren and Kureto. The conversation between these two provides quite a bit of exposition and is ultimately setting the stage for the next part of the story. But from what’s seen at the end of the chapter, it looks like the vampires may also have a similar idea as well. It’ll be interesting to see how the human and vampire conflict continues in the next chapter of the series.

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (June 30, 2014)

This issue includes chapters for Toriko, Bleach, One Piece, Naruto, Hunter x Hunter, Nisekoi: False Love, World Trigger, and Stealth Symphony. There’s also a “Toriko Call for Ingredients” feature and another crossover one-shot for Nisekoi: False Love and My Love Story!!

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

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

Toriko CH:282

Toriko and the others are sent on a mission to get air for an old daruma to eat so he cancure his illness. They’re given Monster Robes to wear because they’re supposed to be the best defense to have in the Hex World. They encounter laser rain on their journey. As they continue, they encounter deadly poison rain. It’s revealed that there’s a correct order and route to gathering Acacia’s full-course meal, and that if you eat air you can’t find the next land, Area 7. After an explanation from Mappy, Toriko comes to the realization that what this is really about is leveling up your gourmet cells. We see Toriko and his group are passing by Nightmare Hill, and Toriko actually looks frightened. Mappy makes a startling comment right at the end of the chapter…

There’s a lot of exposition in this chapter, and it also appears references are being thrown about to things that were mentioned in an earlier part of the series that I haven’t had a chance to read. Because of that, it did make this chapter a little harder to follow for me than I would have liked. However, the revelations made at the end of the chapter do sound rather ominous, so my curiosity is piqued as to what’s going to happen to the characters. Hopefully that curiosity will be satisfied when I read the next chapter.

Toriko Call for Ingredients

This is a call for entries to create an ingredient for the Toriko manga series, and it also includes the rules on how to submit ideas. This is followed by three examples of entries that have already been received.

Bleach CH:586

In this chapter, the Soul Reapers who have joined up with Ichigo begin attacking the enemies. While the Soul Reapers take on most of the enemies, Ichigo goes after the Quincy King, Yhwach. But at that moment, Uryu appears and tells Ichigo to leave and says that Ichigo is unable to stop the Quincy King. After launching an attack on Ichigo, Uryu is seen leaving with the Quincy King…

Knowing that Uryu is a Quincy, I’d been wondering why he hadn’t appeared in this fight prior to this point. I guess he was waiting for Ichigo to appear on the scene before making his entrance. From what’s said in this chapter, it looks like Uryu will be leaving Ichigo, Orihime, Chad, and the others behind permanently. The question at this point is: will Uryu’s leaving the group be permanent, or may he end up coming back at some point after whatever’s going on with the Quincy comes to an end?

One Piece CH:751

In this chapter, chaos continues to ensure as various battles are taking place. There’s a bit of a battle taking place involving Issho and Vice Admiral Bastille. Bastille declares that if Luffy ever asks him for help that he will race to his side, no matter his position. Next, the actions shifts to Luffy and the people riding on top of the bull. Kelly Funk from the Mogaro Funk Brothers catches up with Luffy and says he’ll lead him to a shortcut so he can get to the flower field. There’s a call on Law’s transponder snail, and it’s from Robin to inform them that Viola found the keys to Law’s cuffs. Robin says that she and a group going with her will get the keys to them at the flower field. Luffy and Law suddenly reach a dead end, and they discover they’re actually in a well tilted on its side…

We get another action-packed chapter of One Piece. While the action is still jumping around a little bit, it’s not jumping around as badly as it did in the previous chapter. I could actually kind of follow what’s going on. But just as it looks like Luffy and Law are going to make it to their destination, they find that they were lied to about the shortcut. The end seems to imply that Doflamingo had a hand in this incident. Unfortunately, Nico has what they need, but they aren’t going to be able to meet up right away due to being tricked into going into a well. I suspect the next chapter will probably focus on whatever fight Luffy needs to do in order to escape.

Naruto CH:682

In this chapter, Naruto and Sasuke work on coming up with a plan to deal with Kaguya. They launch their attack on her, and Naruto uses a twist on one of his well-known jutsu. Surprisingly, it seems to work on Kaguya! Unfortunately, just when it looks like Naruto and Sasuke are going to succeed, Kaguya manages to to move between spaces and she sends Naruto and the others to an ice world. Right at the end of the chapter, Naruto and Sasuke are split up by the enemy…

Oh my gosh, that reverse harem was great! I really laughed out loud when I saw that because it amused me so much. While this battle is obviously leading up to the end of the story, Kishimoto has found a way to keep the story going for a little while longer before having to wind things down. Kaguya is a very powerful enemy, and it’s going to be interesting to see how Naruto will ultimately be able to bring her down. I look forward to reading Naruto every week, and I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next.

Hunter x Hunter CH:345

We see Gon at home with his mother, because he has now become “normal.” She hands him a lot of things he’d been exempt from doing because he was working as a hunter. Ging, meanwhile, gets a response back from the group he’s been talking with. They won’t object to him being second to Beyond, but some of them refuse the money he’s offering them while others are willing to accept it. However, to avoid chaos, until they all decide to accept the money, they won’t listen to any of Ging’s orders. They’re tmep hunters. As Ging talks, Pariston becomes annoyed with Ging. A contract is taken to Beyond for him to sign, and after going over the details, he signs it.

This chapter allows us to get a glimpse of Gon, since he’s basically been absent from the story since Hunter x Hunter started back up in Weekly Shonen Jump recently. A lot of the focus is on the work Ging is doing, although we also see the Hunter Association taking what precautions they have to in regards to Beyond. At this point, it looks like the journey to the Dark Continent is getting closer and closer.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:128

In this chapter, Yui is the king for the King Game. She declares that two people have to reveal their crush; one of them is Shu, and he says something unexpected. The other ends up being Marika, but before she can answer, Shu says it’s time to move on. Before they can, though, the doorbell rings. It turns out it’s Haru, Fu and Paula. The new arrivals join in the King Game. Haru and Fu try to cook up a scheme if they become king in order to choose Raku and Onodera. One does become king, but their signals get mixed up and Raku has to hug Haru instead of Onodera. As it gets later, the girls realize that Yui and Raku will be alone that night, so the girls declare they’re sleeping over that night…

So this chapter basically continues the silly King Game, and adds in Onodera’s sister and a couple of her friends into the mix. It wasn’t that funny, and it just felt ridiculous. Of course, the harem decides to stay for the night to keep Yui from spending time alone with Raku. After the others go to sleep, Yui suggests that she and Raku take a bath; of course, the other girls hear and declare they’re going to stay up until morning playing board games. I suspect the next chapter will continue this story, and it’s a story that I’d like to see come to an end at this point.

World Trigger CH:065

In this chapter, Jin tries fighting against of the Neighbors. As they fight, the Neighbor melts into the darkness and then uses his trigger to attack Jin. Jin is able to see the Neighbor’s future, and what he says angers the Neighbor. Osamu also learns about the Black Trigger broke into headquarters and that’s why nobody can get into the base. Karasuma declares they’re still heading there, because Jin must have had a reason to tell them to go there. The Neighbor in the base starts attacking the lab, and Suwa Squad appears to take him on.

This chapter just starts into the battle with Jin, but doesn’t stay there long. This is followed by a brief scene of Osamu and his group, and then a slightly longer scene at the base. The scene at the base was probably the most interesting, but it stops just as it’s really getting interesting. Hopefully we’ll see more of that battle, as well as more of Jin’s battle. In a lot of ways, I’m still a little lost with what’s going on, but I keep hoping that I’ll start getting some more clarity as I read more of this series.

Stealth Symphony CH:018

In this chapter, we see a flashback to five years earlier, and it turns out that a man who was almost a dragon was killed by the president of the assassins guild. We also learn the history of where the dragons came from, and it has to do with alternate universes. It’s also revealed that the remains of a freakishly large ark, which is the biggest heirloom ever, is buried under the town. And it’s Jig’s heirloom that can resurrect the ark. Alice finds Troma and Slice, and when Alice hears from Slice that he is the one behind the dragons, she gets upset and tries to attack Slice; Troma stops her. Slice points a gun at Alice, and Jig arrives and attacks. He says he saw a gun being pointed at her and he says he needs to kill the guy. When Troma says he’ll protect slice, Jig says he’s able to become Troma’s enemy. The chapter ends with Troma and Jig starting to get into a fight…

For the most part, this chapter was a bit of an “info dump.” There was some action near the end of the chapter, but it goes by rather quickly and it was hard to let an action sink in before something else happens. At this point, it looks like there’s going to be a fight between Jig and Troma, and that Jig will be the key to resurrecting the large heirloom and help the dragons with their goals.

Nisekoi X My Love Story!! Girls’ Side

A couple of weeks ago, there was a crossover story for Nisekoi and My Love Story!!, and it focused on the boys. This time, we get to see the same story, except it’s from the girls’ point of view. Raku’s harem sees Rinko being harassed by a group of guys, so they intervene. Chitoge uses her strength to take one of them on, Tsugumi steps in to protect her mistress when the other guys threaten Chitoge, and Marika talks to nearby police officers since she’s the daughter of the chief of police and asks them to punish the guys. Onodera asks the girl if she’s OK, and the group goes to a nearby cafe. They find out that Rinko was also waiting for someone at the park. Rinko tries to call Takeo and gets no answer, Raku doesn’t answer his phone. Then we see the girls finding Takeo and Raku in the hole.

This is the same crossover story, but told from a different point of view. I probably liked this version a little better simply because I already had familiarity with all of the characters and the story from reading the boys’ side of this story a couple of weeks ago. With that being said, though, it’s not a one-shot that really grabbed me, though. It was OK, but I didn’t think it was anything special.

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (June 23, 2014)

This issue includes chapters for One Piece, Naruto, Hunter x Hunter, Nisekoi: False Love, Stealth Symphony, Bleach, One Punch Man, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. There’s also an interview with the Japanese editor of the All You Need Is Kill manga.

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

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

One Piece CH:750

This chapter sees four flashpoints trying to reach the palace. Meanwhile. Usopp’s retinue makes its way to the surface. Princess Viola finds the key to Trafalgar Law’s cuffs, and she’s determined to help him since he and the other pirates are destroying the “sham peace” their country has been enjoying. Rebecca insists on taking the key to Tragalgar. Luffy gets more action in, and the gladiators starting heading up toward the palace as well.

As with many of the recent chapters, this one has been very action-packed and chaotic. It’s jumping around to several different areas throughout it, and I’m trying to keep straight who’s where and what they’re doing. It’s exciting, but also a little confusing. I suspect that we’re going to be seeing all of the various groups making it to the palace and teaming up together. It’ll be interesting to see if I’m right or not, as well as what exactly will happen once we get to the palace.

Naruto CH:681

In this chapter, Naruto and Sasuke are determined to seal Kaguya away. Kaguya comes up behind them, turns them around to face her, and they can see that she’s crying. Neither Naruto nor Sasuke can move. She begins taking their chakra; it appears that Kaguya sees her two children when she looks at them. There’s also a big reveal in regards to Black Zetsu. A story is also told about how Kaguya had been sealed away before. At the end of the chapter, though, Naruto is able to free himself and Sasuke…

Overall, this chapter is more of an “info dumping” chapter that finally provides some of the missing pieces that links various things that have been seen throughout the series together, as well as provides more background on the world of the shinobi. There was some action in the chapter, but it was definitely more of an “info dump.” In some respects, though, this is nice, because it helped to slow things down a little bit. Many of the recent chapters have been so action oriented and moving the story along so quickly that it almost felt dizzying at times. I suspect that the next chapter will be picking the action back up a bit. I’m curious to see just how much longer Kishimoto will end up telling the story before he finally has to bring it to an end.

Hunter x Hunter CH:344

In this chapter, Ging and Pariston continue the conversation that began in the previous chapter. Ging says he’ll pay twice what they’re being offered upfront, with only one condition: that Ging is number two. The group considers the offer. Later, Ging meets with the ones who have agreed to join him, and he explains some things about travel and the Dark Continent, as well as about Netero and Beyond’s journeys there. Meanwhile. Kurapika gets a call from the Hunter studying medicine; the Hunter says he’ll be joining the Zodiacs.

Since I’m still a relatively new reader to Hunter x Hunter, there’s still a lot I’m trying to learn and figure out as I read these chapters. However, I can say with a lot of certainty that there was a lot of “info dumping” near the end of the chapter. I didn’t mind, though, since, like I said, I’m still learning and getting used to this series. I’m sure that like with the other series in Weekly Shonen Jump that I jumped into the middle of, I’ll start getting the hang of this one, too.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:127

In this chapter, Shu learns that Raku is alone with Yui in the house because the others who live there have gone on a trip. Shu makes sure to send a message to the other girls in Raku’s harem to let them know, and they all quickly head over to Raku’s house. Yui tells Raku they’ll try to make the best of it with everyone else there. Yui tries to get Raku alone by asking him to help her prepare lunch, and the other girls all volunteer to help. Yui then says she can handle it herself and asks Raku to entertain their guests. After they eat, they play the King Game. Unfortunately, the King Game doesn’t go as well as the various members of the group hope, which causes some humorous moments.

So this chapter brings together Raku, the various girls in his harem, and Shu. Having all the girls there causes a bit of competitiveness between them, especially as they’re playing the King Game. The chapter ends with Yui being the king, and everyone’s waiting with bated breath to see what she commands to be done. While this story arc does progress the competitiveness that began at the end of the previous chapter, it feels like it’s not going to progress the overarching story much.

Stealth Symphony CH:017

In this chapter, Alice learns that Jig hasn’t shown up at the Cyborg Soldier School for a few days. When Alice asks for Raika’s assistance to find Jig, she learns that Raika was caught up in the accident at the police station and is now in intensive care. A couple of people from the Cyborg Soldier School are able to access her device that records the surroundings right before and right after an accident, and they see that Jig is somehow involved. We also see the orphanage director and Slice talking about Jig and learn a little more about what his situation has really been. Dragons begin attacking, and Slice tells Troma that he’s going to kill Alice.

This chapter really starts to provide more background for Jig, and the story seems like it’s starting to make a little more sense. Once the dragons start showing themselves near the end of the chapter, there’s a more dramatic atmosphere to the story. And adding in Slice’s declaration that he’s going to kill Alice only heightens the drama and tension that’s been building over the course of the chapter. I’ve been enjoying this series so far, and I’m looking forward to seeing where the story will go next.

Bleach CH:585

In this chapter, Ichigo learns something about his robe from the Quincy head honcho who suddenly appears on the battlefield. As Ichigo tries going toward the guy, the women who had been fighting with him say that he won’t be able to make it to His Majesty while he’s surrounded by them and the others who have come onto the battlefield. Ichigo has to fight the newcomers, and Renji suddenly appears to give him some help. Right at the end of the chapter, we see there’s more than just Renji there; he’s joined by some of the other Soul Reapers.

This chapter is basically setting the stage for the Soul Reapers to take on some of the Quincies, and for Ichigo to go after their head honcho. I suspect that this fight will end up taking a while, so I imagine that the story arc is nowhere near its end yet. I suspect that Ichigo and the Soul Reapers will come out on top at the end, but the question is how they’ll overcome this obstacle.

One Punch Man CH:035.2

In this chapter, Saitama and Boros are now in outer space. Saitama launches an attack on Boros, and Boros is impressed. He believes that Saitama is worth defeating. Right at the end of the chapter, Saitama launches a barrage of punches…

Um… wow. This chapter was really short, and really, not much happens in it. Basically, it’s Saitama and Boros meeting face-to-face in outer space, with Saitama launching a couple of attacks on his opponent. So far, during the time I’ve read this series in Weekly Shonen Jump, it feels like the story hardly moves at all. I just keep wondering how much longer the mangaka is going to stretch this story arc out before it’s finally wrapped up. But by the time this story arc comes to an end, am I going to even care anymore?

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal CH:43

In this chapter, Yagumo and Shark’s duel continues. Yagumo is determined to open the door to the otherworld and destroy the world. We also see a flashback sequence for Akari which gives the background as to how she came to get a hold of the pendant and why she tries to keep Yuma from dueling. Akari contacts Yuma when she sees something unusual happening over the dueling area, and she tells him that she thinks their father is in the Astral World, and everything that their father said when his spirit visited her. People start getting sucked up into the opening to the Astral World. Astral discovers that his real powers are returning. Right at the end, it’s revealed that their world and the Astral World will be pulled into a hole and annihilate each other.

This is one of the first chapters of this series I’ve read in Weekly Shonen Jump that didn’t focus on the battle very much. Instead, it provided some background information and also progressed the overarching story to the next level. At this point, it looks like that Yuma will have to somehow find a way to keep these two worlds from colliding with each other.

All You Need Is Kill Editor Interview

This is an interview with Kouji Yoshida, the editor for the All You Need Is Kill manga. This is basically a reprint of an interview that originally appeared in NEO Magazine. Topics include why the original novel received a manga adaptation, the challenges that the adaptation would bring, what changes needed to be made to adapt the novel into a manga, differences in editing between Weekly Shonen Jump and Weekly Young Jump, what the market is like for this type of sci-fi manga in Japan, whether or not the author of the novel was involved with the manga adaptation, a description of the content in a few sentences, and tackling the challenge of portraying the complex scientific concepts in the manga.

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (June 16, 2014)

This issue includes chapters for Naruto, Hunter x Hunter, Bleach, Stealth Symphony, Toriko, Nisekoi: False Love, and World Trigger. There’s also a preview for My Love Story!!, as well as a one-shot crossover story for Nisekoi: False Love and My Love Story!!

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

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

Naruto CH:680

In this chapter, Kaguya creates a lava flow, and Naruto, Sasuke, Kakashi, and Sakura are able to keep themselves from falling into it. Sasuke tells Naruto that the world will come to an end if either one of them is killed, and that only Naruto’s six paths power of light and Sasuke’s six paths power of shadow can seal Kaguya away. Kakashi and Sakura fall toward the lava, and Naruto saves them. Meanwhile, some of the characters who had been trapped by the genjutsu are freed and thet head to where Naruto and the others are. Kaguya declares that she will reunify all chakra once more, and she launches an attack on Naruto and Sasuke…

And the story keeps getting more and more intense! The stakes keep getting raised, but can they be raised much higher than they are now? And how much longer can Kishimoto stretch this story out? I’m looking forward to reading the next chapter in order to find out.

Hunter x Hunter CH:343

This chapter sees the Zodiacs calling one of the Hunters who is currently studying medicine, and they arrange for him to come with them on their journey to the Dark Continent as part of the medical team and that he can earn academic credit for the practicum experience. Meanwhile, Gon is visiting with a guy who looks rich, and the two have a heated discussion about the upcoming journey. Also, a Hunter has gone in search of Kurapika, because his presence is being requested for the trip to the Dark Continent, and as a way to convince him to come, the identity of someone who has caused offense to his brethren is revealed…

Admittedly, I don’t have much of a frame of reference to go on right now, since I only started reading Hunter x Hunter when it returned to the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump recently. Because of that, I’m still trying to learn the various characters’ names and information about them. What I picked up from this chapter is the fact that more is being done to get ready for the trip to the Dark Continent, and that someone is out for revenge against someone but had no idea who to exact revenge on… and it appears the Zodiacs have the information he needs. I’m hoping that I’ll start to better understand everything that’s going on as I continue reading the series.

Bleach CH:584

In this chapter, we see that the attack that was launched against Ichigo at the end of the previous chapter didn’t work. His opponent’s arm is blown off, but one of her companions has a healing ability and it able to repair her arm. As she’s about to go after Ichigo again, she and her companions find themselves being impaled by beams of light shot off by new arrivals onto the scene. Unfortunately, these original attackers still live. All of the enemies declare that whichever one can kill Ichigo will have all the glory. However, something happens at the end of the chapter that surprises Ichigo…

This is a chapter with only a minimal amount of action, and the battle and story arc really don’t progress. At this point, it feels like Tite Kubo’s trying to stretch out this battle as long as he can in order to keep the Bleach manga going. Hopefully we’ll see a little more progress in the next chapter.

Stealth Symphony CH:016

This chapter opens with a flashback of Jig from ten years before the start of the series. Jig has returned for his sister’s birthday, but a guy who lost an eye due to Jig’s dragon heirloom wants to get revenge. When Jig has a confrontation with them, he gets violent and kills the guy and his friend. He has no memory of what happened, and the orphanage director tells him he did nothing wrong.

In the present time, Hank wants more information on Jig’s wings, especially since he’s noticed that Jig’s injuries heal so fast. We learn the wings are actually an eggshell, and that the heirloom will allow Jig to be reincarnated as a certain dragon. Jig also transforms and starts attacking Slice. Alice goes to Jig’s room and she finds a lot of writing on the wall about becoming a dragon, and also notices letters with a “not at this address” sticker on them.

This chapter provides more background on Jig, and we learn that his sister, who he has been writing letters to since the beginning of the series, died in a fire that was set by the guy who was out for revenge; their parents also died in the fire, and Jig was the only survivor. We also learn that the orphanage director was nearby, watching Jig’s attack on Slice. At this point, the tone of the series has changed quite a bit from when it first started. And now that Jig is starting to transform into a dragon, it’s going to be interesting to see how the story will be progressing from this point.

Toriko CH:281

In this chapter, Toriko and most of the others with them are drunk, and they are approached by Brunch. Brunch takes them to his restaurant, Tengu Castle, to give them some yetea in order to help them sober up. Once they’ve sobered uo, they tell Brunch they need to meet a man called the Daruma. They learn Daruma is deathly ill, and that he’s at Kappa Hot Springs to recover his health. Mappy bursts in and says there’s a problem, so Brunch and the others go to the hot springs to check on Daruma. Instead of being on his deathbed, it turns out he got a little excited after seeing the women’s side of the hot springs. They discover that Daruma is being cared for by Atashino, the gourmet surgeon who had been part of a group going after Acacia’s full-course meal. They discover someone else from that trip is there, and Toriko and the others are told that he’ll talk about what happened 18 months ago and how to capture Acacia’s salad…

This chapter has a focus on learning a little more about the Gourmet World, and there ends up being a bit of a focus on Daruma. I’m very curious to hear the story of what happened 18 month ago in the story, since those should be events that took place before I started reading Weekly Shonen Jump in March 2014. While I’m starting to understand this series a little better, I’d still appreciate getting any additional backstory to help me to gain an even better understanding of what I’m reading in Toriko.

It should be noted that Toriko will be off in next week’s issue of Weekly Shonen Jump.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:126

In this chapter, Raku has a date with Chitoge, and Yui insists on tagging along. Yui sends Raku to get some lattes from someplace that’s a little ways out. After he leaves, Yui talks to Chitoge. Yui starts askign questions, and when Yui asks about Raku and Chitoge pretending to be dating, Chitoge accidentally confirms Yui’s suspicion. Yui then asks if Chitoge still has a crush on Raku; Yui tells Chitoge she had a crush on Raku ten years earlier. Yui also admits to Chitoge that she’s in love with Raku, and other members of the harem just happen to be nearby and hear this. Yui declares that she’s not going to let Chitoge beat her when it comes to Raku. Onodera also declares that she’ll fight for Raku.

This chapter is important for progressing the harem part of the story, since Yui threw down the gauntlet big time. There’s now going to be a major three-way fight between Chitoge, Yui, and Onodera when it comes to Raku. I’m sure the other potential love interests will eventually get sucked into this fight for Raku, but for right now, the focus seems to be on these three girls. And hopefully at some point the locket part of the story will eventually come back into play again.

World Trigger CH:064

In this chapter, Yuma launches into an attack against one of Lord Hyuse. Lord Hyuse’s companion fires something at one of the C-rank trainees, and Osamu is able to protect the trainee. Yuma activates a trap to capture Lord Hyuse, but it doesn’t hold him long. Yuma and Jim come up with a plan to fight the two Neighbors. Yuma chases Lord Hyuse up to the sky and fights him there. A battle between Jin and the other Neighbor is just getting started when the chapter ends.

We’re still working our way through the same battle that goes back to at least March 2014, if not before then. Unfortunately, since I missed the character development for earlier chapters, I still have a hard time knowing who is who, unless their name just happens to get mentioned in the chapter I’m reading. I’m hoping this story progresses soon and gets to a point where I can truly get some more character development and get a better feel for who these characters area.

Nisekoi My Love Story!! Boys’ Side

This is a crossover story that features characters from the Nisekoi: False Love and My Love Story!! manga series. Raku goes somewhere to meet up with Chitoge, and he encounters Takeo. They work together to save a cat that’s in distress; unfortunately, they end up getting stuck in the process of trying to rescue the cat. They’re both meeting up with girls and are trying to find a way out of the hole and meet up with their respective girls before they worry. Raku manages to make it out, but is so startled when he sees Takeo’s girlfriend he falls back in. She, along with Chitoge, Onodera, and some of the other girls in Raku’s harem work together to try to get the two guys out of the hole.

This was an okay crossover story. However, I probably would have enjoyed it more if I had familiarity with My Love Story!! It might have worked a little better for me if the preview for My Love Story!! had been placed before this crossover story in this issue of Weekly Shonen Jump.

My Love Story!!

This is a preview for the shojo manga series, My Love Story!!, which is being released in print and digital formats on July 1, 2014. While it doesn’t say it anywhere, I would assume that this is the first chapter of the series. In the chapter, Takeo recalls all the times he’s been in love with girls, but they like a popular boy named Makoto Sunakawa; however, after each girl told Makoto they liked him, he would turn them down and make them cry. It turns out that Takeo is friends with Makoto. While riding home on the train, Takeo notices a guy who looks like he’s about to grab a girl’s butt and he intervenes. He takes him off at the next stop, and Makoto and the girl come with them. When the groper says something offensive to the girl, Takeo punches him in the face. Unfortunately, a cop was there, so he ends up being suspended from school. One day at home, the girl (Rinko Yamato) comes to Takeo’s house to thank him for his help. Takeo realizes that he’s in love with her. Rinko accidentally leaves her phone there, and she calls from a payphone, and they arrange to meet up so he can get it back to her.

After reading this, I can say that on the one hand, it kind of feels like there’s a typical shojo story and setup here. However, I also can see some potential here for this story to be something more than a typical story. I found myself really liking Takeo by the end of the chapter.

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (June 9, 2014)

This issue includes chapters for World Trigger, Hunter x Hunter, Naruto, Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign, Bleach, Toriko, Nisekoi: False Love, Stealth Symphony, and One Punch Man.

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

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

World Trigger CH:063

Before getting to the actual story, there’s a popularity poll of the characters. The chapter itself sees Reiji having a flashback about being told about formidable foes coming in the next invasion and how he’s asked that if he encounters a humanoid in battle he should casually let the others escape. Reiji then tries to go after the opponent he’s up against, but he loses. The story then switches back to Osamu and the group he’s with; they can’t get a door to open. When Osamu asks what they should do, he’s presented with two options: try another way or go directly to headquarters. Chika then detects that two enemies are coming; it’s the two enemies that had been fighting with Reiji. Osamu is ordered to retreat to the rendezvous point with Jin and to take the C-Rank trainees. A battle begins to ensue with new arrivals as the chapter ends…

World Trigger does seem to be an interesting story, but it’s hard for me to get into it, even after reading it for about three months. Unfortunately, I jumped into the middle of a story arc that was already in progress, and there’s a lot of jumping around to cover the various parts of the battle that are taking place. Unfortunately for me, it’s made it hard for me to learn who most of the characters are or to truly get muc background to help me to better understand what’s been going on. And with all the jumping around, it makes it feel like that the story isn’t progressing very much.

Hunter x Hunter CH:342

Beyond has crashed the Zodiac meeting in the guise of turning himself in. He claims that he’s there to tell them about V5’s official policy and the meaning behind the words. Meanwhile. the new employee for that coordinates all the restricted voyage agencies is giving a presentation to a group of people about how foolish it is to send civilians to the New World. He ends up being attacked for simply regurgitating information that the participants already know, and ultimately say it’s important to invite Kakin to V5, reorganize as V6, and unofficially support Kakin’s journey. It then returns to Beyond talking to the hunters. They tells Beyond that if what he says it true, then the hunter association will accept what Beyond is asking them to do.

It’s hard for me to comment too much on what’s going on, since I’m still getting a feel for the series, the characters, and the concepts. I’m trying to piece things together as to what exactly is happening. It does seem like it could be an interesting story, and I’m looking forward to getting to know more about Hunter x Hunter as I continue to read the series.

Naruto CH:679

In this chapter, Madara’s shadows suddenly disappear. Chakra erupts from the ground, and it turns out the chakra is even stronger than Ten Tails. Sasuke tells Naruto to stop them before they move. We learn that those who fall under the Infinite Tsukuyomi transform into White Zetsu over time. Madara undergoes a transformation about absorbing a whole bunch of chakra, and he turns into Kaguya, the mother of the Sage of Six Paths. Kaguya recognizes Naruto and Sasuke as the reincarnations of Indra and Ashura. Kaguya says this land is her precious nursery and that she cannot let it get damaged any further. She then suggests that they stop fighting. Unfortunately, the chapter ends with Kaguya declaring that she will erase them all there…

Wow! These chapters just keep getting more and more intense, and so many twists are starting to get thrown into the mix! It looks like Kishimoto is going to find a way to drag this out a little longer, but as I’ve said before, Naruto is obviously getting much closer to its conclusion. I suspect that once this battle is finally over, we’ll see a few chapters that show what happen in the aftermath. However, at this point, I expect this series to last for at least a few more months.

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign CH:022

This chapter opens to a flashback of Christmas Day eight years ago, when Yu is taken to the orphanage. It then changes to Mika in the current time in Sanguinem. Ferid offers him human blood to drink since he hasn’t had an yet. He refuses, and is then asked why he tries so hard to avoid drinking human blood. Later, Mika says he needs Krul’s blood now. He finds her and takes her blood, and then asks her about what was being talked about at the Progenitor Council meeting. We see that Ferid gave his report to the council on what happened in Shinjuku. He also says that humans are on the verge of successfully weaponing the “Seraph of the End.” The council starts talking about how to deal with the humans. It turns out that Mika is also in attendance. After the meeting, there’s a confrontation between Krul and Ferid. Mika also confronts Krul about the discrepancy he now knows about with her story. At the end of the chapter, Krul comes up with a plan for Mika to find Yu and save him from the humans and the vampires.

This chapter focuses exclusively on the vampire side of the story. We get to learn a little more about the “Seraph of the End,” as well as about Krul and her role in this whole situation. She claims she’s trying to help Mika and Yu, but I wonder how truthful she’s really being about this. I’m afraid that she’s using Mika somehow to achieve her own goals. With the way this chapter ends, I suspect that the next chapter will return the focus onto Yu and the others.

Bleach CH:583

In this chapter, Ichigo takes on the ladies that came to take down Kenpachi, and he’s able to beat them back. One of the ladies gets really pissed off and wants to kill him, but her companions say they won’t help her. So the lady with the murderous rage decides to take on Ichigo by herself. She attacks, but Ichigo is able to deflect her attack. She then launches an electrocution attack, and the blast is headed toward Ichigo when the chapter ends…

This chapter basically gets the battle going for Ichigo. He gets to repel all of the ladies as a group, then repels an attack from the one acting alone, and is now facing an attack that’s coming his way. Having seen and read enough of Bleach, I know that Ichigo will somehow survive this attack. The next chapter will basically answer how he survives and then show how the battle will continue to progress.

Toriko CH:280

In this chapter, Toriko and the others make it to the entrance of the Hex Food World. When they get there, they decide they’re going to say a quick hello to Daruma. When they reach Hex Food World, they meet a number of strange people and creatures. Toriko smells food and decides to check it out. The group ends up checking out various food, dinnerware, weapon, and other stalls. After getting drunk in a bar, they’re about to head out of Hex Food World when they’re approached by someone…

All this chapter basically does is to establish Hex Food World and all of the various things that can be found there. This is accomplished by Toriko and his friends exploring the place and experiencing various parts of it. Overall, not a lot happens in this chapter. Hopefully the next chapter will work at continuing the story.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:125

In this chapter, Tsugumi is posing as a bunny girl in order to infiltrate a party being held by the leader of an enemy organization and steal a top-secret document that he’s harboring. Just as it looks like she’s going to succeed in getting the disk with the top-secret document, Master Seccachino is called away to another event at the party, which takes place at the pool. Raku is able to find the right swimsuit that Tsugumi needs to fit in; unfortunately, by the time she’s changed, he’s moved on to something else. Unfortunately, she ends up spending so much time changing costumes that she doesn’t have time to get near Seccachino. She decides to dress like a guy again to get close to him; unfortunately, Seccachino recognizes Tsugumi in this disguise. Upon realizing that Tsugumi is really a girl, he asks her to take her clothes off. She only agrees to do it if Raku is let go. However, Raku tells her not to. Just as it looks like Seccachino’s group will overpower them, Paula arrives with reinforcements. Tsugumi and Ichigo escape by jumping off the boat into the ocean.

The chapter sees the resolution of this particular story arc. It’s a little on the silly side, but it gives Tsugumi a chance to spend some time alone with Raku and getting to know him a little better. Now that this story arc is over, I have no idea where the story will go from here. However, I hope that it will get back to the promise portion of the story and starting to get closer to a resolution for that part of the story.

Stealth Symphony CH:015

This chapter sees Alice talking to Troma about their contract to protect Slice, and how she’s worried that he’s somehow involved with the explosion at the police station that happened when Jig went to talk to the supposed orphanage director in the previous chapter. Troma asks about the bad blood between Alice and Slice, and she shares the story of what happened. The story then moves to the next day, and Alice has to deal with Slice. They run into Jig while they’re out, and it turns out that Slice knows about him. When Slice hears that Jig was nearby when the station blew up, Slice says that Jug is really messed up. Slice suddenly points a gun at Jig and fires; however, the bullet turns around and heads back toward Slice. Slice then starts attacking Jig with his legs, and the wings of Jig’s Dragon Heirloom don’t react; it turns out Slice has a Rank A Dragon Heirloom. Jig reacts and surprises everyone by getting a good hit in on Slice…

This chapter provides a little more background on what happened between Alice and Slice. We also see that Slice has a Dragon Heirloom that apparently counteracts Jig’s heirloom. But at the end of the chapter, we learn that Jig has been transforming into a dragon and that his transformation has been progressing. Now I’m curious to see what will happen with Slice, and if any more will come out about Jig and his transformation.

One Punch Man CH:035

This chapter sees the battle between Saitama and Lord Boros. It turns out that Lord Boros has quite a natural healing ability. As Lord Boros brags about this, Saitama tells him to shut up. Lord Boros launches a major attack on Saitama that’s called a Meteoric Burst. At the end of the chapter, it appears that Saitama has been sent flying off of the earth…

Well, then. This long and drawn-out battle still continues, with the main happening being a major attack that doesn’t kill Saitama. Instead, it appears that he somehow was sent flying up into space. I have no idea where this story is going to next, and at this point, I have a hard time caring. Perhaps if I’d read this manga from the beginning, I might have a better appreciation for it. By jumping into the middle of such a slow-paced series and not knowing much of anything about any of the characters, it’s hard for me to truly care about what’s going on.

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (June 2, 2014)

This issue includes chapters for Toriko, Hunter x Hunter, One Piece, World Trigger, Stealth Symphony, Naruto, Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign, Nisekoi: False Love, Bleach, All You Need Is Kill, and One Punch Man. There’s also a Hunter x Hunter catchup.

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.

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Toriko CH:279

This chapter introduces the Dining Planet and the Dining Table of Nobility. Someone at the Dining Planet is talking about Acacia and about how he had come to the realization that there were many ingredients that he still needed to get a hold of. We learn the person talking is named Joie, and that she is only the second human to carve a path to this place (the first one was her mother). We also see the group that Joie is traveling with. Meanwhile, Toriko and the others are in the Octomelon and they find their way out of the Golden Marsh. And right at the end of the chapter, they find the entrance to Hex Food World.

I have to admit that I’m a little disappointed that we didn’t get to see Toriko and the others trying to navigate their way thought the maze; personally, I think there would have been a lot of storytelling potential in that. That also would have helped to make the story feel a little more dramatic. As it ended up, though, they enter the maze at the end of the previous chapter, and then we jump ahead to them getting out of the maze. This chapter also introduces the Dining Planet, as well as a new character named Joie. She’s also searching for the same thing that Toriko and his group are, so I suspect that these two groups will end up becoming rivals as the series progresses.

At the end of the chapter, we see two entries from the “Toriko Call for Ingredients” challenge that was presented during the SJ Podcast Panel at Fanime. The two drawings were the U.S. Editor’s favorite two entries.

Hunter x Hunter Catchup

This catchup is six pages in length, and includes information on the Green Island Arc, the Chimera Ant Arc, and the Hunter Election arc.

Hunter x Hunter CH:341

The chapter opens with an employee who is assigned to special unit that coordinates all the restricted voyage agencies. The employee is giving a copy of a book titled, Journey to the New World, and also sees bodies that have been wring out like towels. There is one lone survivor, a hunter who had gone into the new world that is no longer human and has been self-sustaining itself for almost 50 years. Meanwhile, a man asks the zodiac hunters to overcome the risks of the dark continent and return with hope before his son can explore it. It turns out that this is the last will and testament of this individual. They spend time debating what they’re going to do.

Even with the catchups for Hunter x Hunter both in last week’s issue and this week, I have to admit that I’m still a bit lost as to what’s going on. But considering I’m jumping into Hunter x Hunter for the first time at Chapter 341, that lost feeling makes a lot of sense. There does seem to be something interesting being set up here, though, so I’m hoping I’ll enjoy this series and better understand what’s going on as I continue to read it.

One Piece CH:749

This chapter sees the group that wants to repay their debt to Luffy and Usopp trying to fight against Pica. Luffy, with a couple of other people, ride a bull to try and climb up a stone giant. A very chaotic battle takes place during this chapter, and a revelation is made right at the end.

What can I say about this chapter? There was a lot of chaotic action taking place, and I have to admit that I found myself getting a little lost during the chapter. However, it looks Luffy and the guys he’s with are heading toward Doflamingo.

It should be noted that One Piece will be taking a break due to Eiichiro Oda having surgery to remove his tonsils to treat a peritonsillar abscess that was discovered last year. One Piece is scheduled to continue in the June 23 issue of Weekly Shonen Jump.

World Trigger CH:062

The chapter opens with a slight recap of what’s been going on out on the battlefield up to this point. This chapter seems to be focusing on Lord Hyuse’s battle. Unfortunately, the traps that have been laid for him don’t work because he’s able to use his staff, Organon, and easily knock them out of the way. The chapter ends with Lord Hyuse coming face-to-face with his opponent.

Now that I’ve been able to read several chapters of World Trigger, I’ve come to realize that this is a rather slow-moving series. I’ve been reading this for a little over two months now, and it’s still in the middle of the same battle that I jumped in the middle of when I started reading Weekly Shonen Jump in late March 2014. This isn’t necessarily a bad series, it’s just moving slowly and it’s getting harder for me to get into it.

Stealth Symphony CH:014

This chapter reveals why Slice is going after Alice Nijigami. We see Jig going to the police station; the orphanage director is being questioned, and the police want Jig there to verify the director’s identity as well as to ask him questions. Alice and Troma also go to meet a new client, who turns out to be Slice. Slice reveals he knows a lot about what happened in the last story arc. Meanwhile, the supposed orphange director turns out to really be a dragon.

This chapter spends a lot of time elaborating on Slice, his connections with Alice, as well as the source of his animosity with her. We also learn that Slice has been keeping tabs on her, because he’s able to tell them a lot of details about what happened between V&V and the Cyborg Soldier School. We also see that Jig has been targeted by someone. I’m really interested in seeing how the story arc with Slice and Alice ends up progressing.

Naruto CH:678

In this chapter, we see that people are trapped in Madara’s genjutsu, and we get to see glimpses of the dreams being had by the main characters who are trapped in the genjutsu. I have to say that several of these dreams are rather amusing. Once it’s safe for them to emerge, Team 7 leave where they’ve been hiding and try to find a way free everyone from the genjutsu. Before they can do anything though, Zetsu and Madara make an appearance; however, everyone is surprised when Zetsu interferes with Madara. And it appears Zetsu has some kind of connection with the mother of the Sage of Six Paths…

This chapter continues the intensity that’s been present in recent chapters of Naruto. However, I was a little disappointed that nothing more was shown in regards to the First Hokage and Yamato. I’m really hoping to see more of what’s going on with that portion of the story in the next chapter. Yes, I’m definitely interested in what’s going on with Madara, Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, Kakashi, and Zetsu, but I feel like I’ve kind of been left hanging when it comes to Yamato.

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign CH:021

This chapter sees Kimizuki now going through this training. They’ve already passed the 30 hour mark, and the chance his demon will take over is getting higher. Yu is told that the worst case scenario would require them to eliminate Kimizuki, and he is asked to stand by in case that needs to be done. The scene then changes to Kimizuki fighting with his demon, Kiseki-o. Kiseki-o gets her blade through Kimizuki, and tells him to relive his past to see his inner darkness and to let “Shiho Kimizuki” break. He has a flashback of himself from four years earlier that have to do with his sister who caught the sickness that was only supposed to affect adults. The demon tries to twist the memory, but he manages to resist the temptations the demon is trying to include in the memory. After he gets the hit in, the demon says he may call on her to possess him. After Kimizuki finishes his training, he proposes that he and Yu should settle the question of who’s better. The two of them begin a fight with their new ability, and what they do surprises Shinoa…

This chapter provides some backstory for Kimizuki, and we get an understanding of why Kimizuki looks down on Yu like he does. Thanks to their training, they can both possess a demon and they have somehow managed to acquire special abilities. Shinoa believes there’s something special about these two that she doesn’t know about yet, but thinks this is why they’re part of Guren’s special army. By seeing how strong their rivalry is, I have this feeling that at some point in the series, there will be a climactic battle between Yu and Kimizuki.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:124

This chapter focuses on Tsugumi, the girl whose guardian thinks is a boy. Tsugumi, along with Paula, have been given the job of infiltrating a party being held by the leader of an enemy organization and steal a top-secret document that he’s harboring. Unfortunately, when it’s time for them to go the party as a pair, Tsugumi gets a phone call from Paula, saying that she’s not feeling well. When all hope seems lost, Raku walks by after finishing a fishing trip. She ends up recruiting Raku to help her, so Tsugumi has to take on the female role for the female and male pair. When they go to the party, Tsugumi garners a lot of attention. IT turns out they’ve got a time crunch, though, so the mission has to be accomplished that night. Right at the very end, they see what disguise that Tsugumi will need, but she doesn’t seem comfortable with that idea…

So it looks like we’ve now got a story arc that will focus on Tsugumi and Raku. Tsugumi’s awkwardness at being so girly, especially around Raku, is kind of amusing to read. I have a feeling that the point of this arc will be to have Tsugumi and Raku getting a little bit closer. However, I also have the feeling that something unexpected will happen in regard to the mission, or that Tsugumi will ultimately end up failing. It’ll be interesting to see how this story arc ends up progressing.

Bleach CH:582

This chapter sees Ichigo arriving on the scene; however, pretty quickly after his arrival, he’s attacked by the ladies who have come to take down Kenpachi. Ichigo transforms into his Soul Reaper version and is ready to take them on. Ichigo’s battle with the ladies is just starting when the chapter ends, and there’s someone watching what’s going on from a distance…

Like the previous week’s chapter, this is another short one that’s setting the stage for what should become a more action-packed story. I have a feeling that the next chapter will have quite a focus on Ichigo and his fight with the ladies. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of a battle Ichigo has with them and how he’ll ultimately bring them down.

All You Need Is Kill CH:017

At the beginning of the chapter, it’s revealed that Keiji is the one who wins the battle between him and Rita. Keiji isn’t happy with this result, though. Rita tells him to save the human race. As Rita dies, Keiji admits that he’s in love with her. After Rita dies, we get to read Keiji’s account of what happened immediately afterward. From there, we see that Keiji is being transferred and that he’s acquired a call sign of his own. We then see Keiji thinking about how he plans to save the world, but that Rita’s not there to see it, even though she was the only person that he had wanted to protect.

This is the final chapter for All You Need Is Kill. It ends on a note that he has made it out of the time loop and that he intends to keep on fighting. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see whether or not he succeeds at saving the human race or not. Since I haven’t read the original novel that this is based on, I don’t know whether this is the way the novel ends or if the manga adaptation ends earlier than the novel. After getting to read most of the chapters of this series, I’d have to say that it was decent. It’s not bad, but it’s not one I’d rank as a favorite, either.

One Punch Man CH:034.3 V2

According to the opening of this chapter, it’s claimed that this is a revision to a chapter that was previously published in the April 7, 2014 edition of Weekly Shonen Jump, and that this revision eradicates the existence of all ensuing chapters.

I have some vague memories of reading a chapter that was rather similar to this a couple of months ago. However, the ending does seem to be a little different than I remember it. Unfortunately, I’m not entirely sure on that, since this series hasn’t made much of an impression on me so far. This chapter is a very action-packed chapter with a lot of fighting and not much in the way of any dialogue.