Discotek Licenses the Great Mazinger Anime, Along With a Toriko Film and Two Zatch Bell Films

Discotek Media has announced that it has licensed the Toriko the Movie: Secret Recipe of Gourmet God! (Gekijō-ban Toriko Bishokushin no Special Menu), Zatch Bell: 101st Devil (Konjiki no Gash Bell: 101 Banme no Mamono), and Zatch Bell: Attack of Mechavulcan (Konjiki no Gash Bell!!: Attack of the Mechavulcan) anime films, as well as the Great Mazinger anime series. The Toriko and Zatch Bell films are scheduled to be released on Blu-ray Disc on March 27, 2018, while Great Mazinger is scheduled to be released on DVD on March 27, 2018.

The company also revealed that Tenjho Tenge, Robot Carnival, and Tomorrow’s Joe are all scheduled to be released on March 27, 2018.

Source: ANN

Manga Review: “Toriko” Volume 33

Toriko Volume 33 focuses on a Gourmet Hunter named Toriko. He, along with his friend Komatsu and some other Gourmet Hunters, has gone into the Gourmet World. They hope to revive the Age of Gourmet.

Toriko Volume 33
Written by: Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: April 5, 2016

Volume 33 begins with Toriko and the others celebrating by tasting Air, one of the ingredients of Acacia’s full-course meal. But celebration quickly turns to tragedy when members of Neo arrive and attack. Komatsu’s heart is taken, but they are able to keep him alive with an artificial heart pump. The attack on Komatsu happens so suddenly that it grabs both the audience and Toriko by surprise. To be honest, I thought that Komatsu was going to die when I saw what happened to him. But I’m glad that he survived. This event moves the story into its next arc, which is to acquire Pair, the only ingredient of Acacia’s full-course meal that can save Komatsu.

Toriko Volume 33 sees the main character and the other Gourmet Hunters going to Area 7 to try to locate Pair. They find themselves being attacked by a group of large monkeys, but the attack leads them to underground ruins where they find a Blue Nitro named Kaka. Through Kaka, they learn about the civilization that had once lived in the ruins, as well as important information on how to deal with the large monkeys. While this exposition slowed the story down, it was vitally important for what comes next. Also, after the excitement that took place when Neo attacked, the reader needed a break before the action that takes place later in the volume. Kaka also becomes an important character who joins Toriko and the others to serve as a guide to Area 7.

The remainder of Volume 33 shows Toriko and the other Gourmet Hunters coming across one of the masters of the monkeys, which leads to an epic fight. The battle between the Gourmet Hunters and the monkey master is done in such a way that it keeps the action moving and makes the sequence a relatively quick read. However, it’s made clear right at the end of the volume that Toriko and the others are nowhere near done with fighting as they try to acquire Pair.

As usual, Shimabukuro provides the action panels that readers have come to expect from this series. But there’s also drawings on pages eight and nine that really grabbed my interest, due to his use of shadows. Normally, the drawings and panels in Toriko aren’t that dark, so these pages really stand out.

Fans who have been following this series will want to check out Toriko Volume 33, because some very important plot progression takes place. Also, the character of Kaka provides some information that helps the reader to start understanding the Gourmet World a little more.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

Manga Review: “Toriko” Volume 32

Originally written for WatchPlayRead.com

Toriko Volume 32 follows Toriko, a Gourmet Hunter searching for the most precious foods in the world to create his full-course meal. He is accompanied on his quest by the timid chef, Komatsu, as well as their mutual friends. Their quest has taken them to the Gourmet World in order to revive the Age of Gourmet.

Toriko Volume 32
Written by: Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: February 2, 2016

Volume 32 sees Toriko and the others trying to save the Chief of Hex Food World. They must locate Air, which is Acacia’s Salad and the only thing that can save the chief. During their quest, Toriko and Komatsu encounter the Nightmare Heracles, one of the Eight Kings of the Gourmet World. Their friends also encounter obstacles that they must overcome in order to continue their search.

Much of this volume focuses on the battles being fought by the three teams that are looking for Air. But between the three groups, we see the most of Toriko’s battle with the Nightmare Heracles. Much of Toriko’s portion of the story is very action-oriented, but in the midst of his section, a major secret is revealed about Toriko. Considering that this is a shonen manga, I wasn’t terribly surprised about what the secret was when it was revealed.

My biggest complaint with Toriko Volume 32 is the fact that there are portions of it that feel rather jumpy to me as I read them. It was nice to see the action shift to one of the other two groups sometimes, but so little time was spent on the other groups before returning to Toriko’s storyline that it felt like the story was simply jumping around for no real reason.

Even with that complaint, I can say I’m happy that the storyline with the Nightmare Heracles actually ends in Toriko Volume 32. It was a satisfying ending for this story arc, but it’s clear that the overarching story of the series is far from over. But there’s nothing at the end of this volume to indicate what kind of story arc the series will be moving on to next.

When it comes to the art, having an action-packed volume means that there’s going to be a lot of speed lines included. But Shimabukuro also included some rather impressive looking close-up panels for the Nightmare Heracles. These close-ups really make this creature look intimidating, and they emphasize the fact that it’s an important figure in the Gourmet World.

Fans of this series should appreciate the action and the story progression that takes place over the course of Toriko Volume 32. While I may not personally be a fan of Toriko, I still recognize that the content of this volume is important to the overall story and that it will be appreciated by readers who have been following this series from the very beginning.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (October 19, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for One-Punch Man, Black Clover, Bleach, My Hero Academia, Food Wars!, World Trigger, Nisekoi: False Love, and Toriko. This issue also includes Naruto being featured for the “Jump Back” initiative, but this time focusing on the first four chapters of Volume 28 (which is set at the end of the two year timeskip), as well as Masasahi Kishimoto’s Karakuri one-shot.

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.

One-Punch Man CH:050.2 + Bonus Chapter

The heroes are being asked to serve as bodyguards for the executives from the association, since Garo seems to be targeting them as well. Metal Bat is assigned to protect an executive and his son at a sushi bar, and a monster attacks while they’re there. For the most part, this chapter focused on Metal Bat getting frustrated with the exec and his son, since they don’t understand how to act in a more “lower class” establishment. The monster shows up right at the end of the chapter, so we won’t get to see how Metal Bat handles this situation until the next chapter is published.

Weekly Shonen Jump also included a bonus one-shot for One-Punch Man this week. Saitama is out and about and encounters a fisherman. The fisherman catches the “big one,” but it’s not what he expects. There’s also an encounter with Speed-o’-Sound Sonic for Saitama to deal with. This was an OK one-shot, but it was a little disappointing at the same time, since it was drawn to celebrate the start of the One-Punch Man anime. Oh well.

Black Clover CH:034

Asta and his new rival jump in to fight against the enemy, and Noel joins them. But just as it looks like they’ll be defeated, more Magic Knights appear to help out. But the enemy manages to kidnap Asta right at the end of the chapter. This was primarily an action-oriented chapter, with a lot of magic use and fighting going on. But with Asta being kidnapped, I imagine the next chapter will likely show us what happens to him and possibly start providing some more information and backstory on the enemy.

Bleach CH:647

The beginning of the chapter focuses on a wounded Kyoraku trying to get away from the Quincy. But then it quickly shifts to Rukia and the others approaching the enemy stronghold. But before they can get there, they are stopped by a Quincy. But before anything can truly get going with that plot, the chapter jumps back to Kyoraku. But the way this chapter ends, I’m almost afraid that another character is going to die. I certainly hope this character doesn’t, because I’ve really liked them over the course of the series. But with the way Bleach seems to be more a bloodbath these days, I’m sincerely afraid this could mean the end for yet another character.

My Hero Academia CH:063

Midoriya and Bakugo continue to disagree on how to deal with All Might during the exam, but they manage to come up with a compromise. But then the story shifts Todoroki and his partner, Yaoyorozu. It shows that they have a hard time communicating, and Yaoyorozu has to make a difficult decision when their opponent captures Todoroki. Right at the end, Yaoyorozu has a plan to deal with Aizawa for the practical portion of their exam. So it seems this exam will be focusing on the various pairs having to try to overcome their shortcomings and work together. Hopefully this particular story arc won’t run for an overly long time. This kind of concept works great for a shorter story arc, but not as well for a longer one.

Food Wars! CH:139

Erina’s father gives a speech, which is broadcast to the entire school through the closed circuit television system. His first announcement angers students, and his second announcement creates a new group that is extremely elitist and takes away choices from the students. He tries to make it appear that this will create a much fairer system. We then see that there’s a plan in place to shut down Polaris Dorm. Wow, with these two announcements, the series has just been turned on its head. How is this going to proceed, and how long will this new system be in place? This arc has definitely been an interesting turn of events, and it’s actually get me a little more interested in this series.

World Trigger CH:119

We see that Yuzuru wants Chika to try a Trigger. But before he tells her about it, he explains what’s likely causing her to not want to shoot at people, even if they’re in Trion bodies. The explanation he gives makes a lot of sense. He then asks to have a Trigger setting changed and has Chiksa try it. We learn it’s the Lead Bullet that immobolizes an opponent with weights, and Chika recognizes it. After getting through the explanations, the scene shifts to Osamu and Yuma talking to Enedora, which basically provides exposition about Aftokrator, as well as some backstory for Hyuse. This ended up primarily being an exposition chapter, but the exposition was necessary in order to progress Chika’s story and to provide information on Hyuse. We’ve known very little about him up to this point, so getting even this brief backstory is better than having nothing at all.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:190

This chapter backtracks to before the end of the previous chapter, so the reader gets to see what leads up to Raku crashing the wedding. But it quickly returns to Raku’s crashing of the wedding. Marika is told to send Raku away, and she says a lot of things that could be true, but she could also be saying them to obey her mother. But Raku isn’t willing to accept that she’s truly happy and says he wants to help if she’s in a bad situation. He refers to her as a good friend, and it hits Marika hard, even though she knew that was how he felt. Marika then surprises everyone by what she does next. Of course, Marika’s mother isn’t going to take this lying down, and a fight is about to begin. Some of the guards fall over, though, thanks to Onodera’s bad cooking. The chapter ends with Raku and the others gearing up for a fight to try to get out and whisk Marika back home with them. So Raku has finally told Marika that he thinks of her as just a good friend, so it appears she’s officially not going to be part of Raku’s harem anymore. But at this point, I can’t guess how the story will progress from this point.

Toriko CH:343

Don Slime attacks. There are quite a few action panels, and then we get an explanation for what happened to Komatsu and the others. However, the flashback isn’t finished by the end of the chapter. It’s safe to say that this flashback will be continuing in the next chapter. I still have this sneaking suspicion that Toriko may be getting closer to ending. Otherwise, I can’t explain why the story has suddenly sped up after dragging it out for so long.

Naruto CH:247

This chapter sees Naruto running into Shikamaru and Temari, and he also learns that he’s the only one in their year who isn’t a Chunin yet. We then get to see what’s happened to Gaara during the course of the timeskip, and learn about the changes for the Sand Village. This chapter also introduces two members of the Akatsuki, and they’re just launching their plan when the chapter ends. This chapter finally is what truly gets the first post-timeskip story arc into motion, and the next chapter will likely focus on the attempt to get Gaara. I already know this portion of the story from the anime, so there’s really nothing to surprise me here. But I do like this story arc, so I don’t mind seeing it in manga form. Next week should be the last week this appears as part of the “Jump Back” initiative.

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (October 12, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for My Hero Academia, One Piece, Food Wars!, Bleach, World Trigger, Nisekoi: False Love, Toriko, and Black Clover. This issue also includes Naruto being featured for the “Jump Back” initiative, but this time focusing on the first four chapters of Volume 28 (which is set at the end of the two year timeskip), as well as Masasahi Kishimoto’s Karakuri one-shot.

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.

My Hero Academia CH:062

This chapter focuses on Bakugo and Midoriya, and it’s obvious they’re unable to work well together. Because of this, All Might is having a rather easy time of it. This chapter also includes some flashbacks from when Bakugo and Midoriya were little kids. But Midoriya does something rather unexpected when Bakugo makes a comment that his partner doesn’t like hearing. The battle is still ongoing when the chapter ends, which isn’t surprising. But it looks like Midoriya might be able to pull something off. We’ll just have to wait until the next chapter to find out whether or not he does.

One Piece CH:803

In this chapter, Luffy and the others discover that the Thousand Sunny made it to Zou. The Straw Hats, Law, and a couple of other people disembark, while the other pirates head on their way. Meanwhile, it appears that the headquarters of the Revolutionary Army has been discovered by the Blackbeard Pirates. And Buggy the Clown is back! It definitely appears that a new story arc is being established in this chapter that will somehow involve Luffy and his group, the Revolutionary Army, and Buggy. It’ll be interesting to see how this develops.

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

Food Wars! CH:138

In this chapter, Erina is inside Polaris Dorm, which surprises the residents as they return. When it’s asked to let Erina stay there, the residents aren’t sure and are afraid of getting into trouble. But after they learn what’s going on with Erina’s father, they’re more than happy to let her stay. As they have a party, Erina is asked to sample dishes and give her opinion on them. I don’t know, that kind of seems like a rude thing to do to someone who’s run away and is hiding out to get away from being forced into these same kinds of duties by their father. And right at the end of the chapter, Azami shows some documents to the staff that explain what Totsuki’s new instruction method will be. From the reactions I’m seeing, it’s obviously something the staff isn’t happy about. Azami just continues to be a jerk, and his obsession of taking over Totsuki is already starting to get out of hand (and it’s hardly even started!).

Bleach CH:646

The fight between Kyoraku and the Quincy continues. But just as it looks like Kyoraku has the upper hand, the Quincy reveals an ability he has that we didn’t know about before, which only serves to stretch the battle out more. The chapter ends with a cliffhanger, and the reader is left to wonder whether or not Kyoraku will survive. I just hope this doesn’t get drawn out into some ridiculously drawn out battle that becomes very over the top. But with the way Bleach has been going over the past year or so, I’m almost afraid that it is.

World Trigger CH:118

In this chapter, Enedora is questioned about the two potential Neighborhoods that might attack, but he claims to not have any additional information on them. Yuma confirms that he’s not lying. When Enedora makes a comment about Hyuse, Osamu asks him to elaborate, but we don’t get to see whether or not he does because the scene changes to Chika going through sniper training. When someone tells Chika that her mentor should teach her how to actually shoot people, she shares something that he told her. But the guy who made the crack says he might be able to help her right at the end of the chapter. I wonder what he’s planning to do in order to teach her how to be comfortable shooting at people, and if this will appear in the next chapter, or if the focus will return on what Enedora was telling Osamu and Yuma.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:189

As we see that Raku and the others are making progress in an underground tunnel, Marika’s mother decides to move the wedding up an hour earlier. But ust as it seems that the bride and groom will have their kiss, Raku barges in. And this is where the chapter ends. But is Raku technically too late? While Marika never said “I do,” the officiant did say her silence constitutes her pledge. He could be too late due to that technicality. I’m curious to see how Komi ends up playing this out.

Toriko CH:342

After dealing with a few pages of narration, the story gets going with Toriko and Starjun. Apparently, Toriko’s heightened sense of smell is allowing him to sense everything that’s going on in the Gourmet World. They encounter a battle wolf. But before the two of them can fight, Toriko receives a call from Komatsu saying that they have prepared Another. Ummm… wait a minute. What happened to the various story lines that were going on, like with Komatsu and the boy? That cooking competition? Between all the narration and this sudden jump in time, it almost feels like the mangaka is trying to rush through the story to bring it to its conclusion. Could Toriko be heading toward its ending soon?

Black Clover CH:033

It turns out that Fegoleon has lost an arm but is still alive. But before they can do anything, Rades attacks Leopold. As Rades tries to leave, Asta decides to attack, even though he’s injured. But before anything can happen, reinforcements show up for Rades. But Asta does something surprising right at the end of the chapter. So this fight with Rades continues and doesn’t seem to be anywhere near ending. I’m almost afraid that the mangaka is going to try to stretch this battle out for as long as possible. If that happens, I’ll probably get bored with this series rather quickly until it finally progresses to something else.

Naruto CH:246

This chapter focuses exclusively on Naruto and Sakura doing the bell test with Kakashi for a second time. However, unlike the first time, it doesn’t take them nearly as long as achieve the goal. Naruto actually came up with a clever way to distract Kakashi so they could get the bells without him noticing. Also, this chapter demonstrates just how much both Naruto and Sakura have grown as ninja. This was a very fun read, and it was also a little on the nostalgic side.

Karakuri

This is the one-shot that Kishimoto received the Hop Step Award honorable mention in an issue of Weekly Shonen Jump back in 1996. Two years later, the one-shot was published in Weekly Shonen Jump.

The story is set in Japan during a time when a virus was killing a lot of people. The government used bionics to create vertebrae that would fight against the virus and save mankind. But a subset of people involved with the project secretly redeveloped the idea for military purposes and conducted experiments that created roids, which were humans turned into weapons. The Ministry of Defense created the 14th Division fourth platoon Karakuri Squad to deal with it. Kiru, the main character, is directionally challenged, which makes it hard to arrive at his intended destination on time. His commander (a rat) is directionally challenged, too. But when they finally make it to their location, they find that one of the people they were supposed to meet has been kidnapped. Kiru finds the girl who was kidnapped and rescues her.

It was interesting to see how some of the character designs that appear here would be modified and make some kind of appearance in Naruto. Also, there was an ability that appeared here and was later modified to be something else in the Naruto series. This was a nice thing to see for curiosity’s sake, but it shows just how much Kishimoto had grown as a mangaka between this and Naruto. Karakuri is OK for what it is, but it’s not as strong as Naruto.

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (October 5, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for One Piece, Blue Exorcist, Black Clover, World Trigger, My Hero Academia, Toriko, Nisekoi: False Love, Samon the Summoner, Bleach, Food Wars!, and Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign. This issue also includes Naruto being featured for the “Jump Back” initiative, but this time focusing on the first four chapters of Volume 28 (which is set at the end of the two year timeskip).

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.

One Piece CH:802

First, we see Luffy and the others freaking out about huge hail coming down, and coming to the realization that they don’t have a navigator. Oops! Then we meet Edward Weevil, who claims to be the son of Whitebeard, and his mother, who claims to be Whitebeard’s lover. They appear to have just learned about Doflamingo’s defeat. I’m not quite sure how these two fit into the story, but considering I jumped into Weekly Shonen Jump in the middle of the Dressrosa arc last year, that’s not terribly surprising. A new island called Zou is revealed, and it has an… interesting location. It’s going to be interesting to see how Oda pulls off the story line with Zou. I mean, sure, he had a sky island before, but this is something completely different…

Blue Exorcist CH:072

Rin and a couple of the others lament how Bon is now working so hard for Lightning that he can’t help them with their studies. But then they talk about what potential paths they might want to take. The story then returns to Yukio as he continues to try to figure out how he can become stronger. He takes a drastic step to try to awaken his ability, but it looks like it might not work. The chapter ends on a cliffhanger, so we won’t know whether Yukio succeeds or not until next month.

Black Clover CH:032

It looks like Rades is going to be defeated, and an interesting tidbit is revealed about him when his Grimoire is confiscated. But it turns out Rades’ and his group’s real objective was to capture Fergoleon Vermillion, and it appears that plan succeeds. So while it appears to still be a revenge plot, there was more to it than Rades let on in the previous chapter. I don’t know if it’s just me, but this particular story arc just hasn’t been terribly interesting. Oh well. I don’t have much but to continue with it until it’s finished.

World Trigger CH:117

It appears that the story is being set up for another Neighbor invasion to potentially take place, and this chapter spends a lot of time focusing on an Emergency Response meeting where Border bigwigs and higher ranking Border agents discuss what could happen and what they’re going to do. Meanwhile, Osamu is coming to a realization as to what he needs to do going forward for the B-Rank Wars. But Yotaro seems to have figured out who Jin was referring to in the previous chapter, and I admit it’s someone I wouldn’t have guessed. It sounds like this person isn’t interested in helping Osamu out, but things could change. And it would be quite an interesting development if they do.

My Hero Academia CH:061

We get to see what the matchups for the upcoming practical exam are, as well as All Might’s flashback concerning some of the decisions made on who to team up. Some time is spent expliainig the practical exam before it actually starts. As the exam gets underway, the story jumps around the various locations just as attacks start happening. But then the focus changes to Midoriya and Bakugo not off to a good start. That’s not surprising, considering that they don’t get along with each other. Their story is just getting going when the chapter ends. Hopefully next chapter will continue to focus on Midoriya and Bakugo, and not jump around much. Or if it does jump around, that it doesn’t do so as much as One Piece did during the Dressrosa arc.

Toriko CH:341

This chapter introduces us to Acacia’s Demon A. We get to see A going up against Bambina. Then the other members of the Eight Kings and the Full-Course Meal appear to take on other demons that have appeared in the Gourmet World. Most of the chapter focuses on narration of what’s happening with all of this, with only a minimal amount of action. But right at the end of the chapter, we see Toriko reacting. Overall, this was such an exposition heavy chapter that it was rather boring to read. Hopefully the next chapter will be more exciting.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:188

Raku shares his idea for helping Marika with the others. There’s an argument about some of the particulars, but after that’s worked out, we see that Shinohara has made arrangements for the two who weren’t captured to get inside the castle. Shinohara then lays out the plan for how they’re going to accomplish their goal. This story seems to be building up to something, but I can’t predict where Raku and the others will succeed or not. I’m very curious to see what Komi will do, and I hope it’ll turn out to be interesting and impressive.

Samon the Summoner CH:003

Samon is approached by one of his and Sakura’s classmates, who witnessed Samon summon a demon. This classmate now wants to borrow the power of the demons. Samon happily obliges. It ends up becoming a chaotic story, and Sakura tries her best to save their classmate.

This was probably the best of the three chapters that I read of Samon the Summoner, but I’m still not entirely sold on this series. About the only way I’d be continuing it at this point is if the English Weekly Shonen Jump decided to publish more of it in the future. But to be honest, I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

Bleach CH:645

Kyoraku explains what he does with the Zanpakuto to the Quincy. This is primarily a chapter of exposition, but then action takes place right near the end. But what action did happen was simply there to help illustrated Kyoraku’s explanations. Hopefully this chapter got the exposition out of the way, and that some real action will take place next week.

Food Wars! CH:137

Erina’s father is still acting like such an asshole in this chapter. But we see Hisako, Alice, and some others busting Erina out of her family’s mansion. They succeed, but after realizing they don’t have a plan, decides to go home. But at the end of the chapter, it’s revealed that they’re right behind Polaris Dorm. As I was reading this chapter, I had a feeling that Erina would somehow end up at Polaris. Now the question is, will she try to stay there to defy her father?

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign CH:038

When Shinoa and the others make it to the rendezvous point, and Rika comes running up and blaming her for all the deaths that have occurred because she protected Mika. But as others arrive, arguments begin breaking out. But as the truth about the mission is revealed, tempers flare even more. Shinya Hiragi is bombarded with a ton of questions, which is understandable considering the situation. He makes the decision to abandon the plan and devise a strategy to rescue Guren. We also get to see what’s going on with Guren while he’s in captivity. And something that Guren says right at the end of the chapter seems to pique the vampires’ interest. It looks Guren’s plan might be succeeding, and hopefully we’ll find out in next month’s chapter whether or not it does.

Naruto CH:245

The new “Jump Back” initiative features the first four chapters of Naruto Volume 28, which is set after the two year timeskip that Naruto was away from the village training with Jiraiya. Naruto is being featured again so soon to celebrate Masashi Kishimoto’s appearance at New York Comic Con. This chapter sees Naruto’s return to Konoha and encountering Kakashi and Sakura. The stage is set for the two of them to try to do the bell test with Kakashi again. Basically, this chapter was here to establish Naruto’s return and the fact that he, Sakura, and Kakashi will be on a team as equals rather than as master and student. The next chapter should be more action-oriented with the bell test.

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.

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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.