Crunchyroll Adds Five More Anime Titles to Its Streaming Catalog

Crunchyroll has announced that the site has added the five following anime titles to its streaming catalog:

  • Ouran High School Host Club – available to Crunchyroll members in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.
  • Noein – to your other self – available to Crunchyroll members in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands.
  • Yū Yū Hakusho – the first 28 episodes are available to Crunchyroll members in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Crunchyroll will release more episodes at a later date.
  • The Galaxy Railways – available to Crunchyroll members in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V – Crunchyroll first streamed the first 40 episodes of the series in November 2016. The site plans to add 4-5 new episodes every week.

Source: ANN

One-Punch Man Is Best-Selling Graphic Novel in the U.S. in September 2017

Twelve manga titles appeared on NPD BookScan (formerly Nielsen BookScan)’s Top 20 Graphic Novels list for September 2017:

  • One-Punch Man Volume 12 by ONE and Yuusuke Murata (#1)
  • Death Note (All-In-One Edition) by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata (#2)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Volume 2 by Akira Himekawa (#5)
  • Boruto Volume 2 by Ukyō Kodachi and Mikio Ikemoto (#7)
  • The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story by Marie Kondo (#9)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V Volume 2 by Shin Yoshida and Naohito Miyoshi (#10)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#11)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 14 by Sui Ishida (#12)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 9 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#15)
  • Monster Girl Encyclopedia Volume 2 by Kenkou Cross (#17)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida (#18)
  • Death Note Black Edition Volume 1 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata (#19)

Source: ANN

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (September 21, 2015)

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

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

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

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

Samon the Summoner CH:001

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

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

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

One Piece CH:800

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

Toriko CH:339

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

Mononofu CH:002

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

Bleach CH:643

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

My Hero Academia CH:059

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

Bakuman. age 13

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

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

World Trigger CH:116

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

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

Black Clover CH:030

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

Food Wars! CH:135

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

Nisekoi: False Love CH:186

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

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

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

Psyren CH:003

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

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (August 24, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for Food Wars!, One Piece, Toriko, Bleach, Nisekoi: False Love, My Hero Academia, Black Clover, One-Punch Man, and Yu-Gi-Oh1 Arc-V. This issue also includes the third chapter of D.Gray-man (which is the current title to be featured for the “Jump Back” initiative).

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

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

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

Food Wars! CH:131

Kuga doesn’t take losing to Soma well, and matters are made worse when Rindo Kobayashi, the second seat on the council of ten, gives him a hard time about it. But Soma points out that there’s still one day left of the festival, and if he can’t beat Kuga in overall profit for the whole event, he hasn’t won. The story then skips ahead to the last day of the festival, and it appears that Soma has resigned himself to the fact that Kuga will outsell him. During the chapter, we also see a flashback of when Kuga was a first-year student. And right at the end of the chapter, Erina’s father makes a surprise visit to her booth.

The majority of this chapter focuses on Soma and Kuga’s battle. But during this, I appreciated getting to see the flashback that showed that Kuga was just as cocky of a first-year student as Soma currently is. It appears they’re more alike than Kuga would want to admit. It doesn’t surprise me that it looks like Kuga will win their battle, but I suspect that Soma managed to pull it off so he wasn’t in the red at the end. And with how this chapter ends, it looks like the next chapter may have a focus on Erina and her father. This could provide some great character development for Erina.

One Piece CH:797

We see a battle at the eastern port with the naval forces. Then we see Luffy at Flower Field looking for Rebecca. He talks to her about her father, which leads to Luffy taking Rebecca with him. But the people at the palace believe that Luffy has kidnapped her. But Luffy takes her as far as he can so she can see Kyros while he heads off to the eastern port. Rebecca finds Kyros and confronts him. Before leaving, Rebecca had told Viola her plans, and Viola shares them with Riku.

This chapter sees the fighting between the pirates and the navy getting underway, but more importantly, Rebecca’s storyline is wrapped up here as well. From what I’ve seen of Rebecca since I started reading One Piece in Weekly Shonen Jump, I’m not surprised that she would choose to confront Kyros about what he wrote to her in the letter and insist that she wants to stay with him. It looks like the main thing left in Dressrosa is to get through this battle with the navy and seeing Luffy and the members of the crew still at Dressrosa getting away and heading to their next destination.

Toriko CH:335

At the beginning of this chapter, it’s revealed that the strongest of the Eight Kings in Area 6 is on the move, and that the first people to resonate with it were the ones in Area 5. Then we see the reactions of the people in Area 4. Then there are reactions in Area 3. And then we see what happens in Area 2. Toriko and Starjun are in Area 2, and they encounter a Royal Land Shark. They decide to work together to try to fight it. They also realize that the Wolf King is behind the Royal Land Shark. The scene then changes to Neo’s hideout, where Nakaume is approached by someone who offers to help him.

Instead of continuing the cookoff in Blue Grill, this chapter decides to show what else has been happening. Unfortunately, instead of focusing on characters in one or two areas, there’s a lot of skipping around. In total, we saw six different locations for brief scenes. It reminds me a lot of what I was seeing during the Dressrosa Arc in One Piece, where so much jumping around was going on that the story didn’t advance at all. Whenever this happens, I find I have a harder time following what’s going on and feel like I’m trying to read at a dizzying pace. Hopefully this will only be for this chapter and that the next chapter will settle down somewhere and allow the story to progress.

Bleach CH:639

The fight between Pernida and Mayuri continues. Mayuri activates his bankai, which turns out to be an altered bankai. With this alteration, he’s able to have a version of it that Pernida can’t control it with its nerves.

All this chapter seems to do is to establish the next stage of the battle, because the only thing that really happens is that Mayuri activates his modified bankai and explains what it is. We actually got to see a brief flashback of when Mayuri was much younger, and he looked so different. It was almost hard to believe it was the same person. But hopefully the next chapter of Bleach will actually start doing something to progress the story.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:182

We see that Raku has called Marika’s friend, Mikage. They learn that Marika changed schools because she and her mother had made a very strict deal. It turns out Marika’s mother is the grand matriarch for her side of the family, but that the girls were usually sickly. Normally the girls don’t get to pick their own husbands, but when Marika started getting better when she met Raku, Marika made a deal with her mother. When she was of marriageable age, she wanted to go to Raku’s high school, and it was only allowed under two conditions. If Marika got too sick to go to school, she was to come home immediately. And if Marika had been able to convince Raku to marry her before her health got bad, her mother would give her blessing; but if Marika didn’t win his love, upon her return home she would marry the suitor of her mother’s choosing. Raku now wonders if he has any right to try to stop the wedding, since he was planning to reject her. But Chitoge smacks Raku and says she knows that he wants to help. This causes Raku to decide that she should do this, and all of their friends decide that they want to accompany Raku. Yui overheard everything and has arranged a flight for them.

So it looks like Marika hasn’t been completely written out of the story, unless Raku and the others fail to persuade Marika’s mother to stop the forthcoming wedding. But even if they do succeed at stopping the wedding, I expect that Raku will still end up rejecting Marika, and where will that leave her? And from how Marika’s mother was described in this chapter, how would they succeed at stopping the wedding? Hopefully Komi doesn’t pull something lame in order to resolve this story.

My Hero Academia CH:055

Now we see what’s going on with Gran Torino, and we see he’s fighting alongside Todoroki’s mentor. His mentor has a flashback of when Todoroki left to go help Ida and Midoriya. We then return to where Todoroki and the others are still fighting against the Hero Killer. With the three of them working together, they’re able to capture the Hero Killer. Gran Torino finds them and scolds Midoriya for leaving the train. Ida apologizes to Midoriya and Todoroki since they were injured because of him. A villain suddenly appears and captures Midoriya while the Hero Killer escapes from his bonds.

I should have figured that the Hero Killer wouldn’t stay captured. But I hadn’t expected Midoriya to be taken by a villain. It looks Gran Torino is trying to go after him, but the flying villain is going too fast for his Quirk. What will happen to Midoriya? And what’s the Hero Killer going to end up doing? Hopefully we’ll start getting answers to these questions in the next chapter.

Black Clover CH:026

Asta appears on the battlefield, and the enemy leader taunts him because he’s the anti magic guy. Meanwhile, the Silver Eagles make an appearance. We then see groups of Magic Knights in various locations discovering that the enemies get right back up after they’re cut down. They all end up deciding that they’ll just keep crushing them until they can’t get back up. We basically then get several pages of characters launching attacks. Then the story returns to Asta, and his new rival marvels at how well he’s doing against the enemy fighters. Asta then tries taking the leader head-on, but things don’t go as planned.

For the most part, this ended up being a quick chapter to read, thanks to several pages in a row that just showed characters launching attacks. For the most part, not much really happened to advance to the story. But right at the very end, we see that the leader of the enemy forces seems to have a power that Asta needs to figure out how to defeat.

One-Punch Man CH:049

Garo approaches Golden Ball and challenges him to a fight. But it turns out Golden Ball surprises Garo by getting a hit in on him. But after a while, Garo is able to easily dodge a barrage of Golden Ball’s bullets. But just as it looks like Garo will have the upper hand, someone jumps into the middle of the battle. It’s a hero named Spring Mustachio. But after a short battle, Garo is able to defeat Spring Mustachio.

This chapter focused exclusively on Garo’s fight. We see him take on two heroes, but only defeating one. But I expect Garo may take down Golden Ball in the next chapter. Also, there was no sign of Saitama anywhere in this chapter. After it was hinted that Saitama would be participating in a martial arts tournament in the previous chapter, there’s nothing at all about him here. Hopefully we’ll see the martial arts tournament soon.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V CH:001

This Yu-Gi-Oh! series is set in the near future, where solid vision with mass has been developed, and the era of action duels is now underway. We then see the Syu Zo Duel School in Maiami City. But it turns out there are currently no students enrolled, so the principal’s daughter is determined to find students. Meanwhile, another character is upset that they overslept and missed the Leo Corporation Duel Tournament. A person in a cloak, who seems to be an Entertainment Duelist known as The Phantom, approaches them and summons one of his dragons. The Leo Corporation is determined to capture The Phantom, who apparently has hacked into their solid vision system. The principal and his daughter see the Leo Corporation helicopters going by, and his daughter is determined to find this Entertainment Duelist in order to have him teach at their school and attract students. We learn that the Phantom’s real identity is Yuya Sakaki, and that he holds the future in his hands. At the end of the chapter, it’s revealed that this Phantom is now Yuya Sakaki, but he’s willing to be an opponent for a duel against someone from the Leo Corporation anyway.

As expected of the first chapter of a manga, it’s setting up the story, the world, and the characters. This is one of those rare chapters in a Yu-Gi-Oh! series where there’s no dueling going on. But I’m sure the next chapter will have a duel and have the usual explanations of what each card does as its played. That’s the part of this I’m looking forward to the least: yet another Yu-Gi-Oh! series that comes across as a tutorial for the game. But I find it interesting that this Yu-Gi-Oh! series is another one that has a dueling school included; the main difference between this and GX is the fact that the school in GX was very successful while this one doesn’t have a single student yet.

D.Gray-man CH:003

Allen tries to exorcise the akuma posing as John’s friend, Leo. But John blocks the attack. But Leo quickly proves that he is indeed an akuma. Millennium Earl is surprised when Allen says he can see Leo’s mother’s soul. Millennium Earl then realizes that he’s met Allen before after Allen reveals the curse he has. We then see a flashback of when Allen asked Millennium Earl to resurrect Mana Walker. It’s revealed that Allen was born with an anti-akuma weapon within him.

Not a whole lot actually happens in this chapter when it comes to action. It’s actually primarily a chapter of exposition. But it’s much needed exposition to explain a little more detail about the akuma and why and how Allen fights to exorcise the akuma. The flashback was extremely helpful for this. But hopefully the next chapter, which is supposed to be the last chapter for this “Jump Back” initiative, will progress the story and show how this particular plot point will be resolved.

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (May 26, 2014)

This issue includes chapters for Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign, One Piece, Bleach, Naruto, Toriko, All You Need Is Kill, Stealth Symphony, World Trigger, Nisekoi: False Love, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. There’s also a a Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V one-shot and 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.

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

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign CH:020

This beginning of this chapter seems to be basically killing time as Shinoa, Yoichi, Mitsu, and Kimizuki wait for Yuichiro to wake up after his Cursed Gear drank his blood and knocked him out in the previous chapter. As Yuichiro lays there, the audience is given exposition about the fact that Yuichiro is talking to his demon inside his heart. Yuichiro suddenly twitches, and the others react; unfortunately, horsemen arrive as Kimizuki goes to take care of them.

Suddenly, the focus of the chapter changes from killing time to seeing Yuichiro as he tries to make friends with his demon, Asuramaru. This part of the chapter makes a couple of revelations about the nature of the demons. It also looks like Asuramaru will possess Yuichiro, chains bind her. From here, this leads to some more exposition about the humans have devised with the curse and the contract. The chapter then launches into a major battle between Yuichiro and Asuramaru. During the fight, Yuichiro’s illusions that appeared earlier in the story come back to him. We also get to see a flashback of Yuichiro’s parents trying to kill him because they think he’s a demon spawn. That was some nice backstory to see; yes, it had been hinted at before, but it was nice to finally get to see what happened. The ending of the chapter sees Yuichiro completing his training.

While there was still a bit of exposition in this chapter, the overall story was able to progress by the end of it. I didn’t feel like the chapter was simply spinning its wheels and spitting out exposition in order to set a foundation to progress the story forward.

One Piece CH:748

Pica begins attacking after Luffy makes fun of his high-pitched voice, and Pica’s attacks cause Luffy and the others to go flying to the square outside the coliseum. When they land, they encounter Cabbage; apparently, she was part of the group of people that Usopp saved. Cabbage declares that she’ll be the one to take down Doflamingo; however, as the reader sees, she’s more interested in getting fame for herself than in truly helping Luffy and the others. Then they encounter the Happosui Army, who say that their debt to Luffy and Usopp will be repaid by crushing Doflamingo. Of course, this frustrates Luffy to no end, because he’s the one who wants to take down Dolamingo. Not only that, a warrior of Elbaph also wants to take down Doflamingo and repay his debut to Luffy. And then a chorus of several other people declare that they will be the one to take down Doflamingo.

This escalates with Luffy getting into an argument will all of these people. But with all of the chaos going on with Doflamingo’s “game,” the citizens start finding Luffy and the others wanted by Doflamingo. The whole group flees and starts heading back to where Pica is, all the while arguing over who will take down Doflamingo. This chapter ends up being an extremely busy one, not only with all the action but with how Oda has laid out the panels. The layout and style Oda uses illustrates the chaos that’s going on all over Dressrosa at this point.

Bleach CH:581

The chapter opens with several people sensing that Kenpachi has been weakened and will probably be killed. Unfortunately, before they can start heading toward him, someone else approaches and uses their ability to try to cause lava to swallow them up, Meanwhile, Rukia and Byakuya sense Kenpachi’s predicament. However, Rukia then senses another spiritual pressure… and the chapter ends with Ichigo arriving on the scene.

This chapter was on the short side, and it was basically building up the tension before Ichigo makes his grand entrance at the end of it. So it’s a chapter that doesn’t truly do much of anything to advance the story. It’s sole purpose seemed to be to build up to the moment that Ichigo, the main character, finally makes an appearance in the storyline.

Naruto CH:677

The chapter opens with meteorites coming down, and the moon looks like some kind of Sharingan. Naruto tries to do something about the meteorites while the other ninja in the area watch the skies in awe and shock. As events unfold, people get caught up in Madara’s genjutsu; Sasuke is the main exception. Madara is also using the Deep Forest Emergence to bind people. The First Hokage isn’t affected, and Yamato suddenly appears…

This chapter is very chaotic, and there’s a lot of confusion and action taking place. With the genjutsu and Deep Forest Emergence in place, many characters are now unable to fight, so the amount of people to take on Madara has gone down considerably. And I was surprised by Yamato’s return. However, it’s not clear at the end of the chapter whether he’s there to help or if he’s being controlled by Madara somehow. I’m hoping the next chapter will let us know what’s up with Yamato.

Toriko CH:278

Mappy tells Toriko and the others that they have ti hop across the Golden Marsh to avoid the Iron Feet that are coming down from the steel clouds. Toriko tries to attack an Iron Foot, but can barely get a scratch on it. The Croakswagon (heh heh) returns to take them to the Octomelon. Once in the Octomelon, they get into the marsh. So far, these story ideas seem to fit right in with the other wacky things I’ve seen in the series up to this point. They find themselves being forced into a cave that’s an entrance into an inescapable maze called the Hold Labyrinth. It turns out they need food luck, so they ask Komatsu to manually control the Octomelon. The chapter ends with the group just starting to work its way through the maze.

So Toriko and the group has made it out of one predicament and now find that they’re in another. I’m expecting that the group will somehow find its way out of the maze due to some rather incredible luck.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V

This is a one-shot manga that interprets the most recent Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series. Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V focuses on Action Duels, which uses Solid Vision that gives visuals mass. The main character is Yuya Sakaki, a 14-year-old who wants to become a pro duelist. In this one-shot, we see Yuya in a battle against an opponent. This chapter basically comes across as a tutorial on how to play Action Duels, which is a pretty standard drive used in the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime and manga. Unfortunately, this one-shot ends without anyone winning the duel.

This may be labeled as a one-shot, but it feels more like what would be the first chapter for a manga series. It’s pretty standard for Yu-Gi-Oh!, and about the only new things introduced are the cards created for this Yu-Gi-Oh! series.

All You Need Is Kill CH:016

In this chapter, Rita finally reveals important information about the time loops to Keiji while they’re in the middle of a battle. She ends up saying that, because of the way the time loops works, neither one of them can escape as long as they’re both alive. The two of them begin battling each other. Most of this chapter focuses on their battle, and it ends without the reader knowing if there’s any clear-cut winner.

Because of how much fighting is in this chapter, it’s actually a rather quick read due to all of the action that’s going on. Rita had made a foreshadowing statement in an earlier chapter of the series, but I never predicted that the story would come down to the two of them having to fight it out and have only one of them live. Now the question is: who will live and who will die?

Stealth Symphony CH:013

In this chapter, we learn that Alice from V&V is a descendant of vampires with a special ability to take any powers a person may have and make them their own. We then see Jig approaching Alice about needing a place to live, and she offers to rent him a room for cheap. We also see Hank from the Cyborg Soldier School talking to Troma about Jig and concerns Hank has about him. We’re also introduced to a new character named Slice; he’s definitely an antagonist, and he appears to have some kind of connection with Alice.

This chapter focuses a lot on character development for Alice, which I very much appreciated. While she’s been seen in previous chapters, we really didn’t know much more than her name before this point. After getting to know Alice better in this chapter, I have to say that I like her. There’s also an emphasis on trying to figure out what makes Jig tick and about how reckless he had acted in the previous story arc. From reading the end of the chapter, it’s obvious that Slice is going to be a major player for the next story arc, and that Alice and Jig are both going to be involved.

World Trigger CH:061

In this chapter, the horned soldier that Midorikawa and the others had been fighting leaves the battlefield. Midorikawa and the others head off the other areas of the battlefield to help out where they’re needed. Meanwhile, others are either fighting with an enemy or trying to get to where they can help others. At the end of the chapter, a humanoid Neighbor is able to infiltrate the base through an exhaust port, and it’s a Black Trigger.

Overall, there really isn’t much action that takes place in this particular chapter. Instead, this chapter seems to focus more on setting the stage for the battles that are sure to come in the next chapter.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:123

This chapter focuses on Onodera and her struggle to figure out what she wants to do with her life; she’s freaking out after her counseling session in the previous chapter and is asking Ruri for advice. Ruri ultimately tells Onodera to ask other people for their opinions. We see her asking other characters, and she eventually ends up talking with Raku and he gives her some really good advice. By the end of the chapter, she decides she wants to be a good wife.

Unlike the previous chapter, which simply felt like “time kill,” this chapter actually progresses the story when Onodera and Raku have their conversation. Their awkward interactions were rather amusing, because they both like each other but just can’t admit it. The way this chapter ends, it feels like this will be the end of this portion of the story. Hopefully the next chapter will start to progress the overarching story of the series with a new story arc.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal CH:42

In this chapter, Yagumo plays his Numbers Card; when its bearer is in trouble, it creates the ultimate number. A dragon manifests itself, and it’s a manifestation of the darkness in Kaito’s heart. He also uses a deck destruction effect. Yuma has to activate his face-down card, which is a trap card. When things seem hopeless, Yuma declares that he is his opponent’s friend; because of this, he won’t give up. Yuma is also able to use his power of believing in bonds between people, and demands that Kaito call off the duel. He tries to stop, but Yagumo has too strong of a hold on him. Astral declares that he and Yuma will link their duelist souls and pour them into this draw for the duel; it works. Yuma is able to win the duel. However, Yagumo and Shark’s duel continues. Their duel is just getting going when the chapter ends.

This chapter primarily focuses on Yuma’s duel, and it’s very intense and action-packed; because of this, it’s a relatively quick read. Since Yagumo and Shark’s duel doesn’t get very far in this chapter, it’s not as action-oriented. This chapter is what I’ve come to expect from the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise.

Hunter X Hunter Catchup

This feature is six pages in length, and it covers the first three arcs of the series: Hunter Exam, Heaven’s Arena, and Phantom Troupe. Next week, the publication will include a recap of the final arcs leading up to the new chapter of the series.