Crunchyroll Adds Gundam Build Fighters and More Dubbed Yu-Gi-Oh!

Crunchyroll has announced that it has added Gundam Build Fighters and Gundam Build Fighters Try to its catalog. The episodes are available worldwide outside of Asia.

The site also announced that it has added the English dubs of both Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal to its catalog. The series are available in the United States.

Source: ANN

One-Punch Man Is the Second Best Selling Graphic Novel for March 2016

Nielsen BookScan have released the top 20 selling graphic novels in the United States for March 2016, and nine manga titles made the list:

  • One-Punch Man Volume 5 by ONE (#2)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 5 bu Sui Ishida (#8)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida (#9)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Volume 8 by Shin Yoshida (#10)
  • One-Punch Man Volume 1 by ONE (#14)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 2 by Sui Ishida (#16)
  • Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring by Masashi Kishimoto (#18)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 4 by Sui Ishida (#19)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 3 by Sui Ishida (#20)

Source: The Fandom Post

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (June 22, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for One Piece, Black Clover, Toriko, Bleach, Nisekoi: False Love, One-Punch Man, Food Wars!, My Hero Academia, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. This issue also includes the eighth chapter of the Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring mini-series, the Folie a Deux one-shot manga, and the third chapter of Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac (which is the latest title to be featured for the “Jump Back” initiative).

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

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

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

One Piece CH:790

As Luffy launches an attack on Doflamingo, Doflamingo uses Ever White and turns the entire town into strings. But this ultimately leads to a showdown between Luffy and Doflamingo. Luffy uses Gear Four again and breaks Doflamingo’s strings; Luffy also launches a midair battle. There’s a major battle that takes place, and the chapter ends with both Luffy and Doflamingo launching major attacks on one another.

This chapter kept building up the battle between Luffy and Doflamingo until it finally reached a breaking point. But at the end of the chapter, it’s not clear what exactly happened. The very last panel shows Doflamingo’s glasses falling to the ground and smashing, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that Doflamingo has been defeated. This is a major cliffhanger ending, and hopefully Oda won’t have to take a week off next week and keep the readers in suspense longer than one week.

Black Clover CH:018

Golden Dawn says that even though the competition between them and the Black Bulls was to see who could get there first and that Golden Dawn won, they’ll still let the Black Bulls enter the treasure hall just this once as a way to thank them. They have to figure out how to get in, and Luck points out the door is made of magic. Asta uses his sword and gets the door open. They find a whole mountain of treasure inside the hall. Yuno finds something of interest and tries to read the writing on it; as he does, the writing disappears and a light appears. Luck realizes that something’s wrong, and just as he tells the others to run, there’s an explosion of some sort. The enemy they seemed to have defeated in the previous chapter recovers. We see that Mars, the enemy, has a brief flashback to his childhood. Noelle tries to put out the enemy’s flames, but she’s knocked to the ground. Asta tries to defeat Mars’ magic with his sword, but it doesn’t seem to work…

At first, this chapter gives the appearance that it’s going to be rather light. But that illusion is shattered when Mars makes his grand entrance. Now Noelle is laying on the ground, bleeding, and Asta’s sword appears to not be able to fight against Mars’ magic. The odds are definitely not looking to be in the protagonists’ favor at this point, so it’ll be interesting to see how the mangaka progresses the story from here.

Toriko CH:328

It’s revealed that the Black Triangle is also known as the Soup Stock Sea. Gold Chef Jiji then spends time explaining all about it. He also reveals the existence of Gold Cookware and the fact that only those seven utensils can prepare spirit ingredients. As they travel, they find proof that Another has been though the area. We then learn why Granny Chiyo has come to the Gourmet World as part of the support team. They then come across the Coral King, Coral Golem. Right at the end of the chapter, they make it to the undersea gourmet city, Blue Grill.

This chapter focuses exclusively on Komatsu and the others who are in the Black Triangle, trying to find Another. Granny Chiyo’s story about why she came was very touching, and I’m expecting that it wasn’t thrown in here just because. I suspect that what she talks about in her story will somehow become important later in this arc. This chapter is primarily an exposition chapter, and action doesn’t truly come into it until right near the end. It’ll be interesting to see if we continue with this particular story arc in the next chapter, or if the story will switch to one of the other groups.

Bleach CH:631

The chapter opens with Bazz-B and Haschwalth continuing their fight, and then goes into a flashback of when Bazz-B and Haschwalth first meet each other. This flashback also gives the reader some background and character development for both of these characters. We then return to the battle, and Hachwalth wants to move the fighting outside to try to minimize the damage to the castle. We then see another flashback, this time how Yhwach had burned down both Bazz-B and Haschwalth’s homes. They had made it their goal to kill Yhwach. Right at the end of the chapter, the flashback moves ahead in time five years when Yhwach declared that he would create a new force called the Stern Ritter.

There was only a couple of brief moments of action in this chapter; otherwise, it was all exposition. As a reader, the flashbacks helped me to better understand who Bazz-B and Haschwalth are and what their motivations are. Hopefully the next chapter will focus a little more on action and actual story progression instead of being so exposition heavy.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:175

Raku is surprised when Chitoge admits that she has a crush on someone; however, she hasn’t admitted that her crush is on him. Raku tries to demand that Chitoge tell him who she has a crush on, but after saying she won’t, Chitoge mumbles that she’ll tell him sometime. Raku then wonders why he’s so flustered by Chitoge’s news. Raku goes and talks to Shu, and Shu makes it clear that while he already knows, he won’t tell who Chitoge has a crush on. But now when Raku sees Chitoge at school, he starts freaking out. Raku runs into Onodera and is completely flustered. As Raku tries to deal with his feelings, Marika comes up behind him; of course, she once again tries to pressure Raku into choosing her. Raku feels terrible about using his false relationship as a way to avoid the issue of Marika’s real feelings for him. Raku returns home and finds Yui getting the house ready for her birthday celebration.

Poor Raku. By the end of this chapter, I thought that Raku would potentially snap and need to be sent somewhere for some psychiatric help. Actually, the poor guy does need some kind of psychiatric help for all the manipulation and crap that many of the girls in his harem use on him. Oh, and the end of this chapter seems to hint that Yui could potentially return to China if something doesn’t work out, I’m not falling for it. Komi has tried pulling similar stunts with the other members of the harem, and I’ve just gotten so tired of trying to psyche readers out. It kind of worked the first couple of times, but at this point, any “psyche outs” he tries to pull lose their effectiveness immediately because of how often he’s already pulled this stunt. Can’t Komi quit recycling plot and storytelling ideas?

Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring CH:008

Naruto is surprised to see that Sarada has Sharingan. Sarada says this has nothing to do with Naruto, and that she’ll travel on her own and not return to the village. Naruto stops her and admits to overhearing the conversation with Suigetsu; he even tells her that as Hokage, everyone in the village is like family to him. We then see Naruto having a flashback of times from the series that had to do with Iruka and Sasuke. Naruto then gives Sarada a lecture about bonds, and tells her that love is all you really need. Naruto then tells Sarada to check inside herself again to see if she feels any love. Sarada has a flashback to when she was younger when she would ask Sakura where her father was. After the flashback, we see Sarada crying. She says she wants to rescue Sakura, but she’s afraid she can’t act like nothing’s changed. Naruto gives her some encouraging words and says they need to go rescue Sakura.

They meet up with Sasuke, and he says he knows Sakura’s location now that his ocular powers are finally coming back. We see Sakura right at the end of the chapter, and it looks like she’s gearing up to take on the original Shin.

I really loved Sarada’s flashback, especially the tap on the forehead that Sakura gave to a younger Sarada. It reminded me so much of the forehead taps that Itachi gave Sasuke when they were kids. I loved seeing that referenced. While this chapter may not bring us any closer to unraveling the truth of Sarada’s parentage, it did provide some great insight for Sarada to realize that bonds are more than what she thought they were. We don’t get to see much of Sakura in this chapter, but the ending seems to be gearing up to show Sakura using her incredible strength.

Folie a Deux

This is a one-shot manga written by Bikkuri and illustrated by Rem, which are “pen names” for Clint Bickham and Priscilla Hamby.

The story is set in London in 189X, and an epidemic that turns people into inhuman creatures known as Doppelgangers threatens to thrust the city into chaos. Two secret agents named Nero Morley and Abby Brighton are at the heart of this struggle against the monsters.

While reading the paper, Nero and Abby learn about dismembered and grotesquely disfigured arms of legs of unidentified women are showing up, and there doesn’t appear to be a suspect, motive, or a list of victims. As Nero looks further into the paper, he believes he’s found the next victim when he sees an article about a woman who mysteriously disappeared. They discover their boss is calling, and they make the trip to see him. They have been called in because of the stories that they read about in the paper, and they are given a mission to eliminate the culprit. It turns out that Nero has already constructed a plan of action.

As part of Nero’s plan, he dresses up as a girl in an attempt to lure the culprit out. As they walk around, they see someone who looks like the missing woman reported on in the paper. Nero goes to talk to her, but Abby feels something isn’t right. Just then, she transforms into a creature, and Nero and Abby chase after her. But somewhere along the way, Nero changes back into his male clothes and look; apparently, he somehow had his regular clothes on underneath the dress. They find themselves at the home of Dr. John Druit. As they explore the house, they find a whole bunch of scary and disgusting things. They find the doctor, who insists he hadn’t done anything; but when he sees Abby, he starts transforming. He grabs both Nero and Abby, and Abby asks him to bring Dr. Druit back. Nero tells Abby that she needs to fight, and as the monster goes to attack her, she transforms. It turns into a fight between the transformed doctor and the transformed Abby. The doctor seems to have the upper hand and appears as if he’s going to finish off the transformed Abby. But when the transformed doctor distracts himself with reverie, the transformed Abby uses this opening to get an advantage. Nero gets the final blow in with his gun.

This was an… um… interesting story. In some respects, it almost felt like Bleach being set in Victorian England or something. The story definitely seemed to get some of its inspiration from the infamous Jack the Ripper case. In the end, Folie a Deux seemed to work OK as a one-shot, but I just don’t think a long-running series could truly evolve from this.

One-Punch Man CH:046

The battle between Tank-Top and Garo continues. Mumen Rider jumps into the fray to protect Garo, thinking he’s just a regular punk. As Garo walks away, he says he’s still going to kill all of them. Tank-Top lunges forward and a new fight between the two of them. Right at the end of the chapter, Tank-Top is surprised to learn his opponent’s identity.

Basically, this chapter focused on one fight, and even that fight wasn’t resolved by the end of it. Saitama doesn’t make any appearance in this chapter, except on the title page, where he quips that he hasn’t been focused on recently. The chapter ended up being a quick read like usual.

Food Wars! CH:123

We learn that Polaris Dorm is doing an Imoni Party for their school festival booth. As Soma and Megumi wander around campus, they see everyone is busy setting up their booths. Then Soma works at whipping up some trial dishes. Soma tries his first dish, and he determines it’s not quite good enough. We then see Soma whip up a dish he’s satisfied with, and when Megumi tries it, she discovers it’s extremely spicy. He then starts whipping up some other dishes. But Soma realizes these aren’t going to work because they’re spicy just for the sake of being spicy. Megumi reveals something she learned about Kuga’s cooking from Hojo. They then hear Erina and Alice arguing about Erina wanting to join in the festival after the guidebook has already been published. We then see Soma talking with Erina and Alice about Kuga’s booth and food. We then see Soma checking out Kuga’s huge and impressive booth, and then setting up his own small little booth right next to it. People mock him right at the end of the chapter.

So this chapter still focuses on Soma getting ready for the school festival. For most of it, he’s still struggling to come up with dishes. However, after a conversation with Erina, it looks like he may have found a way to potentially compete with Kuga’s food. Soma’s just setting up shop right at the end of the chapter, but we’re already seeing the differences between Kuga and Soma from their booth setups. Kuga’s booth represents him being a large behemoth that no one thinks they can beat, while Soma’s booth represents him as the little underdog. But hopefully the school festival will actually get going within the next couple of chapters, since there have been a few chapters building up to it now.

World Trigger CH:106

Osamu and Chika ask Ninomiya why he’s asking about Rinji Amatori. He shows them a picture of a woman and asks if they recognize her. She’s someone who supplied Triggers to civilians and disappeared with them. Officials concluded they went through a gate to the other side. Supplying Triggers to civilians is the highest-level infraction that warrants the use of the memory eraser. It turns out Rinji is one of the suspects helping the woman out. Osamu then remembers seeing Ninomiya at Chika’s house before. Ninomiya explains that the woman is Mirai Hatahara, his squad’s sniper. He doesn’t believe she was the mastermind and wants to find out who put her up to it. Chika believes her brother would have been capable. Osamu mentions that Rinji had told him a little about that plot. He mentions he still remembers the location of the gate that Rinji had predicted. Before Ninomiya leaves, he tells Osamu that if he really wants to look for Rinji, he should put Yuma on a different A-Rank team. Later, it’s revealed that Ninomiya Squad was demoted to B-Rank after Hatohara’s betrayal. We then see Osamu calling Karasuma and asking for advanced lessons on shooter techniques. Karasuma says they’re just not at that level yet.

Much of this chapter focuses on exposition and getting some kind of a clue as to what happened to Chika’s brother. But both in this chapter and in the previous one, Osamu keeps getting scolded for not contributing much in the B=Rank Wars and relying too much on Yuma. So it’s not surprising that Osamu reaches out to Karasuma to try to get some advanced training in order to help his team out more. Karasuma isn’t willing to do the training himself, but he surprises Osamu by saying he should learn from one of the experts. I suspect the next chapter will focus on Osamu trying to find one of these experts and try to convince them to train him.

My Hero Academia CH:047

All Might learns that Nomu, a criminal who is under investigation, is someone who has the DNA of at least four completely different people inside of him. Somehow, all this DNA and bioengineering led him to have multiple quirks.

We then return to Midoriya, who is being mentored by Gran Torino. Midoriya hesitates to use his One For All, so Gran Torino uses this opening to begin attacking Midoriya. Midoriya tries to analyze and predict the situation, but it doesn’t work. Gran Torino points out that Midoriya’s respect for All Might and that sense of responsibility are shackles that are holding him back.

Then we see Ida undergoing his training. We learn that Ida wants to pursue the hero killer that injured his brother. We see a brief scene with some villains, and we see that one wants to kill both All Might and Midoriya. Then we return to Midoriya, who realizes what Gran Torino was trying to tell him and figures out what his problems are. At the end of the chapter, we see that Gran Torino seems pleased that Midoriya figured this out on his own.

We get a couple of scenes that have nothing to do with our characters’ training, and I don’t entirely understand what’s going on with them. This may be due to the fact that these scenes could be referencing material that Weekly Shonen Jump didn’t publish before VIZ decided to include the series in its digital publication. And when it comes to the training, most of the focus is placed on Midoriya. We’re definitely seeing the setup of an apprentice being taught by his teacher’s teacher, and how the novice has to figure out his issues and weaknesses on his own. And learning that Ida wanted the location he went to for mentoring to try to track down the hero killer makes Midoriya’s words about Ida in the previous chapter even more chilling.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal CH:55

This chapter continues the big battle between Yuma and Astral. Yuma declares that he’s about to launch his final attack. Yuma pulls off several moves while it’s still his turn. But Astral activates a quick-play spell, and this is followed by Yuma activating this own quick-play spell. Both of their spells increase their monster’s ATK, but Yuma has raised his monster’s level to be higher than Astral’s monster. But just as it seems like Yuma has won, Astral points out that Utopia Kaiser’s effect remains and he activates it; when Utopia Kaiser is destroyed, Astral gets the monster that destroyed it. So Yuma wins the duel, but Astral has all the Numbers. Yuma doesn’t want to accept that Astral has to sacrifice himself now that he’s accomplished his mission. Astral tells him that he doesn’t want Yuma to accept it, because when Yuma gives up on the future, Astral will die for eternity. Yuma and the others are sent back to their world.

Then we see Yuma and the others as they resume their lives in their world. We find out what has happened to each of the characters. We see that Yuma has entered the Duel World Championship Finals.

Well, that’s it. Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal is now officially over. Hooray! It felt like these final two battles took too long, but at least the conclusion ended up being worth going through those ridiculously stretched out battles. While Yuma may not have gotten the result he had hoped for at the end of his battle, Astral was able to give Yuma some words and advice that he needed to hear. And I did appreciate that the manga showed what happened to the various characters after all that, and seeing Yuma continuing on as a duelist after losing Astral was rewarding.

Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac CH:003

In Japan, a press conference is being given to explain about the ten knights in Japan and showing images of the damage that they are able to cause with just their bodies. Princess Sienna joins the press conference to help explain things further. After her explanation, she says that once all ten of the knights have made it back to Japan, they shall witness a battle like they have never seen before, because they will be hosting a Grand Tournament of Knights. As an incentive for them to fight, the princess produces a higher level cloth that her grandfather obtained before his death. Just then, Seiya, the eighth knight, returns and says he has no interest in the tournament. He tells the princess she needs to keep her promises, because he was told that if he brought a cloth back, he would be reunited with his sister who was separated from him while the two were in an orphanage. Seiya demands to see his sister. The Unicorn Knight arrives and tells Seiya to quit whining. There’s a flashback to six years prior, when Sienna would order the various orphans around, and how Jab the Unicorn Knight was willing to be her lapdog. We see that Sienna was ruthless, stuck up, spoiled, and just plain mean. When the story returns to the present, Sienna says she doesn’t know where Seiya’s sister is because she disappeared from the orphanage. Sienna tells Seiya that if he somehow bests the other nine champions in the tournament, she’ll be willing to use her resources to help locate his sister. And something surprising happens at the end of the chapter.

So this chapter provides some backstory for Seiya, as well as introduces some new characters into the mix. So now we know what was awaiting Seiya in Japan and why he wanted to get back there as much as he did. Sadly, the reunion he wanted with his sister didn’t happen, and now his sister is being used to blackmail him to participate in a tournament that he doesn’t want to be a part of. Of course, Sienna, along with the audience, already knows that Seiya isn’t going to have much of a choice and will be forced to enter the tournament if he wants any chance of ever locating his long-lost sister.

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (May 25, 2015)

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

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

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

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

Devilyman CH:001

This is the second title that Weekly Shonen Jump is including in this round of the “Jump Start” initiative.

Madogiwa is a hard-working devil salaryman. He has ended up in the human world because he needs to earn one billion yen by the next collection day in order to avoid being fired from his job. Unfortunately, he isn’t able to get anything done right. Madogiwa meets a 7-year-old named Aeru Taira, who wants to make a deal with him. After learning the details, Aeru wants to make a deal; however, Madogiwa is hesistant to make a deal with a child. But before the demon can make his case, Aeru has signed the contract. Aeru is granted this new power and begins using it immediately. Aeru then suggests using his new ability to help Madogiwa reach his quota.

At the end of the first day working together, they have raised 20 million yen. But due to the deal, Madogiwa only gets about half. The next day, Madogiwa is approached by a man who had run off from him the previous day. It turns out the guy was watching Madogiwa and Aeru and has come asking for a loan to help his sick wife. Madogiwa gives the man 10 million in cash, with a promise that the man will come back to sign a contract. Three hours later, the man hasn’t returned. Aeru comes over and says that if he gets Madogiwa’s money back, Madogiwa must give him due recognition and be his slave. He agrees. They’re able to track him down because Aeru had stolen the man’s wallet the previous day. The man gets a call claiming to be from a video store and that they have his wallet. When he gets to a location, people start coming up to him and demanding to get their money back. Aeru launches a plan and ultimately gets the money back. We then get to see a flashback of how Aeru used his ability to set everything up for his plan.

I’ve got to be honest here. Devilyman isn’t necessarily a bad series, but I’m not exactly feeling it after reading this first chapter. Maybe now that the story and characters have been established, future chapters will be more enjoyable to read. I’ll find out over the next couple of weeks as Weekly Shonen Jump publishes chapters two and three.

One Piece CH:787

Sabo takes on Burgess, and tells Luffy to focus on Doflamingo. Zoro, meanwhile, is trying to hold back the birdcage; this is followed by other people around Dressrosa trying to do this as well. Citizens try to get up onto the royal plateau, but some of Doflamingo’s goons are trying to keep them back. But the coliseum gladiators arrive and knock Doflamingo’s men out of the way. Right at the end of the chapter, it’s revealed that there’s only three minutes until the birdcage reaches the center and four minutes until Luffy’s haki recovers.

This is another chapter that jumps around quite a bit in order to show what’s happening in various locations in Dressrosa. The end of this chapter firmly establishes a time limit, but I wonder how long Oda will try to stretch this out. I feel safe in saying that this won’t be resolved in the next chapter. It’ll probably take at least two or three chapters, if not more, in order to bring the climax of this arc to an end. But even when the climax is over, I expect that there will be a few chapters to wrap everything up at Dressrosa before moving on to whatever the next story arc will be.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:171

When Marika awakens, Raku asks her how long she hasn’t been feeling well. He then asks what Honda meant when she said that Marika didn’t have much time. Marika avoids the question by saying she doesn’t want to hide things from him, but she’s not ready to tell him yet. Raku ends up taking Marika on his back and trying to get to a location where they’ll be able to see the first sunrise of the year. As they walk, Marika says she loves Raku so much because he’s the person who changed her. They make it in time to see the sunrise, and then they see Honda appear in a boat. They make it back to Japan, and right at the end of the chapter, Honda says she’ll have to tell Marika’s mother about this escapade.

Komi tries really hard in this chapter to justify Marika’s actions and make it seem like she’s a sympathetic character. Unfortunately, I have a hard time buying it with how manipulative Marika can be. Also, I’m still expecting that this whole “Marika doesn’t have a lot of time left” will turn out to be something that Komi is trolling the readers with. He’s just done too much trolling recently for me to take anything like this seriously.

Toriko CH:324

Kuribo, the world’s greatest pot and pan craftsman, makes an appearance. He informs the group that the Gourmet Eclipse will be complete one month from now. He also confirms that Kaka’s prediction of the world crumbling during the eclipse is likely. There are two scenarios that are likely, and Toriko thinks if the second scenario is correct, there’s something they could try to do to stop the world from crumbling. But it’s also made clear that they don’t have enough time to gather Acacia’s full-course meal before the eclipse. But Zebra suggests that if they divide up the remaining ingredients among this large of a group, getting them all in time could be possible. Komatsu says he will capture Another, while Toriko and the others gather the rest of the ingredients. When the others try to argue, Komatsu argues that they all put their lives on the line for him, so now it’s his turn to put his life on the line for the others.

Again, this chapter primarily focused on exposition. However, the main exception is Komatsu arguing about going to get Another from the spirit realm. Like Toriko, I noticed how much Komatsu has grown and changed since his earlier appearances in the series. It seems like this particular journey has made Komatsu gain more courage and confidence. But at least the story is finally leaving the monkeys behind after all these chapters. From the final panel at the end of the chapter, it appears that getting Another will be the focus of the next story arc.

Food Wars! CH:119

The number one seat on the Council of Ten tells Soma and Subaru that he wishes they hadn’t done those Shokugeki during the fall classic, due to all of the paperwork that it added to his work load. Tsukasa then starts wondering if he’s really cut out for the number one seat. Soma is also schooled on the advantages that the members of the Council of Ten have at the school. The council also makes it known to the first-years that none of them are on their radar yet, and then it’s declared that the get-together is over. Afterward, Soma and Tadokoro talk about what happened. Right at the end of the chapter, it’s revealed that it’s almost time for the Totsuki Institute School Festival, which is the last major event of the fall.

So once again, a chapter primarily consisting of talking and exposition. To be honest, the only real thing of interest is the revelation right at the end of the chapter that the school festival is coming up. I suspect that this will be the plot point that begins the next story arc of the series. Considering what kind of school this is, I highly doubt it’s going to be the typical school festival that’s portrayed in various manga and anime.

Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring CH:004

Naruto faces off with Shin, and he does so by summoning the Nine Tailed Fox. He manages to dodge Naruto’s attack, but Shin receives a message saying that he needs to retreat. After Shin leaves, Cho-Cho starts talking to Naruto, and Naruto says he believes that Sarada is the one that Shin was after. Naruto resolves to protect Sarada. Naruto decides its safer for the girls to stay with the real him instead of returning to the village with one of his doppelgangers. As Naruto eats his lunch that Sarada brought him, he tells her about Sasuke. And as he talks, Naruto tells Sarada reminds him a lot of Sasuke and Sakura from their younger days. Sarada says she needs to use a restroom, but she goes on ahead to where Sasuke is. As she thinks about getting to see her father, her Sharingan awakens. Sarada sees him right at the end, but the reunion isn’t what she expected.

I really liked seeing Sarada’s interactions with Naruto during this chapter, as well as how relaxed she’s able to feel around him. And I have to say that I felt bad for Sarada right at the end of the chapter. Here she is, meeting Sasuke for the first time, and he suspects her of being one of the enemy. I’m really looking forward to seeing how this mini series will continue to play out.

Black Clover CH:014

As Luck continues his fight, he has a flashback to when he was younger, about how he always smiling, as well as how he beat a noble in a school’s magic exchange program. And we see that it’s through this event that his mother, who used to berate him for things, became proud of him and told him to keep on winning. His competitor uses smoke creation magic to limit Luck’s maneuvering. Meanwhile, Golden Dawn is being attacked by the guy who beat them to the door. Yuno is ordered to go on ahead to the treasure hall. And as Asta and Noelle continue their journey, they can sense Luck using his magic. And just as it looks like Luck’s luck is running out, Asta appears. Yuno also returns to where Golden Dawn is.

I was appreciative of the backstory we got for Luck in this chapter, since I’d been following him for a chapter or two now, and really had no idea of who he is. A lot of the chapter focuses on Luck, although Golden Dawn get some attention here as well. Asta didn’t become important until right near the end of this chapter. And the stage seems to be set for Asta to take on Luck’s opponent, while Yuno is going to take on the guy that’s attacking him teammates. And because of that, I expect that Asta and Yuno will be the main focus of the next chapter.

Straighten Up! Welcome to Shika High’s Competitive Dance Club CH:003

The next day, Masaharu and Eri meet up in front of the club room, and are surprised to discover a large group of girls waiting there. Eri’s friend Chikane is with her, and she is introduced to Masaharu. The girls are disappointed when they find out that Yamaki isn’t there, but they stay to try dancing anyway. Masaharu’s friends, who followed him there, stay and try the club out. When the girls talk afterward, a lot of them decide not to join the club because they feel like they don’t belong in that world. The next day at school, Eri tells Masaharu’s friends to get a message to him from her. But he sees her heading toward the track team before her message can get to him. When he sees her, he wonders if he should go back to the dance club, and then he grabs her hand and tells her the two of them should join the dance club together.

So it looks like the pieces have now completely fallen into place for the story to move beyond establishing the characters and the dance club. Right now, the fanservice has really been diminished compared to what I saw in the first chapter. It may come back when they truly start doing some competitive dancing, but the past couple of chapters have bee na straight forward story. Masaharu and Eri seem to have a good chemistry, and it seems rather easy to ship these two at the moment. But with Masaharu’s hesitation with girls, getting this particular ship to sail will be on the difficult side.

It’s interesting to note that this is the third chapter, so this should be marking the end of this series for the “Jump Start” initiative, yet it has a “To Be Continued…” notice at the end of it.

My Hero Academia CH:043

It’s now time for the final match between Todoroki and Bakugo. Bakugo throws down the gauntlet, and an epic fight gets underway. It’s pointed out that Todoroki seems to have lost his drive since his fight against Midoriya. We see Todoroki’s thoughts, and we it’s revealed that he’s not sure about anything anymore. In the end, Todoroki ends up out of bounds, and Bakugo is declared the winner.

This is a very action oriented chapter, which made it a rather quick and easy read. I was actually surprised to see that the match ended at the end of this chapter, instead of being spread out between two chapters. And when you factor in the portions of the chapter where Todoroki is faltering and questioning himself, it’s even more impressive that the match ended in this chapter. But now that the sports festival is over, I wonder what kind of story the series will be telling next.

Bleach CH:627

Ichigo and the others make final preparations before entering Kyogoku. When they get there, the gate is ready to go, and Urahara opens it. But when they get there, Reiokyu looks different from what they expect.

Basically, this chapter focuses on the last leg of the journey for Ichigo and the others as they head toward Reiokyu. But for the most part, not a whole lot truly happens. This is a dialogue heavy chapter that includes a surprise ending. But I’m hoping that this ending is a sign that something will actually happen to start progressing the story forward.

World Trigger CH:103

This chapter starts out with the various teams meeting up after the match and talking over what happened. And then we get to see the commentators with the post-match analysis. After the commentary, we see Kohei and Masataka amongst themselves about the match. One thing they realize after the match is that Chika is unable to shoot other people. Right at the end of the chapter, Osamu is going over what happened during the match, and then receives a message from Usami about the next matchups.

This chapter is simply here to wrap up the match that ended in the previous chapter and to set the stage for the next match, which will be a four-way between Tamakoma-2, Ninomiya Squad, Kaguera Squad, and Azuma Squad. I had a suspicion that at least one of the squads they’d be up against would be Ninomiya Squad, since there was focus placed on a member of that squad leading up to Usami’s message at the end. Now the big question for the next chapter is whether or not it will focus solely on data gathering for the next match, or if the next match will actually begin in it.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal CH:54

The battle between Yuma and Astral continues, with Yuma down to one life point and facing off against the True King of Numbers. Astral starts out by summoning for Numbers at once. Astral uses a trap card and launches his attack, but Yuma counters with his own trap card. Yuma then summons Gagaga Head and then special summons all the Gagaga monsters he can from his graveyard. This then allows Yuma to XYZ summon a Number from the graveyard. This then allows other things to happen. When it’s Astral’s turn, he tries to special summon three numbers again, but Yuma activates his tin balloons trap card. But Astral plays Spirit Foresight and tries to turn the tables again. As Astral starts making headway, Yuma activates another trap card. It looks like Yuma is going to lose, but he’s determined not to give up. The chapter ends with Yuma playing his final card, which is the Endless Bond spell card.

This chapter really upped the ante in this battle between Yuma and Astral. But just like the battle with E’rah, I’m starting to feel like this is being dragged out longer than necessary. It was exciting right at first, but as the chapter continued with no end in sight for the battle, I was starting to feel impatient and just wanted it to end. But with how the ending of this chapter is set up, I hope that the end of this battle is truly within sight. Honestly, I’d love to see it end in the next chapter.

Yu-Gi-Oh! CH:003

A kid at school bullies Yugi into selling tickets for his karaoke show. Yugi decides not to sell them to his friends, but thinks about selling them to a guy he hardly knows. Before he can, Hanasaki tries selling him a ticket for the same kid’s show. Yugi offers to take Hanasaki’s tickets, and now has 15 to sell instead of 10. Unfortunately, the bully saw the exchange and gets on Hanasaki’s case. On the day of the show, Yugi goes alone without selling any tickets. After subjecting Yugi to one song, the bully brings out Hanasaki as a “special guest.” Just then, Yugi’s Millennium Puzzle activates, and Yugi challenges the bully to a silence game. Yugi says that if he loses, he gives the bully his life. But if the bully loses, he will have to play a penalty game. The bully loses.

OK, this was a rather strange chapter. But what I’ve found interesting about this Yu-Gi-Oh! material compared to what most Americans knows from the 4Kids dub of the anime is how sadistic Yugi is at this point whenever the Millennium Puzzle activates. The Yugi from later on in the story wouldn’t act anything close to that when the Millenium Puzzle is activated. Also, this Yugi is much more of a wimp compared to what we know later. According to the end of this chapter, Chapter Four should be appearing in the next issue of Weekly Shonen Jump.

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (April 27, 2015)

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

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

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

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

One Piece CH:784

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

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

Food Wars! CH:116

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

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

Bleach CH:624

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

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

World Trigger CH:101

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

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

My Hero Academia CH:040

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

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

Toriko CH:321

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

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

Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment CH:020

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

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

Black Clover CH:011

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

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

Nisekoi: False Love CH:168

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

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

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal CH:53

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

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

Masashi Kishimoto & Eiichiro Oda

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

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

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

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

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (March 30, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for Food Wars!, My Hero Academia, Nisekoi: False Love, One Piece, World Trigger, Toriko, Bleach, Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. The fourth chapter of Claymore is also included for Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “Jump Back” initiative, and the fourth chapter of Boys Over Flowers Season 2 is included for Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “Jump Start” initiative.

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

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

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

Food Wars! CH:112

Soma thinks that even though he’s so far behind, but he swears that by the last day he’s going to catch up. Afterward, Soma is told by Shinomiya that after seeing his work today, Shinomiya almost wishes that Soma wasn’t there. We then see Soma studying to learn various things he needs to know, and the chefs are surprised to this when the arrive the next day. When Soma asks for advice, the head chef tells him they need to clean and get things ready and that they don’t have time to help him. But then he sees that everything is already clean and that the peeling is done. Lucie is then told to answer Soma’s questions.

We then see that Soma has been asking questions for three days straight. And then we see that Soma is starting to get what he needs to know. It turns out he’s absorbing the knowledge he needs at an unbelievable pace. Shinomiya seems to think that Soma is finally able to do more than just base prep. Afterward, Soma is told that he can’t make any mistakes the next day, since it will be his last day.

This chapter shows Soma going from not knowing all the preparation techniques and falling behind to picking up the skills and what he needs to do in a rather quick manner. The growth Soma shows during this chapter is incredible, but the next chapter should have his final day included in it. I suspect that the real test for him will be that final day, especially since Shinomiya made it clear to Soma that he isn’t allowed to make any mistakes.

My Hero Academia CH:036

This chapter focuses on the match against Uraraka and Bakugo. Uraraka tries to get the upper hand, but Bakugo manages to keep reacting faster than she anticipates. And Bakugo tries going all out. so all Uraraka can do is try to dodge. A group in the crowd starts booing Bakugo for toying with Uraraka. It’s revealed that Uraraka was keeping Bakugo’s attention focused on the ground so she could set up her weapons above them. But before her meteor storm can affect Bakugo, he launches an attack. The chapter ends with Uraraka unable to continue, and Bakugo advances to the second round.

Even though Uraraka lost, you hvave to give her credit for trying. She did manage to successfully distract Bakugo so she could make her plan work. It’s just too bad that the best that she could do still wasn’t enough to take down Bakugo. Now that this match is over, I wonder if the next chapter is going to rush through any remaining matches in order to advance to next round. I also wonder if, once we get into the next round, that the matches won’t be rushed through quite so much.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:164

Onodera thinks she’s found the missing pages of a picture book and wonders why they were in Haru’s room.

We then see Chitoge and Raku walking down the street, and Chitoge realizes it’s Christmas Eve when she receives a text from her mother. Chitoge has made plans to spend Christmas Eve with her mother since she’s in Japan at the moment. Raku receives an email from Haru, asking him to come over. When he gets there, she tells Raku to go to her room and wait. He finds the picture book on a desk and discovers pages he’s never seen before in it. Onodera sees him just as he discovers them. The pages include references to “Zawswe in love,” as well as a locket and a key. Onodera mentions that Raku had said that the first time he met the girl he made the promise with he wrote in the picture book she was reading to give it a happy ending. She wonders if this picture book might be it. He recognizes the handwriting as his in the pages that were found. Unfortunately, they still haven’t found the ending pages yet. Right at the end of the chapter, Haru asks Ichijo to go on a date with Onodera.

Well, then, perhaps we haven’t entirely returned to the status quo after all. While there’s obviously still some pages from the book missing, I really hope that maybe this is finally the clue they need to start resolving this locket and key business. I wouldn’t be surprised if Onodera was the girl he made the promise with all along. But what’s this about with Haru asking Raku to take Onodera on a date. Hmm… I don’t know. I smell something fishy here, but I’m not sure what.

One Piece CH:781

It’s announced that the terms of the game have changed. The birdcage surrounding the city is slowly closing in, and in one hour, it will slice through everything in the country. Luffy begins launching attacks on Doflamingo again, but before he can do anything, Law gets up and hits him first. And after Doflamingo talks badly about Corazon, Law attacks him again. It looks like Law has the upper hand, but it turns out that with enough time, Doflamingo can perform emergency care on himself. But just as Doflamingo is about to strike Law, Luffy gets in the way.

This was a very action-packed chapter, and it’s pretty much continually in motion. It’s wonderful to see the focus being on Luffy and Doflamingo, and it was quite a pleasant surprise to find that Law wasn’t dead after all. But it was disappointing to see that Law wasn’t able to take Doflamingo down. But hopefully Luffy can pick up from where Law left off and finally finish Doflamingo off.

World Trigger CH:097

Now that the bridge is gone, it’s harder for the squads to meet up. Yuko, Ko and Yuma begin battling it out. Meanwhile, Osamu is up against Rei. Nasu is also showing how good her sniping skills are with her Viper. At the end of the chapter, we see the other members of Tamakoma Branch watching what’s going on, and it sounds like Hyuse may not be very confident that Osamu’s team can make it.

Overall, this chapter jumps around a bit between Yuma’s position, Osamu’s position, and Chika’s position. But of the three, Chika definitely gets the least amount of focus in this chapter. Even though we see some action in the chapter, there’s not much in the way of any real progression in the battle. The chapter basically keeps the story in a holding pattern. Hopefully the next chapter will find a way to progress this battle for the B-Rank War.

Toriko CH:318

The first few pages of the chapter focuses on Komatsu and the others having a tearful reunion. Actually, it’s Komatsu that’s tearful; the others are dealing with the effects of the Sundoriko pollen. Komatsu tells them the flowers and edible and that if they eat them, the symptoms might stop. It turns out that Komatsu’s guess is right. When they realize they don’t know what’s happened to the Monkey King, and then 100 G Mountain completely crumbles. With the mountain gone, they discover a house standing in the middle of the rubble; the Monkey King is inside the house. They also learn that they had done the Monkey Dance right all along, and that they were mistaken about what the Monkey King had wanted to do at the end.

Well, it appears that the Monkey King story is finally reaching a conclusion. The truths about the Monkey King and 100 G Mountain that are revealed during this chapter are actually rather sad. But at least Komatsu is alive again, so that made this story arc worth it in the end. Hopefully the next chapter will begin a new story arc.

Bleach CH:621

Urahara and the Soul Reapers discover the Seireitei is being closed off. Meanwhile, we see a torrent of Reio’s power that was released from Ukitake’s seal becoming an unstoppable torrent passing through Yhwach’s body. Soi Fon takes it upon herself to try to take care of the situation on her own. The unstoppable torrent reaches the Soul Reapers, and they try to destroy it. Right at the end of the chapter, a character from the past makes a surprise appearance.

This chapter basically focused on the Soul Reapers, and there was nothing to indicate what happened to Ichigo and the others after Uryu’s attack. Hopefully we’ll find out what happened to them sooner rather than later. But from what we did see in this chapter, it appears that the Soul Reapers could have quite the uphill battle against the torrent. And how will the surprise appearance by a particular character affect what’s going on?

Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment CH:016

Abaku presents evidence that was found in the pool, which is an aquarium. Abaku performs a magic trick which has to do with light refraction. Abaku then points out that Inako’s testimony verified the aquarium was in the 5-meters deep area when she said a boy thought he saw the face of a child staring up. Abaku also explains how the perpetrator made the fish appear right on time during fifth period. This also involves the court-ordered necropsy of the fish by the science club. Abaku then points out when the tank had to be placed there and the only person who could have done it at that time. Abaku is right, and the motive is revealed. In the end, Pine’s father concedes. Pine also tells her father that she doesn’t want to change schools. Pine’s father allows her to stay.

The resolution to this case rather interesting. However, I have to wonder if perhaps how the case was carried out might be a little too complex for sixth graders. Oh well. If I can overlook rather complicated explanations in Case Closed, I should be able to overlook them in Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment as well. I’m glad to see Pine’s father get shown up during the classroom session, but his change of heart at the end felt a little rushed. But if he hadn’t had that change of heart, Pine wouldn’t still be at the school.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal CH:52

We see some of the characters return to Heartland, but it’s pointed out that Yuma, Kaito, and some of the others haven’t returned. We see the others are still in the other world, and Astral asking them to return their Number Cards to him. They are Astral’s memories and must not remain in their world. However, Yuma refuses to hand over Utopia. Instead, Yuma challenges Astral to a duel, and he accuses Astral of trying to duck out with a secret; when E’rah disappeared, the two of them had become one and Yuma learned what Astral’s other mission is: to seal E’rah’s fragmented soul forever by sacrificing himself. Astral explains that while they defeated E’rah, they have not completely destroyed her. Astral ends up agreeing to the duel, with Yuma wagering his Utopia card.

The duel between Yuma and Astral begins. Astral quickly demonstrates a lot that he’s able to do on his first turn. The chapter ends just as Astral is finishing his first turn.

Even though E’rah has been defeated, there’s still a little more of the story left to tell. Darn it, I was hoping this story was closer to ending than this. But now that Astral has regained his memory, he knows what he needs to do, but it’s something that Yuma disagrees with. So now Yuma plans to duel Astral, and I guess it’s an attempt to keep Astral from going through with his mission. At this point, it appears that the cards are stacked against Yuma, but knowing what I know of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, I expect Yuma will be able to pull something unexpected off and ultimately defeat Astral.

Claymore CH:004

The “Jump Back” initiative continues with the fourth chapter of Claymore.

Raki and Clare begin traveling together, and Raki learns that Claymores only have to eat once every couple of days. Clare suddenly gets up and tells Raki not to follow her. It turns out she’s meeting with the guy who arranges the jobs for the Claymores, and he hands her a black card. When Clare returns to Raki, and she tells him that they’ll be crossing Mount Shire the next day. The next day, Raki learns that Clare is being sent to take down another Claymore, because she has become a full-blown monster. The black card was sent to Clare by Elena, because she specifically wants to be killed by Clare. Clare and Raki find Elena. When Elena begs for Clare to kill her, Raki tries to intervene. But Clare does the job that she was asked to do.

This is a very moving chapter of Claymore, and it shows that they have to learn to put duty above friendships and their own desires. Raki is learning some awful truths while on his journey with Clare, and I’m sure he’ll learn more as they continue to travel together.

This chapter of Claymore is the final one being highlighted for the “Jump Back” initiative, and I have to say that these four chapters establish a very strong story. While I’ve already seen the anime, I know that the story diverges at some point. Reading these four chapters makes me want to pick up the manga and catch up with the more recent volumes that I read and reviewed for my blog.

Boys Over Flowers Season 2 CH:004

Haruto tells Oto not to think that he was coming to her rescue or anything. But he slips and says he wasn’t following her or anything. She asks why he’s following her, because that’s creepy. Oto runs off, but comes face to face with Kaito. He tells Oto that she’s right about what Haruto is doing not being normal. Kaito tells her that Haruto is afraid that she’ll blab his secret, and he gives her a cold look as if she’s trash. Later, as Oto thinks about what happened with her co-worker, she finds herself thinking about what would have happened to her if Haruto hadn’t come.

We then see Haruto at home, and he’s upset over what happened. Before he can talk to the butler, a maid tells him that someone has come to see him and that they’re waiting by the gate. When Haruto gets to the gate, he finds Oto standing there. She’s come to thank him for saving her.

And this is the end of this “Jump Start” title. After reading these four chapters, I have to say that Boys Over Flowers Season 2 isn’t a bad manga, but at the same time, there wasn’t much about it that stood out to me in the long run. I think it’s due in large part to the fact that the main audience for this series is teen girls, and there’ not much here to really grab a 40-year-old woman.

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (February 23, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for One Piece, Black Clover, Kagamigami, Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment, Food Wars!, My Hero Academia, Nisekoi: False Love, Bleach, Toriko, World Trigger, One-Punch Man, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. This issue also includes the first chapter of Cyborg Roggy, which is the next title for this wave of Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “Jump Start” initiative.

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

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

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

Cyborg Roggy CH:001

Cyborg Roggy is the next title to be included as part of this wave of the “Jump Start” initiative.

The series is set in a world where about a decade earlier, artificial biological implants known as “augmentation parts” started to get around.

Dog is hired to find out who attacked a cyborg. He’s handed the clothes of the cyborg who attacked, with the hopes that he can get a smell of the attacker. His car is vandalized, and his items inside it are stolen, including the bag of clothes he was given to try to track down the cyborg’s attacker. Dog is able to use his sense of smell to track down the bag of clothes, and he comes across a cyborg attacking the guys who wrecked his car. Unfortunately, a couple of nearby homeless men grab the bag and burn it. Dog talks to the cyborg and explains his situation. It turns out the cyborg wants to talk to Ignite, the leader of the group that hired Dog. Dog calls some of Ignite’s men over, claiming that the cyborg is the one who committed the crime. When Ignite arrives, the cyborg meets with him. When Dog tries to get away, the cyborg accompanies him as he’s fleeing from Ignite and his men. After they make it to a location with few bystanders, the cyborg is ready to take down his pursuers. When the cyborg is able to talk to Ignite again, he says he’s trying to get an umbrella back for a little girl and demands to get it back. The cyborg explains he’s trying to get the umbrella back because he made a promise. The cyborg also reveals that he actually has another score to settle with Ignite from much further back. After the cyborg defeats Ignite, Dog comes back with the umbrella. At the end of the chapter, the cyborg introduces himself as Roggy.

I have to admit that when I first saw the premise, it was making me think about how the idea of something enhancing people in a sci-fi setting was sounding kind of like the recently cancelled Hi-Fi Cluster. But as I read the actual chapter, it was quickly apparent that Cyborg Roggy and Hi-Fi Cluster are nothing alike. Roggy is definitely an interesting character. He comes across as such a “tough guy” right at first, but then we learn that he’s trying to talk to Ignite because of something that most people would regard as a silly reason. Roggy isn’t what I expected from a character with his type of design, but I think that this dichotomy works. It looks like Dog is going to be his weaker sidekick, so it’ll be interesting to see how this series continues with the two of them teaming up together. I definitely see some promise with this manga, and I’m hoping the next couple of chapters will see that promise manifest itself.

One Piece CH:777

It’s revealed that Kyros defeated Diamante in the battle. Unfortunately, Kyros, Rebecca, and Robin’s relief is short-lived when Pica arrives. After a conversation with Kyros, Pica leaves and returns to the battleground where he and Zoro were fighting. But instead of going after Zoro, Pica starts attacking the weak and injured. Then Pica is on the move, and it appears he’s after King Riku. Zoro decides to go after him.

So we officially wrap up the battle between Kyros and Diamante, and it now appears that the focus has shifted to Pica. But Pica isn’t satisfied fighting with Zoro, so he goes after King Riku in order to prevent his return to power. With the chapter being titled, “Zolo vs. Pica,” I had assumed that most of the chapter would have focused on their battle, so it was a little disappointing that they don’t actually battle each other at all. The only thing we get is Zoro getting ready to take Pica on right at the end of the chapter. I’m hoping that the next chapter will actually focus on Zoro and Pica’s battle. While I wouldn’t expect a battle between them to end in one chapter, I’m hoping to see their battle renewed in the next chapter since so much built up to that.

Black clover CH:002

Six months have passed since the end of Chapter One, and the story is set at the Magic Knights Entrance Exam venue. We see that both Asta and Yuno are here. While at the venue, Asta accidentally bumps into Yami Sukehiro, a leader of the Black Bulls, one of the Magic Knight squads; unfortunately, Asta doesn’t leave a good impression. When the exam is underway, William Vangeance, the captain of the Golden Dawn squad, calls for a magic tree to descend, and from its roots, it hands out broomsticks. The first test has the Wizard Knights hopefuls flying on a broomstick. Yano is able to do this easily. Asta, unfortunately, can’t even make himself float. We briefly see some of the other tests, and Asta is struggling. The final test has the participants engaging in actual combat. Asta is approached by a guy who simply sees him as a bottom dweller that will make him look better, and Asta accepts. Asta’s battle ends up being first. Everyone thinks Asta is going to fail, but he surprises everyone when he uses his grimoire and easily knocks out his opponent.

First of all, I have to say that I couldn’t help but think that Gordon Agrippa, one of the characters introduced in this chapter, strongly resembles Marilyn Manson. That was so distracting! But when it comes to the actual story itself, I couldn’t help thinking that Black Clover has accelerated the Naruto formula a little and moved the important exam up to the second chapter. While the Magic Knights Entrance Exam isn’t exactly like the Chunin Exam, they’re both very important exams for their respective stories. And the main reason the test was moved up so much earlier is the fact that Asta doesn’t need to worry about the team building that Naruto and the rest of Team 7 had to go through. While this chapter isn’t quite as blatant about the Naruto formula as the first chapter was, I can still see it here. I’m really hoping that Chapter Three can succeed in breaking away from the Naruto formula even more than Chapter Two did.

Kagamigami CH:003

This chapter shows us that someone going by “Hollow Rabbit” has given the power to control shikigami to someone that he met on the Internet, and the Shikigami Association is concerned about it. It’s also revealed that the ripper who was captured back in Chapter One had an unregistered ghost device embedded in his chest area, as well as a huge parasitic worm in his abdomen. An executive named Karasuma is assigned to talk to Kyosuke Kagami, since he was the one who captured the ripper.

Karasuma goes to visit Kyosuke at Mako’s place. He tells the both of them that he’s the association’s task broker, and that it’s his job to match an appropriate shikigami user to a task. It turns out that there’s an outbreak in Tokyo of random grudge killings using shikigami, and Kyosuke is given the task of hunt down the individual who is sharing the knowledge of shikigami usage.

Later, Karasuma takes Kyosuke to the person he’s been paired up with for the task. He’s been paired with one of the association’s top three most violent people. We’ve been seeing “Hollow Rabbit” trying to convince someone to acquire the power to control shikigami, and it turns out that this person is the guy that Kyosuke has been teamed up with. We learn the guy’s name is Keiichi Shido, and he’s already started attacking “Hollow Rabbit.” Right at the end of the chapter, it’s discovered that Mako has stowed away in the vehicle with Karasuma and Kyosuke.

Well… this isn’t the direction I had expected this manga to go in. It’s not necessarily a bad direction, but it’s not what I was expecting. From the three chapters of this series that I’ve read, I think it has a lot of potential. Unfortunately, it looks like I won’t be able to read more of it immediately, since this is the final chapter that’s going to be run as part of the “Jump Start” initiative. If it gets a good enough response, it could end up being added to Weekly Shonen Jump in the future.

Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment CH:011

Abaku and Tento go to school on a day that it’s closed in order to meet with Hikari Takasu, who has been accused of plagiarism. Meanwhile, Sarutobi is meeting with Vin Daichi, the one who has accused Hikari of the crime. Sarutobi’s meeting isn’t very productive, but Abaku’s meeting with Hikari is much more helpful. Abaku is shown three pairs of art; the first two really aren’t that similar, but the third one appears to be an exact match. They meet Ms. Goh, who helps out with the third and fourth grade art classes, and is an alumnus of the school. She had an artwork that placed in a prefecture-wide contest, and Hikari looks up to her. She used to paint with both Hikari and Vin when they were younger. Hikari has an article with him about Ms. Goh’s teacher that she studies under, and Abaku notices that Ms. Goh’s work that placed in the contest has a similarity to her mentor’s work.

Later, Abaku and Tento go to observe Sarutobi at a classroom session that’s taking place at the school next door. But when they get there, they find an end-of-day meeting going on instead of a classroom session. They’re five minutes late, and the classroom session is already over and done. Sarutobi tries to wager that if Abaku loses, the two of them should join forces; Abaku refuses. At the end of the chapter, Tento admits to seeing Abaku’s clippings about the Bloody Session and asks Abaku about it.

From what I saw in this chapter, it appears that somehow, Ms. Goh is involved with this plagiarism case. However, I can’t quite figure out how she did it or why yet. And it also appears both Abaku and Sarutobi were involved in the Bloody Session that had been hinted at earlier in the series. With Tento admitting to seeing the clippings and asking Abaku outright, I wonder if the next chapter will see Abaku providing some background for that, or if the next chapter will jump straight to the civil suit. I’ve been really curious about the Bloody Session since it was first mentioned, and I’m really hoping the next chapter will at least provide a little more information on it.

Food Wars! CH:107

In this chapter, we see that Megumi and Erina have been paired up together for Stagiaire Week, and they’re assigned to work at a restaurant called Excellent. Erina tells Megumi to concentrate on nothing except staying out of her way. The head chef tells them both that they’ll be starting out by washing dishes. Erina says she refuses, because it is proper to assign a person tasks appropriate to their skill level. Three days later, Erina has proven herself with her culinary skills. However, the head chef isn’t happy about Erina taking over his kitchen.

Overall, this chapter focused more on Erina and Megumi than it did on Soma and Hisaki. Not surprisingly, Erina makes a big splash in the kitchen. While the head chef isn’t happy about this at first, he ends up having to admit that Erina knows what she’s doing and allows Erina to give her opinions on the dishes. But at the end of the chapter, it appears Soma may not be entirely satisfied with the location where he and Hisaki have been assigned and thinks there needs to be a change. It’ll be interesting to see if the next chapter will show us what Soma is thinking.

My Hero Academia CH:031

Midoriya is approached by Todoroki, who asks Midoriya is he’s All Might’s illegitimate child or something. Midoriya denies it, but then asks Todoroki why he would think that. Tadoroki believes that Midoriya is hiding some kind of connection. And since Todoroki is the son of the second greatest hero of all time, he’d want to crush Midoriya if he was connected to All Might, the number one hero. Meanwhile, All Might encounters Endeavor, Todoroki’s father, and asks for advice on training the next generation. Endeavor isn’t willing to help; all he says is that he created Todoroki so he could be molded in order to defeat All Might. We then see Todoroki explaining his situation to Midoriya and saying how much he hates it. After sharing some words, Midoriya makes his own declaration of war: he says he’ll beat Todoroki.

The primary purpose of this chapter was to provide backstory for Todoroki. As someone who’s jumping into the middle of this series, I appreciate getting backstory on any of the characters, because I hope it will help me to better understand who these characters are and the story that they inhabit. We definitely seem to be building to a rivalry between Midoriya and Todoroki, which becomes a second generation rivalry of Endeavor and All Might. From what’s shown at the end of this chapter, it looks like the next chapter will start showing the final event that pits the 16 members of the winning teams into a series of one-on-one battles.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:159

This chapter opens how the previous chapter ended, with Shu asking Raku who he likes more: Onodera or Chitoge? Raku insists that he only sees Chitoge as a friend, but Shu doesn’t seem entirely convinced. Shu even bluntly tells his friend that he thinks that Raku has started to like Chitoge. Raku then runs into Onodera, who is making a farewell cake for Chitoge. Onodera says that all it seems she can do now is decorate cakes, and Raku gives her words of encouragement. When Raku mentions that he wishes there was something he could do to help Chitoge, Onodera surprises Raku and herself by saying that he should help her. This is because he knows more about Chitoge’s home situation than she does.

Raku goes to look for Chitoge. When he finds her, she tells Raku she’s come up with a great plan. Since her father won’t let her stay in Japan because she won’t be well-guarded, Chitoge comes up with the idea to move in with Raku so she’d be under the protection of Raku’s father’s yakuza. Raku tries to argue, but Chitoge points out that Yui lives there. Raku justifies Yui’s being there by saying that she’s more like a big sister. He also argues that her father and Claude would never truly let her live there. Chitoge looks sad and has to admit defeat. But when he sees her sad expression, he decides that he’ll try to convince his father and the other members of the yakuza. But then he asks what Chitoge’s plan is if he’s able to succeed; her response is that she’ll sneak out without a word and hide at his place. She mentions that Tsugumi would probably stay with them as well. But at the end of the chapter, we see that someone has been listening in on the conversation…

Well, at first glance, it appears that Komi has found a way to keep Chitoge and Tsugumi in Japan and keep the series from ending. When I thought that, I found myself feeling a little disappointed. But seeing those final two panels makes it obvious that this isn’t going to go according to plan. I suspect that the person listening in on the conversation will somehow keep this plan from coming to fruition. And if I’m right about that, there’s still a good chance that what we’re seeing now could potentially be leading toward the end of Nisekoi: False Love.

Bleach CH:616

Yhwach tells Ichigo and the others that no matter what they do, Reio cannot be resurrected. Then the scene shifts to the Soul Reapers, where Ukitake declares that he will take Reio’s place. He summons something called Mimihagi. We learn that Ukitake was supposed to die when he was three. His parents went to a shrine for Mimihagi, a god who is said to be the enshrined right arm of Reio that fell from the sky long ago. His parents began a prayer to offer Ukitake’s lungs, and because of this, he lived. Ukitake is performing a ritual called Kamikake, which allows Mimihagi’s power to spread from his lungs to all the organs in his body. He has now become Mimihagi’s dwelling. Right at the end of the chapter, we see Shunsui calling out to Aizen.

Wow… what a backstory for Ukitake. It’s interesting, but I’m also a little sad to see that he is now transforming in order to replace Reio. I’ve always liked Ukitake as a character, and with this change happening, he won’t ever be the same again. But just like with last week’s chapter, it truly feels like Kubo is finally trying to progress this story arc for Bleach. Events are starting to happen one after another, and the story isn’t feeling like it’s being unnecessarily stretched out. Please, Kubo, keep this up, and don’t drag out any more battle scenes.

Toriko CH:313

Kaka sees Komatsu awake and sitting up, but then he appears to start melting. Meanwhile, Toriko and the others join together for an attack; but before they launch the attack, Sunny envelops the ring with his hair in order to conceal their fight from outside viewers. During this “fight,” Toriko and the others finally understand what Monkey Martial Arts really is. We also get to see a flashback of when Coco explains something he had seen in a mural at the ruins they visited earlier, and how this helped them to come up with their theory about the truth of Monkey Martial Arts. And near the end of the chapter, it appears that Kaka may not be what they appeared to be…

In the end, not much really happened in this chapter. It was more of a chapter to share some exposition with the reader and to build up to what should be the next action sequence in the story. It looks like Toriko and the others understand what Monkey Martial Arts is, and what they need to do in order to reach their objective. And it appears Kaka hasn’t been entirely honest with Toriko and the others. Hopefully more will be answered about Kaka sooner rather than later.

World Trigger CH:093

This chapter sees Ko Murakami from Suzunari-1 introducing himself to Yuma, and Yuma introduces him to Osamu. Ko is there to see the rookie attacker who cut down Arafune and the team whose strategy forced him to draw his Kogetsu. When Ko is looking for someone to help him practice, Yuma volunteers. Yuma is warned not to do it, because he’ll jeopardize his next match. When Arafune and Yosuke say they’ll keep their mouths shut, Ko says he has two conditions for his fight with Yuma. While this is going on, Chika is having a conversation with Reiji, and we get a little bit of backstory for him. We then see at the end of the 10 rounds of Yuma and Ko’s battle that Ko won, and that Yuma lost five times in a row. Right at the end of the chapter, Ko’s Side Effect is revealed.

This was a chapter that was focused more on building up toward the next battle in the B-Rank Wars, as well as providing some character development for Reiji. It was a little disappointing that we never actually got to see the battle taking place between Yuma and Ko. All we saw was when they took a break at the halfway point and right after they finished their final round. If the anime makes it this far, I really hope that they’ll see fit to animate the actual battle instead of mentioning it’s going on but not showing any of it. After the big deal that was made about the risk Yuma was taking to accept this fight, I felt cheated that we never got to see any of it.

One-Punch Man CH:041

This chapter opens with Wild Monkey, Hellish Blizzard, and Eyelashes going after a target’s hideout. Meanwhile, Genos senses something approaching quickly. When Genos goes to investigate, he finds Speed-O’-Sound Sonic, who claims to be Saitama’s rival and wants to settle things with him. But then someone calls out for Saitama and says that Hellish Blizzard wants to talk to him. Saitama has no idea who she is. Hellish Blizzard’s sidekicks call Saitama a cocky noob who hasn’t come to see Hellish Blizzard and offer her a customary greeting for when joining Class B. He’s told about the hero factions that exist, and is told he won’t last long unless he joins one. She asks Saitama to join her, and he refuses. She sics her goons on him, but Saitama easily punches them away into the sky.

Basically, this chapter introduces the idea of hero factions, as well as a new hero that I’d personally never seen before. Hellish Blizzard definitely came off as being really cocky, and I was so glad to see Saitama easily punch away her goons. She so deserved that! I wonder if future chapters of the series will end up introducing other heroes from other hero factions, and if they’ll try to recruit Saitama.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal CH:51

Yuma says they’ve got one hope left, and that the other guys protected this last hope with their lives. They are truly able to release the power of the four elements, and that the legend of the Astral World rises again. By combining with Astral, Yuma becomes Zexal. Zexal plays a Spell Card. He also explains that for the ultimate duelist, all duels are preordained. Not only that, but the cards he draws are created by the duelist. Zexal is able to summon Hope Zexal, which keeps his opponent from activating effects. Zexal uses his Hope Sword and slashes at E’rah, knocking her Life Points down to 0. With that, E’rah is defeated and her world is gone. Those who died also come back to life. Yagumo’s soul is also freed from E’rah’s control. Haruto also comes running over, and his soul has returned to normal. Right at the end of the chapter, Astral says that all of their Numbers must be returned to him.

Yes! The battle with E’rah is finally over! But in a lot of ways, once Zexal was summoned, it became rather anti-climactic. I found myself thinking, “You built this up all this time and then it ends this quickly?” Oh, well. At least that battle’s over. But even though the major battle is over, the series isn’t done quite yet. It looks like the situation with Yuma and the Numbers still needs to be resolved. But it does seem like this manga may be ending sooner rather than later.