Weekly Shonen Jump Volume 133 (August 25, 2014)

This issue includes chapters for One-Punch Man, Toriko, Naruto, One Piece, Nisekoi: False Love, Bleach, World Trigger, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal.

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

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

One-Punch Man CH:036.2 + CH:037

In Chapter 36.2, Saitama comes out and starts receiving a lecture from Tornado, and she also starts insulting him. Genos says he’ll pulverize her; but the joke’s on him when Tonado and defeats him. Before she can attack Saitama, she is given a lecture by someone else over her behavior.

In Chapter 37, a Lizard Man appears and starts to terrorize a city. King, who is called the strongest man in the world, approaches the Lizard Man; before he can do anything, the Lizard Man cowers in fear and faints.

The first piece exists in order to finally conclude the story arc that’s been running in Weekly Shonen Jump since I started reading the online magazine back in March 2014. And all I can say is, “Finally!” This particular story was drug on for waaaaay too long, and I had gotten rather bored of it.

The second piece is here to establish the beginning of the next story arc. It appears that a Class S Rank 7 hero named King is going to be playing an important role in the new story arc. It turns out that while he may be strong and have a scary-looking face, he actually doesn’t seem to be quite the “tough guy” that everyone thinks he is; this is shown when he goes to buy a romance simulation game. Saitama makes a very brief appearance in this second part, right at the end. I suspect that somehow, Saitama and King’s paths will end up meeting and they’ll probably have to either fight each other or fight together against an enemy.

Toriko CH:289

In this chapter, Brunch is able to chop the air and the maturation process for the air fruit begins accelerating. Komatsu then begins to prepare the air fruit with help from some of his comrades. As they work, the air fruit falls; they have to make sure it doesn’t hit the ground and burst…

This chapter spends all of its time building up the suspense as Komatsu works to prepare the air fruit. In some respects, the narration is a little “over the top” at times. The result of their work is revealed at the end of the chapter; however, I’m not going to provide that “spoiler.”

Naruto CH:689

In this chapter, Kaguya is creating a new time space, and intends to use Naruto and the others as its sacrifices. Kakashi gathers Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura together for their last mission as the former cell number seven. Kaguya tries attacking Kakashi, but he’s gained Obito’s abilities that help him dodge her attacks. Right at the end, Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura work together to try to take Kaguya down…

Well, it looks like we’re getting closer to wrapping up this fight. Kaguya suddenly doesn’t seem quite so overpowered anymore, and I really hope her luck has finally run out! But it was so awesome to see the former cell number seven working together again!

One Piece CH:757

At the beginning of this chapter, Luffy and Trafalgar begin heading toward the Fourth Step. Meanwhile at the Fourth Step, Rebecca is approached by the man who shot her mother to death. Before he can do anything, Kyros jumps in and takes the guy on. As they’re about to face off, Luffy and Trafalgar arrive and ask Rebecca for the key…

Hooray! This chapter doesn’t jump around nearly as much as many of the recent chapters have, and the story is finally progressing! Luffy and Trafalgar FINALLY make it to the Fourth Step, and are able to get the key to set Trafalgar free. It looks like the stage is being set for Kyros to take on the guy who killed his wife, and for Luffy and Trafalgar to go after Doflamingo. But I suspect the story will continue to be drawn out for a while longer to build up to the climax between Luffy, Trafalgar and Doflamingo.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:135

This chapter sees Yui being assigned to teach music at the school because the regular teacher quit and they haven’t found a replacement. Unfortunately, it turns out that she’s tone deaf, but she doesn’t realize it herself. When she tries singng for the class, it goes horribly wrong. The vice principal says at the next assembly, it’s Yui’s turn to lead the school song. Yui begs Raku and Marika for help, and after a moment, Marika agrees to work with Raku. Unfortunately, this doesn’t go well. But when Yui hears Tsugumi sing, she asks Tsugumi for help. But Yui ends up practicing so much that she develops a sore throat…

This is basically a chapter that focuses on Yui, and it tries to pull in Raku and a couple of the other girls from Raku’s harem. This is one of those one-off stories that don’t do anything to progress the overarching story. If there hadn’t been such an emphasis placed on the overarching story earlier in the series, I’d probably be able to tolerate these one-off stories a little better. Oh well. I can only hope that Komi will progress the overarching story about the promise and the locket at some point again!

Bleach CH:593

In this chapter, Hitsugaya attacks Mayuri. Fortunately for Mayuri, he implanted something in his blade that’s able to detect other blades and automatically block their strikes. Hitsugaya uses his Bankai, but then the scene suddenly starts repeating itself. When Hitsugaya uses his Bankai a second time, the same thing happens. It turns out Mayuri gave Hitsugaya the power to see the past, and that he returns to the past each time he kills Mayuri. But there are limits to what the drug Mayuri gave Hitsugaya can do. A side effect of the drug happens right at the end of the chapter…

This chapter ends up focusing completely on Hitsugaya and Mayuri. I knew from what I’ve seen of the anime that Mayuri could be twisted, but wow, this takes the cake. With the way this chapter ends, I wonder if this will be used as a cliffhanger in order to put the focus on something else that’s going on, or if the next chapter will continue the storyline with Hitsugaya and Mayuri.

World Trigger CH:072

In this chapter, Director Shinoda tells his subordinates to take Enedora, the Black Trigger into custody as a prisoner of war; but before they can, Mira arrives to retrieve Enedora. It turns out she’s only there to retrieve the Black Trigger and not Enedora himself. Mira leaves, and Enedora dies. They still take him into custody so they can study his horns, which are an unknown trigger technology. We also get to see a couple of the other battlefronts before the chapter ends…

I’m glad to see that the storyline with Enedora finally came to an end; his storyline felt like it was dragging after a while. But through his defeat and ultimate death, I was able to learn a couple of things about the Black Trigger. Perhaps readers who have been following World Trigger since the very beginning might have already known this information, but since I jumped into the story during this story arc, I’ve essentially been going blind this whole time. Hopefully future chapters can reveal more information to me as I read them so I can better understand this series.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal CH:45

In this chapter, Yagumo begins telling Ryoga about what happened to his brother before their battle gets going. There’s a lengthy flashback sequence that takes place during this point of the chapter. When we return to the battle, we see Yagumo determined to destroy the world. After they battle, Kaito jumps in to battle Yagumo. Then, Yagumo uses his monster to attack Ryoga directly…

So this chapter is a combination of an “info dump” and the usual battles that the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise is known for. Basically, playing the cards and spending time describing in detail what the card will do, as if this is a manual for playing the game. The story hardly moved forward in this chapter at all, so for me, this was kind of a boring read. But then again, I don’t personally expect much out of this franchise at this point.

More Cast Members Announced for Sokyu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor: Exodus

The official website for the forthcoming Sokyu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor: Exodus anime has announced additional cast members. The series is scheduled to debut on Japanese television in January 2015.

The new cast members include:

  • Ryotaro Okiayu is Walter Bargest
  • Yuichi Nakamura is Dustin Morgan
  • Aki Unone is Keith Water

There’s also a new promotional video that’s available for streaming, and I am embedding it below. I apologize in advance to any of my readers who are unable to view the video due to region blocking.

Two More Cast Members Announced for the Girlfriend (Beta) Anime

Two more cast members have been announced for the forthcoming Girlfriend (Beta), which is scheduled to debut on Japanese television in Fall 2014.

The two new cast members are:

  • Yui Ogura is Momoko Asahina
  • Kaori Mizuhashi is Himejima Kinoko

Blue Spring Ride: Episode 7 – “Page. 7″

Blue Spring Ride focuses on a high school girl named Futaba Yoshioka. During the summer of her first year in junior high, she was in love with a boy named Kou Tanaka. He asks her to go to the summer festival with him, and she accepts. One day at school, she gets annoyed with a boy that’s pestering her and declares that she hates boys. Kou overhears this, and he never shows up to the meeting spot he’d arranged with Futaba. She intended to talk to him after summer break, but when she got back to school, Kou had transferred to a different school.

At the beginning of the episode, Futaba and Kou have an awkward moment together, which includes Kou inadvertently holding her hand and smelling her shampoo and asking about it. She tells Kou that he needs to make it clear if he’s joking. As a viewer, I could tell that Kou wasn’t joking about what he was doing, but he just couldn’t bring himself to admit that he wasn’t.

A lot of the episode focuses on Futaba struggling over whether or not she should tell Makita that she also has feelings for Kou. Futaba runs into a former classmate from middle school who had been her only friend until she mysteriously stopped talking to Futaba. It turns out the classmate had believed a rumor that Futaba liked the boy that the classmate had liked. While these two are able to get past that misunderstanding and make up, this only adds to Futaba’s confusion.

Unfortunately, Futaba is wracked with so much guilt that she starts acting differently around Makita; this, of course, worries Makita. I found myself feeling some sympathy for Futaba, since she’s between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, she doesn’t want to lie to Makita because Futaba sees her as a dear friend, but on the other, Futaba’s afraid that if she’s honest that Makita will hate her.

Things are only made worse when Futaba is trying to hide and be alone at school, and Kou happens to end up by her. Another awkward moment happens here, and once again, Kou denies that he feels anything for Futaba. Honestly, at that point, I nearly wanted to scream at Kou to be honest to himself and to Futaba. His refusal to acknowledge his feelings only hurts Futaba, especially since she’s in the midst of her emotional crisis.

Episode Seven was rather dramatic and had tension running throughout it. What made this episode worth it the most to me were the awkward moments between Futaba and Kou and a flashback of when Futaba was in middle school that explained what happened between her and her former classmate, Yumi.

The preview for Episode Eight looks very promising, and it looks like the tension may be upped a notch or two. I’m looking forward to seeing it in order to find out how Futaba moves forward in regards to Kou and Makita.

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun: Episode 7 – “The Manga Artist’s Brain, Nozaki-kun”

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun is about a girl named Chiyo Sakura who has a crush on Umetaro Nozaki. When she tries confessing her feelings to him, she doesn’t manage to get it out right; but by saying what she said, she comes to learn that Nozaki is the author of a shojo manga that she’s read in a shojo manga magazine; he writes under the pen name, Sakiko Yumeno. Sakura becomes Nozaki’s assistant.

Nozaki actually has some free time because he finished his manga manuscript early. Sakura invites Nozaki to do fun things with her, and he accepts. After doing this, she realizes that this could potentially be a date. Unfortunately, Sakura comes to find that Nozaki treats everything as if it’s related to his work, whether it’s watching a movie, going to a restaurant, going to a clothing store, going to a toy store, or even going to an art supply store.

Of course, this leads to a lot of comedic events taking place over the course of their time out. To me, the most comical portion of the scenes at the mall takes place in the clothing store. He wants Sakura to try on a sailor outfit so he can take pictures for reference and she absolutely refuses. Nozaki decides to try it on himself, and he curses the fact that he doesn’t have a bishonen body that can wear the outfit. Oh, Nozaki, you’re so silly.

Both Sakura and the audience are trolled again in this episode when Nozaki asks her to come over to his place after they’re done at the mall. The way the scene is done, we’re led to believe that maybe he’s finally revealing that he has feelings for Sakura. But once they get to his place, she learns that he simply made too much food and needs help eating it.

There’s also a second story, where one of Sakura’s upperclassmen in the art club has her ask Mikoshiba to be a model for them. Mikoshiba refuses when she asks, but she continues to pester. When I saw this, I was like, “You were asked to model for Nozaki, and you said no. You should be able to have some empathy for Mikoshiba.” She gives up, but then another girl runs up to Mikoshiba and asks. He puts on his bishonen act, and ends up agreeing. Oh, Mikoshiba, once again you speak and act before thinking. When will you ever learn not to do that?

The remainder of the episode sees Mikoshiba posing for the art club. Nozaki even manages to get in on the act. There’s some humor injected into many of Mikoshiba’s poses.

Humor-wise, this is almost on the level of the humor that dominated the early episodes of the series. However, I do have to say that I found the story of Sakura and Nozaki’s time out to be more humorous than the Mikoshiba story. It’s not that Mikoshiba’s story was bad or wasn’t funny, it just wasn’t as strong as the first story in the episode.

Overall, Episode Seven was pretty enjoyable, and I really enjoyed having a lot of the emphasis being placed on Nozaki and Sakura. I’m still really hoping that somehow Nozaki and Sakura will somehow end up together, because they do make for an interesting couple. With the trolling the series has done so far, I believe that this pairing could end up being a possibility.

I still look forward to watching Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun each week, and I’m starting to feel a little sad knowing that there’s only a few more episodes to go. My only real complaint at this point comes from all of the characters that have been introduced in the series up to this point, and how many of them have only appeared either once or twice at this point. Hopefully some of these characters will get a little more focus before the series comes to an end.

New Manga Releases: August 26, 2014

Here are the new manga releases for August 26, 2014. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Attack on Titan GN 13
Cage of Eden GN 15
Cardfight!! Vanguard GN 3
Chi’s Sweet Home GN 11
High School DxD GN 2
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya GN 19
No. 6 GN 8
Samurai Executioner Omnibus GN 2
Sankarea: Undying Love GN 8
Say, “I Love You” GN 3
Spice and Wolf GN 12
Triage X GN 7
The Wallflower GN 33

New Anime Releases: August 26, 2014

Here are the new anime releases for August 26, 2014. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie [DVD]
Cybersix Complete Series [DVD]
Family Matters [DVD] (18+)
Fatal Fury Complete OVA Series [DVD]
Fatal Fury: The Movie [DVD]
Heaven’s Lost Property Forte: Complete Collection (Anime Classics) [Blu-ray/DVD Combo]
Kabukimonogatari: Mayoi Jiangshi [Blu-ray]
Kinmoza! Complete Collection [DVD]
Kinmoza! Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit [DVD]
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit [Blu-ray]
Star Blazers 2199 Volume 4 [DVD]
Star Blazers 2199 Volume 4 [Blu-ray]
Toriko: Collection 1 [DVD]
Uta no Prince Sama 2000% Complete Collection [DVD]
Uta no Prince Sama 2000% Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
Watamote Complete Collection [DVD]
Watamote Complete Collection [Blu-ray]