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New York Times Manga Best Seller List: November 8-14, 2015

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of November 8-14, 2015, according to the New York Times.

1. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 moves back up six spots to number one in its 22nd week on the list.

2. One Piece Volume 76 by Eiichiro Oda

VIZ Media’s release of One Piece Volume 76 enters the list at number two.

3. One-Punch Man Volume 1 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 1 moves back up three spots to number three in its 11th week on the list.

4. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 3 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 3 holds steady at number four in its fourth week on the list.

5. One-Punch Man Volume 2 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 2 re-enters at number five in its sixth week on the list.

6. Bleach Volume 65 by Tite Kubo

VIZ Media’s release of Bleach Volume 65 falls one spot to number six in its second week on this list.

7. My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kouhei Horikoshi

VIZ Media’s release of My Hero Academia Volume 2 falls four spots to number seven in its second week on the list.

8. Naruto Volume 72 by Masashi Kishimoto

VIZ Media’s release of Naruto Volume 72 moves back up two spots to number eight in its sixth week on the list.

9. One-Punch Man Volume 3 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 3 falls eight spots to number nine in its second week on the list.

10. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 2: Battle Tendency Volume 1 by Hirohiko Araki

VIZ Media’s release of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 2: Battle Tendency Volume 1 falls eight spots to number ten in its second week on the list.

Source: The New York Times

Manga Review: “Bleach” Volume 65

Originally written for WatchPlayRead.com

Bleach Volume 65 continues to focus on the battle between the Soul Reapers and the Quincies.

Bleach Volume 65

Written by: Tite Kubo
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: November 3, 2015

Volume 65 sees the continuation of the battle taking place in the Soul Society between the Soul Reapers and the Quincies. Much of the volume focuses on Candice Catnipp, Liltotto Lamperd, Meninas Mcallon, and Giselle Gewelle as they fight against some of the protagonists. But the unexpected arrival of Ichigo starts to turn the tide in the fight with these Quincies.

But the unexpected arrivals don’t end with Ichigo. Several other characters suddenly enter into this part of the story, but the one that affects Ichigo the most is Uryu. You can see the anguish Ichigo feels when he discovers that Uryu is fighting alongside the Quincies. While Ichigo and Uryu may have had their differences in the past, Ichigo still saw Uryu as a friend. I suspect that there’s going to be more of a focus on Ichigo and Uryu at some point in a future volume of Bleach.

For the antagonists, the arrival of Kurotsuchi becomes problematic when he brings along some unexpected allies to help fight against the Quincies. But Giselle has the power to turn dead people into zombies, and this ability creates issues for the Soul Reapers when they see several people they have worked and fought alongside with resurrected as zombies. Not surprisingly, this causes some of the normally brash and battle ready Soul Reapers to hesitate. This emotional conflict for the Soul Reapers is quite understandable and realistic.

There’s one section in this volume that was included for comic relief, but in some respects, it almost feels like it’s out of place. The scene in question has to do with a dress Orihime is wearing and Ichigo’s reaction to it. While the volume needed some kind of comic relief, this scene sticks out like a sore thumb a little too much since it’s the only instance of humor that appears. Maybe it would have felt like it fit in better if there had been some way to incorporate another brief humorous scene.

When it comes to the art, there’s a lot of action scenes included in Bleach Volume 65. Unfortunately, it feels like Kubo has started using this as an excuse to cut corners on the details for all of the panels, not just the ones featuring the action. Kubo had included so much detail in the earlier volumes of Bleach, so these less detailed drawings are on the disappointing side. To me, I think the volume would probably have been a little more interesting to read if the images were more visually appealing.

But if you’re willing to look past the lower quality of the art, then you might be able to enjoy Bleach Volume 65. I can only truly recommend this volume to long-time fans of Bleach who are still interested in following what happens to Ichigo and the others.

The reviewer received a review copy from VIZ Media

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: November 1-7, 2015

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of November 1-7, 2015, according to the New York Times.

1. One-Punch Man Volume 3 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 3 enters the list at number one.

2. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 2: Battle Tendency Volume 1 by Hirohiko Araki

VIZ Media’s release of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 2: Battle Tendency Volume 1 enters the list at number two.

3. My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kouhei Horikoshi

VIZ Media’s release of My Hero Academia Volume 2 enters the list at number three.

4. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 3 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 3 falls three spots to number four in its third week on the list.

5. Bleach Volume 65 by Tite Kubo

VIZ Media’s release of Bleach Volume 65 enters the list at number five.

6. One-Punch Man Volume 1 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 1 moves back up one spot to number six in its 10th week on the list.

7. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 falls four spots to number seven in its 21st week on the list.

8. Akame ga KILL! Volume 4 by Takahiro and Tetsuya Tashiro

Yen Press’ release of Akame ga KILL! Volume 4 falls six spots to number eight in ts second week on the list.

9. Big Hero 6 Volume 2 by Haruki Ueno

Yen Press’ release of Big Hero 6 Volume 2 re-enters at number nine in its fifth week in the list.

10. Naruto Volume 72 by Masashi Kishimoto

VIZ Media’s release of Naruto Volume 72 holds steady at number ten in its fifth week on the list.

Source: The New York Times

Anime DVD Review: Bleach Set 26

Originally written for WatchPlayRead.com

Bleach Set 26 contains episodes 355-366 of the series on two DVDs. Audio options include the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub.

Bleach Set 26

English Publisher: VIZ Media
Format: DVD
Release Date: September 29, 2015

Set 26 contains the final episodes of the series, and it was disappointing to discover that it opens with a filler episode that focuses on New Year’s. The episode was split into two stories, and the first one was absolutely ridiculous and not very funny. The second story tried to make a point, but it wasn’t terribly convincing. It was especially frustrating that the whole point of it was to get Rukia ready to do a special family dance, with an emphasis on her not messing it up and disgracing the family. But when it’s time for her to do the dance, the audience never gets to see it.

Fortunately, the remaining 11 episodes are all composed of canon material from the manga. It was so fascinating to see the actions and fights progressing in a more realistic time frame, and the episodes generally only having a minimal amount of recap. This was such a change from the Hueco Mundo arc, where episodes got to the point where nearly half of them were recaps of the episode right before. There ended up being an unexpected twist that happened during the episodes in this final set, but Ichigo learns some truths and is able to power up in order to bring about the ending for this story arc that the audience would expect to see.

However, the ending of the final episode was rather unsatisfying. It’s basically Ichigo saying, “I’ll see you later,” to Rukia, and then he leaves. But since the anime was canceled while the manga was still ongoing, I guess they couldn’t really come up with any other way to end the series. But now that I’ve seen all of Bleach, I can see why the anime was ultimately canceled. Near the end, there ended up being a lot of pointless filler like the New Year’s episode at the beginning of this set. Also, it didn’t help that the Hueco Mundo arc kept getting interrupted for filler story arcs that would run for almost a year before returning to what was happening in Hueco Mundo.

When it comes to the DVD set itself, the omake are removed from the end of the episodes and collected together in the “Omake” feature that’s included on both discs. The omake for these final episodes just weren’t very good. There was an obvious decline in the animation quality, and it appeared that the animators knew the end of the series was coming and just didn’t care about trying to do quality work for the omake. I didn’t really find any of them to be terribly funny, either.

The bonus features on both discs have the same clean opening and clean ending, since there was only one opening animation and one closing animation that appeared on the episodes in this set. The opening and closing both have options for English subtitles and Romaji subtitles.

“More From VIZ Media” includes the exact same trailers that appear at the beginning of each disc before the menu loads. Not only that, but the trailers used for Bleach Set 26 are the exact same trailers that were used for the previous four sets, which comes across as laziness on VIZ Media’s part.

If you’re a Bleach fan, this set is a “must own” if you want to have all of the episodes that include canon material or want to have the complete series in your anime home video collection.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (October 19, 2015)

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

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

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

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

One-Punch Man CH:050.2 + Bonus Chapter

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

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

Black Clover CH:034

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

Bleach CH:647

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

My Hero Academia CH:063

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

Food Wars! CH:139

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

World Trigger CH:119

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

Nisekoi: False Love CH:190

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

Toriko CH:343

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

Naruto CH:247

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

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (October 12, 2015)

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

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

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

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

My Hero Academia CH:062

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

One Piece CH:803

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

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

Food Wars! CH:138

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

Bleach CH:646

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

World Trigger CH:118

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

Nisekoi: False Love CH:189

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

Toriko CH:342

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

Black Clover CH:033

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

Naruto CH:246

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

Karakuri

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

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

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

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (October 5, 2015)

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

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

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

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

One Piece CH:802

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

Blue Exorcist CH:072

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

Black Clover CH:032

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

World Trigger CH:117

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

My Hero Academia CH:061

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

Toriko CH:341

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

Nisekoi: False Love CH:188

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

Samon the Summoner CH:003

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

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

Bleach CH:645

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

Food Wars! CH:137

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

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign CH:038

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

Naruto CH:245

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