Viz Media Releases New Weekly Shonen Jump Print Edition “Jump Pack” Volume 3

Viz Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump manga magazine has released its third and latest edition of the Weekly Shonen Jump Jump Pack. The new issue is now available in-print throughout the U.S. and Canada, exclusively from retailers serviced by Diamond Comic Distributors and also from the leading online anime/manga retailer Right Stuf. The Weekly Shonen Jump Jump Pack 2014, Issue 3 is rated ‘T’ for Teens and carries an MSRP of $19.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN.

The latest Jump Pack issue features individual manga chapters from a sampling of Weekly Shonen Jump’s fan-loved, smash-hit continuing series including the paranormal exploits of Bleach, the ongoing ninja saga of Naruto, the high seas adventure of One Piece, the apocalyptic vampire thriller Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign, and the kinetic action of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal.

The latest issue features a special promotional code for a 3-month weekly digital subscription to the magazine and also includes a limited edition Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Evening Twilight Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card. This card is exclusive to Jump Pack Issue 3 and Weekly Shonen Jump annual subscribers.

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Viz Media’s Top 10 Selling Manga for the Week of August 12, 2014

Viz Media has announced their top ten selling digital manga titles for the week of August 12, 2014.

1. Deadman Wonderland Volume 4
2. Itsuwaribito Volume 12
3. Magi Volume 7
4. Bleach Volume 61
5. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3 Volume 11
6. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3 Volume 12
7. Rosario+Vampire Season II Volume 13
8. Naruto Volume 66
9. Deadman Wonderland Volume 3
10. One-Punch Man Volume 3

Anime DVD Review: Naruto Shippuden Box Set 19

Naruto Shippuden Box Set 19 is a two-disc set that contains episodes 232 through 244 of Naruto Shippuden. The first disc contains seven episodes, and the second disc includes six episodes and the set’s special features.

The vast majority of the episodes in this set are filler material. In fact, out of the 13 episodes included on this set, 11 of them are filler. Only the final two episodes include canon material.

When it comes to the filler material, a lot of more of it focuses on what’s happening in the village while Naruto is away, and less of it focuses on Naruto’s journey at sea. The filler that takes place in the village includes stories that focus on Hinata, Shino, Tenten, Sai, and Kiba. Of these stories, my favorite is “Sai’s Day Off,” where he goes for a stroll through the village and he thinks about the bonds he shares with Naruto and Sakura. For a filler episode, this one did a fantastic job of providing some character development for Sai. He’s definitely not the character that we first met at the beginning of Naruto Shippuden, and I liked how reflective he got in this episode as he seems to realize for himself how much he’s changed.

For the comedic filler episodes, my favorite was “Kiba’s Determination.” Kiba’s frustrated over how much a loser like Naruto has improved and become the village hero. After being chided by both his mother and Shino, Kiba decides to train to become stronger. When he tries to get Kakashi to help him, Kakashi summons his ninja hounds and has them work with Kiba. The training with the ninja hounds was really amusing, especially when the ninja hounds bite Kiba as he’s trying to defeat them to get a scroll from Pakkun. The funniest part of that is when Big Bark Bull bites the top of Kiba’s head and almost looks as if he could devour Kiba.

Most of the Naruto filler stories weren’t that good, except for “Naruto’s Vow,” which was the final filler episode before returning to canon material. Here, Naruto meets Akatsuchi and Kurotsuchi from the Hidden Stone village, who have an assignment to deliver a letter from the Tsuchikage that’s addressed to the Mizukage. This filler episode provided some background for the conflict between these two villages, and I was almost convinced that it was actually canon material from the manga. However, after doing some research, I discovered that this was actually a filler episode. It ended up being a well-done filler episode, and it definitely ranks up there as one of the better filler episodes to appear in this section of Naruto Shippuden.

And then, we finally return to canon material when Naruto arrives at his destination and meets Killer Bee. When Naruto learns that Killer Bee is the jinchuriki of the Eight Tails, he asks Bee to help train him so he can learn to control the Nine Tails. Bee refuses because he’s on “vacation.” After Naruto gets to know Motoi, he is taken to the Waterfall of Truth, since this is where Killer Bee started his training to control his tailed beast. Naruto meets another version of himself, the part of him that exists that still harbors ill will toward the people of his village for shunning him for so long. The final episode in the set sees Motoi telling a story about himself and Killer Bee when they were growing up, which gives the audience a glimpse into Killer Bee’s backstory and what his life was like before we met him in the series.

When it comes to the DVD set itself, there are four bonus features included. The first is storyboards, which contains three pages from Episode 238 and three pages from episode 239. This feature is pretty much what’s shown up in previous box sets for Naruto Shippuden. However, I was surprised to see that there wasn’t an Art Gallery included.

“Clean Openings and Clean Endings” includes three versions of the opening and the closings that appeared on this set: a version without any text, a version with English subtitles, and a version with Romaji subtitles. The English credits are also available.

“More From Viz Media” includes links to a lot of trailers for properties that Viz Media was promoting at the time this DVD set was released.

After watching this set, I would primarily recommend it for the canon material that appears right at the end of the set. There’s also the occasional filler episode that’s decent to watch, but you can skip a lot of the filler and not miss terribly much.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of Naruto Shippuden Box Set 19 that I checked out through the King County Library System.

Weekly Shonen Jump Volume 131 (August 11, 2014)

This issue includes chapters for One Piece, Toriko, Hunter x Hunter, World Trigger, Nisekoi: False Love, Bleach, Naruto, and a short story by Kazue Kato called Astronerd.

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 Piece CH:756

At the beginning of this chapter, Viola says that during her time coming and going from the palace, she had never heard once about Princess Mansherry being held there. She then realizes that the princess must be in a small room behind the chapel. Leo takes this information and he and the Tontattas go to rescue her. As Robin and Rebecca head to the flower field, Robin starts to fall and tells Rebecca to take the key to the field. Then it’s back to Viola and Usopp, and Viola can see that Sugar is now awake. Sugar declares that the whole country will be turned back into toys, starting with Usopp and the rest of the Straw Hat crew. Then, the actions cuts to Luffy and his group as they continue on the 3rd step of the new royal plateau, and they find themselves fighting with what look like large and evil nutcrackers. During the fight, Robin and a rooster-headed guy fall on one of the nutcrackers. Gladius then appears, and Luffy, Traffy, and a soldier are told to go to the flower field, because Rebecca is waiting there with the key. As Rebecca reaches the flower field, there’s someone waiting for her…

And this chapter continues all the jumping around that’s been prevalent in many of the recent chapters of One Piece. I have to admit that there was so much jumping around in this one, that I was having trouble keeping everything straight. Hopefully some of the various plot lines that are running through this story arc can start concluding sooner rather than later, so there won’t be so much to try to keep track of!

Toriko CH:288

In this chapter, Komatsu declares that the air fruit isn’t totally ripe yet and that it’s too soon to prepare it. The rest of their group assemble at the tree, and Komatsu says that technically, he can prepare the air fruit at this ripeness, but it’s flavor will probably only be 70%. He thinks the best time to prepare it is when its fully ripe and at the moment it hits the ground. Then it’s asked if they’re just supposed to wait until it ripens and falls. Brunch uses the sword he has to cut through the thick air of Slow Rain Hill. He then says he can slice the air around the air fruit in the hopes that it will speed up the fruit’s maturation. They also have something to use to help nourish the fruit. Meanwhile, the Blue Beast inside Toriko realizes that Heracles is acting so desperate because she’s pregnant. She creates a vacuum to protect her child…

The majority of this chapter focuses on Komatsu and the air fruit. In typical shonen fashion, it appears that they won’t be able to do something, but then someone has some kind of ability that allows them to bypass the obstacle and start working toward getting that something done. Considering the type of series that Toriko is, this isn’t too surprising. The main thing now is seeing how many chapters it takes for the air fruit to ripen and be prepared.

Hunter x Hunter CH:349

This chapter we learn there’s a scramble for a throne which is limited to only the children of the legal wives of King Nasubi Hui Guo Rou who board the Black Whale and take part in a departure ceremony. The sole survivor will be the official heir to the throne. We are then introduced to all 14 princes. Then, there’s a long section dealing with Beyond and suspicions about a spy named Saiyu.

Overall, this was a major “info dump” chapter. Honestly, there’s really not a whole lot I can say about this one, especially since I’m still learning about the characters and the world of Hunter x Hunter. Hopefully the action will pick up in the next chapter.

World Trigger CH:071

In this chapter, Director Shinoda starts battling with the Black Trigger. When the Black Trigger deploys trion in a gaseous attack, Shinoda says to turn the air conditioning onto full. By doing this, it allows Shinoda to see the dummies as well as the original, and he goes in for a major attack against the dummies. The Black Trigger tries to create new dummies, but he can’t create them fast enough. At first, it looks like the Black Trigger has been defeated, but he had actually managed to dodge and move elsewhere. The Black Trigger attacks Shinoda, and Shinoda’s relay center is shredded. The Suwa Squad Operator turns on Star Maker, which renders the dummies useless. One of the underlings tries to attack the Black Trigger, but to no avail; the underling has to bail out. Two other underlings launch a surprise attack and destroy the Black Trigger’s relay center and supply system…

It was nice to see this chapter focus on just one plot point. Previous chapters tended to jump between two or three plot points, which could make the story a little hard to follow at times. But with how this battle went, there really wasn’t any way to break it up and insert another plot point into the chapter. I’m glad to finally see that Black Trigger defeated, though. And hopefully the next chapter will show us what’s going on with Osamu.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:134

This chapter continues the beauty contest at the school festival. Kosaki and Haru are competing for the grand prize; Kosaki wears a schoolgirl costume, and Haru comes out wearing a wedding dress. There’s a final Q&A session where several questions are asked. The final question asks them if they have special feelings for anyone right now. Kosaki stammers and says no, while Haru says there is someone but he doesn’t know that she’s alive. She adds she’s taking part in the contest because she wants him to notice her. Now the judges are told to fill out their ballots. It’s a close race, but Haru ends up winning. Haru’s prize is that she gets to choose her dance partner for the folk dance that’s after the contest. Haru asks Raku to dance with her. Later, when Fu asks Haru if she’s going to tell Ichijo how she feels, she says no. When she found out what the prize was, she made a decision: after the dance, she won’t see Ichijo anymore. Unfortunately, she loses her resolve…

Finally, the beauty contest is over! It really wore out its welcome for me. I admit that I was a little happy when I saw Haru delcare that she wasn’t going to see Raku anymore, because it’d be one less member of his harem. But I should’ve known she’d lose her resolve and not follow through. I’m sorry, but this is getting be just as bad as Ranma 1/2 with the amount of suitors that are interested in Raku. But with the beauty contest finally being over, I wonder where the story will go to next.

Bleach CH:592

In this chapter, we see Captain Hitsugaya make an appearance on the battlefield. Yumichika tries to use a kido on him, but Ikkaku stops him. But Ikkaku loses a leg, and is then stabbed in the back by Hitsugaya. Yumichika clashes swords with Hitsugaya to avenge what happened to Ikkaku, but Hitsugaya manages to get a slash in on his opponent. Mayuri then appears and learns that Hitsugaya was turned into a zombie before he was dead. One of the Arrancar zombies starts to attack Hitsugaya, but Mayuri tells him to step away. But he ends up being slashed by Hitsugaya, and Mayuri tells the Arrancar zombie that he will be left to die as punishment. Mayuri starts talking with Hitsugaya as the chapter ends…

Oh, no, no, no, no. I don’t want to believe that Hitsugaya was turned into a zombie… I love his character! And I don’t want to believe that Ikkaku and Yumichika are dead, either. No, no, no. I don’t want to believe it. Why am I afraid that things are only going to get worse as this story arc continues?

Naruto CH:688

In this chapter, we see Obito talking with Rin in the afterlife. He says he wants to go back temporarily in order to help Kakashi. Rin says she’ll wait for him. He tells Kakashi that he doesn’t him to come to the afterlife yet, and he’s bothered by the fact that the eye Obito gave him to celebrate Kakashi’s promotion to Jonin has come back to him. Obito then adds that while he wants Naruto to become Hokage, he wants him to become the Seventh after Kakashi becomes the Sixth. We then see that both of Kakashi’s eyes now have the sharingan. Meanwhile, Naruto and Sasuke team up to go after Kaguya. Naruto uses his Super Biju Rasen Shuriken, and Kaguya transforms into the Ten Tails. A white hand from the Ten Tails reaches out and tries to grab at Naruto and the others. When it seems Sakura is in danger, she receives some surprising help from Kakashi…

Yay! Not only did Kakashi get the sharingan back in the eye he’d had it in, he now has it in both eyes. With how this chapter progressed, it’s starting to look as if this battle may actually be starting to wind down. While I enjoy Naruto, I’ve been starting to feel as if this particular arc has been drug out a bit. It would be nice to see how this battle ends soon and to find out where the story will be heading after it’s over.

Astronerd

Astronerd is a short story that will be appearing in Time Killers, a forthcoming short story collection by Kazue Kato, the author of the Blue Exorcist manga series. The main character of the story is a 16-year-old boy named Yoshio Fujiko. He decides that now he’s in high school, he’s no longer going to be the astronerd that everyone bullied back in junior high. He has a crush on a girl named Tezuka, and it turns out she has an interest in space. He doesn’t tell her about his interest, since he doesn’t want to be branded as a nerd. When Tezuka calls Yoshio to invite him to view the ring nebula with her, he has a flashback to being bullied in middle school and yells that he’s no longer an astronerd. Tezuka apologizes for bothering him and hangs up. Yoshio is about to call her back and apologize, he is approached by three small aliens, who say the space creature picture book bureau has ordered them to collecting an Earthling sample. They used a special formula to select Yoshio. He’s told he has to sign something in order to accept. Yoshio passes out, and the aliens take him home.

The next morning, Yoshio is taken out of bed to hear a news bulletin that a meteor swarm including the comet “Freeman” will hit Asia that day. Everyone in Yoshio’s region is told that they have to evacuate. As they leave, a meteorite hits his school. Yoshio is worried about Tezuka, so he leaves his parents and rushes over to the school. As he goes, he sees the comet and is approached by the aliens, who ask if he understands the situation. The aliens say they are exterminating the Earthlings, and if he becomes their sample, he’ll be stored in a capsule and live forever. When they ask him to sign the form, he says never. The aliens decide to push Yoshio to the edge in order to gain his consent. An explosion takes place in front of Yoshio, which causes him to fall off his scooter and become unconscious. When he awakens, he’s told it’s 7:28 p.m., and he’s been unconscious for five hours. The comet will strike in less than one hour, but Yoshio insists he has to get to the school; he realizes that not going is the same as running away. This leads him to also realize that he’d been running away from who he really is. Just as it appears Yoshio is going to sign his consent to be an alien sample, he gets an email on his phone. It’s from Tezuka, saying she’s safe and she tells him to get to safety. When Yoshio sees this, he realizes that Tezuka still believes in him. He gets on his scooter and attempts to jump over the crater that’s between him and the school.

Yoshio makes it to the school and finds Tezuka, and he admits that he actually loves the stars and apologizes for hiding that from her. He also says he wants to start the astronomy club again. She agrees, and Yoshio thiks that he was born for this moment. The aliens are shocked because he solved the eternal space mystery. This ends up causing a change to Earth’s fate…

I have to say that overall, this was a rather enjoyable short story. The two main characters were very well-defined, and Yoshio goes through a lot of growth over the course of the story. The aliens bring on a serious aspect to the story, which is the destruction of the Earth, but they also add some light humor as well. This story was definitely designed to be a one-off, because the way it ends doesn’t really leave room to be able to continue the story adequately. If this short story is indicative of what else will be appearing in the Time Killers compilation, then that may be worth checking out at some point.

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: August 3-9, 2014

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of August 3-9, 2014, according to the New York Times.

1. Rosario + Vampire Season II Volume 13 by Akihisa Ikeda
2. Attack on Titan: No Regrets Volume 1 by Gun Snark, Hikaru Suruga and Hajime Isayama
3. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
4. Fairy Tail Volume 40 by Hiro Mashima
5. Black Butler Volume 17 by Yana Toboso
6. Dragonar Academy Volume 3 by Shiki Mizuchi and Ran
7. Food Wars! Volume 1 by Yuto Tsukudo and Shun Saeki
8. Naruto Volume 66 by Masashi Kishimoto
9. Attack on Titan Volume 2 by Hajime Isayama
10. Bleach Volume 61 by Tite Kubo

Viz Media’s Top Ten Digital Manga for the Week of August 5th, 2014

Viz Media has announced the company’s top ten selling digital manga for the week of August 5, 2014:

1. Bleach Volume 61
2. Rosario + Vampire Season II Volume 13
3. Toriko Volume 23
4. D.Gray-man Volume 24
5. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Volume 22
6. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3 Volume 9
7. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3 Volume 10
8. Naruto Volume 66
9. Voice Over!: Seiyu Academy Volume 6
10. Kaze Hikaru Volume 22

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: July 27-August 2, 2014

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of July 27-August 2, 2014, according to the New York Times.

1. Black Butler Volume 17 by Yana Toboso
2. Soul Eater Not! Volume 3 by Atsushi Ohkubo
3. Blood Lad Volume 5 by Yuuki Kodama
4. Soul Eater Volume 21 by Atsushi Ohkubo
5. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
6. Naruto Volume 66 by Masashi Kishimoto
7. Omamori Himari Volume 12 by Milan Matra
8. No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular! Volume 4 by Nico Tanigawa
9. Attack on Titan Volume 3 by Hajime Isayama
10. Attack on Titan: No Regrets Volume 1 by Gun Snark, Hikaru Suruga and Hajime Isayama

Naruto Is the #1 Selling Graphic Novel in the United States for July 2014

Nielsen BookScan has announced the top 20 selling graphic novels in the United States for July 2014. Manga included in the list are:

  • Naruto Volume 66 by Masashi Kishimoto (#1)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama (#3)
  • Attack on Titan: No Regrets Volume 1 by Gun Snark (#4)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 2 by Hajime Isayama (#7)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 3 by Hajime Isayama (#14)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 9 by Hajime Isayama (#18)

Viz Media’s Top Ten Digital Manga for the Week of July 29, 2014

Viz Media has announced the company’s top ten selling digital manga for the week of July 29, 2014.

1. Chibi Vampire Volume 10
2. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3 Volume 7
3. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3 Volume 8
4. Naruto Volume 66
5. Rosario+Vampire Season I Volume 1
6. Nisekoi: False Love Volume 8
7. Fate/stay night Volume 6
8. D.N. Angel Volume 10
9. Deadman Wonderland Volume 3
10. Trinity Blood Volume 3

Weekly Shonen Jump Volume 130 (August 4, 2014)

This issue includes chapters for Bleach, One Piece, Nisekoi: False Love, Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign, World Trigger, Naruto, Toriko, One Punch-Man, and Blue Exorcist.

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.

Bleach CH:591

In this chapter, the Arrancar zombies recognize some of the Soul Reapers around them, while others are looking for the person who defeated them earlier. Mayuri uses an electric shock to shut them up and keep them under control. The Quincy is unimpressed by the fact the Soul Reapers now have their own zombies; many of the Soul Reapers on the ground object, since the zombies the Quincy has are former members of Squad 11. It becomes a battle of zombies. One of the Arrancar zombies, however, targets the Quincy instead of the other zombies. The Quincy sends Bambi to take him on, and he succeeds in taking her out. However, another individual comes out onto the battlefield…

At least this chapter is starting to progress the story a little, even though quite a bit of it was talk between some of the characters. However, call me a cynic, but bringing in this new player onto the battlefield just feels like Kubo trying to stretch the story out in order to keep it going. I should mention that I just watched Bleach DVD Set 10 recently, which included the episode where Uryu defeated Cirucci Sanderwicci, so I was tickled to see her as
one of the Arrancar zombies that appeared in this chapter.

One Piece CH:755

This chapter opens with the group by the scrap heap trying to find a way out. The action quickly moves to the Smile Factory, where the Tontattas are rioting. Mouji, the aide to Princess Mansherry, is trying to find her to determine whether or not she’s really ill. He breaks through a door to find it’s only an empty storeroom. As the Tontattas try to leave through the front door, they are confronted by the Smile Factory manager and her suction machine. Franky appears and saves the Tontattas. Then, the story moves back to the Pica statue, where Zoro continues his battle. Right at the end of the chapter, we see where Princess Mansherry is…

Phew! This is a another extremely action-packed chapter that jumps around to several locations; however, it seems to pause the longest at the Smile Factory. The interactions between Franky and the manager are kind of funny, and do help to lighten the mood somewhat and also provide a breather for the reader. So many of the panels in the recent One Piece chapters have been so busy, that it can be a little overwhelming at times. But I suspect the story is going to continue going this way for a while, until Oda decides he’s ready to wrap up this particular story arc.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:133

This chapter sees the continuation of the beauty contest at the school festival. When Kosaki introduces herself, she makes the same mistakes that her younger sister made. The end result is that the sisters tie for first place; however, the rules state that there must be a tiebreaker round. When Haru decides she wants to quit, she bumps into Raku and tells him that her friend forced her to enter. He says he’s rooting for her; when Haru asks if he should be rooting for her sister, Raku says he’s rooting for both of them. Haru tells Raku that he’d better vote for her sister. And then it’s time for the final round of judging. Kosaki goes on, and Haru decides to be fashionable late…

So we get the beauty contest whittled down to the two sisters, both of whom have feelings for Raku. And both sisters were forced to enter the contest by a friend. And of course the chapter was done in such a way that the winner wasn’t revealed in this chapter, meaning that the beauty contest will be going for a third chapter. Hopefully the next chapter will actually end this story arc and the series can progress on to something else, because for me, the beauty contest is starting to wear out its welcome.

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign CH:024

In this chapter, Yu, Shinoa, and some of the others are out for a drive. Over the course of the chapter, they leave at least two of their friends behind and force them to walk. Kimizuki doesn’t take it lying down, though, and uses his power to catch back up to them and get back into the vehicle. They are heading to the Ebina Rest Stop, and they are informed of Lt. Colonel Guren Ichinose’s orders. They are supposed to be involved, somehow, and Shinoa expects to receive detailed orders when they reach the rendezvous point. When then see Guren and his group interacting with each other at the rendezvous point. We then return to Yu and the others, who are now running late to the rendezvous. They get yelled at for being late, and Yu steps up and takes responsibility.

This chapter is working at leading up to a major battle with the vampires to protect the human race. Personally, I found the beginning of the chapter with Shinoa trying to leave people behind a waste of time, and it felt more like “time kill” than truly adding anything of substance to the story. The way the chapter ends, it’s obvious the mangaka wanted that to be the way it ended; so I think in order to get the right amount of pages, they added that bit in. I think it may have also been included to lighten the mood before the serious briefing takes place. Hopefully the next chapter will start getting the battle underway by the end of it.

World Trigger CH:070

In this chapter, Osamu is told to escape while he can, and he’s told where the Black Trigger that broke into the base is located. Meanwhile, the Black Trigger is in the middle of a fight in the training room. After some exchanges, the training mode is terminated. Director Shinoda heads toward the training room and takes on the Black Trigger. The fight between them is just getting going when the chapter ends…

Finally, it feels like this story is starting to actually go somewhere! For several weeks, it felt like this manga was in a holding pattern, as if the mangaka was trying to stretch things out in order to make the fight and the story last longer. Hopefully World Trigger can continue progressing like it did in this chapter and not fall back into another holding pattern for a couple of months.

Naruto CH:687

In this chapter, Zetsu tells Kaguya to teleport to the root time-space in order to recover faster. Obito appears as if he’s going to die, and Naruto goes over to provide him with chakra; Obito tells him not to waste his chakra. Zetsu spends a bit of time taunting Obito. Just then, Sasuke’s ocular powers return, and he goes after Kaguya; as he does, Kaguya changes worlds again. Sasuke tells Naruto to leave Obito and help him, but Naruto is frustrated that he can’t help Obito. Before Obito crumbles away, he has some strong and encouraging words for Naruto. Zetsu makes fun of Obito, and this angers Naruto.

Admittedly, the story itself didn’t progress much in this chapter, but the scenes with Obito kept me riveted the whole time. I found myself feeling a bit sad when I saw that he crumbled away and really was dead this time. And I nearly cried when I read the final two pages of this chapter. But at the same time, I was very happy to see Obito finally be redeemed. But with Obito gone, how can Naruto and the others teleport if Kaguya disappears and leaves them behind? It’ll be interesting to see how this story continues; however, I hope Kishimoto doesn’t try to drag it out too much longer.

Toriko CH:287

In this chapter, the awakened Toriko fights against Heracles. As they fight, creatures begin fleeing, and the people of the Hex Food World are confused as to what’s going on. Meanwhile, Mappy and Komatsu make it to Slow Rain Hill, and they find air is dense due to being near a giant air tree. Zebra comes up behind them, and Komatsu fills him in on what’s going on with Toriko. Elsewhere, Brunch finds a heavy and huge sword that he pulls out. Right at the end of the chapter, Komatsu finds a huge air fruit…

So it looks like the fight between Toriko and Heracles didn’t take up as much of the chapter as I had expected it to. And really, what we saw of that fight wasn’t very epic, either. Most of the focus of this chapter seemed to be on Komatsu and his attempt to find air in order to help Toriko in his fight against Heracles. Since he found the fruit right at the end of this chapter, I expect that the next chapter will probably focus on him trying to get it.

One-Punch Man CH:036

As the power sphere comes crashing down, Saitama’s allies realize the danger and try to run for the headquarters; however, they’re not confident that they can make it in time. Then, Amai Mask arrives to find the city in ruins and he scolds someone for not doing their job properly. Amai Mask appears to be a snobby idol and looks down on the Class-S heroes. Their fighting is interrupted by the arrival of Metal Knight. The group of heroes find alien survivors. but Amai Mask kills them because they’re evil.

Finally, the fight between Saitama and Boros has come to an end, and this chapter was able to focus on characters other than Saitama! Also, it felt like the story actually started moving a little more! Unfortunately, I really have no idea who Amai Mask and these other heroes are due to jumping into this series after it’d been going for a while, so hopefully I can learn more about these characters in future chapters of One-Punch Man.

Blue Exorcist CH:059

Professor Geodin is insisting on going through with the procedure with Izumo, even though Shima’s trying to talk him out of it. Shima is sent to confront Rin and the others. Geodin talks to them through an intercom system, and he starts revealing his plan as Yukio starts putting some of the pieces together. Suddenly, Izumo is brought before Rin and the others. Rin tries to rescue Izumo, but Shima gets in the way. Rin is surprised to see Shima is the one confronting him. Rin tries to encourage Izumo to come with him, but she doesn’t react at first. However, when Rin grabs her wrist, Izumo tells him that she doesn’t need any help because this is her problem. Unfortunately, things get hectic and Kuro tells them they need to leave. We then see Izumo with Professor Geodin and saying she’s ready for the procedure…

The action in this chapter progresses much more than they had in the previous chapters I’ve read of Blue Exorcist. Unfortunately, the whole thing with Shima goes over my head, since I jumped into this manga in the middle of this particular story arc. Because of that, I’m sure I’m missing some important details and information that would have made this chapter an even stronger read. However, even though I may not have the background knowledge of someone who’s read this manga from the beginning, I could still tell that important things were taking place, and I found what was going on to be interesting. I suspect the next chapter will focus on Izumo getting the procedure and the aftermath of that.