New York Times Manga Best Seller List: April 5-11, 2015

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of April 5-11, 2015, according to the New York Times.

1. One Piece Volume 74 by Eiichiro Oda
2. Big Hero 6 Volume 1 by Haruki Ueno
3. Attack on Titan Volume 15 by Hajime Isayama
4. Fairy Tail Volume 47 by Hiro Mashima
5. Soul Eater Volume 25 by Atsushi Ohkubo
6. Food Wars! Volume 5 by Yuto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki
7. Assassination Classroom Volume 3 by Yusei Matsui
8. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Volume 4 by Hajime Isayama, Ryo Suzukaze and Satoshi Shiki
9. Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
10. Sword Art Online: Fairy Dance Volume 3 by Reki Kawahara and Tsubasa Haduki

Source: The New York Times

Weekly Shonen Jump (April 13, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for One Piece, My Hero Academia, World Trigger, Food Wars!, Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment, Bleach, Nisekoi: False Love, and Black Clover.

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:783

The fight between Luffy and Doflamingo continues. Luffy tries to rescue Law, and asks Robin to take care of him. Luckily, she can use her Devil Fruit ability to create a net and catch him. However, Doflamingo tries to turn his attention to Law since he’s not finished with him yet. Cabbage arrives and decides that she needs to cross swords with Doflamingo now that he has seen her. But after Luffy says he needs her to take care of the others, she agrees. Luffy gets Doglamingo to turn his attention back onto him. As Doflamingo fights and appears to be getting the upper hand, he also gloats that the birdcage will begin to kill people. But this seems to egg Luffy on, and he just launches an attack when the chapter end.

This is one of those chapters where there’s a lot of action going on, but not a lot actually happens in the long run. It looks like Law has resigned himself to not making it out alive from this battle, but at least Cabbage is with him to keep him company. I’m sure that by the end of this arc, Luffy will triumph over Doflamingo and Law will make it through, but I don’t know how much longer Oda intends to stretch this out. And with the added tension of the constricting birdcage getting closer to claiming its first victim, the tension has risen dramatically.

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

My Hero Academia CH:038

The fight between Midoriya and Shoto begins. Unfortunately for Midoriya, Shoto’s matches have ended in a flash before this point, so he had no way to learn much from watching him. So Midoriya has to learn while fighting. Unfortunately, Midoriya finds pretty quickly that his right hand is done, followed close behind by his other hand. But Midoriya surprises everyone by using his quirk while he has broken fingers. Right at the end of the chapter, Midoriya tells Shoto to come at him with everything he’s got, instead of just half of his power.

I’m not surprised to see that this chapter ends before Midoriya and Shoto’s match comes to an end. Knowing how the story had been building up to this moment, there was no way I could think that it’d be done in one chapter. Hopefully this match can either come to an end or be right about to end as the next chapter finishes. The pacing is good so far, and I don’t want it ruined by the mangaka trying to stretch things out for too long.

World Trigger CH:099

Kumagai and Murakami begin duking it out, but during the battle, her Trion body loses one of its hands. She uses meteor to try to turn the fight into her favor. We learn through Kumagai’s thoughts that this is the first time that she’s used a shooting trigger. But in the end, Kumagai ends up having to bail out. Yuma appears in front of the victorious Murakami right at the end of the chapter.

The first part of the chapter placed a strong emphasis on commentary, so the action part of the chapter was near the end of the chapter. While the commentary is useful to help the reader figure out what’s going on, having too strong of a focus early on in the chapter like this does make the chapter more of a boring read than if the commentary and action could be have been intercut a little more. But it looks like the foundation is being set for the next chapter to focus on Murakami and Yuma, and it’ll be interesting to see how that goes.

Food Wars! CH:114

Shinomiya allows Soma to submit a dish to the new recipe contest. We learn from Mr. Chapelle that the dish Soma comes up with will essentially decide if he passes or fails this week’s Stagiaire. Soma learns from the others that they’re all taking the new recipe contest very seriously. We then see Soma furiously working on making his dish. He has a flashback of learning things from his father and comes to realize that everything his father came across his life as a chef he condensed into his ideal vision of a family restaurant. It’s now time for the judging, and Soma brings out his dish right at the end of the chapter.

This chapter basically focuses on Soma as he realizes that he has to break free of everything he used to be as a chef. The flashback that’s included in this chapter also gives us a little bit more insight into what Soma has learned from his father when it comes to cooking. I wasn’t surprised to see that the chapter ended just as Soma brought out his dish. I figured it would be that way in order to build the suspense. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with his dish in the contest during the next chapter.

Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment CH:018

As Higashide is trying to arrest Tento, Abaku and Sarutobi are invstigating the crime scene. Abaku swears to save Tento, while Tento is sent to the Children’s Detention Center because of being taken into custody for a Class A Offense. Yui Kijima, the third of the three tongues, has been named the lead prosecutor for Tento’s classroom session. We see she has a violent way of questioning people, and we see that she’s already decided that Tento is guilty. She can tell he isn’t lying at first, but once she asks if he’s hiding something right now, she figures out that he lies when he says no. Just as Yui is about to question him further, Abaku arrives and the two begin sniping at each other. Meanwhile, Higashide receives news that a metal bat was found on the rooftop and it’s thought to be the weapon that was used in the attack. When dusting for prints and comparing them with fingerprints voluntarily submitted by all of the students, they found a positive match that isn’t Tento. Right at the end of the chapter, Abaku reveals to Tento that he had received an email prior to transferring to the school that appears to be from Red Ogre, who apparently is the true perpetrator of the Bloody Session.

Wow, that Yui is a rather frightening kid. But it was also disappointing to see that a sixth grader has been sexualized in the way that Yui has; this was done with both her attire and through the fact that it appears her interrogation methods look suspiciously like BDSM.

But from everything that’s been presented in this chapter, it appears that Tento is indeed innocent. And with various revelations made near the end of the chapter, it’s becoming clearer to see that this series is close to ending, and that it wasn’t planned to run for this short of a time. It appears that the reader may already know who Red Ogre actually is and that both this case and the Bloody Session could be solved rather quickly. At this point, I think it just depends on how many more weeks Weekly Shonen Jump is willing to give this series before it’s forced to conclude.

Bleach CH:623

Kurotsuchi makes it clear to Aizen that he is controlling the level of his restraints. Aizen challenges Kurotsuchi to turn his device all the way up, and Kurotsuchi obliges. Just then, NaNaNa Najahkoop and some of the other Quincies arrive. Just as Nanana is about to attack, Bazz-B attacks NaNana. Bazz-B says they’ll give the Soul Reapers a hand because if Reiokyu falls then they’ll have problems, too. But in order to get their help, he demands something in return. If the Soul Reapers build the gate to Reiokyu, the Quincies want to be taken to the royal palace so they can kill Yhwach for abandoning them.

The early part of the chapter establishes what Aizen’s power is, while the end of the chapter sets the stage for the Quincies to potentially team up with the Soul Reapers. The Soul Reapers don’t give an answer by the end of the chapter, so hopefully we’ll see where this storyline goes in the next chapter. There’s definitely potential for the story to get exciting soon, so I hope that the potential I see will manifest itself in the series’ upcoming chapters.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:165

Raku and Onodera continue to kill time as they wait for the lighting of the legendary fir tree. They have some awkward interactions, but the two of them still seem to be having fun together. But as time goes on, the awkwardness starts to go away, and they genuinely seem to be having a great time. At seven o’clock, Raku decides he wants to buy a present for Onodera and suggests they split up for a little bit and that they’ll meet at the plaza with the tree right at eight o’clock. While he’s looking around, Raku discovers that the battery on his phone is dead and that he hasn’t heard from the locksmith. The locksmith finds Raku and tells him that the pendant and key are missing. The locksmith figures they were accidentally thrown away and says they have until eight o’clock to find it at the central collection spot.

It was fun getting to see Raku and Onodera having such a great time together, but already knowing what had happened with the pendant and key in the previous chapter made it clear that their good time wouldn’t last. I was just waiting for Raku and Onodera to find out the bad news, and we finally saw it right at the end of the chapter. So now they have to get to the central trash collection and find their items by eight, as well as get to the legendary fir tree. It looks like getting both things accomplished could be impossible, so it’ll be interesting to see how this is handled in the next chapter. I have to say that this has been one of the more interesting chapters of Nisekoi: False Love that I’ve read in a while.

Black Clover CH:005-007

We get three chapters of Black Clover this week to help the readers of the English version of Weekly Shonen Jump get caught up to where the series currently is in the Japanese edition.

Chapter 5 introduces the other new recruit to the Black Bulls, Noelle Silver. It turns out she’s a member of the country’s royal family. She’s a snob and holds the fact that she’s royalty over others. That night, Asta gets lost while trying to find the bathroom and wanders outside. He finds Noelle practicing her magic, which she seems to have little to no control over. Later, Noelle traps herself with her own magic, and it’s up to Asta to neutralize it. He succeeds, but it looks like he’s going to fall to his death; fortunately, Yami comes to his rescue. When the Black Bulls learn Noelle can’t control her magic, they don’t make fun of her like she thinks they will. Hopefully Noelle’s attitude will start improving after this.

Chapter 6 officially introduces the other members of the Black Bulls, so the reader gets to learn their names and personalities. Asta and Noelle are given their first mission, which is to go to the village of Saussy and hunt boar. Getting to the village is a problem because neither Asta nor Noelle can fly on a broom. Magna has to take them on his broom. When they reach the village, they find it’s been covered with magic, and Asta is asked to neutralize it. When they clear the mist, they find an execution in progress. Magna uses his magic to stop it. As the executioner tries to continue with what he was doing, Asta tries to use his sword to stop him.

Chapter 7 reveals that the executioner is Lord Heath. When one of his men tries to conjure another mist, Asta is able to negate it with his sword. In a flashback of Asta’s, we learn that there is prejudice against commoners with weak magic. As a kid, he decides that he wants to become the Wizard King and get rid of the prejudice. Lord Heath launches a major ice attack against the villagers, but Asta is able to repel that magic. Noelle tries to help, but she can’t control her magic. Magna tells Noelle to retreat. She’s about to run, but a little girl comes over and begs her to save them. Noelle develops heightened emotions and her magic becomes stronger and she can control it.

These three chapters start progressing Black Clover a little further. At first, I thought I wasn’t going to like Noelle, but she has started to grow as a character by the end of Chapter 7. While I can still see some of the similarities Black Clover has with Naruto, it does seem like this series is starting to diverge away from the Naruto formula as it progresses. I really hope that this continues to be the case, because I do think there’s potential for this series to become more than just a Naruto clone. It’s just a little frustrating that it had to start out as a such a Naruto knock-off, though.

One Piece Manga Is Taking a One Week Hiatus

This year’s 20th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing that Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga will not appear in the 21st issue that will ship on April 20, 2015.

The manga will return with chapter #784 in the combined 22nd/23rd issue on April 27, 2015.

Source: ANN

New Manga Releases: April 7, 2015

Here are the new manga releases for April 7, 2015. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Ajin: Demi-Human GN 4
Arpeggio of Blue Steel GN 4
Assassination Classroom GN 3
Border GN 4 (18+)
Citrus GN 2
Dengeki Daisy GN 16
Food Wars! GN 5
Library Wars: Love & War GN 13
Meteor Prince GN 2
Milliard: Slave Story GN (18+)
One Piece GN 74
Pokémon Adventures Black and White GN 7
Princess Lucia GN 1 (18+)
Ring x Mama GN 5 (18+)
Skip Beat! GN 34
Toriko GN 27
Voice Over! Seiyu Academy GN 10
World Trigger GN 5
Yukarism GN 2

New Anime Releases: April 7, 2015

Here are the new anime releases for April 7, 2015. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Black Butler: Season 1 Collection Anime Classics [Blu-ray/DVD Combo]
Denki-Gai Box 1 [Blu-ray/DVD Combo + CD]
Durarara!! Complete Box Set [Blu-ray]
F-Force [DVD] (18+)
.hack//Legend of the Twilight: Complete Collection [DVD]
Looking Up at the Half-Moon [DVD]
Night Shift Nurses: Clinical Confessions [DVD]
One Piece Season 6 Part 4 [DVD]
Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Part 3: Rebellion [DVD]
Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Part 3: Rebellion [Blu-ray]
Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Part 3: Rebellion [Blu-ray/DVD; Limited Edition]
The Rose of Versailles Part 2 (Litebox) [DVD]
She, The Ultimate Weapon Complete Collection [DVD]
Tokyo Ravens Season One Part One [Blu-ray/DVD Combo]
Tokyo Ravens Season One Part One Limited Edition [Blu-ray/DVD Combo]
Yuki Yuna is a Hero Box 1 [Blu-ray/DVD Combo + CD]

Weekly Shonen Jump (April 6, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for My Hero Academia, One Piece, Black Clover, Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign, World Trigger, Food Wars!, Bleach, Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment, Toriko, Nisekoi: False Love, 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.

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:037

The first round of the one-on-one tournament is now over. During the break between rounds, Midoriya runs into Bakugo. Bakugo believes that Midoriya came up Uraraka’s self-sacrificing scheme, and Midoriya insists it was all Uraraka’s idea. We then get to see a phone conversation that Uraraka has with her parents, and we learn that while her parents support her being a hero, they don’t truly understand the technical side of it. Midoriya has a run-in with Shoto’s father, Endeavor. During this, Midoriya declares that he is not All Might, and that Shoto is not Endeavor. Right at the very end of the chapter, we see that the first match of the second round will be Midoriya against Shoto.

This chapter is basically here to give the reader a break before the big match against Midoriya and Shoto gets going. The biggest takeaway from this chapter is getting to see the kind of relationship Uraraka has with her parents. Outside of that, it consisted either of discussions to wind down Uraraka’s match, or conversations to get the reader psyched for the upcoming battle between Midoriya and Shoto. I suspect that the next chapter will at least get Midoriya and Shoto’s fight started but that it won’t finish over the course of that chapter.

One Piece CH:782

This chapter sees Luffy facing off against Doflamingo. But just as it looks like Luffy has the upper hand, Trebol lays down some sticky goop that traps Luffy. But even through he may be stuck in the goop, he’s able to get a hit in on Trebol. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do much. But Luffy keeps trying anyway. In the midst of all this, we get to see flashbacks of when Doflamingo was younger and how he was raised by his henchmen to become a king. And even though Law may be unable to move much, he’s still able to pull off an incredible feat.

Overall, this was a rather action-packed chapter of One Piece. Even though flashbacks may have been included, they didn’t really bog down the pacing of the chapter. While this battle may be nowhere near decided yet, at least a couple of things happened that helped to progress it somewhat. I’m expecting the next chapter to continue with this battle that features Luffy, Doflamingo, and Law.

Black Clover CH:004

Asta makes his first appearance among the Black Bulls, but no one seems to notice that he’s there. Yami appears and tells his squad to knock off their nonsense. With his arrival, Asta is introduced to the others. But when they learn he’s a run from the boonies, one of the females flirts with him, while one of the males says that Asta has to prove that he’s worth wearing their squad’s robe. Magna Swing, Yami’s top underling, says he’ll launch attack magic on Asta, which he must block or avoid, in order to get the robe. At first, Asta thinks he’ll be able to cut through it with his sword, but he figures out quickly that with his current skills, he won’t be able to cut through this magic. While his brain shuts down, his body moves and finds a way out. Magna Swing is impressed, and Asta receives his robe. Right at the end, we see someone watching and not being impressed with what they saw.

Well, it looks like Black Clover is starting to look a little less like a Naruto clone, especially with the introduction of the Black Bulls. It’s starting to get a little more interesting, but it’s too bad that a lot of setup felt like it was lifting many of the concepts that made up the setup for Naruto. Here’s hoping that Black Clover can continue moving away from its Naruto clone roots.

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign CH:032

Seishiro Hiragi goes visits Shinjuku to see what Kureto is doing there, and the two brothers have an argument. It gets to the point where Kureto’s men take down Seishiro’s men. It seems that Kureto believes that he’s going to be the hero who saved the world. Kureto is heading off to Nagoya, believing that he’ll be able to imprison the vampires there. Kureto has Seishiro thrown into the brig.

We then return to the upper floors of Nagoya City Hall, where Guren and Shinya try to escape, but Crowley catches up with him. Just as Guren orders Shinya to run, Yuichiro bursts through the floor right in front of Crowley.

Wow, Kureto sure as a kust for power, doesn’t he? I have a suspicion that Kureto’s going to end up being killed during this whole thing, or will end up being the one responsible for destroying the plan that had been put in place. Either way, I think Kureto is going to end up being a big disgrace instead of being the hero who saved the world. And it looks like the stage is being set for Yuichiro and the rest of Shinoa Squad to try to rescue Guren. I suspect that this will be the focus of the next chapter of the series.

World Trigger CH:098

We see that Tamakoma Branch has a prisoner, a Neighbor who was left behind after the invasion. We then return to the BRank Wars, where the fight rages on. Akane is told to bail out, but she chooses to stay and goes for a shot. Unfortunately, Yuma was within a certain radius, so Akane was unable to bail out. Yuma is able to do a trick that gives him the advantage and allows him to knock Akane out of the fight.

In the long run, not a whole lot happens here. For most of the chapter, it was primarily in a holding pattern, with people doing a lot of talking and trying to figure out their own strategy or predicting the other team’s strategy. The only real action took place right at the end with Yuma and Akane, so the chapter ends just as something is finally happening. Hopefully the next chapter will have more in the way of action.

Food Wars! CH:113

It’s now the last day of Shino’s Tokyo Pre-Opening. Soma is learning various tricks about French cooking from the head chef. At the end of the day, Shinomiya gets asked if he’s going to open a third restaurant, a reporter wants to put together a special feature on him, and another reporter wants an interview. Then a very special group of guests arrives, which includes Shinomiya’s former classmates, former teacher, and even his mother. Right at the end of the chapter, Soma declares that he wants to participate in the restaurant’s new recipe contest.

Probably one of the most interesting parts of this chapter is a combination of getting the background on why Shinomiya decided to learn French cooking and the history lesson about food in regards to World War II. I found the history lesson to be interesting, and I didn’t think it bogged down the storytelling. It was also amusing to see Shinomiya talking so differently when his mother was around, because this allowed us to see a different side of the usually serious Shinomiya. And it looks like the next chapter will be devoted to the new recipe contest.

Bleach CH:622

The Soul Reapers are shocked to see Aizen, and even more surprised when they learn that Kyoraku is the one who lifted Aizen’s sentence. Kyoraku says he thought they need Aizen’s power, but the other Soul Reapers are not cool with this. When Aizen tries to get Kyoraku to remove more of his restraints, Kyoraku unleashes eyeball monsters to get Aizen to cooperate. Aizen attacks the eyeball monsters. Elsewhere, Byakuya tells Kyoraku that freeing Aizen is an insult to them, and Kyoraku says they can smack him all they want later after they save the Seireitei. They see that Aizen has destroyed the eyeball monsters, and Aizen tells the Soul Reapers what they need to do.

This entire chapter focused on Aizen and the Soul Reapers. But this was a good thing, since we needed to learn why Kyoraku decided to free Aizen from prison. Aizen is as much of a jerk as ever, but his abilities will be useful to help the Soul Reapers battle against the Quincies. Hopefully we’ll get to see what has happened with Ichigo and the others sooner rather than later.

Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment CH:017

We see a meeting at the Children’s Division Special Investigations Unit at the Tokyo Public Prosecutor’s Office. They point out just how many classroom sessions have been taking place in Abaku’s class. It’s also revealed that there’s not a single piece of data about Tento that exists from prior to his arrival at Tenbin Elementary School this spring. Then we see Tento going to take care of the rabbits in the animal shed, and one of the rabbits escapes. As Tento catches the rabbit and takes it back, he runs into Airin and Hatakeyama, who tell him that he can’t say that he saw them there. Unfortunately, this causes the rabbit to escape again.

When Abaku and Higashide arrive at school, Pine tells them they need to go to the animal shed. They see a female student has fallen over inside, but the door is locked and no one can get inside. Sarutobi arrives to help out. They both use a special gun they are provided as prosecutors and attorneys for self protection to get the door open. When they get inside, they discover it’s Reiko Shiratori inside. It turns out to be a case of attempted murder. Tento returns with the rabbit, and he has the key to the animal shed. Tento is then taken into custody for the attempted murder of Reiko Shiratori and suspicion of involvement in the series of incidents attributed to Red Ogre. It’s revealed that Shuichi is an undercover police inspector. At the end of the chapter, we see that Yui Kijima, the last of the three tongues, will be taking on this case.

Wow, this series went up a couple of notches in a hurry. It’d been hinted that there was more to Shuichi than what we knew, but I never guessed he was an undercover cop. Between the type of this case this is, the fact that the chapter is titled, “Beginning of the End,” as well as the revelations that have come out for Shuichi, Tento, and the third tongue, I’m getting the suspicion that this series may be getting close to winding down. If the series really is ending, then I’ll be disappointed. To me, Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment has been one of the better series to be introduced to Weekly Shonen Jump in recent months.

Toriko CH:319

Toriko and the others find that the Choo Choo Chomper is in bad shape. Komatsu asks for a drop of pair, which he uses to heal the Choo Choo Chomper. Then Komatsu notices that Toriko’s arm is missing and freaks out. They realize that it must have been Terry and the others who made sure that the Choo Choo Chomper was here, and they wonder where the others are. As Toriko and the others try to figure out how to get down the mountain, the various monkeys they’ve met appear. But then another creature arrives, which turns out to be the camping monster that all the monkeys rode in on. As they all board this cloud, which turns out to be made of the Monkey King’s poop, 100 G Mountain begins regenerating. They make it to the birthcry tree, and everyone gathers together to eat food treasure pair.

It was really amusing to see Komatsu’s confusion over so many things, since a lot of things were introduced and a lot of things happened while he was unconscious. I didn’t mention it in the write-up, but the camping monster they ride on is known as a “Flying Nimbutt,” which probably got its name from the fact that it’s made from the Monkey King’s poop. I wasn’t entirely sure whether to find this amusing or disgusting. I imagine Toriko is getting ready to move on to its next story arc, but it looks like we’ll have to wait a couple of weeks in order to find out how the story will progress.

It should be noted that Toriko will be off next week.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:165

Haru tells Onodera and Raku that they need to go on a date to the shopping mall a few train stations over to see a legendary fir tree. They’re giving away special limited edition plushies, but you have to go as a couple to get one. She really wants one, but since she has to work, she hopes Raku and Onodera can go for her. They make it to the legendary fir tree, and discover there’s a legend: if a couple watches the special tree lighting ceremony together, they will live happily ever after. The tree will be lit at 8:00 in the evening for only five minutes, and that’s when the plushies are being given away. They then overhear people saying the people get married by the legendary fir tree, and Onodera and Raku freak out. But since it’s only noon, they have a lot of time to kill. While at the mall, Raku notices there’s a locksmith, and he asks Onodera if she has her key with her. Raku suggests seeing what’s inside the pendant. Onodera agrees. They go to the locksmith, hand over the lock and key, and the locksmith says he’ll look at it that day and call them when he’s done. Right at the end of the chapter, we see the locksmith’s granddaughter playing around and knocking the locket and key into the garbage.

I don’t care much about the legend of the fir tree, but seeing Raku and Onodera taking the locket and key to the locksmith raised my hopes that perhaps there might be some kind of progress coming in regards to this whole mystery surrounding those items and the promise. But my hopes were dashed when I saw the little girl knock them into the garbage, especially with the locksmith saying the truck would be coming soon. I feel like Komi has teased us yet again. But it turned out I was right when I suspected that Haru had some kind of ulterior motive for wanting her sister to go on a date with Raku.

Blue Exorcist CH:066

Mephisto says he has to take everyone with them becaue there’s a visitor from The Vatican waiting for them. Mephisto takes them to his offce in Johann Faust’s mansion. They find Lewin Light, nicknamed Lightning, waiting for them. Lightning has come to determine whether Renzo Shima is trustworthy. They have all been gathered to present evidence. Shima is given the first question, and is asked how he ended up returning to the order. As he starts to answer, the scene shifts into a flashback that explains what happened. Lightning then asks the others if they think Shima is trustworthy. Rin says that he believes that Mephisto is not trustworthy, and that’s why people think Shima is untrustworthy. Izumo says that while she’s grateful that Mephisto protected her sister, she asks why he didn’t tell her. After a confrontation, Mephisto admits that he’s been testing them and that they are pieces in a game that he controls. He then tells an angry Rin that they have to listen to him in order to defeat Lucifer. When they get back on topic, the other kids say in their own way that they trust Shima.

For the most part, this chapter focused very heavily on exposition and on various characters confronting Mephisto. Mephisto is a major jerk, and I feel the same as the kids; this guy just isn’t trustworthy. It was interesting to see that the kids thought Shima was trustworthy, and I’m hoping that they’re right about that. Considering he’s been a double agent for two different groups, who knows where his loyalties actually lie. This chapter also feels like it may be setting the groundwork for whatever the next story arc will end up being.

New Anime Releases: March 31, 2015

Here are the new anime releases for March 31, 2015. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Chi’s Sweet Home Season 1 Complete Collection [DVD]
Gingitsune: Complete Collection [DVD]
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