FUNimation Reveals One Piece Dub Cast for Thriller Bark Arc

FUNimation Entertainment revealed the English dub cast for the Thriller Bark arc of the One Piece television anime series at San Diego Comic Con:

  • Andrew T. Chandler is Absalom
  • Jamie Marchi is Cindry
  • Jerry Jewell is Hildon
  • Marcus D. Stimac is Hogback
  • Ray Hurd is Kumacy
  • Alex Moore is Lola
  • Chris Guerrero is Gecko Moria
  • Felecia Angelle is Perona

The company also confirmed that Ian Sinclair will return to play Brook.

Weekly Shonen Jump Volume 128 (July 21, 2014)

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

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.

World Trigger CH:068

In this chapter, Osamu and his group work at fighting against the Neighbors that are attacking them. They are joined by Izumi, who helps them out. Chika suddenly stops and reacts to the arrival of the humanoid Neighbor we’d seen earlier. He launches an attack with birds; if the birds touch the humans, they will be turned into cubes. As they try t use their weapons on them, their weapons turn into cubes. Unfortunately, the tables have turned, and Osamu is ordered to take Chika and run. As they escape, Osamu tries to attack the humanoid Neighbor. At the end of the chapter, the Neighbor launches an attack that seems to affect Chika…

After how much jumping around the most recent chapters had done, I’m glad to see that this chapter focused exclusively on one area of the battlefield. Specifically, it focused on Osamu and his group. This chapter also saw a little more emphasis being placed on Chika and how much she’s able to assist Osamu with her trion. With this chapter, it finally feels like the story may be starting to progress. Hopefully this progression will continue in the next chapter.

One Piece CH:753

In this chapter, Doflamingo is meeting with Bellamy. At the same time, we see the gladiators fighting against the Don Quixote family. Then, the action moves to Sevio in South Dressrosa, where some of the people decide to take King Riku and Usopp hostage. Then, we move to the inside of Smile Factory, where the workers are being forced to work by Doflamingo’s men. Then we go to Luffy and his group trying to make it to the flower field on the fourth step…

Wow, this chapter jumps around quite a bit! With some of the scenes, it feels like I’m just starting to get my bearings and then it changes to a completely different scene. There’s a lot of action going on, but because of how often the story is changing locations, it’s starting to get harder for me to truly follow what’s going on with anyone anymore. Reading One Piece right now is starting to get quite dizzying!

Nisekoi: False Love CH:131

The focus of this chapter is on the school festival. It appears that Onodera’s younger sister’s class is putting on a haunted house. Some of the girls have been plotting to get Onodera and Raku inside and scare them in the dark in order to bring them together. When Haru goes to invite the two of them, she runs into Chitoge, who is wearing an Alice in Wonderland costume. Raku’s class is doing a cosplay cafe. After seeing the various costumes, Haru invites Onodera and Raku to their haunted house. They go through the haunted house together, and Haru makes sure to throw out everything she knows her sister is afraid of. Onodera gets so scared that she starts clinging to Raku. By the end of the chapter, Haru realizes that she still harbors feelings for Raku. Haru then learns her friend signed her up for the beauty contest without her permission. She sees who the judges are: Raku and Chitoge.

Well, it looks like this chapter was basically written to accomplish three things. First, an attempt at trying to get Onodera and Raku to be closer. Second, to show that Haru hasn’t given up on her feelings for Raku. And third, it’s a chapter to set up the beauty contest story; with the way this chapter ended, it’s obvious the beauty contest will have to be the next one. I’m predicting that at least some members of Raku’s harem will find themselves in the beauty contest, which will make it hard for him since he’s one of the judges.

Bleach CH:589

In this chapter, we see Ichigo, Chad, and Orihime with Urahara. It turns out Urahara built Kukaku’s cannon below Squad 12’s barracks. Ichigo is embarrassed when Chad asks him what he thinks of Orihime’s outfit; he says he thinks she’s revealing too much. Yoruichi shows up and smacks Ichigo and lectures him; she’s only wearing it because a perv tricked her into it. It turns out Yoruichi was investigating the distortion the Quincies were causing at the boundary between the world of the living and the Soul Society. With what Yoruichi has brought with her, preparations are made to launch the cannon. The chapter then returns to the battle between the Soul Reapers and the Quincies. Just as it looks like there could be trouble, someone unexpected shows up on the battlefield…

This chapter places most of its emphasis on Ichigo, Chad, Orihime, and Urahara. And quite a bit of that section had a focus on the “fanservice” being provided by Orihime’s outfit. This scene helps us to learn a little bit of what’s going on, but ultimately doesn’t really move the story forward. And what little bit of the battle we see between the Soul Reapers and the Quincies doesn’t seem to truly progress the story, either. Right now, it’s kind of feeling like Kubo is trying to do everything in his power to stretch the story out. Hopefully we’ll start seeing some meaningful progression sooner rather than later.

Naruto CH:685

In this chapter, Obito instructs Sakura and one of Naruto’s shadow clones to keep a hand on him so they can teleport elsewhere at any moment. They successfully teleport, but Kaguya and Zetsu are on to them. Obito tells Sakura and the Naruto clone to hide while he draws their attention. It turns out Kaguya destroyed one of Naruto’s clones. Sakura provides her chakra to Obito in order to help him search the time-spaces for Sasuke. They succeed in finding him, although it looks uncertain as to whether or not he’ll make it to where Sakura and Obito are…

There’s not a lot of focus on Naruto and Kaguya in this chapter. Instead, the focus is more on Sakura and Obito as they search the time-spaces for Sasuke. Obito’s done a lot of work in this chapter, so I can only imagine what his Sharingan and chakra must be like at this point. How much longer will he be able to help out in the battle? And hopefully the next chapter will return to focusing more on Naruto and what he’s up to.

Hunter x Hunter CH:347

In this chapter, Ging and Pariston are attacked by the three guys who declared at the end of the previous chapter that their real boss is Beyond. The two of them have to flee and work together to try to get out of this predicament. Ging is able to imitate a punching ability that he’s been hit with in the past to help take down the three guys that are chasing them. Later, Ging tells Muherr that their act about this could’ve been much better, and gives his evaluation of the troops. Ging is also shown one of their weapons. When the discussion turns to how the mercenaries don’t like talk of money, Ging says he’ll make a deposit in the Norwell Fund, which is a relief fund for the family of fallen soldiers.

This chapter focuses exclusively on Ging, and has some focus on Pariston as well. We finally get an explanation as to why Ging has acted the way he has, and as for why he was offering the mercenaries money. I thought the idea of the Norwell Fund was kind of interesting, although the three-generational tier to it definitely has its disadvantages. I’m wondering if later in this story arc, Ging will come to regret his decision to create a “grandchild account,” since this now makes him a mercenary and he has to follow orders from very specific people. Now that I’ve been learning more about what this story arc entails, I’m starting to become a little more interested in the Hunter x Hunter series.

Toriko CH:285

This chapter focuses on various battles. The first battlefront is at Stardust Hill, where Team Zebra and Brunch are. Brunch uses his full-body charge magnet which allows him to magnetize his whole body; by doing this, he is able to attract a torrential downpour of meteors to him. Zebra uses voice eruption to blow the meteors away. Next it’s Team Sunny and Nosh at the Plains of the Bees’ Nest. Nosh creates an impenetrable shield by pushing the muscle fibers of his entire body to the plate on his head. The action then moves to Team Coco and Dinner at Poison Rain Prairie. Then we see Komatusu and Mappy west of Nightmare Hill. Then it’s off to the heart of Nightmare Hill where Toriko is facing off with Heracles of the Eight Kings, and this is where the chapter ends…

This chapter ended up jumping all over the place. Just as I was getting use to one battlefront, it would suddenly switch to a different one. Over the course of this chapter, we see five different locations, and it was almost dizzying just how often the scenes would change. The chapter was a relatively fast read, but I’m not truly sure just how much of it I actually absorbed as I read it. Oh well. Hopefully the next chapter will slow down its pacing a little bit.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal CH:44

In this chapter, Yuma, Astral, and the others from the duel find themselves near a black hole from another world, which is pulling the their world and the Astral World together so that they’ll crash; they also discover that they’re being pulled toward the black hole. Astral wants to prevent this from happening, and he materializes a huge boulder out of thin air. Only a duel can open the barrier, and Astral tries to get into a duel with Yagumo. Yuma stops him, and Shark and Kaito say they want to take on Yagumo. Yuma says he’ll team up with them in order to bring Yagumo down. Yagumo declares that he is the chosen one by the Dark God. Since he has three contenders, Yagumo declares that he gets triple life points. And a duel begins. Yagumo goes first and does a lot to power up his monsters on his first turn. As the duel is getting underway, allies of Yuma, Kaito, and Shark are in a bubble that’s above them and can see what’s going on. Ryoga is the first to battle Yagumo…

This was definitely a long chapter, and once it finally hits a duel, the manga is back to the typical explanations that make the story start sounding like a player’s manual for playing the game. To me, that’s always been a weakness of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise. It can be bad enough hearing them saying all this stuff in the anime, but to have to sit and read through these explanations in the manga can be even worse. And with how much both Yagumo and Ryoga do in order to level up their various monsters, it gets even worse than usual in that regard. But with how the story is progressing, it’s clear that this particular story arc is getting closer to an end.

One-Punch Man CH:035.3 V2

This is a re-worked version of the chapter that appeared in the July 7, 2014 issue of Weekly Shonen Jump. The first 23 pages are mostly the same, except that two brand new pages were added. From page 198 to the end, it’s all brand-new content that includes the climax to the fight.

Since I started reading Weekly Shonen Jump, this is the second time that a re-worked version of a previously published chapter of One-Punch Man has appeared in the publication. The first time was bad enough, but to see this happen again… *shake my head*. But we see that during the battle, the power sphere is now broken and is crashing. It appears that Saitama is the actual victor of this fight. Well, at least that fight is FINALLY over. So now where is the story of One-Punch Man going to head in next?

Commercial for the One Piece “3D2Y” Television Special

Toei Animation’s official YouTube channel has posted a 15-second commercial for the One Piece “3D2Y” anime special, which will be airing on Japanese television on August 30, 2014.

I am embedding the commercial below, and I apologize in advance to any of my readers who are unable to view the video due to region blocking.

Attack on Titan Is #1 Selling Graphic Novel in the United States for June 2014

Nielsen BookScan has announced the top 20 selling graphic novels in the United States for June 2014, and Attack On Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama is the number one selling graphic novel for the month.

The manga in the top 20 graphic novels list for June 2014 include:

  • Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama (#1)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 2 by Hajime Isayama (#2)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 12 by Hajime Isayama (#5)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 3 by Hajime Isayama (#6)
  • Naruto Volume 65 by Masashi Kishimoto (#7)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 9 by Hajime Isayama (#9)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 4 by Hajime Isayama (#13)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 10 by Hajime Isayama (#14)
  • One Piece Volume 71 by Eiichiro Oda (#15)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 11 by Hajime Isayama (#18)
  • Sword Art Online: Aincrad Volume 1 by Reki Kawahara (#19)

Weekly Shonen Jump Volume 126 (July 7, 2014)

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

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.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:129

This chapter sees Raku and the others returning to school. Raku sees Marika in the hall and calls out to her, and she tells him not to address her so informally. We then see a flashback of Marika’s, which takes place the previous night; she’s wondering how to get Raku to pay more attention to her because he always dodges her advances. She sees something in a magazine about secret love techniques, and it says that if coming on strong isn’t working, try pulling away. We return to the present time and see that Marika is having a hard time with this. In class, Marika discovers that she and Raku are both class officers that day, and so they have to clean the board. Poor Marika has a hard time trying to keep up her aloof front. They are then told they need to gather up some worksheets and bring them to their teacher. Raku spends the chapter being confused about Marika’s behavior. Yui sends Raku and Marika on another errand, and it becomes an awkward situation. Near the end of the chapter, Marika begins wondering if perhaps she’s gone a little too far…

This chapter puts a focus on Marika and her feelings for Raku. It’s a story that definitely ended with this chapter, so another story should begin in the next week’s chapter. I have to admit that it was kind of amusing to see Marika acting so cold and aloof towards Raku, since she’s normally so lovey-dovey toward him. While this chapter may not progress the overarching story of the locket and the keys, it does delve a little bit more into Marika’s character.

Bleach CH:587

In this chapter, Orihime tackles Ichigo as a blast is heading right toward him. Chad also oins in, and picks Ichigo up and throws him. Chad then scolds Ichigo; it’s okay to be shocked about Uryu, but what good does it do to fret over it? Ichigo suggests chasing Uryu down and asking him why he’s gone to the other side. Urahara suddenly appears on the scene, and Ichigo asks him to book a ticket to Reiokyu. Meanwhile, the other Soul Reapers are just as shocked about Uryu’s defection, and they’re taunted by a Quincy. Renji insults the Quincy, and the Quincy attacks…

This chapter focuses on some of the characters’ reactions to Uryu joining up with the head of the Quincys and leaving them behind. Ichigo has definitely taken this the hardest, and he’s bound and determined to find out why Uryu has done this. I expect that this is going to part of what the propels the story forward in the coming chapters.

One Piece CH:752

In this chapter, Doflamingo attacks Luffy and Law. But before he can get very far, a couple of Luffy’s supporters come up from behind and attack Doflamingo. Unfortunately, this Doflamingo ends up being a marionette. The two guys say that Kelly Funk tricked them, and they claim to have wiped him out. Luffy uses his Gum Gum power to create a shortcut in the well, and Luffy and Law come out of the hole and surprise the enemies that are on the second step. This chapter also shows what’s going on with the various groups within the chaos that’s developed.

This chapter primarily focuses on Luffy and Law and on how they get out of their predicament. However, there are also some brief scenes of what some of the others are up to as well. But like with many of the recent chapters of One Piece, it can be rather chaotic and jump around a lot. I have to admit that there are times when I’m starting to lose track of who’s where and what exactly is going on, but it’s still exciting.

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

One Punch Man CH:035.3

In this chapter, Saitama and Boros continue their fight. Boros declares that he’ll release all his energy to blow away both Saitama and the planet’s surface. Saitama retorts that he has a finishing move, too. Saitama launches his attack as Boros’ energy comes barreling toward him. The chapter ends as the two finishing moves collide…

Once again, it’s a rather short chapter that does nothing to progress the overarching story. Right now, I actually find myself feeling rather bored with One Punch Man with how slowly the story seems to be progressing, especially since this is a manga that isn’t published every week in the publication. Can the story finally progress already? This is still the same battle that’s been going on since I started reading this series in Weekly Shonen Jump in late March/early April.

Blue Exorcist CH:058

The chapter opens with Shiemi Moriyama battling with a chimera zombie, and is then followed by Ryuji Suguro battling with a chimera zombie. During his battle, Ryuji has a flashback from dragoon class, where he learned about the use of bazookas in exorcism. In the present time, he takes out a bazooka to attack; however, the chimera zombie starts talking, and this startles Ryuji. But Ryuji manages to get a shot in with the bazooka. He has another flashback about growing up. In the present time, Ryuji sees that the chimera zombie hasn’t returned to normal. Okumura runs into Shiemi, who was able to return the chimera zombie to the Earth with Nee’s help. Right at the end of the chapter, they encounter Mikhail Gedoin, the head of the Illuminati’s Far East Laboratory.

There was a strong focus on Ryuji in this chapter. Between the two flashbacks we see in this chapter, we get to learn a bit more about Ryuji. This chapter is also starting to provide a little more exposure and information for the chimera zombies. So far, I’m finding this story to be interesting, but I wish it appeared more than once a month in Weekly Shonen Jump. Because it’s in the publication so infrequently, it does kind of feel as if the story is taking a while to progress.

Stealth Symphony CH:019

In this chapter, there’s a battle between the humans and dragons at Jinbo-Cho. Alice talks to Jig, and asks why he wants to kill Troma; didn’t he come to this town to save people? Jig says it’s too late, he already killed people at the police station. When he says he killed Raika, Alice tells him that she’s still alive. Jig says that he’s already killed people of his own free will, and if he blames the wings, then his feelings for Lill will become a lie. Slice gets in on the action as well. But then Jig transforms into the black dragon and begins attacking Troma. And then something very surprising happens right at the end of the chapter…

So this chapter finally sees Jig transforming into his dragon form. He also becomes quite angry, especially at Troma, in this chapter. Of course, he also gets upset with Slice over some of the comments he makes. But the ending of that chapter… wow, I didn’t see that one coming. It’ll be interesting to see how the story will progress in the next chapter after what happened.

World Trigger CH:066

In this chapter, the fight between the Neighbor that invaded the base and the Suwa Squad begins, and the Neighbor discovers that his attacks aren’t penetrating the walls. It turns out the Neighbor has been locked inside a training room. The other Neighbors, meanwhile, are examining the humans who are attacking Viza and Hyuse. The order is given to send all seven remaining Rabits. We then return to the battle between Jin and Lord Hyuse. At the end of the fight, Jin learns that Hyuse is a decoy. Right at the end of the chapter, Osamu’s group is attacked…

This chapter still has a lot of jumping around in it. Yes, I know there’s action taking place in several locations, but it seems that for the most part, I’m just starting to get a handle of what’s going on in one location and then the scene changes to another fight at another location. Since I’m still trying to learn who the various characters are and what’s going on, all this jumping around makes it that much harder for me to figure things out. I keep hoping that the more time I spend reading this series, the more I’ll start learning and knowing.

Naruto CH:683

In this chapter, Kaguya tries to suck Naruto’s chakra dry, but he’s able to dodge her. Meanwhile, we see one of Naruto’s shadow clones with Kakashi, Sakura and Obito; he says he can sense his real body, but not Sasuke. After Obito regains consciousness, the group decides to go to where Naruto and Kaguya are in order to try to help Naruto. When the Naruto shadow clone and the group see what’s going on, Obito figures some things out. He comes up with a plan for how to recover Sasuke. Meanwhile, the four Hokage gather together and start discussing what to do; they are interrupted the arrival of the Sage of Six Paths.

These chapters continue to move the story ever closer to its conclusion. With the Hokage finally gathering together and being joined by the Sage of Six Paths, it appears the various elements of this story and working at coming together. This is the manga I definitely look forward to reading the most each week when I read Weekly Shonen Jump.

Toriko CH:283

In this chapter, Toriko encounters an extremely large horse at Nightmare Hill. It’s a heracles that’s one of the Eight Kings. Mappy then declares he’s going to die and become fertilizer for an air tree. He’s sacrificing himself in the hopes that the heracles will let them capture air. This chapter also provides an explanation about the horses that live on Nightmare Hill being air-vores that eat air, as well as information on the nightmare heracs. Right at the end of the chapter, Komatsu pulls out a knife and says he can hear the voice of the food…

The vast majority of this chapter was spent on exposition about the nightmare heracs. Because of that, it was overall a rather boring chapter. Yes, the exposition was important to understand where the story is headed, but it made for dry reading. I hope the next chapter will continue the action that will propel the story forward.

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign CH:023

In this chapter, Shinoa calls a meeting with Yu and the others at her room. They find that she and Mitsuba are trying to fix breakfast, but that the food they’re making is burning to a crisp. Kimizuki takes over and cooks the food. Shinoa says she wants to discuss two things: that Yu had been subjected to some kind of experiment that caused him to lose control in the last battle and try to kill her, and that she wonders if Lt. Colonel Guren is using them or if he’s their ally. With what they know about Guren, she wonders if they should follow him or not, and how each of them plans to face the world from now on and come to a mutual conclusion. Yu gives his answer, and the others agree. Meanwhile, we see Guren meeting with Kureto Hiragi. Kureto asks Guren about Yu, Yoichi, and Shiho and what he intends to do with them. Kureto also asks Guren where he thinks humanity will go from here. Kureto then shares his plans. Guren is ordered to take Yu, Yoichi, and Shiho, as well as soldiers, into Nagoya to kill the vampire nobles.

While there’s some focus on Yu and the others, the majority of this chapter focuses on Guren and Kureto. The conversation between these two provides quite a bit of exposition and is ultimately setting the stage for the next part of the story. But from what’s seen at the end of the chapter, it looks like the vampires may also have a similar idea as well. It’ll be interesting to see how the human and vampire conflict continues in the next chapter of the series.

New One Piece Special to Air in Japan in August 2014

The official portal site for One Piece has announced that Fuji TV will air a new One Piece special titled, Overcoming the death of Ace! Luffy, the oath with his party, on August 30, 2014. The special is commemorating the anime series’ 15th anniversary.

The new TV special tells the two years of Luffy’s training with Silvers Rayleigh in Rusukaina Island after the Battle of Marineford and the death of his older brother Ace. The special features a new villain named Burndy World who is known as “The Destroyer of the World” and has the power of the MoaMoa Fruit. Burndy was designed with Eiichiro Oda, the creator of the One Piece manga.

English Dub Cast Announced for One Piece Film Z

The English dub cast for One Piece Film Z anime film has been announced. The film will be released on DVD and as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on September 30, 2014.

The English dub cast includes:

  • Colleen Clinkenbeard is Luffy
  • Luci Christian is Nami
  • Sonny Strait is Usopp
  • Christopher R. Sabat is Zoro
  • Eric Vale is Sanji
  • Brina Palencia as Chopper
  • Stephanie Young is Robin
  • Patrick Seitz is Franky
  • Ian Sinclair is Brook
  • Brian Mathis is Garp
  • Ed Blaylock is Sengoku
  • Andrew Love is Akainu
  • Jason Douglas is Aokiji
  • Jeremy Schwartz is Z
  • Tia Ballard is Young Z
  • Lauren Landa is Ain
  • Matthew Mercer is Bins
  • Ray Hurd is Kizaru

Crunchyroll Announces More Simulcasts

Crunchyroll has announced the following simulcasts during the company’s panel at Anime Expo:

  • Akame ga KILL! begins simulcasting on July 7, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time. It will be available to viewers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Latin America and Turkey.
  • DRAMAtical Murder begins simulcasting on July 6, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time. It will be available to premium members worldwide except Asia, and to free users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden.
  • Sabagebu!-Survival Game Club! will have its premiere date announced at a later time.
  • Blue Spring Ride begins simulcasting on July 7, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time. The series will only be available to viewers in North America.
  • Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun begins simulcasting on July 6, 2014 at 12:05 p.m. Pacific Time. It will be available to viewers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Latin America.
  • Persona4 the Golden ANIMATION begins simulcasting on July 10, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The series will be available to viewers in North America, Central and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.

In addition, Crunchyroll has announced that the site will be adding back catalog episodes of One Piece, Great Teacher Onizuka, and Toradora! in dubbed and subtitled formats. The One Piece back catalog episodes will resume on July 19, 2014.

Toonami Sees Quarterly Ratings Increase

The basic cable numbers for the second quarter of 2014 have been released, and Saturday night’s Toonami block increased in all targeted male demos across the quarter. According to TV By the Numbers, this ranged between 6% and 10%.

For June specifically, Naruto (1 a.m.), One Piece (1:30 a.m.), and Blue Exorcist (2 a.m.) each ranked #1 in their respective time periods among adults 18-24 & 18-34 and men 18-24 & 18-34. Also, Black Lagoon (2:30 a.m.) ranked #1 in its timeslot among men 18-34 & 18-49.

Weekly Shonen Jump Volume 125 (June 30, 2014)

This issue includes chapters for Toriko, Bleach, One Piece, Naruto, Hunter x Hunter, Nisekoi: False Love, World Trigger, and Stealth Symphony. There’s also a “Toriko Call for Ingredients” feature and another crossover one-shot for Nisekoi: False Love and My Love Story!!

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.

Toriko CH:282

Toriko and the others are sent on a mission to get air for an old daruma to eat so he cancure his illness. They’re given Monster Robes to wear because they’re supposed to be the best defense to have in the Hex World. They encounter laser rain on their journey. As they continue, they encounter deadly poison rain. It’s revealed that there’s a correct order and route to gathering Acacia’s full-course meal, and that if you eat air you can’t find the next land, Area 7. After an explanation from Mappy, Toriko comes to the realization that what this is really about is leveling up your gourmet cells. We see Toriko and his group are passing by Nightmare Hill, and Toriko actually looks frightened. Mappy makes a startling comment right at the end of the chapter…

There’s a lot of exposition in this chapter, and it also appears references are being thrown about to things that were mentioned in an earlier part of the series that I haven’t had a chance to read. Because of that, it did make this chapter a little harder to follow for me than I would have liked. However, the revelations made at the end of the chapter do sound rather ominous, so my curiosity is piqued as to what’s going to happen to the characters. Hopefully that curiosity will be satisfied when I read the next chapter.

Toriko Call for Ingredients

This is a call for entries to create an ingredient for the Toriko manga series, and it also includes the rules on how to submit ideas. This is followed by three examples of entries that have already been received.

Bleach CH:586

In this chapter, the Soul Reapers who have joined up with Ichigo begin attacking the enemies. While the Soul Reapers take on most of the enemies, Ichigo goes after the Quincy King, Yhwach. But at that moment, Uryu appears and tells Ichigo to leave and says that Ichigo is unable to stop the Quincy King. After launching an attack on Ichigo, Uryu is seen leaving with the Quincy King…

Knowing that Uryu is a Quincy, I’d been wondering why he hadn’t appeared in this fight prior to this point. I guess he was waiting for Ichigo to appear on the scene before making his entrance. From what’s said in this chapter, it looks like Uryu will be leaving Ichigo, Orihime, Chad, and the others behind permanently. The question at this point is: will Uryu’s leaving the group be permanent, or may he end up coming back at some point after whatever’s going on with the Quincy comes to an end?

One Piece CH:751

In this chapter, chaos continues to ensure as various battles are taking place. There’s a bit of a battle taking place involving Issho and Vice Admiral Bastille. Bastille declares that if Luffy ever asks him for help that he will race to his side, no matter his position. Next, the actions shifts to Luffy and the people riding on top of the bull. Kelly Funk from the Mogaro Funk Brothers catches up with Luffy and says he’ll lead him to a shortcut so he can get to the flower field. There’s a call on Law’s transponder snail, and it’s from Robin to inform them that Viola found the keys to Law’s cuffs. Robin says that she and a group going with her will get the keys to them at the flower field. Luffy and Law suddenly reach a dead end, and they discover they’re actually in a well tilted on its side…

We get another action-packed chapter of One Piece. While the action is still jumping around a little bit, it’s not jumping around as badly as it did in the previous chapter. I could actually kind of follow what’s going on. But just as it looks like Luffy and Law are going to make it to their destination, they find that they were lied to about the shortcut. The end seems to imply that Doflamingo had a hand in this incident. Unfortunately, Nico has what they need, but they aren’t going to be able to meet up right away due to being tricked into going into a well. I suspect the next chapter will probably focus on whatever fight Luffy needs to do in order to escape.

Naruto CH:682

In this chapter, Naruto and Sasuke work on coming up with a plan to deal with Kaguya. They launch their attack on her, and Naruto uses a twist on one of his well-known jutsu. Surprisingly, it seems to work on Kaguya! Unfortunately, just when it looks like Naruto and Sasuke are going to succeed, Kaguya manages to to move between spaces and she sends Naruto and the others to an ice world. Right at the end of the chapter, Naruto and Sasuke are split up by the enemy…

Oh my gosh, that reverse harem was great! I really laughed out loud when I saw that because it amused me so much. While this battle is obviously leading up to the end of the story, Kishimoto has found a way to keep the story going for a little while longer before having to wind things down. Kaguya is a very powerful enemy, and it’s going to be interesting to see how Naruto will ultimately be able to bring her down. I look forward to reading Naruto every week, and I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next.

Hunter x Hunter CH:345

We see Gon at home with his mother, because he has now become “normal.” She hands him a lot of things he’d been exempt from doing because he was working as a hunter. Ging, meanwhile, gets a response back from the group he’s been talking with. They won’t object to him being second to Beyond, but some of them refuse the money he’s offering them while others are willing to accept it. However, to avoid chaos, until they all decide to accept the money, they won’t listen to any of Ging’s orders. They’re tmep hunters. As Ging talks, Pariston becomes annoyed with Ging. A contract is taken to Beyond for him to sign, and after going over the details, he signs it.

This chapter allows us to get a glimpse of Gon, since he’s basically been absent from the story since Hunter x Hunter started back up in Weekly Shonen Jump recently. A lot of the focus is on the work Ging is doing, although we also see the Hunter Association taking what precautions they have to in regards to Beyond. At this point, it looks like the journey to the Dark Continent is getting closer and closer.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:128

In this chapter, Yui is the king for the King Game. She declares that two people have to reveal their crush; one of them is Shu, and he says something unexpected. The other ends up being Marika, but before she can answer, Shu says it’s time to move on. Before they can, though, the doorbell rings. It turns out it’s Haru, Fu and Paula. The new arrivals join in the King Game. Haru and Fu try to cook up a scheme if they become king in order to choose Raku and Onodera. One does become king, but their signals get mixed up and Raku has to hug Haru instead of Onodera. As it gets later, the girls realize that Yui and Raku will be alone that night, so the girls declare they’re sleeping over that night…

So this chapter basically continues the silly King Game, and adds in Onodera’s sister and a couple of her friends into the mix. It wasn’t that funny, and it just felt ridiculous. Of course, the harem decides to stay for the night to keep Yui from spending time alone with Raku. After the others go to sleep, Yui suggests that she and Raku take a bath; of course, the other girls hear and declare they’re going to stay up until morning playing board games. I suspect the next chapter will continue this story, and it’s a story that I’d like to see come to an end at this point.

World Trigger CH:065

In this chapter, Jin tries fighting against of the Neighbors. As they fight, the Neighbor melts into the darkness and then uses his trigger to attack Jin. Jin is able to see the Neighbor’s future, and what he says angers the Neighbor. Osamu also learns about the Black Trigger broke into headquarters and that’s why nobody can get into the base. Karasuma declares they’re still heading there, because Jin must have had a reason to tell them to go there. The Neighbor in the base starts attacking the lab, and Suwa Squad appears to take him on.

This chapter just starts into the battle with Jin, but doesn’t stay there long. This is followed by a brief scene of Osamu and his group, and then a slightly longer scene at the base. The scene at the base was probably the most interesting, but it stops just as it’s really getting interesting. Hopefully we’ll see more of that battle, as well as more of Jin’s battle. In a lot of ways, I’m still a little lost with what’s going on, but I keep hoping that I’ll start getting some more clarity as I read more of this series.

Stealth Symphony CH:018

In this chapter, we see a flashback to five years earlier, and it turns out that a man who was almost a dragon was killed by the president of the assassins guild. We also learn the history of where the dragons came from, and it has to do with alternate universes. It’s also revealed that the remains of a freakishly large ark, which is the biggest heirloom ever, is buried under the town. And it’s Jig’s heirloom that can resurrect the ark. Alice finds Troma and Slice, and when Alice hears from Slice that he is the one behind the dragons, she gets upset and tries to attack Slice; Troma stops her. Slice points a gun at Alice, and Jig arrives and attacks. He says he saw a gun being pointed at her and he says he needs to kill the guy. When Troma says he’ll protect slice, Jig says he’s able to become Troma’s enemy. The chapter ends with Troma and Jig starting to get into a fight…

For the most part, this chapter was a bit of an “info dump.” There was some action near the end of the chapter, but it goes by rather quickly and it was hard to let an action sink in before something else happens. At this point, it looks like there’s going to be a fight between Jig and Troma, and that Jig will be the key to resurrecting the large heirloom and help the dragons with their goals.

Nisekoi X My Love Story!! Girls’ Side

A couple of weeks ago, there was a crossover story for Nisekoi and My Love Story!!, and it focused on the boys. This time, we get to see the same story, except it’s from the girls’ point of view. Raku’s harem sees Rinko being harassed by a group of guys, so they intervene. Chitoge uses her strength to take one of them on, Tsugumi steps in to protect her mistress when the other guys threaten Chitoge, and Marika talks to nearby police officers since she’s the daughter of the chief of police and asks them to punish the guys. Onodera asks the girl if she’s OK, and the group goes to a nearby cafe. They find out that Rinko was also waiting for someone at the park. Rinko tries to call Takeo and gets no answer, Raku doesn’t answer his phone. Then we see the girls finding Takeo and Raku in the hole.

This is the same crossover story, but told from a different point of view. I probably liked this version a little better simply because I already had familiarity with all of the characters and the story from reading the boys’ side of this story a couple of weeks ago. With that being said, though, it’s not a one-shot that really grabbed me, though. It was OK, but I didn’t think it was anything special.