Kouichi Yamadera to Voice Corazon in One Piece Anime

The official website for the One Piece anime has announced that Kouichi Yamadera will play Corazon, Donquixote Doflamingo’s younger brother and Trafalgar Law’s savior. Yamadera will make his debut as Corazon, who appears in the show’s new opening animation, in the episode premiering on July 5, 2015.

Yamadera has voiced roles in more than 200 anime, including Ninja Scroll‘s Jubei Kibagami, Cowboy Bebop‘s Spike Spiegel, Neon Genesis Evangelion’s Ryouji Kaji, and Ghost in the Shell’s Togusa.

Source: ANN

Cast Additions for the English Dub of One Piece

FUNimation Entertainment has announced additions to the English dub cast of the One Piece anime for the Saobody Archipelago arc:

The Supernovas

  • Matthew Mercer is Trafalgar Law
  • Laura Wetsel os Jewelry BonneyKyle Hebert is Capone Bege
  • T. Axelrod is Basil Hawkins
  • Justin Cook is Eustass Kid
  • Brad Venable is Scratchmen Apoo
  • Major Attaway is Urouge
  • D.C. Douglas is Drake
  • Leo Fabian is Killer

Additional Season 7 Cast Announcements

  • Megan Shipman is Camie
  • Chris Cason is Pappagu
  • Elizabeth Maxwell is Shakky
  • David Vincent is Duval
  • Bruce Carey is Rayleigh

Source: Crunchyroll

Weekly Shonen Jump (June 29, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for My Hero Academia, Food Wars!, One Piece, World Trigger, Toriko, Bleach, One-Punch Man, Nisekoi: False Love, and Black Clover. This issue also includes the ninhth chapter of the Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring mini-series and the fourth chapter of Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac (which is the latest title to be featured for the “Jump Back” initiative).

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:048

The chapter opens with some of the other characters being instructed by their mentors. Then the story shifts back to Midoriya and Gran Torino. That night, after Gran Torino goes to sleep, Midoriya sneaks off to practice getting used to his Quirk. The next morning, Midoriya talks to Gran Torino about trying to put what he said into practice but realizing that he has a long way to go. Gran Torino then shares stories of when he trained All Might. After having a mishap defrosting something in the microwave, Midoriya has a realization. Gran Torino is impressed by what Midoriya has figured out.

It sure seems like that Gran Torino is a crafty old coot. It’s amazing what he’s been able to come up with to help Midoriya puzzle out what his problem with his All For One Quirk is. It certainly appears that this particular arc is heading toward Midoriya finally figuring out how to utilize his Quirk and to start hitting some strides that will help him catch up to his classmates. It’s a classic master and student story featuring an underdog that’s present in many shonen manga.

Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring CH:009

Sakura and the original Shin are battling it out. But just then, Naruto, Sasuke, Sarada, and Cho Cho arrive, with Sasuke using his ocular powers to help Sakura out. The original Shin is able to order his clones to attack the group, but they surprise everyone by attacking their “father” instead. It turns out the clones have created more clones and they don’t need the original anymore. Naruto uses his Multiple Shadow Doppelganger jutsu and begins taking on the clones. The original tries to use his power to capture Sakura, Sarada, and Cho Cho, but Sarada is able to use to kill off the thing that the original Shin summoned. But more clones appear, and Sarada suddenly does something that surprises everyone.

This was primarily a battle chapter, but I have a feeling that the battle may be getting close to ending. I’m hoping that within the next couple of weeks, we’ll finally have an answer as to the truth behind Sarada’s parentage. I’m really interested in seeing what Kishimoto has up his sleeve in regards to that.

Food Wars! CH:124

This chapter backtracks to Soma getting the cart that he brought out at the end of the previous chapter. We then see all the preparations that are taking place for the festival. We then see how Alice was able to manipulate Shiomi into letting her help out with their booth. Soma and Megumi then begin working on making black pepper pork buns. We see a flashback of how Soma got the idea for this item and why he’s going with it. Then time skips ahead to the first day of the festival. The festival officially opens right at the end of the chapter.

When I first started reading this chapter, I was afraid that we would have another chapter or two of preparation after this before jumping into the festival. I’m happy to say that I was wrong about that, though. So it appears the audience now has an idea of what Soma is up to and how he thinks he might be able to stand a chance against Kuga. If not that, perhaps it will help to keep him from going into the red and being kicked out of the academy. I wasn’t surprised to see that the chapter ended with the declaration that that festival was officially open, but I was surprised by seeing the school anthem being sung right before. Like Soma, I wasn’t aware the school even had an anthem.

One Piece CH:791

The suspense is built up right at the beginning of the chapter, until we finally see Luffy crash down onto the ground. Then, everyone notices that the birdcage is starting to disappear. The factory also collapses. Luffy is officially declared the winner of the fight, and everyone cheers.

Yes! The battle between Luffy and Doflamingo is finally at an end, and it’s not surprising that Luffy ended up being victorious. While their battle may be over, I suspect that this arc isn’t quite done yet. At this point, I’m expecting at least a couple more chapters to wrap everything up in Dressrosa before Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates move on to their next adventure.

World Trigger CH:107

Osamu is seen heading to an A-Rank strategy room. When he gets there, he’s surprised to see Kitora. He meets Ayatsuji, sees Tokieda, and learns that Arashiyama will be there shortly. Osamu learns that thanks to what he said at the press conference, there’s an influx of applicants to be Border agents, so they’re having to do an Enlistment Ceremony once a month. When Arashiyama arrives, Osamu starts asking about shooting tactics. Arashiyama tells Osamu that he doesn’t need to score points by himself and explains why. They also get into a discussion oh strategies for various kinds of Triggers. But Arashiyama says that since Osamu is willing to learn, they will try to teach him something that might help. We then see Chika and some of the others at a combined sniper practice.

This chapter primarily focuses on Osamu and his quest to learn ways to be able to score points himself during the B-Rank War. At first, it appears that his desire will be swept under the rug, so it was surprising when Arashiyama decides to go ahead and try to teach Osamu something. It looks like it’ll be a rushed lesson, but I guess that’s better than nothing. We only see a brief bit of the sniper practice right at the end of the chapter, and that section helps the chapter to end on an amusing note.

Toriko CH:329

When Komatsu and the others arrive at Blue Grill, they are attacked; however, they are saved by what appears to be a rather powerful chef. Komatsu is eager to meet the chefs at Blue Grill. They begin exploring their surroundings and come across an open-air market. Komatsu comes across a chef who seems to possess a lot of ability. Jiji reveals that in order to get to the back channel, they need to be able to demonstrate their cooking skills.

This chapter is basically here to establish Blue Grill and what the group will need to do in order to continue on their journey. I thought that Komatsu’s excitement really added something to this chapter, and I also thought it was kind of adorable. But right at the end of the chapter, there seems to be a hint thrown out there that there’s possibly something underfoot going on at Blue Grill. Hopefully the next chapter will elaborate on this.

Bleach CH:632

This chapter continues the flashback showing the backstory for Bazz-B and Haschwalth. When an announcement is made about the formation of Stern Ritter, Bazz-B drags Jugo with him to enlist. He’s told that testing will be at a later date and that they’ll be notified. Bazz tells the officer that he wants to fight him. As Bazz lunges at the officer, Yhwach himself arrives at the scene. Yhwach announces that he has come to pick up the one who is to become his right arm, and who he says comes as a surprise.

This chapter is simply a flashback chapter that continues building up the backstory that was first introduced in the previous chapter. With the way this chapter ended, it’s obvious that at least part of the next chapter will continue the backstory. Hopefully the backstory is almost done, so we can get back to making some kind of actual progress to the overarching story.

One-Punch Man CH:046.2

Garo continues taking on Tank-Top Master and the other heroes, and Garo is able to take them all down easily. Right at the end of the chapter, Bang and Charanko come up to where the fighting had taken place, and they see all of the heroes defeated by Garo lying on the ground.

Basically, very little actually happened in this chapter. It’s such a quick read due to all of the action and fighting, so when I reached the end, I was like, “That’s it?” But I really shouldn’t have been surprised, since these action heavy chapters that are such quick reads are basically the status quo for One-Punch Man.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:176

We see that Raku’s friends have been given an invitation to Yui’s birthday party. When they get to Raku’s place, they’re amazed by all the bigwigs from the Char Siu Kai there. Raku has to help out with the party because they’re short-handed. Chitoge goes into the kitchen to see if she can help out. Raku says he’s fine and that she shouldn’t be helping since she’s a guest. Chitoge finds herself wondering if Raku is avoiding her. She then sees Marika all over Raku and becomes jealous. Chitoge becomes so upset and begins violently eating a large birthday cake, causing it to crash to the ground. However, this leads to Yui and Chitoge having a heart-to-heart talk. We then see Marika and Raku talking, and Marika basically disses Yui. Yui is then approached by Night, who informs her that she has received a marriage proposal. She is told she has to accept the proposal and cannot refuse.

My favorite part of this chapter was the heart-to-heart that Yui has with Chitoge. Yui really seemed to mean what she said and that it came from her heart. I was not happy with Marika for putting Yui down and calling her childish, since Marika is the one who’s most likely to act childish of the members of Raku’s harem. And with the marriage proposal at the end, I can’t help but think that Komi is somehow trolling the readers again. I won’t believe that it’s an earth-shattering event until I see Komi follow through on it.

Black Clover CH:019

This chapter opens with Mars having a flashback to provide some backstory to the reader about him. We see that Mars had a friend who he ultimately had to fight against in order to get to where he is now. After he defeats his friend, her ability is combined with his. We then return to current time, where Mimosa is trying desperately to save Noelle. As she does this, we get a flashback with her backstory and Noelle’s backstory. Asta jumps into the fray with a sword he discovered at the beginning of the chapter. It turns into a battle between Asta and Mars. Noelle gains consciousness and tells Asta to crush Mars. Asta launches a powerful attack right at the end of the chapter.

This chapter had a strong focus on providing some brief backstory for some of the characters, and the action doesn’t really come into play until right at the end of it. From what we see at the end of the chapter, it looks like it’s being set up for Asta to defeat Mars with his sword and the power of friendship. It’ll be interesting to see if I’m right.

Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac CH:003

The hype begins to build for the “Battle of the Century.” We see Seiya has returned to the orphanage, and he talks with a girl named Miho. Seiya had gone there in the hope of finding a clue where his sister went, but he doesn’t seem to be having any luck. The story now skips ahead to the opening ceremonies for the tournament. When things get started, the rules for this tournament are explained. It turns out the first match will be between Seiya and Geki. As it looks like Geki is going to crush Seiya to death, he has a flashback of training under Marin. But through this flashback, Seiya gets what he needs in order to get the upper hand on Geki and ultimately win the match.

This ended up being a more action oriented chapter, and ultimately utilizes the tropes that have become well-known in shonen manga over the years. Even though I recognized the tropes, I still found myself interested in what was going on in the battle. Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac seems to have a lot of potential from reading the first four chapters, so I may need to find a way to read more of this series in the future.

Weekly Shonen Jump (June 22, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for One Piece, Black Clover, Toriko, Bleach, Nisekoi: False Love, One-Punch Man, Food Wars!, My Hero Academia, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. This issue also includes the eighth chapter of the Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring mini-series, the Folie a Deux one-shot manga, and the third chapter of Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac (which is the latest title to be featured for the “Jump Back” initiative).

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:790

As Luffy launches an attack on Doflamingo, Doflamingo uses Ever White and turns the entire town into strings. But this ultimately leads to a showdown between Luffy and Doflamingo. Luffy uses Gear Four again and breaks Doflamingo’s strings; Luffy also launches a midair battle. There’s a major battle that takes place, and the chapter ends with both Luffy and Doflamingo launching major attacks on one another.

This chapter kept building up the battle between Luffy and Doflamingo until it finally reached a breaking point. But at the end of the chapter, it’s not clear what exactly happened. The very last panel shows Doflamingo’s glasses falling to the ground and smashing, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that Doflamingo has been defeated. This is a major cliffhanger ending, and hopefully Oda won’t have to take a week off next week and keep the readers in suspense longer than one week.

Black Clover CH:018

Golden Dawn says that even though the competition between them and the Black Bulls was to see who could get there first and that Golden Dawn won, they’ll still let the Black Bulls enter the treasure hall just this once as a way to thank them. They have to figure out how to get in, and Luck points out the door is made of magic. Asta uses his sword and gets the door open. They find a whole mountain of treasure inside the hall. Yuno finds something of interest and tries to read the writing on it; as he does, the writing disappears and a light appears. Luck realizes that something’s wrong, and just as he tells the others to run, there’s an explosion of some sort. The enemy they seemed to have defeated in the previous chapter recovers. We see that Mars, the enemy, has a brief flashback to his childhood. Noelle tries to put out the enemy’s flames, but she’s knocked to the ground. Asta tries to defeat Mars’ magic with his sword, but it doesn’t seem to work…

At first, this chapter gives the appearance that it’s going to be rather light. But that illusion is shattered when Mars makes his grand entrance. Now Noelle is laying on the ground, bleeding, and Asta’s sword appears to not be able to fight against Mars’ magic. The odds are definitely not looking to be in the protagonists’ favor at this point, so it’ll be interesting to see how the mangaka progresses the story from here.

Toriko CH:328

It’s revealed that the Black Triangle is also known as the Soup Stock Sea. Gold Chef Jiji then spends time explaining all about it. He also reveals the existence of Gold Cookware and the fact that only those seven utensils can prepare spirit ingredients. As they travel, they find proof that Another has been though the area. We then learn why Granny Chiyo has come to the Gourmet World as part of the support team. They then come across the Coral King, Coral Golem. Right at the end of the chapter, they make it to the undersea gourmet city, Blue Grill.

This chapter focuses exclusively on Komatsu and the others who are in the Black Triangle, trying to find Another. Granny Chiyo’s story about why she came was very touching, and I’m expecting that it wasn’t thrown in here just because. I suspect that what she talks about in her story will somehow become important later in this arc. This chapter is primarily an exposition chapter, and action doesn’t truly come into it until right near the end. It’ll be interesting to see if we continue with this particular story arc in the next chapter, or if the story will switch to one of the other groups.

Bleach CH:631

The chapter opens with Bazz-B and Haschwalth continuing their fight, and then goes into a flashback of when Bazz-B and Haschwalth first meet each other. This flashback also gives the reader some background and character development for both of these characters. We then return to the battle, and Hachwalth wants to move the fighting outside to try to minimize the damage to the castle. We then see another flashback, this time how Yhwach had burned down both Bazz-B and Haschwalth’s homes. They had made it their goal to kill Yhwach. Right at the end of the chapter, the flashback moves ahead in time five years when Yhwach declared that he would create a new force called the Stern Ritter.

There was only a couple of brief moments of action in this chapter; otherwise, it was all exposition. As a reader, the flashbacks helped me to better understand who Bazz-B and Haschwalth are and what their motivations are. Hopefully the next chapter will focus a little more on action and actual story progression instead of being so exposition heavy.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:175

Raku is surprised when Chitoge admits that she has a crush on someone; however, she hasn’t admitted that her crush is on him. Raku tries to demand that Chitoge tell him who she has a crush on, but after saying she won’t, Chitoge mumbles that she’ll tell him sometime. Raku then wonders why he’s so flustered by Chitoge’s news. Raku goes and talks to Shu, and Shu makes it clear that while he already knows, he won’t tell who Chitoge has a crush on. But now when Raku sees Chitoge at school, he starts freaking out. Raku runs into Onodera and is completely flustered. As Raku tries to deal with his feelings, Marika comes up behind him; of course, she once again tries to pressure Raku into choosing her. Raku feels terrible about using his false relationship as a way to avoid the issue of Marika’s real feelings for him. Raku returns home and finds Yui getting the house ready for her birthday celebration.

Poor Raku. By the end of this chapter, I thought that Raku would potentially snap and need to be sent somewhere for some psychiatric help. Actually, the poor guy does need some kind of psychiatric help for all the manipulation and crap that many of the girls in his harem use on him. Oh, and the end of this chapter seems to hint that Yui could potentially return to China if something doesn’t work out, I’m not falling for it. Komi has tried pulling similar stunts with the other members of the harem, and I’ve just gotten so tired of trying to psyche readers out. It kind of worked the first couple of times, but at this point, any “psyche outs” he tries to pull lose their effectiveness immediately because of how often he’s already pulled this stunt. Can’t Komi quit recycling plot and storytelling ideas?

Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring CH:008

Naruto is surprised to see that Sarada has Sharingan. Sarada says this has nothing to do with Naruto, and that she’ll travel on her own and not return to the village. Naruto stops her and admits to overhearing the conversation with Suigetsu; he even tells her that as Hokage, everyone in the village is like family to him. We then see Naruto having a flashback of times from the series that had to do with Iruka and Sasuke. Naruto then gives Sarada a lecture about bonds, and tells her that love is all you really need. Naruto then tells Sarada to check inside herself again to see if she feels any love. Sarada has a flashback to when she was younger when she would ask Sakura where her father was. After the flashback, we see Sarada crying. She says she wants to rescue Sakura, but she’s afraid she can’t act like nothing’s changed. Naruto gives her some encouraging words and says they need to go rescue Sakura.

They meet up with Sasuke, and he says he knows Sakura’s location now that his ocular powers are finally coming back. We see Sakura right at the end of the chapter, and it looks like she’s gearing up to take on the original Shin.

I really loved Sarada’s flashback, especially the tap on the forehead that Sakura gave to a younger Sarada. It reminded me so much of the forehead taps that Itachi gave Sasuke when they were kids. I loved seeing that referenced. While this chapter may not bring us any closer to unraveling the truth of Sarada’s parentage, it did provide some great insight for Sarada to realize that bonds are more than what she thought they were. We don’t get to see much of Sakura in this chapter, but the ending seems to be gearing up to show Sakura using her incredible strength.

Folie a Deux

This is a one-shot manga written by Bikkuri and illustrated by Rem, which are “pen names” for Clint Bickham and Priscilla Hamby.

The story is set in London in 189X, and an epidemic that turns people into inhuman creatures known as Doppelgangers threatens to thrust the city into chaos. Two secret agents named Nero Morley and Abby Brighton are at the heart of this struggle against the monsters.

While reading the paper, Nero and Abby learn about dismembered and grotesquely disfigured arms of legs of unidentified women are showing up, and there doesn’t appear to be a suspect, motive, or a list of victims. As Nero looks further into the paper, he believes he’s found the next victim when he sees an article about a woman who mysteriously disappeared. They discover their boss is calling, and they make the trip to see him. They have been called in because of the stories that they read about in the paper, and they are given a mission to eliminate the culprit. It turns out that Nero has already constructed a plan of action.

As part of Nero’s plan, he dresses up as a girl in an attempt to lure the culprit out. As they walk around, they see someone who looks like the missing woman reported on in the paper. Nero goes to talk to her, but Abby feels something isn’t right. Just then, she transforms into a creature, and Nero and Abby chase after her. But somewhere along the way, Nero changes back into his male clothes and look; apparently, he somehow had his regular clothes on underneath the dress. They find themselves at the home of Dr. John Druit. As they explore the house, they find a whole bunch of scary and disgusting things. They find the doctor, who insists he hadn’t done anything; but when he sees Abby, he starts transforming. He grabs both Nero and Abby, and Abby asks him to bring Dr. Druit back. Nero tells Abby that she needs to fight, and as the monster goes to attack her, she transforms. It turns into a fight between the transformed doctor and the transformed Abby. The doctor seems to have the upper hand and appears as if he’s going to finish off the transformed Abby. But when the transformed doctor distracts himself with reverie, the transformed Abby uses this opening to get an advantage. Nero gets the final blow in with his gun.

This was an… um… interesting story. In some respects, it almost felt like Bleach being set in Victorian England or something. The story definitely seemed to get some of its inspiration from the infamous Jack the Ripper case. In the end, Folie a Deux seemed to work OK as a one-shot, but I just don’t think a long-running series could truly evolve from this.

One-Punch Man CH:046

The battle between Tank-Top and Garo continues. Mumen Rider jumps into the fray to protect Garo, thinking he’s just a regular punk. As Garo walks away, he says he’s still going to kill all of them. Tank-Top lunges forward and a new fight between the two of them. Right at the end of the chapter, Tank-Top is surprised to learn his opponent’s identity.

Basically, this chapter focused on one fight, and even that fight wasn’t resolved by the end of it. Saitama doesn’t make any appearance in this chapter, except on the title page, where he quips that he hasn’t been focused on recently. The chapter ended up being a quick read like usual.

Food Wars! CH:123

We learn that Polaris Dorm is doing an Imoni Party for their school festival booth. As Soma and Megumi wander around campus, they see everyone is busy setting up their booths. Then Soma works at whipping up some trial dishes. Soma tries his first dish, and he determines it’s not quite good enough. We then see Soma whip up a dish he’s satisfied with, and when Megumi tries it, she discovers it’s extremely spicy. He then starts whipping up some other dishes. But Soma realizes these aren’t going to work because they’re spicy just for the sake of being spicy. Megumi reveals something she learned about Kuga’s cooking from Hojo. They then hear Erina and Alice arguing about Erina wanting to join in the festival after the guidebook has already been published. We then see Soma talking with Erina and Alice about Kuga’s booth and food. We then see Soma checking out Kuga’s huge and impressive booth, and then setting up his own small little booth right next to it. People mock him right at the end of the chapter.

So this chapter still focuses on Soma getting ready for the school festival. For most of it, he’s still struggling to come up with dishes. However, after a conversation with Erina, it looks like he may have found a way to potentially compete with Kuga’s food. Soma’s just setting up shop right at the end of the chapter, but we’re already seeing the differences between Kuga and Soma from their booth setups. Kuga’s booth represents him being a large behemoth that no one thinks they can beat, while Soma’s booth represents him as the little underdog. But hopefully the school festival will actually get going within the next couple of chapters, since there have been a few chapters building up to it now.

World Trigger CH:106

Osamu and Chika ask Ninomiya why he’s asking about Rinji Amatori. He shows them a picture of a woman and asks if they recognize her. She’s someone who supplied Triggers to civilians and disappeared with them. Officials concluded they went through a gate to the other side. Supplying Triggers to civilians is the highest-level infraction that warrants the use of the memory eraser. It turns out Rinji is one of the suspects helping the woman out. Osamu then remembers seeing Ninomiya at Chika’s house before. Ninomiya explains that the woman is Mirai Hatahara, his squad’s sniper. He doesn’t believe she was the mastermind and wants to find out who put her up to it. Chika believes her brother would have been capable. Osamu mentions that Rinji had told him a little about that plot. He mentions he still remembers the location of the gate that Rinji had predicted. Before Ninomiya leaves, he tells Osamu that if he really wants to look for Rinji, he should put Yuma on a different A-Rank team. Later, it’s revealed that Ninomiya Squad was demoted to B-Rank after Hatohara’s betrayal. We then see Osamu calling Karasuma and asking for advanced lessons on shooter techniques. Karasuma says they’re just not at that level yet.

Much of this chapter focuses on exposition and getting some kind of a clue as to what happened to Chika’s brother. But both in this chapter and in the previous one, Osamu keeps getting scolded for not contributing much in the B=Rank Wars and relying too much on Yuma. So it’s not surprising that Osamu reaches out to Karasuma to try to get some advanced training in order to help his team out more. Karasuma isn’t willing to do the training himself, but he surprises Osamu by saying he should learn from one of the experts. I suspect the next chapter will focus on Osamu trying to find one of these experts and try to convince them to train him.

My Hero Academia CH:047

All Might learns that Nomu, a criminal who is under investigation, is someone who has the DNA of at least four completely different people inside of him. Somehow, all this DNA and bioengineering led him to have multiple quirks.

We then return to Midoriya, who is being mentored by Gran Torino. Midoriya hesitates to use his One For All, so Gran Torino uses this opening to begin attacking Midoriya. Midoriya tries to analyze and predict the situation, but it doesn’t work. Gran Torino points out that Midoriya’s respect for All Might and that sense of responsibility are shackles that are holding him back.

Then we see Ida undergoing his training. We learn that Ida wants to pursue the hero killer that injured his brother. We see a brief scene with some villains, and we see that one wants to kill both All Might and Midoriya. Then we return to Midoriya, who realizes what Gran Torino was trying to tell him and figures out what his problems are. At the end of the chapter, we see that Gran Torino seems pleased that Midoriya figured this out on his own.

We get a couple of scenes that have nothing to do with our characters’ training, and I don’t entirely understand what’s going on with them. This may be due to the fact that these scenes could be referencing material that Weekly Shonen Jump didn’t publish before VIZ decided to include the series in its digital publication. And when it comes to the training, most of the focus is placed on Midoriya. We’re definitely seeing the setup of an apprentice being taught by his teacher’s teacher, and how the novice has to figure out his issues and weaknesses on his own. And learning that Ida wanted the location he went to for mentoring to try to track down the hero killer makes Midoriya’s words about Ida in the previous chapter even more chilling.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal CH:55

This chapter continues the big battle between Yuma and Astral. Yuma declares that he’s about to launch his final attack. Yuma pulls off several moves while it’s still his turn. But Astral activates a quick-play spell, and this is followed by Yuma activating this own quick-play spell. Both of their spells increase their monster’s ATK, but Yuma has raised his monster’s level to be higher than Astral’s monster. But just as it seems like Yuma has won, Astral points out that Utopia Kaiser’s effect remains and he activates it; when Utopia Kaiser is destroyed, Astral gets the monster that destroyed it. So Yuma wins the duel, but Astral has all the Numbers. Yuma doesn’t want to accept that Astral has to sacrifice himself now that he’s accomplished his mission. Astral tells him that he doesn’t want Yuma to accept it, because when Yuma gives up on the future, Astral will die for eternity. Yuma and the others are sent back to their world.

Then we see Yuma and the others as they resume their lives in their world. We find out what has happened to each of the characters. We see that Yuma has entered the Duel World Championship Finals.

Well, that’s it. Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal is now officially over. Hooray! It felt like these final two battles took too long, but at least the conclusion ended up being worth going through those ridiculously stretched out battles. While Yuma may not have gotten the result he had hoped for at the end of his battle, Astral was able to give Yuma some words and advice that he needed to hear. And I did appreciate that the manga showed what happened to the various characters after all that, and seeing Yuma continuing on as a duelist after losing Astral was rewarding.

Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac CH:003

In Japan, a press conference is being given to explain about the ten knights in Japan and showing images of the damage that they are able to cause with just their bodies. Princess Sienna joins the press conference to help explain things further. After her explanation, she says that once all ten of the knights have made it back to Japan, they shall witness a battle like they have never seen before, because they will be hosting a Grand Tournament of Knights. As an incentive for them to fight, the princess produces a higher level cloth that her grandfather obtained before his death. Just then, Seiya, the eighth knight, returns and says he has no interest in the tournament. He tells the princess she needs to keep her promises, because he was told that if he brought a cloth back, he would be reunited with his sister who was separated from him while the two were in an orphanage. Seiya demands to see his sister. The Unicorn Knight arrives and tells Seiya to quit whining. There’s a flashback to six years prior, when Sienna would order the various orphans around, and how Jab the Unicorn Knight was willing to be her lapdog. We see that Sienna was ruthless, stuck up, spoiled, and just plain mean. When the story returns to the present, Sienna says she doesn’t know where Seiya’s sister is because she disappeared from the orphanage. Sienna tells Seiya that if he somehow bests the other nine champions in the tournament, she’ll be willing to use her resources to help locate his sister. And something surprising happens at the end of the chapter.

So this chapter provides some backstory for Seiya, as well as introduces some new characters into the mix. So now we know what was awaiting Seiya in Japan and why he wanted to get back there as much as he did. Sadly, the reunion he wanted with his sister didn’t happen, and now his sister is being used to blackmail him to participate in a tournament that he doesn’t want to be a part of. Of course, Sienna, along with the audience, already knows that Seiya isn’t going to have much of a choice and will be forced to enter the tournament if he wants any chance of ever locating his long-lost sister.

One Piece Episode of Sabo Special’s Story and Full Title Revealed

The story summary and full title for the new One Piece television special has been announced. One Piece Episode of Sabo ~3-Kyōdai no Kizuna Kiseki no Saikai to Uketsugareru Ishi~ (One Piece Episode of Sabo: The Three Brothers’ Bond – The Miraculous Reunion and the Inherited Resolve) will revisit the childhood past of the three sworn brothers Luffy, Ace, and Sabo, when they all dreamed of becoming pirates. In addition, the special will depict how Sabo originally came into the kingdom of Dressrossa, which was not depicted in Eiichiro Oda’s original manga or the television anime, as well as his reunion with Luffy from his point of view.

The special will air on Japanese television on August 22, 2015.

Source: ANN

One Piece Manga Sets Guinness World Record for Copies Printed for Comic by Single Author

The official website for Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga has announced that the series has set a Guinness World Record for “The most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author.” As of the end of December 2014, the manga has printed 320,866,000 copies worldwide.

Through a written statement, Oda provided comments on the award: “Thank you for this certification for the Guinness World Record. Manga is an amusing way to pass time, but when I receive reports that say ‘through One Piece I made friends,’ or ‘through One Piece I found my sweetheart,’ I am really happy.” He continued by saying, “I feel like this record number has the possibility to bring the same number of people together. I will not forget my predecessors in the manga world, the colleagues whom I work with, and my readers, and from now on I want to continue to draw a work that will not shame this record.”

A ceremony was held in Tokyo on June 15, 2015 to present the award. Oda was not in attendance, but Weekly Shonen Jump editor Yoshihisa Heishi attended on his behalf.

Oda launched One Piece in 1997, and the manga has been published in more than 30 countries.

Source: ANN

Five Mothers in Anime

Originally written for WatchPlayRead.com

Since Mother’s Day happened rather recently, I thought it’d be a nice idea to do an article about “Top 5 Mothers in Anime.” But as I started racking my brain over the various anime I’ve seen, I realized that I couldn’t truly make a Top 5 list, because anime mothers tend to not have a presence, or are not good mothers, or are just there to worry and fuss about their children for comic relief.

So I ended up changing my idea from a “Top 5 Mothers in Anime” list to a “5 Mothers in Anime” list. To me, these are some of the more memorable mothers that have appeared in the anime that I’ve seen. This list will feature five mothers, but they won’t be numbered like my regular lists, since this isn’t technically a Top 5. I truly can’t say that any of these women are truly better mothers than any of the others.

Kagome’s Mother (Inuyasha)

Kagome is a high school girl who is able to travel between Feudal Japan and modern day Japan through a well at her family’s shrine. Most mothers would fuss and worry about their child going back in time, being gone for long stretches of time, and potentially running into danger while in the past… but not Kagome’s mother. Sure, she was shocked and upset when Kagome first disappeared, but after learning about the situation and seeing her daughter returning regularly, she seemed to be okay with it. In fact, Kagome’s mother is shown helping her daughter packing for her trips to Feudal Japan and sending food along for Kagome to share with her friends in the past. Also, when Inuyasha makes the occasional appearance in modern day Japan, Kagome’s mother isn’t bothered by it at all.

What I appreciate about Kagome’s mother is the fact that she’s so supportive of her daughter and believes that Kagome has the strength and ability to deal with the dangers of Feudal Japan.

Bellemere (One Piece)

Bellemere was a troublemarker in her village who joined the Marines. While on duty in a warzone and on the verge of death, she found a young girl named Nojiko holding a baby named Nami. Bellemere adopted the two girls and took them back with her to her home village. She loved the girls just as much as if they had been her own flesh and blood. Bellemere made the ultimate sacrifice for the girls when a pirate named Arlong attacked the village and demanded that everyone pay money in order to keep their lives. Bellemere only had enough to pay for either herself or for her two daughters, and she chose them over her own life.

Bellemere is the only adoptive mother in this list, but she shows that you don’t have to be related by blood in order to care for others. It should also be noted that Bellemere’s name is made up of two French words that mean “pretty” and “mom.”

Bulma (Dragon Ball Z)

Bulma starts out in the Dragon Ball franchise as a boy-crazy girl that could also be rather stuck on herself. But during Dragon Ball Z, she gets to know Vegeta and the two of them become a couple and have a son named Trunks. After Trunks’ arrival, Bulma does seem to scale back her attitude to some degree; and when we see her interacting with Trunks, it’s obvious that she really does care about him. Sure, Bulma still has her moments, but they’re nowhere near as pronounced as they were before Trunks was born. And as we see later in Dragon Ball Z, an older Bulma has a wonderful scene with Trunks when he returns to the future in the time machine after he’s altered the past.

If Bulma has any faults, it’s that she has strange ideas for naming her kids. For a woman with the last name of Briefs, it’s almost kind of cruel that she named her kids Trunks and Bra. But outside of her name choices, she does seem to be a good mother.

Trisha Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist)

At first glance, Trisha may seem like an unusual choice since she’s technically dead throughout the run of the series. However, the audience gets to know her through flashbacks. It’s through those flashbacks that I made my decision to include her in this list.

First off, you have to give Trisha credit for marrying Hohenheim in the first place, especially when you realize that she would have a husband who would never age while she would grow old. She also shows she has mental and emotional strength when Hohenheim decides to leave home, because this meant she would have to raise Ed and Al on her own as a single mother. She handles the role of a single mother rather well, and she’s also willing to nurture her sons’ interest in alchemy.

When Trisha died, it affected Ed and Al considerably. Because of all the love she had given them up to that point, it compelled them to learn more about alchemy in order to try bring their mother back to life. If she hadn’t loved the boys as much as she had, they probably wouldn’t have tried to do something forbidden and ultimately begin the story of Fullmetal Alchemist.

Delia Ketchum (Pokemon)

Delia is probably the closest mother on this list to being the mother that worries and fusses over her child. She was probably at her worst in the first episode, when she checked to make sure he had clean underwear in his backpack. But as the series progresses, when Ash calls home, she spends more time being supportive of Ash while he’s on his Pokemon journey than on worrying that he’s eating well and taking care of himself. Delia moves beyond being the comedic fussy mother to one who encourages and supports her son. Even though Ash goes on his travels with his Pokemon, he knows he still has a home to come back to when he’s in the Kanto region. Delia is also very welcoming to any of Ash’s traveling companions that he brings back with him when he’s home for a visit.

But probably the coolest thing about Delia Ketchum is the fact that she herself has a Pokemon: a Mr. Mime that helps out around the house.

This list represents my personal opinion, and it is not meant to be a definitive list. Are there any mothers that you believe have been overlooked? Let us know in the comments.