Weekly Shonen Jump Volume 138 (September 29, 2014)

This issue includes chapters for World Trigger, Naruto, Sporting Salt, Toriko, Nisekoi: False Love, Hi-Fi Cluster, and Bleach. In addition, this issue includes the first chapter for eIDLIVE, the fourth title in the Weekly Shonen Jump “Jump Start” 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.

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

World Trigger CH:076

This chapter opens with Shuji going up against Commander Hyrein as Osamu watches what’s going on. Osamu is asked what he wants to do, and he decides to fire one last shot; unfortunately, Osamu’s asteroid is blocked. As Osamu runs away, he encounters Mira, the wormhole user. The scene then changes to another area of the battlefield, where Yuma is fighting against the Black Trigger that looks like an old man. Unfortunately, not much happens during this fight before the chapter comes to an end.

The purpose of this chapter was to try to progress Osamu’s actions a little more and lay the foundation for another battle that’s just getting going. I had been hoping to see a little more progress for Osamu, but that was probably too much to ask for, since the previous chapter had focused so heavily on him. At the end of this chapter, there’s a note that says, “About 199 seconds until the future crossroads”; I really don’t know what this is referring to, since I jumped into World Trigger in the middle of this particular story arc. I’m afraid that the author is going to try to stretch those 199 seconds out as much as possible in order to make the story last longer.

Naruto CH:693

In this chapter, Naruto stands up to Sasuke and says he won’t let any harm come to the Biju. Sakura tries to convince Sasuke not to do what he’s planning to do; his response is to put her under genjutsu. When Kakashi tries to break things up, Naruto reminds him that he promised Sakura that he’d bring Sasuke back. Sasuke and Naruto head off to fight somewhere else, where the Sage of Six Paths talks with Kakashi. We see where Sasuke and Naruto end up: at the Valley of the End.

This chapter relies a bit on recalling events that happened much earlier in the Naruto series. In a lot of ways, it almost feels like we’ve come full circle. And with a battle between Sasuke and Naruto at the Valley of the End, it really feels like history is trying to repeat itself. But can Naruto be the one to defeat Sasuke this time around? And how long is Kishimoto going to stretch out this new battle at the Valley of the End?

Sporting Salt CH:002

This chapter sees Hiroyuki at his first day at Tachibana Harbor High School. When Hiroyuki sees how many sports the school has, he gets very excited. Unfortunately, just like in Chapter One, when Hiroyuki sees athletic bodies and wants to touch them, people think he’s a pervert. The student council president decides that she needs to test Hiroyuki. A boy named Osamu comes in; he’s the captain of the tennis team and says that if the team doesn’t win its next tournament, their team will be dissolved. This week’s doctor’s placebo item is muscle reinforcement braces. Like in Chapter One, the person he offers it to points out a flaw with it and turns it down. Hiroyuki comes to the tennis club’s room and puts a special leg bind onto Osamu; he sees that Osamu has shin splints. We then see it’s a week later, and Osamu still has the leg bind on. It turns out that this does the trick, and Hiroyuki passes the student council president’s test.

The “Hiroyuki gets excited over an athlete’s body and wants to touch it” gag just doesn’t work as well, especially when it shows up three times within a few pages. Hopefully, this won’t become a recurring gag throughout the series. And it looks like the “doctor’s placebo item” will potentially end up being a running gag, too; unfortunately, neither one of these gags is terribly funny. And after reading this chapter, I really get the feeling that this series is going to be rather formulaic. Hopefully next week’s chapter, which will be the final chapter in the English edition of Weekly Shonen Jump, will prove me wrong.

Toriko CH:294

This chapter jumps right into the battle with Neo, and it includes appearances by a Horse Turtle and an Angler Bird. We also learn that some of the members of Neo are former allies of Toriko and the others who are now under Joie’s control. Toriko battles with Teppei, and after their fight, Teppei disappears so he can report to Joie. Daruma tells them that Teppei passed through the “back” channel. Meanwhile, Komatsu’s not recovering from his injuries, because it appears that the place where his heart was vanished into thin air. There’s only one food that can save Komatsu, and that’s Acacia’s Soup.

So it appears that the new enemy has some connections to Toriko and the others after all. It was interesting to learn that Teppei knows Toriko and the others and that Teppei can vanish into thin air. And poor Komatsu! It looks like his injuries will be forcing Toriko and the others on a new journey in order to find Acacia’s Soup and save their friend.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:140

In this chapter, Tsugumi finds a perfume bottle in Claude’s room but isn’t sure it’s really perfume or a drug disguised as perfume. She decides to take it for safekeeping, and brings it with her to school. She’s startled when Chitoge calls out her name, and Tsugumi drops the perfume bottle. When Tsugumi realizes the bottle is gone, she panics. Chitoge finds the bottle and picks it up, sprays some of it on herself, and collapses. Just then, Tsugumi gets a call from Claude and learns that this is a perfume sleeping drug and whoever takes it will only awaken with a kiss. Tsumugi asks if there’s any other way to awaken the sleeper. Tsumugi tells Raku that he needs to be the one to kiss Chitoge. Unfortunately, Kosaki comes up at that moment, and Raku accidentally sprays her with the perfume. But before Raku can do anything, Tachibana approaches and is accidentally sprayed with the perfume. Then Tsumugi accidentally spritzes Raku with the perfume, but just as Tsumugi is about to kiss him, something surprising happens…

All right, I thought the “trading places with royalty because they look like a main character” storyline was kind of weak, but the story in this chapter was even more ridiculous. Overall, I have to say that Nisekoi: False Love has the occasional story that I enjoy, but a lot of them are either mediocre or extremely over the top. At least this story only lasted for one chapter! I know I keep saying this, but I hope the next chapter will return to the overarching story.

Hi-Fi Cluster CH:003

Peta is given sight assist goggles for label adaptation for an external compatibility extension device. Kandera, Peta, and Miri are approached by a man named Ekusa, another member of Special Unit Six, who has been called in for a case. The case has to do with robberies, with suspects that are a group of six. All four of them wait for the criminals, and when they arrive, Ekusa takes them on. We learn that Ekusa’s Hi-Fi ability is gravity control, which comes from Isaac Newton.

This is the last chapter of Hi-Fi Cluster that’s appearing in the English version of Weekly Shonen Jump. It’s too bad it’s leaving, because the chapter is just getting the next story going when it ends. So far, of the three Weekly Shonen Jump “Jump Start Initiative” titles I’ve read up to this point, I would have to say that this one is the strongest. I really hope that at some point, this series can either take up any empty slots that open up in the English version of Weekly Shonen Jump, or that VIZ Media would be willing to license this series and release it in book form.

Bleach CH:598

Before Urahara can launch Ichigo and the others, Ganju arrives and demands to know what they’re doing. He shows them a road map to Reiokyu and insists that they can’t get there without it. When Ichigo tries to explain that they’re going to a dangerous battle, Ganju insists on coming with them. They allow Ganju to join them, and Urahara launches the group. And right near the end, there’s a confrontation between two females in Reiokyu…

I definitely enjoyed the earlier part of the chapter more than the later part, because I got to see what happened with Ichigo and the others. And it was nice to see Ganju again and to see him getting in on the action. The later part of the chapter didn’t do anything for me, simply because I have no idea who either one of these characters are or anything about them. But at least Ichigo and the others are starting to get a little closer to Reiokyu. Hopefully they’ll make it there sooner rather than later.

eIDLIVE CH:001

This is the fourth title to appear as part of Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “Jump Start Initiative.”

A character named Chuta is talking to himself in class and ignoring his teacher; later, we see others talking to him and about him, making it clear that they think Chuta is a weirdo. It turns out Chuta has talent for cooking, and the Cooking Club asks him to join the club because they have a contest coming up. He refuses, and at first the girls say that’s why he doesn’t have any friends. Unfortunately, he ends up talking to himself again and cementing his reputation for being a weirdo. We learn that he hears a “voice,” he says this voice has been with him for as long as he can remember. Later when he says something rather embarrassing out loud, Misuzu (a girl he has a crush on) overhears him and this kills any chances he might have had with her. When Chuta goes to put his slippers in his locker, he finds something strange inside of it; we learn this creature’s name is Inspector Chips.

When Chuta returns home, he discovers that Chips has followed him there. Chips sends Chuta to a bureau where there are cat people. He learns they are Space Police eIDLIVE, and that Misuzu is among them; Misuzu has been observing Chuta. He learns that the force recruits people with the makings of good police and that they are chosen by consensus of the mothers computer; Chuta was chosen. Chuta is told that he has to take the qualifying exam. Misuzu objects, because all of Chuta’s talking to himself makes it clear that he suffers from delusions. Chuta learns that for the test, he has to capture a particular criminal alive. Chips transfers Chuta. Meanwhile, a thermography scan done on Chuta at the bureau show an unusual heat pattern for an Earthling. It turns out that the new home ec teacher, Ms. Saotome, is the criminal. Just when things look hopeless, something happens that allows Chuta to get the job done. Right afterward, something pops out of Chuta; it’s a Monitalien. The Montalien tells Chuta how their joint attack works. Together, they’re able to arrest the alien.

This is the first manga chapter that I’ve personally seen in Weekly Shonen Jump that was completely in color. Unfortunately, that was probably the best thing about this chapter. Overall, I thought that this story was on the strange side. Before the “voice” was revealed to be a creature inside of Chuta, I wasn’t enjoying the idea of a manga making fun of people hearing voices in their head. I know people who hear voices like that, so I have hard time finding any humor in that concept. I was relieved to see that it wasn’t truly “hearing voices in his head.” But even outside of that, there just wasn’t much to hook me into this particular story.

It should be noted that this title will continue in the October 13 edition of Weekly Shonen Jump.

VIZ Media and ReedPOP Present Takeshi Obata at 2014 New York Comic Con

VIZ Media and ReedPOP welcome manga artist Takeshi Obata for his first-ever U.S. personal appearance. His visit is co-presented by The Japan Foundation.

Obata, the artist behind such series as Death Note, Bakuman., Hikaru no Go, and All You Need Is Kill appear at several events during the 2014 New York Comic Con, which is taking place October 9-12, 2014 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

During the convention, Takeshi Obata will appear in person on two panels, on Thursday October 9, 2014 as part of VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump panel and on Friday October 10, 2014 with an overview of his incredible catalog of works. He will make an exclusive signing appearance at the Javits Convention Center on Thursday evening.

Takeshi Obata will also make a pair of additional appearances around New York as part of ReedPOP’s New York Super Week on Friday October 10, 2014 at Kinokuniya Book Store and Saturday October 11, 2014 at Barnes & Noble.

Fans are invited to stop by the VIZ Media Booth (#1944) on Thursday October 9, 2014 for details and to secure advance tickets for the exclusive New York Comic Con Takeshi Obata signing, taking place the same day at 7:30pm at the Javits Center. Signing tickets will be distributed on a first come/first served basis promptly at 1:00pm and again at 4:30pm. (There will be no advance line-up until 15 minutes before ticket time). Each attendee that secures a ticket will receive an exclusive shikishi signing board that Obata will autograph.

Fans may also select from a wide array of Obata manga titles available for purchase at the VIZ Media booth, including special advance copies of his newest work, All You Need Is Kill, a deluxe omnibus manga treatment of the Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s hit sci-fi novel that inspired the action blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise. It will debut under VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump Advanced imprint on November 4, 2014. Other acclaimed Obata manga titles including Death Note, Bakuman., Hikaru no Go and Ralograd will also be available for purchase.

VIZ Media, ReedPOP and The Japan Foundation welcome Takeshi Obata at the following New York Comic Con Panels:

THE FUTURE OF WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Panel Featuring Takeshi Obata
Thursday, October 9, 2014; 6:00pm – 6:45 pm; Javits Center – Room 1A10

Join the staff of VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump as well as editors from Japan’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine to welcome Takeshi Obata for an enlightening personal discussion on what’s new and what’s next for the long-running manga anthology which launched best-selling titles such as Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Dragon Ball as well as Obata’s Bakuman. and Death Note series.

WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP PRESENTS: Manga Artist Takeshi Obata
Friday, October 10, 2014; 5:00pm – 5:45pm; Javits Center – Room 1A10

Join special guest Takeshi Obata along with his editor, Koji Yoshida, for an insightful conversation about Obata’s beginnings as an artist, his extensive history working in the manga industry, and the creative process behind his works. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity!

Takeshi Obata also will participate in a pair of special off-site signings as part of New York Super Week. New York Super Week takes place October 3–12, 2014 immediately preceding New York Comic Con and is a unique immersive pop culture event where the entire island of Manhattan becomes a playground for a colorful array of superheroes, villains, cosplayers, artists, celebrities and passionate fans of from all over the world that gather to take part in a variety of themed events all over the City including concerts, comedy shows, gaming events, lectures, podcasts, storytelling, food tastings.

Information & tickets to New York Super Week events are available now at: www.NewYorkSuperWeek.com.

Takeshi Obata Kinokuniya Signing Event
Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, 8:30pm
Kinokuniya Book Store, 1073 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10018

Attend a special free evening event with Takeshi Obata, a pivotal figure from Japan’s vibrant manga industry. All participants must secure a Super Week event ticket and will receive a free autographed Shikishi signboard with the on-site purchase of one of Obata’s works. (*Note: Obata will only sign the provided shikishi and on-site purchased book)

Free tickers to this event can be secured at:
http://sw14.mapyourshow.com/6_0/sessions/session-details.cfm?ScheduleID=207

Takeshi Obata Barnes & Noble Signing Event
Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, 6:00pm
Barnes & Noble – Tribeca, 97 Warren St, New York, NY 10007

Barnes & Noble and VIZ Media welcome Takeshi Obata for another free exclusive appearance as part of New York Super Week. All participants must secure a free Super Week event ticket in advance and will receive an autographed Shikishi signboard with the on-site purchase of one of Obata’s works. (*Note: Obata will only sign the provided shikishi and on-site purchased book)

More information on this event can be viewed at:
http://sw14.mapyourshow.com/6_0/sessions/session-details.cfm?ScheduleID=208

“We’re very honored to welcome Takeshi Obata, creator of some of the most popular and beloved manga worldwide, for these very special live events as part of the 2014 New York Comic Con,” says Leyla Aker, Vice President, Publishing, VIZ Media. “From the paranormal suspense of DEATH NOTE, to an insider’s story of the manga industry in BAKUMAN。, to the sci-fi thriller ALL YOU NEED IS KILL, Obata’s work has consistently drawn wide acclaim and captivated millions of readers around the world. Please join us to celebrate his first-ever U.S. appearance!”

DEATH NOTE © 2003 by Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata/SHUEISHA Inc.

VIZ Media Releasing Black Bird Manga in a Box Set

VIZ Media has announced that the company will be releasing a box set for Kanoko Sakurakoji’s Black Bird manga series on October 21, 2014.

The Black Bird Complete Box Set features the entire series run of 18 volumes and will be released under the Shojo Beat imprint. The set is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens and will carry an MSRP of $149.99 U.S. / CAN. With an exclusive bonus premium art book and substantial savings over buying the individual volumes, the Black Bird box set will make a notable addition to any fan’s manga collection.

In Black Bird, there is a world of myth and magic that intersects ours, and only a special few can see it. Misao Harada is one such person, and she wants nothing to do with magical realms. She just wants to have a normal high school life and maybe get a boyfriend. But she is the bride of demon prophecy, and her blood grants incredible powers, her flesh immortality. Now the demon realm is fighting over the right to her hand…or her life!

“The BLACK BIRD manga box set offers a comprehensive way to enjoy this acclaimed fantasy story in its entirety and the bonus art book also lets new and veteran fans enjoy even more of Kanoko Sakurakoji’s beautiful shojo illustrations,” says Pancha Diaz, Editor. “With its winning mix of romance and a captivating story about the darker corners of the supernatural world, BLACK BIRD has continued to be a consistent favorite with readers. We look forward to fans catching the complete series with this new release from the Shojo Beat imprint.”

BLACK BIRD © 2007 Kanoko SAKURAKOUJI/SHOGAKUKAN

VIZ Media to Release Honey Blood Manga Series

VIZ Media has announced that the company will be releasing Miko Mitsuki’s shojo manga series, Honey Blood under its Shojo Beat imprint. The first volume in this 3-part series will be released on October 7, 2014. Honey Blood is rated ‘T’ for Teens, and the print volumes each carry an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN.

In the opening volume, everyone is on edge when a girl at Hinata Sorazono’s school is attacked by what seems to be a bloodsucking vampire. Hinata refuses to believe that vampires even exist, but then she meets her new neighbor, Junya Tokinaga, the author of an incredibly popular vampire romance novel. Dressed in a kimono with an old-world air about him, Junya has a taste of Hinata’s blood and tells her it’s sweet… Hinata can’t help but be drawn to Junya, but could it be that he’s actually a vampire—and worse yet, the culprit behind the attacks?!

“Junya Tokinaga is a mysterious and handsome man, so readers will swoon along with Hinata and become captivated by his complicated past and the bloodthirsty secret he hides,” says Amy Yu, Editor. “The stage is set for charged passion and love in this sultry series from Miko Mitsuki.”

MITSUAJI BLOOD © 2009 Miko MITSUKI/SHOGAKUKAN

VIZ Media Announces the Finale of Matsuri Hino’s Vampire Knight

VIZ Media has announced that the company will be releasing Vampire Knight Volume 19, the final volume of the series, on October 14, 2014. The final volume will be available in a special Limited Edition featuring an alternate cover and a hardcover mini art book. The standard edition volume will be available in print and digitally.

VIZ Media is also releasing the Vampire Knight “Night Class” Manga Box Set 2 on November 4, 2014; this set includes Volumes 11-19 of the series.

On December 2, 2014, the Vampire Knight: Fleeting Dreams novel will be released in print and digitally, housing a collection of prose short stories never before released in English. Also being released on that date will be the digital exclusive, Vampire Knight: Life, a special new manga chapter by Matsuri Hino.

Digital versions of Vampire Knight Volume 19 will be available for $6.99 (USD/CAN) and Vampire Knight: Fleeting Dreams for $10.99 (USD/CAN) on the same day of their respective print releases from VIZManga.com and and through the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® touch, Android-powered smart phones, as well as through the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, Comixology and GooglePlay stores.

“VAMPIRE KNIGHT is a groundbreaking series that has introduced many readers to the shojo manga genre,” says Nancy Thistlethwaite, Editor. “Shojo Beat debuts our first-ever Limited Edition release for VAMPIRE KNIGHT Volume 19! And in December, the VAMPIRE KNIGHT: FLEETING DREAMS novel will feature new illustrations by Matsuri Hino. The digital exclusive chapter, VAMPIRE KNIGHT: LIFE, reveals more of the story from volume 19. Don’t miss out on these special releases in celebration of this beloved manga series!”

In Matsuri Hino’s acclaimed series, the foreboding Cross Academy is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At twilight, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, protecting the Day Class from the Academy’s dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires!

VAMPIRE KNIGHT Vol. 19 Limited Edition · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·
MSRP: $15.99 U.S. / $18.99 CAN · Available October 14, 2014

Savor the tense finale to Matsuri Hino’s acclaimed paranormal series in a limited edition featuring an exclusive alternate cover and a mini hardcover 42-page art book.

VAMPIRE KNIGHT Vol. 19 Standard Edition · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·
MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN / $6.99 Digital · Available October 14, 2014

In the concluding volume to the series, Kaname vows to sacrifice himself. But Yuki vows to sacrifice herself to stop him. Zero takes a weapon in hand to protect what is dear to him. Whether parted for eternity or close enough to touch, they each will always desire their beloved…

VAMPIRE KNIGHT Manga Box Set 2 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·
MSRP: $89.99 U.S. / $99.99 CAN · Available November 4, 2014

Comprehensive manga box set features the second-half of the VAMPIRE KNIGHT manga series, Volumes 11-19, along with the hardcover 42-page art book. Set is contained in a gorgeously illustrated slipcase.

VAMPIRE KNIGHT: FLEETING DREAMS · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·
MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN / $10.99 Digital · Available December 2, 2014

Fans will not want to miss this special collection of manga short created stories by Matsuri Hino and Ayuno Fujisaki based on VAMPIRE KNIGHT! Stories include “Deranged Love,” in which a dying Rido reflects on his obsessive love for Juri. Kaname seeks to reward Yuki for doing well on her studies with tutor Aido in “Gifts for Yuki.” The story of Sara’s first love is revealed in “Hidden Love.” In “Queen of the Abyss,” after Zero parts ways with Yuki and returns to being a vampire hunter, he encounters a vampire named Shien.

VAMPIRE KNIGHT: LIFE (Digital Release Only) · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·
MSRP: $2.99 U.S. / CAN · Available December 2, 2014

In this exclusive digital manga chapter, Matsuri Hino returns to the events at the end of volume 19.

Vampire Knight © Matsuri Hino 2004/HAKUSENSHA, Inc.

Vampire Knight Frail No Yume © Matsuri Hino & Ayuna Fujisaki 2013/HAKUSENSHA, Inc.

VIZ Media’s Top Ten Selling Digital Manga for the Week of September 16, 2014

VIZ Media has announced the company’s top ten selling digital manga for the week of September 16, 2014.

1. Chibi Vampire Volume 13
2. Lucky Star Volume 2
3. Trinity Blood Volume 5
4. Fate/stay night Volume 9
5. One Piece Volume 72
6. Food Wars! Volume 3
7. Bokurano: Ours Volume 11
8. Bleach Volume 61
9. Skip Beat! Volume 33
10. Time Killers

Viz Media Releases Miyuki-chan in Wonderland as Digital Manga

Viz Media has acquired the license for CLAMP’s Miyuki-chan in Wonderland manga and is releasing it in a digital format.

The volume is priced at US$4.99 on VIZ Manga; the volume is also available via NOOK, iBookstore, Kindle, and Google Play.