Weekly Shonen Jump (March 23, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for Bleach, One Piece, My Hero Academia, Toriko, Food Wars!, Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment, Nisekoi: False Love, and One-Punch Man. The third chapter of Claymore is also included for Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “Jump Back” initiative, and a preview of the first chapter of Tokyo Ghoul has also been included.

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.

Bleach CH:620

Uryu tells everyone to stay where they are or he’ll shoot. Ichigo tries to reason with Uryu, but it seems like it’s no use. When other Quincies come to try to help Uryu, he shrugs them off. Uryu also sends Ichigo falling down toward the ground. Meanwhile, Yhwach decides to take the power of the right arm of Reio, and then decides he’ll try to do even more and take everything from Reio. At the end of the chapter, the other Soul Reapers feel the trembling start back up again.

I can’t believe that Ichigo is dead. Somehow, he’ll find a way to survive the fall and come back to take care of Yhwach, Uryu, and the Quincies. It appears the story is trying to start wrapping up, but I’m still afraid that Kubo will find a way to slow things back down again in order to stretch this final arc out and make the series last a little longer. I hope I’m wrong, because the recent movement in the story has been a welcome change of pace.

One Piece CH:780

It’s revealed that Trafalagar Law is still alive. Doflamingo tries to strike a bargain with Law, but his ultimate response is giving the middle finger and telling Doflamingo that he can’t stop Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates. This section ends with Doflamingo shooting at Law.

We then see Luffy reaching where Doflamingo is, and the two of them begin a battle. Luffy finds Law, and Law appears to have died this time. But Luffy doesn’t want to believe it.

So we’re finally returning to the fight with Doflamingo. Things don’t look good for Law at this point, but I wouldn’t necessarily rule out some kind of miracle here, either. And now this arc has finally reached the point where Luffy is about to take on Doflamingo and the other remaining member of the Doflamingo family. I expect the next chapter will be very action packed and focused on Luffy’s battle with the final bosses.

My Hero Academia CH:035

The third match between Kaminari and Shiozaki is over before it can even begin, with Shiozaki using her plant ability to trap Kaminari before he can do anything. Next up is Tenya Ida versus Mei Hatsume. Their match ultimately goes on for 10 minutes, but in the end, Ida is the one who moves on. When Urara goes to see Ida, they are joined by Midoriya, who informs them that two more matches ended already and that they were rather short. Urara is worried about her upcoming match, but Midoriya shows her a strategy he came up with to help her out. But Urara surprises him by turning him down. The chapter ends with Urara and Bakugo entering the ring for their match.

For the most part, this chapter glossed over several of the fights in order to rush through this section of the story. The only match to really get much attention in this chapter was Ida versus Hatsume. The only other seciton of this chapter that received much focus is the scene between Urara, Ida, and Midoriya near the end. I suspect the idea is to rush through these early matches and focus more on the semifinals and finals. Hopefully the next chapter will be more interesting than this one was.

Toriko CH:317

The Monkey King easily defeats Kaka, and as he does, 100 G Mountain begins to crumble. Toriko and the others give Komatsu pair, and it first, it looks like it didn’t work. But as Toriko takes his hand, and the hole in his chest begins to fill with pair. The group finds itself on another plane, and they see Komatsu’s heart floating by them. They try to grab his heart, but can’t succeed at first. Toriko manages to reach through Komatsu and get the heart, and place it back into Komatsu’s body. By doing this, the hole closes up and Komatsu comes back to life.

Fortunately, the fight between Kaka and the Monkey King didn’t last long, so the focus could be on Toriko and the others reviving Komatsu. Things looked rather bleak for a while there, and there was definitely a lot of tension going on. But I’m glad that everything turned out all right in the end, because I would have been rather upset if Komatsu had died.

Food Wars! CH:111

The construction phase for Shinomiya’s new restaurant is over, and now it’s time to prepare for the preopening reception. For this, Soma will serve as an assistant to Lucie Hubro, the meat course chef. It’s quickly time for the preopening reception, and the tension starts to run high. So far, the first customers enjoy the first part of their meal. Soma finds there’s a lot to do and that he has to do it in a hurry. Unfortunately, in all the rush, Soma manages to make a mistake. Abel, the head chef, makes it clear to Soma that he doesn’t see Soma as part of the team, that he’s simply just an intern. After this, Soma starts pushing himself harder.

So now the real challenge of working for Shinomiya begins. The pacing for the food preparation for a full-course meal is much different than what Soma is used to, so it’s not surprising that he’s getting confused and has a harder time keeping up. But I expect that since he’s still got a few more days to go on this assignment, Soma will be working hard to learn what he needs to in order to improve the job he’s doing in this particular kitchen.

Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment CH:015

Abaku argues that Pine’s father can’t prosecute the case because the school judgment is a system for the children by the children. It turns out there’s an Article 27 that allows an exception for certain adults if they’re properly qualified and are guardians of involved parties. Her fine begins the paperwork, and declares that Yamada shall be indicted as Evil Spirit 5-Meters Deep. It turns out he looked up intelligence on the students in the school and monitored the pool. The class president, who had also been watching the pool, is asked if this is true. He says that he saw her, but he didn’t see any sign that she had brought anything with her. The class president realizes that Pine’s father is using intimidation. Abaku says he will defend Yamada. And Pine’s father reveals that Pine will be leaving the school at the end of the next week.

The classroom session is called to order. Abaku questions Inako as his first witness. Then, Pine’s father calls Matsuoka as a witness. Right at the end of the chapter, Abaku says he’s going to ronpa the hell out of Pine’s father.

Wow, Pine’s father is an absolute jerk. All he does is look down on the kids and uses intimidation to get Matsuoka to say what he wants him to say. I’m looking forward to Abaku finding a way to school Pine’s father. He’s such a smug and pompous ass that he really needs to be schooled by a sixth grader.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:163

We find out that Chitoge will only be staying at Raku’s house for one day, because the house is in total chaos due to all of the packing that had been taking place. While Chitoge is there, she tries to help out around the house, but she has a mishap with the washing machine. When she tries to clean the house, Chitoge makes an even bigger mess. And then we see Raku helping Chitoge out with making dinner. Raku and Chitoge have to share a room that night, and they spend time talking about how everything seems to have returned to normal. Before they can fall asleep, Yui comes in.

Right at the end of the chapter, Onodera is looking for a CD and comes across a drawing that catches her interest.

Sigh. It turns out Chitoge living with Raku was only a one night thing. After all that’s happened in this story arc, it’s disappointing to see that everything will basically return to the status quo of before this story arc started. So we end up back in the same rut that we had been in before. In the long run, after it seemed like this series was making some progress, it takes at least two steps backwards. Hopefully this drawing that Onodera found will have an interesting story to go with it.

One-Punch Man CH:043.2

Just as it looks like Genos will prevail over Sonic, it turns out that Sonic is moving with special footwork and fast movement to create an afterimage. Genos decides that since he can’t see Sonic, he’ll just blast the whole area with his incineration cannons. Before he can do it, Saitama knocks him out of the way because he doesn’t want explosions in front of his house. At the end of the chapter, Saitama says he’ll fight Sonic.

Wow, the previous chapter was rather deceptive, because it certainly looked like Genos was beating the heck out of Sonic. So it wasn’t quite so one-sided after all. I should have expected that it wouldn’t have gone that easily. Now the stage is being set for Saitama to take on Sonic, and it’s going to be interesting to see how it goes.

Claymore CH:003

The “Jump Back” initiative continues with the third chapter of Claymore.

Raki awakens in an inn ar Egon Village. He learns his food and lodging have already been paid for by a silver-eyed witch. Raki has a quick bite to eat, then goes off to search for Clare. An villager comes up to Raki and says that a Claymore was looking for him. He’s told that she left the village and headed for the woods nearby. He goes to the woods and finds a Claymore, but it’s not Clare. This Claymore claims she’s the one who saved Raki. After she refers to herself as a Claymore, Raki pushes her away, knowing that they never refer to themselves by that name. The “Claymore” transforms into a yoma and takes Raki prisoner. Clare appears The yoma tries to use Raku to keep Clare from attacking, but Clare wonders what makes the yoma think a hostage will stop her. Clare throws her sword aside, and the yoma lunges toward her. It looks like the yoma has the upper hand, but Clare does something that turns the tide of the fight around. After the rescue is over, Clare asks Raki why he’s so far away from his village. As he starts to explain, Clare has a flashback to her childhood. Clare asks Raki if he can cook, and if he can, to follow her until they reach a town where he wants to live.

So we see Raki appear again, and that Clare had been looking out for him. And thanks to what happens here, Raki ultimately becomes Clare’s traveling partner. I suspect that at some point, they will form a true friendship during their travels. The pieces now seem to be in place for Clare and Raki to travel and encounter various yoma as part of Clare’s job. According to the end of the chapter, Chapter Four will appear in the next issue of Weekly Shonen Jump, so we can at least see how their travels together will begin.

Tokyo Ghoul CH:001

A preview of the first chapter of Tokyo Ghoul is also included in this issue of Weekly Shonen Jump. VIZ Media is releasing the firts volume digitally right now, and will be releasing it in print in June 2015.

We learn that monsters known as Ghouls feed on the dead flesh of humans. The story, however, focuses on Ken Kaneki, a rather normal college student. Kaneki is talking to a friend of his about Ghouls, and his friend mentions that it’s said that Ghouls hide amongst them disguised as humans. They’re at a coffee shop of some kind, and the girl that Ken is interested in comes in. After his friend sees the girl, he says he has to head off to work. It turns out they’re also reading the exact same book. As the girl heads in Ken’s direction, he accidentally drops his book. She helps him pick it up, and they begin talking with each other.

Ken talks with his friend later, and we learn that Ken will be going on a date with the girl and that her name is Rize Kamishiro. We then see them on their date, and they discover they have a lot in common. She asks Ken to walk her home since she lives near the building where a Ghoul recently attacked. On the way, she suddenly tells him about she’s noticed the way he’s looked at her. It looks like she’s going to kiss him, but then suddenly bites him on the shoulder. It turns out that Rize is a Ghoul. He tries to get away, but she captures him. Ken finds a pencil on the ground and manages to stab Rize with it. He tries to get away again, but Rize manages to stop him. But before she can do anything more, steel beams fall on her.

Ken awakens in a hospital and hears that he needs an organ transplant. They decide to use Rize’s organs since their blood types match…

Well, this certainly establishes an interesting story. Although I have to admit that I suspected that Rize was a Ghoul rather early on, so the revelation that’s made later in the chapter didn’t faze me as much as it would have otherwise. This is definitely more on the suspense and horror side of things, which is something that I’m usually not in a rush to read. However, this story has a decent start, so I might be interested in reading more of Tokyo Ghoul at some point.

Weekly Shonen Jump (March 16, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for One-Punch Man, Bleach, Nisekoi: False Love, My Hero Academia, Toriko, World Trigger, Ultra Battle Satellite, Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment, Food Wars!, and Boys Over Flowers Season 2. The second chapter of Claymore is also included for Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “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-Punch Man CH:043

Sonic arrives on the scene, and Genos says he’ll take care of him. Genos is able to surprise his opponent by being able to move faster than him. Saitama comments that Geno’s even faster than when the two of them sparred together. This short battle sequence ends up being rather one-sided.

This particular chapter was extremely action-oriented with very little in the way of dialogue, so it ended up being a rather quick read. Fortunately it’s a quick read, because the battle is so one-sided that it wasn’t very interesting to me. Hopefully the next chapter of One-Punch Man will be a little more interesting to read.

Bleach CH:619

Yhwach tells Ichigo that he never once thought of making him do what he wants, because their wills are connected. According to Yhwach, Ichigo has always been fighting for him since he awakened as a Soul Reaper. Yoruichi tells Ichigo not to listen to Yhwach, that what he says is nonsense. Ichigo tells Yhwach to shut up, and he fights back. After Yhwach taunts Ichigo, Uryu shoots Yoruichi with an arrow. As Yhwach tries to get to Reio, Yoruichi unleashes a power that she thinks will stop him. But Yhwach is able to repel it, and use his own power against Yoruichi.

Wow… this was a relatively quick read, but the story manages to make a little more progression. I’m glad to see that Ichigo didn’t listen to Yhwach, but I’m afraid about what’s happened to Yoruichi. She’s one of my favorite characters in the series, and I’d hate to see her die. But right now, it’s not looking too good for her. It looks like the next chapter could potentially see Ichigo and Uryu having to face off against each other, and that could be an interesting development if that happens. And hopefully the next chapter will continue to help this storyline progress

Nisekoi: False Love CH:162

Just as Raku and Claude are about to fight it out, Chitoge’s father intervenes. He says that Claude needs to stop, because everything’s been settled because the move has been cancelled. Her father changed his mind because he received a petition and an oath signed by every Beehive member in the house. Their oath is to not fight with the Shuei-Gumi. Chitoge’s father frees her from the locked room and says that Chitoge will stay in Japan until she finishes high school. Chitoge’s father says he has to thank Raku because he went to great lengths to aid his daughter.

Later, Chitoge talks to Raku and asks why he did all of that for her. After some contemplation, Raku tells Chitoge that it’s because he sees her as one of his best friends. Unfortunately, hearing this doesn’t make Chitoge happy, and Raku is confused about why she’s angry. But right at the end of the chapter, Chitoge’s father calls her and mentions that he heard about her wanting to move in with the Shuei-Gumi. He says he talked with Raku’s father and asks if she’d still like to move in with them.

I should have figured that the move was never going to happen. When I first saw read that Chitoge’s father had changed his mind, I found myself thinking that we would ultimately be returning to the status quo. But when Chitoge’s father asks her if she wants to move in with the Shuei-Gumi, that has given the series an opportunity to go in a new and slightly different direction. If Chitoge does move in, she and Yui would both be under the same roof as Raku. This potential change could open the doors for a change in the dynamic between Chitoge and Yui. But hopefully something is done to inject some new life into Nisekoi: False Love or at least help the series get out of the rut that it’s been in for a while.

My Hero Academia CH:034

After the match is over, people in the crowd start talking about how great Shinso is, how his Quirk would be great against villains, and wondering why he’s only in General Studies. In the end, Shinso tells Midoriya to promise him that he won’t lose in a sorry way out there.

Later, Midoriya talks to All Might about the vision he had while he was in the ring. All Might admits he’d seen these same figures when he was young, and that it’s a sign Midoriya is getting used to One For All. He explains that what he saw are the traces of the Quirk’s past bearers. But they can’t directly interfere or influence the current bearer, and he cannot affect them.

Now it’s a battle between Hanta Sero and Shoto Todoroki. Shoto ends up going overboard and immobilizes Sero, because he was annoyed at his father lecturing him right before he headed out to the ring.

Overall, there wasn’t much action in this chapter. The most action was in the final few panels, but the fighting was over so quickly that it seems like it hardly counts. Instead, this chapter focused more on Midoriya learning what was behind the vision he had, and reinforcing the idea that Shoto’s father only expects his son to get strong enough to defeat All Might. I suspect that the next chapter of My Hero Academia will focus on getting through more of the first round of the final event, and possibly speeding through them in order to move on to the second round. I suspect that the story is ultimately heading toward Midoriya and Shoto facing off against each other in the final round.

Toriko CH:316

We see that the Monkey King’s Pair dropped, even though they didn’t finish the dance. They’re confused at first, but they see that the Monkey King is smiling. Apparently, they satisfied him by accident. Then they discover that while both parts of Pair fell, one of them is missing. Komatsu shows up while in another plane, saying that both have to be caught at the same time. Toriko and Komatsu catch them. Komatsu says they must now combine Pair, and they combine them carefully so it appears in Toriko’s plane. They combine, and there’s crazy energy going on that causes Food Treasure Pair to be created. Komatsu says he needs to go, but asks Toriko to give him his hand. Yun appears with Komatsu, and they realize that he’s out of time and that they have to hurry and get him to swallow Pair. Kaka appears, demanding Komatusu and the Pair. Right at the end of the chapter, the Monkey King comes over to Kaka.

Wow, this chapter was rather weird. But I am glad to see that it appears that this story arc seems to be getting closer to its conclusion. But I really hope they can save Komatsu in time, because he’s one of my favorite characters in Toriko. I’d hate to see him die and be written out. I hope that the Monkey King is able to do something about Kaka so Toriko and the others can go about their business of trying to save Komatsu.

World Trigger CH:095

We get to see the commentary on the third round of the B-Rank Wars for a short bit, and then the reader gets to see the actual action that’s taking place in the stage. During the round, we see Akane from one of the other teams having a flashback about telling her teammates that her parents have decided to move away and take her with them. Back in the round, we see that cannon fire from Chika’s cannon takes out a nearby bridge. With this development, one of the squads tries to come up with a strategy that incorporates the fact that the bridge has been destroyed.

Even though the third round just started in the previous chapter, it felt like that not a whole lot of progression happened for this round over the course of this chapter. Overall, it felt like more time was spent on the commentary and on Akane’s flashback than on the actual round itself. Sure, the bridge was blown up, but not much else really happened here. Hopefully, the next chapter will do a bit more to progress this round of the B-Rank Wars.

It should be noted that World Trigger will be off next week.

Ultra Battle Satellite CH:003

We now see the fight between Jin and Sakura. Just as it looks like Jin will land a hit on her, she kicks her foot up and blocks him. Then, Sakura launches her attack and uses a flying double kick. Jin tries taking her legs out with low kicks, but she’s able to jump out of the way. She then lands a kick on Jin’s face. Jin declares that he’s going to show Sakura his “real karate that’s banned in matches.” But before he can do anything, she shows that she can move even faster and she lands another kick on him. Jin throws sand into Sakura’s eyes. Jin lands a blow on Sakura right at the end of the chapter.

Well, you definitely can’t complain when it comes to the action in this chapter. The chapter focuses exclusively on the fight, with the various moves and surprises one would expect from a shonen fighting manga.

Chapter Three was probably one of the best chapters I read of Ultra Battle Satellite, but it ultimately didn’t do much to improve my opinion of the series. Of the various “Jump Start” titles that were part of this recent initiative, this one is still my least favorite.

Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment CH:014

The chapter opens with a flashback of Pine’s and learn how this is the first time she’s stayed in a classroom for two months. We then see in the present that that Pine has received a transfer notice.

At school, Abaku is shown a note with newspaper lettering that declares that the opening of Tenbin’s sixth grade pool opening will be hijacked. He learns that after the discovery of the note, the Phys Ed committee checked out the pool and didn’t see anything unusual. They are approached by Junko Inagawa, a ghost story enthusiast who declares that the evil spirit 5-Meters Deep (which was mentioned in the note) exists. This student also mentions that goldfish have been disappearing from the courtyard pond and that an aquarium in a science room also vanished.

It’s eventually time for the 6th grade to have their swim class. When Sarutobi jumps into the pool, countless fish start jumping out of the pool, their lives ended by the freshly chlorinated pool. Abaku looks into what happened with the fish, and he determines it’s a criminal case. He tells Pine that they can’t start anything without an indictment from her. Pine’s father suddenly appears at the school pool, and he says that he himself will prosecute this final case.

I’m a little disappointed at the depiction of the sixth grade girls during the swim lesson. Many of these girls, who are about 11-12 years old, are drawn with chests that look like they belong on an older teenager or young woman. The girls with these larger chests are in bikinis that accentuate the large breasts. It’s disappointed that the decision was made to try to sexualize girls this young. If they were high school girls, it wouldn’t have rubbed me the wrong way, because I’m more used to that in anime and manga.

But the actual story itself was interesting. Pine’s father is a prosecutor who decides that he needs to take on Abaku himself, and he’s also made it so Pine will be transferring schools shortly after. It almost makes me wonder if he was somehow involved in the actual case with the goldfish and the swimming pool. It’s going to be interesting to see how Abaku going head-to-head with an adult prosecutor, as well as seeing how this case is solved and the explanation for how this case happened.

Food Wars! CH:110

We discover that Soma has been sent to help out in Chef Kojiro Shinomiya’s kitchen as his next assignment for Stagiaire Week. Soma is told to help out with the construction and interior decoration for the restaurant. We learn that even though Shinomiya may have gained a big name as a chef, his various sponsors are against opening up a restaurant in Japan.

Soma is introduced to the head chef’s aide from the Paris restaurant, and he’s basically Shinomiya’s right hand man. But we see that the head chef’s aide is unhappy about Soma being to friendly with Shinomiya. Soma tries asking Shinomiya about why he’s trying to open up a new restaurant in Japan. After Soma mentions that he’s happy to be working with Shinomiya in order to expand his abilities, Shinomiya says he’s opening a restaurant in Japan because it’s what he needs to do to get better.

This chapter is basically introducing the reader to some new characters that Soma will be working with during this assignment, as well as setting the stage for what will propel this particular story. There was definitely more dialogue and explanations here, but it was needed in order for the reader to understand what’s going on. Hopefully the next chapter will start seeing some more action take place in order for this particular story to progress.

Boys Over Flowers Season 2 CH:003

Oto gives Haruto a piece of her mind after hitting him with the meat. She then tells him that he is the worst and to never invite her to anything again. Haruto stews and thinks that this wasn’t the way he thought it would be.

Later, Kaito goes to see Haruto after hearing about what happened and to share what he has found out about Oto. It turns out that her family used to have money, but their cosmetic company has had bas business for a couple of years and now they’re in big debt, even after selling to a big company. Kaito says she’s no threat to him, that he should just kick Oto out and that no one will believe her if she blabs. Haruto can’t understand why his idol, Domyoji, would have chosen such a common woman. He then declares that making Oto quit the academy isn’t enough for hitting his face with a piece of meat, and he’s going to make her suffer for that.

At work, Oto is approached by a co-worker named Maeno. He appears to like Oto, but she doesn’t like him because he badmouths the customers and comes into the back when she’s restocking. We then see that Haruto is watching her in the convenience store in a nearby car with binoculars; Kaito is with him. Oto’s shift has ended, and they see Maeno following her. Maeno corners her in a dark park and asks to walk home. She’s confused, because he lives in the opposite direction. As Maeno grabs Oto, he is kicked from behind. Oto is surprised to discover that it’s Haruto who saved her.

Haruto seems to be feeling conflicted. On the hand, he keeps insisting that he will never have feelings for a commoner. He follows her around, claiming that he needs to keep an eye on her and make sure she doesn’t blab about him. However, as we see at the end of the chapter, he’s concerned about her when he sees Maeno following Oto and rescues her when she’s in trouble. It appears the story is being set up where Haruto will insist that he doesn’t have feelings for Oto, yet will keep doing things that seem to indicate that he does. The main question will be if Oto somehow develops feelings for Haruto, especially if he keeps managing to rescue her from situations like this one.

Claymore CH:002

When the village chief tries to pay Clare for her services, she says she doesn’t want the money. Instead, she swings her sword and chops off the top of his head. It turns out the chief was also a yoma. When she’s done, Clare says she’s leaving and that someone will come to collect the money. Rubel, the person from Claymore who collects the money for jobs, tells Clare about another job request they have received.

When Clare arrives in the city being attacked by a yoma, she seems to encounter the yoma immediately. It turns out that there are four other yoma hiding nearby. Clare finds herself in a battle with these yoma. After a bit of fight, she can take down all but once, which flees from the fight. Clare powers up and throws her sword at the yoma that’s trying to fly away.

Unlike the first chapter, Chapter Two spends much more time focusing on Clare’s fights with the yoma than on development. There are a couple of hints dropped in the volume in regards to some potential background for Clare, but nothing is explored in length. This was definitely an action-oriented chapter, but it does help establish Clare and her capabilities as a Claymore.

Weekly Shonen Jump (March 9, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for One Piece, World Trigger, My Hero Academia, Blue Exorcist, Food Wars!, Ultra Battle Satellite, Toriko, Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment, Cyborg Roggy, Bleach, Nisekoi: False Love, and Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign. This issue also includes the first chapter of Claymore, which is the next title for Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “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:779

At the beginning of this chapter, the Smile Factory suddenly explodes. Princess Mansherry is brought to Kyros, and she offers to heal him; however, he tells her not to use her powers on him because they must have a limit. We then see Sabo trying to free some of the straggling prisoners of the coliseum, and he’s making a call to let others know that Luffy may be in trouble. We then finally return to the fight between Luffy and Bellamy that started several chapters ago. At the end of it, Luffy gets a punch in that takes Bellamy down.

So it appears this chapter finally whittles the fighting down to just two more major enemy powers, with Doflamingo obviously being one of them. And with Luffy now defeating Bellamy, it looks like Doflamingo will be his next target. But whether or not the next chapter will move onto Luffy and Doflamingo, or whether it will focus on the other major enemy power that’s left, is unknown at this point. Personally, I think the other major enemy power will be focused on next in order to leave Luffy vs. Doflamingo as the last major battle.

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

World Trigger CH:095

This chapter opens with a flashback to eight months earlier, when Ko surpassed Arafune as an attacker and what Ko went through. He feels like he just steals everyone’s hard work with his Side Effect. Ko thinks he caused Arafune to quit as an attacker, but Arafune claims he had planned to quit when he hit 8,000 points.

We then return to present time, where Osamu, Yuma, and Chika talk about the stages that Nasu Squad are most likely to choose, and they also talk about their own team’s strategy. Then we see Nasu Squad talking about which stage they chose and their squad’s strategy.

And now it’s beginning of Round Three of the B-Rank Wars, and the commentators share their thoughts on Nasu Squad’s stage choice. The participants are sent into the riverbank stage, with a rainstorm for the weather conditions. The third round is just starting to get underway when the chapter ends.

So this chapter is basically setting the stage for the third round of the B-Rank Wars. However, we do get some brief backstory information on Ko, so that was helpful to understand why he acted the way he did in the previous chapter. Nasu Squad has definitely set up an interesting stage for this round of the B-Rank Wars, so it could be interesting to see how Osamu, Yuma, and Chika deal with this.

My Hero Academia CH:033

In this chapter, Shinso tells Midoriya that it must be nice to have everything handed to him, and then tells him to turn around and walk out of the ring. It turns out Shinso’s Quirk is brainwashing. We learn that Midoriya had been warned about Shinso’s quirk, and we see a flashback of what he was told. As Midoriya walks, he sees people and suddenly starts regaining his own consciousness. Midoriya turns around and faces Shinso again, and Midoriya can only think what he wants to say in return to Shinso in his mind because speaking to Shinso will activate the brainwashing again. The two end up getting into a physical fight, and Midoriya manages to win the round right at the end of the chapter.

So it looked like Shinso had found a way to make the round end easily with his Brainwashing Quirk. But somehow, Midoriya received some mysterious help. Midroriya does think a little about what this mysterious help could have been. Hopefully Midoriya and the reader can get some concrete answers for what happened to Midoriya in this chapter. And now that Midoriya managed has managed to make it past the first round, I wonder who Midoriya will have to face off against in his next round and what will happen to him.

Blue Exorcist CH:065

We see that the characters are back in school now, and Miwa thinks that he sees Renzo. Then we see a flashback to about a year ago, when Renzo was given a business card from The Illuminati. Director Shima was asked to have Renzo, his son, become a spy. The director is against it, but Renzo says he wants to do it. Rin comes to school, wearing a wif and and trying to pass himself off as Renzo because he feels responsible for Renzo leaving. But then the real Renzo shows up. Everyone is happy to see him, but they demand that he explain himself. He doesn’t give a real answer, so some of the others begin attacking Renzo. Right at the end of the chapter, Mephisto appears and tells them to stop punishing Renzo.

This chapter sees most of the characters trying to return to their “nomral” life after dealing with Gedoin and rescuing Izumo. But the main focus of this chapter is on Renzo. The flashback we see explains how he became a double agent. Unfortunately, since it doesn’t seem Renzo can tell his friends about it, he has to act in a way that makes his friends angry with him. I suspect that Mephisto will probably end up being the one to explain the truth to Renzo’s friends. I wonder how they’ll react to Renzo after finding out the truth of what he was doing and why he was doing it.

Food Wars! CH:109

Soma and Hisako are told they passed, and that the paperwork for their next assigned Stagiaire location should arrive tomorrow. As Soma talks with Hisako, he learns that she doesn’t have a lot of confidence and thinks she needs to follow in Erina’s footsteps. Soma advises her that instead of trying to follow in Erina’s footsteps, she needs to make herself into someone who can stand beside her. After saying this, Soma realizes that he needs to follow his own advice, since all he’s done up to now is try to follow in his father’s footsteps.

We then see Erina giving Megumi a ride home in her fmaily’s fancy car. Through their conversation, we learn that they both passed as well. As they talk, Megumi gives Soma a lot of credit for how far she’s come, and Erina doesn’t like hearing this.

A chef on his way to receiving his third star is in the process of opening up his first restaurant overseas is not happy to hear that Chef Dojima wants to saddle him with “useless students.” But right at the end of the chapter, Soma suddenly appears at his door.

So the first Stagiaire Week assignment is completed, and both teams that we followed passed. There was also some great character development in this chapter, especially for Hisako. And it was good to see that Soma has a better understanding of the fact that he’s just as guilty as Hisako is when it comes to trying to follow someone else’s footsteps. But I admit I’m a little confused about the Stagiaire thing, because at the beginning of the arc, it was established as being “Stagiaire Week.” I had assumed they would stay in one location for the week, and it appeared this first assignment lasted 4-5 days. So if this is a new assignment for the week, they only get 2-3 days for this one. Hopefully this will be clarified a little more in the next chapter.

Ultra Battle Satellite CH:002

Jin discovers that his bounty went up after winning his battle against Hosuto and that he’ll get $7,000 for winning the match. The next day at school, Jin demands to talk to Sakura. He learns that she was watching the match, but then asks her who she is and what U.B.S. is. She doesn’t answer his questions, but asks him to meet her at the shrine by the station after school.

Porky accompanies Jin to the meeting location, and Jin tells her it’s time to answer his questions. She reveals she has a U.B.S. phone, and Jin asks Sakura if she’s also a fighter. After Sakura activates her phone, she begins attacking Jin. By activating her phone, the match will stream worldwide for the people who pay to view it. Subscribers bet a fortune on the matches. The chapter ends with Jin accepting Sakura’s challenge.

Surprise, surprise! It turns out Sakura isn’t just a fan of U.B.S., she’s also a participant. I had my suspicions about her interest in Jin and getting him hooked up with U.B.S., and this chapter proved that my suspicions of her weren’t off-base. While Chapter Two was a little better than Chapter One, I’m still not sold on Ultra Battle Satellite yet. Maybe Chapter Three will be better than Chapter Two.

Toriko CH:315

The Four Kings start unleashing several powerful attacks on the Monkey King, but nothing seems to faze him. In fact, it appears almost as if he can move at the speed of light. After some fighting, all four of them manage to grab the Monkey King’s balls, but they won’t come off. Unfortunately, Toriko acts recklessly, and they’re no longer in sync; this allows the Monkey King to start getting the upper hand. The four of them fall, and they are surrounded by a colony of wild Sundorikos and their deadly pollen. The Monkey King grabs them and is just about to eat them, and Toriko decides he’ll eat the Monkey King back. Right at the end of the chapter, Toriko swears he can see Komatsu, and something happens to the Monkey King’s balls…

Well, then. That was an… um… interesting chapter. But I have to say I’m getting really tired of this whole storyline with the Monkey King and his balls. I hope that the ending of this chapter is trying to tell the reader that this particular storyline is almost over. Please, let this almost be over. It’s starting to feel like it’s being stretched out for longer than it needs to be.

Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment CH:013

The chapter opens with Abaku recapping the evidence that Sarutobi has presented for the case. Abaku asks Sarutobi why there were only sketches for the first two similar works and not the third one that was exactly identical. Abaku has a theory that Ms. Van Gogh was not the one who painted the identical third paintings. Instead, the two boys painted their own paintings intentionally in order to bring about a lawsuit since rumors of plagiarism already existed at the school. Abaku also wonders what Ms. Van Gogh’s weakness was that caused her to paint for the two boys to begin with. He then asks Ms. Van Gogh if she is ghost painting for her mentor, Suenari Yamo. They ultimately wanted this school judgment in order to save Ms. Van Gogh from Yamo. The boys say that Abaku’s theories are right. By the end of the chapter, Sarutobi and Abaku seem to bring about an end to their rivalry.

When some of the information about Ms. Van Gogh was revealed in the previous chapter, I somehow felt that she was painting for her mentor in some way, but I didn’t know whether she was being forced to or what. I hadn’t anticipated that Da Vinci and Picasso had been forcing her to ghost paint for them, or that they were doing this in order to help Ms. Van Gogh. While they had good intentions for what they did, I’m glad to see the students were made to do some weeding for calling for a school judgment under false pretenses. And I was glad to see Abaku and Sarutobi start to get along now. While Sarutobi will probably still have the basic personality he has now, I’m thinking he’ll be working with Abaku now instead of against him.

Cyborg Roggy CH:003

Roggy and Dog are approached by an investor of the Baubul Company. The original of an augmentation unit has appeared, and he wants Roggy to destroy it. Roggy goes to Baubul and discovers that it’s a toy company. Roggy claims to be a co-worker of the guy who approached him about the job, and he meets with two people from the business division. As Roggy is being led on a tour, he finds an employee, grabs him, and takes his uniform without his guide noticing. By getting access to a storage area, Roggy is able to investigate. Unfortunately, he is found, and he gets attacked wherever he goes as he flees. But Roggy is able to get past everyone. Just as he thinks he may have found what he’s looking for, the chapter comes to an end.

This was probably the most interesting chapter Cyborg Roggy that I’ve read. Unfortunately, it ends on a cliffhanger, and we have no guarantee of being able to read more of this series since it’s currently part of the “Jump Start” initiative. While Cyborg Roggy wasn’t my favorite series from this set of “Jump Start” titles, I can say it easily comes in second place. If it was ever decided to continue Cyborg Roggy in Weekly Shonen Jump, I wouldn’t be too adverse to the idea.

Bleach CH:618

This chapter sees Shunsui communicating with Aizen, in the hope that Aizen will want to help the Soul Society during this time of crisis.

We then move on to Yhwach facing off against Ukitake, who has now taken Reio’s place. Ichigo tries to get in Yhwach’s way. Yoruichi does what she can to protect Reio and Reio’s arm. The chapter ends just as Ichigo and Yhwach are about to get into what should be a major fight.

This chapter was ended up being a very quick read. While the scenes do include some dialogue to help make some minor progression to the story, most of the panels focus on action. I just hope Kubo isn’t back to try to stretch this story out simply to keep it going longer.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:161

Tsugumi asks Raku for help to save Chitoge, and he agrees. Tsugumi gives Raku instructions on how to sneak in while everyone’s packing for the move. With Tsugumi’s instructions, he’s able to get a key to the room Chitoge is locked in, but he has to avoid traps in order to get to her. Tsugumi tries to distract Claude, but he catches on. Tsugumi tries to attack, but Claude thwarts her attempt. Raku makes it to the room, and Chitoge lectures him for being stupid because he could get himself killed by coming here. When Raku tries to unlock the door, the key doesn’t work. It turns out Claude has the real key. Raku tries to reason with Claude, but the chapter ends with Claude threatening Raku.

Just as it looked like Raku would be able to save the day, it turned out that he was unable to. At this point, I’m still trying to figure out whether or not the series may be wrapping up, or if Komi is simply creating a long story arc that makes it look like the series could be ending. But I have to admit that these recent chapters of Nisekoi: False Love have been some of the best that I’ve read in quite a while.

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign CH:031

Yu and the others are at Nagoya City Hall, and they’re just starting to launch their attack on Crowley, Chess, and Horn. Guren and the others realize that even though there are 15 of them, they’re outnumbered by how strong the three vampires are. They have to decide whether to kill the hostages so they can’t be interrogated, or if they should split up their group to go after the vampires and free the hostages. Shinoa reminds everyone that their mission is to just be decoys so the vampires don’t notice their forces gathering in Shinjuku.

Meanwhile, the three vampires come up with their own plan to capture two of the commanders to take to Lord Ferid.

Guren orders that only his squad will go after Crowley Eusford, and that Narumi and Shinoa squads will use that chance to rescue the hostages. They are told they have five minutes to free as many of the hostages as they can, and that they must retreat right at the five minute mark. Goshi is ordered to create an illusion to make it look like there’s 200 of them. The squads move out to start into their respective assignments. Guren encounters Crowley, and the two of them begin to fight… but Crowley is able to take him down very easily. When Shinoa Squad sees that Guren is in trouble, they decide to abandon their mission and rescue him instead. We see Mika trying to get to Yu right at the end of the chapter.

This chapter sees Guren coming face-to-face with an enemy that’s actually leagues ahead of him when it comes to strength. Things are looking pretty bad for him at the moment, but I don’t think Shinoa’s squad is going to be able to help as much as they think they can. I’m predicting that while Shinoa’s squad might be able to slow the enemy down, they won’t be able to prevent Crowley and his minions from capturing Guren. I could be wrong, but I just don’t quite see a successful rescue operation here.

Claymore CH:001

Claymore is the next title being featured for Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “Jump Back” initaitve.

In Claymore, humans coexist with creatures called Yoma; the Yoma are sentient monsters that feed on human innards. A nameless and secretive organization was created out of half-human, half-Yoma warriors to protect the humans from the Yoma; however, this organization charges large fees for their services. The humans have called these warriors either “Claymores” due to the large, unsheathed swords they carry or “Silver Eye Witches” due to their appearance and cold demeanor toward others. The Claymores are created by the organization by implanting Yoma flesh and blood into humans.

At the beginning of the series, a small town is terrorized by a Yoma and a Claymore named Clare is assigned to take care of the Yoma in that village. Clare is a distant and quiet Claymore, and she occasionally has an impulsive side. While she is at the village, Clare meets a naïve and kind-hearted young man named Raki; his parents were murdered by a Yoma, and he lived with his brother and his uncle in the village. It turns out the Yoma who attacked Raki’s parents disguised himself as Raki’s brother, and was the Yoma attacking the village. This Yoma is killed by Clare, and soon after the Yoma’s defeat, Clare leaves the village.

My first exposure to Claymore came through watching the anime series first, and this first chapter was basically left intact in the anime adaptation. This chapter does a great job establishing the world this series inhabits, as well as what the Claymore are and how they came to be. While the interactions between Clare and Raki are relatively brief in this first chapter, the reader can already see that the two of them will end up forging some kind of relationship.

The art in this first chapter looks rather rough, though. I read a much later volume of Claymore a few months back, and the art definitely has improved over time and doesn’t look nearly as rough as this chapter does.

Weekly Shonen Jump (March 2, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for Food Wars!, One Piece, Nisekoi: False Love, Bleach, Black Clover, My Hero Academia, Cyborg Roggy, World Trigger, Toriko, Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment, One-Punch Man, and Boys Over Flowers Season 2. This issue also includes the first chapter of Ultra Battle Satellite, which is the next title for this wave of Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “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.

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.

Ultra Battle Satellite CH:001

Ultra Battle Satellite is the final series to launch as part of this wave of Weekly Shonen Jump’s “Jump Start” initiative. The series is set in a world where the strongest from all over the world gather for street fights with no rules in order to get rich quick.

The first chapter opens with the final for the Shin Karate Tournament between Shoma Hayakawa and Jin Matsuriya getting underway. Just as it starts, the story cuts away to Teihen High School, where Jin is getting lectured by his classmate Harunobu Takeda (aka Porky) about being disqualified from the tournament because he head-butted Shoma. We learn that Jin is jealous of Shoma because he comes from a rich family, and that he’ll never forgive Shoma.

Jin gets angry and decides to skip class. He discovers that one of his female classmates named Sakura Momochi has snuck out and followed him. She tells him that she was at his match the previous day and tells him that she thinks he’s right. As Sakura interacts with Jin, she comes across as rather obsessed with the real deadly fights with no rules.

When Jin returns home, we see that he doesn’t have a very good home life. We meet his sister, Rin, who works as a nightclub hostess and likes to get drunk. After his sister leaves for work, Jin discovers a package with his name on it. When he opens it up, he finds a cell phone inside. When he turns it on, a voice asks him to put his money where his mouth is in street fights. It has a message on it from Ultra Battle Satellite (U.B.S.) At first, he thinks it’s a joke, but then wonders if Sakura sent this to him. His thoughts are interrupted by a phone call from Porky, who says that he heard about an opportunity downtown for a street fight from Shoma.

When Jin and Porky go downtown, Jin sees Sakura in the crowd. But when he calls out to her, she walks away. Jin and Porky follow her, but they lose her. Instead, they find Shoma being beaten to a pulp by a guy named Hosuto Charaoka, who is known as a “noob hunter.” Shoma says he was too naive and that he and Jin don’t belong here. Jin decides to make a contract that allows him to begin street fighting, and Sakura watches on, smiling. At first, it looks like Hosuto has the upper hand, but Jin manages to break his opponent’s finger. Hosuto tries to continue the fight, but Jin has the upper hand. But then Hostuo grabs a nearby shovel, but before he can do anything with it, Jin stops him. The chapter ends with Jin winning the fight.

So far, I’m not terribly impressed by Ultra Battle Satellite. I wasn’t terribly impressed by the art, and there just wasn’t enough development for the characters to make me care about them after almost reading 60 pages. It just comes across as a series that’s going to be focusing on fighting and not much on anything else. Since I’m not a huge fan of fighting, there was really nothing to hook me into this series. Maybe I might change my mind after reading a couple more chapters, but there’s no guarantees.

Food Wars! CH:108

It’s now the fourth day of Stagiaire Week, and Hisaki is thinking over what Soma said at the end of the previous chapter. As she does some secretarial work, she discovers that since she and Soma started helping out, sales have been up and claims have been down. Soma appears and says the restaurant has to change because the two of them will be leaving soon or else it’ll return to the way it was before they arrived. Hisaki declares that they have to have an emergency meeting. During the meeting, Hisaki suggests that trimming the menu might be necessary. But as she tries to give advice, she receives a lot of blowback and is told that as a newcomer, she has no right to go that far. Soma then asks Mr. Mitamaru what kind of restaurant he wants this to be.

Meanwhile, Megumi senses that she’ll just be doing odd chores like washing dishes the whole time. When she tries to give a suggestion on something on the menu, the head chef doesn’t want to hear it. However, Erina asks to hear what Megumi has to say. It has to with giving the customers a choice on how much dressing they want on the fish salad, because of things she noticed on the dirty dishes that she washed. Erina is impressed by the idea, but the chef tries to brush it off because they’re both children. Just then, a waiter comes back and says a customer is requesting more dressing for the fish salad.

Three days later, a woman from the school who is monitoring the students’ progress goes to Mitamura’s restaurant, where she notices a change. The reader gets to see a flashback of what happened at the meeting in order to bring about this change. We then get to see that the restaurant is having success with this change. The woman declares that Hisaki and Soma figured out the first hurdle and overcame it. At the end of the chapter, it’s declared that they’ve passed the first test.

This chapter primarily focused on Hisaki and Soma, and we get to see how they ultimately pass this first test. It looked like it would be rough at first, since they were encountering a lot of resistance due to the fact that those involved with the restaurant didn’t want to change things because this is the way they’ve always done them. And when it came to Erina and Megumi, they had to deal with a head chef who comes across as believing that he knows best how to prepare and serve his foods and really didn’t want to believe that kids could come up with a better idea than him. It was great to have the waiter come back with the customer’s request to help prove the girls’ point.

One Piece CH:778

Elizabello, King of Prodence, declares that he will save King Riku. Meanwhile, Riku sees Pica heading his way and tells Viola and Tank to everyone else below. But others insist that Riku come with them. Zoro asks Elizabello to throw him in order for him to attack Pica. Zoro uses his Three Sword Style Secret Art and is able to slice Pica through his middle, and then cuts Pica’s top half in half. Zoro is trying to get Pica’s real body to come out and expose itself. Between Zoro’s swords and Elizabello’s punch, Pica is brought down.

Hooray! It appears that another one of the battles has finally come to a close. As more of these battles wind down, the closer we are to finally wrapping up this story arc. I started reading Weekly Shonen Jump about a year ago, and we’re still in the same arc that the story was in when I started reading this digital anthology. I know there’s at least one battle left to go, but there might still be one or two others. But we’ll know we’re getting even closer to the end of the arc when the focus returns to the fight between Luffy and Doflamingo.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:160

Chitoge approaches Tsugumi with her idea to stay in Japan, but at first, Tsugumi says that as a Beehive member, she cannot disobey the organization that she serves. Then Tsugumi says that her loyalty to Chitoge supersedes her allegiance to the Beehive and that she will do what she can to aid Chitoge. Chitoge then offers to have Tsugumi stay at Raku’s house with her.

Chitoge goes home and starts packing her bags to go to Raku’s, but she’s interrupted by Claude, who says her father wants to have a word with her. But instead of taking Chitoge to her father’s office, he leads her to another room and locks her inside of it. He reveals that he also knows about Chitoge’s plan to live with Raku. He tells her she’ll stay in that room until just before her flight back to the States. The room she’s in has a door reinforced with 40 mm of steel and bulletproof and shockproof windows. Tsugumi encounters Claude, who tells her that he heard everything but that she has done nothing wrong. Tsugumi is ordered to return to her regular duties.

When then see that Raku has been waiting for Chitoge and Tsugumi for two hours. He is also unable to reach Chitoge with his phone. We discover that the room Chitoge is in has no reception. Chitoge becomes upset over the prospect of not being able to say a proper goodbye to anyone. Right at the end of the chapter, Tsugumi calls Raku and she she needs his help to save Chitoge.

Just as I predicted after reading the previous chapter, Chitoge wasn’t going to succeed with her plan. I’m not surprised that it was Claude who had been monitoring Chitoge and gets in the way of letting her plan come to fruition. But it’s awesome to see that Tsugumi is true to her word about her loyalty to Chitoge superseding her allegiance to the yakuza. So now I’m wondering if we really might be seeing the series coming closer to an end, or if Raku and Tsugumi will somehow rescue Chitoge and the series keeps going.

Bleach CH:617

After Ukitake takes Reio’s place, the tremors stop; this catches Yhwach by surprise. Soi Fong states that the stability will only last at long as Ukitake’s life, but Urahara says that he doesn’t know because this is the first time he’s heard of or seen Kamikake. He then says that they have to create a gate and head to Reiokyu. But when they try, they discover that they don’t have enough spirital pressure. Kurotsuchi then arrives and tells them to use the spiritual pressure amplifier. It appears that this is working.

We then see Shunsui trying to communicate with Aizen. After removing the seal on Aizen’s mouth, something unexpected happens.

Hooray! I know I’ve said this the past couple of weeks, but I’m happy to see that this story is finally progressing after dragging its feet for almost a year. But at the same time, I’m almost afraid that once everyone is in position to take in Yhwach, the story will start dragging again by stretching out a final battle. I hope I’m wrong, though.

Black clover CH:003

Yuno is approached by Salim Hapshass, who says that even though he was chosen by the four-leaf, he’s still nothing but a lowly peasant. However, Yuno is able to defeat Salim in seconds. This marks the end of the examination, and each is told to come forward when their number is called out. The squad captains will raise their hand if they wish to have that examinee join their team. It’s up to the examinee whether or not to accept the offer. If more than one captain raises their hand, it’s up to the examinee to choose. If there are no takers, the examinee will not be able to join the Magic Knights.

We see five examinees and their fate before we see Yuno being called. All of the captains raise their hand, and Yuno declares that he wants to join the Golden Dawn. Asta is then called up. It looks like no one will want him, and the comment is made that no matter how high someone’s combat skills are, if it’s based on suspicious powers, no one will want a part of it. He’s told that no one wants him because he has no magical power. Asta declares that no matter how many times he falls, no matter what anyone says, one say he will become the Wizard King. The guy who had said these things is amused and asks Asta to join the Black Bulls, and tells him he doesn’t have the right to refuse.

Meanwhile, we see the guy who Asta beat in the previous chapter declare that he will revenge because he was only offered a spot in a lower-ranked squad because of that defeat. But as he’s about to try to do something, Yuno intervenes. When Asta joins up with the Black Bulls, he is told that since he can’t fly on a broom, he needs to learn another form of magic in order to move about. When they arrive at their headquarters, Asta learns that he has just joined the absolute worst Magic Knights squad.

So this is the final chapter of Black Clover to appear in Weekly Shonen Jump. I have to give chapter three credit for finally moving away from blatantly borrowing Naruto‘s formula. Unfortunately for me, it ended up being too little, too late in that regard. Black Clover isn’t necessarily a bad series, but I was distracted early on by noticing the issue with borrowing the Naruto formula, and I was never able to get into the series even after it broke out of that formula. I also have to add that in this chapter, Asta looks an awful lot like Hinata from Haikyu!!

My Hero Academia CH:032

The next round of the Spots Festival, a tournament that consists of one-on-one battles, is just about to start. Ojiro declares that he wants to drop out of the competition, saying he has no memory of how he got there. Nirengeki says they want to drop out as well due to the same reason. They are replaced by two members of Team Kendo, which took fifth place, but they say it should be two members of Team Tetsutetsu who should go in instead. Midoriya sees that’s paired up to fight with Shinso. But before the tournament begins, there are some festivities that ger underway. We see a brief montage of what happens at the festivities before moving on to the first round of the tournament. All Might goes to see Midoriya before the first round begins, who gives Midoriya some encouraging words. Just as the match between Midoriya and Shinso gets going, Midoriya freezes in place as the chapter ends.

This chapter is primarily here to get everything set up before the tournament gets underway. Since the chapter ends with the tournament just getting started, I feel safe in saying that the next chapter will have a large emphasis on Midoriya and Shinso’s battle. Because of the type of chapter this is, there really isn’t a whole lot to say about it. But I suspect I’ll have a much better write-up for the next chapter of My Hero Academia.

Cyborg Roggy CH:002

We see that Roggy keeps showing up at Dog’s regular job. A kid comes in and asks Roggy if he’s The Cleaner, and then asks Roggy to find someone for him. It turns out that she’s been sending monkey to him to live on, but he can’t get a hold of her. Dog seems to track down where she could be by scent, but they have to figure out how to get inside the location. Roggy just walks in, shows a picture of the kid’s sister, and asks where she is. When the guys try to give Roggy some attitude, he beats them up. The sister comes out and tells Roggy that he needs to leave. She says she’s there of her own free will. She’s apparently working for these people as an augmentation doctor. The kid, Yukiro, enters and catches his sister by surprise. Even though she keeps telling Yukiro to go home, Yukiro asks Roggy to save her. Roggy attacks again and ends up saving the older sister.

So this chapter shows the reader what the dynamic for the series could potentially be going forward, since the first chapter was basically just establishing our two main characters and how they ended up together in the first place. Cyborg Roggy is a decent enough series, although I think I liked Kagamigami the best of the titles that are part of this wave of the “Jump Start” initiative. So far, it looks like Cyborg Roggy would come in second place for me.

World Trigger CH:094

We see Yuma and Osamu talking at Tamakoma Branch about the fight Yuma had with Ko, and we are given some information about Ko’s Side Effect. Osamu says he’ll start gathering data on the other teams. He is advised to focus on both Suzunari-1 and Nasu Squad.

We then see Ko and other members from Suzunari talking about Ko’s fight with Yuma. And then we see Nasu Squad looking at footage of the fight between Yuma and Ko, which they are examining to try to come up with some strategy since there’s not much out there for Yuma. They also discuss what they know of Osamu and Chika as well to try to formulate a strategy. Right at the end of the chapter, the third match of the B-Rank Wars is just about to begin.

So this chapter is basically getting some exposition out to the reader, as well as setting the stage for how the various sides involved in the third match for the B-Rank Wars are formulating their strategies. But this chapter focused very heavily on dialogue, with little to nothing devoted to any real action. But that should change next week, as the third match of the B-Rank Wars should be going during it.

Toriko CH:314

It’s discovered at the beginning of this chapter that the Komatsu that Kaka has been seeing is one of Coco’s poison dolls. At that moment, the Choo-Choo Chomper’s self-amputation mode wears off, but Kaka is able to escape. Kaka declares that if Toriko and the others get in the way, Kaka will devour them.

We then see Toriko and the others doing the Monkey Dance with the Monkey King. As they dance, pair rings out joyfully and jingles along with the rhythm of the dance. But then they reach a point where one of the paintings in the ruins is completely missing, and they have to figure out what it was in order to impress the Monkey King. When they reach the point of that missing painting, the Monkey King quits dancing. They fail, and now the Monkey King begins attacking. Toriko and the others combine their 240 trillion cells and fight back. Just as they land a punch on the Monkey King, the chapter ends.

It was hinted in the previous chapter that Kaka wasn’t as much of an ally as they appeared, but it was a little disappointing to have this completely confirmed in this chapter. So what is Kaka up to? What is Kaka’s goal? Why did Kaka help them in the first place? And where is Komatsu, anyway? It’s too bad that the dance with the Monkey King ended in failure, because it means that this particular storyline is going to continue for at least another chapter. From what I’ve seen of Toriko, this is some of the worst I’ve personally seen when it comes to stretching out a story arc. Hopefully this story with the Monkey King will end sooner rather than later.

Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment CH:012

Abaku starts telling Tento about his history with Sarutobi, and how the first elementary school they attended together was the one where the Bloody Session happened. He tells about how he was really timid back then, and how Sarutobi was the same then as now. Sarutobi also had lots of friends who stuck by his side. Then we see in a flashback that Abaku, Sarutobi, and a a girl named Kijima walk into the classroom and discover the scene of the Bloody Classroom Session, where one teacher and 35 students were killed. Abaku and Sarutobi ended up with selective amnesia from the shock and had trouble recalling information, and the conclusion was made that the three of them were the perpetrators and were sent to a special educational facility. This then explains the second elementary school the two of them attended together: Onigashima Elementary, which came to be called the grade-schoolers’ penitentiary.

The classroom session for the current case now gets going. Sarutobi calls Ms. Van Gogh as a witness. It’s revealed that Ms. Van Gogh is Da Vinci’s older sister, due to a divorce and Van Gogh taking her father’s last name. It turns out Sarutobi uses his ninja skills to find absolute evidence, which makes up for the fact that he’s a poor speaker. Sarutobi then asks the rhetorical question of, “What if Ms. Van Gogh painted both Picasso and Da Vinci’s works?” Sarutobi then shows the concept sketches for the initial two paintings that started this whole case. Just as it looks like Abaku is defeated, he declares at the end of the chapter that he’ll ronpa the hell out of Sarutobi’s evidence.

I’m glad that we were finally given an explanation about the Bloody Classroom Session, especially since it’s been referenced so much in this series up to this point. It appears that Sarutobi’s introduction finally made this explanation possible. I hadn’t guessed at the relationship between Ms. Van Gogh and Da Vinci, so I was just as surprised as the characters when this fact was revealed. It’s going to be interesting to see Abaku ronpa what appears to be some rather damning evidence during the next chapter.

One-Punch Man CH:042

Hellish Blizzard starts using a psychic power and unleashes an attack called Hellstorm to kill Saitama. However, it fails, and Saitama starts lecturing her on how she won’t last long because she doesn’t understand heroes. He especially gets in her face about factions, preying on newbies, and securing her rank. But of course, Hellish Blizzard doesn’t listen and tries attacking Saitama again… and fails. Genos then arrives on the scene, and Hellish Blizzard is shocked to learn that a Class S hero is Saitama’s pupil. They are interrupted by exploding shuriken…

Wow, this Hellish Blizzard woman sure is a piece of work. I was so glad to see Saitama get in her face about her attitude. I also loved seeing her brain break when she learned that Saitama has a pupil who is a higher rank than him. There’s now a newcomer to the scene, and it’ll be interesting to discover who they are and what they want.

Boys Over Flowers Season 2 CH:002

Oto overhears her classmates talking about how cool Haruto is, and she thinks about his secret that she learned in the first chapter. Then we see Haruto complaining about how much his hand hurts after he punched an obnoxious boy from another school in Chapter One. When Haruto returns to school and hears all the hubbub, she shrugs it off by saying that he only did what was expected and to stop making a big deal out of it. When Haruto sees Oto, he remembers her threat of blabbing his secret if he tries to force her out of Eitoku Academy.

We then see Haruto talking to the other members of the Correct 5. While he doesn’t share any details, he talks about needing Oto to keep her mouth shut. Issa suggests that he could try to keep Oto quiet by making her his girlfriend. In his mind, if a girl falls hopelessly in love with a guy, she’ll do whatever he wants.

While Oto is at work at the convenience store, they invite her to join them for a barbecue. She’s able to accept, and Haruto overhears the conversation as he enters. He condescendingly tells them all to come to his house for the barbecue. They arrive at his house the next day, and there’s a catered barbecue all ready for them. Haruto tells Oto she can eat up the fancy food because it might be her only chance in her life. But then he has to add that if she were with someone like him, she could eat like this all the time. Just as he tells her she can bow down and beg, Oto does something that surprises everyone right at the end of the chapter.

Haruto certainly is an arrogant idiot, isn’t he? Issa ultimately gave him a very bad idea to start with, and Haruto has no idea how to truly execute the idea in order for it to plausibly work. He just sees Oto as the poor girl who’s blackmailing him, so he treats her with contempt even though he’s trying to make her fall in love with him. I’m wondering at this point if the idea is to eventually have Haruto actually fall in love with Oto over the course of the series. But if that happens, I can’t see Oto reciprocating any feelings for him.

Weekly Shonen Jump (February 23, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for One Piece, Black Clover, Kagamigami, Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment, Food Wars!, My Hero Academia, Nisekoi: False Love, Bleach, Toriko, World Trigger, One-Punch Man, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. This issue also includes the first chapter of Cyborg Roggy, which is the next title for this wave of Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “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.

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.

Cyborg Roggy CH:001

Cyborg Roggy is the next title to be included as part of this wave of the “Jump Start” initiative.

The series is set in a world where about a decade earlier, artificial biological implants known as “augmentation parts” started to get around.

Dog is hired to find out who attacked a cyborg. He’s handed the clothes of the cyborg who attacked, with the hopes that he can get a smell of the attacker. His car is vandalized, and his items inside it are stolen, including the bag of clothes he was given to try to track down the cyborg’s attacker. Dog is able to use his sense of smell to track down the bag of clothes, and he comes across a cyborg attacking the guys who wrecked his car. Unfortunately, a couple of nearby homeless men grab the bag and burn it. Dog talks to the cyborg and explains his situation. It turns out the cyborg wants to talk to Ignite, the leader of the group that hired Dog. Dog calls some of Ignite’s men over, claiming that the cyborg is the one who committed the crime. When Ignite arrives, the cyborg meets with him. When Dog tries to get away, the cyborg accompanies him as he’s fleeing from Ignite and his men. After they make it to a location with few bystanders, the cyborg is ready to take down his pursuers. When the cyborg is able to talk to Ignite again, he says he’s trying to get an umbrella back for a little girl and demands to get it back. The cyborg explains he’s trying to get the umbrella back because he made a promise. The cyborg also reveals that he actually has another score to settle with Ignite from much further back. After the cyborg defeats Ignite, Dog comes back with the umbrella. At the end of the chapter, the cyborg introduces himself as Roggy.

I have to admit that when I first saw the premise, it was making me think about how the idea of something enhancing people in a sci-fi setting was sounding kind of like the recently cancelled Hi-Fi Cluster. But as I read the actual chapter, it was quickly apparent that Cyborg Roggy and Hi-Fi Cluster are nothing alike. Roggy is definitely an interesting character. He comes across as such a “tough guy” right at first, but then we learn that he’s trying to talk to Ignite because of something that most people would regard as a silly reason. Roggy isn’t what I expected from a character with his type of design, but I think that this dichotomy works. It looks like Dog is going to be his weaker sidekick, so it’ll be interesting to see how this series continues with the two of them teaming up together. I definitely see some promise with this manga, and I’m hoping the next couple of chapters will see that promise manifest itself.

One Piece CH:777

It’s revealed that Kyros defeated Diamante in the battle. Unfortunately, Kyros, Rebecca, and Robin’s relief is short-lived when Pica arrives. After a conversation with Kyros, Pica leaves and returns to the battleground where he and Zoro were fighting. But instead of going after Zoro, Pica starts attacking the weak and injured. Then Pica is on the move, and it appears he’s after King Riku. Zoro decides to go after him.

So we officially wrap up the battle between Kyros and Diamante, and it now appears that the focus has shifted to Pica. But Pica isn’t satisfied fighting with Zoro, so he goes after King Riku in order to prevent his return to power. With the chapter being titled, “Zolo vs. Pica,” I had assumed that most of the chapter would have focused on their battle, so it was a little disappointing that they don’t actually battle each other at all. The only thing we get is Zoro getting ready to take Pica on right at the end of the chapter. I’m hoping that the next chapter will actually focus on Zoro and Pica’s battle. While I wouldn’t expect a battle between them to end in one chapter, I’m hoping to see their battle renewed in the next chapter since so much built up to that.

Black clover CH:002

Six months have passed since the end of Chapter One, and the story is set at the Magic Knights Entrance Exam venue. We see that both Asta and Yuno are here. While at the venue, Asta accidentally bumps into Yami Sukehiro, a leader of the Black Bulls, one of the Magic Knight squads; unfortunately, Asta doesn’t leave a good impression. When the exam is underway, William Vangeance, the captain of the Golden Dawn squad, calls for a magic tree to descend, and from its roots, it hands out broomsticks. The first test has the Wizard Knights hopefuls flying on a broomstick. Yano is able to do this easily. Asta, unfortunately, can’t even make himself float. We briefly see some of the other tests, and Asta is struggling. The final test has the participants engaging in actual combat. Asta is approached by a guy who simply sees him as a bottom dweller that will make him look better, and Asta accepts. Asta’s battle ends up being first. Everyone thinks Asta is going to fail, but he surprises everyone when he uses his grimoire and easily knocks out his opponent.

First of all, I have to say that I couldn’t help but think that Gordon Agrippa, one of the characters introduced in this chapter, strongly resembles Marilyn Manson. That was so distracting! But when it comes to the actual story itself, I couldn’t help thinking that Black Clover has accelerated the Naruto formula a little and moved the important exam up to the second chapter. While the Magic Knights Entrance Exam isn’t exactly like the Chunin Exam, they’re both very important exams for their respective stories. And the main reason the test was moved up so much earlier is the fact that Asta doesn’t need to worry about the team building that Naruto and the rest of Team 7 had to go through. While this chapter isn’t quite as blatant about the Naruto formula as the first chapter was, I can still see it here. I’m really hoping that Chapter Three can succeed in breaking away from the Naruto formula even more than Chapter Two did.

Kagamigami CH:003

This chapter shows us that someone going by “Hollow Rabbit” has given the power to control shikigami to someone that he met on the Internet, and the Shikigami Association is concerned about it. It’s also revealed that the ripper who was captured back in Chapter One had an unregistered ghost device embedded in his chest area, as well as a huge parasitic worm in his abdomen. An executive named Karasuma is assigned to talk to Kyosuke Kagami, since he was the one who captured the ripper.

Karasuma goes to visit Kyosuke at Mako’s place. He tells the both of them that he’s the association’s task broker, and that it’s his job to match an appropriate shikigami user to a task. It turns out that there’s an outbreak in Tokyo of random grudge killings using shikigami, and Kyosuke is given the task of hunt down the individual who is sharing the knowledge of shikigami usage.

Later, Karasuma takes Kyosuke to the person he’s been paired up with for the task. He’s been paired with one of the association’s top three most violent people. We’ve been seeing “Hollow Rabbit” trying to convince someone to acquire the power to control shikigami, and it turns out that this person is the guy that Kyosuke has been teamed up with. We learn the guy’s name is Keiichi Shido, and he’s already started attacking “Hollow Rabbit.” Right at the end of the chapter, it’s discovered that Mako has stowed away in the vehicle with Karasuma and Kyosuke.

Well… this isn’t the direction I had expected this manga to go in. It’s not necessarily a bad direction, but it’s not what I was expecting. From the three chapters of this series that I’ve read, I think it has a lot of potential. Unfortunately, it looks like I won’t be able to read more of it immediately, since this is the final chapter that’s going to be run as part of the “Jump Start” initiative. If it gets a good enough response, it could end up being added to Weekly Shonen Jump in the future.

Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment CH:011

Abaku and Tento go to school on a day that it’s closed in order to meet with Hikari Takasu, who has been accused of plagiarism. Meanwhile, Sarutobi is meeting with Vin Daichi, the one who has accused Hikari of the crime. Sarutobi’s meeting isn’t very productive, but Abaku’s meeting with Hikari is much more helpful. Abaku is shown three pairs of art; the first two really aren’t that similar, but the third one appears to be an exact match. They meet Ms. Goh, who helps out with the third and fourth grade art classes, and is an alumnus of the school. She had an artwork that placed in a prefecture-wide contest, and Hikari looks up to her. She used to paint with both Hikari and Vin when they were younger. Hikari has an article with him about Ms. Goh’s teacher that she studies under, and Abaku notices that Ms. Goh’s work that placed in the contest has a similarity to her mentor’s work.

Later, Abaku and Tento go to observe Sarutobi at a classroom session that’s taking place at the school next door. But when they get there, they find an end-of-day meeting going on instead of a classroom session. They’re five minutes late, and the classroom session is already over and done. Sarutobi tries to wager that if Abaku loses, the two of them should join forces; Abaku refuses. At the end of the chapter, Tento admits to seeing Abaku’s clippings about the Bloody Session and asks Abaku about it.

From what I saw in this chapter, it appears that somehow, Ms. Goh is involved with this plagiarism case. However, I can’t quite figure out how she did it or why yet. And it also appears both Abaku and Sarutobi were involved in the Bloody Session that had been hinted at earlier in the series. With Tento admitting to seeing the clippings and asking Abaku outright, I wonder if the next chapter will see Abaku providing some background for that, or if the next chapter will jump straight to the civil suit. I’ve been really curious about the Bloody Session since it was first mentioned, and I’m really hoping the next chapter will at least provide a little more information on it.

Food Wars! CH:107

In this chapter, we see that Megumi and Erina have been paired up together for Stagiaire Week, and they’re assigned to work at a restaurant called Excellent. Erina tells Megumi to concentrate on nothing except staying out of her way. The head chef tells them both that they’ll be starting out by washing dishes. Erina says she refuses, because it is proper to assign a person tasks appropriate to their skill level. Three days later, Erina has proven herself with her culinary skills. However, the head chef isn’t happy about Erina taking over his kitchen.

Overall, this chapter focused more on Erina and Megumi than it did on Soma and Hisaki. Not surprisingly, Erina makes a big splash in the kitchen. While the head chef isn’t happy about this at first, he ends up having to admit that Erina knows what she’s doing and allows Erina to give her opinions on the dishes. But at the end of the chapter, it appears Soma may not be entirely satisfied with the location where he and Hisaki have been assigned and thinks there needs to be a change. It’ll be interesting to see if the next chapter will show us what Soma is thinking.

My Hero Academia CH:031

Midoriya is approached by Todoroki, who asks Midoriya is he’s All Might’s illegitimate child or something. Midoriya denies it, but then asks Todoroki why he would think that. Tadoroki believes that Midoriya is hiding some kind of connection. And since Todoroki is the son of the second greatest hero of all time, he’d want to crush Midoriya if he was connected to All Might, the number one hero. Meanwhile, All Might encounters Endeavor, Todoroki’s father, and asks for advice on training the next generation. Endeavor isn’t willing to help; all he says is that he created Todoroki so he could be molded in order to defeat All Might. We then see Todoroki explaining his situation to Midoriya and saying how much he hates it. After sharing some words, Midoriya makes his own declaration of war: he says he’ll beat Todoroki.

The primary purpose of this chapter was to provide backstory for Todoroki. As someone who’s jumping into the middle of this series, I appreciate getting backstory on any of the characters, because I hope it will help me to better understand who these characters are and the story that they inhabit. We definitely seem to be building to a rivalry between Midoriya and Todoroki, which becomes a second generation rivalry of Endeavor and All Might. From what’s shown at the end of this chapter, it looks like the next chapter will start showing the final event that pits the 16 members of the winning teams into a series of one-on-one battles.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:159

This chapter opens how the previous chapter ended, with Shu asking Raku who he likes more: Onodera or Chitoge? Raku insists that he only sees Chitoge as a friend, but Shu doesn’t seem entirely convinced. Shu even bluntly tells his friend that he thinks that Raku has started to like Chitoge. Raku then runs into Onodera, who is making a farewell cake for Chitoge. Onodera says that all it seems she can do now is decorate cakes, and Raku gives her words of encouragement. When Raku mentions that he wishes there was something he could do to help Chitoge, Onodera surprises Raku and herself by saying that he should help her. This is because he knows more about Chitoge’s home situation than she does.

Raku goes to look for Chitoge. When he finds her, she tells Raku she’s come up with a great plan. Since her father won’t let her stay in Japan because she won’t be well-guarded, Chitoge comes up with the idea to move in with Raku so she’d be under the protection of Raku’s father’s yakuza. Raku tries to argue, but Chitoge points out that Yui lives there. Raku justifies Yui’s being there by saying that she’s more like a big sister. He also argues that her father and Claude would never truly let her live there. Chitoge looks sad and has to admit defeat. But when he sees her sad expression, he decides that he’ll try to convince his father and the other members of the yakuza. But then he asks what Chitoge’s plan is if he’s able to succeed; her response is that she’ll sneak out without a word and hide at his place. She mentions that Tsugumi would probably stay with them as well. But at the end of the chapter, we see that someone has been listening in on the conversation…

Well, at first glance, it appears that Komi has found a way to keep Chitoge and Tsugumi in Japan and keep the series from ending. When I thought that, I found myself feeling a little disappointed. But seeing those final two panels makes it obvious that this isn’t going to go according to plan. I suspect that the person listening in on the conversation will somehow keep this plan from coming to fruition. And if I’m right about that, there’s still a good chance that what we’re seeing now could potentially be leading toward the end of Nisekoi: False Love.

Bleach CH:616

Yhwach tells Ichigo and the others that no matter what they do, Reio cannot be resurrected. Then the scene shifts to the Soul Reapers, where Ukitake declares that he will take Reio’s place. He summons something called Mimihagi. We learn that Ukitake was supposed to die when he was three. His parents went to a shrine for Mimihagi, a god who is said to be the enshrined right arm of Reio that fell from the sky long ago. His parents began a prayer to offer Ukitake’s lungs, and because of this, he lived. Ukitake is performing a ritual called Kamikake, which allows Mimihagi’s power to spread from his lungs to all the organs in his body. He has now become Mimihagi’s dwelling. Right at the end of the chapter, we see Shunsui calling out to Aizen.

Wow… what a backstory for Ukitake. It’s interesting, but I’m also a little sad to see that he is now transforming in order to replace Reio. I’ve always liked Ukitake as a character, and with this change happening, he won’t ever be the same again. But just like with last week’s chapter, it truly feels like Kubo is finally trying to progress this story arc for Bleach. Events are starting to happen one after another, and the story isn’t feeling like it’s being unnecessarily stretched out. Please, Kubo, keep this up, and don’t drag out any more battle scenes.

Toriko CH:313

Kaka sees Komatsu awake and sitting up, but then he appears to start melting. Meanwhile, Toriko and the others join together for an attack; but before they launch the attack, Sunny envelops the ring with his hair in order to conceal their fight from outside viewers. During this “fight,” Toriko and the others finally understand what Monkey Martial Arts really is. We also get to see a flashback of when Coco explains something he had seen in a mural at the ruins they visited earlier, and how this helped them to come up with their theory about the truth of Monkey Martial Arts. And near the end of the chapter, it appears that Kaka may not be what they appeared to be…

In the end, not much really happened in this chapter. It was more of a chapter to share some exposition with the reader and to build up to what should be the next action sequence in the story. It looks like Toriko and the others understand what Monkey Martial Arts is, and what they need to do in order to reach their objective. And it appears Kaka hasn’t been entirely honest with Toriko and the others. Hopefully more will be answered about Kaka sooner rather than later.

World Trigger CH:093

This chapter sees Ko Murakami from Suzunari-1 introducing himself to Yuma, and Yuma introduces him to Osamu. Ko is there to see the rookie attacker who cut down Arafune and the team whose strategy forced him to draw his Kogetsu. When Ko is looking for someone to help him practice, Yuma volunteers. Yuma is warned not to do it, because he’ll jeopardize his next match. When Arafune and Yosuke say they’ll keep their mouths shut, Ko says he has two conditions for his fight with Yuma. While this is going on, Chika is having a conversation with Reiji, and we get a little bit of backstory for him. We then see at the end of the 10 rounds of Yuma and Ko’s battle that Ko won, and that Yuma lost five times in a row. Right at the end of the chapter, Ko’s Side Effect is revealed.

This was a chapter that was focused more on building up toward the next battle in the B-Rank Wars, as well as providing some character development for Reiji. It was a little disappointing that we never actually got to see the battle taking place between Yuma and Ko. All we saw was when they took a break at the halfway point and right after they finished their final round. If the anime makes it this far, I really hope that they’ll see fit to animate the actual battle instead of mentioning it’s going on but not showing any of it. After the big deal that was made about the risk Yuma was taking to accept this fight, I felt cheated that we never got to see any of it.

One-Punch Man CH:041

This chapter opens with Wild Monkey, Hellish Blizzard, and Eyelashes going after a target’s hideout. Meanwhile, Genos senses something approaching quickly. When Genos goes to investigate, he finds Speed-O’-Sound Sonic, who claims to be Saitama’s rival and wants to settle things with him. But then someone calls out for Saitama and says that Hellish Blizzard wants to talk to him. Saitama has no idea who she is. Hellish Blizzard’s sidekicks call Saitama a cocky noob who hasn’t come to see Hellish Blizzard and offer her a customary greeting for when joining Class B. He’s told about the hero factions that exist, and is told he won’t last long unless he joins one. She asks Saitama to join her, and he refuses. She sics her goons on him, but Saitama easily punches them away into the sky.

Basically, this chapter introduces the idea of hero factions, as well as a new hero that I’d personally never seen before. Hellish Blizzard definitely came off as being really cocky, and I was so glad to see Saitama easily punch away her goons. She so deserved that! I wonder if future chapters of the series will end up introducing other heroes from other hero factions, and if they’ll try to recruit Saitama.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal CH:51

Yuma says they’ve got one hope left, and that the other guys protected this last hope with their lives. They are truly able to release the power of the four elements, and that the legend of the Astral World rises again. By combining with Astral, Yuma becomes Zexal. Zexal plays a Spell Card. He also explains that for the ultimate duelist, all duels are preordained. Not only that, but the cards he draws are created by the duelist. Zexal is able to summon Hope Zexal, which keeps his opponent from activating effects. Zexal uses his Hope Sword and slashes at E’rah, knocking her Life Points down to 0. With that, E’rah is defeated and her world is gone. Those who died also come back to life. Yagumo’s soul is also freed from E’rah’s control. Haruto also comes running over, and his soul has returned to normal. Right at the end of the chapter, Astral says that all of their Numbers must be returned to him.

Yes! The battle with E’rah is finally over! But in a lot of ways, once Zexal was summoned, it became rather anti-climactic. I found myself thinking, “You built this up all this time and then it ends this quickly?” Oh, well. At least that battle’s over. But even though the major battle is over, the series isn’t done quite yet. It looks like the situation with Yuma and the Numbers still needs to be resolved. But it does seem like this manga may be ending sooner rather than later.

Weekly Shonen Jump (February 16, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for One Piece, My Hero Academia, Bleach, Food Wars!, Nisekoi: False Love, Kagamigami, Toriko, and Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment. This issue also includes the first chapter of Black Clover and Boys Over Flowers Season 2, which are two more titles for this wave of Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “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.

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.

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Black Clover CH:001

Black Clover is the second title to be included as part of this wave of the “Jump Start” initiative.

In this series, humanity has come close to being decimated by the demons, but one mage was able to save mankind. He has become known as the Wizard King and has become a legend.

The story focuses on a 15-year-old boy named Asta, whose goal is to someday become the Wizard King; unfortunately, he doesn’t know how to use magic. Not only that, he keeps trying to propose to a nun. Asta sees another young man named Yuno as his nemesis, but Yuno tries to brush him off.

It’s now March, and it’s time for the 15-year-olds to have their awarding ceremony for grimoires, which are supposed to increase their magical powers. We see that the orphans, Asta and Yuno, are looked down by their peers as they come to the ceremony. When the grimoires are handed out, Asta discovers that one isn’t coming to him. Yuno, meanwhile, gets one with a four-leaf clover on it, which apparently is the same one that the first Wizard King received. Asta is disappointed, but he’s still determined not to give up.

Yuno is captured by Revchi, a former member of the Magic Knights, who tries to steal Yuno’s grimoire. Asta suddenly appears and tries to take Revchi on with brute strength, but it doesn’t work. When Revchi uses his chains on Asta, he says they can sense a person’s magical powers… and that Asta has absolutely no magic power within him. When Revchi mocks Asta and calls him a loser, Yuno defends him. We also see a flashback of an event that happened with Yuno and Asta when they were younger, and the promise they made about becoming the Wizard King. During this confrontation, Yuno declares that Asta is his rival. As Asta is about to attack Revchi again, a grimoire suddenly appears in front of Asta, and it has a five-leaf clover on it. It appears to
transform into a sword. It appears that this is the grimoire of anti-magic. Asta declares that his magic is never giving up. At the end of their chapter, they renew their promise to see who becomes the Wizard King.

So far, it feels like this author is simply trying to apply the Naruto formula to his story, but has accelerated the pace of the formula somewhat. A loudmouth, obnoxious boy wants to be a ruler someday, but currently does not have the skill(s) needed in order to achieve that goal. The loudmouth sees the aloof and naturally talented boy as his nemesis, but the other boy wants nothing to do with the loudmouth. The loudmouth is also looked down on by the other townspeople. The loudmouth is also determined that he will never give up on his dream. The loudmouth also declares that his way is “never giving up.”

Black Clover isn’t necessarily a bad series, but I think I would be able to enjoy it a lot more if I wasn’t seeing the overly blatant use of Naruto‘s formula appearing in this first chapter. The use of the formula was so obvious that it was hampering my enjoyment of the chapter because I was distracted by how easily I was noticing it. To be honest, it really hasn’t been that long since Naruto ended, so I think it may be a little too soon to try to publish a series that’s so obviously using its formula. Oh well. Hopefully the other two chapters that will be published as part of the “Jump Start” initiative will start to noticeably deviate away from Naruto‘s formula.

One Piece CH:776

This chapter sees the Tontattas and their allies starting to tear Smile Factory down to the ground. The scene then shifts to Fourth Step, Flower Field, where Kyros continues his battle with Diamante. Diamante uses his power to disguise spiked metal balls as confetti. Robin uses her Devil Fruit power to create a flower umbrella to protect herself and Rebecca. Kyros, meanwhile, is able to knock the spiked balls aside with his sword. At one point, it looks like Kyros is down for the count, but he gets back up and is able to make it through the remaining spiked metal balls. Kyros launches an attack on Diamante just as the chapter ends.

This chapter basically focuses on Kyros and Diamante, which some flashbacks for both Kyros and Rebecca during Kyros’ battle. While the battle may not quite be over yet, it’s looking like Kyros will ultimately defeat Diamante and get revenge for the death of his wife, Scarlet. I hope we can see the conclusion of this battle in the next chapter, because it will tie up one of the various battle storylines that’s going on across Dressrosa. The more of the battles that can be resolved, the easier it will become to start following what’s going on.

My Hero Academia CH:030

The Human Cavalry battle is still underway. Team Bakugo steals two headbands, which puts them in third place. There’s now 20 seconds remaining, and Izuku gets a headband. Unfortunately, he discovers that his team has been tricked as to which one they were getting, because the other team switched the headbands around. But thanks to the work of his other companions, Team Midoriya still manages to make it to fourth place, which allows them to proceed to the final event.

So this chapter wraps up the Human Cavalry battle. It was a very action-packed chapter, and several surprises happen along the way. It’s good to see Izuku’s team moving on to the final event. but it was hard for me to root for anybody since I really don’t know any of these characters yet. I’m hoping that as I’m able to read more of the series and get more a feel for the characters and the concept, that I’ll care a little more about My Hero Academia and maybe even come to enjoy it.

Bleach CH:615

Yhwach tells Ichigo that it will be by his hand that Reio’s life will end. Ichigo wonders why the sword he has won’t leave his hand. Yhwach explains what happened with Ichigo and the sword. In response, Ichigo lunges to attack Yhwach. Meanwhile, Urahara and the Soul Society captains see the roof coming down around them, and Urahara wonders if Reio is dead. He then says that if they do nothing, the Soul Society, Hueco Mundo, and even the World of the Living will cease to exist. Back with Yhwach, Yoruichi tells Orihime to restore Reio with her power. She tries, but it doesn’t seem to work…

Wow, after how the long the story has been dragging on, it seems like Kubo is finally moving things along! The situation is looking very bleak right now, and Kubo has really upped the stakes with this chapter. Is everything destined to be destroyed, or will our protagonists find a way to bring an end to this? Kubo did a good enough job with this chapter that I have to say that this is the most interested I’ve been in the recent Bleach material in almost a year. Keep it up, Kubo!

Food Wars! CH:106

Soma and Hisako meet Mamoru Mitamura, the third-generation owner of Mitamura’s Western Cuisine. The owner asks the two of them for autographs, since they’re students at Totsuki Institute. Later, when Soma and Hisako talk, Hisako says she won’t be hanging around Erina anymore because she failed during the quarterfinals of the fall classic.

Hisako has to deal with her first experience with a rush of customers. We discover that the customers come from the bullet trains at the nearby station, and it gets so hectic and crazy that people cancel their orders because the restaurant can’t keep up. They discover that as one wave of customers leave, another wave arrives. Soma takes charge with the second wave, and things are going a lot more smoothly, due to his real world experience from his father’s restaurant. When it looks like one table’s food isn’t getting to them, Soma hands table duty to Hisako and he cooks. The end of the chapter hints that the true test of Stagiaire Week was just beginning.

The reason for the chaos at the restaurant ended up being different than I had thought it was after reading Chapter 105 last week. However, I like this explanation a lot better than the one I had come up with. I have a feeling that over the course of this story arc, Hisako will start regarding Soma more seriously than she has at this point. Soma was really able to shine in this chapter by being able to show the real world experience he’s acquired from working with his father. And now I’m curious as to what the “true test” of Stagiaire Week is, because I can’t even begin to guess at what this is hinting at.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:158

We now see the announcement being made in Paula’s class that she will be transferring as well, and that this will be her last week at her school.

We then see Tsugumi talking with Raku, and she mentions that she’ll more than likely not going to continue going to school when she goes to America. But Tsugumi also admits that she enjoyed going to school with Raku and the others and getting to spend time with classmates her own age. And then she says that Chitoge is unable to stay in Japan because she’s not strong enough. Tsugumi also asks Raku to write to Chitoge often, because she will miss him terribly. Raku tells Tsugumi to keep in touch with him, too. Raku gets a surprise when Tsugumi says she’s glad that Raku was Chitoge’s boyfriend and that he really did well by her.

Chitoge has gathered signatures of ten members of the family who have agreed to stay with her in Japan. Claude shoots her down, though, saying they can’t leave so many Beehive members behind in Japan. Chitoge declares that she’s not giving up, that there are people in Japan she doesn’t want to leave behind.

We now skip ahead to Chitoge and the others’ last day. Shu and Raku discuss what’s going on, and the chapter ends with Shu asking Raku this question: “Right now, between Onodera and Kirisaki, who do you like more?”

At this point, it still appears that Chitoge really is leaving and that the series may finally be winding down. It could still turn out to be a story to psyche the readers out, but I’m hoping that’s not the case. If that happens, I’m going to feel very deceived by Komi and potentially not be interested in what would happen next in Nisekoi: False Love. To be honest, I believe it’s time for the series to be wrapping things up, because there really isn’t anywhere else for the story to go outside of finally solving the mystery of the locket and the keys.

Kagamigami CH:002

This chapter sees Kyosuke and Hakuten-Maru moving in with Mako. They discover the office area is super clean, but everywhere else is rather filthy. Unfortunately, the landlady arrives and demands that Mako pay the rent. When the landlady says Mako has no skills as a detective, Kyosuke jumps to her defense and says that he is her assistant. The landlady gives them the case of finding her missing cat. If they can find the cat by midnight, Mako will get a two-week extension on her rent. Since it’s 10:00 p.m., they only have two hours. Kyosuke merges with Hakuten-Maru and help Mako out. Mako has borrowed the cat’s favorite basket, but it appears Mako’s ability hasn’t fully returned. Just as it looks like Mako didn’t make the deadline, Kyosuke appears saying that he’s found the cat. The landlady is willing to grant the extension, but tells Mako that she has to start working harder.

So far, I’m very happy with how this series is continuing. Having Mako bringing Kyosuke to live with her and almost be evicted due to non-payment of rent was the logical next place to go, since we knew she wasn’t making any money through her detective agency. Kyosuke was able to save her butt this time, but I think that by working together, she’ll be able to start building her business. Mako and Kyosuke seem to have a good chemistry for working together, so that should be an asset for going forward.

So far, of the two new series I’ve read for the “Jump Start” initiative, this one has been my favorite. There’s still two more series to sample, so we’ll see if this opinion continues or not.

Toriko CH:312

The Four Kings’ demons emerge in their left arms, even though they didn’t mean for it to happen. But this ends up protecting them from the Monkey King’s first attack. The Monkey King is pissed about having his balls grabbed, and he’s no longer interested in simply just playing. While Toriko and the others take on the MOnkey King, Kaka goes to see Komatsu and discovers that he’s awake and sitting up.

For the most part, not a whole lot happens in this chapter. It’s primarily the Four Kings and Kaka talking. There’s the beginning of a fight right at the end, with Kaka’s discovery with Komatsu. At this point, I’m more interested in getting an explanation for what’s going on with Komatsu than the fight that’s taking place with the Monkey King. Hopefully the next chapter will touch on the mystery surrounding Komatsu.

Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment CH:010

Abaku is approached by two art students who claim the other is stealing their ideas and are seeking a classroom arbitration. Abaku isn’t interested in copyright cases, though. But when Abaku sees a couple of the art pieces, they look exactly the same, so he decides to take it on after all. Because of the type of case it is, it’s a civil suit.

Meanwhile, a student is stopped as he runs through the halls, and he’s dressed like a ninja and uses shuriken-shaped magnets.

When Abaku gets the information on the forthcoming civil suit, he discovers the other attorney is Kotaro Sarutobi, and Kotaro suddenly shows up in Abaku’s office. It turns out that Kotaro is Abaku’s rival, and is the ninja student we saw running around the school. Kotaro announces that he’ll be transferring into Tenbin Elementary next week, and he wants to bet Abaku’s office on the civil suit session. Abaku turns him down. Later, Abaku tells Tento that Kotaro is probably better than him, because going by the numbers, Kotaro hasn’t lost any cases.

So the series is introducing a new character, and it appears to be one who’s going to be obnoxious. And it looks like Pine isn’t going to be involved with this particular case. But why am I not surprised that a ninja character has the last name of Sarutobi? Even with the obnoxious new character, this case is introducing the concept of a civil suit to the series; previously, all of the other cases had been criminal trials. So I’m curious to see how a civil suit is done through the classroom arbitration concept, as well as what exactly is going on with this case.

Boys Over Flowers Season 2 CH:001

This new Boys Over Flowers manga is being released digitally twice a month in English for free simultaneously with Japan on VizManga.com and the Viz Manga app. Beginning with this issue and continuing for the next four chapters, Boys Over Flowers Season 2 will be joining Weekly Shonen Jump as part of the “Jump Start” initiative.

Boys Over Flowers Season 2 is set after the F4 from the original series graduate from Eitoku Academy, and this series follows a new set of characters. It appears the new group is the Correct 5. But here, we see that Eitoku Academy is starting to fall apart, and fewer students are enrolling in the school.

The Correct 5 is conducting a “Peasant Hunt” and forcing people to withdraw from the school if their parents aren’t paying into the school endowment. But as we see the Correct 5 talking, we learn another elite school called Momonozono has opened up and is attracting students away from other schools. They’ve had an 18 percent increase in enrollment, while Eitoku Academy has seen a 20 percent decrease in applicants over the past two years. If Eitoku can’t meet the enrollment quota, they’ll have to admit more students and they won’t be able to maintain their high standards. That’s why they’re driven to get rid of the “paupers” who can’t provide the school with donations.

A girl named Oto is trying to hide the truth about her situation from the other girls at school. Unfortunately, on her way home, she has a run-in with the Correct 5. She uses another lie and manages to run off. Later, when Haruto from the Correct 5 tries to disguise himself to pick up some items at a convenience store, he runs into Oto, who works there. They recognize each other, and Oto thinks her time at Eitoku is over. Haruto is afraid that Oto will spread rumors about him around the school.

The next morning, Haruto confronts Oto, but they’re interrupted by a couple of guys from Momonozono trying to convince a girl to leave Eitoku. Oto asks Haruto if he’s going to protect the girl being cornered by the guys from Momonozono. She has something he forgot to pick up at the convenience store, throws it at him, and tells him if he has the time to buy junk like that, he should use the time to better himself. Oto goes to help the girl, but the guys from Momonozono starts hassling her, too. Haruko has a flashback, which gives him the courage he needs to stand up to the guys from Momonozono. Oto tells Haruko that she won’t say anything about him for now, but if he tries to force her out, she’ll blab about everything.

From what little bit I know about the original Boys Over Flowers manga, this is very much in the same vein. Although it’s interesting to note that the Correct Five includes a female character, which wasn’t the case with the F4. And with this volume, while the main female isn’t rich like the main female in the first series, she’s got something she can hold over the main male’s head as blackmail in order to keep him from making her leave. I’m not sure where the series will be going from here, but I’ll find out as the other three chapters appear in Weekly Shonen Jump.

Weekly Shonen Jump Announces Titles for the Next Round of the “Jump Start” Initiative

Weekly Shonen Jump has announced the four titles that will be included in this round of the publication’s “Jump Start” initiative:

  • Kagamigami (Mirror God) by Toshiaki Iwashiro: This title made its first appearance in the February 9, 2015 issue of the publication. This series is based on a one-shot
    titled, Shikigami Twilight Days, which ran in Weekly Shonen Jump in 2014.
  • Black Clover by Yuki Tabata: This title will see its first chapter published in the February 16, 2015 issue of Weekly Shonen Jump. The series “takes us on an enchanted journey into a world of magic and fantasy.”
  • Cyborg Roggy by Yuu Miki: This title will see its first chapter published in the February 23, 2015 issue of the publication.
  • Ultra Battle Satellite by Utsumi Yuusuke: This title will see its first chapter published in the March 2, 2015 issue.

Viz Media began the “Jump Start” initiative in Weekly Shonen Jump in September 2014. In this initiative, the English publication will run the first three chapters of “almost every single” new series that debuts in Shueisha’s original Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in Japan.

Source: ANN