Weekly Shonen Jump (July 27, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for My Hero Academia, Nisekoi: False Love, Bleach, World Trigger, Toriko, Food Wars!, and Black Clover. This issue also includes the third chapter of Best Blue, the next title in Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “Jump Start” initiative, the fourth chapter of Dragon Ball (which is the current title to be featured for the “Jump Back” initiative), and the first chapter of the Twin Star Exorcists manga to preview the series.

For the series that carried over from previous issues I’ve read, I tried to put a little more focus in my write-ups about the progression of the story from the previous chapter. I will warn you that these write-ups will more than likely contain spoilers.

I only started reading Weekly Shonen Jump back in late February/early March of 2014, which means there’s a number of series published in the magazine that I jumped in the middle of. Since then, I’ve been able to start reading older chapters of some of the titles, but I haven’t managed to do this for all of the titles yet. Because of this, there may be times I might inadvertently include incorrect information in the write-ups. If you see something in a write-up that’s incorrect due to my having not read earlier chapters of a series, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know. Not only can I correct the incorrect information in the write-up, it will also help provide information for me to have when reading future chapters of a series in Weekly Shonen Jump.

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

My Hero Academia CH:052

Midoriya discovers that Ida can’t move because he’s been cut by the Hero Killer. Ida tells Midoriya not to interfere, but Midoriya inists on staying. Then a battle begins between Midoriya and the Hero Killer. During the battle, Midoriya uses his full cloak and finds that it works. But the Hero Killer managed to get a cut in on Midoriya, which affects his ability to move. And just as it looks like Ida’s done for, something surprising happens.

This ended up being a rather bittersweet chapter. On the one hand, Midoriya discovered that his full cloak actually does work. But on the other, it still wasn’t enough to entirely dodge and protect himself from the Hero Killer’s Quirk. After Midoriya was knocked down, I really thought that Ida was done for. So I was legitimately surprised by what happened right at the end of the chapter. I’m actually looking forward to reading the next chapter to find out where the story will go to next.

Best Blue CH:003

After arriving in Tokyo, Souta takes Takumi to a tournament. It turns out Souta entered Takumi into it. It’s hosted by a swim club that Souta knows, and he’s using it as a prebattle before Takumi enters high school. While there, Takumi meets Oshiro, someone that Souta knows. While training in the sub pool, Takumi meets an arrogant boy named Yohei Onaga. When Takumi competes in his first race, it’s shown that he’s really fast. And at the end of the chapter, we see he came in first place.

So I guess I was wrong about seeing him going into high school in this chapter. But we do get to see that Takumi doesn’t quite understand the etiquette that’s expected at swimming competitions, and that he seems to have already made a rival out of Yohei. I expect the story will be set up where Takumi and Yohei will either be going to the same high school and competing on the same team, or that they end up on rival teams.

So it looks like this is the end of Best Blue for the “Jump Start” initiative. It’s a decent series, and perhaps it’s one I might grow to like better if I was able to read more of it. If there’s enough interest from the readers of the English Weekly Shonen Jump, there could always be the potential for Best Blue to become a regular manga featured in the publication.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:179

Raku learns from Yui that she was planning to leave after she told him how she felt and that she feels like she’s depended on him too long already. She’s now renting an apartment and moved most of her stuff, because Yui suspected what his answer would be. Yui reiterates that she’ll tell what she knows about 10 years ago once Raku decides who he cares about the most. But she does throw out something: she’s not Raku’s promise girl. We then see Yui informing Chitoge that Raku rejected her, and it appears Chitoge wants to be friends with Yui. Near the end of the chapter, Yui learns that the marriage proposal was made up.

So, Yui may no longer be part of the harem, but she hasn’t been written out of the series completely. That makes sense, considering she’s a teacher at Raku’s school. She can’t just simply up and leave at moment’s notice. Besides, it appears she still holds a clue to the promise 10 years ago. I had suspected that the marriage proposal was probably fake, so that didn’t really catch me by surprise. But I’m hoping that with this development, maybe Komi is starting to lay a foundation for bringing Nisekoi: False Love to an end.

Bleach CH:636

The Soul Reapers see an opponent that has made its head grow larger. Kenpachi’s broken arm suddenly starts twisting on its own and he rips it off. Mayuri can’t figure out what the opponent’s abilities are and advises Kenpachi to stay away. Kenpachi decides to disregard this advice and charges toward the opponent. As Kenpachi attacks, Mayuri comes up from behind and sends a sword through him. Mayuri uses an anesthetic, and it works on both Kenpachi and on the opponent. Mayuri then starts to take on the opponent.

This chapter focuses exclusively on Mayuri, Kenpachi, and the group of Soul Reapers with them. However, the main focus is on Kenpachi and Mayuri. From what’s shown here, it looks like Kenpachi could be down for the count, thus allowing Mayuri to become the star of this battle. It looks like the stage is being set for Mayuri to toy with this opponent in the next chapter.

World Trigger CH:110

The solo Rank War between Yuiga and Osamu gets underway. After their first bouts are done, Osamu wonders why Yuiga is an A-Rank. He later learns that Yuiga is the son of Border’s biggest sponsor. The next day is Chika’s birthday, and Osamu learns on that day that Chika let it slip out that she can’t shoot people. Osamu now has to come up with new strategies for their upcoming B-Rank War. We then see Azuma Squad meeting and working out their own strategies for the upcoming battle. A few days later, we see that Osamu is still a long way off from making his goal in the Solo Rank War, but he is learning how to get more hits which should allow him to help his team. Then the fourth round of the B-Rank Wars begin.

This chapter basically spends a lot of its time trying to quickly get through the days in order to get to the beginning of the next round of the B-Rank Wars at the end of it. Not much in the way of action really takes place, and it’s more of an exposition chapter than anything else. Since the chapter ends with the beginning of the next round of the B-Rank Wars, I feel safe in saying that the next chapter will be focusing on that.

Toriko CH:332

We see some of the chefs in Blue Grill talking amongst themselves, and their discussion turns to Ichiryu. Their conversation is interrupted and informed and their turns are coming up. The cooking battle between the Ten-Shell Masters and the human chefs is gearing up to get started. The story then returns to Komatsu, who learns about soul transactions and learns about these people’s ancestors. He also learns what the project is that Chaco mentioned earlier. Komatsu asks where Chaco was taken to. Before he can do anything, Komatsu receives a call about the cook-off.

This chapter spends a bit of time establishing the Ten-Shell Masters, but it’s also important because of Komatsu learning the truth about the people who live in the slums. He’s received a call about the cook-off, but I have a suspicion he’ll decide to skip out on it and try to rescue Chaco instead. I can’t see Komatsu abandoning someone who he knows needs help.

Food Wars! CH:128

We learn that on the third day of the festival, Soma’s cart is still in the red because of how big of a hole they found themselves in at the end of the first day. Kuga comes over to Soma and tells him that he’s an eyesore and tries to intimidate him to close up shop. We then see Soma and Megumi in the kitchen, with Soma trying to figure out a way to improve his father’s tofu recipe. It’s now the fourth day of the festival, and we see that Soma has arranged to have benches by his booth for people to sit and eat at. Soma also unveils his mapo tofu.

This chapter sets up that the odds still seem to not be in Soma’s favor. But the night before the fourth day of the festival, he comes up with a couple of ideas that are revealed at the end of this chapter. It’ll be interesting to see how these new ideas help Soma out. I’m sure they have to, because the author isn’t going to have his main character expelled from the school.

Black Clover CH:023

The chapter begins with the distinguished service ceremony. This ceremony introduces several new characters and explains why each of them are being recognized for distinguished service. Then it goes to the reception taking place after the ceremony. Asta ends up being noisy and acting like a stereotypical bumpkin at this fancy affair, and some of the wizards recognized at the ceremony look down on him. They also look down on Yuno as well, simply because he comes from the country. It turns out one particular wizard is Noelle’s older brother. She’s also looked down on by an older sister and another brother. She tries to run away, but Asta tells her that she doesn’t need to run. A wizard uses their magic on him, but Asta repels their magic.

This chapter establishes just how snooty some of these long-time wizards are. It also provided insight into how many people from Noelle’s family are involved and how much they look down on her. I’m not surprised that Asta encouraged Noelle to not run away from her snooty relatives and their taunts. When one of the magicians uses their magic on Asta to silence him, I couldn’t help but think that it might have been inspired by one of Gaara’s sand jutsu attacks from the Naruto franchise. And just when it seemed like the Naruto comparisons were disappearing. But my biggest frustration with this chapter was with how many new characters were being thrown out at the reader. There was no way I was going to remember who any of them are.

Twin Star Exorcists CH:001

This chapter was published to promote the first volume of the Twin Star Exorcists manga, which VIZ Media released on July 7, 2015.

Rokuro is from a family of exorcists, but he’d rather be a singer, a soccer player, or anything but an exorcist. He’s constantly getting shot down by girls, with the most recent one asking Rokuro if there’s anything right about him. In order to ask this girl out, he skipped out on a kegare excorism and is scolded. We learn that Rokuro had been fighting as an exorcist until two years ago, and that he was talented at it. It turns out that Rokuro is also the only survivor of Hinatsuki Dorm. We then get to see a flashback of the training Rokuro did when he was younger. As Rokuro is walking around thinking about his life, a girl falls from the sky and falls into a nearby river. He jumps in to save her, but she’s not hurt and gets herself out. Rokuro then realizes he can’t swim and asks the girl for help. After he’s saved, Rokuro thinks that the girl looks rather cute. She needs help finding a location on a map, and Rokuro tries to help her. Unfortunately, he manages to get them lost. As they walk, something happens, and the girl reveals that she’s an exorcist. Rokuro realizes she’s an exorcist and understands what she’s talking about, but he tries to claim he isn’t an exorcist. When another kegare attacks, the girl gives Rokuro another talisman and tells him to get himself and a couple of kids out of the area. The girl makes a reference to the Hinatsuki tragedy, which surprises Rokuro. We then hear an explanation of what the tragedy was. When he hears one of the kids crying, it reminds him of the Hinatsuki tragedy. Just when it seems like the girl has given up again the kegare, Rokuro suddenly jumps in. It turns out he has a black paper talisman with nothing written on it, and we see a flashback of how he got it. Rokuro uses the talisman and is able to defeat the kegare. The girl is impressed, but lectures Rokuro for jumping in when she didn’t ask for help. Rokuro learns that the girl’s name is Benio. We see that the two of them don’t like each other and want nothing to do with each other ever again. When Rokuro returns home, he finds that Benio is there and that she’ll be staying with them from now on.

This seems to have a rather classic set up of a protagonist who has a gift but doesn’t want to use it, and ends up in a situation where they’re forced to do something. The relationship between Rokuro and Benio is the classic rival setup, and after seeing the two of them say that they never wanted to see each other again, it was obvious that they would be together at some point. I kind of had a suspicion that the map Rokuro was unable to follow would lead to his home. Even though some of the elements were predictable, there was still an interesting idea going into this. From this chapter, it looks like Twin Star Exorcists might have potential.

Dragon Ball CH:004

Goku and Bulma officially meet Master Roshi. As a reward for Goku saving Trutle, Roshi summons Kinto’un, a magical cloud. Bulma sees that Roshi has a Dragon Ball hanging around his neck, and she gets it from him. Now she and Goku have four Dragon Balls. Right at the end of the chapter, they reach what appears to be a deserted village.

Well, this is the last chapter of Dragon Ball to appear for the “Jump Back” initiative. It basically introduces Master Roshi and establishes how pervy he is. For plot advancement, though, Bulma was able to get her hands on another Dragon Ball. The chapter ends with a hint of what could happen with the next storyline in the series.

I like Dragon Ball, so I have to admit that I will miss reading it in Weekly Shonen Jump in next week’s issue.

Weekly Shonen Jump (July 20, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for Nisekoi: False Love, One Piece, Black Clover, My Hero Academia, Toriko, World Trigger, Bleach, and Food Wars. This issue also includes the second chapter of Best Blue, the next title in Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “Jump Start” initiative, and the third chapter of Dragon Ball (which is the current title to be featured for the “Jump Back” initiative). And right at the end of the volume there are cosplay pictures from both Anime Expo and San Diego Comic-Con.

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.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:178

Raku is taken aback by Yui confessing her feelings to him. Yui says she knows that Raku’s relationship with Chitoge isn’t real, and she asks him what the chances would be of him coming to feel for her the way she feels for him. Raku has no idea how to react because Yui has blindsided him so badly. As he thinks, Chitoge’s face suddenly appears in Raku’s mind. After a few moments, Yui apologizes for putting Raku on the spot and says he doesn’t have to answer right away. Raku then finds himself having to think seriously about the girls in his life and how he feels about them. Later, we see Raku give Yui his answer: that he sees her as a sister. That night, as Raku mulls over things in his mind, Yui comes into his room and usual and lays down next to him. Yui says she thinks she can move on, and the last panel has her saying, “So long.”

Well… that was shocking. After how much Komi has been trolling readers recently, I was so sure that this would be another case of being trolled again. But Komi actually made a major change in the dynamic of the series. So there should now be at least one less girl in Raku’s harem. And the one who went first was the girl who most recently joined. Could this be a sign that perhaps Komi is starting to think about winding down this series? Honestly, I hope so. Between the characters being in their final year of high school and the fact that so little progression has been made to the overarching story after all this time, it would be nice to finally see the series working toward reaching a conclusion.

One Piece CH:794

At Kyros’ house, we see various cast members recuperating after the big battle. It also includes Sabo having a flashback to his childhood and how he became separated from Luffy and Ace as kids. He had lost his memory, and it was through learning of Ace’s death that his memory returned to him. It also includes a flashback of when Sabo and Luffy reunited. After sharing his memories, Sabo decides to be on his way.

This chapter is basically a flashback and backstory story, but I appreciated getting it. And we do see that Sabo is moving on and won’t be traveling with Luffy and the Straw Hats. So now it looks like the Straw Hats need to heal and regain their strength before they move on from Dressrosa and discover what their next adventure is going to be.

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

Black Clover CH:022

Asta and Noelle are told they need to give a report to the Knights Headquarters about what happened at the dungeon. On their way, they run into the members of Golden Dawn, who are also on their way to make a report. We learn that Mimosa seems to be interested in Asta. But it looks like Noelle is interested, too. When they report to the Wizard King, we learn they retrieved a spell from the dungeon before it collapsed. From something we see the Wizard King thinks, it appears that Yuno has been chosen by somebody because of being able to perform this spell in the dungeon. Asta then shows the Wizard King the strange writing that appeared in his Grimoire. The Wizard King doesn’t recognize it, and Asta pulls out the anti-magic sword. When the Wizard King touches it, it starts absorbing his magic. Yuno and Asta ask how one becomes the Wizard King. After hearing his answer, Yuno and Asta are more determined than ever.

So this chapter allows our main characters to finally meet the Wizard King, and through exposition, the reader finally learns how someone can become the Wizard King. It’s been Yuno and Asta’s goal since the beginning of the series, but no explanation had been given prior to this chapter. We also get a hint that there’s something important about Yuno from what the Wizard King thinks. It looks like the point of this chapter was to provide some exposition, as well as to encourage both Asta and Yuno to continue working toward their goal.

My Hero Academia CH:051

Midoriya escapes from the train to try to find Gran Torino. We then see Gran Torino trying to take on a villain. But during the fight, another hero arrives on the scene. When Midoriya arrives on the scene, he sees that Ida has run off. We then return to Ida’s fight with the Hero Killer. It looks like the Hero Killer has already gotten the upper hand on Ida. But just as it looks like Ida is going to receive a fatal blow, Midoriya arrives on the scene and distracts the Hero Killer.

This was a very action oriented chapter, focusing on the nomu attacking the city and on Ida’s fight with the Hero Killer. Of course, it’s not surprising that the Hero Killer was able to overpower Ida rather quickly, since Ida is still in training. I’m not surprised that Midoriya arrived in time to help protect Ida, but could something still happen to Ida? Midoriya is also still a trainee, so there’s going to be a limit as to what he can do. With Midoriya’s comment about Ida in the narration in an earlier chapter, I still suspect that something could happen to him. Even if Ida isn’t killed, he could end up being seriously injured like his brother.

Best Blue CH:002

We see Souta begin training Takumi. We see that Souta intends to work Takumi hard, especially since Takumi has potential but no real skills. It turns out that Souta only has six months to get Takumi up to high school level training. We then skip ahead to the fourth day of training, and then to day 15. We then see Souta going to Takumi’s place and he meets Takumi’s parents. We discover Souta has come to ask Takumi’s parents if he can take Takumi with him. We don’t see his parents’ answer, and instead skip ahead to day 18 of training. Right at the end of the chapter, we see that March has come, and that Takumi is heading out with Souta.

This chapter is here to get through Takumi’s training and setting the stage for the story to jump ahead to Takumi in high school in Tokyo. These first two chapters establish the characters of Takumi and Souta, as well as the premise of Takumi swimming with a high school team. So it looks like the final chapter in the “Jump Ahead” initiative will see Takumi starting out in high school and will probably start to introduce Takumi’s team mates.

Toriko CH:331

Komatsu discovers that there is a slum in Blue Grill, and it turns out this is where Chaco lives. Komatsu is told to spend the night because of all the food spirits that are out that night. We see Komatsu cook for Chaco, but Chaco isn’t impressed by the dish that Komatsu prepared. We then learn why we see some people in the area wearing masks. When Komatsu wakes up, he discovers that Chaco is gone and has been taken away.

It looks like this chapter is establishing something major that will be happening in Blue Grill. There’s a scene where it looks like Chaco is in a mask and leaning over Komatsu in his sleep, and I have to admit that it looked a little on the gross side. There definitely seems to be more going on than what had been seen on the surface prior to this chapter. So it’ll be interesting to see what exactly will be going on with what’s been hinted at in Blue Grill.

World Trigger CH:109

We learn that Kageura’s has a Side Effect called emotion perception. Yuma is officially introduced to Kageura, but Kageura doesn’t seem to think much of him. Meanwhile, Osamu goes to see Izumi, but a guy named Yuiga tries to turn him away. Izumi gets mad at Yuiga and attacks him. Osamu talks with Izumi about wanting to be able to score points by himself and why Osamu has come to see Izumi. At the end of the chapter, Izumi tells Osamu that he has to beat Yuiga with 100 wins one-on-one before he’ll teach Osamu composite shots.

This chapter is basically here to establish Kageura, as well as setting the stage for Osamu to work toward his goal of learning composite shots. This seems to be a way to not only help Osamu grow his battle tactics, it also seems to be here to help stretch out time a little before continuing on with the B-Rank Wars. I expect the next chapter will put its focus on Osamu battling with Yuiga and whether or not he can succeed at making the goal that Izumi has set for him. It’s a little disappointing for the B-Rank Wars to be placed on hold like this, but it’s understandable that Osamu needs to get stronger before the B-Rank Wars can continue.

Bleach CH:635

We see that Ichigo and the others have lost sight of Grimmjow, and the group decides to split up in order to find him. We then see Grimmjow catch up with his prey, but his prey gets him with a poison ball. The scene then shifts to the Soul Reapers, and we see that they are being targeted by some kind of sniper. Kenpachi senses something and reacts, but something happens that he doesn’t expect.

The chapter is basically all over the place. It’s a composite of three or four brief scenes, but nothing truly progresses the plot. Hopefully Kubo doesn’t end up doing this too much in upcoming chapters as a way to stretch out the story.

Food Wars! CH:127

We see that Soma tries to go to a different location to give away his remaining stock for free as snacks to people who are leaving the festival. We learn he had done this the previous night too, and it gave him a chance to try out some new things. He equates what he’s doing with people hanging out free samples that other booths were doing. By lugging his cart around, he’s trying new dishes and giving them out for people to taste and give feedback on. We learn he had made noodles from his bun dough the previous night, and these samples helped him sell a lot more food today. We then see the group from the Shiomi Seminar talking about what to do for their booth. Right at the end of the chapter, Soma comes up with an idea for something to try for his food cart.

The vast majority of this chapter focuses on Soma and what he’s been doing to try to drum up business for his food cart in the hopes of getting out of the red. But we see that he also realizes he needs to come up with a dish that’s more recognizable to people in Japan and that it has to be something that can compete with Kuga and his renowned Chinese food. While it appears that Soma is starting to make some progress in turning his fortunes around, it’s obvious that he still has a lot of work to do.

Dragon Ball CH:003

Goku and Bulma meet Turtle, a sea turtle who has lost his way and is trying to get back to the sea. Goku volunteers to carry Turtle back to the sea, and at first, Bulma is ready to part ways. But she realizes she didn’t get Goku’s Dragon Ball from him and sees a dinosaur nearby, she rushes to catch up with him. When they’re stopped by someone who wants to eat Turtle, Goku takes them on and defeats them. We then see Goku, Bulma, and Turtle making it to the sea. Turtle says he’d like to reward them, and asks them to stay on the beach and wait. The turtle returns with Master Roshi riding on his back.

This chapter introduces Turtle, which ultimately leads to the introduction of Master Roshi. The chapter also establishes how strong Goku is, and this strength is something that will continue to appear in the series. Next week is supposed to be the last chapter for the “Jump Back” initiative, so we’ll see exactly where the story will cut off.

One Piece Manga Is Taking a One Week Break

This year’s 34th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing that Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga will not appear in the 35th issue that will ship on July 27, 2015.

The manga will return with chapter #795 in the magazine’s 36th issue on August 3, 2015.

Shueisha shipped the manga’s 78th volume in Japan on July 3, 2015, and it has sold an estimated 2.28 million copies as of July 12, 2015. The volume’s first print run was 3.8 million.

Source: ANN

Weekly Shonen Jump (July 13, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for One-Punch Man, Food Wars!, Toriko, Black Clover, Bleach, and My Hero Academia. This issue also includes the first chapter of Best Blue, the next title in Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “Jump Start” initiative, and the second chapter of Dragon Ball (which is the current title to be featured for the “Jump Back” initiative).

For the series that carried over from previous issues I’ve read, I tried to put a little more focus in my write-ups about the progression of the story from the previous chapter. I will warn you that these write-ups will more than likely contain spoilers.

I only started reading Weekly Shonen Jump back in late February/early March of 2014, which means there’s a number of series published in the magazine that I jumped in the middle of. Since then, I’ve been able to start reading older chapters of some of the titles, but I haven’t managed to do this for all of the titles yet. Because of this, there may be times I might inadvertently include incorrect information in the write-ups. If you see something in a write-up that’s incorrect due to my having not read earlier chapters of a series, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know. Not only can I correct the incorrect information in the write-up, it will also help provide information for me to have when reading future chapters of a series in Weekly Shonen Jump.

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

Best Blue CH:001

This is the first chapter of the next title Weekly Shonen Jump is highlighting as part of its “Jump Start” initiative.

The main character of the series is Takumi Aono, a third-year student at Higashina Middle School. He lives on an isolated island, but he’s determined to become a competitive swimmer. Someone from the mainland shows up, and Takumi thinks he’s there to watch swimmers and coach them. But it turns out he’s only come to serve as a lifeguard for the pool. He has come with his younger sister, Mio, who have come to visit their grandfather for the summer; he has the job as a lifeguard while he’s visiting. Takumi is determined to have the new lifeguard teach him how to swim, but he says no way. It turns out that Takumi is the only member of the school’s swim team. Takumi then asks if they know “The Legend of Amami,” which is something that happened at nationals six years ago. After seeing that, Takumi became addicted to swimming, and it’s his goal to overtake the legend with his own record. The lifeguard says that anchor isn’t a big deal and that Takumi should give up on his dream. When the lifeguard asks if he can break that anchor’s time, and Takumi says he’ll do it before summer vacation is over. The next day, he doesn’t break the record, but Mio is still impressed with how he did. Later, the lifeguard asks why Takumi doesn’t join a swim club, and he says there isn’t one on the island. Two weeks pass, and Takumi goes to the pool every day. More time goes by, and then it’s the final day of Takumi’s vacation. He manages to break his own record, but not the anchor’s time. But the lifeguard decides to challenge Takumi to a race, and then introduces himself as Souta Kagura, the anchor of Amami High that Takumi has been trying to beat. We learn that Souta has been offered a chance to become a swim coach at Harusame High School, and he asks Takumi if he wants to go to school in Tokyo. Souta stays behind to train Takumi until he’s ready to take the entrance exam to Harusame.

Okay, after reading this chapter, I couldn’t help but feel that Takumi and his situation are based on Hinata and his situation in Haikyu!! The only main difference is that Hinata plays volleyball and looks up to a famous high school volleyball player from a championship, while Takumi looks up to a famous high school swimmer from a championship. Also, Takumi gets to meet the guy he looked up to. From what I’ve seen from the Haikyu!! anime, that doesn’t seem to be the case for Hinata. I also figured out who Souta was rather early on, because I thought that a couple of rather blatant hints were thrown out there for the reader.

After reading this first volume, it came across to me like this mangaka is trying to cash in on the popularity of Free!, and adding shonen elements that almost came directly out of Haikyu!! Hopefully the next chapter will find a way to start bringing this series into its own, instead of having it feel like it’s the love child of Free! and Haikyu!!

One Piece CH:793

This chapter continues to see Naval HQ admiral Fuhitora bowing in front of Riku, He begins by groveling, and then salutes the actions of the pirates, gladiators, and citizens that made this victory possible. We then see The Five Elders, the highest power of the world government, meeting with Sakazuki, the fleet admiral of the Navy. They receive a report about Doflamingo’s defeat. Then the video and information that Dressrosa had sent out spreads around the New World, and those who had deals with Doflamingo are in utter chaos. At the end of the chapter, we see Fujitora being told that he won’t set foot on any naval base in the world until he brings Luffy and Law with him.

Now that the celebration is over, the reactions of other factions and the chaos the news creates becomes the focus of this chapter. It also appears that the foundation for the next story arc may be getting set here as well. Since Fujitora is being told that he’ll have to capture Luffy and Law, I expect that’s what Oda will be focusing on next. I’m curious to see whether or not I’m right.

Food Wars! CH:126

The top three sellers for each area are announced at each area at the end of the first day of the festival. It’s revealed that for the Center Campus, Kuga came in first place while Soma didn’t place in the top three. And it turns out that two booths ended up in the red: Soma’s and Shiomi Seminar’s. This means that all three finalists from the Fall Classic ended up in the red. Later, Soma and the others start going over what happened at their booths at the festival. Then it skips ahead to the end of the second day, and we see that Soma moved up five spots from being at the bottom at Center Campus. We learn that Soma added a second dish to his menu that day, and that he had a few more people in his line.

After reading the previous chapter, it wasn’t too surprising to see that Soma performed so poorly on the first day. And while he managed to move up five spots the next day, I suspect he may still be having trouble getting back into the black. How is Soma going to manage to turn things around so that he and Megumi aren’t expelled? Soma can’t be kicked out, since he’s the main character, so something will have to happen to save him. But what will that be?

Toriko CH:330

The human chefs start becoming notorious in Blue Grill. The human chefs, meanwhile, begin asking a lot of questions about Blue Grill and their cooking. They find out that when night falls, they’ll learn the secret of Blue Grill’s civilization. Komatsu runs into a boy from Blue Grill named Chaco. It turns out that Chaco dreams of becoming a respectable chef one day. Komatsu learns from Chaco that when night falls in Blue Grill, the ghosts come out. If you don’t wear a talisman, you will become possessed. The others learn that order to get through the Back Channel, they need to have particular cooking skills to get through the gate. The human chefs are told they will be challenging Blur Grill’s top chefs in a cooking match. If they lose, they will give up on any plans to go to the Back Channel. The match will be the next day against the Ten Shell Masters.

So it appears that this chapter is setting up an obstacle for the human chefs to overcome in order to gain access to the Back Channel and be able to continue on their mission. Unfortunately, it looks like Komatsu could end up being separated from the group and could even become possessed by a food spirit. I expect the next chapter will focus on that possibility, and may also begin the cooking match that was mentioned right at the end of the chapter. Of course, the story could also stop there and shift its focus to one of the other groups. It’ll be interesting to see which direction the next chapter will end up going in.

Black Clover CH:021

Yuno works at trying to get the group out, while Mimosa works at trying to heal Asta. As she heals Asta, he asks her to heal Mats as well. Asta says they came to capture the dungeon, not to kill enemies. As things look bleak, Lucky says he’ll guide Yuno and Klaus. Everyone is determined to not let Asta die as they try to escape. The group manages to escape from the collapsing dungeon. We then see that Asta has recovered. Klaus apologizes to Yuna and Asta for his behavior earlier.

So this chapter brings about a conclusion to this particular storyline. Even though it turns out that neither the Black Bulls or Golden Dawn manage to secure the treasure, everything still works out for both groups. They escape, Asta is healed, and Klaus sees the error of his ways. But with the way this chapter ends, there’s no hint as to what direction the story will go in next. Oh, well. But at least Black Clover is starting to feel less and less like a Naruto clone now.

Bleach CH:634

Jugo and Bazz-B continue their fight in the current time briefly, and then we return to a flashback. This flashback shows Bazz-B joining the Stern Ritter and trying to pick fights with Jugo; at this point, three years have passed since Jugo began serving Yhwach. Then the action returns to the present, and the fight continues. And then the battle actually ends right near the end of this chapter.

So, this chapter provides the last little bit of backstory for Jugo and Bazz-B before the winner of the fight is determined. But at least their battle is finally over, so the story should be shifting somewhere else. Unfortunately, the way the chapter ends, there’s no hint as to which character or characters will be focused on next.

My Hero Academia CH:050

It’s now the third day of the internship. Gran Torino has decides it’s time for Midoriya to move on to phase two of the actual internship. He explains that this means it’s time to hunt down villains. As they work toward traveling to their destination, Midoriya finds himself feeling concerned about Ida. Then the scene shifts to Ida and his mentor, and the hero he’s with asks him point blank if Ida is after the hero killer. It’s explained that vigilantism is strictly against the rules, and anyone caught breaking it will be considered committing a major crime. But we see that Ida has an urge to do something, but doesn’t know what he can do about it. We then see the hero killer arriving at the city Ida is currently in. The story then returns to Midoriya and Gran Torino traveling on a bullet train. The train makes an emergency stop, and then there’s an explosion. Midoriya recognizes Nomu as it boards the train. Midoriya also realizes they’re in Hosu City, where Ida is. Ida comes across the hero killer and right at the end of the chapter, declares that he will take down this enemy.

Oh, this doesn’t look good, especially after Midoriya’s comment about Ida several chapters back that felt like foreshadowing. With the way this chapter ends, I assume that Ida and the hero killer will be facing off in the next chapter. If it does, I’m not sure whether or not the fight between them will end in the next chapter or not. And knowing that Midoriya is around… ooh, this could get really bad.

Dragon Ball CH:002

Goku starts learning about the modern conveniences that he never had while living out in the wilderness with his grandfather. Bulma also gives Goku his first bath and discovers that he has a tail. Goku also makes discoveries about Bulma.

This chapter basically focuses on Goku being the “backwater hick” who doesn’t know much of anything, and so is starting to learn things in a humorous manner. Unfortunately, that means no progress is truly made on the journey to discover the other Dragon Balls. But this chapter does provide more development for both Goku and Bulma and the friendship that is slowly starting to develop.

Nisekoi: False Love Manga Takes One-Week Break Due to Author’s Sudden Illness

A notice from the editorial department that Shueisha will publish in the 33rd issue of Weekly Shonen Jump reveals that Naoshi Komi’s Nisekoi: False Love manga will not appear in the issue due to the author’s sudden illness. The editorial department apologized to readers who were looking forward to reading the new chapter.

The editorial department also noted that the postcard included with the magazine for the weekly survey still lists Nisekoi: False Love as being published in the issue because, but due to the publishing schedule, the staff couldn’t remove the listing in time. The staff apologized for the error.

The notice states that Nisekoi: False Love will return in the 34th issue on July 18, 2015.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump to Add Best Blue Manga

VIZ Media’s digital magazine Weekly Shonen Jump has announced that it will premiere the first chapter of Masahiro Hirakata’s Best Blue swimming manga on July 13, 2015 as part of its “Jump Start” initiative. The series will begin in Shueisha’s Japanese Shonen Jump on the same day.

The Japanese magazine teases:

Swim through the center of youth!

A blue summer comes to Jump!

Aim for the legend! A boy swims alone on a remote island. But he will have a destined meeting in Aono!

Hirakata previously published his Shinmai Fukei Kiruko-san (Rookie Policewoman Kiruko-san) manga series in Weekly Shonen Jump, launching it in November 2012, and ending it in May 2013. Shueisha published the manga’s third and final compiled book volume in Japan in July 2013.

Source: ANN

Weekly Shonen Jump (July 6, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for One-Punch Man, Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign, Nisekoi: False Love, Bleach, World Trigger, Food Wars!, My Hero Academia, Black Clover, One Piece, and Blue Exorcist. This issue also includes the 10th and final chapter of the Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring mini-series and the first chapter of Dragon Ball (which is the current title to be featured for the “Jump Back” initiative).

For the series that carried over from previous issues I’ve read, I tried to put a little more focus in my write-ups about the progression of the story from the previous chapter. I will warn you that these write-ups will more than likely contain spoilers.

I only started reading Weekly Shonen Jump back in late February/early March of 2014, which means there’s a number of series published in the magazine that I jumped in the middle of. Since then, I’ve been able to start reading older chapters of some of the titles, but I haven’t managed to do this for all of the titles yet. Because of this, there may be times I might inadvertently include incorrect information in the write-ups. If you see something in a write-up that’s incorrect due to my having not read earlier chapters of a series, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know. Not only can I correct the incorrect information in the write-up, it will also help provide information for me to have when reading future chapters of a series in Weekly Shonen Jump.

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

One-Punch Man CH:047

A group of heroes gossip about Garo’s fight with Tank-Top Master, and one of them gets the bright idea to try to capture Garo. But it doesn’t take long for this guy to get his wish, since Garo comes up right behind him. We then see Saitama visiting another hero in the hospital who was beaten up by Garo and learns a little bit about him. It turns out Tank-Top Master is in the same room, and Saitama works at getting information about Garo out of him.

After having a few action-oriented chapters of One-Punch Man, it was actually nice to have a chapter that focused more on slowing things down and giving the reader a short breather. Also, we finally got to see Saitama again in this chapter. For being the main character, he hadn’t been focused on much in recent chapters.

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign CH:035

Mika starts rushing toward Yuichiro and the other members of the Demon Extermination Unit. Mika sees that Yuichiro is collapsed and being carried by someone, and he makes a mad dash toward Yuichiro. But Mika’s knocked out of the way before he can accomplish anything. Yoichi recognizes Mika from Shinjuku and that he’s part of Yuichiro’s family. Mika continues trying to get to Yuichiro, and Shinoa tries talking to him. But Mika doesn’t listen and he attacks Kimizuki, who is carrying Yuichiro. But Yoichi tries to stop Mikaela, saying that if he’s Yuichiro’s family, then that makes Mika their family too. This distracts Mika enough for someone to run a sword through him. Shinoa has the guy knock Mika off his sword, and Shinoa says that if Mika dies, Yuichiro would be upset when he wakes up. And then Shinoa surprises everyone by telling Mika to take Yuichiro with him and run. Shinoa is joined by the rest of her unit to protect Mika. Shinoa then tells Mika to take Yuichiro to Nagoya Airport and that her squad will meet up with them there. Just then, vampire reinforcements show up on the battlefield.

I have to admit to being surprised by Shinoa telling Mika to take Yuichiro and to meet up with them at the airport. But as I thought about it, I realized that she was probably thinking that Yuichiro needed to be removed from the battlefield and decided to take the chance on trusting Mika. And with the arrival of the vampire reinforcements, that was probably the best decision she could have made. Of course, her decision does not go over well with the members of the Vampire Extermination Unit who aren’t part of her squad. It’s going to be interesting to see how this story progresses.

Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring CH:010

Naruto talks kindly to one of Shin clones who looks scared, and he says Shin doesn’t have to do any more bad stuff and that he won’t do any more, either. Naruto decides that since these clones are still kids, they can be taken to a facility in Konoha that aids children in need. Sakura rushes over to Sarada. She says that Shizune explained what happened and tells Sarada that she is indeed Sakura’s bonafide offspring. There’s a touching scene between Sakura, Sasuke, and Sarada. Near the end of the chapter, we get to see Sakura, Sasuke, and Sarada spend some family time together before Sasuke has to head out again. Right at the end, we see Karin yelling at Suigetsu and explaining how he got an incorrect “exact match.”

Overall, this was a rather satisfactory ending to the mini-series. But I am a little concerned about Kabuto being the director of the children’s center in Konoha, unless he went through some major changes since the end of the original series. And I also liked the explanation about Sarada and how she really is Sasuke and Sakura’s daughter, and this explanation also makes it clear why there isn’t a birth certificate in Konoha. This was ultimately Sarada’s storyline, and she seems to have gone through some good character growth over the course of these 10 chapters. One of my favorite moments in this chapter, though, is when Sasuke gives Sarada the tap on the forehead that Itachi always gave to him as a kid. So it’s something that both of her parents are willing to do to her. I was glad to hear VIZ announce at Anime Expo that the company will be publishing this mini-series in Winter 2016.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:177

Marika overhears the conversation Night has with Yui about the marriage proposal. But Night says Yui can get one last chance with Raku. If she can’t make Raku hers within a week, then they have to settle the matter of marriage. The next time Yui teaches at school, she’s very flustered. It turns out Yui is very conflicted; while she loves Raku, she also wants to have good relationships with Chitoge and the others. After school, Marika talks to Yui and informs her that she knows about the marriage proposal. When Yui talks as if she won’t go after Raku, Marika starts yelling at her for always ignoring her own feelings. That night, Yui asks Raku hypthetically how he would react if she told him she was getting married. After hearing Raku’s answer, Yui confesses her feelings to him.

Well, this chapter really took a big step forward. But between the looming marriage proposal, Marika’s words to her, and hearing Raku’s answer to her question, I guess Yui had to finally say something. And now the ball is in Raku’s court. He’s not going to say he reciprocates just to placate her, will he? But if Raku turns her down, then it looks like Yui will have to go through with the arranged marriage. Unless Komi is ultimately trying to psyche the readers out again, which is possible. But to be honest, I don’t think Yui has really added much to the series. She provided the piece of the puzzle about the fact that all of them knew each other 10 years ago and would have been together at the same time when Raku made his promise. But if she were to be written out, Komi would have to introduce yet another teacher for Raku and his friends. But now that the story sees our main characters all being in their final year of high school, I expect that the series will probably conclude at the time of their graduation. But Komi will probably find a way to stretch out time as long as he can.

Bleach CH:633

This chapter continues the flashback that’s providing backstory for Bazz-B and Jugo. Yhwach tells Jugo that he will be joining the Stern Ritter as his advisor. Bazz-B is unhappy with this development. We learn Yhwach’s reasoning for choosing Jugo. Bazz-B becomes upset and tries to kill Yhwach, but Jugo stops his arrow. We return to current time and their fight is just about to continue when the chapter ends.

While it was nice to get the conclusion of the flashback in order to understand the grudge Jugo and Bazz-B have, it was a little frustrating to finally return to the current time just in time for the chapter to end. The good news is, it appears that the action and fight should be continuing in the next chapter. Of course, Kubo could decide to shift his focus somewhere else for the next chapter and turn this chapter ending in a cliffhanger.

World Trigger CH:108

At the sniper training, the characters compare how they performed. Emphasis is placed on Yuzuru Ema, who says his only mentor is Hatohara. Chika recognizes that as the name of the woman who went the other world with her brother. From talking with Ema, Chika learns that Hatohara was sidelined by Border and quit. According to Ema, Hatohara was unable to shoot people, and this is why she and her team were unable to be in the away team. Meanwhile, Yuma is researching Kaguera Squad, which is the squad that Ema is part of. The reader is then introduced to Kageura. A couple of guys get on his nerves, and he attacks them.

This chapter is basically introducing the reader to members Kageura Squad, who Osamu and the others will be up against next during the B-Rank Wars. Ema also had importance since he had some information about Hatohara that she shared with Chika. Ema didn’t seem to be too bad of a character, but Kageura is a rather scary guy. I certainly wouldn’t want to go up against him in the B-Rank Wars!

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

Food Wars! CH:125

The chapter opens with an explanation for how people pay for food at the festival, and then provides a map to show where the various characters’ booths are. Megumi sees people heading toward Kuga’s restaurant and she notices how small their cart looks compared to what Kuga has. But then people start noticing the sign on their cart for black pepper pork buns. Their first customer buys a bun and really likes what he’s tasting. We then see a flashback of Soma as he worked at trying to get the black pepper buns just right before the festival. Kuga then comes over to the cart and tells Soma that black pepper buns were a good idea. But Kuga points out that it’ll all be meaningless if he can’t get anybody to eat it. We then see people streaming toward Kuga’s entry. Kuga also makes a point to show off how many more tickets his entry has gotten than Soma’s. At the end of the chapter, Megumi realizes that Soma is already in the red in the first day, and we see Soma pushing the cart off somewhere.

While the people who tried Soma’s food seemed to enjoy it, he couldn’t get enough customers to try his offering and ignore Kuga’s entry. So Soma’s not off to a great start during the first day. But I have a feeling that Soma has moved the cart somewhere to try to improve his fortunes. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of plan Soma has come up with and how he’ll b able to turn his fortunes around.

My Hero Academia CH:049

Gran Torino wonders if Midoriya can move without losing the All for One that he’s flooded his body with. Gran Torino gives him a test: Midoriya must land a single hit on him before three minutes are up. Midoriya loses the power rather quickly and has to work at getting it flowing again. He almost gets Gran Torino a couple of times. Unfortunately, Midoriya is unable to accomplish the task within three minutes. But Gran Torino notices how much Midoriya has already improved after just one sparring session. We then see a gathering that includes someone who hates heroes and wants to destroy the status quo. Right at the end of the chapter, we see Tenya vow that he’ll take on the villain who injured his brother.

The primary focus of this chapter was on Midoriya’s training with Gran Torino. While he’s made some improvements, he still has a ways to go to fulfill his potential. I suspect that the villains that were seen have to do with “Hero Killer” Stain. And I’m concerned about Tenya, because I’m afraid he’s going to try to take on more than he can chew and have something rather drastic happen to him.

Black Clover CH:020

When Asta uses this new sword he found, he unleashes a slashing water attack. It’s wondered if he somehow borrowed Noelle’s magic. But then we see that something has becomes lodged into Asta’s front and he starts bleeding. Asta collapses. Yuno is determined to save Asta, and then some fairy-like thing suddenly appears she touches the new sword and there’s an explosion. A couple of other unusual things happen, and then the dungeon starts crumbling.

It seems like this chapter is building up to something drastic happening. First, it appears that Asta might be able to accomplish something, but he’s ultimately knocked out of the battle. Then there’s some strange happenings that don’t receive any explanation, and then it ends with the dungeon collapsing. I think it’s safe to say that the next chapter will be focusing on Yuno, the rest of Golden Dawn, and the Black Bulls trying to escape.

One Piece CH:792

In this chapter, Sabo gets an explanation of what happened leading up to Ace’s execution, and this angers Sabo. He gets angry enough that he launches his Fire Fist and kills the guy taunting him. We then see people on Appleine Island seeing a broadcast from Dressrosa. When then see King Riku say that he is unable to return to the throne, but the people keep insisting that they want him back. We then see Naval HQ admiral Fujitora prostrate himself in front of Riku and offering an apology.

We’re now seeing the aftermath of the defeat of Doflamingo, and I expect this will end up lasting for a few chapters. This chapter didn’t touch on Luffy and the Straw Hats, so we will at least need a chapter or two to finish them off in Dressrosa, as well as getting this plot point with Riku resolved. Everyone seems to want him to return to the throne, but he hasn’t said that he’ll do that by the end of this chapter.

Blue Exorcist CH:068

We see the setting is in Vatican City, specifically beneath the Vatican Palace (this is where the Knights of The True Cross headquarters is located). Mephisto is at a meeting, where he reports on activities the Illuminati has been doing in Japan. We learn that the Romanian branch transported some of the artificial zombies to their lab for analysis, and he shows a video with their findings. Igor Neuhaus’ name comes up in the conversation, and we learn his whereabouts are unknown but that Mephisto’s group is looking for him. Mephisto is ordered to instruct his spies to find out where the Illuminati has transferred its Central Elixir Apparatus. But we see that Mephisto and one of the other members of the council really don’t like each other. After the meeting, one of the members wants to find a way to be assigned to the Japan Branch.

We then see Rin and the others at school, and it’s announced that they will be taking the Exorcist Certification Exam earlier than originally scheduled and that they must resubmit their desired meisters. After class, one of Rin’s classmates is concerned about Yukio.

The vast majority of this chapter focuses on True Cross and the politics surrounding some of the various branches. Mephisto isn’t entirely liked or trusted by some in the council, and this could have a major impact later on. We also see that Yukio is determined to become stronger than Rin, and that at least one person seems to have noticed Yukio’s recent change in attitude. I have a bad feeling about what Yukio is trying to do.

Dragon Ball CH:001

Dragon Ball is the new title being highlighted in Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “Jump Back” initiative, and Weekly Shonen Jump will be publishing the first four chapters over the next four weeks.

This chapter introduces Goku, Bulma, and the Dragon Balls. Goku has an unexpected meeting with Bulma and doesn’t understand motorized vehicles and other people since he lives by himself out in the middle of nowhere, and this is the source of some humor. When Goku takes her to where she lives, she discovers he has the Dragon Ball that she’s been looking for. Bulma has to explain what the Dragon Balls are to both Goku and the audience. But Goku doesn’t want to part with his Dragon Ball, since it’s the only memento he has of his deceased grandfather. She convinces Goku to join her on her quest, but he refuses to hand over his Dragon Ball. Bulma reveals the Dragon Radar that she created to locate the Dragon Balls. As they go on their adventure, Bulma is captured by a dinosaur and it’s up to Goku to save her.

This chapter successfully sets up the premise of the series, and it also establishes the characters of Goku and Bulma. We also get to see the start of their friendship and the interactions they have. Since I have familiarity with both Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, I can say that the type of interactions and reactions these two characters have stays rather consistent over time. While some of the details may change, since they age over the course of both series, the basics of what’s established here remains. I enjoy Dragon Ball and am glad to see if being highlighted for Weekly Shonen Jump‘s “Jump Back” initiative.