Weekly Shonen Jump (August 31, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for Bleach, One-Punch Man, My Hero Academia, Toriko, Nisekoi: False Love, World Trigger, Food Wars!, Black Clover, and One Piece. This issue also includes the fourth chapter of D.Gray-man (which is the current title to be featured for the “Jump Back” initiative).

I’m providing my reactions and impressions for each manga title that appears in the volume. However, be warned that this post may potentially 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:640

This chapter focuses exclusively on Mayuri and his battle with Pernida. At first, it looks like his altered Bankai has succeeded in defeating Pernida, but of course it would never be this easy. Not at how much Kubo has been stretching out battles over the past year or so. But Nemu does something surprising that Mayuri doesn’t expect. But because she thought for herself, Mayuri isn’t happy with her. So I wonder how Kubo is going to continue this battle between Mayuri and Pernida, as well as how long he’ll end up stretching it out for.

One-Punch Man CH:050

This chapter sees Saitama running into Garo and managing to beat him up. It turns out that Saitama was out shopping for a wig so he can enter the martial arts tournament as Charanako, and Garo happened to be in the neighborhood picking a fight with someone else. We later see that Garo doesn’t have much memory of what happened with Saitama, so it appears Saitama won’t be on his kill list… yet. And with the way this chapter ends, it’s very likely that we’ll finally get to see what the martial arts tournament is like.

My Hero Academia CH:056

The battle with the Hero Killer finally comes to an end, with a seriously injured Hero Killer collapsing and being caught. A lot of the chapter actually focuses on Midoriya, Ida, and Todoroki in the hospital. They receive a visit from the chief of police and receive a lecture about acting without explicit instruction from the police and the powers that be. Sadly, in order to avoid punishment, it has to be kept quiet that the three of them took down the Hero Killer and let Endeavor take the credit instead. Honstly, what a crappy deal. With the way the chapter ends, I expect that this incident will be weighing on the minds of these three characters and could become important later on in the story.

Toriko CH:336

This chapter focuses on Teppei, the son of Jiro, as he and Nakaume try to escape from Neo’s hideout. They encounter several adversaries who try to stop them, but at the end, Midoriya himself shows up. This chapter seems to be indicating that the time to the baking of the world is getting close at hand, and that Nakaume may actually know who’s behind this potential catastrophe. Hopefully at some point we’ll return to Blue Grill so we can see what’s going on at the cook-off as well as what’s happening with Komatsu. I’m a little frustrated that there are now two loose ends hanging out there so the focus of the story could shift elsewhere for a while.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:183

Marika tries to run away, but Honda confines her. Not surprisingly, when Marika asks to return to her old school, her mother shoots her down. Raku and the others make it to Marika’s place to try to see her, but they can’t gain admittance. But when Mikage shows up to visit, they can hear Raku and the others calling out to Marika. I have this suspicion that somehow, Marika may find a way out of this situation. I have no idea how, since her mother seems so strict. But at the same time, Mikage drops a hint that there’s something she hasn’t told Raku and the others yet, and perhaps this piece of information may make it where Marika won’t be able to return with them. Recently, I would have simply thought that Komi was trolling with this, but considering he actually had Raku reject Yui’s feelings amd caused her to drop out of the harem, there’s always the possibility that Marika could be written out in the long run. And knowing that Raku plans to reject her, there is that remote possibility of saying goodbye to Marika. Of the harem members, she’s the one I would miss the least.

World Trigger CH:113

Some of the chapter focuses on Osamu’s reaction, as well as other character’s reactions, to him bailing out of the battle. In the battle itself, the focus ends up being on Chika for a bit of it. She actually surprises everyone with what she does; unfortunately, it doesn’t work and turns her into a target instead. She ends up needing help from Yuma and receives unexpected help from other people in the battle. But Chika ends up bailing out, and now it’s up to Yuma to try to find a way to win this battle. We may have reached the point where Tamakoma-2’s winning streak comes to an end. To be honest, with the way the situation is now, I can’t see Yuma being able to pull this off single-handed. However, I’ll be pleasantly surprised if future chapters prove me wrong.

Food Wars! CH:132

Most of this chapter focuses on Soma and Megumi being taken to the booth of Tsukasa, Totsuki’s number one seat. It was kind of amsuing to see the “fanservice” that takes place being used on Soma when he tries something and is blown away by it. I’d never seen that happen to Soma before. The guy who’s the first seat is actually kind of interesting; while he has confidence in his cooking abilities, he’s fretting and worrying that his customers aren’t comfortable enough. It’s quite an interesting mixture for his personality. This chapter was definitely here to establish Tsukasa as a character. And from what we see at the end of the chapter, it looks like Soma and Megumi may end up meeting Erina’s father in the next chapter.

Black Clover CH:027

This chapter focuses almost exclusively on Asta and his battle. Noelle, meanwhile, thinks she can’t be of any help. But she gets encouragement from one of the other Magic Knights. So it looks like she heard what she needed to, and was able to help Asta out when it seemed like he would be done for. And we finally see Asta’s new self-appointed rival jumping in as well. It’s about time his rival jumped in and did something! It looks like the next chapter will see Asta taking on the enemy leader, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens. Can Asta actually defeat this guy, or will it take help from others? But I have a suspicion that this story arc will be coming to an end sooner rather than later.

One Piece CH:798

We see the Tontattas triyng to do whatever they can to help Luffy and the others try to reach the boat in the eastern port so they can get away from Fujitora. Before any major action takes place at the eastern port, though, Law encounters someone who knew Corazon and the two of them have a talk. At least this discussion was resolved in a way where the two parties have a mutual understanding. Just as it seems Luffy and the others might be able to escape, Fujitora uses a power to lift the rubble from the battle into the sky, which it appears he plans to use in order to stop Luffy. But Luffy isn’t afraid, and decides that he needs to fight Fujitora and not run away; if he does, there’s no way he can become King of the Pirates. So I’m expecting the next chapter to focus on a battle between Luffy and Fujitora. And I’m anticipating that the battle between these two won’t be a short one.

D.Gray-man CH:004

This chapter brings about the end of the story focusing on John and his friend, Leo. While Allen is able to take on Millennium Earl with his anti-akuma weapon, he is unable to defeat him. This definitely sets the stage for the series to continue. At the end of the chapter, John realizes what changes he needs to make in order to move forward, and Allen is on his way to the exorcist headquarters. D.Gray-man has a very interesting story to it, and I think there’s a lot of potential there. Unfortunately, this is the final chapter for the “Jump Back” initiative, so you have to read the rest of D.Gray-man Volume 1 in order to find out how the story progresses from here.

Weekly Shonen Jump (August 24, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for Food Wars!, One Piece, Toriko, Bleach, Nisekoi: False Love, My Hero Academia, Black Clover, One-Punch Man, and Yu-Gi-Oh1 Arc-V. This issue also includes the third chapter of D.Gray-man (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.

Food Wars! CH:131

Kuga doesn’t take losing to Soma well, and matters are made worse when Rindo Kobayashi, the second seat on the council of ten, gives him a hard time about it. But Soma points out that there’s still one day left of the festival, and if he can’t beat Kuga in overall profit for the whole event, he hasn’t won. The story then skips ahead to the last day of the festival, and it appears that Soma has resigned himself to the fact that Kuga will outsell him. During the chapter, we also see a flashback of when Kuga was a first-year student. And right at the end of the chapter, Erina’s father makes a surprise visit to her booth.

The majority of this chapter focuses on Soma and Kuga’s battle. But during this, I appreciated getting to see the flashback that showed that Kuga was just as cocky of a first-year student as Soma currently is. It appears they’re more alike than Kuga would want to admit. It doesn’t surprise me that it looks like Kuga will win their battle, but I suspect that Soma managed to pull it off so he wasn’t in the red at the end. And with how this chapter ends, it looks like the next chapter may have a focus on Erina and her father. This could provide some great character development for Erina.

One Piece CH:797

We see a battle at the eastern port with the naval forces. Then we see Luffy at Flower Field looking for Rebecca. He talks to her about her father, which leads to Luffy taking Rebecca with him. But the people at the palace believe that Luffy has kidnapped her. But Luffy takes her as far as he can so she can see Kyros while he heads off to the eastern port. Rebecca finds Kyros and confronts him. Before leaving, Rebecca had told Viola her plans, and Viola shares them with Riku.

This chapter sees the fighting between the pirates and the navy getting underway, but more importantly, Rebecca’s storyline is wrapped up here as well. From what I’ve seen of Rebecca since I started reading One Piece in Weekly Shonen Jump, I’m not surprised that she would choose to confront Kyros about what he wrote to her in the letter and insist that she wants to stay with him. It looks like the main thing left in Dressrosa is to get through this battle with the navy and seeing Luffy and the members of the crew still at Dressrosa getting away and heading to their next destination.

Toriko CH:335

At the beginning of this chapter, it’s revealed that the strongest of the Eight Kings in Area 6 is on the move, and that the first people to resonate with it were the ones in Area 5. Then we see the reactions of the people in Area 4. Then there are reactions in Area 3. And then we see what happens in Area 2. Toriko and Starjun are in Area 2, and they encounter a Royal Land Shark. They decide to work together to try to fight it. They also realize that the Wolf King is behind the Royal Land Shark. The scene then changes to Neo’s hideout, where Nakaume is approached by someone who offers to help him.

Instead of continuing the cookoff in Blue Grill, this chapter decides to show what else has been happening. Unfortunately, instead of focusing on characters in one or two areas, there’s a lot of skipping around. In total, we saw six different locations for brief scenes. It reminds me a lot of what I was seeing during the Dressrosa Arc in One Piece, where so much jumping around was going on that the story didn’t advance at all. Whenever this happens, I find I have a harder time following what’s going on and feel like I’m trying to read at a dizzying pace. Hopefully this will only be for this chapter and that the next chapter will settle down somewhere and allow the story to progress.

Bleach CH:639

The fight between Pernida and Mayuri continues. Mayuri activates his bankai, which turns out to be an altered bankai. With this alteration, he’s able to have a version of it that Pernida can’t control it with its nerves.

All this chapter seems to do is to establish the next stage of the battle, because the only thing that really happens is that Mayuri activates his modified bankai and explains what it is. We actually got to see a brief flashback of when Mayuri was much younger, and he looked so different. It was almost hard to believe it was the same person. But hopefully the next chapter of Bleach will actually start doing something to progress the story.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:182

We see that Raku has called Marika’s friend, Mikage. They learn that Marika changed schools because she and her mother had made a very strict deal. It turns out Marika’s mother is the grand matriarch for her side of the family, but that the girls were usually sickly. Normally the girls don’t get to pick their own husbands, but when Marika started getting better when she met Raku, Marika made a deal with her mother. When she was of marriageable age, she wanted to go to Raku’s high school, and it was only allowed under two conditions. If Marika got too sick to go to school, she was to come home immediately. And if Marika had been able to convince Raku to marry her before her health got bad, her mother would give her blessing; but if Marika didn’t win his love, upon her return home she would marry the suitor of her mother’s choosing. Raku now wonders if he has any right to try to stop the wedding, since he was planning to reject her. But Chitoge smacks Raku and says she knows that he wants to help. This causes Raku to decide that she should do this, and all of their friends decide that they want to accompany Raku. Yui overheard everything and has arranged a flight for them.

So it looks like Marika hasn’t been completely written out of the story, unless Raku and the others fail to persuade Marika’s mother to stop the forthcoming wedding. But even if they do succeed at stopping the wedding, I expect that Raku will still end up rejecting Marika, and where will that leave her? And from how Marika’s mother was described in this chapter, how would they succeed at stopping the wedding? Hopefully Komi doesn’t pull something lame in order to resolve this story.

My Hero Academia CH:055

Now we see what’s going on with Gran Torino, and we see he’s fighting alongside Todoroki’s mentor. His mentor has a flashback of when Todoroki left to go help Ida and Midoriya. We then return to where Todoroki and the others are still fighting against the Hero Killer. With the three of them working together, they’re able to capture the Hero Killer. Gran Torino finds them and scolds Midoriya for leaving the train. Ida apologizes to Midoriya and Todoroki since they were injured because of him. A villain suddenly appears and captures Midoriya while the Hero Killer escapes from his bonds.

I should have figured that the Hero Killer wouldn’t stay captured. But I hadn’t expected Midoriya to be taken by a villain. It looks Gran Torino is trying to go after him, but the flying villain is going too fast for his Quirk. What will happen to Midoriya? And what’s the Hero Killer going to end up doing? Hopefully we’ll start getting answers to these questions in the next chapter.

Black Clover CH:026

Asta appears on the battlefield, and the enemy leader taunts him because he’s the anti magic guy. Meanwhile, the Silver Eagles make an appearance. We then see groups of Magic Knights in various locations discovering that the enemies get right back up after they’re cut down. They all end up deciding that they’ll just keep crushing them until they can’t get back up. We basically then get several pages of characters launching attacks. Then the story returns to Asta, and his new rival marvels at how well he’s doing against the enemy fighters. Asta then tries taking the leader head-on, but things don’t go as planned.

For the most part, this ended up being a quick chapter to read, thanks to several pages in a row that just showed characters launching attacks. For the most part, not much really happened to advance to the story. But right at the very end, we see that the leader of the enemy forces seems to have a power that Asta needs to figure out how to defeat.

One-Punch Man CH:049

Garo approaches Golden Ball and challenges him to a fight. But it turns out Golden Ball surprises Garo by getting a hit in on him. But after a while, Garo is able to easily dodge a barrage of Golden Ball’s bullets. But just as it looks like Garo will have the upper hand, someone jumps into the middle of the battle. It’s a hero named Spring Mustachio. But after a short battle, Garo is able to defeat Spring Mustachio.

This chapter focused exclusively on Garo’s fight. We see him take on two heroes, but only defeating one. But I expect Garo may take down Golden Ball in the next chapter. Also, there was no sign of Saitama anywhere in this chapter. After it was hinted that Saitama would be participating in a martial arts tournament in the previous chapter, there’s nothing at all about him here. Hopefully we’ll see the martial arts tournament soon.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V CH:001

This Yu-Gi-Oh! series is set in the near future, where solid vision with mass has been developed, and the era of action duels is now underway. We then see the Syu Zo Duel School in Maiami City. But it turns out there are currently no students enrolled, so the principal’s daughter is determined to find students. Meanwhile, another character is upset that they overslept and missed the Leo Corporation Duel Tournament. A person in a cloak, who seems to be an Entertainment Duelist known as The Phantom, approaches them and summons one of his dragons. The Leo Corporation is determined to capture The Phantom, who apparently has hacked into their solid vision system. The principal and his daughter see the Leo Corporation helicopters going by, and his daughter is determined to find this Entertainment Duelist in order to have him teach at their school and attract students. We learn that the Phantom’s real identity is Yuya Sakaki, and that he holds the future in his hands. At the end of the chapter, it’s revealed that this Phantom is now Yuya Sakaki, but he’s willing to be an opponent for a duel against someone from the Leo Corporation anyway.

As expected of the first chapter of a manga, it’s setting up the story, the world, and the characters. This is one of those rare chapters in a Yu-Gi-Oh! series where there’s no dueling going on. But I’m sure the next chapter will have a duel and have the usual explanations of what each card does as its played. That’s the part of this I’m looking forward to the least: yet another Yu-Gi-Oh! series that comes across as a tutorial for the game. But I find it interesting that this Yu-Gi-Oh! series is another one that has a dueling school included; the main difference between this and GX is the fact that the school in GX was very successful while this one doesn’t have a single student yet.

D.Gray-man CH:003

Allen tries to exorcise the akuma posing as John’s friend, Leo. But John blocks the attack. But Leo quickly proves that he is indeed an akuma. Millennium Earl is surprised when Allen says he can see Leo’s mother’s soul. Millennium Earl then realizes that he’s met Allen before after Allen reveals the curse he has. We then see a flashback of when Allen asked Millennium Earl to resurrect Mana Walker. It’s revealed that Allen was born with an anti-akuma weapon within him.

Not a whole lot actually happens in this chapter when it comes to action. It’s actually primarily a chapter of exposition. But it’s much needed exposition to explain a little more detail about the akuma and why and how Allen fights to exorcise the akuma. The flashback was extremely helpful for this. But hopefully the next chapter, which is supposed to be the last chapter for this “Jump Back” initiative, will progress the story and show how this particular plot point will be resolved.

Weekly Shonen Jump (August 10, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for One Piece, Blue Exorcist, Bleach, Black Clover, One-Punch Man, Toriko, World Trigger, Nisekoi: False Love, Food Wars!, My Hero Academia, and Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign.. This issue also includes the second chapter of D.Gray-man (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 Piece CH:796

It’s now three days since the conclusion of the fight on Dressrosa, and Navy Headquarters is wondering why Fujitora isn’t seizing Luffy and the other pirates. He explains it all comes down to the dice roll, and each day, Luffy was won the roll. Meanwhile. rumors swirl that Riku will return to Dressrosa’s throne. We then see that Luffy is awake now and eating up a storm. While he does, they talk about various rumors they’ve been hearing about Rebecca. It’s revealed that Kyros started the rumors so it wouldn’t be revealed that he is Rebecca’s father. Kyros gets a call from Leo, who says that there’s movement from the navy tent and that they think this location may be in danger soon. We see that the roll of die was not in Luffy’s favor this time. Luffy and the others are given directions where to go in order to try to make an escape.

So it looks like we’re not entirely done with Dressrosa yet. However, it looks like the stage is being set for Luffy and his crew members who still remain there to make an escape. So it looks like last week’s chapter focused on the crew members who went ahead on the Sunny. But since the focus was all on Dressrosa in this chapter, there was nothing at all about Kaido and the war that he’s planning to launch. I’m guessing we need to see Luffy and his friends escape from Dressrosa and catch up to the Sunny before we can truly get the next story arc underway.

Blue Exorcist CH:070

Yukio is wondering what powers are at work in his eyes, and he realizes the commonality between the two times those powers manifested themselves. Meanwhile, the students at the cram school have found a balcony where they can overhear the teachers talking in an assembly. Mephisto addresses the crowd, and it’s revealed the exorcist exam will be taking place in a month and a half. He also announces a powerful helper has been sent to the cram school. As this person is introduced, a hobgoblin colony appears. After the hobgoblins are defeated, the helper is introduced as Lewin Light. We then see that the classroom that Lewin is teaching in is packed with people. But as the lesson goes on, people leave because they don’t seem to like Lewin’s teaching methods. But after class, Lewin asks some of the students for help, and that seems to be where the real lessons begin. During this, Ryuji starts admitting to Lewin that he’s lost his ambition to be an exorcist, and then Lewin shares why he became an exorcist. After this, Ryuji asks Lewin to make him his apprentice.

This chapter spends a lot of its time explaining that there aren’t enough exorcists to take care of all the demon activity that’s been erupting lately, which provides needed information as to why the exorcist exam has been moved up. We’d seen Lewin in an early chapter, but this one really establishes him as a character. He ends up being a teacher who doesn’t necessarily use regular methods to teach his lessons. However, his unorthodox teaching strategies seem to be reaching his students. He especially made a lot of strides with Ryuji.

Bleach CH:638

Mayuri learns the creature’s name is Pernida Parnkgnjas. Mayuri complains it’s too long and since he discovered the creature, he has naming rights. After a few moments, the creature seems to realize that it’s been insulted. The creature then gets upset and attacks, and what happens fascinates Mayuri. And Mayuri surprised the Quincy creature by using a Quincy air treading technique in order to avoid the creature’s attack. Mayuri seems to have gotten the upper hand and secures a sample from the creature, and the creature tries to take over Mayuri’s body. Not surprisingly, Mayuri figured out a way to keep that from happening.

This chapter focuses exclusively on Mayuri and the Quincy. And of that focus, we primarily see Mayuri and his reactions to what’s going on. I just hope this battle with this Quincy doesn’t take too much longer, though. Just when it seemed like the story had been going somewhere not too long ago, it appears to have gotten stuck again and is spinning its wheels. Sigh.

Black Clover CH:025

Inside the castle, a three-dimensional model of the noble realm is created, and it includes the voices of the people at the scene and their magic levels. With this, the nobles start trying to figure out how the attack was carried out without them noticing. They are also trying to come up with strategy. Asta, however, wants to simply rush out and help. Asta’s new rival, Leo, decides to follow Asta into the battlefield. After they leave, a strategy is formed with the remaining people in the castle and they head on their way. As the enemy leader starts taunting a little girl, Asta jumps into the action.

This chapter is basically establishing this new threat, as well as the strategy that the Magic Knights plan to employ in order to protect the capital. For the most part, there’s not a lot of action until the very end, when Asta jumps in to save the little girl. This is essentially a chapter to establish what’s going on and how the action will happen, and it looks like the real action will start taking place in the next chapter.

One-Punch Man CH:048

Garo talks to a boy who has a hero guide with stats and asks to borrow it for a week. The boy says no. After flipping through the book, Garo goes on his way. But before he goes, he says he’ll be back to look at the book again. We then see Saitama talking to a hero in the hospital who was injured by Garo. Saitama realizes that before long, Garo will likely be coming after him. Saitama then goes to see Charan-ko, and says he’d be interested in training under Master Bang. Charan-ko gives Saitama a ticket to enter a martial arts tournament, and suggests he watch that to see a variety of styles. Saitama is told not to take his place in the match, but it appears Saitama isn’t listening.

So it looks like this chapter is setting up two things. First, a way for Garo to get information on more heroes to hunt down. The other seems to be setting the stage for Saitama to enter a martial arts tournament. So it appears that One-Punch Man will soon have a focus on some martial arts, especially in the realm of a competition. I wonder if this competition will be as interesting as the Tenkaichi Tournaments that appear in Dragon Ball.

Toriko CH:334

Yuda and Condor, the two competitors in the cookoff, are headed straight for the Soul Furnace. But it turns out they end up on the Seesaw Kitchen, and it’s a competition to see who is faster at preparing ingredients and off-loading them onto the plate, in order to avoid falling into the furnace with their kitchen. If you fall in, you die instantly. This competition also involves having to navigate inside a unique space where gravity pulls in different directions. Yuda works at figuring out how to prepare the leafish, since he’s never prepared one before. As he does, he has a flashback to when he was younger and training under his master and how he went on a training journey. As part of the training, he took on his own apprentice. We see that an event happened on that journey that shook him to the core. But just as it looks like Yuda’s kitchen will fall into the furnace, the seesaw stops. He does something unexpected that seems to turn things around. And it appears that Yuda may have won right at the end of the chapter.

This chapter focuses on Yuda and Condor’s cookoff competition, but it also provides some backstory for Yuda as well. But this backstory ends up being very important for showing what ultimately happens at the end of the chapter. I appreciated seeing how the chapter ended, because I was think Condor was very condescending and full of himself. But now that this part of the cookoff is over, I wonder who will be competing next.

World Trigger CH:112

Osamu finds himself in a fight against Sumiharu, the gunner for Ninomiya Squad. Shiori tells Yuma to meet up with Osamu. But before he can each Osamu, Yuma is stopped by Shinnosuke from Ninomiya Squad. But it turns out Shinnosuke isn’t his opponent; Masoto from Kaguera Squad is. During his battle, Osamu has a flashback ro advice that Jin had given him in the past. In the battle, Osamu uses the advice that Jin gave him. But when it looks like Osamu’s opponent will defeat him, two members of Azuma Squad jump in. And then members of Ninomiya Squad also arrive where Osamu and the others are. It appears that the Azuma Squad members have set their sights on Ninomiya Squad. Just when Osamu thinks he’s in the clear, a sniper shoots him. This causes Osamu to have to bail out.

This chapter is pretty similar to the other chapters that have covered the B-Rank Wars up to this point. During the battles, the story is interrupted by the commentators explaining things. Most of the time, there also seems to be a flashback thrown in for good measure. But the ending of this chapter was actually quite surprising, because Osamu had managed to avoid having to bail out in the previous B-Rank battles that he participated in. So how will the rest of this one progress with the main character actively participating?

It should be noted that World Trigger will not appear in Issue 39, but is scheduled to return in the August 31 issue.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:181

Marika begs Raku to love her, but just as Raku is about to answer her, she collapses. Honda arrives, and she says that she is the one appointed to be Marika’s caretaker by her mother. Honda forces her to leave and tells Raku to forget about Marika as quickly as possible. The next day at school, Yui has to announce to the class that as of yesterday, Marika has changed schools. She explains that Marika is returning her home in Kyushu for health reasons. Raku tries calling Marika, but her number is no longer available. Later, we learn that Onodera tried going by Marika’s house, but no one was there. Right at the end of the chapter, we see Raku calling someone.

With the way this is written, it appears that Marika has potentially been written out of the series. However, it appears that Raku and and the others may be working on tracking her down. After hearing about Marika taking medicine and suddenly being whisked away, I guess it isn’t surprising that Raku is concerned. While he knows he doesn’t feel about her the same way she feels about him, he still wants to be friends. So it’ll be interesting to see whether Marika really ends up being written out of the series for good, or if this is another “psyche” moment by Komi.

Food Wars! CH:130

Soma and Subaru work together to get through the line that’s building up at Soma’s stand, even though more and more people are lining up. And Megumi is able to give personalized service to customers who are taking their seats. Later, the Home Cooking Society brings their whole collection of traditional paper lanterns for Soma to use at his cart. But it suddenly starts getting harder to Soma and the others to keep up. Mito arrives and says she’ll focus on the pork buns so Megumi can focus on customer service. And then other students start arriving to help out as well. At the end of the day, Kuga learns his booth came in second place in Central Campus and that Soma came in first place.

So this the chapter where Soma officially turns things around. And when Kuga comments on how Soma had built it up over the course of the four days, I thought that was an interesting observation. It also makes sense once you think about how this story line has progressed. At this point, I expect that the school festival arc will be wrapping up sooner rather than later.

My Hero Academia CH:054

Ida realizes how short-sighted he’s been, and he has a flashback of talking with his brother when he was younger. After this, Ida finds the strength to stand up and he starts to join in the fight. But Ida discovers his reciprocating engine’s broken, so he asks Todoroki to freeze his leg without blocking the exhaust pipes. The chapter ends with Ida launching an attack on the Hero Killer.

This chapter places its focus on Ida and how he’s coming to realize how stupid he’s been acting recently. Over the course of the chapter, he realizes that he needs to rely on help from his friends in order to take on the Hero Killer, and that perhaps trying to go after vengenance on his own isn’t a good idea. With the way the chapter ends, it’ll be interesting to see how this battle will continue, and whether or not Ida will have some success with what he’s trying to accomplish.

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign CH:036

Mika tries to flee with an unconscious Yuichiro, but Mika doesn’t have enough blood to get very far. He tries to wake Yuichiro up, because he wants to be able to tell him something before he loses his life and sanity from losing so much blood. Mika sees a child nearby and intends to drink their blood, but before he does, the child calls him a monster. Mika is so taken aback he lets the kid go. We then see Yuichiro communicating with his Demon Weapon, Asuramaru. During the conversation, Asuramaru tries to tempt Yuichiro into becoming a demon. Yuichiro then regains consciousness and sees Mika nearby. But Mika is at a point that he’s so desperate for blood that he begins to attack Yuichiro. When he sees how much Mika is hurting, Yuichiro offers his blood to him. But Mika comes to his senses before he takes Yuichiro up on that offer. Mika says that he hasn’t had human blood yet, and if he takes even one sip of it, he’ll turn into a vampire forever. The two get into an argument. Yuichiro says that no matter what Mika is, they’re still family. The chapter ends with Mika taking Yuichiro up on his invitation.

This ended up being a very intense chapter of Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign. And the focus was specifically on Yuichiro and Mika. The tension was intense in this chapter, especially once Yuichiro and Mika have their argument. Even though this focused a lot on talking, the rising tensions was enough to keep my interest. In some respects, I was surprised by how the chapter ended, but in other respects, I wasn’t. This is the type of reaction that we’ve come to expect from Yuichiro when it comes to the people that he considers to be family.

D.Gray-man CH:002

This chapter sees Allen heading toward the exorcist headquarters. As he travels, he encounters a boy named John warning people about akuma, and they don’t believe him. A guy who the kid claims is an akuma says he’s playing around. But after the others leave, Allen comes over and declares that this man is actually an akuma. We learn that John’s father is a scientist at the New World Alliance. When John pesters Allen with questions about being an exorcist, Allen tells him it’s better to not let his curiosity go any father. But John doesn’t like hearing this. When John returns home, he finds he has a visitor named Leo. As they visit, the audience sees a hint that something is wrong with Leo. At the same time, Allen shows up at John’s home. Allen sees Leo and realizes he’s an akuma. Allen tries to warn John, but he doesn’t hear him. Leo leads John straight to Millennium Earl. John learns that Leo died on the day of his mother’s funeral, and Allen arrives on the scene right at the end of the chapter.

After the first chapter established the concepts, charatcers, and world of the series, this chapter jumps right into getting Allen on his way to to exorcist headquarters. But there is a stop along the way, as we see here, that allows the audience to formally be introduced to Millennium Earl. This chapter also establishes the public’s reactions to the akuma. It looks like next chapter will likely resolve the story line with John, and it might also see Allen continue on his journey.

VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump Adds Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V Manga Series

VIZ Media’s digital English edition of Weekly Shonen Jump has announced that it will debut Naohito Miyoshi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V manga series on August 24, 2015. The manga will premiere in Japan on in Shueisha’s V Jump magazine on August 21, 2015.

Miyoshi previously drew a one-shot manga for Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V in V Jump magazine in May 2014. The short also ran in VIZ Media’s English Weekly Shonen Jump.

The story is set in Maiami City on the coast of Japan. Yūya is a second-year middle school student who loves to entertain people. Although he is small, he has been training his tough body and Action Duelist arms with weapons. His dream is to become an “Entertainment Duelist” who makes people smile. One day, Yūya ends up fighting an exhibition match with the current champion of Pro Duel world.

Source: ANN

Weekly Shonen Jump (August 3, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for Black Clover, Food Wars!, Bleach, My Hero Academia, World Trigger, Toriko, Nisekoi: False Love, and One Piece. This issue also includes the first chapter of D.Gray-man (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.

Black Clover CH:024

After Asta makes his declaration, more of the nobles attack him with magic. But Asta uses his ability to erase what they’re throwing at him. And with one particular attack, Asta uses both his swords and forces a noble to kneel. But then, the captain of the Silver Eagles intervenes, and Asta can feel a chill as he comes forward. But then the Silva clan is reprimanded for their actions, which is followed by a member of the Vermillion clan declaring that Asta as his rival. But the tension is broken when someone runs in and declares that the capital is under attack.

This purpose of this chapter is to establish the Silva and Vermillion clans. While all the nobles are snooty, this chapter shows that the Silva clan is much more snooty in nature than the Vermillion clan. Also, it’s made perfectly clear by the end of this chapter that these two noble magical clans don’t seem to like each other. The beginning of the chapter also shows the reader that someone is determined to take down the magic clans, although there’s really nothing to indicate who this person is and why they want to do this. But right at the end of the chapter, we see that this person has launched an attack on the capital. I suspect that the next chapter will be focusing on this attack.

Food Wars! CH:129

We see that Soma has put together a mapo tofu that tastes very much like the mapo tofu that his father made for this restaurant. And then Soma points out that Kuga’s attempt at satisfy customers 100% every time is a hard thing to do. His point is proven as people start complaining about how long of a line there is in front of Kuga’s booth. We also see people being asked to eat as quickly as they can so there’s room for other customers to sit. Soma uses this to his advantage and starts attracting customers to his booth and away from Kuga’s. Subaru Mimasaka shows up to help Soma fill all the new orders that are coming his way. All Kuga can do is watch and seethe from the sidelines.

Well, I knew that Soma would have to find a way to turn his fortunes around, since the lead character of a shonen manga can’t be defeated to the point that he’d potentially be kicked out of the his own story. I hadn’t predicted that this was the way that Soma would pull it off, though. Soma can be a little slow to pick up on things, but once he realizes something, he picks up the ball and runs with it. Now what’s Kuga going to do in the face of Soma becoming real competition for him?

Bleach CH:637

Mayuri goes to confront this new opponent face-to-face, and tells the Quincy that it must offer itself to him as an experimental subject. Of course, the Quincy doesn’t agree, and it transforms itself. Mayuri realizes this oppoent is Reio’s left arm. The arm tries to attack, and Mayuri wonders why Reio’s left arm would be serving Yhwach. At the end of the chapter, Mayuri goads the arm to show him more of its abilities.

This chapter basically focuses on Mayuri and his interactions with the Quincy. Not surprisingly, Mayuri is nearly giddy with excitement over the discovery of Reio’s left arm and the various things it can do, since he is so focused on science and discoveries. But will Mayuri’s fascination ultimately leave him open for a surprise attack?

My Hero Academia CH:053

Todoroki appears and starts to take on the Hero Killer. As their battle escalates, Midoriya finds that he can move again and joins in the battle. They are attempting to hold the Hero Killer off until the pros can arrive. Todoroki has a flashback as he thinks about Ida’s behavior recently and how it parallels what Todoroki has been going through emotionally.

This chapter has some action in it, but the major focus is on Todoroki and his thoughts about the character development that he’s gone through while we’ve been focusing on Midoriya and his training. At the same time, the reader also receives an explanation for how the Hero Killer’s ability works. However, for the characters in the story, this explanation doesn’t seem to help them much. We see Ida react briefly in this chapter, but I’m hoping to see more of him in the next chapter. I’m especially curious to see how Ida will end up being affected in the aftermath of this battle, because it appears his attempt at avenging his brother has failed.

World Trigger CH:111

We see the next solo Rank War getting underway, and that they’re having it in a cityscape covered with snow. As the battle goes on, Osamu becomes a target for one of the other teams. We also see other fights starting up in the Rank War as well. Shiori gives Yuma and Chika some advice during the battle. At this point, it looks a battle royale is building in the middle of the map. We then see Jin placing a bet with the captured Neighbor as to whether or not Tamakoma-2 will win.

A lot of this chapter is spent on getting this Rank War started and setting the stage for the major fighting to begin. There was a brief scene of action in this chapter, but most of it was taken up with the commentators talking about the battle or by the teams in the Rank War working on strategy. But the bet Jin has going is interesting, especially knowing what the Side Effect of this Trigger is. Does Jin really know what the outcome is or not?

Toriko CH:333

Asardy, one of the Blue Grill chefs taking place in the cook-off seems to have a vision, but he says he can’t predict the outcome of this competition. A Coffin Crab appears, which is a refrigerator in food spirit world that stores extinct ingredients. And then the Soul Furnace appears and is lit. The first competition ends up being who can make the tastiest dish from a leafish… but the fish has to be captured first before they can cook it. Condor, one of the human chefs, goes in first and finds that the bubble where the fish is stored has no concept of gravity. It’s revealed that he has to prepare the fish in that space that has no concept of gravity. It also turns out the leafish is a carnivore. Condor succeeds in capturing it. Right at the end of the chapter, the stage is set for Condor and Yuda (one of the Blue Grill chefs) to have a cook-off.

This chapter is basically setting up for a cook-off between Condor and Yuda, and it appears that event will be taking place in the next chapter. But there is some action here as Condor works at capturing the leafish. He actually surprises everyone in Blue Grill by how quickly he was able to succeed. The people in Blue Grill believe that the human chefs are at a disadvantage, so it’s good to see the human chefs proving them wrong. I’m just hoping that this cook-off isn’t stretched out for too long, though, because we do have other characters in other locations that need to be focused on as well.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:180

At the beginning of the chapter, we see Marika taking medicine and having to stop in the middle of making chocolate. She seems to be struggling more than she had been. We then see Chitoge and Onodera give Raku chocolate for Valentine’s Day. Even Tsugumi gives Raku a small piece of chocolate. But then Raku looks around and realizes that Marika isn’t in class. At this point, we learn that it’s been a month since Yui confessed her feelings to Raku, and that he’s decided that it’s time to respond to Marika’s feelings. In his thoughts, he sees that he needs to reject her, but she’s been absent a lot and there’s never a good time. Chitoge sees that Raku is worried, and she volunteers to go with Raku to see Marika. But as they go to get something to give Marika as a gift, they run into her while they’re out shopping. As they talk, Marika receives a call from her mother, which she ignores. Chitoge realizes she left her bag at school and runs off. Marika then presents Raku with a chocolate engagement ring. As Raku is about to tell Marika his feelings, she surprises him by saying she knows he likes Onodera and is pretending to date Chitoge. Right at the end of the chapter, she tells Raku to give her his answer.

Well, we’ve now jumped ahead to Valentine’s Day, and it appears that Marika is becoming more sickly. With the way this chapter ended, with Marika admitting she knows the truth about Raku and wanting Raku’s answer, it looks like Komi is setting things up to remove Marika from the harem. This feels so much like what happened with Yui, I believe this is possible. And knowing that it’s Valentine’s Day, there’s not that much more time until the end of their third year of high school. By all appearances, it looks as if Komi is working on wrapping up the series one piece at a time. Maybe he’s finally come to the realization that there really isn’t much further than he can take this series.

One Piece CH:795

Fujitora decides to not go after Luffy and Law at this point. We then see Nami, Brook, and some of the other Straw Hats fighting what appears to be other pirates. At the hideout of the Kid Pirates, we see that a pirate at the ruined Sky Island attempts suicide by jumping off of the island, but he doesn’t die when he falls to the earth. Apparently, when they’ve tried to execute this pirate in the past, he wouldn’t die. His name is Kaido, King of the Beasts. At the end of the chapter, Kaido declares they’ll start the greatest war this planet has ever seen.

I have to admit to being a little lost as I read this chapter, and not being entirely sure what was going on. I didn’t really pick up on what was happening until right at the end. It appears this chapter is basically here to set the stage for the next stoy arc. So I’m guessing that when Luffy and the others leave Dressrosa, they’ll come across Kaido and his group as they try to wage their war.

D.Gray-man CH:001

This is the first chapter of D.Gray-man, which is the latest title to be featured in the “Jump Back” initiative. The first four chapters of the series will be published over the next four weeks.

The series is set in England at the end of a fictitious 19th century. Allen Walker wanders into a church that people think is haunted, and he’s found by two police officers. One of the officers is killed by an Akuma, but Allen is accused of murdering him. As he’s being questioned, they discover that one of his hands is deformed and has a cross embedded into it. The other officer (Moa) who was there tries to defend Allen. Allen tries to explain about what an Akuma is, and he offers to help with the investigation. Allen explains that the cross in his hand is an anti-akuma weapon. The reader discovers that the akuma is actually the brother of the police officer defending Allen. When Allen is at Moa’s place, he detects that her brother is an akuma, and he transforms in front of the two of them. Allen then reveals to Moa that the akuma killed her brother and began wearing his skin. When the akuma tries to attack, Allen and Moa are sent flying into the church, where they run into the other police officers and detectives. The akuma follows them and kills everyone except Allen and Moa. This is followed by an explanation from Allen as to what an akuma is. We then get a flashback from Moa that explains what happened that led to Marc becoming an akuma. Allen then uses his power of exorcism to bring salvation to the akuma’s soul. And right at the end of the chapter, we learn that the “maker” of the akuma is the Millennium Earl.

This first chapter is here to establish the main character, as well as the world that he inhabits and various elements of the series. It reads a lot like the first chapter of other series, especially series that feature supernatural elements. But the chapter isn’t a boring read, and there’s enough there to make the reader want to come back and read more in order to find out what will happen to Allen.

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.