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VIZ Media Announces Exclusive Free Weekly Shonen Jump Manga Content and Territory Expansion

VIZ Media has announced the launch of special free digital manga chapters available exclusively on the Weekly Shonen Jump website, VIZ.com/shonenjump. The free content section will exist alongside the paid subscription model and will be available to fans in current Weekly Shonen Jump territories as well as the new territories of the Philippines, India and Singapore.

Manga readers are invited to dive into a dynamic array of exciting free content straight from the pages of VIZ Media’s and Weekly Shonen Jump’s most popular, as well as upcoming, manga series. New chapters will be posted daily with additional new series to be added on a regular basis.

Manga series featured in the first month of launch include:

  • Blue Exorcist
  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generation
  • Boys Over Flowers Season 2
  • Dragon Ball Super
  • The Emperor and I
  • Haikyu!!
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 1 Phantom Blood
  • Kuroko’s Basketball
  • Naruto: Chibi Sasuke’s Sharingan Legend
  • Naruto: The Path Lit by the Full Moon
  • One-Punch Man
  • Tokyo Ghoul [Jack]

“This is an important new international initiative that will give English manga readers in territories around the world a variety of fun and free reasons to visit every day for the latest new content,” says Hisashi Sasaki, VP, Global Shonen Jump. “From the exciting new generation of ninja adventures in Boruto to the knockout action of the bestselling One-Punch Man, this new portal will help showcase the unique content of Weekly Shonen Jump to a substantial new international audience.”

In addition to reaching readers across North America, this content will be available for free to fans across key international territories where Weekly Shonen Jump is distributed digitally, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Free and paid Weekly Shonen Jump content is now also available for the first time in the Philippines, India and Singapore.

Weekly Shonen Jump is published digitally every week by VIZ Media and features the latest chapters of a wide variety of serialized fan favorite manga titles presented in English and released on the same day as the magazine’s general print release in Japan.

Weekly Shonen Jump to Launch Two New Manga Series in February 2016

This year’s ninth issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump has announced that it will debut two new manga series in upcoming issues. Tadahiro Miura will begin Yuragi-sō no Yūna-san (Yūna of Yuragi Manor) in the 10th issue on February 8, 2016, and Koyoharu Gotōge will begin Kimetsu no Yaiba (Blade of Demon Destruction) in the 11th issue on February 15, 2016.

Miura previously drew the art for the Weekly Shonen Jump series Koisome Momiji, written by Tsugirō Sakamoto, which ran from May to November 2012. He has since drawn several one-shots for the magazine.

Gotōge was one of the recipients of the 70th Jump Treasure Newcomer Manga Awards in 2013. He has since drawn several one-shots for Weekly Shonen Jump.

As a reader of the VIZ Media’s English version of Weekly Shonen Jump, I’m anticipating an announcement before long that these two new manga will be featured for their “Jump Start” initiative. We’ll see if I’m right.

Source: ANN

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (October 19, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for One-Punch Man, Black Clover, Bleach, My Hero Academia, Food Wars!, World Trigger, Nisekoi: False Love, and Toriko. This issue also includes Naruto being featured for the “Jump Back” initiative, but this time focusing on the first four chapters of Volume 28 (which is set at the end of the two year timeskip), as well as Masasahi Kishimoto’s Karakuri one-shot.

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.

One-Punch Man CH:050.2 + Bonus Chapter

The heroes are being asked to serve as bodyguards for the executives from the association, since Garo seems to be targeting them as well. Metal Bat is assigned to protect an executive and his son at a sushi bar, and a monster attacks while they’re there. For the most part, this chapter focused on Metal Bat getting frustrated with the exec and his son, since they don’t understand how to act in a more “lower class” establishment. The monster shows up right at the end of the chapter, so we won’t get to see how Metal Bat handles this situation until the next chapter is published.

Weekly Shonen Jump also included a bonus one-shot for One-Punch Man this week. Saitama is out and about and encounters a fisherman. The fisherman catches the “big one,” but it’s not what he expects. There’s also an encounter with Speed-o’-Sound Sonic for Saitama to deal with. This was an OK one-shot, but it was a little disappointing at the same time, since it was drawn to celebrate the start of the One-Punch Man anime. Oh well.

Black Clover CH:034

Asta and his new rival jump in to fight against the enemy, and Noel joins them. But just as it looks like they’ll be defeated, more Magic Knights appear to help out. But the enemy manages to kidnap Asta right at the end of the chapter. This was primarily an action-oriented chapter, with a lot of magic use and fighting going on. But with Asta being kidnapped, I imagine the next chapter will likely show us what happens to him and possibly start providing some more information and backstory on the enemy.

Bleach CH:647

The beginning of the chapter focuses on a wounded Kyoraku trying to get away from the Quincy. But then it quickly shifts to Rukia and the others approaching the enemy stronghold. But before they can get there, they are stopped by a Quincy. But before anything can truly get going with that plot, the chapter jumps back to Kyoraku. But the way this chapter ends, I’m almost afraid that another character is going to die. I certainly hope this character doesn’t, because I’ve really liked them over the course of the series. But with the way Bleach seems to be more a bloodbath these days, I’m sincerely afraid this could mean the end for yet another character.

My Hero Academia CH:063

Midoriya and Bakugo continue to disagree on how to deal with All Might during the exam, but they manage to come up with a compromise. But then the story shifts Todoroki and his partner, Yaoyorozu. It shows that they have a hard time communicating, and Yaoyorozu has to make a difficult decision when their opponent captures Todoroki. Right at the end, Yaoyorozu has a plan to deal with Aizawa for the practical portion of their exam. So it seems this exam will be focusing on the various pairs having to try to overcome their shortcomings and work together. Hopefully this particular story arc won’t run for an overly long time. This kind of concept works great for a shorter story arc, but not as well for a longer one.

Food Wars! CH:139

Erina’s father gives a speech, which is broadcast to the entire school through the closed circuit television system. His first announcement angers students, and his second announcement creates a new group that is extremely elitist and takes away choices from the students. He tries to make it appear that this will create a much fairer system. We then see that there’s a plan in place to shut down Polaris Dorm. Wow, with these two announcements, the series has just been turned on its head. How is this going to proceed, and how long will this new system be in place? This arc has definitely been an interesting turn of events, and it’s actually get me a little more interested in this series.

World Trigger CH:119

We see that Yuzuru wants Chika to try a Trigger. But before he tells her about it, he explains what’s likely causing her to not want to shoot at people, even if they’re in Trion bodies. The explanation he gives makes a lot of sense. He then asks to have a Trigger setting changed and has Chiksa try it. We learn it’s the Lead Bullet that immobolizes an opponent with weights, and Chika recognizes it. After getting through the explanations, the scene shifts to Osamu and Yuma talking to Enedora, which basically provides exposition about Aftokrator, as well as some backstory for Hyuse. This ended up primarily being an exposition chapter, but the exposition was necessary in order to progress Chika’s story and to provide information on Hyuse. We’ve known very little about him up to this point, so getting even this brief backstory is better than having nothing at all.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:190

This chapter backtracks to before the end of the previous chapter, so the reader gets to see what leads up to Raku crashing the wedding. But it quickly returns to Raku’s crashing of the wedding. Marika is told to send Raku away, and she says a lot of things that could be true, but she could also be saying them to obey her mother. But Raku isn’t willing to accept that she’s truly happy and says he wants to help if she’s in a bad situation. He refers to her as a good friend, and it hits Marika hard, even though she knew that was how he felt. Marika then surprises everyone by what she does next. Of course, Marika’s mother isn’t going to take this lying down, and a fight is about to begin. Some of the guards fall over, though, thanks to Onodera’s bad cooking. The chapter ends with Raku and the others gearing up for a fight to try to get out and whisk Marika back home with them. So Raku has finally told Marika that he thinks of her as just a good friend, so it appears she’s officially not going to be part of Raku’s harem anymore. But at this point, I can’t guess how the story will progress from this point.

Toriko CH:343

Don Slime attacks. There are quite a few action panels, and then we get an explanation for what happened to Komatsu and the others. However, the flashback isn’t finished by the end of the chapter. It’s safe to say that this flashback will be continuing in the next chapter. I still have this sneaking suspicion that Toriko may be getting closer to ending. Otherwise, I can’t explain why the story has suddenly sped up after dragging it out for so long.

Naruto CH:247

This chapter sees Naruto running into Shikamaru and Temari, and he also learns that he’s the only one in their year who isn’t a Chunin yet. We then get to see what’s happened to Gaara during the course of the timeskip, and learn about the changes for the Sand Village. This chapter also introduces two members of the Akatsuki, and they’re just launching their plan when the chapter ends. This chapter finally is what truly gets the first post-timeskip story arc into motion, and the next chapter will likely focus on the attempt to get Gaara. I already know this portion of the story from the anime, so there’s really nothing to surprise me here. But I do like this story arc, so I don’t mind seeing it in manga form. Next week should be the last week this appears as part of the “Jump Back” initiative.

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (October 12, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for My Hero Academia, One Piece, Food Wars!, Bleach, World Trigger, Nisekoi: False Love, Toriko, and Black Clover. This issue also includes Naruto being featured for the “Jump Back” initiative, but this time focusing on the first four chapters of Volume 28 (which is set at the end of the two year timeskip), as well as Masasahi Kishimoto’s Karakuri one-shot.

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.

My Hero Academia CH:062

This chapter focuses on Bakugo and Midoriya, and it’s obvious they’re unable to work well together. Because of this, All Might is having a rather easy time of it. This chapter also includes some flashbacks from when Bakugo and Midoriya were little kids. But Midoriya does something rather unexpected when Bakugo makes a comment that his partner doesn’t like hearing. The battle is still ongoing when the chapter ends, which isn’t surprising. But it looks like Midoriya might be able to pull something off. We’ll just have to wait until the next chapter to find out whether or not he does.

One Piece CH:803

In this chapter, Luffy and the others discover that the Thousand Sunny made it to Zou. The Straw Hats, Law, and a couple of other people disembark, while the other pirates head on their way. Meanwhile, it appears that the headquarters of the Revolutionary Army has been discovered by the Blackbeard Pirates. And Buggy the Clown is back! It definitely appears that a new story arc is being established in this chapter that will somehow involve Luffy and his group, the Revolutionary Army, and Buggy. It’ll be interesting to see how this develops.

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

Food Wars! CH:138

In this chapter, Erina is inside Polaris Dorm, which surprises the residents as they return. When it’s asked to let Erina stay there, the residents aren’t sure and are afraid of getting into trouble. But after they learn what’s going on with Erina’s father, they’re more than happy to let her stay. As they have a party, Erina is asked to sample dishes and give her opinion on them. I don’t know, that kind of seems like a rude thing to do to someone who’s run away and is hiding out to get away from being forced into these same kinds of duties by their father. And right at the end of the chapter, Azami shows some documents to the staff that explain what Totsuki’s new instruction method will be. From the reactions I’m seeing, it’s obviously something the staff isn’t happy about. Azami just continues to be a jerk, and his obsession of taking over Totsuki is already starting to get out of hand (and it’s hardly even started!).

Bleach CH:646

The fight between Kyoraku and the Quincy continues. But just as it looks like Kyoraku has the upper hand, the Quincy reveals an ability he has that we didn’t know about before, which only serves to stretch the battle out more. The chapter ends with a cliffhanger, and the reader is left to wonder whether or not Kyoraku will survive. I just hope this doesn’t get drawn out into some ridiculously drawn out battle that becomes very over the top. But with the way Bleach has been going over the past year or so, I’m almost afraid that it is.

World Trigger CH:118

In this chapter, Enedora is questioned about the two potential Neighborhoods that might attack, but he claims to not have any additional information on them. Yuma confirms that he’s not lying. When Enedora makes a comment about Hyuse, Osamu asks him to elaborate, but we don’t get to see whether or not he does because the scene changes to Chika going through sniper training. When someone tells Chika that her mentor should teach her how to actually shoot people, she shares something that he told her. But the guy who made the crack says he might be able to help her right at the end of the chapter. I wonder what he’s planning to do in order to teach her how to be comfortable shooting at people, and if this will appear in the next chapter, or if the focus will return on what Enedora was telling Osamu and Yuma.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:189

As we see that Raku and the others are making progress in an underground tunnel, Marika’s mother decides to move the wedding up an hour earlier. But ust as it seems that the bride and groom will have their kiss, Raku barges in. And this is where the chapter ends. But is Raku technically too late? While Marika never said “I do,” the officiant did say her silence constitutes her pledge. He could be too late due to that technicality. I’m curious to see how Komi ends up playing this out.

Toriko CH:342

After dealing with a few pages of narration, the story gets going with Toriko and Starjun. Apparently, Toriko’s heightened sense of smell is allowing him to sense everything that’s going on in the Gourmet World. They encounter a battle wolf. But before the two of them can fight, Toriko receives a call from Komatsu saying that they have prepared Another. Ummm… wait a minute. What happened to the various story lines that were going on, like with Komatsu and the boy? That cooking competition? Between all the narration and this sudden jump in time, it almost feels like the mangaka is trying to rush through the story to bring it to its conclusion. Could Toriko be heading toward its ending soon?

Black Clover CH:033

It turns out that Fegoleon has lost an arm but is still alive. But before they can do anything, Rades attacks Leopold. As Rades tries to leave, Asta decides to attack, even though he’s injured. But before anything can happen, reinforcements show up for Rades. But Asta does something surprising right at the end of the chapter. So this fight with Rades continues and doesn’t seem to be anywhere near ending. I’m almost afraid that the mangaka is going to try to stretch this battle out for as long as possible. If that happens, I’ll probably get bored with this series rather quickly until it finally progresses to something else.

Naruto CH:246

This chapter focuses exclusively on Naruto and Sakura doing the bell test with Kakashi for a second time. However, unlike the first time, it doesn’t take them nearly as long as achieve the goal. Naruto actually came up with a clever way to distract Kakashi so they could get the bells without him noticing. Also, this chapter demonstrates just how much both Naruto and Sakura have grown as ninja. This was a very fun read, and it was also a little on the nostalgic side.

Karakuri

This is the one-shot that Kishimoto received the Hop Step Award honorable mention in an issue of Weekly Shonen Jump back in 1996. Two years later, the one-shot was published in Weekly Shonen Jump.

The story is set in Japan during a time when a virus was killing a lot of people. The government used bionics to create vertebrae that would fight against the virus and save mankind. But a subset of people involved with the project secretly redeveloped the idea for military purposes and conducted experiments that created roids, which were humans turned into weapons. The Ministry of Defense created the 14th Division fourth platoon Karakuri Squad to deal with it. Kiru, the main character, is directionally challenged, which makes it hard to arrive at his intended destination on time. His commander (a rat) is directionally challenged, too. But when they finally make it to their location, they find that one of the people they were supposed to meet has been kidnapped. Kiru finds the girl who was kidnapped and rescues her.

It was interesting to see how some of the character designs that appear here would be modified and make some kind of appearance in Naruto. Also, there was an ability that appeared here and was later modified to be something else in the Naruto series. This was a nice thing to see for curiosity’s sake, but it shows just how much Kishimoto had grown as a mangaka between this and Naruto. Karakuri is OK for what it is, but it’s not as strong as Naruto.

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (October 5, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for One Piece, Blue Exorcist, Black Clover, World Trigger, My Hero Academia, Toriko, Nisekoi: False Love, Samon the Summoner, Bleach, Food Wars!, and Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign. This issue also includes Naruto being featured for the “Jump Back” initiative, but this time focusing on the first four chapters of Volume 28 (which is set at the end of the two year timeskip).

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.

One Piece CH:802

First, we see Luffy and the others freaking out about huge hail coming down, and coming to the realization that they don’t have a navigator. Oops! Then we meet Edward Weevil, who claims to be the son of Whitebeard, and his mother, who claims to be Whitebeard’s lover. They appear to have just learned about Doflamingo’s defeat. I’m not quite sure how these two fit into the story, but considering I jumped into Weekly Shonen Jump in the middle of the Dressrosa arc last year, that’s not terribly surprising. A new island called Zou is revealed, and it has an… interesting location. It’s going to be interesting to see how Oda pulls off the story line with Zou. I mean, sure, he had a sky island before, but this is something completely different…

Blue Exorcist CH:072

Rin and a couple of the others lament how Bon is now working so hard for Lightning that he can’t help them with their studies. But then they talk about what potential paths they might want to take. The story then returns to Yukio as he continues to try to figure out how he can become stronger. He takes a drastic step to try to awaken his ability, but it looks like it might not work. The chapter ends on a cliffhanger, so we won’t know whether Yukio succeeds or not until next month.

Black Clover CH:032

It looks like Rades is going to be defeated, and an interesting tidbit is revealed about him when his Grimoire is confiscated. But it turns out Rades’ and his group’s real objective was to capture Fergoleon Vermillion, and it appears that plan succeeds. So while it appears to still be a revenge plot, there was more to it than Rades let on in the previous chapter. I don’t know if it’s just me, but this particular story arc just hasn’t been terribly interesting. Oh well. I don’t have much but to continue with it until it’s finished.

World Trigger CH:117

It appears that the story is being set up for another Neighbor invasion to potentially take place, and this chapter spends a lot of time focusing on an Emergency Response meeting where Border bigwigs and higher ranking Border agents discuss what could happen and what they’re going to do. Meanwhile, Osamu is coming to a realization as to what he needs to do going forward for the B-Rank Wars. But Yotaro seems to have figured out who Jin was referring to in the previous chapter, and I admit it’s someone I wouldn’t have guessed. It sounds like this person isn’t interested in helping Osamu out, but things could change. And it would be quite an interesting development if they do.

My Hero Academia CH:061

We get to see what the matchups for the upcoming practical exam are, as well as All Might’s flashback concerning some of the decisions made on who to team up. Some time is spent expliainig the practical exam before it actually starts. As the exam gets underway, the story jumps around the various locations just as attacks start happening. But then the focus changes to Midoriya and Bakugo not off to a good start. That’s not surprising, considering that they don’t get along with each other. Their story is just getting going when the chapter ends. Hopefully next chapter will continue to focus on Midoriya and Bakugo, and not jump around much. Or if it does jump around, that it doesn’t do so as much as One Piece did during the Dressrosa arc.

Toriko CH:341

This chapter introduces us to Acacia’s Demon A. We get to see A going up against Bambina. Then the other members of the Eight Kings and the Full-Course Meal appear to take on other demons that have appeared in the Gourmet World. Most of the chapter focuses on narration of what’s happening with all of this, with only a minimal amount of action. But right at the end of the chapter, we see Toriko reacting. Overall, this was such an exposition heavy chapter that it was rather boring to read. Hopefully the next chapter will be more exciting.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:188

Raku shares his idea for helping Marika with the others. There’s an argument about some of the particulars, but after that’s worked out, we see that Shinohara has made arrangements for the two who weren’t captured to get inside the castle. Shinohara then lays out the plan for how they’re going to accomplish their goal. This story seems to be building up to something, but I can’t predict where Raku and the others will succeed or not. I’m very curious to see what Komi will do, and I hope it’ll turn out to be interesting and impressive.

Samon the Summoner CH:003

Samon is approached by one of his and Sakura’s classmates, who witnessed Samon summon a demon. This classmate now wants to borrow the power of the demons. Samon happily obliges. It ends up becoming a chaotic story, and Sakura tries her best to save their classmate.

This was probably the best of the three chapters that I read of Samon the Summoner, but I’m still not entirely sold on this series. About the only way I’d be continuing it at this point is if the English Weekly Shonen Jump decided to publish more of it in the future. But to be honest, I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

Bleach CH:645

Kyoraku explains what he does with the Zanpakuto to the Quincy. This is primarily a chapter of exposition, but then action takes place right near the end. But what action did happen was simply there to help illustrated Kyoraku’s explanations. Hopefully this chapter got the exposition out of the way, and that some real action will take place next week.

Food Wars! CH:137

Erina’s father is still acting like such an asshole in this chapter. But we see Hisako, Alice, and some others busting Erina out of her family’s mansion. They succeed, but after realizing they don’t have a plan, decides to go home. But at the end of the chapter, it’s revealed that they’re right behind Polaris Dorm. As I was reading this chapter, I had a feeling that Erina would somehow end up at Polaris. Now the question is, will she try to stay there to defy her father?

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign CH:038

When Shinoa and the others make it to the rendezvous point, and Rika comes running up and blaming her for all the deaths that have occurred because she protected Mika. But as others arrive, arguments begin breaking out. But as the truth about the mission is revealed, tempers flare even more. Shinya Hiragi is bombarded with a ton of questions, which is understandable considering the situation. He makes the decision to abandon the plan and devise a strategy to rescue Guren. We also get to see what’s going on with Guren while he’s in captivity. And something that Guren says right at the end of the chapter seems to pique the vampires’ interest. It looks Guren’s plan might be succeeding, and hopefully we’ll find out in next month’s chapter whether or not it does.

Naruto CH:245

The new “Jump Back” initiative features the first four chapters of Naruto Volume 28, which is set after the two year timeskip that Naruto was away from the village training with Jiraiya. Naruto is being featured again so soon to celebrate Masashi Kishimoto’s appearance at New York Comic Con. This chapter sees Naruto’s return to Konoha and encountering Kakashi and Sakura. The stage is set for the two of them to try to do the bell test with Kakashi again. Basically, this chapter was here to establish Naruto’s return and the fact that he, Sakura, and Kakashi will be on a team as equals rather than as master and student. The next chapter should be more action-oriented with the bell test.

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (September 28, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for Black Clover, One Piece, Mononofu, Food Wars!, Samon the Summoner, My Hero Academia, Toriko, Bleach, and Nisekoi: False Love. This issue also includes Bakuman. age 14 (the second part of the two-part Bakuman. prequel manga, and the fourth chapter of Psyren (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.

Black Clover CH:031

It’s revealed that the guy causing all the trouble is Rades, who was a top choice for a Magic Knight squad six years ago but that he was expelled. So, this is basically a revenge plot of some kind. This chapter becomes a battle between the captain of the Crimson Lions and Rades. But it’s a short-lived battle, with the Crimson Lions’ leader winning it. While it was good to see the Magic Knight captain pump up the others around him, this chapter ended up being a little on the boring side for me as a reader. I had hoped to see some kind of epic battle, not an easy victory for the protagonist. Oh well. Maybe the next chapter will be more exciting.

One Piece CH:801

We get to see Doflamingo raving about pirates and the state of piracy as he’s locked away in a cell. And then it’s revealed that the bounties for the various Straw Hats and friends have gone up. I expect that the Navy was none too pleased about what happened on Dressrosa. The new bounty posters are actually rather amusing, although it’s interesting that Sanji’s says he’s only to be taken alive. Hmmm… I wonder what that could mean.

Mononofu CH:003

Shinobu goes through the entrance ceremony at school and decides to join the school’s shogi club. Unfortunately, Shinbou accidentally causes embarrassment for a boy named Rindo, who turns out to be the one and only member of the shogi club. How come I saw this coming when Shinobu had his run-in with him? Maybe because it’s a predictable plot twist? But when Shinobu plays one move against Rindo in a game, he’s kicked out for being a beginner. But after a talk with one of his dormmates, Shinobu decides not to give up and wants to start his own shogi club. Not surprisingly, this angers Rindo. The reader learns some interesting information about Rindo through the others at Shinbou’s dorm, and Shinobu does something that surprises Rindo. So we’ve basically got a situation where a newbie is coming in contact with someone who’s an old pro at the game, yet the pro has something that’s holding him back. It looks like the story’s being set up where, with his sense of being able to see the “checkmate,” Shinobu will help Rindo overcome that hurdle.

And that’s the end of this “Jump Start” initiative. Mononofu is probably one of the better titles to come through as part of the “Jump Start” initiative, but there are times when it can be on the predictable side.

Food Wars! CH:136

It turns out that what Erina’s grandfather wanted to speak with Soma about isn’t quite as important as I thought. But after Erina’s grandfather asks Soma what kind of chef he thinks she is, he launches into explaining about Erina’s childhood. Through flashbacks, we get some backstory for her. Even though the content of Soma’s meeting with the former dean of Totsuki isn’t what I expected, I still appreciate getting some backstory for Erina. Erina’s father was so mean and nearly abusive to her as a child. This flashback just seems to reinforce my impression of how much of a jerk he is. It also shows how Erina’s father was disowned from the family. At the end of the chapter, Erina’s grandfather asks Soma to help save his granddaughter from her father’s brainwashing. This is definitely going to be a tall order, but I’m sure Soma will take it on. As we’ve seen in the past, Soma feels is very committed and loyal to his friends, and I can’t see him turning his back on Erina because of her father.

Samon the Summoner CH:002

This chapter sees Sakura getting a lot of exposition from Samon about demons and familiars. But when one of Sakura’s friends shows up and is attacked by a demon, Samon is unwilling to help. This Samon guy is such a jerk that he’s not a likable character. So far, his attitude and behavior are making me not like this series very much. Sakura decides to try to take it on herself. And when Sakura realizes she can’t do it on her own, Samon still refuses to help. But when she says something that Samon wants to hear (that she desires to save her friend), he gives her some help. OK, he did finally help out, but the way he does this makes his come across as such a major jerk. So far, this second chapter really hasn’t sold me any more on this series than the first one did. Maybe next week’s chapter will be better?

My Hero Academia CH:060

This chapter sees the characters stressing about their upcoming final exams and trying to figure out what might be covered in them. We also get to see some of the animosity Class B has toward Class A. And Bakugo makes it clear to both Midoriya and Todoroki that he intends to perform better than them on the upcoming exams. This isn’t terribly surprising, since Bakugo has been established as a hothead from very early on. Then the chapter skips ahead in time to the practical exam, and the students discover the test isn’t going to be like what the upperclassmen had told them it would be like. And with the matchups, it looks like Midoriya ended up getting the short end of the stick. Will he be able to pass the practical exam?

Toriko CH:340

So Acacia is out there and seems to be acting more like a demon than anything else. When Jiro makes it to where Acacia was, the demon of Acacia is long gone. And it looks like there’s only mere days until the Gourmet Eclipse, and it has been hinted that something really bad will happen at that time. But after Jiro argues with the Nitros, he transforms into a beast. It looks like the stage is being set for Jiro to battle the Nitros. This chapter was basically a bunch of talking to provide exposition, with very little actually happening to progress the story outside of Acacia and what he does right at the beginning. Hopefully the story will actually make some progression in the next chapter.

Bleach CH:644

We learn that Nemi had brought body preservation pods, and the two people housed in them are no longer zombies. Mayuri asks a couple of Soul Reapers to take those two individuals out and to put himself and Kenpachi into them. After this, the chapter finally returns to what Urahara and the others are doing. Finally! But the action is just starting at the end of the chapter when Kyoraku is launching into a fight with a Quincy. Prior to that, it was a lot of talking as characters were running. But at least we’ve finally returned to focus to characters other than Mayuri!

Nisekoi: False Love CH:187

Marika’s escape attempt is foiled by Honda, and then we see the others in the dungeons. Chitoge and Tsugumi are together, and Raku finds that his cellmate is Marika’s father. The two of them have a conversation about Marika’s mother. Shinohara makes a surprise appearance in the dungeon in order to rescue the four of them, although Marika’s father decides to stay put. Ichijo is undeterred, and still plans to bust up Marika’s wedding. I guess the conversation with Marika’s father was supposed to give us insight into Marika’s mother and justify her actions. While it does a good job of explaining, I don’t think it truly justifies anything. And what can Raku possibly do to change Marika’s mother’s mind? I’m afraid that if succeeds in changing her mind, it’ll be due to some kind of a lame cop-out.

Bakuman. age 14

This chapter sees Akito trying to figure out how to achieve his goals. We’re also introduced to Mashiro, an artist in Akito’s class. It turns out Mashiro has been drawing pictures of the girl in their class that Akito likes. Akito makes the discovery when Mashiro accidentally leaves his notebook in class. But this chapter definitely sets up the possibility for a collaboration of the two in the future, since Akito likes Mashiro’s art style so much. I suspect fans of Bakuman. will appreciate seeing how the partnership they know from the original series ultimately came to be.

Psyren CH:004

This is the final chapter of Psyren to be highlighted in Weekly Shonen Jump’s “Jump Back” initiative. Ageha arrives where the others are and starts to help them battle against the monsters that they came across. Although it appears that only Ageha and one other person survive. The two of them have to try to work together in order to get past any remaining monsters and find a place that’s safe. But the chapter ends just as they come up with a plan, so the only way to know what will happen at this point is if you tracks down the first volume of the manga series and read it.

Psyren was OK from what I saw, but there just wasn’t quite enough here to hook me and make me want to rush out and read more. It’s not that it’s a bad series, it just didn’t do a whole lot for me personally.

Review: Weekly Shonen Jump (September 21, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for One Piece, Toriko, Mononofu, Bleach, My Hero Academia, World Trigger, Black Clover, Food Wars!, Nisekoi: False Love, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V. This issue also includes the first chapter of Samon the Summoner (the second title to be featured in this “Jump Start” initiative), the Bakuman. age 13 two-part manga, and the third chapter of Psyren (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.

Samon the Summoner CH:001

Samon the Summoner is the second title being featured as part of Weekly SHonen Jump‘s latest “Jump Start” initiative.

Shosuke Samon is a transfer student who has such an intense personality that his classmates isolated him. It didn’t help that he introduced himself as a summoner and that his hobby is to summon demons. Sakura Teshigawa, one of his classmates who has a demon on her back, serves as the narrator for the series. Sakura is class president, and she is the only person who tries to talk to him. Sakura has a reputation in class for being an angel or a saint. Unfortunately, having this reputation means that Shosuke hates her. It’s because of Shosuke that she ends up with the demon on her back. The remainder of the chapter shows Sakura trying to deal with the temptations that this demon shoves at her, as well as having to deal with Shosuke and the insults he hurls at her. When a powerful devil arrives to go after Shosuke, he leaves Sakura alone to deal with it. But Shosuke does something unexpected.

Ookay…. well, then. This is definitely not a typical manga where the main male and female protagonists are being set up to be a potential romantic couple. On the contrary, Samon is so obsessed with Sakura turning evil that he will only protect her so that she can live to make his desire come true. After reading this first chapter, I have to say that this isn’t a bad manga, but it’s not standing out to me like Mononofu did, either. I’m not willing to write off Samon the Summoner quite yet, and I’m hoping the second chapter will be able to expand on what we’ve seen
here and helps to make the series something I’d be more interested in reading.

One Piece CH:800

Not surprisingly, Luffy declines the proposal of becoming the captain of a whole fleet of pirates. I knew that he wouldn’t be interested. But in the end, the other pirates swear their loyalty to Luffy and tell him to keep doing what he’s been doing all this time. We also see that Fujitora allows them to escape as thanks for helping to clean up the government’s mess. The way this chapter ends, it’s hinting that some big event that includes all of these pirates will be taking place at some point in the future. It may not necessarily be immediately, though. But this looks like this may finally be the conclusion for the Dressrosa arc. And if this arc really is over, it’ll be interesting to see where the series progresses from here.

Toriko CH:339

This chapter primarily focuses on the battle between Midora and Joie. But after some initial action, the story slows down for Joie to impart a bit of exposition. While the exposition is appreciated, it does slow down what had been a rather fast-paced chapter up to that point. We then see Setsu, Jiro, and Chichi as they drive off Neo, a gourmet cell demon that lurks within Acacia. This seems to indicate that Acacia could potentially be back. But with the way this chapter ends, it appears that doom and gloom could be coming. It really feels like a foundation is starting to be placed to work at bringing the series to an end. Obviously, it won’t be anytime soon, since there’s still a lot of loose ends out there. But it does appear that the story is building up to something major happening.

Mononofu CH:002

Shinobu is now obsessed with studying shogi instead of focusing on his school work. After getting a phone call from Shiobu’s father, who says he doesn’t want his son picking up bad habits, Yasukane declares that there should be no more shogi for Shinobu. But one of the other residents tells Shinobu that he should follow his dreams. So basically, we’re at the point where on obstacle gets in the protagonist’s way, but he receives encouragement to continue pursuing what he wants to do, no matter what. This is a rather common shonen setup, so this development isn’t too terribly surprising. But this person encouraging him gives him a complicated formation for a game they’re going to play. Even though Shinobu ultimately loses, he has so much fun playing an actual game that he wants to play again. During this second game, Shinobu shows his strength in the endgame. At the end of the chapter, Yasukane says he had no right to try to make Shinobu quit, and instead encourages him to try to become the best he can. Obviously, the protagonist wasn’t just going to quit in chapter two, because it would bring about a premature end to the story. We’ve now made it past this hurdle of almost quitting, so what other obstacles will Shinobu encounter as he starts trying to progress to the world of competitive shogi?

Bleach CH:643

What? No, Kubo didn’t just do that. He didn’t just kill a particular character. No, no, no! But it looks like this death is having to make Mayuri become introspective… but not for long. But it turns out that this character’s death may not be in vain, and it could potentially be what turns the tide in this battle. Hopefully this will finally bring about the end of this battle with Pernida.

My Hero Academia CH:059

This chapter sees All Might meeting with Midoriya and telling him more about One for All. This includes finding out how One for All came to be, and how the first villain to come out of the advent of exceptional humanity is the brains behind the League of Villains. But after he hears the story, Midoriya is determined to step up to a challenge that could be coming. But from what we see in All Might’s thoughts, it looks like he knows something bad is in store for himself and that he won’t always be around to help Midoriya. But it looks like the story is setting the stage for the students to have a summer training camp… except for those who can’t pass the upcoming final exams. But the end of the chapter also seems to imply that more trouble is on the way, so I imagine the training camp isn’t going to be all fun and games.

Bakuman. age 13

This is a two-part story that serves as a prequel to the Bakuman. manga. This story focuses on Akito and what his motivation was for trying to make it big with manga. Akito is starting junior high, and he finds that he’s trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life in the future. The only thing he knows is that he doesn’t want to be a salaryman. Time quickly goes by, and Akito always comes in first on the tests in seventh grade. He meets the girl who always comes right behind him in the ranking. Then he’s suddenly in eighth grade and still at the top of the class. In eighth grade, Aiko (the girl who always comes in second) wants to swap numbers or email addresses, claiming they can contact each other if they get stuck while studying; but from her expression, she’s obviously interested in Akito. But it’s during eighth grade that Akito learns that there are manga that are written and illustrated by different people. One thing that was really fun about reading the first part of this story is the references to various manga that were running in Weekly Shonen Jump at the time the story is set in. It definitely helps to make it feel like the story is actually set in the mid-2000s.

Admittedly, I haven’t had a chance to read Bakuman. yet, but I could still follow and enjoy what was going on in this special two-part manga. I’m interested in seeing how this progresses in the second chapter.

World Trigger CH:116

Osamu and Jin have an important conversation after Osamu asks him to join Tamakoma-2. Osamu also explains why he wants his squad to be able to go on an away mission as soon as possible and why he feels they need to make it past the B-Rank Wars and into the A Rank. Jin gives the answer to Osamu’s request that I expected, and I think he made the correct choice here. But Jin also mentions that if Osamu is still looking for new blood for Tamakoma-2, he knows a person better suited for the job than he is. Osamu is trying to puzzle out who he means, and so am I. It’ll be interesting to see is Osamu comes up with the person that Jin was thinking of. And right at the end of the chapter, we see that an Emergency Response Meeting with the elite members is about to get underway. Is the stage being set for something to happen to disrupt the B-Rank Wars?

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

Black Clover CH:030

It turns out it’s not Yuno who defeats the witch, it’s another magic user in a nearby restaurant who thinks the witch is after her food. While I was glad to see the witch defeated, did it have to be in such a comedic manner? And, hey, we finally return to Asta! He finds the new monster who’s sent against him is a bad match for him. But Asta gets some unexpected help from the captain of the Crimson Lion King Magic Knights. At the end of the chapter, it looks like it’s shaping up to be a fight between this captain and the villain. Well, at least we got to see Asta for a little bit in this chapter, so I guess that’s something.

Food Wars! CH:135

The news of Erina’s grandfather suddenly retiring and her father becoming the new dean sweeps across the campus. However, daily life at the school doesn’t seem to change immediately. Erina’s father delivers his acceptance speech for his appointment, and he shows a different side than what he showed in the previous chapter. His first change comes about when he tells Hisako that he is relieving her of her duties as Erina’s personal secretary. Uh oh. I suspect this is the first of many changes that he plans to make at Totsuki. At the end of the chapter, the former dean pays Soma a visit, and says he has something he wishes to speak with Soma about. Hopefully, the explanation that appears to be forthcoming will follow through in the next chapter.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:186

Chitoge and Raku end up having to split forces, and Raku stumbles upon Marika’s mother. He tries to convince her to call off the wedding. In the process, Marika’s mother asks if Raku would be willing to marry her instead. Not surprisingly, Marika’s mother isn’t moved. In fact, she debates Raku about beliefs and value systems. When Honda arrives, we learn both Tsugumi and Chitoge have been captured. Marika orders Honda to place those two and Raku in the dungeon so they can’t interfere with the wedding. Her plan after that is to turn them over to the authorities. Wow, Marika’s mother really doesn’t care about her daughter’s feelings or happiness. And I’m not surprised that Raku wasn’t able to change her mind. But it looks like Marika may have found a way to pick the lock on the door of her room right at the end. What’s she going to do when she gets out, I wonder?

Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V CH:002

Even though this may not be the person they’re looking for, but they decide to bring him in. When Yuto’s told he’s under arrest, he says he’ll have to duel with the man trying to arrest him. So Yuto and Sawatari (the man trying to arrest him) start to duel. And in true Yu-Gi-Oh! style, we get a whole bunch of exposition on how to play each card and the various stats that the cards have. The majority of this chapter focuses on the duel and the exposition. Honestly, it feels like once you’ve read one Yu-Gi-Oh! series, you’ve read them all. While the characters, cards, and their abilities are different from series to series, the storytelling format is very similar between each one. I have to admit that the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga series tend to bore me because of this.

Psyren CH:003

Most of the other players decide to wander outside, thinking that they have clues as to where to find the gate. When Ageha tries to warn them about the creature, they laugh and make fun of him. When he tries to show them proof, it’s gone. When Sakurako awakens and finds out about the others, she tells Ageha how to pull up a map with the phone and explains where the others are headed. After getting the info, Ahega decides to go to where the others are in order to try to save them. So it looks like Ageha will be trying to play the hero here. There’s only one more chapter left for this “Jump Back” initiative, and it’ll be interesting to see what will happen.