Last week I was dealing with a house full of sick people (including me!) so I didn’t get a chance to read the January 14 issue of WSJA until today, so I’m just going to skip a recap of it and jump right into the January 21 issue. This is the first issue of the simulations release with the Japanese magazine, and the magazine has been renamed Weekly Shonen Jump. Good-bye Alpha and good-bye waiting for an English translation!
This week’s issue is 185 pages, and introduced One-Punch Man to the line-up. I have also discovered, much to my chagrin, that my by beloved Kenshin will only appear monthly as it is actually published in Jump Square. Boo hoo! But let’s put that disappointment behind us, and dive into this week’s issue of WSJ!
Naruto Chapter 616 – Nice color spread this issue and a congratulatory message from creator Masashi Kishimoto for going simultaneous! After getting a pep talk about not letting Neji’s death be in vain, Naruto gets a second wind (or probably 4th or 5th with as long as this battle has been going on). His chakra recharges and he quickly shares his renewed energy with the other ninja. Yay! We also get brave, determined declarations that he will never give up trying to save his comrades, and that despite loss and heartbreak, ninja will endure! Very motivating! These last two chapters have been my favorite since I have been reading the magazine, and the plot is starting to make more sense. All of these quick battle chapters can get confusing when you just get dumped into them, and they last for, what, over 2 months now?
One-Punch Man Chapter One – New series! Uhhhh. Short chapter. Saitama is a hero for fun, and he’s looking for an opponent who he can’t beat in one punch. Uhhh… Not sure about this one. I like the art, but I don’t like Saitama’s character design. He looks like a dork with an egg for a head. This chapter was so short that I don’t think it was a good intro to the series. Maybe next week’s chapter will knock my socks off?
One Piece Chapter 695 – Finally! Luffy and the gang has escaped from the lab! They are out in the fresh air and they won’t be victims of the poison gas! Buffalo and Baby 5 scoop up Caesar and try to make a break for it, but no-uh-uh! Usopp isn’t having any of that! This is a quick, fun chapter with lots of great art and great poses. I was getting bored of the lab drama, so I am looking forward to their next adventure!
Nisekoi Chapter 58 – Miyamoto has lost her glasses! Ichijo and Onodera help her look for them, and Ruri, frustrated that they like each other, but won’t confess their feelings, tries to get them together. Since Ichijo is so dense, her efforts don’t pay off. Not a very original chapter, but the expressive art and the clueless Ichijo made it a fun read.
Bleach Chapter 523 - Very cool color page get things kicked off. Ichigo and Renji get to play with Oh-Etsu Nimaiya, the creator of Zanpaku-to! More accurately, he gets to play with them. He throws them in the middle of a horde of angry Asauchi, which are the ultimate Zanpaku-tos that can become anything. They are pissed at how Ichigo and Renji have been using their Zanpaku-tos. Quick shift to Yachiru and Zaraki, who are facing off in the Soul Society’s underground prison. These guys are so serious! Someone is going to get hurt! And then – the chapter ends! This is a great setup for next week, and has me re-engaged in the story. I love Ichigo, but I am intrigued by Yachiru and want to see her and Zaraki cross swords. I am sure it will be an epic confrontation!
Cross Manage Chapter 17 – I love this one. The team is playing their first match, and after a motivating (more accurately, embarrassing) pep talk from Sakurai, the girls have been given the confidence to play all out! This is a feel good series, and I have enjoyed it every week. I keep gushing about it, but I love sports manga and wish there were more series available for me to read. When are we going to get more Crimson Hero?
Toriko Chapter 218 – Gourmet Corp is invading! Their giraffe birds and other weird creatures are out for blood! Starjun tries to make a grab for Komatsu, but Toriko is there to save him! While this hasn’t been my favorite manga, this week’s was pretty good, probably because I wasn’t inundated with a billion new chef’s and their specialties. The constant character intros has been driving me nuts! Wow, I might not cringe next week when I come to the next chapter.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Chapter 26 – I just don’t get this one. It is boring and I can’t force myself to get interested in the plot. I like the art and the character designs, but the story itself – yawn. I don’t get the rules of the game, and so I find myself just skimming this one every week.
And that’s it for this week! Next week there’s a one-shot by Akira Toriyama!