This issue clocks in at 171 pages.
First up is Toriko Chapter 219- I guess there is nothing as intimidating as group of pissed off chefs. As the Gourmet Corp launches a fearsome attack during the cooking competition, Toriko and his buddies counter with some powerful, yet ultimately useless attacks. Oh, my! Komatsu is in trouble! I don’t think all the cooking skills in the world are going to help him save himself from the freaks attacking him. It’s a good thing the other chefs seem more competent at defending themselves. Plus they will probably get pissed if their carefully prepared dishes are ruined. This series is still not one of my favorites, but at least there were lots of speed lines and attacks to keep me somewhat entertained.
One Piece – chapter 696 – Lots of eating and celebrating their escape from the island. The rescued kids are going to go with the Navy, and Luffy has big plans! He’s going to crush all four emperors! Hopefully this wraps up all involvement of Caesar, because I thought he was obnoxious and I’m not going to miss him much.
Naruto – Chapter 617 – Naruto hands out chakra like it’s candy. The ninjas get ready for an all out attack. Naruto’s shoulder is dislocated! But wait! Now it’s not! Can Naruto’s buddies keep Neji’s death from being a tragic waste? Maybe we’ll find out next issue! Nah, probably not, but maybe the fighting will start again?
Nisekoi - Chapter 59 – Christmas chapter! Chitoge’s mom is coming home for the holiday! She’s a terror, too. Everyone is terrified of her, despite her less than imposing appearance. When her secretary collapses, she quickly lassoes Raku in to handle the job until Christmas Eve. Poor guy! She wants to see what he’s made of, and I think his work experience with her won’t be pleasant. I am curious to see just how bad Chitoge’s mom can be! If he can stick it out, she’ll reward him with a stay for two in a penthouse suite at a deluxe hotel. Can he make it that long?
One-Punch Man – Chapter 2 – Another short chapter, giving more background on Saitama. He became One-Punch Man after taking on a crab dude, and then trained like a fiend, losing his hair (as well as his good looks) in the process. I am a bit disappointed with the length of the chapters so far, and the lack of a story. Maybe we’ll get a story next issue?
Bleach – Chapter 524 – Oh MY! The battle between Unohana and Zaraki rocks! That is all.
Cross Manage – Chapter 18 – Soccer team manager Chiumi drops by to watch the lacrosse teams’ second game, and she has a crush on Sakurai! She’s studied up on lacrosse, and she’s all ready to wow him with her knowledge of the game and the team. She knows Sakurai has some problems communicating with girls, and she’s going to help him with that, and earn some brownie points at the same time. This chapter was bogged down with lacrosse rules, and it didn’t hold my attention like previous chapters.
Kintoki One-shot – Cute color splash page! Though I enjoyed this one-shot, it’s more a throw away chapter than anything else. Great art but not much substance. It did get a few chuckles from me, and that’s saying a lot since I am sick as a dog today.
Oh, they will start running a colorized DBZ starting next issue! And there will be new series announcements next week, too!