REVIEW: This Week's Issue!


Cover
art by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro 
NIce Toriko cover! His muscles look extra muscle-y here! And I am totally in love with the new logo! We definitely needed an update, and this really looks different. I especially like the cut through the "JUMP." It looks like a samurai just sliced it in half with his sword. 

Toriko
by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro
Wow! The battle between the Gourmet Corp. and Toriko and crew is off to an amazing start! As much as I’ve been enjoying the cooking contest, I can’t complain about Shimabukuro Sensei’s battle art! Dynamic! This is going to be an awesome fight! Oh, also there’s some nice color art that lets you see Starjun without his mask on. He’s quite handsome.  

One Piece
by Eiichiro Oda
What a wonderful ending to the Punk Hazard story arc! There are certain times when I'm reading manga and I realize I’m actually smiling. It’s an involuntary reaction I only get from some titles, and One Piece is one of those titles. Can’t wait to see where the story goes next!

Naruto
by Masashi Kishimoto
I have been in love with Naruto lately. This current battle just gets better and better, and this week’s chapter does not disappoint. Plus Naruto’s new chakra-sharing power is nuts! It really looks like they might have enough to beat Obito and Madara! That's if Sasuke and Orochimaru don’t interfere. Good stuff!

Nisekoi
by Naoshi Komi
It’s Christmas in Nisekoi! Yes, we’re simultainous with Japan. Yes, this is the correct chapter, although it’s late January. Anyway, Chitoge doesn't have the Christmas spirit because her super scary mom she only sees once a year is coming home. And she must introduce her mom to her fake boyfriend, Raku. While I’m definitely a fan of wacky antics in a manga, it’s nice to see the story heading in a more substantial direction. And it’s interesting meeting Chitoge’s mom. It certainly helps explain a lot about her character. 

One-Punch Man!
story by ONE, art by Yusuke Murata
In this special origin chapter, Saitama takes on the brutal crab-man-thing, Crablante, whose catchphrase “GURGLE-BLORGLE!” will no doubt soon be taking America by storm! Find out why Saitama became a hero! And also how he went bald! Both very important things!

Bleach
by Tite Kubo
The battle between Retsu and Kenpachi intensifies. The goal is to awaken Kenpachi’s power so perhaps he can achieve bankai. Despite being one of the most powerful captains of the Soul Society, he's never actually achieved bankai. But he must first defeat Retsu. I don’t know about you, but I am super curious to see what his bankai is!

Cross Manage
by Kaito
Chiumi’s plot to capture the heart of Sakurai has taken a strange turn. Although he’s more than happy to hear her insight into the organization of the lacrosse team, he doesn’t seem to have any romantic interest in her whatsoever. Can she make him see she’s more than just a great sport’s analyst?

Kintoki
by Akira Toriyama 
It’s not often that legendary mangaka Toriyama Sensei (Dragon BallDr. Slump) puts pen to paper and draws a manga, so this truly is a special occasion. Toki is one of the last of the Kinme clan, a clan famous for their golden eyes and extraordinary physical abilities. His solitary existence is radically changed when he butts heads with the local town bully and his gang of ruffians! Always happy to have anything by Toriyama Sensei in the issue! And you can tell by this one-shot, age has not dulled his skills at all.

Extras
Coming Next Issue—DBZ fans, prepare thyself for color Dragon Ball Z!!! I’m so excited, I'm not even gonna make any “over 9,000” jokes! Seriously, this is pretty cool and a great reason to pick up the next issue!

Hope you enjoyed the second issue of the new Weekly Shonen Jump! Personally, I thought it was one of the better issues. Every manga was great, or at least really interesting this week. Feel free to leave your comments in the comment field below! 

by Urian Brown

Comments

Submitted by EA575 on Mon, 01/28/2013 - 10:59

I really enjoyed this one, especially One Piece. Great end to a very wacky arc if I do say so myself.
And yes, Starjun is very handsome without his mask. :3 It's a shame he's one of the villains

Submitted by GrayFoxReaper on Mon, 01/28/2013 - 11:01

Awesome cant wait and in color it's going to be incredible

Submitted by WesKR on Mon, 01/28/2013 - 11:10

It'll only take six years for dragon ball to end if they do one a week starting at 195... Anyone who is a manga fan already knows how it ends so its hard to be excited about a old (really old) series. It's spot would of been better if given to something else like Beelzebub or gintama, hell anything that's still on going.

Submitted by John Bae on Mon, 01/28/2013 - 11:12

FYI, this is a special thing they're doing, so it won't go through every volume and every chapter. Also, there will be more new series announcements coming, so just sit back and enjoy the ride!
Submitted by WesKR on Mon, 01/28/2013 - 11:21

The Saiyan arc was probably my favorite, as much as I like it I have just been through it too many times to be excited about it, aslong as there will be new series as well I can't really complain then.

Also will we ever be able to buy previous issues? I really want to add Cross Manage and Yugioh to my weekly line up and volume releases aren't exactly in a timely fashion..

Submitted by Android17 on Mon, 01/28/2013 - 23:11

naruto was good if they just did not make neji die 2 week ago i would love the manga right now, there is a way to get your point across without neji ending up dead, that is why Fullmetal alchemist is my fav manga.

Submitted by Nintendude on Tue, 01/29/2013 - 05:43

Loved this week's issue. The oneshot was awesome!

Submitted by DinnerForOne on Tue, 01/29/2013 - 12:26

I am seriously digging One-Punch Man! Only saving a child because of a low birthrate? Crablante's reaction shot was perfect.

Cheers to Cross Manage for keeping on. i hope they get to tell their story.

...Not really interested in DBZ, but I understand that others will be.

Submitted by TechGenusMaster on Fri, 02/01/2013 - 05:46

I am sorry, but there is no way Kenpachi would ever get a bankai.
Sure, he technically has a Shikai, but he is a pretty strong character already. It would be cool though, but not true to his character.

Submitted by VongolaNinja on Sat, 06/01/2013 - 18:23

Be sure to check out Neon Alley tomorrow, June 2nd, at 8:00pm Eastern Time, for the dub of Gin Tama the Movie! If we want to see more Gin Tama, then this is our chance to show them! Be sure to ask at cons and other events! The support is out there, we just need hope and to spread the word about this awesome series!