REVIEW: This Week's Issue!


art by Kazue Kato 
One of the best Blue Exorcist covers, hands down. Absolutely georgeous. And he's using the Koma sword to cut the watermelon! For those who don't know, there's a Japanese game where a blindfolded person tries to break open a watermelon with a stick. Using the Koma sword and not being blindfolded kinda seems like cheating a little bit. Then again, those watermeons have faces! Maybe they're evil spirits? And maybe I'm thinking about this cover too much. 

Blue Exorcist
by Kazue Kato
Looks like fun time is over, and the story is shifting back to the darker side of the manga. Izumo's under attack by a powerful giant robot toy! An evil organization called the "Illuminati" are after her for reasons unknown, and they've made their move. As much as I've enjoyed the teen romance antics of the story, it's nice to see it get back to the main storyline. 

One Piece
by Eiichiro Oda
What a chapter of One Piece! One of my favorite laugh-out-loud moments in awhile. I won't ruin it for you, but this is one of my favorite chapters in months. Classic Oda Sensei!

by Masashi Kishimoto
The battle against Obito just keeps getting better and better. Especially from a longtime fan's perspective. Watching Naruto and Sasuke team up and use their jutsu together gives me a case of the the warm and tingly fanboy fuzzies. It's a good time to be a Naruto fan.  

by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro
The titans of this manga are on the field and going at it! Knocking Master Jiro and Granny Setsuno combine their attacks to take down the insanely powerful Froese! Will it be enough? 

World Trigger
by Daisuke Ashihara
Jin ambushes the ambushers by heading off the Border headquarters attempt to steal Yuma's Black Trigger. But although he's one of the most powerful agents, he's just plain outnumbered. Will he try and take on the larger attack force to protect his agents?

One-Punch Man
story by ONE, art by Yusuke Murata
The Clan of the Seafolk have come from the briny deep to wreak havoc on the landfolk. And by wreak havoc, I mean eat them! But there's one hero who'll stand up to them, not matter what the cost—Class A, Rank 11 Hero, Stinger! I bet you thought I was gonna say Saitama, huh? Oh, he shows up too. 

by Naoshi Komi
A very touching chapter of Nisekoi. Shu makes his mind up to tell his teacher he's in love with her, despite the fact that she's about to get married. Did he make the right choice?

Jaco the Galactic Patrolman
by Akira Toriyama
It's Jaco's first trip to a human city! And boy is he stoked! That is until he sees how unruly the city dwellers are! Will he be able to keep his cool, or will his sense of justice cause him to blow his cover?


Dragon Ball
by Akira Toriyama
The three hours are up, and Goku's still not there! Vegeta's run out of patience and unleashed Napa! But Piccolo has one last gambit. Will it work?

Extras: Extra Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards Subscription Offer, Author Comments.  

by Urian Brown 








Submitted by yafada on Mon, 08/05/2013 - 11:38

Dear lord, I feel like Nisekoi is To Love-Ru minus the fanservice, violence, and aliens. I'm waiting for there to be more progress in any of the romance. In the time frame of the manga, a year has passed right? I'm wondering if Raku goes out with a girl by the time he graduates.

Submitted by WesKR on Mon, 08/05/2013 - 12:17

Oh man, Blue Exorcist was awesome.

Submitted by leokiko on Mon, 08/05/2013 - 12:28

One Piece was awesome, Jaco was funny, Toriko was the best manga on this issue, Nisekoi had fillers again, OPM was slow as hell but still good, and WT was decent enough. I don't read Naruto (dropped it a long time ago) or Ao no Exorcist (generic shonen, dropped it as well).

This issue was "fine". You guys need better manga. Get Assassination Classroom or Shokugeki no Soma. Stop ignoring good manga on Jump, seriously. Kurokuroku is a new manga from Jump that's really good so far.. What about it then?

Then what about choosing something from Young Jump? Kingdom is really good... (I know this is impossible but it's my favorite manga atm so...xD).

Submitted by yafada on Mon, 08/05/2013 - 13:24

I replied in the issue comments, but I'll reply here as well,
He's an article on ICv2 that I always cite when explaining why Assassination Classroom likely won't be licensed.

In short... guns (sensitive topic still), kids trying to kill their teacher, translation difficulty. Maybe okay for Japan, but those topics mentioned, would likely not be accepted here. Who knows, maybe they will some day.

Soma is sorta fanservice heavy, but it may have a chance.

New series are carefully evaluated before they are licensed. Jaco is going to be 10 chapters, so we'll likely get a replacement once that is done. I get that it can be frustrating that a series you may be eager to see doesn't get licensed, but think of this from a business POV. You you don't see potential for money in it, no sense in licensing it. You'd be helping out some fans but costs would build up over time.

Manga in the US is a niche market meaning that not too many people buy into it. According to Kodansha, a single volume book that 50,000 in sales from them was Sailor Moon. 50,000 is nothing to sneeze at but that is something that does well in the manga market here. Compare that to Japan, where a volume of One Piece will sell over 1 million copies. This is just an example to show that manga isn't big here, in the US.

So you can tie those two things together and hopefully you can see why things are they way they are.

Articles that explain the state of the industry, sorta

Note that they are constantly trying to improve. In a year, they got to go simultaneous (*barring some technicalities) and they got a few new manga for us. This is only their second year, so give it some time to improve further.

Submitted by Primalx3 on Mon, 08/05/2013 - 20:06

Yeah, it's difficult in the current market. People need to keep a positive attitude if we are to advance further with manga.

In a few years, when the newer generation of fans have expendable funds, manga sales will go up by a lot. That is my prediction. So which ever companies are around for that then will see increased purchases through out their manga titles.

Submitted by blueninja777 on Tue, 08/06/2013 - 12:14

Yay! One Piece is back and better than ever in this issue. Now we got One Piece and Naruto, unfortunately Bleach is still on hiatus. Once we get to the September 9 issue, the "Big 3" will be together once more.

P.S. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX comes out the day on 09/10, so be prepared for that too.