art by Daisuke Ashihara, Masashi Kishimoto, Naoshi Komi, Tite Kubo, Eiichiro Oda, Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro, Yoshihiro Togashi
Weekly Shonen Jump covers seem to come in three varieties—cool, tough or cute. I think it's pretty obvious where this falls on the spectrum! We've gone "full-chibi" for this cover, and hopefully its insanely high kawaii factor will keep you happy during the next week, because it's Obon in Japan and there's no issue! Sorry about that, but we'll have a Series Spotlight on Tegami Bachi! Don't worry, it won't count against your subscription—it's just a bonus. Hope you enjoy it!
by Eiichiro Oda
More light is shed on the mystery of the kidnapped Tontatta princess, Mansherry! Are the "bwave wittle" warriors finally getting close to saving their beloved princess? Meanwhile, Luffy and the group he's currently teamed up with find themselves face-to-face with some terryifing giant Headcracker Dolls! What's a Headcracker doll? It's like a nutcracker doll, but it cracks heads!
by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro
The race to prepare "Air" is coming to a close! The gang's all there and ready to help however they can! But they don't have much time, because Toriko, or more specifically the demon inside Toriko, is fighting one of the strongest creatures on the planet!
Hunter x Hunter
by Yoshihiro Togashi
The king of Kakin has proclaimed that whichever of his many princes is the sole survivor of the journey to the Dark Continent shall be the new king! Naturally, this has all his heirs vying for the crown. Meanwhile, Kurapika and his bovine ally from the Zodiacs figure out a plan to deal with the traitor in their midst. Oh, and this chapter has a page that might make your eyeballs pop out of their sockets. It's pages like this that make me love manga!
by Daisuke Ashihara
The long and complicated battle against the Neighbor known as Enedora has finally come to a climax! The Border Agents have him trapped and have thrown everything but the kitchen sink at him. But he's not exactly quaking in his boots. Looks like it may be time for the...kitchen sink. See how it ends!
by Naoshi Komi
The stunning conclusion of the Bonyari High Beauty Contest! The finalist are competing for a prize that has all the ladies in a tizzy. Onodera puts on an outfit that shocks the entire auditorium! It's considered to be the most dazzling look a woman can wear!
by Tite Kubo
Hitsugaya's back! Well, sort of... Technically he's a zombie, but he's a super tough zombie who can still fight like he did before his death! And that's plenty strong enough to take on Mayuri's Arrancars and a few Soul Reapers as well. Is anybody left strong enough to take him on?
by Masashi Kishimoto
Major happenings in this week's Naruto! I don't to give any of it away, but a character you've thought was cool for a long, long time just got cooler! And the core group fighting Kaguya just got a major power boost!
by Kazue Kato
If you've ever wondered, "Hey, I wonder what Kazue Kato did before Blue Exorcist?" you're going to like this chapter. It's the story of a lovesick astronomy nerd who may be the only hope for saving mankind from extinction. It's from a book of short manga stories called Time Killers: Short Story Collections, and it's a bunch of one-shots by the now famous mangaka. And it's a nice book! There are lots of color pages, the paper is high quality and the cover has a beautiful sheen. Plus, it'll give you some insight into her early work and how Blue Exorcist eventually came about. Look for the book in stores or online this September.
Extras: Manga sales announcement, Author Comments, Nihongo Lesson.
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by Urian Brown