REVIEW: This Week's ALPHA Issue 4-16-12

 

Editor and King of the Forums Urian Brown gives his take on this week's issue of Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha

Cover
art by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro
Seeing Toriko all buff and totally ripped like that really brings back fond memories of Fist of the North Star. Now there’s an epic crossover idea!

Toriko
by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro
Is it just me or does Master Chin Chin-Chin look like Coach Anzai from Slam Dunk? Also, he has an epic name! And it’s cool to meet another of the four Gourmet Living Legends! This Bubble Fruit quest is shaping up!

Naruto
by Masashi Kishimoto
Seeing Itachi and Sasuke fighting as a team warms my heart! While there’s a heck of a lot of history between them, it makes me happy that they’re at least working together. This is one of my favorite relationships in any manga. Period.

Bakuman
story by Tsugumi Ohba, art by Takeshi Obata
I hear wedding bells! It’s amazing to think all those chapters ago, Moritaka and Miho made a promise to get married if their dreams come true. And what an epic journey it’s been getting there. I hope they invite me to the wedding! I always cry at weddings.

One Piece
by Eiichiro Oda
This arc continues to build to a totally crazy crescendo! It’s been a while since we’ve seen Smoker in a dust-up and watching him take on Trafalgar Law is amazing. Meanwhile, Luffy’s riding a grumpy “Crocotaur” trying to find his friends. Oda seems to have an unending capacity to come up with amazing creatures.

Bleach
by Tite Kubo
Back to Hueco Mundo to investigate who is hunting down Hollows! These guys have spent a lot of time in Hueco Mundo! But when duty calls, duty calls! 

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan
by Hiroshi Shiibashi
The Spider Clan is under attack by the Gokadoin! Complicating matters, Yura’s caught in the middle! Is this the end of the Spiders and Yura? This battle's heating up!

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