Weekly Shonen Jump Issue #24 is here and features cover and lead colours pages for Dr Stone. Series also featuring colour pages this week are Highschool Family: Kokosei Kazoku and Magu-Chan: God of Destruction. Black Clover is absent this week and should return in the next issue.
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Suika’s struggle continues as she works hard to complete the science behind the revival fluid. Not as learned as Senku or Chrome, she has to face trial and error to see success. There’s some funny business with a certain material that’ll no doubt leave readers with a chuckle or two. Then 7 years later and an older but still recognisably cute Suika revives Senku in an emotional reunion.
While this chapter made a lot more sense than some of the other recent entries, it still lacks decent flow. Maki makes her way to the family’s cursed tool storage only to find her father and half beaten sister instead. The Zen’in family appear more disturbed and monstrous than the cursed spirits they battle. Clearly being the shame of the family, Maki’s father bears her no love as he targets her life.
Last week I assumed Hera, Big Mom’s newest familiar, would be connected to Zeus. But that doesn’t appear to be the case. Aside from both being cloud-based familiars, the mythology their names originate from doesn’t have any bearing on their current status.
Zeus, having caught up to Big Mom and Nami, tries to return to Big Mom’s side only to be rejected. Hera has become his replacement and tasked with consuming Zeus to boost her power. Fearing his end, Zeus appeals to both Big Mom and Nami. Accepting his uselessness and betrayal, he tries to go out to protect Nami’s escape, hoping for her forgiveness. Seeing Zeus easily captured by Big Mom, Nami tries to help him regain his power with his favourite snack, but Hera consumes them both.
Zeus has become a really interesting character as of late and hopefully, this isn’t his end, but we have to wait and see.
Former hero and current Tartarus escapee Lady Nagant, a human sniper rifle, has her sights set firmly on Deku. Warned to run from her, Deku turns about-face to take her head-on. Not known by the hero’s Lady Nagant has received a new quirk called ‘Air Walk’ by All for One. Deku may have his work cut out with this one and Lady Nagant looks like an exciting addition to this series.
Innocent Zero has entered the scene. Dark time magic instantly freezes everyone attending the tournament. Innocent Zero refers to Mash as his lost son, which I imagine is just phrasing as he calls his allies his family. Biological or not it’s clear that Innocent Zero plans to consume Mash to become more powerful. Principle Walhberg, still able to move, makes his disagreement known. Time to get ready for an epic showdown.
If this series turns into a full-blown sports manga that wouldn’t be a bad thing. The quality of the sports scenes is really what makes these scenarios so good. It certainly feels like we’ve spent more time with Ichiro and the volleyball club than any other character/scenario so far. He is easily the most interesting of the bunch aside from his daughter Haruka and possibly Gomez the cat.
It’s funny watching Taiki getting worked up over the smallest of things. His awareness of the fact his actions may appear creepy or odd makes it even more amusing. So far his intentions are very wholesome and innocent and I imagine the series will remain so. Of course with the addition of Haryu as a potential rival in love things may not always progress smoothly.
A tale of two halves aptly describes this chapter. On one hand, there’s the journey, a poorly executed ride that leads us to believe all is well before pulling the rug out from under us. Then the switch and eventual chase, perhaps the best piece of storytelling the series have showcased this far. This one-piece has made each of these three characters more interesting. It’s given the series that attention-grabbing moment.
This series has seriously gone down the toilet. Literally, this chapter was about helping someone hide their presence so they could go poo during class. All jokes aside, it was a silly chapter with some funny moments.
Not the most exciting chapter story-wise but nicely paced. Magu-Chan acts suspiciously which makes Ruri concerned about him. Then ensues a series of scenarios in which Magu-Chan behaves oddly in Ruri’s eyes but ultimately culminates in a surprise birthday.
Thanks to Mutsumi, Taiyo could hold off Kawashita long enough for the rest of the Yozakura family to join the fight. Now can the Yozakura family work together and take down a suped-up Kawashita and finally put an end to the seed sowing project that threatens the world.
Good chapter exploring Shin’s past, and how he got his clairvoyant powers. Turns out the lab and boss aren’t all that bad but got forcefully taken over by a group of assassins. The boss is actually a decent guy and shared a father and son kind of relationship with Shin in the past. It’s funny to discover that Shin’s ability came about in a silly accident. We see how his ability puts off others getting near him and why he left the lab.
The latest chapters have done a good job of detailing information about the past that directly relates to the current predicament. Orpheus uses the right hand of Poseidon to quell the evolution of fish over and over as they react to Chako’s power. Eventually waking up to discover he’s now a dolphin because that’s a normal occurrence, and going by the name of Orpheus to keep the smile on Chako’s face.
Finally breaking through Tartarus, Orpheus lunges for Murofushi only to be placed inside a stronger version of Tartarus. With his right hand of Poseidon severed, what does this mean for Orpheus.
When ‘the plot’ is the actual plot, it’s a strange world we live in. Matsuri, in order to strengthen his spirit, agrees to ditch his iconic fundoshi for cute panties. Apparently, this has such an effect on his persona that Suzu becomes suspicious of his underwear, as you do. Thankfully Suzu has mastered her powers so much she can create an inch high version of herself with the intent of sneaking a peek at Matsuri’s underskirt. Just your average chapter of Ayakashi Triangle then.
Finally, we get some of the backstory this story arc desperately needed. Of course, we already know about Feng killing Mei, but this chapter covers it in a way that brings that sorrow to the forefront. Shen’s initial meeting with Mui and their journey together really helps bring out Shen’s character and drive. Now we can get invested in this fight. Of course, Shen needs to not die, but Mei has helped with that.
No long-winded detour to convince a new potential player this chapter. In fact, the team picked up two new players without even trying, they literally came to them. The team is really taking shape but they’ve already drawn the eye of Hakuo, the team they aim to beat. With Hakuo’s ace player Shiro out to observe how much of a threat Kokuryuzan pose, will the team complete its roster and work together as a team.
Was that a well-paced chapter with an interesting start, middle and end – I think it was. The plan played out by mAR was interesting and utilised some excellent techniques to fool the police. There wasn’t anything mind-bending about the methods used by mAR but it wasn’t at all bad. The police, however, too easily fooled by the decoy and too slow on the uptake for how many officers were present in the sealed room.
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