Weekly Shonen Jump Issue #25 is here and features cover and lead colours pages for Mission: Yozakura Family. Series also featuring colour pages this week are Witch Watch and Me & Roboco. One Piece is absent this week and should return in the next issue.
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The Yozakura family perform a full-scale combination attack on the grossly mutated Kawashita to little effect. Even with every sibling working together pooling their expertise. Kawashita’s current state affords him an extremely well-protected body. With the constant barrage of attacks, seemingly ineffective Taiyo notices an unusual area at Kawashita’s base. Alerting Kyoichiro they begin a manoeuvre perfect for this route of attack.
Upon entering this area Taiyo discovers the chamber where the body of the ninth Yozakura head is being kept frozen. Kawashita has been supplying himself with the special Yozakura blood via threads similar to Kyoichiro’s. Kawashita warns Taiyo that these threads are almost impossible to break and even if he could the result would cause a massive explosion. Then boom, the last visual we see is Kawashita with blood dripping from his face and Taiyo surrounded by smoke carrying a body. It is the ninth head’s and has this last attack put an end to Kawashita?
Maki has always been a badass, but here and now she’s taken that to a whole new level. Her father blames both her and Mai for being held back. He blames his children and calls them a stain. Because of them, he couldn’t become head of the Zen’in family. He literally discards them because they are weak. Or so he perceives. Mai, with the last of her life, essentially gives herself to Maki so she can be a whole.
Even in his weakened state All Might steps up and does what he can to keep his promise in keeping Deku safe. Deku’s fight with Lady Nagant takes a turn as he learns about her new quirk. Forced to end things quickly, Deku speeds up his use of multiple quirks. Both in midair Deku manages to get hold of Lady Nagant. But how will things go from here?
Black Clover is back this week, and Magna is showcasing how he is the gutsiest magic knight. The difference between Magna and Dante’s natural talents is clear. Even with their magic split evenly, Dante has the upper hand because of his devil union and the regeneration that comes with it. But unbeknownst to him is the fact they’ve both been burning through all that mana. When all’s said and done it comes down to whose gutsiest. That’s where Magna will never ever lose.
With Senku revived, the revival of the rest of the team came about in short order. Kiseki’s on-the-fly comment about being kept alive through repeated petrifications peaked Chome’s interest in the concept. Tsukasa confided in Senku his worry about Hyoga’s revival. A concern that was quickly dispelled as they revived Hyoga in full health. This lead to Tsukasa and Senku coming to the realisation that they could revive humanity in perpetuity.
We learn the identity of the mysterious swordsman, Fubuki, a wanderer looking for a lord to serve. How convenient. Even more convenient is he appears to be an expert teacher to young minds although barely of age himself. It’s all very convenient and not that interesting.
There was actually a good coherent story on display this week. With the introduction of a new character, Nemu Miyao, and clear motivations behind her appearance, this was an enjoyable chapter. Nemu, a witch from another town, has come in search of the popular ogre Morihito Otogi. With the aim of making him her familiar, Nemu spends much of her time too shy to approach. Eventually taking the form of a cat, she manages to get close to Morihito. But the chapter ultimately ends without her meeting Morihito in her human form.
Pretty sure Kotaro is meant to be the main character of this series and yet he has been completely overshadowed by his family. Ichiro’s volleyball practice match was a showcase of sports manga done well. Yet, Kotaro’s tennis match was mostly comedic, as is much of his daily life to be fair. Still, he managed to attain victory.
With the focus on taking Mash alive, Innocent Zero unleashes a hoard of monster with power equivalent to a double liner. Wahlberg brings in some of the student body to help protect the rest of the students in attendance. With Mash literally unoccupied, he’s tasked with taking down a familiar face. Except Mash is as dumb as soup and clearly has no recollection of this individual.
The conversation in this chapter may have centred around Chinatsu but she actually took a back seat to Taiki’s determination. His thought process around losing a match not being down to Chinatsu is respectable. He aims to make it to Nationals not only to keep his promise to Chinatsu. But as a personal goal and the love he has for badminton.
A multi-floored lab with one assassin boss per floor would normally sound like a lengthy arc. But for Mr Sakamoto, these chumps will hardly take any time at all. Not to mention Lu escaping from the lower floors. There’s going to be a lot of bad guys getting their asses handed to them.
Not sure where to start with this chapter. The premise was sound, and the execution was good, but it’s still mediocre. Me & Roboco is never truly funny or serious. It straddles this middle ground where it’s neither good nor bad.
Toka Iris’s presence has made the story a more rounded experience. We’ve learnt a decent amount about her past and what motivates her current self. It would help us invest in Tsumugi and Masaki if we had the same for them. Hopefully, that will come in time. Candy Flurry may have stumbled out of the gate, but it’s finally got its focus.
The team head to a hidden ayakashi village to get an outfit made for Suzu. The journey, of course, has its share of shenanigans. Upon arriving at the tailor’s house, threads appeared and started to feel around her body. Taking this as training, Suzu was subject to a series of groping, tentacle-like threads. Matsuri took on the role of watching this unfold as part of his training, because ‘plot’. Once over the tailor, Oshira appeared and claimed she was just taking Suzu’s measurements. It helps Oshira is a cut moth-like ayakashi I guess.
Turning his attention towards Naputa, Muscar ends up joining a cook-off. The loser has to do whatever the winner says. Muscar, hoping to get both Naputa and Ruri on his side to join the Chaos cult in an attempt to attract Magu. Using his powers of fate, Muscar cooks up a nutritious pot of chaos. Upon eating it, Magu then explodes and so ends the cook-off without a winner.
With Orpheus dead at the hands of Murofushi, Shark instilled with rage plans to exact revenge even at the cost of his own life. This is put on hold with the arrival of Chako. Truly innocent of the facts, Chako asks Shark where her “papa” is. With Shark, unable to bring about the words needed, Murofushi takes the lead on filling Chako in. Murofushi then tries to claim Chako, as her actual father but is quickly rejected. His annoyance leads to potentially aggressive action that is quickly caught by Shark.
Orpheus is gone, and Shark’s life is increasingly at risk. The team is spread out with very limited equipment to survive underwater for a longer period of time. Is Chako their only means of escaping this situation with their remaining lives in tacked?
Shen’s words at the end of the last chapter were not some random passing comment. But an instruction for Mui on how to bring this fight to a close. Using Feng’s prayer beads, an artefact that lets the user resurrect and control a person they have killed, Mui can bring Shen back to life. Of course, it’s not a perfect solution but given his imminent death, it’s perfect for that moment. With his resurrection complete, Shen claims he is the strongest he’s ever been. Feng’s going to have his work cut out for him against the Undead Andy and the newly resurrected Shen.
Last week’s trick was rather interesting and had a wonderful sense of mystery about it. This week felt a little lacklustre. Clearly, the whole trick and capture were well planned out. But the whole seeing through the trick beforehand was a weak payoff.
While I worry for this series as it potentially inches closer to the chopping block it has been improving week to week. With a more filled out roster, the rumours are flying amongst the other schools and Hakuo is no exception. Sending their first-year ace to scout the team Hakuo has made their first move. Shiro, like a cat playing with its food, absolutely destroys Tsurugi during a little practice session. What does this mean for the team’s morale from now on and Tsuguri’s pride?
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