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Not the most exciting chapter given the series has the cover and lead colour pages in this issue. It’s enjoyable especially if you’re a Noelle fan. Her sweet Valkyrie form has received an upgrade. The build-up to this is a flashback with Noelle and Undine coming to terms with their mutual dislike of each other. In order to save Lolopechka and defeat Vanica.
I always enjoy the educational nature of Dr. Stone. Learning the principles behind a Geiger counter and how to make the superalloy steel. Fascinating stuff when presented in manga form. So as you can guess, the quest to reach the moon is coming along with the acquisition of steel. In the stone world materials are ripe for the picking.
Something that can only come about from years of world-building is the banter between characters in One Piece. Sanji and Zolo’s relationship never fails to make me chuckle.
As with every chapter, there’s a lot going in which makes it hard to pick out those stand out moments. A couple of things that caught my attention though. Kinemon’s sacrifice. Did he meet his end here at the hands of Kaido? Who’s that in Nami’s baton, is it Zeus or the birth of a new familiar? Not exactly sure how they come about. Those are questions I’ll be looking for answers to in the coming chapters.
The powers that Naoya Zen’in and his father possess are really interesting. Being about to make 24 movements per second gives the appearance of moving at super speeds. The power is probably a lot more nuanced than that. But ultimately Maki, knowing her current disadvantage, overcomes Naoya.
Deku shows off his unwavering sense of justice in the face of danger. All for One plays dirty, which should be no surprise. What happens to Lady Nagant now? Clearly a fan favourite at this point, even with so few chapters under her belt.
The pure ridiculousness of Mashle never gets old. Mash still can’t remember his foe, at least not by face. Then he proceeds to run atop his foes’ magic and lands a heavy blow. The nonchalant attitude of Mash feels like such a meme in itself. Still, he recognised the guy in the end.
Week to week I really feel that Candy Flurry is coming into its own. The recette exam and the introduction of Umino has been fun reading. His connection to Irie is heartwarming in a lame kind of way. I still think there’s a need to flesh out Tsumugi and Misaki.
Sakamoto Days never takes itself too seriously. If it did, then we probably wouldn’t have the loveable characters we do. Even the assassins, creepy as some of them may be, all have their unique charms. This makes the line between who’s good and bad real blurry. I guess when it comes to assassin work, it’s just business.
This series is already toying with my expectations, and I love it. After a long gruelling training regime. It comes to light that Haryu has a girlfriend. This revelation is completely unexpected. All this after Haryu overhears Taiki mention his crush on Chinatsu and using that information cunningly throughout the training.
No particular focus in this chapter. It was more of a roundup of everyone’s current situation. It definitely highlights the areas that have seen the most progress. Ichiro is easily foremost, followed by Kotaro and Haruka. Gomez and Shizuka have received much less page time over the course of the series. Hopefully, we’ll see more of them going forward but it’s clear Ichiro’s journey is the most interesting.
I still have trouble getting over the grotesque art in this series. Assassination Classroom was never this off-putting. That aside, this chapter had some interesting elements. The tricks employed by our under-manned defence to overcome their clear disadvantage. Using ice, pitfalls and revolving walls to separate and confuse the enemies.
A relaxed chapter this week. That’s expected given the action-packed arc we’ve just seen concluded. The mystery that is Mutsumi’s father appears to have gotten that much more mysterious with his apparent passing. I have a suspicion it’s not the last we’ve seen of him.
Not as fun as the secret base building shenanigans. But a study session to avoid remedial classes isn’t a bad premise. Of course, the Gods of Chaos stepped up to the role of teachers and were more than useless.
This was a fairly nice and heartwarming chapter of a boy doing something nice for his mother’s birthday. There were some hiccups along the way, but it all worked out in the end. Also, what’s with Bondo’s mother and her obsession with large knives. She literally went for a girls’ night out with Zabuza’s, from Naruto, massive sword.
It feels right that the powers of Mui’s Untruth took Feng down. Not only has Shen dealt with so much at the hands of Feng but that has bled into Mui’s life. The next challenge is going to be a lot harder with the Uma Summer now at phase 2.
Feels like the end could really be on the horizon for this series. The current storyline appears to be in its last chapters. I’d like to see the series continue. I’m invested in the story and the characters but it’s probably time to let it rest.
A somewhat morbid chapter as we learn about the past of mAR, her father and grandfather. Her reasoning behind becoming the Phantom Thief mAR wasn’t all too bad. A rather interesting chapter in an arc full of ups and downs
Finally, a full team and the first victory under their belts in a tournament. While the match started and finished within the same chapter, it showcased what we could expect going forward. That is if the series continues. You never can tell when a series may unceremoniously get cancelled. I feel this could be the launching point of a good sports manga. Time will tell.
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