Weekly Shonen Jump Issue #30 of 2021 is here and features cover and lead colours pages for the new series The Hunters Guild: Red Hood. Series also featuring colour pages this week are Black Clover, Mission: Yozakura Family and Magu-Chan: God of Destruction. Jujutsu Kaisen is absent this week.
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The Hunters Guild: Red Hood Ch. 1 – Cover/Lead Colour Page
A promising start to the series. The characters were wonderful, and the premise featured a solid foundation. Being based around traditional fairytales gives the series a massive pool of resources to pull from. The werewolf’s appearance was a genuine surprise, taking a different take on what we’d normally associate with a werewolf. No doubt the series will put its own spin on a variety of famous fairytales, it will be interesting to see how it goes.
One Piece Ch. 1017
After being absent last week One Piece returns but I have to say I struggled to follow along with this chapter. As always, there are a million things happening all at the same time. Usually, there’s enough to get a good sense of what’s going down in each location. This chapter, however, was a little all over the place. Pages and panels changing from place to place so fast. The end of the chapter managed to pull things back, and we got a good bit of back and forth with Jinbei and Who’s-Who. The implications of which appear to involve Luffy’s past and how he came by the Gum-Gum Fruit.
My Hero Academia Ch. 318
It would appear that what I said about Deku’s classmate coming to stop him last week is on the mark. Maybe not quite how I envision it but they have indeed come to his aid during a moment of need. What was most interesting though is the striking resemblance of the “leader” of past One for All users to Bakugou. And based on the lead up to Bakugou’s appearance there has to be some connection between these individuals.
Dr. Stone Ch. 202
Gen aptly describes this chapter for what it is “food is science, right?”. No complaints here because these chapters can be very entertaining and educational. Who doesn’t love olive oil, bull wrangling and, of course, churros!
Blue Box Ch. 11
A new love rival has appeared before Taiki in the form of loud mouth Ichiro Kishisho. Despite his loud disposition, Ichiro is a very capable badminton player. One whom Taiki now has to defeat in singles competition or face Haryu handing over Chinatsu contact information.
Black Clover Ch. 297 – Colour Page
Noelle pushes Vanica to the brink of defeat, which forces the manifestation of Megicula, in the flesh! Megicula reveals Vanica and Lolopechka must die for the manifestation to be complete. It appears a brawl to the death is the cruel game Megicula wants to play. How will Noelle approach this showdown with Vanica and Lolopechka knowing what the outcome may be?
Mashle: Magic and Muscles Ch. 68
Wahlberg may be a Dumbledore ripoff but that doesn’t stop him from being an absolute beast. His battle with Necross Mance, and be extension Adam Jobs, a Steve Jobs lookalike, is indeed the more interesting bout. Adam’s Dark magic should stand at the top of all magic types, hence Necross’s decision to use Adam’s dead corpse as a puppet. However, Wahlberg’s Space magic can control the space around anything. A perfect counter to dark magic and making for some exciting reading.
The Elusive Samurai Ch. 22
Another good chapter this week. The grotesque faces have been left behind in favour of good storytelling and action. The series still has a long way to go to prove itself. But it’s following through on some of the initial themes laid out in the first chapter.
Highschool Family: Kokosei Kazoku Ch. 44
A rather fantastical method of storytelling with this chapter. Ichiro and Suzaki are behaving childishly trying to outdo each other during their training and later come face to face with a shark. The following back and forth with the shark is simply strange but made for fun reading. This could actually be a little nod to Hard-Boiled Cop and Dolphin that ended in last week’s issue.
Ayakashi Triangle (Web-Only, 18+) Ch. 50
This chapter made me feel uncomfortable. What started out as a fairly charming chapter featuring Rochka turned, expectedly, uncomfortably ecchi. In previous chapters, it’s been Matsuri that suffers an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction in front of Rochka which leads to a funny reaction. This time it was Rochka, and while it was just a small portion of the chapter, she is in appearance considerably younger than the rest. Otherwise, it was a charming chapter featuring an infrequent character.
Mission: Yozakura Family Ch. 88 – Colour Page
Taiyo’s blooming goes out of control and leads to a series of fairly amusing accidents. Things get serious when The Blood Cherry Blossom Chizakura spreads across his body. Taiyo is spared its rampage when the first Yozakura head talks him through controlling it. Was she just in his head, an illusion of sorts?
Witch Watch Ch. 20
Wow, this series can really swing in terms of the quality week to week. Last week’s chapter was heartwarming and meaningful this week Nico and Kan are trying to make it big on YouTube. It’s a very dialogue-heavy and ultimately meaningless chapter.
Sakamoto Days Ch. 29
Sakamoto Days continues to showcase its superb action chops. Mr Sakamoto may be a heavyset man but he can really move. It’s always amusing when he reverts to his slimmer self as that could realistically happen. But then again he is fighting a guy with blades for arms and a gun that comes out of his mouth.
Magu-Chan: God of Destruction Ch. 49 – Colour Page
Magu-Chan has reached a year of serialisation I feat I wouldn’t have thought possible when I read the first chapter. At first, I enjoyed the whimsical nature of the series. But as the series settled into its mediocrity, the journey has become more of a chore. Appropriately this chapter centres around celebration. Bringing together the entire cast to write their wishes and have them granted. Of course, all that really happens is Magu unleashes his destruction into the skies to create the illusion of shooting stars.
Undead Unluck Ch. 69
Fuuko, after agreeing to a deal, heads to Under where Winter is promptly finished thereby saving the people of Earth from harsh freezing temperatures. The members of Under seem just as uncooperative as Union. Their attitudes toward one another feels very reminiscent of Union in the earlier chapters. The biggest mystery that remains is, however, Billy.
Nine Dragons’ Ball Parade Ch. 19
With the news that this series will end in the next issue, it’s bittersweet to write about how the series has actually improved rapidly over the past couple of weeks. The writing has been on the wall for a while now so it’s no surprise. There was even a time skip, and that’s never a good sign. But it’s hard to deny that the series has improved.
Me & Roboco Ch. 47
Honestly, some weeks the struggle to write any thoughts for this series is too much. The humour is bland; the scenarios are even worse but worst of all the characters are actually decent. Roboco is a great character, but she’s trapped in a bland manga.
i tell c Ch. 21 – END
The end has finally come for i tell c. It comes a little later than I expected, but it was expected nonetheless. The series never really got off to a good start. The premise was too weird to work, but they had to stick with it, regardless. It definitely lost its identity along the way.
Candy Flurry (Ame no Furu) Ch. 10
Less action but much better utilised in this chapter compared to last week. The Popcorn user is backed into a corner and forced to retreat with the aid of a Gum user. Not before they let slip knowledge of the real Lollipop user that destroyed Tokyo.
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