REVIEW: This Week's ALPHA - Jan 14, 2013

One-eye one-horned flying purple people eater and SJ Alpha editor Urian Brown gives his take on this week's issue.
By January 14, 2013


What a neat cover! I never get tired of the seeing the characters as bento lunches! In fact, the SJ staff had a big discussion trying to figure out what each part of the characters’ faces were made out of. We figured out most of it, but got stuck on Toriko’s hair. As far as we could guess, it’s something dyed blue. If you have any insight, leave it in the comment’s field! 

by Masashi Kishimoto
Tragedy strikes in Naruto! The sudden loss of one of Naruto’s oldest comrades has shaken him to the core. And right in the middle of the battle with Obito and Madara! Can Naruto’s friends snap him out of his daze and get his focus back on the battle?

One Piece
by Eiichiro Oda
The battle with Caesar Clown’s over, but the Straw Hats still have get off the island alive! And between the poisonous gas and new enemies, can they make it? This has been one of the nuttiest arcs in this manga so far. While I’ve certainly enjoyed the constant crazy factor, I'm looking forward to a new adventure! I’m also looking forward to the cosplay this will inspire. There better be some giant kids at next year’s cons!

Cross Manage
by Kaito

All-girls team Lacrosse manager Sakurai’s got a big problem—his team is in their first game and they are freaking out! Can he come up with a creative solution to loosen them up?

by Tite Kubo
After the healing hot springs and spirit-replenishing buffet, Ichigo and Renji are in for their craziest training yet! They have to party it up with a wildly unpredictable Oh-etsu Nimaiya. Can this party guy really be the man responsible for creating Zanpaku-to?!

by Naoshi Komi
Chitoge’s doing everything she can to get Raku to notice something new about her, but he’s just too dense! Can she find a way to get him interested in her, or is it a lost cause?

by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro
Komatsu’s facing his strangest cooking challenge yet—blind cooking! Not only must he cook against the world’s number chef, Zaus, he must do it in total darkness. Can he compete, or is it lights out for this up-and-coming culinary genius?!

Blue Exorcist
by Kazue Kato 
Something’s wrong with Yukio! He just can’t shake the feeling that something is eating away at him. But being the strong-willed guy that he is, he’s too proud to ask for help. Will he be able to reach out, before the situation gets worse?

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan
by Hiroshi Shiibashi
It's the final chapter of Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan! And it's presented in full glorious color! This is it Nura fans, the conclusion of big battle between Rikuo's Night Parade of Hundred Demons and Nue's powerful Gokadoin clan. It's been a fun ride, but all manga eventually come to a conclusion. Can Rikuo defeat Nue? And if so, will he bring a new era of peace between humans and yokai? Find out!


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by Urian Brown