Shonen Jump Issue 01/08/17

Prolific Señor Pink fanfic writer and SJ Editor Urian Brown takes a look at this week's issue. 

By Urian Brown January 08, 2018

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by Eiichiro Oda and various artists 

What a beautiful cover to start off the new year! Great art and tons of cute little cards, each with an adorable drawing on it. These are based on Hanafuda, which translates to "flower cards." They've been around for centuries and there are several different card games you can play with them. In fact, Nintendo got their start making these cards over a hundred years ago! 

One Piece
by Eiichiro Oda

Oda Sensei does it again! Another riveting chapter chalk full of incredible art and story surprises. How does he do it? No, seriously, how does he keep doing it chapter after chapter for twenty straight years. He must have eaten the Manga-Manga Fruit! And in this chapter, the Luffy-less Straw Hats get a chance to shine as they take on Big Mom by themselves! 

One Piece

My Hero Academia
by Kohei Horikoshi

Bakugo and Todoroki face their most challenging enemy yet--a bunch of kids! If you've ever tried to deal with a crowd of unruly children, then you understand what they're up against. Dealing with regular kids is hard enough, but these ones all have Quirks! What's a hero to do when they can't punch their way out of a situation?   

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign  
story by Takaya Kagami, art by Yamato Yamamoto, storyboards by Daisuke Furuya

For reasons unknown to me, Angels seem to be a neverending source of inspiration for manga and anime creators. I suppose there's something mystical and exotic about Western religious imagery to Eastern creators. Probably the same way the Buddha looks exotic and mystical to Westerners. That being said, it's always entertaining to see how angels are dealt with in manga and especially in Seraph. What I'm trying to say is, there's some pretty cool angel stuff in this chapter. Enjoy! 

Seraph

Dr. Stone
story by Riichiro Inagaki, art by Boichi

Senku's had quite an exciting life since turning back into flesh after being stone for over 3,000 years. He's made some friends, some enemies, invented a bunch of stuff, won a tournament, got married and then divorced and that's just in the last few months! But now he's got a new challenge to face, figuring out what's ailing the village's sick shamaness. Although the manga's called Dr. Stone, Senku's not actually a doctor. Although he was previously stone. Anyway, find out if he can play doctor long enough to save her! 

Robot X Laserbeam
by Tadatoshi Fujimaki 

Robo-kun's first outing as a professional golfer has been full of twists and turns. And they're only on hole 8! They've still got half the course to go! He's got his new move the Ex Laser, but it can only be used sparingly. And his new rival and friend Dorian is showing no signs of slowing down. Looks like Robo-kun's gonna have to dig deeper if he wants to win this game! 

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Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma  
story by Yuto Tsukuda, art by Shun Saeki, contributor Yuki Morisaki

Momo and Erina take the stage this time and the secret ingredient is brown sugar. This is sweet for Momo as she's an expert in sugary desserts. But not so sweet for the Erina. Can she hope to compete against a chef that happened to get the perfect ingredient for their style? Or will Momo end up getting her just desserts? Prepare for another lip-smacking chapter of Food Wars! 

We Never Learn  
by Taishi Tsutsui

Through a highly unlikely set of circumstances, Yuiga gets secretly fed sushi while trapped in the closet. What kind of scenario could lead to that? Only one that genius mangaka Taishi Tsutsui could cook up! And that's only the beginning of the chapter. Find out what embarrassing and hilarious things happen to Yuiga! 

We Never Learn

Black Clover  
by Yûki Tabata

When some unannounced guests show up at the Black Bulls' headquarters, all heck breaks loose! But most of the Bulls are out leaving only Gauche and a few others to defend against these intruders. You know what that means, right? Some of the characters that don't get a lot of screen time get a chance to shine! 

The Promised Neverland  
story by Kaiu Shirai, art by Posuka Demizu

Emma's having a hard time adjusting to her new lifestyle of getting hunted by demons every day for sport. It's not the getting hunted by demons part, as she's used to that, it's not being able to save everyone that's weighing her down. But she's not the type to give up and this town still holds many secrets. 

Promised Neverland

Blue Exorcist  
by Kazue Kato

Yukio's going through changes. Very serious changes. Evil, satanic changes, to be exact! In a shocking move of betrayal, he's turned coat and also turned on his brother. They've been at each other's throats before, but never like this. Find out what Yukio's up to and how it will affect the balance of power! 

e NO GENTEN: Starting Point
by Naoshi Komi

Yay! A new one-shot from Nisekoi mangaka, Naoshi Komi! And it's not about romantic hijinks at all--it's about eSports! Takumi Tomouchi lives for video games and he thinks he's one of the best in the business. But when he meets a girl who's trying to become a professional eSports player, his whole world shatters. 

Eno Genten

Extras: Author Comments, Nihongo Lesson.

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by Urian Brown