Shonen Jump Issue 04/09/18

Childless owner of a dadbod and SJ Editor Urian Brown takes a look at this week's issue. 

By Urian Brown April 09, 2018

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art by Yamato Yamamoto

The art in Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign is exquisite, so it's no surprise it makes for ultra-stylish covers. The vampires in the front being intentionally darkened juxtaposed to Yuichiro's brightly lit, almost glowing face, says all you need to know the series--he is the light and they are the darkness, he is hope and they are despair, he is the bright future and they are the fading past, he is the...well, you get the idea. Great cover! 

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

You know what's cool? Fights between angels and demons and teenagers and vampires and military organizations with stylish uniforms and you know what has all of that--this manga! Sometimes all in the same chapter! Yuichiro decides to save the angel from its cruel fate and the only way to do that is to fight it. But this is a legendary angel and it's going to take everyone's cooperation to subdue it. Can they pull off a miracle and save the angel?


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

Even the most meticulous planning can fall apart in the battle because fights are incredibly chaotic. That's why it's important to stay flexible and have a good backup plan. This is a lesson the kids taking on their demonic tormentors are learning right now! It's make it or break it time as the demons they're hunting are proving to be a lot tricker than expected! 

We Never Learn
by Taishi Tsutsui

Yuiga finds himself on a sudden "date" with Furuhashi when a typhoon hits! But it's an impromptu date, with the goal of getting noodles and staying out of the rain. Find out what happens when the weather forces them to share an umbrella! Incoming "Lub dubs!" 

We Never Learn

Robot X Laserbeam
by Tadatoshi Fujimaki

Robo's been tricked! Somehow, his balls just won't go where he wants them to. But this is Robo-kun we're talking about, he has one of the most accurate shots in the entire golfing sport! What does it mean? One thing's for sure, Don Okuma's really happy about Robo's recent struggles, just what is this golfing gangster up to?

Dr. Stone
story by Riichiro Inagaki, art by Boichi

Senku's done it again! He's got something incredible and this time it's big, and it spins and it's pretty... Is it a giant top? Nope, a waterwheel powered hydroelectric power plant! It makes power just fine, but with nowhere to store the power, what's the point?Sounds like Senku's got a new goal! 

Dr Stone

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

The wars of food have been long and bloody (well, some of the meat parts), but now the final battle is at hand and the brave warriors square of in a fight that will long be remembered. Using Erina's Divine Tongue, Soma's tested every ingredient of his dish before he served it up. Will his strategy pay off? Can Dean Azami be won over?

Black Clover
by Yûki Tabata

You know who's a great manga character? Mereoleona, that's who! The second she appeared in the manga, Black Clover was instantly a little better, and it was already pretty dang good. And if you liked her before, you'll really love her now!  Action-packed, super-charged, Mereoleona-centric chapter coming your way! 

Black Clover

My Hero Academia
by Kohei Horikoshi

One of my favorite things about SJ manga is unexpectedly cool fights. I mean, I thought the battle between Deku and Gentle would be entertaining, I did not think it was going to be incredible. Like one of the better fights in the series. That's the power of a great mangaka, they can exceed your expectations over and over. Horikoshi Sensei is exceedingly good at exceeding my expectations and chapters like this one are why. 

Inishie no Horobimon
by Hiroshi Shiibashi

Does that name sound familiar? It should, it's the Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan mangaka! This is a special one-shot by him and I think you'll like it. It has a lot of heart. And a lot of cool demonic action. Arama's got a passion for exorcising demons, but he's a little short on talent. Making matters worse, he's constantly being judged by another more powerful exorcist, Chiruha Yaso. Can he ever live up to her lofty expectations and actually put away some evil spirits for good? 


Extras: Eiichiro Oda JUMP FESTA Interview, Author Comments, Nihongo Lesson.

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by Urian Brown