This Week's Issue 03/23/15

While UB's out discovering his roots in Roswell, the indubitable and cuddly Sean Baylor steps in for a look at this week's issue!

By John Bae March 23, 2015

3 23 Issue 1Cover
art by Tite Kubo

Tite Kubo is the master of style. From his vibrant cross-hatching to his stark color palette, everything about Bleach just screams cool. And this week's cover is no different. Tite Kubo draws Yhwach in an uncomplicated pose with just a patterned background. It's such a simple cover, but I get this real intense feeling when I look at it. I can just get lost for hours staring at the smoke coming off his figure mixed in with the striped black-and-grey design in the back. It may be simple, but it's quite brilliant.

by Tite Kubo

The long-awaited and highly-anticipated showdown is finally upon us! Ever since his first appearance in the manga, we've been teased with the promise of this fight. It's...Ichigo versus Uryu! Soul Reaper (sorta) versus Quincy—the manga equivalent of the Hatfields and McCoys. But Ichigo's not alone in his fight, and neither is Uryu. Who'll come out on top?

3 23 Issue 2

One Piece
by Eiichiro Oda

Did someone just fight the "Law," and did the "Law"...not win?! Luffy's finally done with Bellamy, but is he too late to save Trafalgar Law, who's taking on Trebol and Doflamingo at the same time? Just one alone would be a handful, but the two together seems like an impossible task. But you know what happens whenever anyone underestimates Luffy and the Straw Hats, right?

My Hero Academia
by Kohei Horikoshi

The one-on-one tournament continues! Midoriya and Todoroki have advanced. Now it's time to see how their other Class 1-A mates are doing. Can Denki advance? What about Tokoyami? And Eijiro? And Uraraka too, who probably has the toughest opponent in the first round—Bakugo!

3 23 Issue 3

by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro

Kaka's cuckoo! And not for Coco's puffs! She's got some nefarious plan in mind that involves the Monkey King and Komatsu. Just what exactly is it? And what does that mean for Komatsu, whose life is hanging in the balance?

Food Wars
story by Yuto Tsukuda, art by Shun Saeki

Yukihira is on to the next challenge for his Stagiaire test trial. He's been placed at Kojiro Shinomiya's newest restaurant in Japan! It's so new, it hasn't even opened yet! Yukihira has experience working at his family's restaurant, but it's completely different than working for an upper-tier French restaurant. Plus, grand openings are one of the toughest times for any restaurant in the cutthroat culinary world. Can he pass what is probably one of the most difficult challenge he's ever had to face since enrolling at Totsuki?

3 23 Issue 4

Gakkyu Hotei: School Judgment
story by Nobuaki Enoki, art by Takeshi Obata 

Moo! Looks like Pine-chan's father, affectionately known as Raichi Papa, is one tough-as-nails dude, and he's intent on getting his daughter out of Tenbin Elementary. However, standing in his way is Abaku, the student-lawyer that Pine-chan has vowed to defeat before she moves on. Though Abaku's been on a tear since he enrolled at Tenbin, Raichi Papa is an accomplished adult lawyer. Plus he's got a cool technique with a cool name—Zeus Impact!

by Naoshi Komi

Chitoge's staying at Raku's place for the night, so you know what that's time to practice for the future as Raku's wife! She's got some major plans in mind to impress Raku and his family. Problem is, the rich daughter of a gangster's not exactly well-versed in housework and chores...

3 23 Issue 5

One-Punch Man
story by ONE, art by Yusuke Murata

Speed-o'-Sound Sonic is in the midst of battling Genos, but Genos isn't who he's after! He really wants to get at Saitama, one of the few who has ever gotten the better of him, but he just can't seem to get past the pesky cyborg. 

by Norihiro Yagi

The Claymore JUMP BACK continues, and this time around, we follow Raki, the young boy who Clare saved in the first chapter. After having lost his family, he decides to follow Clare around. But is that the wisest thing to do—to follow a monster hunter who's half-monster herself?!

3 23 Issue 6

Tokyo Ghoul
by Sui Ishida

Ken Kaneki is an otaku who's not so good when it comes to dealing with real-life people, especially girls! However, he's in luck when he meets Rize—the seemingly perfect girl for him. But his first date with Rize will ultimately lead him down a road rife with Ghouls, vicious creatures that feast on human meat...

3 23 Issue 7

Extras: March of the Bundles page, Fan Art, Author Comments, Nihongo Lesson.

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by Sean Baylor