No new Jump chapters this week because of new years. Guess that means it's a perfect time to jot down some thoughts on the series I'm following~
New series:Agravity Boys:
Only three chapters out currently. It has definitely gone all in on the humor so far (often crude), and has made light of stuff like these four boys possibly being the only survivors left of humanity. So, a pretty light-hearted, comedic series with pretty art is my current impression. It's also been fairly episodic, with this higher being showing up to give them something to "help" them each time, and these boys debating over it and coming up with silly responses. I'm curious to see where this will go.Zipman!!:
I quite like the art in this one too. Four chapters so far. Seems to be a tokusatsu/super sentai inspired battle manga, with a pair of brothers as the protagonists not unlike Rin and Yukio's relationship in Blue Exorcist. I'm guessing that the beginning will throw a different foe at them each week as they level up. I hope Cheena gets to join them and doesn't stay a damsel in distress.
Still following:Black Clover:
The pacing of this series has always been fast, but the current arc seems to have ramped that up even more. I guess, maybe to try to keep our attention after the elf arc ended? (Art is still beautiful though, and the art and tension during the elf arc was extraordinary) I'm actually looking forward to the anime adding in fillers to flesh things out more. Though I wonder if the anime will continue after the elf arc. (They should take a break...)Dr. Stone:
I wasn't all that sold on this series when I was only reading the manga, but man did the anime make me appreciate this series a lot more. The music, timing, and voice acting in the anime made a lot of the scenes a lot more impactful and touching than when I was only using my own imagination, haha. The current arc in the manga is pretty fascinating too. Stakes are pretty high (the Kohaku and Ginro scene especially made me cry) and there's a lot to be gained. I feel the arc is wrapping up soon though. Wonder where the series will go next. I'm pretty happy to read another series by Inagaki (loved Eyshield 21). Am also glad that he's writing the story, as Dr. Stone Reboot, written by Boichi, sure turned out bizarre. Mission: Yozakura Family:
So far, it's been more of the same each week, with Taiyo thrown into difficult situations and getting tested at every turn to protect Mutsumi, who is the only one in her family without any fighting powers, as her power is to give birth to the next generation with strong powers. (I'm glad that she's at least able to take care of herself despite having no powers). I'm not very invested currently though. I think I'd be more interested if we got to see more of the rest of the family developed. My favorite chapter was the one with Kengo and Taiyo going undercover together. It was cool getting to see one of the other siblings in action. Mitama Security: Spirit Busters:
The art of this series is a bit strange, but despite that, I'm quite enjoying the series thanks to its wacky and exaggerated humor. I like how unfazed Rena is, and how much character the spirits that haunt her have. Mitama is a complete scaredy-cat, but his heart is in the right place. Even when it feels like the series might turn serious, such as dropping some sad backstory on us, it fakes out and goes the other direction. I wonder if the series would ever turn serious, haha. Samurai 8:
Probably like tons of others, I began reading this because Kishimoto is the one writing it, with art by Okubo. The art in the first few chapters was hard to follow with too much going on and not enough contrast, but it's gotten a lot better. I'm not sold on the story though (and especially not the concept of princesses to help power up the samurai) but there are some characters that I quite like (such as Nanashi and Kotsuga), so I'll still be following to see what happens to them. Spy x Family:
Possibly my current favorite series in Jump, and it's not actually in Weekly Shounen Jump (I think it's on Shounen Jump+, the digital version?). I love all the secret identities and the secrets each character is keeping from the other, while they're pretending to be the perfect family on the surface (and kind of are turning into a great family together, despite being strangers before this). The series is also ridiculously cute with great humor and art. I guess I like this series so much because it hits so many of my favorite tropes (secrets! secret identities! family!) and does it so effortlessly, so I'm definitely looking forward to seeing this series continue and develop. There's also a very clear goal from the start, so that helps give the series a focus.We Never Learn:
I feel this series is winding down. I hope it gets a satisfying ending! This series has really cute art and touching development (and also a lot of fanservice that I could do without, haha). I shed a few tears during several parts of the story. I don't feel strongly about who Nariyuki might end up with, but I can imagine many fans being disappointed if the one they're rooting for doesn't win. World Trigger:
This series is still plodding along (still in rank B wars). I love it still but worry for the mangaka's health. I'm glad to finally be able to see Hyuse in action after so long of a wait. It's also amazing to hear that the anime will return.
I'm super behind on My Hero Academia and Haikyuu. :3;;This entry was originally posted at https://lucathia.dreamwidth.org/367619.html. You can comment here or there.