Review: Weekly Shonen Jump #25

I’m moving across the country this week, so I’m just going to hit the high points.  I’m also going to include my review of this chapter of Naruto. Seriously, I’m half asleep in this hotel room after twelve hours of driving, but looked forward enough to Weekly Shonen Jump that it was easy to stay awake to read the issue.  Naruto is starting whatever story arc Kishimoto has in mind, and though I was wrong with my prediction that the hooded figure would be a Taka member, I was completely right that Cho Cho is fantastic.  My favorite part of the chapter, other than Cho Cho trying to kick some ass, was the way Naruto handled his encounter with the mysterious Uchiha.  Young Naruto was always clueless: Hokage Naruto sees a mysterious sharingan user—something that shocked literally any reader of the series—and just sort of smirks it away.

Weekly-Shonen-Jump-#25One Piece is finally set up to get nasty.  Luffy fell out of fourth gear and now needs ten minutes to get back to using Haki.  Doffy is going to mess a lot of people up while they buy Luffy time: the ensuing massacre looks to be the climax of this arc.  I have a feeling Sabo may be the person not to survive.

And on the cover this week was Academia and my goodness this series is clever.  The current tournament occurring in the series is directly reminiscent of the Chuunin exams from Naruto’s past and the execution is right on par.  I love looking at this series, the drama is varied and relatable, and the fights are more thoughtful than most of the other series out there right now.  The final match in the tournament is about to happen between two fighters who have been beyond unbeatable: it should be great.

Score: 4/5

Weekly Shonen Jump #25 Writer: Various Artist: Various Publisher: Viz Media Release Date: 5/18/15 Format: Weekly; Digital