Shonen Manga Round Up – August 6, 2019

Samurai 8 #13 – Seeing Courage

Ata states that Hachimaru has “potential,” but lacks “strength and ability.” Hachimaru calls Hayatarou to help. They create a second arm to strike Ata, who is impressed by the communication between Hachimaru and Hayatarou. Ata says that Hachimaru “wasn’t suppose to exists.” Regardless, Ata tries to finish Hachimaru off. Master Daruma finally returns. Daruma acknowledges that Hachimaru “has courage.” Daruma attacks Ata with Vajrayaksa Style Dog Paddle, then Vajrayaksa Atmospheric Blade.

This results in a devastating attack that appears to defeat Ata. While Hachimaru’s father is stable, he’s likely to die. It turns out that Ata wasn’t actually present, he sent a replica of himself. I don’t know how I feel about that. It feels like a cop out. As my usual complaints about this series, is the fighting system. The final attack by Daruma was impressive, but how did he do it. He was wet afterward, is it a water based attack, does it matter? The final surprise is that Hachimaru has “brothers.” That has really pique my interest regarding the series.


My Hero Academia #238 – Liberation

Tomura Shigaraki decides that he no longer needs the hands of his family. This symbolizes his growth as a character. He has accepted that he killed his family and the fact that he wanted their death. Re-Destro tries to end his conflict with Tomura by using 100 % of his “Stress” ability. However, Tomura easily disintegrates Re-Destro’s ability. In doing so he almost destroys Deika City. Desperate, Re-Destro summons his “support item” to increase his quirk ability. Now his power is increase to 150%, but Tomura doesn’t seem to care. Compress and Daruma get into a conflict over how the organization functions.

Gigantomachia destroys the city, as Geten heads towards Re-Destro. When Gigantomachia finally reaches Tomura, he stops as he witnesses Tomura embracing evil. Tomura releases a his power creating a devastating attack. The Meta Liberation Army is likely to lose to the League of Villains at this point. They have served their purpose, by having other villains to fight and kill is different from killing heroes. The MLA are new characters that we don’t have any attachment to. If anything we are attached to the League. Tomura is becoming a truly powerful villain, I wonder how Midoriya will respond.


One Piece #951 – Rampage

One Piece is transitioning or I should say building up to the fight between the Strawhat, allies and Kiado’s crew. The Flower capital is on lockdown, as the alliance become wanted criminals. Shinobu and Sanji discuss the situation on a nearby rooftop. Nami comes into contact with Law’s crewmates, Bepo, Shachi and Penguin. It’s revealed that they were freed in exchanged for Law. He makes it clear to them that they’re not to tell Luffy that he’s been captured. Kanjuro intents to give Yasuie a proper burial, while, Ashura Doji show Kin’emon and Inuarashi the ships that they can use. Finally, on Onigashima, the Beast Pirates rush to make sweets for Big Mom. King is criticized for failing to kill Big Mom at the waterfall.

She asks King to join her crew, as he’s one of three races she doesn’t yet have. He quickly refuses. Big Mom demands that her cuff be removed. Kiado arrives and tells them to unchain her. She uses Napoleon, as she and Kiado clash. Like the previous conflict between Yonko, they spite the sky. I won’t be getting my hopes for Big Mom vs Kiado, as it will most likely happen off screen. However, the effects of the battle could handicap Kiado for any battle with Luffy. There seems to be too much going on for the battle that’s suppose to take place in a few days. This leads me to assume that many characters probably won’t participate, like Usopp or Nami. Instead they will do smaller things like freeing Law from prison.

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My Hero Academia Chapter 236 Recap & Review

Shimura killing his sister Hana

Chapter 236, Tenko Shimura: Origin 2

Well, Shimura never had chance did he. These last two chapters have focused on the origins of Tenko Shimura. His father, Kotaro Shimura, developed a deep hatred for the hero community after being abandoned by his mother. She, Nana Shimura, was the seventh holder of One for All. This disdain was the what lead to the abusive behavior towards his son, Shimura. The irony of this abuses is that Kotaro began treating his child the way he believed his mother (and other heroes) treated him. This cycle of abuse and hatred is instilled in Tenko.

Killing his mother

Tenko was betrayed by his family. They were complicit in his fathers abuse as they were afraid to upset him because he provided a good life for them. His sister, Hana Shimura, lies on him telling their father that he was looking at the photo of their grandmother. This leads to Kotaro beating Tenko. At this moment, Tenko’s Quirk is triggered. The first victim was Tenko’s dog, Monchan. Tenko’s Decay Quirk is horrific in how it manifests. Monchan basically falls apart into a puddle of blood and pieces. Tenko is of course shocked. In the moment he doesn’t realized what’s happening.

Killing his father

Panicking, Tenko loses his voice. Unable to explain a situation that he probably couldn’t even with his voice. His sister comes to apologize, but flees in horror at the site of Monchan corpse. Tenko feeling helpless, wants his sister to help him. Of course Hana is scared and a little selfish, so she flees. He grabs her in desperation forcing her to die like Monchan. Tenko’s Quirk becomes uncontrollable, he begins to destroy the surrounding area. He begins to realize that he actually “hates” his family. He finally “kills” his father, only this time it was intentional.

Enjoying his murder

Tenko Shimura, now Tomura Shigaraki despite having a terrible childhood had now become irredeemable in my opinion. Sure he didn’t mean to kill his dog and “most” of his family. However, according to him he wanted to kill his father. So far Tomura hasn’t killed many “innocents.” In this arc, the League of Villains are fighting other villains. As such the killing doesn’t feel wrong. Once Tomura begins to kill innocents he will become monstrous. His desire to “destroy society” is typical for a villains. A small part of me wants to see what a villain would do if he succeeds. Regardless, his Quirk is getting stronger and more deadly. I wonder how the heroes will fight against it.

My Hero Academia Chapter 299 Recap & Review

Chapter 229, All it takes is one bad day

This chapter focuses on Twice, a villain that has a quirk (Double) that ” grants him the ability to clone people including himself.” He has always been a complex character. He has an explosive personality and strangely tends to contradict himself making one statement followed by the opposite. He has a dissociate identity disorder and when his masks is removed he panics and threatens to “split.” Tomoyasu Chikazoku uses his puppets to rip the mask off of Twice.

The puppets grab Himiko Toga. Tomoyasu reveals that by using the psychological weaknesses that Giran had they decided to use puppet’s that resemble Jin. He tells him that their goal is to kill Toga and capture Twice. Giran expresses his concern for Twice’s well being. The puppets attempt to snap the neck of Toga. While begging for his mask, Twice starts to believe that he’s the one killing Toga. He has a flashback, Jin gets fired from his job and became homeless. He created a clone of himself to talk to, then he created more clones. They became criminals robbing banks together.

However, they so turned on each other, killing themselves resulting in Jin becoming mentally scarred as a result. In this flashback Jin reveals something important, that each clone has a pain limit that would result in it disappearing. A broken arm would be about the limit. Why is this important. Jin wasn’t certain that he was the original Jin. When we get to the present, Tomoyasu tells his puppets to breaks the both of Jin’s arms. They do. Having realized that he hasn’t disappeared as result he becomes elated. Having confirmed that he’s the original, he is inspired to save Toga. He creates several clones, stating that ” he won’t watch a friend die.”

Twice is a very interesting character. He was an apprehensive about fighting out of fear that he was a clone, so having been freed of that fear will have a positive effect on his mind. His friendship with Giran and Toga was what really struck me. It’s typical for heroes to have these types of relationships but villain usually just use each other. They all seem to care for each other and that feels new for a manga series. It seems that the Meta Liberation Army will have a positive impact on the League of Villains whether they like it or not. I loving the character development.

My Hero Academia Chapter 226 Recap & Review

Chapter 226, Bloody Love


As My Hero Academia focuses on the villains, Himiko Toga takes center stage. Chitose Kizuki and Himiko continue their conflict. The chapter begins with a report of a “middle school girl that attacked and heavily injured her classmate.” The girl of course is Toga. She is seen sucking the blood of her classmate through a straw. The act of sucking blood is always creepy but the use of a straw adds a level of casualness that makes it worst. The animated faces Toga has contributes to her sadistic image.

Apparently Toga had undergone “Quirk counseling” at some point. However, this education program is suppose to “re-integrate you with society by correcting your distorted understanding of yourself.” Chitose claims that this program isn’t “perfect” and can lead to ” a patient feeling different.” Toga’s quirk resulted in her “admiring” blood. Due to society’s standards, she had to develop a “mask” to suppress herself. In a flashback, Toga is seen drinking the blood of a bird. It isn’t made clear how her quirk works when she drinks the blood of an animal.

She tells Chitose to “shut up” and is attacked. Chitose tells her that she will become a sacrifice to demonstrate the “righteousness” of the Liberation army. She suggest that the “death” of Toga will be “immortalized in our new era’s sacred text.” The rhetoric from Chitose suggests that the Liberation Army has a religious element to it. Toga flees as she transforms into Ochaco, claiming that “she sucks blood from people she likes.” In a surprising moment, Toga is able to use Ochaco’s “Zero Gravity,” Quirk. The number of “copy” quirks in this series is starting to add up.

The means to acquire someone’s else’s ability and how long it can be used. All For One, is an emitter type quirk that “steals other people’s Quirks and wield these stolen powers as their own or to transfer them to someone else.” Neito’s “Copy” Quirk is also a emitter type that requires contact. Each quirk has it’s different limits, with All For One being the most powerful. I was just curious that there is more than one quirk with copy abilities. I wonder if there’s a more significant reason for it. Then again the series has two several fire users. Anyway, as I’ve said, I’m loving the fact the My Hero Academia is focusing on the villains in this arc. I wonder who’s next.

My Hero Academia Chapter 224 Review – Second Coming Festival

My Hero Academia focusing on the development of villains like they are heroes has been a notable difference from other shonen series. Most of the time all the villains are already mature adults. They certainly don’t get full arc to themselves. The “Meta Liberation Army Arc,” follows the “Joint training Arc,” where we saw the young heroes from Class A and B training together. Kohei’s also uses this opportunity to introduce and expand on the lesser know members of Class B.

The MLA Arc seems likely to do the same for the “League of Villains.” While, I feel that the introduction of the Liberation Army means more characters to remember, the conflict between villain groups is interesting. Their rivalry will likely mirror the one between Class A and B, but with far more casualties. We have already learned that the main antagonist, Tomura Shigaraki, accidentally killed his entire family. His “Decay” quirk appears to be involuntary. We also learn the creepy truth, that all the hands he wears are actually the remains of his family.

The Meta Liberation Army has it in for the League of Villains. According to their leader, ReDestro, the League of Villains are a threat to his fathers mission and must be destroyed. They have amassed a massive army of over 100,000 soldiers. The League of Villains is significantly smaller, with many of their strongest members being arrested. Regardless, the arc acts as a training one for them. Tomura in particular seems to need the training the most. All For One handed him the League he didn’t need to fight for his position. I will expect that he will emerge a far more fordable villain.

That said the villains have been shown to have more camaraderie than I would have expected. While, the villains attack each other, they actually care about their teammates. Giran, the underworld broker, had been kidnapped by the MLA and had his figures severed to get the League of Villains attention. Normally this wouldn’t matter to villains, but to see that they care like heroes would is refreshing. Chapter 224, is largely a setup for the Superpower Liberation Army’s Second Coming Festival. I expect it to be similar to the U.A. Sports Festival, but far more violent.


My Hero Academia Chapter 217 Review – New power and all for one

All Might, Izuku and Katsuki try to determine how to activate the Blackwhip quirk. He can’t seem to figure out what activated it before. Katsuki seems to believed that it requires Izuku to be in danger. Finally, in on the secrets, Katsuki asks what All Might knew about the Blackwhip quirk. He admits that both he and his master were ignorant of the fact that “One For All is capable of letting Izuku use previous wielders Quirk.”

Throughout this series it felt like Izuku was going to become exactly like All Might. Following in his footsteps as All Might is his idol. Slowly, Izuku is separating himself from his idol. Now with this new situation Izuku is coming into his own. Now traveling a path that even All Might didn’t, Izuku’s story becomes more interesting. In order to get Izuku to release his Blackwhip ability he may need to find himself in danger once again.

Eri, Izuku, Mirio and Neito gather outside the dormitories. Neito attempts to copy Eri’s Rewind Quirk. All he does is grow a horn. The horn itself is necessary to use the Quirk, but he can’t. He explains that ” as Rewind is an accumulation-type Quirk like One For All, it isn’t possible for him to use it.”

He also states “that his Quirk allows him to copy the fundamental abilities of a Quirk, not something requiring stored-up energy as he cannot copy what has already been stored. Izuku is relieved that he has this mechanism as it prevented him from being damaged by One For All when he copied during the Joint Training Battle.” Shota explains that he wanted to see if by Neito copying Eri’s quirk, she could learn to master it herself. Considering her age I think Eri will learn how to use her ability as she gets older. It’s clear that “accumulation-type” emitter quirks are the superior type of quirks.

Masashi Kishimoto’s, Samurai 8 to be released this Spring

In December of last year, at Shonen Jump’s Jump Festa the follow up to Naruto was announced. Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru, will be written by Masashi Kishimoto and illustrated by Akira Okubo, a former assistant on Naruto and the brother of Atsushi Okubo (Soul Eater, Fire Force). Kishimoto stated that he ” I like Japanese-styled things: I’m thrilled about the culture and decor. I like sci-fi things too. I’m excited for this gimmick and it’s creation. Since I like both things, I’ve decided to mix them together to depict this work.” He hopes to make it “even more interesting than the Naruto series!”

Naruto, Vol. 1: Uzumaki Naruto

Unlike Naruto, Samurai 8 will obviously focus on samurai instead of ninja. Similar to the Naruto series it will be more than a samurai series like Rurouni Kenshin. Infused with sci-fi, the series will feature cyborgs, futuristic weapons and outer space. While I didn’t like Boruto, I have high hopes for this series. The problem, so will millions of Naruto fans. The high expectations could be a curse for the series or help it have an instant audience. Another problem is appetite for another shonen series. With series like Black Clover and My Hero Academia doing well, not to mention One Piece is still king, will there be room for one more?

From what little that’s been seen so far, I like the direction the series is expected to take. More importantly to me I like the art style. What do you think. Will Samurai 8 live up to the hype? Will it be successful as the current shonen series? Can it surpass Naruto?


Samurai 8 will run in Shonen Jump later this year.

Sources: CBR, ANN

My Hero Academia Chapter 216 Review – The Conclusion of Class A vs Class B

Class A wins in a 4-0 victory. With all five sets completed, Class A has won 3 of the 4 sets, with the 3rd being a draw. The outcome of the training wasn’t surprising, Class A still remains ahead of Class B. However, we got to see more of Class B for the first time. Clearly, Hitoshi Shinso was the standout student having battled in 2 of the 5 sets. Shinso concludes that he remains “too weak.” He reveals that the battle was a “transfer exam.”

Midoriya is asked about his new Quirk. He acknowledges that “he doesn’t fully understand it yet.” He praises Uraraka and Shinso for aiding him when his power erupted. As I pointed out in the previous chapter review, Ochaco Uraraka was praised for her “quick decision making,” putting her “body on the line,” Eraserhead tells her that “she had grown.” Shota chastises the other students telling them that “they can’t help others if they don’t have the will to act on their own.”

It’s officially announced that Shinso will transfer to “the Hero course,” it’s unclear that which class he will be in. I can’t imagine that he will be in Class A. From a narrative standpoint he would easily fit into Class B, however, he is working with Shota, so? Neito continues to be annoying talking about how if he new that Midoriya’s Quirk was going to be a “dud,” his class would have a better results. Shota requests that Neito come to visit Eri. It’s interesting to see what Neito and Eri meeting is going to result in, but it clearly is going to be about them using their Quirks.

My Hero Academia Chapter 215 Review – Final Stage of the Battle

Trusting his power

Izuku Midoriya uses his Black Whip Quirk to grab the piping nearby. He remembers what All Might said to him at the beach, “you can become a hero.” He believes that now he can do anything. This marks a turn in Midoriya’s personality. He was always insecure regarding his abilities. Now he’s displaying tremendous confidence. Vlad King is clearly alarmed at the sight of the Black Whip tendril’s.

All Might notes a difference in the Black Whip. He wonders “what happened to Midoriya in the last few minutes.” Hitoshi jumps backwards, he questions whether Izuku was bluffing when he struggled with his Quirk. At this moment the Black Whip Quirk disappears. Izuku concludes that he’s not yet strong enough to control the Quirk.

Ochaco captures Monoma

Neito attacks Uraraka, when he hurls a metal pipe at her. However, Ochaco blocks it. She has him tied up and is pulling him through the air. She tells him that because of the five minute time limit he has likely lost access to his teammates Quirks. Neito says that he could have extended his time limit to ten minutes. He challenges her to one on one combat.

She doesn’t bite, Neito notes that Class 1-A has been “cautious” due to Hitoshi’s Quirk. He continues to try to get her to answer his questions but she simply puts him into the cell and locks it. Ochaco is one of the characters in this series that’s often overlooked. She is slowly gaining in ability and is making the use of her combat skills.

Class 1-A takes control

With Neito caged, Ochaco rushes to see if he used a Quirk on Izuku. It turns out that he can still use the Twin Impact Quirk from the cage. Shoda lands a punch on Mineta, claiming that “he can easily take him now he’s used to his moves.” Reiko Yanagi uses her Poltergeist Quirk to send pieces of metal at Mina. It all appears that Class 1-A is about to lose when Izuku grabs Hitoshi’s capture weapon pulling him forward. Ochaco then hits Reiko with a karate chop, knocking her out. She then pushes Yui Kodai onto Mineta’s Pop Off balls. Mina lands a devastating punch on Shoda and Izuku pins Hitoshi down.

My Hero Academia Chapter 214 Review – Our Rebellious War

My Hero Academia chapter 214 everyone's still battling

The fifth round continues

My Hero Academia Chapter 214, Our Rebellious War, Class 1-A faces Class 1-B. Vlad King and All Might are shocked that Eraserhead decided to let the match continue. Regardless, of the fact that Izuku has lost control over his Quirk. Eraserhead states that if he loses control again “he’ll stop it immediately and have Midoriya retire.” He believed that it was possible for Midoriya to be stopped with his Quirk as well. All Might asks “why.” Aizawa says that “all combatants still feel determined to fight out till their very last breath.”

Jumping Mineta! Grape Pinky Combo

The result’s of Hitoshi’s training

Izuku and Hitoshi face off against each other. Hitoshi uses his “Capturing Weapon” similar to the on used by Shota Aizawa, he bests Izuku by pulling him off the building. Ochaco is shocked that Izuku lost a battle of strength. Izuku is afraid to use his Quirk now that it has gone haywire. Hitoshi uses his capturing weapon again, but Izuku grabs it pulling himself towards him. Hitoshi charges at Izuku, he remembers his training with Shota. It took five years for him to master the Capturing Weapon, but he states that it shouldn’t take Hitoshi that long. He uses the Capture Weapon to pull down pipes surrounding them, forcing Izuku to use his Black Whip Quirk.

Midoriya vs Hitoshi

Neito Monoma uses One for All

Monoma is one of the most annoying characters in My Hero Academia. He can be funny, but he’s largely an nuisance. However, his Quirk (Copy) allows him to duplicate and use another’s Quirk. He supposedly is able to the Quirk he copies in it’s entirety, the only downside is that there’s a five minute time limit. So it was surprising that he didn’t seem to “copy” the One for All Quirk completely. Obviously, we just learned that One for All is more that just one Quirk, but a combination of six. Neito seem unable to use it to any effect. Maybe, the One for All Quirk is just to complicated to be used by Neito or because he just copies the basic of the Quirks, not the stockpiled powers.


Izuku Midoriya 1/8 Figure — My Hero Academia

Izuku Midoriya 1/8 Figure -- My Hero Academia - JList

This is a cool 1/8 figure of Izuku Midoriya from My Hero Academia, courtesy of Chara-ani and Kadokawa. Based on an illustration of Deku, showing him off in his super hero costume and battle pose. Fans will love the amazing details of this figure and Deku’s intense face. A nice figure to add to your My Hero Academia collection.