It’s been a while everyone, but we are back with EIGHT times the fun!
Hunter x Hunter – 03
Kurapika-”This one goes out to all my homies.” Gon-”YARRR I AM A PIRATE.”
|Looks like I’ll be jumping into Meta Jump every week now with Hunter x Hunter! Hope you don’t mind me joining in on the pumped-up-adrenaline fun~ Last week, Kurapika, Gon and Leorio did a fun little life-or-death quiz and then managed to convince some crazy bat-foxes to lead them to the exam centre (I am leaving out a LOT of detail there, if you couldn’t tell). As for the most recent episode, the trio finally arrive at the actual test centre where they are introduced to like 20 different characters, who may or may not be killed 5 seconds after the exam starts. One of them dies before the exam even starts. It’s a really chill episode that just sets things up and builds the tone for the examination. The only exciting thing was the appearance of the fan favourite Killua and maniacal villain Hisoka. Fans of the old series are probably comparing the seiyuu already, but for a manga reader such as myself, the voices seem just fine. I especially like Killua’s voice, while I still have to hear more of Hisoka before I cast my judgement. It’s not that I doubt Namikawa Daisuke’s skills, it’s just that I can’t picture him playing the role of a sleazy, ruthless villain with a cold, calculating undertone. He’s a hard role to play, I’ll say that much. Back to the issue of pacing, considering how things have been paced thus far, it was a bit surprising that they spent so much time on going through the background characters and explaining them. Heck, they spent more time on Hanzo than they did on Hisoka and Killua. No one wants to sit through that many long-winded introductions in one episode, so the result was kind of boring. Lots of people standing around and talking, and half of them aren’t even pretty to look at. Despite the “meh” episode this time around, they’re diving right into the heart of the examination in episode 4! It looks like they’ll finish Phase 1 by next week and get some fighting going on! Trust me, things are about to get good…|
Bleach – 343
Ichigo has battled hollows and Aizen, but he faces his toughest enemy yet! A LITTLE SISTERS RAGE.
|Hi there, Bleach fans! It has been a while since we saw you on Metanorn, huh? To recap what you might have missed from the final episodes of the fake captain arch, basically after defeating the final boss of the previous arc, Ichigo’s powers were only restored thanks to Kon and Urahara’s skills. However after that big fight, Ichigo’s powers continued to fade away up to the point where he couldn’t even take down a simple hollow! Rukia and several others were told to keep an eye on him; until one fight with a hollow one day Ichigo’s spiritual pressure was gone after going all out to win. Shortly after we got to witness a sad yet touching scene between Rukia and Ichigo as she said her final goodbye to him. Because without his powers he can no longer see any spirits, which means he can’t see any of his shinigami friends ever again.Shockingly with episode 343 we jump ahead for with a seventeen month time-skip since Ichigo lost his power. He now lives the life of a very average high school student. Well for now anyway! Fans of the manga will know where this new arc is finally headed, so to avoid spoilers let’s just say Ichigo will be making some new friends shortly. Other than that big news a few of the other side characters have changed; well more like new hairstyles, like Ichigo’s little sisters, Orihime, Tatsuki, Chad and Uryuu who’s a complete badass now! I guess hanging around Ichigo taught him a few things? This episode basically is a setup for things to come with Ichigo having a random encounter with some new faces. Other than that whole new arc setup, we got to see new opening and ending. One last thing, the animation… damn it is looking so sexy! Really enjoying how much things have changed in that department.|
Fairy tail – 101
Levy and Gajeel forever!! Who’s with me??
|Fairy Tail recently hit it’s 100th episode. I can’t believe I’ve actually stuck with this through 100+ episodes. So the S Class arc (aka the arc where a bunch of side character couples become pretty much canon) is underway! Also, a Zeref is introduced (and the new group of bad guys for Fairy Tail to defeat) but more importantly, his seiyuu is Ishida Akira!!!!!! And Loki is back too!!!! I freaking love Loki. *cough* Moving on, Yeah, nothing really happened this episode besides introducing the new evil people with their evil motives of evil (the day when a dark guild shows up and doesn’t start saying ‘darkness’ every 10 or so words when explaining themselves will be the day hell freezes over), making Mest look more suspicious, giving Natsu a kind of new outfit and finally giving Fairy Tail fans some solid shipping fodder. Also, like my other Meta Jump show Sket Dance, Fairy Tail has a new opening and ending (which came out a couple of weeks ago). I’m really liking the opening since it reminds me of KOTOKO (even though it’s Daisy x Daisy) and I guess the ending sounds alright. Though Fairy Tail’s music is usually pretty good, so that’s nothing new here. Next episode, let the GajeelxLevy shipping begin!|
One piece – 519
A nice shot of Nami for Jrow! Hope you enjoy it, dude!
|Jrow is out for the week enjoying a party with family so enjoy my comments! Meanwhile in Luffy world, we finally are starting yes another brand new arc! When we last left off in One piece two years have passed since Luffy and the other straw hat members started their two years of special training. Some of them changed both physically and mentally well mostly just ended up growing longer hair and increasing bust sizes or in Franky’s case a complete new body! Out of all the pirates Zoro, Usopp, Nami, sanji and Luffy each of them have changed a bit over the long two years. Well Zoro can officially wear an eye patch if he really wanted, to since he gained a scar across his face. Anyway the arc right now is currently slowing to super crawl speed, as Luffy and the other pirates are gathering for their first meeting; but things are not right as they soon discover a few imposters claiming to be the famous straw hat pirates for fame.This episode reunites Usopp, Nami and Chopper who was following the fake straw hats because he was so dumb! YES Chopper you fail hardcore. In the meantime Sanji and Zoro are together and Luffy is wandering around a bit lost, just hurry the hell up and find the ship! We have an epic adventure ahead of us and another outbreak of pirate on pirate war of course. Before I end my thoughts on One Piece, we have a new opening is quite nice seems everyone is getting upgraded openings, even though I preferred the fight together opening because daaammnn can they ever animate the hell out of an opening.|
Beelzebub – 38
Oga is throwing one HELLUVA party this week!
Sket Dance – 28
Love in the air or bad photoshop?
|So this episode of Sket, Michiru has his own cooking show aired over the school broadcast. Unfortunately for him, Daisey and Agata are chosen as his assistants so it all goes to hell. Hilariously, of course. The best part of the episode? TSUDERE AGATA. …Well, he was kind of tsundere. I wasn’t aware that Agata and him had known each other for that long either. Michiru getting drunk and Daisey’s reactions to everything were pretty funny as well. I kind of wish we had seen more Tsubaki, but his past arc should be coming up in the next 20 episodes or so (…I think) and the student council is entertaining as a whole. … But yeah, how about those new OP and ED songs? (Because all shounen shows feel the need to change them after 12 or so episodes.) Personally, I’m kind of indifferent towards them. The opening isn’t really that memorable and that ending is just an excuse for fanservice. The song for the ending is okay though. Anyways, next episode is more Dante and ….some…ramen…guy… who I can’t remember from the manga. Was he even in there? I’ll remember if I watch it.|
Gintama – 229
Gintoki- “What the hell was in that strawberry sundae? I FEEL GREAAAATTTT!! RAWRRR!”
|Oh Gintama! You never cease to amaze me with so many jokes, the past episodes have followed Gintoki, Shinpachi and Kondo as they play a dating sim on a Nintendo DS knock off. Basically Gintoki is trying his best to convince Shinpachi to give up on his virtual girlfriend that he has made in the game and move on to real girls! If you are familiar with any of the Love Plus game series these past two episodes have been pretty much a huge parody about them. Kondo and Shinpachi get very moe type girls while Gintoki is stuck with an old woman that doubles as a creepy ass yandare chick! And to make things worse for him, he had entered in a contest to see who the best boyfriend really was to their fake girlfriends. He did this to save Shinpachi’s mind after getting sucked into this addictive game. I have to say I never laughed so hard in my life than with this episode! Watching Gintoki interact with his girl and all of the various video game parody scenes; those were so damn hilarious. And just like Bleach we get a new opening for Gintama as well and about time too! And yes, a new ending of course.|
Naruto Shippuuden – 232
Hinata- “Are you going to drug our drinks Tsunade?” Tsunade- “Damn! No yuri ending to this party?!”
|Naruto! So dude what have you been up to? Well, sadly Naruto is still role-playing as a damn pirate! Because he is STILL stuck on that damn boat, how many episodes has it been? I think almost ten episodes or so. But seriously this is probably one of the worst Shippuuden arcs ever. Anyway Naruto is still headed towards Killer bee’s island to get some much needed training, on the way to this island he has run into several friends from home helping them on random side missions. Naruto even battled his very own clones in a very random episode where his shadow clones split off into each of Naruto’s personalities and they argued about who was the real one. Yeah I know what the hell…. At least we got another new opening and ending for the upcoming ninja wars.As for the episode it follows Naruto on the SS Yamato again, so nothing new as far as plot development there. I know the manga just jumps right into them arriving on the island at last! Why can’t Naruto do a successful time jump? Sure from Naruto to Shuppuuden they nailed it but why not now? Anyway seems like the hidden leaf ninja are prepareing for the war! This means training time for everyone and some special bonding time between the guys and girls of the village. They also really miss Naruto while he is on this special mission but the power of friendship man and all that jazz keeps them together.|
Well, there you have it! Issue number eight for you to enjoy. We’ll leave you with some guruguru JUMP! See you next issue~