Hi everyone. Dennis here, wanting to share with everyone the exciting launch of Shonen Jump Alpha, a way of reading digital manga from Weekly Shonen Jump, a mere two weeks behind the actual Japanese release. If you haven’t guessed, many Suupaa Kaizoku members are fans of multiple Shonen Jump properties, and a new, legal way to enjoy some of our favorites online is something I never would’ve imagined to be possible a few years ago. So whether you are up to speed with the Japanese releases or not, I would like to try to give weekly impressions (not reviews; there will be no score, just my thoughts) about each series’ chapter. Hopefully I can keep up some small paragraph impressions each midweek. But for now, here’s a brief intro and recap, courtesy of Shonen Jump Alpha (series by alphabetical order)–
Average student Moritaka Mashiro enjoys drawing for fun. When his classmate and aspiring writer Akito Takagi discovers his talent, he begs Moritaka to team up with him as a manga-creating duo. Can these two boys turn their dreams into reality with all the challenges they must face in the manga-publishing world?
The story so far…With their new series Reversi doing well in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, Akito and Mashiro are invited to an important industry party. The duo seems on the verge of getting their first-ever anime series, but what hurdles still stand in their way…?
Kurosaki never asked for the ability to see ghosts–he was born with the gift. When his family is attacked by a Hollow–a malevolent lost soul–Ichigo becomes a Soul Reaper, dedicating his life to protecting the innocent and helping the tortured spirits themselves find peace. Find out why Tite Kubo’s Bleach has become an international manga smash-hit!
The story so far…After finally regaining his true Soul Reaper powers thanks to Rukia and the captains from the Soul Society, Ichigo begins his final battle against Kugo Ginjo. As the fight heats up, both use Bankai to reveal their most powerful forms.
Naruto is a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He’s got a wild sense of humor, but Naruto is completely series about his mission to be the world’s greatest ninja!
The story so far…Naruto has been swallowed by the Four-Tailed Beast. He’s transported to another world where he has a deep discussion with the biju, who asks for Naruto’s help in freeing it from the influence of the man masquerading as Madara. Is Naruto strong enough to help a Tailed Beast?
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan
Rikuo Nura is three-quarters human, but his grandfather is none other than Nurarihyon, the supreme commander of the Nura Clan, a powerful yokai consortium. So Rikuo is an ordinary teenager three-quarters of the time. But he’s being trained to be the leader of a hundred demons.
The story so far…On the human front, it looks like girl trouble for Rikuo as Tsurara starts showing some jealousy over his relationship with Kana. And on the yokai front, the battles may be won, but the war is always on as Ryuji shows up with news that the Nenekirimaru weapon is complete…and Rikuo must go with him to Mt. Osore to check out the brewing situation.
When Monkey D. Luffy accidentally ate the cursed Gum-Gum Fruit, he gained the power to stretch like rubber…at the cost of never being able to swim again! Despite this, he’s vowed to someday become King of the Pirates and find the legendary treasure known as “One Piece.” With his large crew of powerful and unique characters and his advanced pirate ship, the Thousand Sunny, Luffy’s out to become the greatest pirate that’s ever lived!
The story so far…After a tough fight, the Straw Hats were able to defeat the New Fish-Man pirates and bring peace to Fish-Man Island. The crew celebrates with a grand feast, but trouble looms as Luffy challenges an even bigger threat in the form of one of the four emperors, Big Mom.
In a savage world ruled by the pursuit of the most delicious foods, it’s either eat or be eaten! While searching for the tastiest foods imaginable, Gourmet Hunter Toriko and his bottomless stomach travel around the world facing every beast in his way.
The story so far…Pumped up–literally!–by their victory at Gourmet Casino, Toriko and company journey to the capital of Jiddal in search of information on foods that will power them up to enter the savage Gourmet World. But will the King of Jiddal and his personal chef keep the info Toriko needs a secret?