Monday Manga #39

24 Jan

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Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto

Chapter 523: The Legendary Seven Swordsmen

Kakashi has a plan to take down Zabuza. It has to be done correctly in order to disperse the mist that disables the Shinobi from effectively fighting the resurrected Seven Swordsmen. However, the plan goes awry when Kabuto uses Haku to shield Zabuza, and Kakashi is in danger of becoming a victim of his Great Beheader.

Bleach by Tite Kubo

Chapter 433: The Six Fullbringers

Ginjou explains to Ichigo that they are born from mothers who were attacked by a Hollow before they were born. The Hollow's powers were imprinted on their bodies and they want to be removed of these powers. They need a person like Ichigo who has both Hollow and Shinigami powers as a vessel.

One Piece by Eiichiro Oda

Chapter 610: The Fortuneteller Madame Shirley

Sanji was saved in time by two human transvestite donors. He is left behind in the Mermaid Cafe' while Luffy and Usopp go with Paggu to tour Fishman Island. Unknown to them, the mermaid fortune teller Madame Shirley has an ominous prediction: Luffy will destroy the island!

Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima

Chapter 217: Lost Magic

The Seven Kin of Purgatory have landed on Fairy Island. They are as strong, or maybe even stronger, than the most powerful mages of Fairy Tail.

Chapter 218: Fire Dragon vs Fire God

 

Natsu is easily overpowered by the Grimoire Heart mage who also uses Fire Magic. His enemy's flame is black and is claimed to be taught by a God. Natsu is pushed away after his flames and the black flames clash and he comes upon Master Makarov's prostate body. His master has lost all hope and prompts him to run away. But Natsu is overcome by fear - the fear that he won't be the one to exact revenge on all who has hurt his friends.

Katekyoushi Hitman Reborn! by Akira Amano

Chapter 321: Hibari Kyouya vs Suzuki Adelheid

Adelheid releases a threatening power! She made ice clones of herself to attack Hibari from a distance. But the strongest Vongola guardian has his own overwhelming power.

Detective Conan by Gosho Aoyama

Chapter 760: Horsehair Crab from Lake Suwa

Haibara leads the Detective Kids to investigate what is actually happening inside Masao-kun's apartment. They pretend to want to play Karuta cards with Masao so they would be allowed inside. Masao figures out their intention and uses the game to relay an important message

Kekkaishi by Yellow Tanabe

Chapter 334: Tsukihisa

Tsukihisa, Nichinaga's younger brother, has always tried to steal everything from his Big Brother. He plans to kill his brother off and surrender him to the rebellion. But this plan is delayed when when the Lord of Hakuma incidentally interrupted him and Nichinaga released all of his remaining power.

Chapter 335: A Sudden Change

 

Outside the spiritual world, the battleground has calmed down, and the ogres are helping the former mind-control slaves recover. Masamori comes upon the nearly-dead bodies of Nichinaga and his brother. The Urakai's founder has recovered some of his strength and may fight for his life. Meanwhile, the Lord of Hakuma shows herself to Tokine.

Hajime no Ippo by George Morikawa

Chapter 921: A Little Too Much

Kojima has gone too far when he mocked all of Ippo's previous opponents in a widely-distributed and popular boxing magazine. He doesn't trash talk, as usual, but he is more motivated than before to beat him. Kojima claimed to know Ippo's weakness and this has spiked the curiosity of both the press and other boxers. Miyata also seems to have an idea what is this weakness.

Chapter 922: Kojima’s Weapon

 

Ippo is doing well in his training to be able to take on the punch of a boxer two weight classes above him. However, according to Miyata, this might be his weakness, since charging forward all the time means that an opponent who can predict your moves can deliver a fatal body blow.

Monday Manga #38

10 Jan

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One Piece by Eiichiro Oda

Chapter 609: Adventure on Fishman Island

Sanji couldn't hold back his impure thoughts and this caused a major nosebleed. Because of this, his life is in danger, and the identities of the Strawhat Pirate crew were revealed to the princes of the House of Neptune and to the gang of sea monsters from a previous chapter. He was hurriedly taken to the human port in the hope that a human of the same blood type may donate some blood. The Neptune princes, who were supposed to pass on an important message from Jinbei, were left behind.

Bleach by Tite Kubo

Chapter 432: The Soul Pantheism

Ginjou shows Ichigo the nature of his and his comrades' powers, which is called "Fullbring". Afterwards, to Ichigo's surprise, Chad comes in for a visit.

Princess Resurrection by Kaibutsu Ojo

Chapter 56: Princess Destiny

Hime's brother, Emil, sent for her on his deathbed. But before she came, Sylvia already came for a visit, and her suspicions are raised. It turns out that Emil was already dead when she came and he is now a blood warrior under Sylvia's command.

Chapter 57: Princess Seabed

Hiro and Hime and Sherman's androids got into an accident under the sea. They fell down at least 1 km below sea level. Madeleine, a mermaid formerly working for Emil, has been asked to rescue them.

Monday Manga #37

3 Jan

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Claymore by Norihiro Yagi

Chapter 111: The Winged Reason

Anastasia's group is losing their battle to the Awakened victims of the infectious projectiles. Even her special technique is of no use to these beings. But the rebel Claymores fortunately comes to their rescue.

xxxHolic by CLAMP

Chapter 211

A mysterious crying woman appears in Watanuki's garden. She wishes to meet her partner again underneath her umbrella. Her wish is granted when Watanuki removes the charm that obscures her from others' sight.

Kekkaishi by Yellow Tanabe

Chapter 333: The Plan

The tree where the Lord of Hakuma lives is growing as a reaction to outside events. The Founder, however, is indifferent to this matter and is more concerned with his wife's betrayal. He soon finds out that this scheme was all his younger brother's doing.

Detective Conan by Gosho Aoyama

Chapter 755: Communications Code

Conan made advantage of the fact that there were three misplaced cellphones to divert the kidnapper's attention. They were able to disable the tall and thin half of the duo while the fat and short kidnapper was apprehended by Subaru. The kidnapped old man was actually the Professor and he didn't know that his pounding on the wall meant 252!

Chapter 756: A Grotesque Manner of Death

A new case begins innocently enough when Ran, Sonoko, and Conan enter a Horror House. They come upon Anna, one of the performers, who actually dies during a scene. Conan can smell chemicals used for suicide but it might actually be a murder.

Chapter 757: The Moving Corpse

The debate on whether or not Anna committed suicide is started by Conan when he points out real scratches on her face. Did she take the potassium cyanide pill on her own will or was it forced into her mouth? The answer lies under the bed.

Chapter 758: The Fabricated Feet

The solution to this mystery is the mechanism of the feet hitting the bed. The culprit bent Anna's legs to the side then slipped their own legs into the holes of the bed. This way the shaking of the feet was faster and more believable. The culprit killed Anna to avenge the disturbing way she treated their friend's suicide.

Chapter 759: The Boy Who Cries Wolf

Masao is a boy who lives in the same apartment building as Ayumi. He's a prankster and is hated by his closer neighbors. But this time there might really be wolves lurking in his home. Will the Detective Kids be able to help this boy even as Conan is lying in bed due to a bad cold?

Katekyoushi Hitman Reborn! by Akira Amano

Chapter 320: Hibari Comes Flying!

Adelheid is the Passion of Shimon. She is practically the leader of their group and second in strength and power to Enma. Hibari will battle against her for the pride of being disciplinarians.

Hajime no Ippo by George Morikawa

Chapter 920: The Challenger’s Mystery

 

Even the press is mystified by what Kojima said to Ippo. Mari-san seeks out the fighter Oda Yusuke, with whom Ippo had his debut match, and who was also from a heavier weight class. He also knew Kojima and holds him in high regard not only for his supposed niceness but also because of his efforts to rise up in the boxing world by only using his left hand.

Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima

Chapter 216: The Essence of Magic

 

Hades is actually a former master of Fairy Tail. Seeing the Dark Essence of Magic made him change his beliefs and, thus, he formed Grimoire Heart. Makarov is overpowered and his last hope is reaching out to his successor - the excommunicated Laxxus.

Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto

Chapter 522: I’m Already Dead

Kabuto erased the personalities of Zabuza, Haku, and two very strong resurrected ninjas from the Hidden Sand and Hidden Stone. He manipulated their fatal techniques and killed many from the Shinobi Army. The situation gets worse when Kabuto releases the bodies of the last generation of the Seven Swordsmen of the Hidden Mist.

Monday Manga # 36

27 Dec

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One Piece by Eiichiro Oda

Chapter 608: Undersea Paradise

The Strawhat Crew uses their last resort to escape from the gang of sea monsters. They burst their bubble covering and blew a hole into Fishman Island. They lost consciousness and got separated from each other but they are helped by their mermaid friends.

Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima

Chapter 215: Makarov vs Hades

Giant Makarov crushes Grimoire Heart's battleship with just a few blows. But it is immediately restored by Ultear's time magic. Grimoire Heart's members are released onto Fairy Island and a full-scale war begins.

Bleach by  Tite Kubo

Chapter 431: Welcome to Our Execution 3

Ichigo and Inoue both fear that Sado might be the next victim. However, their friend is nowhere to be found and he isn't answering their calls to his apartment. Ichigo meets up with Ginjou and his group from whom he founds out that they want to revive his shinigami powers.

Kekkaishi by Yellow Tanabe

Chapter 332: Guidance

The Founder's side are launching their offensive so Gin protects Nura with his Ice Bloom. Meanwhile, Masamori comes upon the wrong entrance, but he is helped by Mudo-san's spirit. He guides him to a painting of two snakes coiling up, which is the real entrance to the Founder's hiding place in the spiritual world.

Hajime no Ippo by George Morikawa

Chapter 919: Weak, Small, with Bad Punches

Kojima made Ippo angry when he started bad mouthing the boxers he had fought previously. This change in disposition could affect the outcome of their match.

Gantz by Hiroya Oku

Chapter 330: Gathering Under the Banner of Rebellion

One by one, the number of rebel warriors increase, in response to Kei and Reika's plea. Meanwhile, events inside the main alien ship are not so good, as Tae's companion in the pet cage succumbs to food poisoning and the original Kei's plan of escape goes awry when his hostage alerts the alien police.

Kuroshitsuji by Toboso Yana

 

Chapter 52: That Butler, Sailing

Sebastian and Ciel have successfully infiltrated the Aurora Society's meeting. They had to buy overpriced purified water and perform the official greeting with a silly bird-like pose just to get inside. But the effort was worth it as they witness with their own eyes the revival of a human corpse, or rather, the making of a zombie.

Monday Manga #35

20 Dec

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Gantz by Hiroya Oku

Chapter 328: Transcendence

Tae was saved from being raped by the alien girl who took her in. Meanwhile, Sakurai goes berserk, and he kills all the alien soldiers he encounters.

Chapter 329: Rebel Forces

 

The Gantz warriors in Tokyo transmit a call for help to other teams all over Japan. Fortunately, to Nishi's surprise, an additional warrior has been teleported to them.

One Piece by Eiichiro Oda

Chapter 606: Adventure in the Deep Sea

The deep sea is full of danger - strange sea creatures, giant sea monsters, and underwater volcanoes! But the most fearful of all is the captain and crew of the ghost ship "The Flying Dutchman".

Chapter 607: 10,000 Meters Under the Sea

The Straw Hat crew finally reach the borders of Fishman Island after hurdling through many obstacles. But there is an even greater danger 10,000 meters under the sea: a gang of Sea Monsters more aggressive than the Kraken!

Hajime no Ippo by George Morikawa

Chapter 913: Boy Talk

A small celebratory gathering has turned into a boy talk session. One of the Kamogawa Gym boxers seems to be unlucky in the love department.

Chapter 914: Date Date Date

Kimura gave away his extra amusement park tickets to Ippo, Aoki, and Manabu to prevent them from spreading rumors that he is an anime'-loving pedophile. Manabu invited Mari-san to a date in the amusement park because, according to him, they are both runner-ups in love.

Chapter 915: Forecast: A Rain of Blood

It was Aoki's fault why Kimura was wrongly arrested. His friend appeases him by promising to introduce him to some pretty girls. But that was just a lie so he might really beat up Aoki the next time.

Chapter 916: A Conspicuous Challenger

Ippo has a new challenger for his title. He's a boxer that originated from two weight classes above Featherweight. He was unexceptional early in his career but he hopes that defeating Ippo will be his most impressive achievement.

Chapter 917: Looking Down

Miyata gives Ippo's challenger some harsh advice after beating him in a spar. But Kojima is serious about his match with Ippo although it's still unsure whether he has a concrete plan or not.

Chapter 918: Thicken Up!

Ippo and his newest challenger unexpectedly meet while watching a boxing match at the hall. Kojima turns out to be worse than his nice reputation.

Claymore by Norihiro Yagi

Chapter 110: Lingering Scent

Priscilla followed Raki for the past 7 years because of Clare's lingering scent. Meanwhile, the rebel Claymores are going to confront the organization. But there is danger even on the path to their goal. They have to carefully choose their route or else they will end up like Anastasia and her company, who are a group of Claymores coming from the organization.

Kekkaishi by Yellow Tanabe

Chapter 330: Battle Start

The battle starts! The kekkai's side have launched their offense while those loyal to the founder have amped up their defense. Meanwhile, Tokine's fate and the Lord of Hakuma's temper are still uncertain.

Chapter 331: Ogre Princess

The Ogre Princess' minions are very successful at neutralizing the enemy cavalry. But the battle just heats up when the stronger loyalists join the throng.

Bleach by Tite Kubo

Chapter 429: Welcome to our Execution

Ichigo's doubts are rising and he ends up wondering what his dad and siblings are actually doing. But his friends also have their suspicions. Finally, a bloody incident happens to Uryuu, beginning a spiral of chaos.

Chapter 430: Welcome to Our Execution 2

Ichigo rushed to the hospital after learning about what happened to Ishida. Who or what kind of power their new enemy has is still uncertain, which stirs frustration in the first victim. Pushed to a corner, Ichigo resorts to asking Ginjou and his group for help.

Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima

Chapter 213: 1 of the 7 Kin

The 7 Kin of Purgatory - the seven strongest members of Grimoire Heart - are invading Fairy Island one by one. And Mest is actually a council member assigned to shut down Fairy Tail.

Chapter 214: Makarov’s Charge

The first of the 7 Kin of Purgatory is far stronger than the combined forces of Lily, Wendy, and Mest. Fairy Tail's chances for survival are dim when there are 6 more mages that could be even stronger. Master Makarov, in his rage, changes into a gigantic form and he charges ahead to confront the leader of Grimoire Heart.

Detective Conan by Gosho Aoyama

Chapter 754: A Dangerous Game of Hide-and-Seek

The Detective Kids are being pursued by two kidnappers who have confined their victim in the abandoned building. All the exits were shut to prevent the children from running to the police. Eventually, Conan and Sherry are caught first after they tried to help their little friends escape.

Katekyoushi Hitman Reborn! by Akira Amano

Chapter 317: Enma’s Anger

Enma and Tsuna face each other in a hasty battle! They are both angry over losing friends and loved ones throughout the conflicts between Vongola and Shimon. But worse things have been done to Shimon, especially Enma, that Tsuna doesn't know about.

Chapter 318: Into the Mist

Julie Katou is actually Daemon, the first Vongola Guardian of the Mist! He plans to annihilate Vongola using Shimon and also to obtain Rokudo Mukuro's powers.

Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto

Chapter 519: The Tailed-Beast Bomb

Bee attempted to teach Naruto how to completely transform into the Nine-Tailed Beast and how to use the Tailed Beast Bomb. This approach proved to be a failure but the problem is remediated by a surprising revelation. The Rasengan is actually a mimic of the Tailed Beast Bomb.

Chapter 520: The Secret Behind the Impure World Resurrection

 

The Impure World Resurrection is the best technique, according to Kabuto, and he says that it poses no risk to the user at all.

xxxHolic by CLAMP

Chapter 210

 

The identity of the spirit is a Heigushi, which is a luck charm to placed on the ridge beam of a house.

Gihuna-huna #1

11 Dec

“All good things come to an end.” It’s a repetitive experience. People whom you thought you were so close to slowly, but surely, drift away. And the next thing you know they no longer respond to your text messages, they are no longer your friends on facebook, and you just don’t care about each other anymore. This kind of thing happens every minute, every hour, of every day around the world. It happens as often as people make new friends. Rarely do you find a close friend or partner that stays forever. (cue music “Where are you nooowww???”) Years down the road, once close friends meet again in a reunion or even down the street at the grocery store. Is it a re-beginning or have the two of you completely moved on?

Monday Manga #34

29 Nov

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Kekkaishi by Yellow Tanabe

Chapter 328: The Night Before

The mission to take down the Urakai's founder has begun! The gods of wind and lightning brewed up a storm to prevent ordinary humans from going near the battleground. Spells are being chanted and turmoil within the Hakuma is rising.

Chapter 329: The Truth

Mahora-sama is angry and Tokine realizes she must take a different approach. She explains that He will be displaced even if it takes a stronger kekkaishi to force him out. Meanwhile, Yoshimori gently tells Chushinmaru the truth of his powers.

Bleach by Tite Kubo

Chapter 427: A Delicious Dissonance

A strange man wants a background check on Ichigo's family! And he disagrees that the eldest son really knows his kin.

Chapter 428: The Known

The strange man who approached Ichigo gives him a tip: his sister Karin frequents the Urahara shop where she buys products for spirit exorcism. He insists that Urahara is not a trustworthy man and tells Ichigo to take precautions against him.

Special Hell Arc Chapter: Imaginary Number 01, The Unforgivens

 

Octava and Nouveno have fallen into hell after their deaths and they still can't get along. They try to kill each other but are interrupted by mysterious man named Shuren. He offers to help them learn about Hell but he is bluntly refused and attacked. However, he and his companions are stronger than Octava or Nouveno and the Espadas are killed. It seems Shuren and his companions want to open the Gates of Hell and escape but they will need Ichigo's powers to reach their goal.

Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto

Chapter 517: Omoi’s War

The Ambush Teams of both sides have met face to face! Omoi is worried about the outcome of this war but he gathers up his strength for the sake of victory.

Chapter 518: The Ambush Squads Clash!

This clash of ambush squads is no ordinary battle. It is also a battle for souls and old friends.

Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima

Chapter 212: Iron Soul + Special Chapter

Gajeel now fights for Fairy Tail! And this is all thanks to Master Makarov's compassion. Levy successfully makes it back to camp and she relays a warning: Grimoire Heart is coming to annihilate them!

Lucy sneaks into Natsu's house after he leaves to eat outside. Originally intending revenge, she is shocked instead- both by its messiness and by the mementoes he has preserved inside.

Katekyoushi Hitman Reborn! by Akira Amano

Chapter 315: Gokudera Hayato vs Shitt P!

Gokudera and Shitt P. have different "Prides" - the Vongola Guardian's loyalty to his boss gives him strength while Shittopi-chan always puts herself first. The first to pop two of their opponent's balloons win this battle and they only have 5 minutes before it can be declared a tie.

Chapter 316: Tears

Shitt P is defeated by Gokudera. Another piece of Vongola and Shimon's puzzling history is revealed: Vongola Primo had sent a letter to Shimon's first boss asking for the latter's help in a big war. Enma intrudes as Shitt P is taken away and he resolves to destroy Tsuna and Vongola immediately.

 

Kuroshitsuji by Toboso Yana

Chapter 51: That Butler, Setting Sail

Elizabeth wants Ciel to come with her on a family vacation but plans to investigate a shadowy hospital had already been made. However, his investigations will eventually force him to take that trip, and Sebastian and Snake will sail along with him.

One Piece by Eiichiro Oda

Chapter 605: The Kraken and the Pirates

Luffy, Zoro, and Sanji want to fight the Krakken but the others want to run away. It's too late for the latter option now so they take Coribou's advice and suit up the three foolish pirates in personal bubbles. They are successful in taming the monster but, problem is, they forgot to take the lifeline! They are sucked into the downward current and enter the "Underworld of the Sea".

Hajime no Ippo by George Morikawa

Chapter 912: An Imposing Reunion

Aoki wins his match! He thinks his next opponent is his old enemy - a former lightweight champion - with whom he incurred a draw. However, he is surprised when the rookie of the match wins instead with a one-round KO!. This will still lead to a reunion because the rookie's trainer is another old enemy of Aoki's.

Round Robin Photo Challenge: Color Blind

27 Nov

Green Dolphins in Purple Water

This is my entry to the Round Robin Photo Challenge: Color Blind.

My family went to Ocean Park in Hong Kong to watch the Dolphin and Seal Show. The message of the show – environmental awareness – and the performances of these intelligent marine creatures actually moved me, which is something that doesn’t happen often.

Monday Manga #33

22 Nov

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Bleach by Tite Kubo

Chapter 426: The Starter 2

Ichigo used to work for a woman named Unagiya. But he wants to quit because of her aggressive nature. She, however, wants him to keep working for her, even if she has to use force!

Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto

Chapter 516: Gaara’s Speech

Gaara is the Commander General of the Joint Shinobi Army. Uniting an army composed of soldiers who were past enemies is a special obstacle for him. But he rises up to the challenge and overcomes it with a moving speech.

One Piece by Eiichiro Oda

Chapter 604: Into the Depths

Captain Coribou's plan to kill all the Straw Hats Pirates was botched - thanks to a frightened sea cow! Nami plans to use the Deep Sea Currents to reach their destination. It's a perilous journey and the Krakken, the most formidable sea monster, is lying in wait to hand them their deaths.

Katekyoushi Hitman Reborn! by Akira Amano

Chapter 314: For Who

Tsuna and company reach the ruins of a village inside Shimon's island. It is a replica of the original village of the first Shimon family after it was destroyed in the war with Vongola. This is where Gokudera and Shitt P. will have their battle.

Gantz by Hiroya Oku

Chapter 327: Little Birds in a Cage

 

Sakurai grieves for his girlfriend's death. He vows revenge and plans to kill all the giant aliens. Meanwhile, Tae is having a hard time adjusting to her life as an alien girl's pet, especially with an annoying teenage boy around. Kei is delayed from her rescue because of the other human captives. He attempts to extract information from an alien woman on how to escape the main ship.

Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima

Chapter 211: Fairy Tail vs Grimoire Heart

One of the attackers from Grimoire Heart uses the same magic as Levy. Whatever he writes becomes reality. He commands that "Noise" be created to distract Gajeel and Levy cancels this out with "Silence". The other enemy mage hatches eggs that attack upon command. Gajeel lets Levy escape to warn the other members of Fairy Tail who are on the island. She gives Gajeel "Iron" so he could recover his strength and launch a counter attack.

Berserk by Miura Kentarou

Chapter 317: Full Moon 2

 

Gats has managed to hold back the monsters' onslaught and Schierke was able to help him return to his senses. Their group agreed to finish the battle on the island and to take along Isma and a mysterious young boy that Caska found. Schierke teaches her student to conduct a ritual that will protect the ship while Gats finishes off the monsters.

The Chicken on the Road

21 Nov

I commute every day to school now. One morning, on the way from Bukidnon to Cagayan de Oro, I saw a chicken marching like a soldier on the highway. And because of this amusing sight, I had a Eureka! moment – the answer to the age old question, “Why did the chicken cross the road?”

Because it wanted to get killed, that’s why!

Good thing it changed it’s mind and hurried right back to the side of the road. In a sudden moment, it must have realized the foolishness of its actions, and what his death meant to his little hen-wife and chicks who would be left behind.

So the chicken gets to live another day.