Welcome to the first episode of our new podcast series, Manga Mavericks Presents: Manga Fights! Operating in the same fashion as Screen Junkies’ Movie Fights, Manga Fights features passionate manga fans debating it out over manga-related several topics both intriguing and insane. With the Manga Mavericks as your hosts, intelligent conversations, heated arguments, and unintentional comedy is always sure to abound!

Continuing off our Yusei Matsui coverage on Manga Mavericks, Colton and Sid are joined by translator extraordinaire Bomber D Rufi as they debate several topics revolving around Matsui’s series. First, Colton and Bomber face off against each other in the debate round, where they frustrate Sid to no end by their refusal to actually finish their arguments. Then, the winner faces off against Sid in the speed round, full of fast-paced pitches, forgotten arguments, and surprising upsets! Since this is our first time doing this, rest assured that nothing goes quite as expected and hilarity very much ensues!

Podcast Breakdown:

00:10 – Introducing Manga Fights!

Debate Round:

4:44 – Round 1: Who is the Best Villain in Yusei Matsui’s Works?
10:21 – Round 2: Who Would Solve a Case Faster? – Nougami Neuro or Detective Conan?
20:35 – Round 3: Which is the Better One-Shot? – Rikon Choutei or Tokyo Depato Sensou Taikenki
28:27 – Round 4: Which is the Better Series? – Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro or Assassination Classroom
39:08 – Round 5: Pitch an Idea for Yusei Matsui’s Next Manga

Speed Round:

54:40 – Round 6: Which Matsui Character Would Make the Best President of the U.S.?
57:52 – Round 7: What Would You Rather? – Work for Neuro’s Detective Agency or Have Principal Asano Be Your Private Tutor
1:00:51 – Round 8: Would Neuro Be Able to Assassinate Korosensei?
1:05:13 – Round 9: Who Would Solve a Mystery Faster: Neuro or Korosensei?
1:10:23 – Round 10: Pitch a Crossover Between Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro and Assassination Classroom

1:14:15 – Wrap-Up

Enjoy the show, and follow us on twitter at @sniperking323 and @lumranmayasha and Bomber D Rufi at @kiirobon. Our next Manga Fight will be centered on InuYasha to commemorate the series’ 20th anniversary, which we’ll be recording later this month and plan to release on Sunday, November 13th. If there are any InuYasha-related debate topics you would like to see us duke it out over on the show, or other topics, series, or mangaka you want us to center a Manga Fight on, drop us a line in the comments below, or e-mail us at mangamavericks@gmail.com! Thanks for listening!


About The Author Siddharth Gupta

Siddharth Gupta is an illustrator, animator, and writer based in Minnesota. They graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Animation from the School of Visual Arts, and have worked on projects for the University of Minnesota and the Shreya R. Dixit Foundation. An avid animation and comics fan since childhood, they've turned their passion towards being both a creator and a critic. They credit their love for both mediums to Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball, which has also defined their artistic and comedic sensibilities. A frequent visitor to their local comic book shop, they are an avid reader and collector, particularly fond of manga. Their favorite comics include The Adventures of Tintin by Herge, Bloom County by Berkeley Breathed, and pretty much anything and everything by Rumiko Takahashi.

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