Manga Mavericks was almost in a real crises this week folks. We normally record the show on Friday afternoons, but I was out on a trip during our regularly scheduled recording time, and Colton was too busy over the weekend to do the show on any other date. We had two options: either delay the show another week, or Colton finding someone to sub for me as co-host. Luckily, the man of the hour, esteemed anime podcaster extraordinaire Josh Dunham of Senpai Coast to Coast and Wave Motion Canon fame answered the call, and the fate of the podcast was secured! Then it turned out that they’d be recording at 7pm Friday night, and I’d be home by then, so I could do the podcast anyway. So we could have just rescheduled to Friday night in the first place, making all our fussing for naught. Woops!

But it was a happy accident, because while this was a short round of news, with our first-ever guest on board there was still plenty to talk about! So join your titular Manga Mavericks and our special guest as we dive right in to another two weeks worth of manga news, discussing the latest BookScan monthly report, the merit of the upcoming My Hero Academia spinoff series, and Oda’s claim that One Piece is 65% complete! Plus, Josh theorizes about the downfall of Bleach, and Colton postulates about what might very well be the worst manga ever made! The number 13 has never been luckier!

Enjoy the show, and follow us on twitter at @sniperking323 and @lumranmayasha, and Josh Dunham at @Josh_Dunham! If there’s something you want to ask that’s too big to tweet, drop us a line in the comments below, or e-mail us at! 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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