We talk about a top 10 shojo manga list in this episode, and we’d only read about one and a half of them. We really need to read more shojo stuff. That’s why I’m glad Viz has been having a lot of digital shojo manga sales recently. I picked up the entirety of Ceres and From Far Away recently, and they’ve got Basara for sale right now. These sales are great if you want to get into older and out of print titles like those especially. You have to budget yourself just right if you want to get full series though. I’d love to pick up Basara, but I already blew my budget this month on Ceres and From Far Away. There’s always next time, I suppose. My point is that if you really want to get into more shojo manga, trying out at least the first volume of one of the series Viz has been putting on sale every week would be a good place to start. That, or refer to the list we talk about in this episode and select a title from there. There’s really a lot of variety in shojo titles that may surprise you.

Last saturday was a real turning point in manga history, though. After four decades of continuous serialization, Kochikame finally ended it’s run. A kudos to Akimoto-sensei for keeping a long running series going for four decades, a feat only a few other titles have done. But it’s strange to live in a post-Kochikame world. Perhaps stranger if you live in Japan. After all, Kochikame was a part of the lineup for so long, it became something you took for granted. It was something you’d expect to see every week in Weekly Shonen Jump. A comforting reminder of how as much as things chance, some things stay the same. Still, all things must come to an end, and Kochikame ended on Akimoto’s own terms, and during a resurgence of popularity. That’s a fine way to go out. Akimoto is still kicking, though, and not done with manga yet. I really hope to see both Kochikame and his future works make their way to the west sometime in the future.

Kochikame is about half of what we talk about this week, but there’s plenty else we go over. This week your titular mavericks, Colton and Sid, discuss the recent two NYT Best Selling Manga Lists, debate all three of the latest Jump Starts, run down a Top 10 Shoujo Manga to recommend to men list, and unveil our exciting plans for the next episode? What could that be? Listening to the podcast will reveal all!

Podcast Breakdown:

00:15 – Colton’s Back!
04:35 – Jump Start Discussion: The Promised Neverland, Love Rush!, and Red Sprite
20:25 – NYT Best Selling Manga List: Week of August 28th-September 3rd & Week of September 4th-September 10th
33:15 – Pokemon Adventures: Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Arc Has Ended
36:20 – Kochikame Has Ended
39:39 – Osamu Akimbo Planning to Publish 4 New Series in 2017
43:43 – Kochikame Earns Guinness World Record For Most Volumes Published For A Single Manga Series
47:47 – BookLive! Poll of Top 10 Shojo Manga They’d Recommend to Other Men
1:01:42 – Q&A: Is It Stealing to Read Scans of Unlicensed or Discontinued Manga?
1:30:15 – Exciting Plans for Episode #18!
1:37:10 – Wrap-Up

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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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