I’m not watching any anime this season. I’m not watching anything that’s airing on TV (except South Park). The time I have for recreation has become limited, and so the amount of what I can watch has become more select by necessity. I don’t have the time to watch an entire season of Luke Cage on Netflix, or the four hour-long DC shows airing weekly on the CW, much less the dozens of new anime that came out this season. These days, after exhausting myself from long hours of work on little sleep, I’d rather listen to podcasts or curl up in bed with a good manga to read. Does that mean that I’ll never get back into TV and anime? Not necessarily. I’m interested in checking out some of those things. Basically, I’ll get around to it…someday.

Luckily, you’re not here to see us talk about TV or anime, but manga! And this week, the Manga Mavericks have A LOT to discuss. Not talking about news for a month will do that to us! So, as you can imagine, this episode is extra long as your titular mavericks, Colton and Sid, will be joined by some special guests and go over all the new manga licenses Kodansha and Viz announced at Comic Con, Takashi Miike directing a series of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable live-action films, MediBang’s exciting new manga contest in collaboration with Weekly Shonen Magazine, among a plethora of other news! Plus, I dish the dirt on my New York Comic Con experience and meeting Yusei Matsui, and we have a lengthy and thorough discussion on Shueshia’s new Dragon Ball-focused department, Dragon Ball Room! Do we think it’s a good or bad sign for the franchise? Is Trunks’ hair pink? Cause…it’s blue in Super. It’s super confusing. Super is finally being simulcast on Crunchyroll starting this Saturday, btw. Which I think is just super. It also makes our discussion on Dragon Ball Room super timely! Get it? Because the show is called…oh, just listen to the damn episode. Trust me, it’s super.

Podcast Breakdown:

00:22 – Introducing Our “Special Guests”
10:55 – Amalgam of Distortion Discussion
22:23 – Sid’s New York Comic Con 2016 Experience
41:58 – New Spice & Wolf Novels Are On the Way!
43:48 – Kodansha USA’s TEN New Manga Licenses!
50:22 – Viz Media’s New Manga Licenses!
56:20 – RWBY is Coming to Weekly Shonen Jump!
1:07:35 – NYT Best Selling Manga List: Week of October 2nd-8th
1:18:00 – Monthly Bookscan List: September 2016
1:20:05 – The U.S. Manga Market is Now Worth $85 Million USD
1:22:41 – Anime NYC Is Coming in November 2017!
1:25:08 – Osamu Akimoto Won the 64th Kan Kikuchi Prize!
1:26:08 – Nobuhiro Watsuki Is Drawing Another Rurouni Kenshin Mini-Series
1:30:53 – The Rose Of Versailles Is Also Getting Another Mini-Series
1:33:53 – Natsume Ono’s Drawing a New WebManga Called “Somewhere, Somebody Is Also Eating
1:35:00 – A Space Brothers/Iron Man Crossover Manga Happened
1:36:57 – Takashi Miike is Directing a Live-Action JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable Film Series
1:40:25 – ReLife Is Also Getting a Live-Action Movie
1:42:40 – Kodansha Has Acquired Ichijinsha
1:44:03 – Amazon Japan Has Removed 1000 Kodansha Manga Titles From Their Kindle Service Without Warning
1:45:35 – DMP Planning a Kickstarter for Osamu Tezuka’s Under the Air and…The Crater?!
1:52:00 – MediBang and Weekly Shonen Magazine’s Manga Contest
1:55:56 – Dragon Ball Room Discussion
2:19:08 – Wrap-Up

Enjoy the show, and follow us on twitter at @sniperking323 and @lumranmayasha. Our next Manga Fight will be centered on InuYasha to commemorate the series’ 20th anniversary, which we’ll be recording with special guest Josh Dunham on Friday, October 28th 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 Manga Fights, or other topics, series, or mangaka you want us to discuss on Manga Mavericks, 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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