I know you’re asking “wait, where’s the Toriko retrospective?” Well, we recorded it, but unfortunately there were some technical difficulties during the editing process and we lost the whole thing. We’re sorry guys. Don’t worry, we’ll still be discussing the series and answering your questions during our Toriko Manga Fight, which will be out next week. That episode will now double as our all-encompassing retrospective on the series. On the bright side, that means if you haven’t sent us any questions or topic suggestions for us to cover on the episode yet, you have another week to do so, so take advantage of that and send away!

Until then, we’ve decided to dig into the vaults and unearth a special gem to give you guys something from us to listen to this week. That being a long lost episode of Colton’s previous manga discussion podcast for Anime 3000, the Manga Corner, where he and special guest Maxy Barnard, host of the Shonen Jump-centric podcast Friendship! Effort! Victory!, discuss the short-lived Jump Start Hi-Fi Cluster. Notable for being the first Jump Start to be added to the regular lineup of Viz’s digital Shonen Jump, Hi-Fi Cluster was pretty swiftly and unceremoniously cancelled, only lasting 18 chapters. Was Hi-Fi Cluster too beautiful to live like our dearly departed Toriko retrospective was? Was it a high flying clusterfuck of a comic that should have never existed to begin with? Even with as short as the series is, Colton and Maxy manage to find a lot to say about it, while going on tangents about other Shonen Jump series no less, so give them a listen and find out!

Update: All 3 volumes of Hi-Fi Cluster are now available for purchase digitally, as well as available to read for $2 on Shonen Jump!

Podcast Breakdown:

00:00 – What Happened to the Toriko Retrospective?
06:15 – Introducing Maxy Barnard
11:05 – Hi-Fi Cluster Discussion
1:03:28 – Wrap-Up

Enjoy the show, and follow us on twitter at @manga_mavericks and on tumblr at mangamavericks.tumblr.com. You can also follow the hosts at @sniperking323 and @lumranmayasha, and special guest Maxy Barnard at @Maxy_Barnard. Maxy will also be joining us next week for our Toriko Retrospective and Manga Fight, which we plan to release by Friday, December 16th. If there are any Toriko-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 animation student at the School of Visual Arts. Currently residing in NYC, the icy cold, snow-covered neighborhoods of Minnesota will always be his home. An avid animation and comics fan since childhood, he has turned his passion towards being both a creator and a critic. He credits his love for both mediums to Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball, which has also defined his artistic and comedic sensibilities. A frequent visitor to his local comic book shop, he is an avid reader and collector, and is particularly fond of manga. His favorite comics include Urusei Yatsura by Rumiko Takahashi, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, The Adventures of Tintin by Herge, Bloom County by Berkeley Breathed, and pretty much anything and everything Deadpool.