Manga Mavericks has lasted an entire year! We’ve done so much in such a short time, and we couldn’t have done it without your support! Thank you for listening and giving feedback on our podcasts. We have great things planned for 2017 as well, so stay tuned and stick around for what we’ve got in store! In the meantime, we’ve set up a year-end poll for you guys to take to gather some statistics and help us make the show better. Included are questions asking for your guys’ opinions on future topics and guests we should have on the show, so please take the poll and give us some suggestions! Once again, though, we want to thank you guys for listening to our show and overall being awesome. And now, to end 2016 with a bang!

2016 was not a great year for life, but it was a great year for manga! So this week your titular Mavericks Colton and Sid list off their favorite things from manga in 2016, from news, to new licenses, to the best currently running series and best series finale! But first we have to round off the year with a whole heap of news, including Oricon’s best selling manga of 2016 list, Diamond’s Top 30 GNs of November 2016 list, the smorgasbord of new manga coming out next year, the big plans for One Piece next year, and of course, the most important bit of news, the new Dragon Ball spinoff manga where Yamcha is the main character. Yes, that Yamcha. So while you can argue 2016 was one of the worst years in human history, but no one can deny that it was one hell of an awesome year in manga, and today we’re going to celebrate it one last time.

Podcast Breakdown:

00:25 – What’s In Store This Week


8:30 – NYT Best Selling Manga List: Week of Dec 4th-10th
11:20 – Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Manga Will Be Offered on Free Comic Book Day
13:40 – Oricon’s Top Selling Manga in Japan By Series in 2016 List
27:50 – Princess Jellyfish and Kitaro make Amazon’s Top Graphic Novels of 2016 List
29:10 – One-Punch Man ranks 13th on Diamond’s Top 300 GNs of November List
32:10 – One-Punch Man Has Sold 11.11 Million Copies
33:15 – Yen Press’ Newest Licenses
36:00 – Comixology adds Yen Press manga
38:20 – Viz licenses The Children Nowadays
40:55 – Kodansha USA licenses Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
45:55 – Kodansha USA to Publish Akira 30th Anniversary Artbook
46:45 – Kodansha USA Resumes Publication of Animal Land
48:35 – Black Lagoon Resumes in Spring
49:00 – Keitaro Takahashi’s New Manga
50:35 – Tsutomu Nihei’s New manga
52:25 – Yuu Watase’s New Manga
53:45 – Kenjirou Hata Plans New Manga
55:00 – Yamcha is the Hero in New 3-Chapter Dragon Ball Spinoff
1:01:25 – Nobuhiro Watsuki Continues Rurouni Kenshin with Hokkaido arc
1:04:45 – Viz’s Weekly Shonen Jump to run Yu-Gi-Oh! Transcend Game and Rurouni Kenshin Side Story: Ex-Con Ashitaro
1:07:30 – The Seven Deadly Sins is on Temporary Hiatus
1:08:05 – World Trigger is on Indefinite Hiatus
1:09:35 – One Piece Will Enter the Wano arc in 2017
1:14:30 – Boruto Anime Coming in April 2017
1:15:45 – Kodansha USA Launches New Attack on Titan App

Our Best of Manga 2016:

1:18:00 – Best Manga News Stories of 2016
1:21:40 – Best New North American Manga Licenses of 2016
1:25:40 – Best Manga Characters of 2016
1:36:55 – Best Manga Villains of 2016
1:44:45 – Best Manga Fights of 2016
1:57:40 – Best Currently-Running Manga of 2016
2:07:00 – Best New Manga of 2016
2:09:30 – Best Manga Chapters of 2016
2:22:30 – Best Manga Series Finales of 2016
2:29:00 – Best Manga Moments of 2016
2:38:15 – Manga We Promise To Read in 2017


2:49:45 – Q&A: “Are There Series With Questionable Content We Find Worth Reading?”
2:59:00 – Q&A: “Why did No One Mention Everyone vs. Acacia in the Toriko Manga Fight?”
3:01:45 – Q&A: “Best and Worst New Shonen Jump Series of 2016?”

3:07:30 – Wrap-Up

Enjoy the show, and follow us on twitter at @manga_mavericks and on tumblr at, and the hosts at @sniperking323 and @lumranmayasha. Our next episode and Manga Fight will be centered on JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure to commemorate the series’ 30th anniversary. We’ll be joined by special guest Maxy Barnard, host of the Shonen Jump-centric podcast Friendship! Effort! Victory, as well as previous guest VlordGTZ. If there are any JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure-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! Also make sure to fill out our year-end survey, which will be available to take until our 1st-year anniversary date on January 27th 2017. Thanks for listening to Manga Mavericks and Manga Fights this year and we hope to see you again in 2017!


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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