The new anime season is upon us, and I’m pretty satisfied by it so far. JoJo’s and Ushio & Tora are back and better than ever, and My Hero Academia‘s much anticipated premiere was fairly solid. But can you believe just how many shows are coming out this season? Last I checked, we’re getting around forty in total. That’s crazy. I know the anime industry has to contract sometime, but every season it continues to put out more and more stuff. And of all of these new shows, how many stay memorable? Only a handful, if even that. Either way, I’ll never be one of those people that can somehow keep up with every show in a season beginning to end. Even with JoJo‘s I’m likely to fall off for a few weeks before picking it back up again.

But we’re not here to talk about anime; we’re a manga podcast after all! Join your titular mavericks once again as they debate about whether it makes sense or not for Viz to run the Assassination Classroom bonus chapters, get excited over the prospect of a Shonen Jump Cinematic Universe, and are overwhelmed by the sheer amount of new licenses announced by Dark Horse, Yen Press, Viz, and especially Kodansha. Plus, we have a special topic on bad manga-inspired comic adaptions, taking on the recent Astro Boy-inspired Image comic Circuit Breaker and the notorious JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure rip-off Diesel. Were these comics simply paying homage to great manga, or are they cheap crash-ins on the anime craze? You’ll have to listen to find out! Or you can read and judge them for yourselves…but trust us, listening to this podcast is a FAR better use of your time.

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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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