We’re not done yet! We’ve got one last podcast for you guys before the year is over. Something that I’ve been meaning to get out for a while now. Welcome to the first episode of a recurring show I like to call Manga Mavericks & Anime, a show where we’ll talk about anime, naturally. In this first installment we discuss our thoughts on the Black Clover anime with Annaliese Christman, letter of Black Clover for Weekly Shonen Jump, and Maxy Barnard, host of Friendship! Effort! Victory! We recorded this the weekend after the first episode aired, and I intended to release it the week after, but because of other priorities it’s taken me until now to finish editing it. But hey, better late than never, right?

The Black Clover anime has been plenty controversial, and we approach it from a rather optimistic and appreciative standpoint compared to most reviewers you might’ve listened to. We talk about our expectations for the anime, what we think about the animation, the voice acting, and common criticisms about the series. While our discussion is centered around the first episode, what we talk about is still relevant to the discourse on the series as a whole and is a lot of fun to listen to. It’s a great conversation to close off 2017 and look forward to what’s on the horizon in 2018!


00:00 – Intro & Updates
08:58 – What Were Our Expectations for the Black Clover Anime?
18:55 – What Do We Think About the Animation?
29:06 – Comparisons with the Jump Festa OVA
32:10 – Opinions on Asta’s Seiyuu
38:24 – Opinions on the Anime-Original Content
44:50 – Is the Black Clover Anime Well-Made?
51:55 – Tangent About Toei
54:32 – Overall Thoughts on the Black Clover Anime (+ Twitter Recommendation!)
1:01:15 – Why We Like Black Clover
1:07:52 – Thoughts on the Practice of Splitting the First Chapter Between Two Episodes
1:11:47 – Black Clover is Not the Next Naruto
1:20:40 – Tangent About Ultimate Muscle
1:23:14 – You Don’t Need to Qualify Why You Dislike Something
1:27:08 – Other Anime Recommendations
1:49:20 – Wrap-Up

Enjoy the show, and follow us on twitter at @manga_mavericks, on tumblr at mangamavericks.tumblr.com,and now on Youtube! You can also follow the host at  @lumranmayasha, and special guests Annaliese Christman at @kaitou_ace, VLordGTZ at @VLordGTZ, and Maxy Barnard at @MaxyTheBee. If you’d like to help support the show financially you can donate to LumRanmaYasha’s Ko-fi here. By taking our annual year-end survey, you can give us feedback that’ll help us curate the content of our show to reflect what our audience most responds too. We take your suggestions and feedback very seriously, and want to figure out more ways to reach our and interact with you guys, so please leave some responses! Don’t forget to also subscribe to us on Youtube and iTunes and leave us comments and reviews, and as always, you can also e-mail us at mangamavericks@gmail.com with any questions or suggestions you have as well! On our next episode we’ll be reviewing Sket Dance to celebrate it’s 10th anniversary (no seriously, we’re really doing it this time – I swear!). If you have any questions or topics concerning Sket Dance that you’d like us to discuss, you can drop us a line in the comments below, comment in the Manga Mavericks thread on Animation Revelation, tweet at us, or send an e-mail! As always, thanks for listening, and I hope you all have a very Happy New Year!


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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