Happy! Joy! Nice to meetcha! It’s finally friday! Yes my friends…it’s finally here. I feel utterly refreshed, like I put on a new pair of underwear on New Year’s Day! Why? Because this is the first Manga Mavericks of 2017, and the first installment of JoJo’s month, our celebration of the 30th anniversary of the monolithic manga franchise JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. Am I excited? YES I AM! JoJo’s makes my heart resonate, with heat enough to burn, and my blood razor sharp with excitement! Even Colton is excited! Especially since we’ve brought back JoJo’s superfan VlordGTZ to the show to help us rundown the history of this insanely long and awesome series. We might not be able remember how many breads we’ve eaten in our lives, but we can talk for hours about JoJo’s. Which we do! We delve into each and every part of the series, from Phantom Blood to JoJolion, in a nearly three hour discussion that still couldn’t cover everything we wanted to say about the series! Yare Yare Daze.

But hold up! Next you’re going to say “wait, what about the news?” Don’t worry, we’ve got a bunch of news to cover too. From Rightstuf’s highest-selling manga of 2016 list, to the conclusion of the RWBY manga, to USC offering a course on magical girls, there’s plenty of newsbits to catch up on. But seriously, we all know you’re all here for the JoJo’s, and also probably to hear us answer some Q&As. Well, you’re going to have to wait on that. Because this episode went on so long, the Q&As will be answered on a separate episode to be released on January 27th. I feel you! I feel you deeply! Your feeling I can feel deeply! You want those Q&As now, I get it. But I refuse. One of the things I, LumRanmaYasha, like the most is to find someone who thinks they’re hot stuff, and saying “No” right to their faces! You thought the Q&As would be answered on the 13th, but instead it was the 27th! Arguing is MUDAMUDAMUDA! After all, when I have to repeat something that only needs be said once…that means the listener is unintelligent. What, you think I’m being meaner than all FIVE DIOS combined? The way I see it, if I provide you guys with entertainment, and THEN kick your (figurative) asses, I won’t be “bullying the weak” then, now will I?

Was that entire paragraph a JoJo’s reference? YOU’RE DAMN RIGHT IT WAS! And you better get used to it, because like the Toriko Manga Fight, these JoJo’s episodes are going to be chock full of quotes, references, and meme that might make you get a feeling so complicated. But for now, enjoy this beautiful Duwang of a retrospective we’ve put together for you guys and look forward to more JoJo’s goodness ORAORAORA-ing your way in the weeks to come! As Josuke would say: Great!

Podcast Breakdown:

00:25 – Announcements!


4:50 – NYT List Best Selling Manga List: Week of Dec 25th – Jan 1st
9:22 – Rightstuf’s Top 10 Manga of 2016
12:28 – Shirow Miwa’s RWBY Manga Will End on January 19th
22:28 – RWBY Will Receive “Red Like Roses” Manga Anthology in Spring
23:28 – Psycho-Pass‘ Writer Makoto Fukami Launches New Manga
25:00 – Fate/Zero Manga Will End with 14th Volume in 2017
26:00 – I Am a Hero Manga Resumes for the Final 7 Chapters
28:30 – 21st Century Boys Gets New Ending in the Complete Edition
33:00 – The University of South Carolina Now Offers an Introductory Course on Magical Girls
33:50 – Moto Hagio Wins Asahi Prize
34:40 – Viz Media invests in Anime Recommendation/Community Platform Kitsu

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Discussion:

36:36 – The Origins of JoJo’s
48:20 – Part 1: Phantom Blood
1:07:45 – Part 2: Battle Tendency
1:23:18 – Part 3: Stardust Crusaders
2:01:30 – Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable
2:31:30 – Part 5: Vento Aureo
2:49:05 – Part 6: Stone Ocean
3:03:35 – Part 7: Steel Ball Run
3:16:22 – Part 8: JoJolion

3:28:30 – Wrap-Up

Enjoy the show, and follow us on twitter at @manga_mavericks and on tumblr at mangamavericks.tumblr.com, and the hosts at @sniperking323 and @lumranmayasha and special guest VlordGTZ at @VlordGTZ. JoJo’s month continues next week with our JJBA-centered Manga Fight featuring returning guest Maxy Barnard, host of the Shonen Jump-centric podcast Friendship! Effort! Victory, as well as VlordGTZ, which will come out on Friday, January 20th. VlordGTZ will also be joining us for our JoJo’s Q&A special, which will be released on Friday, January 27th. Please 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. If you have any additional questions, comments, suggestions, or anything you want to ask that’s too big to tweet, drop us a line in the comments below, or e-mail us at mangamavericks@gmail.com! Arrivederci!


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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