They say that dance is the only art of which we ourselves are the stuff which it is made. Unless it’s a dancing manga, in which case it’s made of paper and ink or pixels if it’s digital. Today the Manga Mavericks find their rhythm and explore the meaning of dance through Tomo Takeuchi’s Welcome to the Ballroom, a resoundingly popular dancesport manga whose anime adaptation promises to be one of the best shows of the upcoming summer season. Considering Colton was not a fan of similar dancesport manga Straighten Up!, will the Mavericks be able to get into the groove of the series, or will they lose their footing and fall out of step with its story and messages? Well if the only way to describe dance is to show dance, then the only way to learn what people think is to hear what they have to say, so listen away!

Of course we’ve got news to cover first. Colton cheats on the show with another podcast, so Sid is forced to recruit VLordGTZ yet again to discuss the latest happenings in the world of manga. From great deals like the Fairy Tail Humble Bundle, to game-changing strategies to support your favorite creators directly, the newest exciting worldwide manga contest held by Shonen Jump, and the cavalcade of incredible guests at Anime Expo, there’s a lot to be excited about this week! No discussions of the recent Jump Starts on this week’s episode, because we’ll be discussing them with Maxy Barnard on our next show, and let me tell you will he have some choice words for Cross Account


0:22 – Intro & Nonsense

News w/VLordGTZ:

6:00 – Fairy Tail Humble Bundle
11:40 – New Details About Nami Sano’s New Manga
13:00 – Akiko Higashimura Produces New Manga & Princess Jellyfish Resumes
15:15 – Silver Spoon Returns on July 5th!
16:30 – Berserk is on Hiatus Again
17:55 – Mitsuru Hattori’s New Manga
18:30 – Rei Mikamoto’s New Manga
19:25 – Shiori Teshirogi Draws Justice League Origin: Wonder Woman Manga
21:15 – Seven Deadly Sins Spinoff About King Ends
23:45 – Demon Prince Poro’s Diaries Ends
26:20 – Jump Giga Ends “Season”
27:20 – Motoka Murakami Launches Patreon for English Translation of His Manga Jin
29:50 – Yen Press’s Latest Digital Releases
33:40 – Anime Expo Guests!
39:55 – Crowdfunding Campaign to Make a Manga and Anime About Okinawan Culture
40:45 – Shonen Jump’s Universal Manga Contest

44:20 – Discussion: Welcome to the Ballroom

1:31:08 – Wrap-Up

Enjoy the show, and follow us on twitter at @manga_mavericks, on tumblr at, and now on Youtube! You can also follow the hosts at @sniperking323 and @lumranmayasha and special guest VlordGTZ at @VlordGTZ. Don’t forget to also like and subscribe to us on Youtube and iTunes and leave us reviews to help us curate the show and create better content! On our next show we’ll be inviting Maxy Barnard back on the show to discussthe recent LGBT manga that have been making hit waves, My Brother’s Husband and My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness! If there are any topics or questions you would like to see us talk about on the show, drop us a line in the comments below, or e-mail us at! Thanks for listening!


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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