Yo! Here’s how the story goes without a doubt. About a manga in Shonen Jump, there’s no doubt. The podcaster whose eye is on it he’ll say “I’ll be making a podcast, s’what I’m gonna be making!” So we set sights on One Piece, Eiichiro Oda’s monolithic manga that has been enthralling fans worldwide for over 20 years. To help us commemorate this hardy occasion, we brought aboard Sam Leach, a crewmate of the One Piece Podcast, to help us make merry over our One Piece memories.

During the course of our three hour reminiscence, we’re reminded how through it all – through all the troubled times, through the heartache and through the pain – we know that One Piece will be there to stand by us, just like we know we’ll stand by it. We are on a cruise, and have been for the last twenty years. No matter how much longer this journey may last, know that there is always room for you if you want to be our friend and join this adventure with us. Together we will find everything that we’re looking for. So come aboard and bring along all your hopes and dreams! Being a One Piece fan will satisfy them like no other manga will.

Oh, and we talk about news for a bit too. It was a pretty great month for manga in North America! Lots of Bookscan representation, Berserk was finally made available digitally, and there were some great licenses from Viz Media at Comic Con! Back in Japan there was a controversy over Yuna of Yuragi Manor that we spend quite a bit of time dissecting, and probably will come back to as a broader discussion topic on fanservice down the line. It was pretty fortuitous that the One Piece live-action tv show was announced the week we recorded this so we wouldn’t have an awkward transition between topics!


00:22 – Intro & Show Plans


04:18 – Bookscan Top Graphic Novels of June 2017 List
07:14 – Psycho Pass: Inspector Kogami Manga Ends with 6th volume
07:55 – Bleach Novels on Hiatus
08:23 – Kimi ni Todoke Takes 1-Month Break Before Entering its Final Arc
09:43 – Silver Spoon is Back on Hiatus
10:58 – Hiromu Arakawa to Draw New FMA Manga for Film Screenings
12:26 – DMI Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Reprint Older Titles
13:13 – Tokyopop to Release Bloodivores Digitally
15:03 – Berserk is Now Available Digitally
17:48 – Udon Licenses Otherwordly Izakaya
19:08 – Viz Media Licenses from Comic-con International
22:03 – Viz adds MHA: Vigilante to Shonen Jump Free Section
26:26 – Hiroyuki Nakano Listed as the New Editor in Chief
27:30 – Mizuki Productions Posts Discovered Plot Details for Unreleased Shigeru Mizuki Work
28:40 – Masao Maruyama Wants to Make an Anime Adaptation of Satoshi Kon’s Opus Manga
29:30 – Otakon Warns of Fake Hotel Booking Website
30:30 – Yuna of Yuragi Manor Controversy
43:50 – City Hunter Gets French Live-Action Film in 2019

One Piece Discussion w/Sam Leach:

45:50 – One Piece Live-Action TV Show News
58:44 – How We Got Into One Piece
1:30:30 – How We’ve Expressed Our Fandom
1:44:44 – Thoughts on Eichiiro Oda & One Piece’s Storytelling
2:07:00 – What One Piece Means to Us
2:32:23 – How We Recommend People Get Into One Piece
2:37:10 – Which is Better – Anime or Manga?
2:46:46 – The State of One Piece in North America


2:53:38 – How Much Longer Do You Think the Series Will Run?
2:55:44 – Do We Expect Any Impending Major Character Deaths?
2:59:14 – Which Mystery Do You Want to See Resolved?
3:01:26 – Favorite Straw Hat Pirate?
3:06:34 – Favorite Villain?
3:12:22 – Favorite Fight?
3:14:54 – Favorite & Least Favorite Story Arcs?

3:27:23 – 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 hosts at @sniperking323 and @lumranmayasha, and special guest Sam Leach at @LuckyChainsaw. On our next episode we’ll be discussing Sket Dance in honor of its 10th anniversary. If you have any questions about Sket Dance you’d like us to answer on the show, drop us a line in the comments below, tweet us, or e-mail us at mangamavericks@gmail.com! 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! 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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