It’s a new year for the podcast, and with a new year comes a new logo! This new logo makes me feel completely refreshed like we just put a fresh pair of underwear on the podcast for the first time in two years. But there’s something else about our inaugural episode of 2018 that makes me dance for joy! That’s right – it’s our long-awaited Sket Dance retrospective! We spend over two and a half hours reflecting on Kenta Shinohara’s magnum opus, discussing its characters, humor, and story arcs in great depth – describing just about everything that makes the series so special and one of our all-time favorites!


0:22 – Intro & Show Plans!


2:45 – Godzilla anime film gets Jump+ manga in March
4:10 – Ryu Fujisaki draws new Hoshin Engi short manga
5:50 – Shaman King gets new arc in Spring
7:25 – Muhyo and Roji’s Bureau of Supernatural Investigations gets sequel in Spring
9:13 – Shudan! Ends
10:08 – elDlive enters last season on February 5th
11:36 – ReLife will end in March
12:41 – Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess manga returns on February 26th
13:21 – Young Black Jack resumes in February
14:29 – Everyone’s Getting Married Resumes in February
15:16 – A Certain Magical Virtual-On manga launches
16:32 – Konosuba gets 3 spinoffs manga
18:07 – New Revolutionary Girl Utena manga chapter about Juri and Shiori will be published on January 27th
19:27 – Galaxy Express 999 manga gets new chapter in February
20:42 – Nobuyuki Anzai to launch new manga series
21:32 – Hiro Mashima plans to launch a new manga next year
22:52 – Hiro Mashima attends Angouleme Festival
24:32 – MHA & Pokemon manga will be offered on Free Comic Book Day
27:00 – Kodansha Comics releases My Boyfriend in Orange digitally
28:00 – J-Novel Club licenses Arifureta Zero
29:00 – Fate Spinoff manga Today’s Menu for Emiya Family gets net anime
31:00 – Hinomaru Zumo gets anime

33:57 – Sket Dance Retrospective
2:51:47 – Listener Comments

2:57:45 – Wrap Up

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And we’re not done discussing Kenta Shinohara’s mangagraphy! We’ll be following up our Sket Dance discussion up next week with our series review of Astra Lost in Space! If you’ve listened to our “Best of Manga in 2017” podcast or taken a look at our Twitter feeds, then you know Astra was one of our favorite manga to read last year. Joining us to talk about the series will be a very special guest – Marlene First, editor of Astra Lost in Space for Viz Media! We’re excited to discuss Astra with Marlene and go over everything that makes this series and Kenta Shinohara so astra-ordinary! If you have any questions or topics concerning Astra Lost in Space 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 to! And as always, 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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