BIG NEWS! Because our Kenta Shinohara podcasts were delayed we didn’t get around to covering a lot of important news from the past couple months. To remedy that, we decided to record a big news-focused podcast to get everyone up to speed!

…This was a big bad idea. We accumulated nearly twelve pages worth of news, tallying to over eighty stories in total! To make matters worse, we began recording late at night after I was already exhausted from drawing for nearly 20 hours that day. Thanks to a spotty internet connection, we ended up needing two recording sessions and over four hours of rough audio to cover everything we wanted to. Needless to say, recording this was a tiring process. You can definitely hear the exhaustion in my voice by the end of this podcast, alongside Colton’s groans of impatience. Though frankly, I did most of the talking, so it’s kinda funny that Colton was more vocally upset by the experience. ^^,

Regardless of how frustrating the process was, this was a necessary podcast to make. Discussing manga news is the reason this show originally came into being, and doing a purely news-focused episode brings us nostalgically back to the roots of our early episodes. Did we go a little overboard in the mountain of content we attempted to surmount? Perhaps. But hopefully you’ll find this podcast as valuable as we found these stories important to discuss. From lists to licenses, endings to sequels, controversies to scandals, and adaptations to anime this podcast is jam-packed with all the stories you need to know to understand where the manga industry is at as of Spring 2018!


00:22 – Intro & Updates

02:50 – ICV2 releases Top 10 manga franchises in Fall 2017
07:20 – My Brother’s Husband ranks in YALSA Top 10 Graphic Novels for teens
09:30 – Monthly Bookscan February List & Diamond’s Top 50 Manga of February 2017 List
15:23 – Attack on Titan’s 1st volume has sold 21000 copies in the U.S. in 2017
17:22 – Tokyo Ghoul;re enters final arc
20:22 – Irregular of Magic High School light novels head towards climax
20:52 – Dagashi Kashi ends
22:12 – Nekogahara ends of April 17th
23:22 – Behind the Scenes ends in its 7th volume
26:14 – The Disastrous Life in Saiki K. manga ends and gets a 4-koma sequel series
30:17 – Muhyo & Roji sequel & Godzilla manga debut on Shonen Jump+
31:41 – Captain Tsubasa receives two new spinoff manga in April
33:51 – Hoshin Engi sequel slated for April 26th (Mention Hoshin Engi digital release)
36:50 – The Promised Neverland reaches its turnaround point
40:20 – Masashi Kishimoto’s newest work confirmed as serialization
42:43 – Jump SQ Crown manga ends, Jump SQ Rise launches in April
44:00 – Monthly Tezuka mix manga magazine launches in April
46:30 – Mashima teases details about his next work
50:30 – New Mob Psycho 100 spinoff manga about Reigen
52:44 – Gengoroh Tagame’s new manga
53:44 – Chiho Sato publishes first boys love book
54:48 – Revolutionary Girl Utena receives its 3rd new chapter
56:22 – Yusuke Murata draws Back to the Future manga
58:58 – Yuki Kodama’s new manga
59:30 – DMC mangaka launches new manga in April
1:01:07 – New Ninja Slayer manga launches of April 19th
1:01:54 – Sword Art Online Progressive manga begins “Part 2” with new artist
1:03:06 – Boogiepop light novel series receives 2 new manga adaptations
1:04:42 – A new Slayers novel is on the way!
1:05:52 – Sound! Euphonium gets new novel in April
1:06:30 – WataMote’s writer breaks their arm in bicycle accident
1:07:30 – Yotusba&! receives its first new volume in 29 months!
1:07:43 – Crunchyroll removes catalog chapters of Kodansha titles and adds new Crunchyroll simulpubs
1:16:36 – Viz Media’s Upcoming Graphic Novel Releases
1:21:45 – J-Novel Club’s latest licenses
1:27:39 – Yen Press’ latest licenses
1:29:19 – New Kodansha USA digital licenses
1:33:36 – Cross Infinite World licenses Mia and the Forbidden Medicine Report
1:34:43 – Seven Seas’ Latest Tidal Wave of Licenses!
1:47:04 – Dark Horse to publish Gantz G
1:47:47 – Tokyopop licenses Konohana Kitan, Hanger, and Futaribeya
1:52:10 – Digital Manga allegedly shuts down all production, leaving multiple outstanding Kickstarters unfulfilled
1:56:23 – Udon gives update on Rose of Versailles manga release
1:58:18 – Controversy over Udon’s Matt Moylan’s statements about diversity in comics
2:01:15 – David Brothers joins Viz Media as a Manga Editor
2:02:05 – Garon Tsuchiya passes away
2:03:46 – Japan extends copyright until 70 years after author’s passing
2:06:50 – Digital manga sales overtake physical volume sales in Japan for the first time
2:08:53 – Various Mangaka speak out against piracy
2:18:45 – Former manga assistant requests unreceived overtime pay as a statement towards improving industry standards
2:28:43 – Rumiko Takahashi nominated for the Eisner Hall of Game
2:30:07 – Angouleme award winners
2:31:24 – Shonen Magazine editors vow to comment on every comic submitted to new site
2:33:33 – Kodansha launches comic days app online service for 6 manga magazines
2:34:50 – 39 mangaka contribute illustrations to world’s 1st yuri textbook
2:35:50 – Light Novel author protests Twitter HQ after his book cover is censored by the site
2:37:54 – Nobuhiro Watsuki Fined 200,000 yen for child porn possession
2:40:56 – Tsutomu Nihei & Polygon Pictures establish joint venture
2:42:24 – Viz Media forges partnership with Rose City Games
2:43:12 – MAL opens manga store with title from Viz & Kodansha
2:44:24 – Shaman King Character popularity poll
2:46:28 – Manga Thieves steal over 100 volumes before apprehension
2:48:26 – Live-Action Princess Jellyfish show casts japanese actress to portray an Indian character
2:50:45 – Live-Action SAO sold to Netflix, will feature asian leads
2:52:32 – Inio Asano will attend Toronto Comic Arts Festival
2:53:32 – Deadman Wonderland creators will attend Anime Central
2:54:56 – Japan’s First Color Manga Magazine Digitized for Posterity
2:56:23 – Queer japanese vlogger discusses Boys Love in english subtitled video
2:57:32 – Bakugan spin master files copyright infringement lawsuit against screechers wild
2:58:25 – Palladium Books’s Robotech license expires
2:59:55 – AnimEigo launches Gunsmith Cats Kickstarter
3:01:00 – Mamoru Oshii directs Baku Yumemakura’s chimera novels
3:02:20 – Hi-Dive to offer “dubcasts”
3:04:00 – Kaiji spinoff manga gets anime
3:05:40 – Boogiepop and others get a new anime by Madhouse
3:08:00 – Karakuri Circus manga gets anime
3:09:20 – Mob Psycho 100 gets second season
3:10:16 – Vinland Saga gets anime
3:13:00 – Dororo gets anime
3:14:20 – Muhyo & Roji gets anime
3:15:35 – Fans choose Promised Neverland, Psyren, among others for anime wishlist

3:18:38 – 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. If you’d like to help support the show financially you can donate to Colton’s Ko-fi here and LumRanmaYasha’s Ko-fi here. 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! If you have any questions or topics 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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