Manga Mavericks EP. 50: “Assassination Classroom”

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It’s only fitting that we hit our 50th episode during the same year we’re celebrating Weekly Shonen Jump’s 50th anniversary. Maybe we’ll eventually run fifty years ourselves. Hey, we’ve got two years down already, what’s another forty-eight? Regardless, we want to thank all you listeners for helping us reach this far! Your listenership and support makes doing this show all the more fun and fulfilling for us to do, and we want to keep going for a long while yet.

To celebrate our 50th episode milestone, we wanted to revisit a series we’ve previously discussed on the show. So we decided to go back to class – Assassination Classroom that is! Turns out Colton never quite graduated from the series back when we first talked about it, so now that Viz Media’s release of the manga has concluded, we decided it was time to go back and finish it. Joining us is our guest from our original Yusei Matsui retrospective, Kiirobon, best known for his Shonen Sunday blog but also an avid Matsui fan in his own right! Together we discuss the trials and triumphs, the laughs and cries, the anything and everything of Yusei Matsui’s hit series about an unkillable octopus-monster teacher and his 28 would-be middle-school student assassins!



But of course, we’ve got to talk about the news first! We discuss a slew of new One Piece spinoffs, the expiring licenses of several high-profile anime, and cool convention news! Plus, we talk about the latest Bookscan and discuss controversial topics like Viz Media dropping the Rurouni Kenshin: Hokkaido Arc and the repercussions faced by the New Life+ light novel author for his racist twitter comments! With as much as we had to talk about, we surprisingly manage to cover it all in only an hour! Which is good considering our Assassination Classroom episode managed to be over three hours long! This isn’t our longest episode, but it’s sure in the running. Which, hey, it’s our 50th episode. It deserves to be!

PODCAST BREAKDOWN:

00:22 – Intro

News:

02:00 – Bookscan May List
05:25 – Kenshin will not return in Viz’s Jump
09:15 – New One Piece Spinoffs!
12:55 – Bleach manga gets 2 volume artwork collection
15:45 – Hoshin Engi gaiden manga ends
16:20 – Boogiepop returns: VS Imaginator launches on June 27th
17:10 – New K-On manga launches in July
18:00 – Kaguya sama Love is War gets 2 spinoff manga
19:17 – Kengo Hanazawa launches another new manga in July
20:20 – Silver Spoon goes back on hiatus
21:55 – Tokyo Ghoul: RE ends in 3 chapters
22:38 – Barakamon ends with 18th volume in December
24:45 – Seven Seas replaces Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka volume 2 due to misprint
25:55 – Digital manga finally starts shipping KOR to some backers
27:20 – Nozomi’s Rose of Versailles anime license expires
29:38 – FUNimation’s Black Bulter II license expires
30:40 – Viz’s Shaman King license expires
31:35 – 23 Shogakukan magazine launch anti-piracy campaign
33:55 – Manga sales increases after piracy site closure
36:08 – Go Nagai attends Anime Expo!
37:20 – Attack on Titan season 3 premieres at Anime Expo
38:07 – MHA Two Heroes movie premieres at Anime Expo!
41:15 – Viz Media Anime Expo Panels & Special Guests
47:52 –  Crunchyroll Expo to host Darling in the FRANXX staff
48:40 – Japan Cuts Festival to host U.S. premiere of live-action Bleach film
50:45 – Eiichiro Oda donates $8 million for Kumamoto relief effort
52:25 – New Life+ light novel controversy
55:50 – Arc System Works to make Kill la Kill the Game
57:47 – Jump Force

1:05:20 – Assassination Classroom discussion w/Kiirobon



03:56:40 – Wrap-Up

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On our next episode we’ll be discussing the classic Jump soccer manga Whistle! By Daisuke Higuchi, commemorating both the World Cup as well as the series’ 20th anniversary! If you have any Whistle!-related comments, questions, or discussion topics you’d like us to talk about, please send them our way either in the comments below, in our Discord server, commenting in the Manga Mavericks thread on Animation Revelation, tweeting them to us, or by sending an e-mail to mangamavericks@gmail.com! And as always, thanks for listening!

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