This week we’re joined by the one and only Shonen Sunday stan Sakaki and all-around manga enthusiast Maxy Barnard to discuss Viz Media’s latest Sunday license – Sleepy Princess in the Demon’s Castle by Kagiji Kumanomata!

Well, it was intended to be a discussion about Sleepy Princess, but with both Bomber and Maxy on board it ended up being more of a follow-up to our Shonen Sunday discussion from last year. Could this episode be the unofficial pilot of a Shonen Sunday podcast by those two? I’m not sure, but once you finish listening to the episode you’ll definitely want it to be! 

We discuss what’s unique and charming about this adorable fantasy comedy, and why it’s such a fun fit for both Shonen Sunday and as a new license for Viz Media. I’m not even going to bother with timecodes for this episode because it’s so all over the place, so you better listen through it beginning to end. Trust me – you’ll laugh and learn a lot!

Oh, and fun fact, we recorded this podcast on a Sunday and we’re releasing it on a Sunday! Though that’s probably irrelevant to those of you listening to this whenever…^^,

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. You can follow Maxy on twitter at @MaxyTheBee and Sakaki at @kiirobon! 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! We take your suggestions and feedback very seriously and want to figure out more ways to reach out and interact with you guys, so please leave some responses!

On our next episode we’ll be discussing the classic Shonen Jump manga Shaman King by Hiroyuki Takei, celebrating its 20th anniversary! We’ll be joined once again by Maxy Barnard, who considers Takei’s magnum opus one of his all-time favorite manga! If you have any Shaman King-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! 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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