Manga Mavericks EP. 64: “Haruhi Solves Math!”

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ANOTHER NEWS EPISODE?! NOOOOOO!!!!

Yes, circumstances have conspired to rob us of a topic this week. Sadly, the Yu Yu Hakusho podcast we planned is on indefinite hiatus. We recorded a great show, but one of our guests’ audio was lost to the ether, and trying to gather the gang back together to rerecord it is too difficult right now with our competing schedules. Fear not, for we will not abandon doing a Yu Yu Hakusho-related podcast completely! We intend to record a Yu Yu Hakusho MANGA FIGHT sometime in the coming weeks to make up for the lost show. With any luck it’ll be recorded and released before the end of the year!

As for this episode, while we may not have a discussion topic, we’re making up for it by introducing a new segments – Community Shout-Outs! From now on at the end of every show we’ll shine a spotlight on art, videos, blogs, podcasts, and other content created by the Anime fan community that we really enjoyed and want to share. This week we’re spotlighting two great podcasts from One Panel Later and Anime Feminist on Boys’ Love manga that are great complements to each other. One Panel Later’s podcast explores the history of BL and why it’s important and meaningful for the women who create and consume it. Anime Feminist’s podcast examines the genre through the perspectives of two gay men and a non-binary person, discussing why they resonate with these stories, examining how BL represents and misrepresents gay men, and how to examine BL’s problematic aspects critically without dismissing its positive qualities. These podcasts make a great pair in enlightening those unfamiliar with BL on its history and the current conversations fans are having about the genre, and provide a great starting point to learn more about BL and explore the various different series they recommend.

In addition to these great podcasts, we’re also recommending a blog post by Ogiue Maniax analyzing Kongo Agon’s character arc in Eyeshield 21, examining what it means to be a successful teammate and a good leader. It’s always great to see in-depth analysis of an older, relatively underrated manga like Eyeshield 21, and this post is a great breakdown of the core of Agon’s philosophy and how its challenged over the course of the series.

Of course, alongside our Community Shout-Outs we’ve also got news to shout about! We discuss announcements of new manga from popular creators like Sankaku Head and Takuma Yokota, debate whether any of the Full Metal Alchemist films are any good, and lament the dissolution of the FUNimation and Crunchyroll partnership. Oh, and of course we’ve got to talk about how Haruhi fans helped solve a mathematical conundrum that stumped academics for over 25 years just to figure out how many possible ways you could watch every episode the series. The SOS Brigade finally solved a real mystery! Haruhi truly is god, and her followers our prophets. Maybe this’ll finally convince KyoAni to make a third season! XD

PODCAST BREAKDOWN:

00:22 – Intro & Updates

News:

01:42 – Takeshi Azuma and Homura Kawamoto work on new Chrono Magia manga
02:39 – Carlos Zen launches new manga with Ten Ishida
03:36 – Sankaku Head launches new manga
04:24 – Suu Morishita launches new manga
06:34 – Takuma Yokota launches new manga
07:52 – Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid approaches climax
09:30 – FUNimation’s FMA: Sacred Star of Milos licenses lapses on November 21st
16:13 – FUNimation and Crunchyroll end content sharing partnership
22:19 – Hiroshi Shiibashi’s Youmacon appearance cancelled
23:03- Viz Media brings Masakazu Morita and Gou Nakanishi to Anime NYC
24:27 – Anime NYC to host premiere of Mob Psycho 100 second season
26:00 – New Astro Boy series screens at MIPCOM
28:07 – Train Man is getting a U.S.-based live-action musical adaptation
31:16 – MHA is getting a Hollywood live-action movie
35:33 – Ryo Saeba and Kenshiro join Jump Force
38:34 – Haruhi fans help solve a 25 year-old mathematical conundrum!

Community Shout-outs!

41:58 – Oguie Maniax: “Harsh Lessons in Teamwork: Eyeshield 21’s Kongo Agon”

44:00 – One Panel Later Episode 34: ‘BL Manga, or Let Women Have Something ffs” & Chatty AF 72: “BL Manga”

50:25 – 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. 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!

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