You thought we were done releasing all the podcasts we recorded in 2017. You were mistaken.

Very mistaken.

Throughout 2017, the Mavericks attended GKids and Fathom Event’s first Ghibli Fest, hoping to unfurl the secrets behind Hayao Miyazaki’s animated masterpieces. Instead, they discovered something different… something darker. A conspiracy. THE GHIBLI CONSPIRACY.

This podcast was a mistake. Like anime. But enough is enough. The truth must be heard. Brace yourselves. Once you listen, you’ll never be able to look at these films and the man behind them the same way again.

CONTENT WARNING: Our conversation features disturbing and mind-blowing dissections of your childhood favorites. Don’t listen unless you can handle THE TRUTH!!


00:00 – An Introduction to the Ghibli Conspiracy
03:31 – My Neighbor Totoro
22:22 – Kiki’s Delivery Service
44:24 – Castle in the Sky
1:01:46 –  Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro
1:07:20 – Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
1:30:55 – Spirited Away
2:02:55 – The End…?  

Enjoy the show, and follow us on twitter at @manga_mavericks, on tumblr at, and subscribe to us on Youtube. You can follow the hosts on twitter at @LumRanmaYasha and @VLordGTZ. 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 there are any topics, series or mangaka you would like to see us talk about on the show, drop us a line in the comments below, or e-mail us at! Thanks for listening!

Music Featured:

Joe Hisashi & Azumi Inoue – “My Neighbor Totoro – Ending Theme Song”
Cassie Byram – “My Neighbor Totoro – Ending Theme Song”
Joe Hisashi – “Heartbroken Kiki”
Joe Hisashi – “A Street Brawl”
Yuhji Ohno – “A Strange Sensation”
Joe Hisashi – “The Dragon Boy”
Joe Hisashi – “The Bottomless Pit”
Joe Hisashi – “Merry Go Round of Life”


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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