Black Lives Matter. 

Manga Mavericks stands in support of Black Americans and against the systemic racism and violence perpetrated by the police and the U.S. government. 

There are many ways to help the Black Lives Matter movement, be it engaging in the protests yourselves or by donating to those fighting on the front lines. We’ve included links in the description of this podcast for people to learn more about petitions to sign and places to donate. We’ve donated all of our Patreon earnings from this year and hundreds of our own dollars to Bail Funds and Charities supporting progressive movements for change across the country, and if you can give, we strongly encourage you to do so. Otherwise, you can even watch videos donating all their ad money to charities too. Again, there are many ways to help, and every bit counts. To quote a great moment from The Boondocks: “What do you do when you can’t do nothing, but there’s nothing you can do?” “You do what you can.” 

In that spirit, we’re also supporting and amplifying Black creatives in our community. We’ll be leaving links to them and their work, and links of where to find other great Black creatives doing great work in this community. Please check all these fine folks out. We’ll also be leaving links to organizations, charities, and petitions to help support Black Lives Matter protests and victims of police brutality. 

There’s another tragic bit of news we also must address: Zac Bertschy passed away on the week of May 19th, 2020. Zac was the executive editor in chief at Anime News Network, overseeing its editorial department. He was the host of ANNcast, the writer of Vice and Luna, and the original Answerman. He was always, in my eyes, the face, voice, and heart of Anime News Network.

We’ll be leaving links to various people’s tributes and memories of Zac, including the final ANNcast, and links to some of the work of his I really appreciated over the years, including Answerman, ANNcast, Vice & Luna, his reviews of Death Parade and Keep Your Hands off Eizouken, and many others.  

There’s so much to say about Zac Bertschy and the legacy he’s left. But right now, there’s just one thing that I must say: Rest in Peace, Zac. See you over the rainbow.

This is a news episode that was delayed and made sort of out of date because of the above stories and others that happened almost immediately after we recorded it in mid-May. Please keep that in mind as you listen through that there’s a lot of parts re-recorded or added on after the fact. That said, we had a lot to cover, including the endings of some popular series, new license announcements, COVID-related delays, Netflix additions, and the titular question on everyone’s mind: Who Did Sesshomaru F*CK?! There’s plenty of news we don’t cover in this episode we’ll get to in a future installment, but it’s good to break these things up anyway lest we have another four-hour long podcast. You can be sure that this will also not be the last time we discuss Black Lives Matter and have conversations on important political and social topics on the show either. What’s going on matters way more than any of the manga we talk about, so while we hope to entertain with our podcast, we also want to make sure we don’t distract from what’s going on in the world and are amplifying voices and causes that matter. 

With that said, we hope you enjoy the show:


00:00 – Black Lives Matter
03:35 – Community Shout-Outs: Black Creatives in our Community You Should Follow

14:14 – Intro & Patron Thank You


16:05 – New York Times May List
17:20 – April Bookscan list
22:44 – Demon Slayer’s Ending, Spinoffs, & Circulation Numbers
28:36 – Yuuna of the Haunted Hot Springs ends
30:02 – Bunta Kinami’s RWBY: The Official Manga ends
32:04 – Hinamatsuri ends on July 15th
32:45  – Oda’s One Piece update
34:57 – Boichi will draw an adaptation of One Piece: Ace novels
37:11 – Possible future Shonen Jump delays
39:18 – Golgo 13 goes on its first hiatus in 52 years due to COVID concerns
40:30 – Atsushi Okubo mentions that Fire Force is in its final stretch
41:22 – Akiko Higashimura’s new manga
42:27 – Ryoichi Ikegami’s new manga
43:27 – Fruits Basket The Three Musketeers arc manga launches 2nd season
44:08 – Yen Press will simulpub Fruits Basket: The Three Musketeers & Fruits Basket Another chapter 13
44:33 – Yen Press Star Wars licenses
46:18 – Jujutsu Kaisen & Demon Slayer Gaps Filled in Shonen Jump Vault
48:11 – Kodansha & Vertical release manga digitally on InkyPen
49:03 – Kodansha Comics licenses new manga for digital debut in June
54:36 – Kodansha drops Drops of God volume 12-22 on Comixology
55:38 – Cross Infinite World licenses Hello I Am a Witch and My Crush Wants Me to Make a Love Potion novels
56:40 – Drawn & Quarterly to Publish Yoshiharu Tsuge’s Red Flowers, Shigeru Mizuki’s Tono Monogatari Manga
59:57 –  New Seven Seas licenses
1:15:00 – Tentai Books licenses
1:18:48 – Manga Planet licenses 11 new cat manga
1:24:44 – New Futekiya licenses
1:26:26  – Manga Rock shuts down with launch of INKR comics
1:28:16 – Former Viz exec moves to Netflix
1:28:50 – New Crunchyroll J-APAC Content Strategy Head
1:29:27 – Con cancellations & Virtual Cons
1:32:40 – Anime postponements
1:35:03 – New Prince of Tennis anime
1:36:06 – New InuYasha sequel series: Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon
1:42:48 – Hollywood’s Gatchaman film will tell an “original story”
1:43:44 – Sony developing One-Punch Man film with Venom writers
1:49:35 – Kingdom Live-Action film gets sequel
1:49:56 –  Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop remake is already planning its second season
1:51:07 – Netflix Anime Announcements
1:53:47 – One Piece dub resumes
1:54:31 – Crunchyroll dubs resume
1:55:05 – Crunchyroll adds City Hunter
1:55:33 – Discotek licenses
1:58:36 – Shonen Jump Vault Opens Up Free Chapters Every Friday
1:59:21 – Shonen Jump+ Contest
2:00:07 – Tezuka Manga Award
2:02:17 – Goo’s Top 10 Shonen Sunday manga list

2:15:02 – Community Shout-Out: Anime Lockdown

2:16:37 – Wrap-Up

2:23:55 – In Memoriam: Zac Bertschy

Enjoy the show, and follow us on twitter at @manga_mavericks, on tumblr at, and on Youtube! You can also follow the hosts on Twitter at @sniperking323 and @lumranmayasha. If you’d like to help support the show financially you can pledge to our Patreon and receive some awesome rewards like our Patreon-exclusive Bonus pods! If one-time donations are more your speed you can donate to Colton’s Ko-fi here and LumRanmaYasha’s Ko-fi here, and if you want to support LumRanmaYasha’s art and other projects you can donate to their personal Patreon. 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! And as always, thanks for listening!

Community Shout-Outs: Black Creatives in Anime/Manga Fandom

Naja’s List of Black Creators You Should Be Following

More Black creatives who’ve written for or are endorsed by Anime Feminist

ANN’s Spotlight of Black Anime Voice Actors 

D’Art ShtajioAnime Studio Founded by Arthell Isom

Black Anime Podcasts @BlackAnimePods

Google Sheets List of Black-led Anime Podcasts 

Organizations, Charities, Petitions, & Fundraisers:


Tributes to Zac Bertschy:

Ways to Support Zac’s Family, Friends, & Loved Ones:

Zac Bertschy Memorial Fund

Support Jacob Chapman on Venmo

Donations in Zac’s name can be made to The Glendale Humane Society and The Trevor Project

Some of Zac’s Work, Memories, & Legacy:


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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