Boo! That’s the sound a vuvuzela makes, at least according to the series we’re talking about today. That’s right, Naoki Urasawa superfan and lettering enthusiast Aidan joins us to discuss the first Urasawa manga we’re covering on the show – Mujirushi: The Sign of Dreams

We discuss how the series reflects Urasawa’s storytelling principles while differing stylistically in interesting ways, and gush over his art and color pages! We also discuss the lettering found in Urasawa’s books, translation differences across different editions, and the layout of the book itself! 

Oh, and of course, we analyze Urasawa’s reinterpretation of everyone’s favorite buck-toothed francophile from the Osomatsu-kun franchise, and the surprising depth Urasawa brings out in such a silly character! 

So head the vuvuzela’s call and listen closely to our discussion of this bande dessinee! Sheeh! 


00:00 – Intro

06:32 – Background of Mujirushi
16:50 – Urasawa’s Writing and Humor
20:27 – Urasawa’s Optimism
23:57 – Urasawa’s Endings
26:35 – Iyami
32:02 – Kasumi
38:54 – Urasawa’s Storytelling
46:30 – Urasawa’s Art
51:46 – The Lettering in Urasawa’s Books
1:04:10 – The Translations of Urasawa’s Books
1:06:56 – The Book and Layout
1:13:18 – Final Thoughts and Recommendations
1:21:00 – Guest Plugs 

1:25:02 – Community Shout-Outs:

1:48:42 – Wrap-Up & Future Plans

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Music Featured:

“Irresistiblement” by Sylvie Vartan
“Cherchez L’Idole” by Sylvie Vartan

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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