Man oh Manga! 2021 was an incredible year for the manga industry, seeing record sales with books of all stripes flying off the shelves both in Japan and abroad! There sure was a lot of great manga published in 2021, a lotta of which we had the great fortune of reading and keeping up with throughout the year! So, as per our annual tradition, the time has come once again to do our yearly spotlight on the best manga of the previous year – our Best of Manga 2021 podcast! From our favorite news stories to new manga licenses, from published volumes to simulpubs, what were our Mavericks’s favorite series to read last year, and how much crossover will their lists have? Join us as we run down our favorite art, characters, moments, jokes, chapters, series, and more in another jam-packed Best of Manga retrospective celebrating all the comics we love and adore! 

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00:22 – Intro

3:02 – Favorite/Most Important Manga News Stories of 2021
16:18 – Favorite New North American Manga Licenses of 2021
29:10 – Favorite New North American Manga Releases of 2021
50:40 – Favorite Ongoing North American Manga Releases of 2021
1:11:07 – Favorite Manga Art of 2021
1:30:18 – Favorite New Power/Technique/Transformation of 2021
1:36:20 – Favorite Manga Fights of 2021
1:47:07 – Favorite Manga Protagonist of 2021
1:56:36 – Favorite Manga Antagonist of 2021
2:07:04 – Favorite Manga Moments of 2021
2:15:18 – Favorite Manga Gag Moments of 2021
2:21:44 – Favorite Manga Chapters of 2021
2:36:09 – Favorite Manga Series Finales of 2021
2:42:02 – Favorite New Manga of 2021
2:52:07 – Favorite Currently-Running Manga of 2021
3:00:15 – Our Listener’s Favorite Manga of 2021
3:06:28 – Manga We Promise to Read in 2021


Best of the Year Lists/Retrospectives:

Black Community Spotlights:


Ukraine Aid Resources & Links

Texas Trans Support Resources & Links

3:41:37 – Wrap-Up

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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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