On this episode of Manga Mavericks, Colton & Lum are joined by Mike (VegettoEX), one of the founders of the biggest Dragon Ball fansite on the internet, Kanzenshuu, as well as Darren Vogt, artist extraordinaire and one of the hosts of the Comics on the Spot podcast, to discuss Akira Toriyama’s Manga Theater! A collection of comics from Akira Toriyama spanning across multiple decades of his career from before the start of Dr Slump to near the end of Dragon Ball! Toriyama is one of our favorite manga artists of all time, so there was no way we wouldn’t cover more of his comics at some point, especially with a new collection of his stories that have never been released before officially in English until recently! We cover this collection of over 20 stories as exhaustively as possible, as Mike provides a lot of much needed context for the publication of a lot of them and pinpoint where Toriyama was in his career at the time of each of them, while Darren provides his perspective as a fellow artist and what makes Toriyama’s comics craft so interesting even as far back as his pre-Dr Slump days! Join us as we rediscover our love of Toriyama’s works and reevaluate why he’s simply one of the best at what he does!

Special thanks to Darren for providing the thumbnail image for this episode of the podcast! Be sure to follow him on Twitter for more of his great artwork!

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00:00 Intro 

06:26 – Akira Toriyama Manga Theater discussion

17:33 – Everyone’s history with Toriyama’s works

31:06 – Our thoughts on Viz’s release

40:06 – Wonder Island 1 & 2

53:48 – Tomato The Cutesy Gumshoe

57:11 – Today’s Highlight Island

1:01:23 – Pola and Roid & Mad Matic

1:08:48 – Chobit

1:17:18 – Escape

1:21:29 – Pink: The Rain Jack Story

1:27:57 – Dragon Boy

1:34:39 – The Adventure of Tongpoo

1:41:08 – Mr. Ho

1:46:27 – Young Master Ken’nosuke

1:49:00 – The Elder

1:54:04 – Little Mamejiro

1:56:02 – Karamaru and the Perfect Day

1:59:16 – Cashman

2:07:12 – Dub & Peter 1

2:11:59 – Go! Go! Ackman

2:23:58 – Our final thoughts on the collection

2:35:52 – Which stories would we want to see more of?

2:38:25 – Why is Pink the best one?

2:39:43 – What’s the relationship between Toriyama’s writing in his one-shots and Dragon Ball film scripts?

2:42:15 – Guest Plugs

2:49:56 – Community Shout-outs!:

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Mizutama no Umbrella by Mia Masuda

About The Author Colton

Colton is just your regular glasses wearing nerd residing in Saint Louis, Misery (that's a joke) who loves reading and collecting manga as a hobby and also records too many podcasts! He started off his podcasting escapades in 2013 when he created Life Lessons: The Gintama Manga Cast, which was a show dedicated to Gintama and its past English release of the manga. From there he became the co-host of shows such as the Manga Corner from Anime3000, Heavenly Kings, One Podcast Prevails and many more. Colton first discovered manga back in 2006 when he bought his first issue of Shonen Jump, and ever since then, his love and passion for manga took off from there! His favorite titles include Sket Dance, Eyeshield 21, My Hero Academia and much, much more. Colton can be found frequenting sites such as Anilist and Twitter under the handle of sniperking323.

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