On this episode of Manga Mavericks, Colton & Lum once again do their best to cover as much of the last month of news as possible! And while they only get around to discussing so much, they touch on a lot of big news! Such as Oricon’s top 10 best selling manga from the first half of the year, the two manga subscription services from Viz and Kodansha, what’s going on with AI over in the Japanese side of the manga industry and a ton of new licenses to round off the show! Enjoy!

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00:00 – Intro

04:17 – May NYT & April Bookscan List

18:32 – Oricon Top 10 Best Selling Manga in the First Half of 2023

34:34 – Viz Manga app becomes new separate subscription service

44:05 – Our thoughts on the launch of K Manga

1:24:49 – The current presence of AI in the Japanese manga industry 

1:39:16 – Stephan Koza’s sentence

1:42:48 – Kyoto Animation Arsonist trial set for September

1:44:25 – Christine Morgan leaves Rightstuf

1:45:33 – Colton’s Licensing Highlights

2:03:35 – Lum’s Licensing Highlights

2:17:46 – More details on the North American theatrical release of The First Slam Dunk

2:20:58 – Wrap up

Enjoy the show, and follow us on twitter at @manga_mavericks, on tumblr at mangamavericks.tumblr.com, 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 follow them @siddartworks on Instagram and Twitter and 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!

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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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