It’s the adorable green-haired (maybe) moppet that everyone adores–Yotsuba! But is there a dark undercurrent to this manga that Chip and the gang will discover…? No, no there is not, thankfully, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t similar books out there to avoid. Give this a close listen, learn to love Yotsuba through this review of Yotsuba Vol 1, and enjoy our two (2!) new manga segments!
What if your bar-stool complaining about your love life made it to air, and became a hit radio show? Wouldn’t that make for a great manga? Find out what the gang thinks of Wave, Listen To Me! this episode!
What if fonts (typefaces?) were cute manga characters who told you all about themselves? Well then you’d have What The Font?!, by Kuniichi Ashiya and published by Seven Seas! What will graphic designer Chip Zdarsky think of this manga that’s stepping to his turf? Listen on to find out…
Look Out! It’s our first Josei manga title with Helter Skelter by Kyoko Okazaki, published by Vertical Inc./Kodansha.
A few notes before starting this episode!
CW: Sexual assault, suicide. This is a pretty intense, crazy, adult manga. Because of that, this will be the first episode marked explicit/adult. Sorry kiddos, I’m sure there’s a manga podcast out there for you too.
This title no longer appears on the Kodansha website, but does appear on Kodansha’s U.S. Distributor site (linked above). This may indicate that the book is out of print (or going out of print) with few copies remaining. If you’d like a print copy of this book, or even digital, you might want to grab it a.s.a.p.
We deeply ‘spoil’ this book in discussing it in a way that we don’t always with these episodes, so please know that going in.
A personal note from Christopher: Sorry for talking So Much this episode. I’ll shut up and let my amazing co-hosts Deb, David, and Chip talk more in future episodes.
Episode 3 sees us tackle the work of the legendary manga creator Rumiko Takahashi, author of series including Inu Yasha, RIN, Ranma 1/2, Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku, and even more! We delve into her horror series, Mermaid Saga, with these fancy new re-releases from VIZ Media. What will Chip think of this one…?