Ep 7: Yotsuba& Vol 1

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!

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Ep. 6: Wave, Listen to Me!

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!

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Ep. 5: What The Font?!

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…

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Episode 4: Helter Skelter

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. 

Thanks for listening!

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Episode 3: Mermaid Saga Vol.1

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…?

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Mermaid Saga Vol. 1 (of 2), by Rumiko Takahashi
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Episode 2: Delicious in Dungeon Vol 1

It’s time for the second episode of MANGASPLAINING! In this episode Chip is introduced to action and food manga Delicious in Dungeon, by Ryoko Kui. Does he like it? Deb, Christopher, and this week’s host David, will find out! Thanks to D.A.D.S. for the music and support your local comic and manga shop, visit comicshoplocator.com.

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Episode 1: Akira Vol 1

It’s the first episode of Mangasplaining, the podcast where we make Chip Zdarsky Read Great Manga to see what he thinks! Featuring Chip, Deb Aoki, David Brothers, and this episode’s host Christopher Butcher. So what did Chip think of the legendary manga classic Akira? Listen to find out!

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Episode 0: Welcome To Mangasplaining!

Welcome to Mangasplaining, the manga podcast! In this first episode you’ll get to know the team including Deb Aoki, David Brothers, Christopher Butcher, and Chip Zdarsky. We’ll also talk about the dark secret of the podcast… getting Chip to read manga, and hopefully you read along with him, enjoy some great books, and maybe learn a little something along the way.

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Upcoming Manga Reads

Want to read great manga along with us? Here’s what we’ll be reading:

Ep. 17: Even Though We’re Adults Vol 1, by Takako Shimura. Published by Seven Seas. (Available Now!)
Ep. 18: Monthly Girls Nozaki-Kun Vol 1, by Izumi Tsubaki. Published by Yen Press. (June 15)
Ep. 19: Yona of the Dawn Vol 1, by Mizuho Kusanagi. Published by VIZ Media. (June 22)
Ep. 20: A Bride’s Story Vol 1, by Kaoru Mori. Published by Yen Press. (June 29)
Ep. 21: Saint Young Men Vol 1, by Hikaru Nakamura. Published by Yen Press. (July 6th)
Ep. 22: The Journal of My Father, by Jiro Taniguchi. Published by Fanfare Ponent-Mon. (July 13th) 

Find these books at your local comic/manga specialty shop or independent bookstore or maybe even your local library!

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