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Ep. 31: Blank Canvas vol. 1 by Akiko Higashimura

All of the Mangasplainers loved this week’s pick, Blank Canvas: My So-Called Artist’s Journey by Akiko Higashimura. It actually led to the crew sharing their own experiences with art, school, and even occasionally art school. A great, chatty episode that you’ll totally love even if you haven’t read the book...

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Ep. 30: An Invitation From a Crab, by panpanya

A doozy of an episode! We talk about Panpanya’s An Invitation from a Crab, our first ‘alternative’ manga on the podcast. Then Christopher interviews Ko Ransom, the translator for this comic in a new “Mangasplaining: Listen to Me!” segment. Finally, we get a question about overwork in the manga industry...

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Ep. 26: Mangasplaining Season One Recap Episode

We did it folks, a full 25 episode first season of Mangasplaining! To celebrate, we’re looking back over the first 25 titles we covered, some of the important discussions (and not-so-important discussions) we had, and of course, the lessons we learned along the way. Spoilers, it was Friendship. After this...

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Ep. 25: AKIRA vol. 2 by Katsuhiro Otomo

As we wrap up Season 1 of Mangasplaining, we return to where we started, with the second volume of Katsuhiro Otomo’s epic manga creation, AKIRA. AKIRA Vol. 2 is a great manga that acts as a jumping-off point for a wide ranging talk on printing and publishing, assistants, and art...

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Ep. 24: Franken Fran vol. 1-2 and ZOM 100 vol. 1-2

It’s our second two-fer episode! First up, David leads the gang through the ero-guro-comedy Franken Fran by Katsuhisa Kigitsu! Then after the break at 45:00, the team checks out #sponsored read ZOM 100 by Haro Aso and Kotaro Takata. It’s a very creepy, crawly, and occasionally unsettling episode! Listener beware!...

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Ep. 23: BL Metamorphosis vol. 1-2 by Kaori Tsurutani

It’s an incredibly wholesome and sweet episode this week, as the gang read a heartwarming tale of a May/December friendship, based on somewhat un-wholesome manga! Yup, we’re talking about boys’ love (BL) and yaoi, thanks to the ‘gateway’ manga BL Metamorphosis, by Kaori Tsurutani. Spoilers: It’s really, really good. Powered...

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Ep. 22: A Journal of My Father by Jiro Taniguchi

In one of our longest episodes yet, the crew tackles the emotionally-charged A Journal of My Father by Jiro Taniguchi. It’s a great discussion with some real talk and real feelings… on a manga podcast that loves to crack jokes! What’re we doing? We’re reading great manga, that’s what. Powered...