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Ep. 22: A Journal of My Father

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...

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Ep. 21: Saint Young Men

This week the Mangasplaining gang tackle the slightly wacky world of… Modern Day Tokyo?! It’s Hikaru Nakamura’s Saint Young Men, which features The Buddha and Jesus as roommates in a cramped Tokyo apartment. Does it deliver on the hilarious high-concept? Only one way to find out! Please note that this...

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Ep. 20: A Bride’s Story

This week the gang reads Kaoru Mori’s beloved historical fiction manga A Bride’s Story. Deb picks and hosts this week, wanting to give a little gift of great manga to Chip. Will he accept it? Listen on to find out! Powered by RedCircle

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Ep. 18: Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun

A manga… about making MANGA? Will this recursive bit of shoujo comedy delight or dismay Chip Zdarsky and the Mangasplaining gang? Only one way to find out…! Plus the team gives their picks for the manga gems that they wish would come back into print! Powered by RedCircle

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Ep. 17: Even Though We’re Adults

Mangasplainer Chip Zdarsky wanted to read something aimed at a grown-up audience this week, after a few weeks of reading about teens and their problems. So this episode we jump into Takako Shimura’s down-to-earth, complex, and beautifully illustrated LGBTQ romance story ‘Even Though We’re Adults!’ Will it be just what...

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Ep. 16: The Strange Tale of Panorama Island

This episode marks a very strange week indeed, as the Mangasplainers dive into the nonsensical erotic grotesquery of Edogawa Rampo and Suehiro Maruo’s The Strange Tale of Panorama Island! It’s a doozy of a manga, based on a wild 1920s Japanese novella, and the show notes are jam packed with...

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Ep.15: Naruto Vol 1

The Mangasplaining Crew take on “The World’s Most Popular Manga”, er, of the 2000s anyway, with Masashi Kishimoto’s NARUTO VOL 1! Is Naruto better comics than The Spider-Man? The Bat-Man? Listen and find out! Plus, in a special segment about kids manga, we welcome our very first guest! Big episode!...

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Ep. 14: Paradise Kiss 20th Anniversary Edition

Fashion. Glamour. Sex. Highschool? Manga-ka Ai Yazawa takes on turn-of-the-millennium fashion culture in PARADISE KISS, recently re-released in a spiffy all-in-one edition! The Mangasplaining crew digs into this beloved series and comes out with some very, very strong opinions. “The first duty in life is to assume a pose. What...

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Ep. 13: Beastars Vol 1-3

The hit anime series BEASTARS sprung from the pages of this manga, and the similarities and differences are substantial! The Mangasplaining team are divided on this unique manga, but will reading multiple volumes change our perspective… OR YOURS?