Category: Show Notes & Episodes

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Ep. 25: AKIRA Vol. 2

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 v1&2 and ZOM 100 v1&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

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

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. 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!...