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Manga Mavericks EP. 87: Ghost Hog (/w Joey Weiser)

On this episode of Manga Mavericks, Colton & Lum continue their series of interviews throughout the month of May! This next one featuring Eisner Award nominated comic artist, Joey Weiser, author of a lot of titles, such as Mermin and Ghost Hog! Ghost Hog being Joey's latest new title about a boar named Truff who faces a journey in coping with loss and learning the importance of forgiveness and acceptance. We sit down with Joey to talk about his new work as well as some of the rest of his...


Manga Mavericks EP. 86: "100 Years of Yuri with Erica Friedman"

2019 marks the centennial anniversary of the Yuri genre, celebrating 100 years of girls in love challenging the expectations placed upon them by patriarchal definitions of love and gender. To commemorate the legacy of the genre and the stories that’ve been told, we interviewed Erica Friedman, a Yuri historian and tastemaker who has been at the center of the fandom for over two decades. Erica is the founder of Yuricon, an organization dedicated to uniting the community through fan events and...


Manga Mavericks EP. 85: We Never Learn Q&A Extravaganza!!

Previously on Manga Mavericks, Lum and Colton, along with special guests, Buggy and Hovin, discussed We Never Learn and what they liked or disliked (but mostly liked) about Jump's latest romcom series! And this week's episode, they do even more of that! As Lum gathered We Never Learn-themed questions from all over the internet, so that they could once again hold another study session! We tackle such test questions as who will end up with who by the end of the series? What does the series...


Manga Mavericks EP. 84: "Heart Gear & Spy x Family"

Last week we sadly lost two influential mangaka whose works have become cultural institutions. Kazuhiko Kato, more popularly known by his pen name Monkey Punch, and Kazuo Koike have both passed away due to pneumonia. It’s bittersweet that Koike’s final tweets were reminiscing on his friend and rival, as both of their iconic series competed for popularity in Weekly Manga Action over nearly 50 years ago. His very last internet words were “I’m really going to miss him,” and we at Manga...


#Lum Squad #01: "Hello, Darlings!"

Hello darlings! We're the #LumSquad, a podcast hosted by @LumRanmaYasha and @ProdTally devoted to the wonderful and wacky world of Rumiko Takahashi's Urusei Yatsura! As longtime Manga Mavericks fans know, Urusei Yatsura is LumRanmaYasha’s favorite manga, and they’ve been wanting to make a podcast about it for a long time. Teamed up together with AC, the leader of Twitter’s #LumSquad and the #DailyLum, we’re starting up a new monthly podcast dedicated to discussing the series! In our...


Manga Mavericks EP. 83: We Never Learn

On this episode of Manga Mavericks, Lum & Colton are joined by Buggy from DaLadyBugProductions, as well as Hovin from Stammer Stream, to discuss Weekly Shonen Jump's We Never Learn from Taichi Tsutsui! A harem romcom that is more then meets the eye, as ordinary but hard working high school student, Nariyuki Yuiga, has to tutor two of the smartest girls in school in subjects that stump them completely, all in order to receive a VIP recommendation to the college of his choice! How have Colton...


Manga Mavericks @ Movies #37: "Howl's Moving Castle"

On our last episode, we exposed the GHIBLI CONSPIRACY - subliminal messages covertly sown into Hayao Miyazaki’s films to brainwash the children of the world! We discussed the secrets hidden in each of the films shown during GKids’ 2017 Ghibli Fest, covering all except for one, Howl’s Moving Castle. Now, to celebrate its 15th anniversary, GKids has brought Howl back to the big screen, giving us a chance to close the case on the conspiracy once and for all! We discuss the film’s anti-war...


Manga Mavericks @ Movies #36: "The Ghibli Conspiracy"

You thought we were done releasing all the podcasts we recorded in 2017. You were mistaken. Very mistaken. Throughout 2017, the Mavericks attended GKids and Fathom Event’s first Ghibli Fest, hoping to unfurl the secrets behind Hayao Miyazaki’s animated masterpieces. Instead, they discovered something different… something darker. A conspiracy. THE GHIBLI CONSPIRACY. This podcast was a mistake. Like anime. But enough is enough. The truth must be heard. Brace yourselves, because once you...


MM EP. 82: You Only Meet Toriyama Once (Jason Thompson)

On this episode of Manga Mavericks, Lum & Colton sit down to interview Jason Thompson, the former senior editor of Viz Media's North American print Shonen Jump Magazine! Jason goes over his time at Viz and what it was like to be tasked by Shueisha themselves to bring Shonen Jump overseas! What was it like editing manga in the 90's? What is Akira Toriyama like in person? What is it like being an actual manga character!? Listen to the podcast and find out, as we go over all of Jason's manga...


Manga Mavericks @ Movies #35: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly

The newest Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel film certainly left the Mavericks with some feelings! We dissect the latest installment in the franchise, the story it's trying to tell, and how effectively it's doing so in comparison to previous iterations. Plus, we recount our theater experiences, lament terrible audiences at anime screenings, and have a difficult argument over the film’s usage and depiction of sexual assault in Sakura’s character arc. We might lose ourselves in the discussion a...


Manga Mavericks EP. 81: The Last Saiyuki & Yui Kamio Lets Loose

After the last couple of banger retrospective podcasts we’re taking a breather! It’s a back-to-basics news-focused episode with reviews of the latest two Shonen Jump simulpubs, The Last Saiyuki and Yui Kamio Lets Loose, thrown in for good measure! That’s not all, because we’ve also got some great listener e-mails to read and community shout-outs to give! So while this might be a short episode, but it’s dense with goodness! Were Lum and Colton surprised by what were the Top Manga franchises...


Manga Mavericks EP 80: The State of Shonen Jump 2019

On this episode of Manga Mavericks, Lum & Colton gather their friends together for another big Shonen Jump discussion, this time on Shueisha's Manga Plus app and website and the many new simulpubs it has to offer!! Listen as Maxy Barnard (Friendship Effort Victory) gushes about Kaito's latest series, Blue Flag, or Patrick "TheComicFiend" (Super Senpai Podcast) talk about survival thrillers like Arata Primal and Soloist in a Cage, or Vlord as he rejoices in new favorites like Teenage...


Manga Mavericks EP. 79: "Shaman King"

Do you believe in destiny? Then let there be light, because we’re reviving a podcast recorded in the past! Last year we recorded a retrospective of Hiroyuki Takei’s soulful battle manga Shaman King with Maxy Barnard to celebrate the series’ 20th anniversary. Computer problems have delayed the release of this episode for a little over half a year, but now we’re finally able to share it with you in all its glory! We discuss the themes and philosophy that makes Shaman King a timeless classic,...


Manga Mavericks @ Movies #34: "The Best Movies of 2018!"

Last week we discussed what the Academy thought were the best movies of 2018, so now it’s our turn! Both Lum and VLord count down their top ten favorite films of 2018, highlighting twenty films overall! Do either of us have any of this year’s Best Picture nominees on our lists? Is Lum’s list mostly animated films again or did some live-action stuff sneak in there? When Broly? Listen and learn as the Mavericks celebrate the best movies made last year! Enjoy the show, and follow us on twitter...


Manga Mavericks EP. 78: My Love Story!!

On this episode of Manga Mavericks, Lum & Colton are joined by Ashley McDonnell, host of the Shojo & Tell shojo manga podcast, to discuss My Love Story!! from Kazune Kawahara & Aruko, about a macho but lovable and reliable teenager named Gouda Takeo, who's always used to the girls he likes confessing to his best friend Sunakawa, until one day he finally finds a girlfriend of his own and his springtime of youth officially begins!! Join the mavericks as they discuss their shojo manga to be...


Manga Mavericks @ Movies #33: "Oscars 2019 Predictions!!"

Today’s the day where Hollywood’s elites gather to celebrate the films that make them feel the most superior while begrudgingly throwing a bone to the films your average joe actually likes to appease ABC’s need to have eyeballs on screen to sell commercial space at higher prices! That’s right, it’s the Oscars! The 91st Academy Awards has been riddled with ridiculous and hilarious mishaps all year long, from the aborted popular film category to replacing controversial hosts to trying to cut...


Manga Mavericks EP. 77: Princess Jellyfish

On this episode of Manga Mavericks, Lum & Colton are joined by Morgana Santilli, former general manager & manga buyer of the Comicopia comic book shop in Boston, to talk about Akiko Higashimura's Princess Jellyfish! A Josei manga series about a group of otaku women known as the Amars, who would rather stay in and indulge in their hobbies then go out and face the world, that is until they are faced with creating their own clothing line in order to save their dormitory! And thats just the tip...


Manga Mavericks @ Movies #32: Hunter x Hunter: The Last Mission

Manga Mavericks @ Movies has finally left the year of 2017 and returned triumphantly in 2019 to discuss all the latest theatrical anime screenings! Finally, at long last, we’re releasing newly recorded podcasts about newly released movies! Well, as new as a movie that came out five years ago is, at any rate. That’s right, Manga Mavericks @ Movies is starting off 2019 by discussing Hunter x Hunter: The Last Mission, recently released into North American theaters by Viz Media and CineLife...


Manga Mavericks EP 76: Survey Results 2019!

On this episode of Manga Mavericks, Lum & Colton (along with Vlord for some reason) finally sit down to go over the results of the annual Manga Mavericks podcast survey!! This year is special not just because of the amount of people who have filled out the survey compared to last year, but also because you, the listener, had a chance to cast votes for what series and topics we would cover on the show this year! Your feedback and voices will be heard! Enjoy! PODCAST BREAKDOWN: 0:00:00 - Intro...


Manga Mavericks EP. 75: Booty Bat

On this episode of Manga Mavericks, someone reached out to us to talk about the Art of Naoki Urasawa Exhibit in Los Angeles (even before we put up the previous episode!!), and that person was Aidan, otherwise known as @CoyboyBeboy on Twitter! With Urasawa being his favorite manga artist of all time, there was no way he'd miss out on this opportunity, as he joins Colton & Lum on the show to talk about the exhibit and all the cool pieces of art and expensive merchandise they had to offer, as...