• Ep. 114: Interview with Robin Brenner, Graphic Novel Librarian!

    Did you know that comics, graphic novels, and manga can (usually) be found at your local library? We talk to American Library Association's Graphic Novel and Comics Roundtable President Robin Brenner about her history promoting manga in libraries and how you can save a few bucks and enjoy your tax dollars at work at your local library!

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    S4E114 - 22m - Jun 4, 2024
  • Ep. 113: The Best of Season 4!

    What a season it’s been! Lasting basically the entirety of 2023, we covered a ton of great manga, from the popular anime-fueled hits of the day to the obscure and wonderful titles hiding on shelves across the world. So what were our favs? What are the manga for YOU, the person who doesn’t read much manga? Listen on and find out!

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    S4E113 - 1h 19m - May 16, 2024
  • Ep. 112: AKIRA Volume 5, by Katsuhiro Otomo

    It's the end of the season (almost) and so it's time to read the next volume of AKIRA by Katsuhiro Otomo! Will the title that introduced Chip Zdarsky to manga continue to be his fav? Deb Aoki hosts, and David Brothers and Christopher Woodrow-Butcher join in on this merry tour through the biggest and most intense volume of the series. 

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    S4E112 - 1h 18m - Mar 5, 2024
  • Ep. 111: Heavenly Delusion, by Masakazu Ishiguro

    Season 4 is nearing its conclusion, and it's time for David's last pick: Heavenly Delusion, by Masakazu Ishiguro! This sci-fi (comedy?) manga has a huge fan-following already thanks to its great art and story AND a hit anime series too! But will that be enough to meet the high standards of the VERY choosy Mangasplaining crew?

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    S4E111 - 1h 2m - Feb 12, 2024
  • Ep. 110: The Yakuza's Bias, by Teki Yatsuda

    See what happens when a stoic yakuza gets sucked into the world of K-Pop in The Yakuza’s Bias, a hilarious culture clash between the manly men of the mob and glamly men of Korean boy bands. BUT WILL CHIP LIKE IT TOO? Find out this episode!

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    S4E110 - 1h 11m - Jan 20, 2024
  • Ep. 109: River's Edge by Kyoko Okazaki

    Happy New Year! Hope you had time to catch up on the podcast while we were away. :) - For the first episode of 2024 we're starting off with a complex work, Kyoko Okazaki's River's Edge. In this mature-rated episode, we dig into the startling secret lives of teens in the 1990s, through the unique lens of the incredible josei manga creator Kyoko Okazaki. Don't miss this episode!

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    S4E109 - 1h 12m - Jan 10, 2024
  • Ep. 108: Cherry Magic! Thirty Years of Virginity Can Make You a Wizard?!, by Yuu Toyota

    In this episode, Deb bring back the BL and we end up with possibly the best title for a manga we've covered on this podcast: Cherry Magic! Thirty Years of Virginity Can Make You a Wizard!? Despite reservations, a very fun time is had on this week's episode. Plus: The Return of the reader Q&A!

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    S4E108 - 1h 19m - Nov 16, 2023
  • Ep. 107: Nejishiki, by Yoshiharu Tsuge

    Diving into the world of Gekiga this week with the recently released Nejishiki by Yoshiharu Tsuge! Featuring one of the most well-known and important works of Tsuge, ‘Screw Style’, this massive reprint series has been long-awaited by art comix & manga fans and collectors. But how will the Mangasplainers react to a work considerably off their beaten path? And is the book actually more about the pitfalls of traditional Japanese Inn ownership? Gotta listen to find out.

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    S4E107 - 1h 20m - Nov 7, 2023
  • Ep. 106: Eniale & Dewiela, by Kamome Shirahama

    The Mangasplainers return to one of their fav artists, Kamome Shirahama of Witch Hat Atelier to take a look at her earlier and steamier work, the angel and devil roommate comedy Eniale & Dewiela. Will the angels and devils in this manga provide a chaste reading experiences? Or are the sultry demons going to get them all hot and bothered? The answer awaits in this episode!

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    S4E106 - 1h 4m - Oct 17, 2023
  • Ep. 105: Goodbye, Eri, by Tatsuki Fujimoto

    This week, the Mangasplainers go back for a TRIPLE Chip-Dip into the oeuvre of one Mr. Tatsuki Fujimoto, creator of Chainsaw Man and Look Back. Have we pushed Chip too far this episode, making him read a third title by the same person? Does liking those first two titles automatically mean that he'll like the "rug-pull" of the third? Are Canadians 60% 'Rube'? Listen on, listeners, and find out!

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    S4E105 - 1h 1m - Oct 10, 2023
  • Ep. 104: Blood Blockade Battlefront vol.1, by Yasuhiro Nightow

    Is this manga meets X-Men: Inferno? That's how David pitched Blood Blockade Battlefront by Trigun creator Yasuhiro Nightow to good 'ole Chip, but will this over the top spectral superhero series live up to that moniker? Only one way to find out...!

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    S3E104 - 1h 6m - Sep 26, 2023
  • Ep. 103: What's Michael? by Makoto Kobayashi + Garfield + Heathcliff

    Chip did it, he called our bluff, and so this episode we're discussing the funny orange comic book cat phenomenon, centering on Japan's entry into that particular sweepstakes, Makoto Kobayashi's What's Michael? It's a weird one folks, strap in.

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    S4E103 - 1h 6m - Sep 19, 2023
  • EP. 102: Not All Girls Are Stupid, by Minami Q-ta

    After our episode on The Blood Red Boy introduced us to Minami Q-ta, the Mangasplaining gang take a deeper dive into their oeuvre with Not All Girls Are Stupid, a brand-new and blistering look at the difficulties of being a woman in your late teens and early 20s. A great chat came out of this, but this episode also ventures into NSFW topics, so maybe keep that in mind before you start listening.

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    S4E102 - 1h 3m - Sep 12, 2023
  • Ep. 101: Real vol. 13, by Takehiko Inoue

    This week, we take a flying leap into the worlds of WRESTLING and REHAB... By way of a basketball manga? Yep! David skips ahead to get to the good stuff with volume 13 of Real by Takehiko Inoue. Plus! A special segment celebrating 100+ episodes of Mangasplaining.

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    S4E101 - 1h 8m - Sep 5, 2023
  • Ep. 100: Okinawa, by Susumu Higa

    It's the 100th episode, and the team are doing something special! This week David and Chip take over, interviewing translator Jocelyne Allen and Editor Andrew Woodrow-Butcher on the new manga Okinawa, by Susumu Higa! Produced by MSX and published by Fantagraphics, this gripping historical manga is available everywhere, and you can go behind the scenes of its creation on this very special episode!

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    S4E100 - 1h 10m - Aug 31, 2023
  • Ep. 99: Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka Vol. 1, by Naoki Urasawa

    The manga you’ve been waiting for Mangasplaining to cover has finally arrived! The Mangang dives into PLUTO volume 1, Naoki Urasawa’s epic reimagining of Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy story 'The World’s Strongest Robot!' But will this first volume live up to the hype? Is it the Watchmen of manga, or the Ultimate Spider-Man... or something else? This and so much more on episode 99 of Mangasplaining!

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    S4E99 - 1h 8m - Aug 22, 2023
  • Ep. 98: My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Vol. 1, by Nami Hidaka and Satoru Yamaguchi

    Oh no! You died in the real world and woke up inside a video game world! Except you're not the heroine of this dating-simulation, you're the villainess who tries to take her down! You've got a bad end coming because the hero(ine) always wins... so what are you going to do? Well you should PROBABLY check to see if they've got Mangasplaining in this new world, because we talk about a manga JUST LIKE THAT this week.

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    S4E98 - 1h 12m - Aug 8, 2023
  • Ep. 97: The Untouchable Midori-Kun, by Toyo Toyota

    So close and yet so far, the gorgeous idol singer Midori-kun lives next door to our hero, Melon-chan. But Melon is an adult video actress, and if Midori and Melon are seen together it could be disastrous for Midori's career! As the two grow closer, will Midori-kun remain... Untouchable? Deb leads the Mangang through a surprisingly fluffy josei romance this week on the podcast, in an episode that EVERYONE can enjoy... Except perhaps Chip!?

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    S4E97 - 1h 7m - Jul 22, 2023
  • Ep. 96: Interview with Abby Denson & Matt Loux

    This week on Mangasplaining we talk to one of the creators who's been making manga-influenced comics since the early 2000s, Abby Denson, and a creator whose recent work perfectly encapsulates a life spent soaking in Japanese popular culture, Matthew Loux. The kicker? They're married, too! They're also great boosters of each other's works, making them a great pair to interview.

    Find out about what it's like to win an international manga award, getting outside of your comfort zones, and the reason why you should write your own book on travelling to Japan! Plus: We run one of Matt's comics this week at mangasplainingextra.com, go check it out!

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    S4E96 - 1h 25m - Jul 6, 2023
  • Ep. 95: The Boxer, by JH

    Wait, is this episode MANHWAsplaining? It's true! Deb leads the team through their first ever Korean Webtoon, JH's The Boxer from Yen Press. What fascinating differences and similarities will the Mangang discern between this title and the previous 100+ manga they've read? And how does a unique vertical-scroll digital story translate to a printed edition? It's a big 'splaining episode, listen now!

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    S4E95 - 1h 10m - Jun 8, 2023
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