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Re: Manga Machinations

Postby dakazu » Jan 27th, 2016 @ 12:33am

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More Manga Machinations!!

Welcome to part 3 of our continued retrospective of Goodnight Punpun! We’ll be discussing the truth behind God and the eccentric Pegasus ensemble!!(covers chapters 57-78) Also, Seamus gets to the twist of Orange, we look into the science of ‘shipping’ characters, and we breakdown the next chapter of Billy Bat!!!

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Re: Manga Machinations

Postby dakazu » Feb 2nd, 2016 @ 3:45pm

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New episode of Manga Machinations is here!

We kick off this episode with more Billy Bat! Then dakazu learns the true powers of licensed Disney songs in Sexy Joyuu-chan Girigiri Mosaic while Seamus learns about the final twist in Orange. After that we explore more Goodnight Punpun and discuss Sachi and Punpun’s somewhat healthy relationship.(covers chapters 79-99)

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Re: Manga Machinations

Postby dakazu » Feb 9th, 2016 @ 1:15am

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The eyes see all...

After taking a sidetrack talking about wrestling, dakazu loves the Dragon Quest 5 fanfic webcomic How I stalked some dude with an exposed nipple and stumbled upon the Zenithian Sword and the touching recollection of a mangaka’s recovery from the ICU, I died and came back to Life:The Report. Then we dive into Goodnight Punpun and the dark choices that awakens Punpun to whom he always was!!!(covers chapters 100-121)

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Re: Manga Machinations

Postby dakazu » Feb 15th, 2016 @ 3:02am

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GOOD VIBRATIONS!!!

Welcome to our last Goodnight Punpun retrospective! We’ll be covering the final chapters and discussing what happens, talk about our favorite moments from the series, and ponder if the ending leaves Punpun happy or in hell!! GOOD VIBRATIONS!!!(covers chapters 122-147)

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Re: Manga Machinations

Postby dakazu » Feb 24th, 2016 @ 7:52pm

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Time for more movies!

Itadakimasu! This week Seamus sees the connections of Ainu to Princess Mononoke from new Golden Kamui chapters while dakazu loves more childhood tales of High Score Girl author Oshikira Rensuke in Pico-Pico Shounen. Darfox is concerned about LGBT representation in Suicide Island but dakazu appreciates how My Younger Brother’s Husband handles the issues and we look at the newest chapters of Billy Bat. Finally, we discuss the 1985 adaptation of Kenji Miyazawa’s classic fantasy novel Night on the Galactic Railroad!!!

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Re: Manga Machinations

Postby dakazu » Feb 29th, 2016 @ 9:35pm

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Next episode is here!

On this episode Seamus is reading about androgynous Richard III in Baraou no Souretsu, dakazu likes the simple shoujo manga Mustard Chocolate, and we find out who’s involved in the Black Bat religion in Billy Bat! Then it’s the return of our Triple Dip section! We check out the beginning of Assassination Classroom author’s prior series Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro, the magical fantasy world of The Ancient Magnus’ Bride, and examine Warring States Japan through glazed pottery in Hyouge Mono!!!

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Re: Manga Machinations

Postby dakazu » Mar 7th, 2016 @ 1:08am

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Time for something new!

Welcome to our new segment Saikyo Selections where we’ll be looking at a single story-arc from a long running popular manga and analyze it’s major themes! The first series we’ll be covering is Naruto and the search for the 5th Hokage arc!(covers chapters 150-171) We also talk about Sangatsu no Lion, Hyakushou Kizoku, and Billy Bat!!!

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Re: Manga Machinations

Postby dakazu » Mar 15th, 2016 @ 11:22pm

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Another episode is here!

On this episode we have a lengthy discussion about Zach Davisson’s article Confessions of a Manga Translator involving what the role of a translator should be and the difference between translating manga compared to other mediums. Then we look at the super popular One Piece for Saikyo Selections! We examine the Arlong Park arc(covers chapters 69-95) to examine the major themes in Oda Eichiro’s blockbuster mega-hit manga!!!


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Re: Manga Machinations

Postby dakazu » Mar 21st, 2016 @ 9:02pm

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Time for another movie!

This week Seamus gives Otoyomegatari another chance, we examine character archetypes from Gundam and Neon Genesis Evangelion, dakazu is surprised by the success of Osomatsu-san and applauds the end of Assassination Classroom, and we discuss how Italy loves Lupin the Third. We then compare The Life of Gusko Budori against our last Manga in Motion, Night on the Galactic Railroad and see if the same creative team made another hit!!!


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Re: Manga Machinations

Postby dakazu » Mar 29th, 2016 @ 1:36am

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This week darfox talks about the weekly wait for new chapters, dakazu talks about the popularity of Battle Royale style mangas in Weekly Shonen Magazine, and we explain what Mahjong is. Then it’s time for our new segment Side by Side!!! We’ll be looking at 2 different manga that cover the same sport and compare them! In our 1st episode we’ll be examining basketball mangas Kuroko no Basket and Ahiru no Sora!!!

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Re: Manga Machinations

Postby dakazu » Apr 4th, 2016 @ 1:17am

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Wrestlemania weekend won’t stop us from bringing you a new episode! Seamus talks about the newest arc of Vinland Saga, darfox is enjoying One Punch Man, dakazu loves the hilarious behind the scenes stories in The Men who made the Prison School Anime and looks at Shuzo Oshimi’s earlier work Avant-Garde Yumeko. Then we jump into Tokyo Ghoul, Trigun, and Shuumatsu no Laughter for our latest Triple Dip!!!

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Re: Manga Machinations

Postby dakazu » Apr 11th, 2016 @ 10:29pm

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You still have lots more to work on...

On this episode Seamus is still reading Golden Kamui, darfox is over classical monsters, dakazu found another manga about Jobs and Wozniak in Steves, and laughs about the real model photo-shopped manga Gun Dragon Sigma. Then we compare two sports manga in our Side by Side segment! This time we look at the polar oppisites The Prince of Tennis and Baby Steps!!!

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Re: Manga Machinations

Postby dakazu » Apr 18th, 2016 @ 6:37pm

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Kenzo brings all the animu!

On this week’s mega sized episode Seamus tries reading Happiness, dakazu forces himself to read the gore porn Elfen Lied and lite novel fluff Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? but rejoices in the return of Hunter x Hunter and Beet the Vandel Buster! Special guest and resident anime expert Kenzo talk about Gintama, Bleach, Boku Girl, and Tomo-chan wa Onnanoko!. Then we run through the new shows of the Spring 2016 season, discuss some news about upcoming anime adaptations, and rant about shows that just wrapped up like Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans and Osomatsu-san! Finally we discuss the anime movie Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai!!!

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Re: Manga Machinations

Postby dakazu » Apr 26th, 2016 @ 11:00pm

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There is a Monster inside us all...

On this episode Seamus catches up on Sangatsu no Lion, darfox gets into translating slander in Prison School, and dakazu reads a horror version of Mushishi in Tsubaki and salary negotiations of professional baseball in Gura Zeni! Then we begin our newest retrospective of Monster, the work that made Naoki Urasawa what he is today! Listen as we discuss the story, characters and have dramatic read-throughs of the select scenes in what we’re calling Monster-piece Theater!!!(covers chapters 1-16)

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Re: Manga Machinations

Postby dliu3d » Apr 29th, 2016 @ 5:00pm

plsssss no more monster piece theater.... :x
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Re: Manga Machinations

Postby dakazu » May 3rd, 2016 @ 12:04am

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The hunt continues...

On this episode Seamus takes a break from manga to talk about the Vertigo comics, we discuss Robert Rodriquez directing Battle Angel Alita, darfox revisits the Prison School chapter from last week that has been re-edited, and dakazu finds a manga from his youth that was released from Dark Horse as single issue comics called Grey. Then it’s time for more Monster! Now that the prelude is over, we get into the dramatic thriller storyline of Dr Tenma pursing Johan!!!(covers chapters 17-32)

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Re: Manga Machinations

Postby dakazu » May 9th, 2016 @ 12:02am

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Confess...

Seamus starts us off this week with pop culture references to Fast & Furious Tokyo Drift in Space-Time Prisoner. Then dakazu can’t believe a mangaka’s real account of living in the woods in Disappearance Diary while discovering Oshikira Rensuke range in his works Misu Misou, Dero Dero, and Gosh! The Ghost Keeps Slapping Me!. We close out with our Monster retrospective as we delve deeper into the characters of Eva Heinemann and Inspector Lunge!!!(covers chapters 33-50)

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Re: Manga Machinations

Postby dakazu » May 15th, 2016 @ 4:07pm

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I saw an even deeper darkness...

On this episode Darfox gives Yu Yu Hakusho some anime love, dakazu checks out the Satoshi Kon & Katsuhiro Otomo joint project World Apartment Horror and also learns about quirky routines of everyday people in Sono ‘Okodawari’, Ore ni mo Kure Yo!!. Then we continue our Monster retrospective as Tenma and Johan close in on each other!!!(covers chapters 51-68)

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Re: Manga Machinations

Postby dakazu » May 23rd, 2016 @ 4:04pm

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The last thing left to trust is yourself...

This week darfox8 checks out Tsutomu Nihei’s take on Western comics in Wolverine: Snikt! and dakazu returns to incompetent child soldier stereotypes of Z Gundam. Our retrospective of Monster continues as we wrap up the Mr Schuwalt arc and are introduced to new characters of Mr Grimmer and Agent Suk!!!(covers chapters 69-86)

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Re: Manga Machinations

Postby dakazu » May 30th, 2016 @ 5:53pm

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The Magnificent Steiner has done it again...

Seamus has started reading Oyomegatari again, darfox talks about the Yowamushi Pedal movie, and dakazu is moved by the biography manga about Cambodian Deminer Aki Ra in Mitsurin Shounen Jungle Boy. Then, secrets are revealed as we wrap up the ‘Mr Grimmer arc’ in Naoki Urasawa’s Monster!!!(covers chapters 87-104)

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Re: Manga Machinations

Postby dakazu » Jun 13th, 2016 @ 1:53am

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I'll start by killing Eva...

This week dakazu checks out Junji Ito’s take on a political thriller in Yuukokuno no Rasputin, darfox examines Naruto expanded fiction Boruto, Seamus likes the post-war supernatural investigators in Ubume no Natsu, and we dive into the prison break arc of Monster!!!(covers chapters 105-122)

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Re: Manga Machinations

Postby dakazu » Jun 15th, 2016 @ 11:51pm

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Nobody wants to die...

On our penultimate retrospective of Monster we move on from Martin’s arc, learn about the twins’ origins, and prepare for the finale by having Seamus predict who will live and who will die!!!(covers chapters 123-141) Also, dakazu has been re-reading Hunter x Hunter, Seamus finds more political elements in Oyomegatari, and we take a quick tangent with soccer and comic strips!

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Re: Manga Machinations

Postby dakazu » Jun 20th, 2016 @ 2:05am

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Do you see Doomsday...?

Welcome to the final episode of our retrospective on Naoki Urasawa’s Monster!!! We finish covering the final chapters, examine the controversial ending, and give our final thoughts on the series as a whole!(covers chapter 142-162)

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Re: Manga Machinations

Postby dakazu » Jun 27th, 2016 @ 2:05am

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New episode is up now!

This week Seamus dives into Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s autobiography manga A Drifting Life while dakazu and darfox hash out all things grim dark with Z Gundam and it’s polar opposite sequel, the upbeat ZZ Gundam. Then darfox leads us our discussion of our Manga in Motion selection Trigun: Badlands Rumble! Love & Peace!!!

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Re: Manga Machinations

Postby dakazu » Jul 4th, 2016 @ 12:39pm

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Time to revisit some manga!

After taking a quick wrestling tangent, Seamus continues with Yoshihiro Tatsumi in A Drifting Life, dakazu talks about the new 3D Berserk anime, and darfox explains the wackiness of ZZ Gundam! Then, for Triple Dip, we revisit some newly translated manga dakazu has talked about! We discuss the beginning of Chimamure Sukeban Chainsaw, Mustard Chocolate, and Shoujo Fight!!!

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Re: Manga Machinations

Postby dakazu » Jul 10th, 2016 @ 10:31pm

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Here's our first One-shot!

On this episode Seamus finishes A Wandering Life while dakazu talks about boys who love yaoi in Fudanshi Koukou Seikatsu and an autobiographical manga about overcoming anxiety and connecting with others in The Private Report on My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness! We also start a new section called One-shot where we'll be doing single episode retrospectives on a shorter manga. Listen as we discuss Shoujo Fight mangaka Nihonbashi Yoko's previous work G Senjou Heaven's Door!!!

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Re: Manga Machinations

Postby jozero » Jul 12th, 2016 @ 11:28am

Quite enjoy the podcast. Great work !

Can there be an episode on "geek" based manga ? Cliche I know but I can't really find any good ones.

So manga / anime centered around :
- otaku (I am aware of Genshiken)
- Dungeon and Dragons or equivalent paper based RPG
- hacking or more computer centred. Not "we've entered the matrix", but characters are into computers
- Online MMOs (am familiar with Sword Art - but would prefer majority of book to in real life)
- retro console video games or modern video games. Again, about fans of the games, not the game becomes real
- other hobbies like figurines, gundam model building (not "real life" gundam setting), other models, etc.

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Re: Manga Machinations

Postby dakazu » Jul 18th, 2016 @ 5:41pm

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Jitensha! Jitensha! Koide! Koide!

On this episode dakazu laments over terrible manga but loves twisted relationships in the autobiographical Yandere Married Couple, Seamus checks out a cute Korean webcomic Spirit Fingers, and darfox digs the distinct art style of the Mob Psycho 100 anime! Then we compare and contrast the 2 cycling manga Yowamushi Pedal and Over Drive for another Side by Side!!!

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Re: Manga Machinations

Postby dakazu » Jul 18th, 2016 @ 5:43pm

jozero wrote:Quite enjoy the podcast. Great work !

Can there be an episode on "geek" based manga ? Cliche I know but I can't really find any good ones.

So manga / anime centered around :
- otaku (I am aware of Genshiken)
- Dungeon and Dragons or equivalent paper based RPG
- hacking or more computer centred. Not "we've entered the matrix", but characters are into computers
- Online MMOs (am familiar with Sword Art - but would prefer majority of book to in real life)
- retro console video games or modern video games. Again, about fans of the games, not the game becomes real
- other hobbies like figurines, gundam model building (not "real life" gundam setting), other models, etc.

Thanks !


Thanks for the feedback! I know of a few manga based on fandom but most of them aren't translated so I'll have to dig around but hopefully we can find something.
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Re: Manga Machinations

Postby dakazu » Jul 26th, 2016 @ 7:15pm

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It was... YOU!!!!

We kick off this week’s episode with an emergency Billy Bat update and discuss the megaton reveal from the newest chapters! Then it’s time for another Saikyo Selections! We check out various cases(covers chapters 40-44, 62-67, 92-98) from the most popular shonen mystery series Detective Conan while trying to break down the series and the genre!!!

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