Manga Log

Manga Log

By John
A weekly, 20-40 minute manga podcast. Hosted by John.

Weeks 1-3: I introduce a new series and give my general, spoiler-free impressions.

Week 4: I follow-up on a previously introduced series and give more detailed, spoiler-filled impressions.
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37: The Promised Neverland Pt. 2
This week's manga log: "The Promised Neverland" follow-up episode. Heavy spoilers up to the end of Volume 12 (or Chapter 106). Feel free to send your thoughts and questions via the Anchor app, the podcast e-mail: mangalogpod@gmail.com, or the podcast Twitter @mangalogpod.      Next series:  "Land of the Lustrous," written and illustrated by Haruko Ichikawa.  Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
1:00:47
January 8, 2020
36.8: Updates
Important. Please listen.
15:28
January 6, 2020
36.5: Updates + Holiday Break
Returning in January.
11:46
November 20, 2019
36: Cardcaptor Sakura
This week's manga log: "Cardcaptor Sakura," written and illustrated by the manga group Clamp. Description (courtesy of MAL):    Sakura Kinomoto is your garden-variety ten-year-old fourth grader, until one day, she stumbles upon a mysterious book containing a set of cards. Unfortunately, she has little time to divine what the cards mean because she accidentally stirs up a magical gust of wind and unintentionally scatters the cards all over the world. Suddenly awakened from the book, the Beast of the Seal, Keroberos (nicknamed Kero-chan), tells Sakura that she has released the mystical Clow Cards created by the sorcerer Clow Reed. The Cards are no ordinary playthings. Each of them possesses incredible powers, and because they like acting independently, Clow sealed all the Cards within a book. Now that the Cards are set free, they pose a grave danger upon the world, and it is up to Sakura to prevent the Cards from causing a catastrophe! Appointing Sakura the title of "the Cardcaptor" and granting her the Sealed Key, Keroberos tasks her with finding and recapturing all the Cards. Alongside her best friend Tomoyo Daidouji, and with Kero-chan's guidance, Sakura must learn to balance her new secret duty with the everyday troubles of a young girl involving love, family, and school, all while she takes flight on her magical adventures as Sakura the Cardcaptor. Feel free to send your thoughts and questions via the Anchor app, the podcast e-mail: mangalogpod@gmail.com, or the podcast Twitter @mangalogpod.     Next series:  "Land of the Lustrous," written and illustrated by Haruko Ichikawa. Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
37:11
November 15, 2019
35: Flying Witch (+ Podcast Updates)
This week's manga log: Flying Witch, written and illustrated by Chihiro Ishizuka.  Description (courtesy of MAL):   In the witches' tradition, when a practitioner turns 15, they must become independent and leave their home to study witchcraft. Makoto Kowata is one such apprentice witch who leaves her parents' home in Yokohama in pursuit of knowledge and training. Along with her companion Chito, a black cat familiar, they embark on a journey to Aomori, a region favored by witches due to its abundance of nature and affinity with magic. They begin their new life by living with Makoto's second cousins, Kei Kuramoto and his little sister Chinatsu.  While Makoto may seem to be attending high school like any other teenager, her whimsical and eccentric involvement with witchcraft sets her apart from others her age. From her encounter with an anthropomorphic dog fortune teller to the peculiar magic training she receives from her older sister Akane, Makoto's peaceful everyday life is filled with the idiosyncrasies of witchcraft that she shares with her friends and family. Feel free to send your thoughts and questions via the Anchor app, the podcast e-mail: mangalogpod@gmail.com, or the podcast Twitter @mangalogpod.    Next series: "Cardcaptor Sakura," written and illustrated by the manga group Clamp.    Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
35:22
November 8, 2019
34: Sweetness & Lightning
This week's manga log: Sweetness & Lightning written and illustrated by Gido Amagakure.  Description (courtesy of MAL):  Since the death of his wife, Kouhei Inuzuka has been caring for his young daughter Tsumugi to the best of his abilities. However, with his lack of culinary knowledge and his busy job as a teacher, he is left relying on ready-made meals from convenience stores to feed the little girl. Frustrated at his own incapability to provide a fresh, nutritious meal for his daughter, Kouhei takes up an offer from his student, Kotori Iida, to come have dinner at her family's restaurant. But on their very first visit, the father and daughter discover that the restaurant is often closed due to Kotori's mother being away for work and that Kotori often eats alone. After much pleading from his pupil, Kouhei decides to continue to go to the restaurant with Tsumugi to cook and share delicious homemade food with Kotori.   Amaama to Inazuma follows the heartwarming story of a caring father trying his hardest to make his adorable little daughter happy, while exploring the meanings and values behind cooking, family, and the warm meals at home that are often taken for granted. Feel free to send your thoughts and questions via the Anchor app, the podcast e-mail: mangalogpod@gmail.com, or the podcast Twitter @mangalogpod.   Next series: "Flying Witch," written and illustrated by Ishizuka, Chihiro.   Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
26:14
November 1, 2019
33: Vinland Saga
This week's manga log: Vinland Saga, written and illustrated by Makoto Yukimura. Description (courtesy of MAL):  Young Thorfinn grew up listening to the stories of old sailors that had traveled the ocean and reached the place of legend, Vinland. It's said to be warm and fertile, a place where there would be no need for fighting—not at all like the frozen village in Iceland where he was born, and certainly not like his current life as a mercenary. War is his home now. Though his father once told him, "You have no enemies, nobody does. There is nobody who it's okay to hurt," as he grew, Thorfinn knew that nothing was further from the truth.  The war between England and the Danes grows worse with each passing year. Death has become commonplace, and the viking mercenaries are loving every moment of it. Allying with either side will cause a massive swing in the balance of power, and the vikings are happy to make names for themselves and take any spoils they earn along the way. Among the chaos, Thorfinn must take his revenge and kill the man who murdered his father, Askeladd. The only paradise for the vikings, it seems, is the era of war and death that rages on. Feel free to send your thoughts and questions via the Anchor app, the podcast e-mail: mangalogpod@gmail.com, or the podcast Twitter @mangalogpod.  Next series: "Sweetness and Lightning," written and illustrated by Gido Amagakure.  Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
28:38
October 26, 2019
32: The Ghost in the Shell
This week's manga log: "The Ghost in the Shell" written and illustrated by Shirow, Masamune.  Description (courtesy of MAL): In a near future, technology has firmly taken root into society at large. Cybernetic implants are nothing uncommon and robots roam as plentiful as humans, all connected through their ''ghosts'' to the electronic datastreams of the net. Major Motoko Kusanagi and the Public Security Section 9 find themselves in a constant battle with the newly created wave of technological terrorists and cyber-hackers. But things take a turn once Motoko gets involved in a certain case involving an extremely dangerous ''ghost''hacker nicknamed the Puppeteer, as she dives deeper and deeper into the limitless reality of the net, to reach her own startling conclusions.  Feel free to send your thoughts and questions via the Anchor app, the podcast e-mail: mangalogpod@gmail.com, or the podcast Twitter @mangalogpod. Next series: "Vinland Saga," written and illustrated by Makoto Yukimura. Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
33:43
October 19, 2019
31: Blade of the Immortal
This week's manga log: "Blade of the Immortal" written and illustrated by Hiroaki Samura.   Description (courtesy of Amazon):   A cursed, seemingly immortal warrior aids a young girl in her quest for revenge, as the students of a brutal new sword school tear a bloody path across Japan. Hiroaki Samura's massive manga series spawned an anime run, a spinoff novel, an art book, and a live-action film! Samura's storytelling tour-de-force also won Japan's Media Arts Award, several British Eagle Awards, and an Eisner Award, among other international accolades. Intense and audacious, Blade takes period samurai action and deftly combines it with a modernist street idiom to create a style and mood like no other work of graphic fiction. Feel free to send your thoughts and questions via the Anchor app, the podcast e-mail: mangalogpod@gmail.com, or the podcast Twitter @mangalogpod.   Next series: Ghost in the Shell Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
40:13
October 11, 2019
30: Beastars
This week's manga log: Beastars, written and illustrated by Paru Itagaki.    Description (courtesy of Wikipedia):    The story takes place in a world of modern, civilized, anthropomorphic animals with a cultural divide between the carnivores and herbivores. The series takes its name from the in-universe rank of Beastar, an individual of great talent, service, and notoriety. Legoshi, a large gray wolf, is a timid and quiet student of Cherryton Academy where he lives in a dorm with several other carnivorous students including his outgoing Labrador friend, Jack. As a member of the school's drama club, Legoshi works as a stagehand and supports the actors of the club headed by the star pupil Louis, a red deer. Out of nowhere, someone is brutally murdered and devoured in the night setting a wave of unease and distrust between the herbivore and carnivore students. At the same time, Legoshi has a fateful encounter with Haru, a small dwarf rabbit, and begins developing complex feelings for her.  Feel free to send your thoughts and questions via the Anchor app, the podcast e-mail: mangalogpod@gmail.com, or the podcast Twitter @mangalogpod.    Next series: "Blade of the Immortal" written and illustrated by Hiroaki Samura.   Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
32:22
October 4, 2019
29.8: Updates + Podcast Return
The podcast is back! Next episode: Beastars. Oct. 4th.
09:11
September 28, 2019
29.5: Hiatus
Returning in September (tentative).
04:04
June 6, 2019
29: Drifting Dragons
This week's manga log: Drifting Dragons, written and illustrated by Taku Kuwabara.  Description (courtesy of Kodansha):  The draking vessel Quin Zaza soars through the skies, hunting dragons that hide in the clouds. A single big catch means full coffers and all the meat they can eat, while failure means an empty wallet and an even emptier stomach. Join us as we log the crew’s grand adventures, chasing dreams of the sky, dragons, and gourmet cooking! Feel free to send your thoughts and questions via the Anchor app, the podcast e-mail: mangalogpod@gmail.com, or the podcast Twitter @mangalogpod.  Next series: "Blade of the Immortal" written and illustrated by Hiroaki Samura. Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
18:47
May 29, 2019
28: The Seven Deadly Sins
This week's manga log: The Seven Deadly Sins, written and illustrated by Nakaba Suzuki.  Description (courtesy of MyAnimeList.net): The "Seven Deadly Sins," a group of evil knights who conspired to overthrow the kingdom of Britannia, were said to have been eradicated by the Holy Knights, although some claim that they still live. Ten years later, the Holy Knights have staged a Coup d'état and captured the king, becoming the new, tyrannical rulers of the kingdom. Elizabeth, the king's third daughter, sets out on a journey to find the "Seven Deadly Sins," and to enlist their help in taking back the kingdom. Feel free to send your thoughts and questions via the Anchor app, the podcast e-mail: mangalogpod@gmail.com, or the podcast Twitter @mangalogpod. Next series: Drifting Dragons, written and illustrated by Taku Kuwabara. Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
19:10
May 17, 2019
27: Lone Wolf and Cub
This week's manga log: Lone Wolf and Cub, written by Kazuo Koike, and illustrated by Goseki Kojima.  Description (courtesy of Wikipedia):    Lone Wolf and Cub chronicles the story of Ogami Ittō, the shōgun's executioner who uses a dōtanuki battle sword. Disgraced by false accusations from the Yagyū clan, he is forced to take the path of the assassin. Along with his three-year-old son, Daigorō, they seek revenge on the Yagyū clan and are known as "Lone Wolf and Cub". Feel free to send your thoughts and questions via the Anchor app, the podcast e-mail: mangalogpod@gmail.com, or the podcast Twitter @mangalogpod.      Next series: The Seven Deadly Sins, written and illustrated by Nakaba Suzuki.  Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
26:48
May 13, 2019
26: Fruits Basket
This week's manga log: Fruits Basket, written and illustrated by Natsuki Takaya.  Description (courtesy of MyAnimeList.net):   Tooru Honda is an orphan with nowhere to go but a tent in the woods, until the Souma family takes her in. However, the Souma family is no ordinary family, and they hide a grave secret: when they are hugged by someone of the opposite gender, they turn into animals from the Chinese Zodiac!  Now, Tooru must help Kyou and Yuki Souma hide their curse from their classmates, as well as her friends Arisa Uotani and Megumi Hanajima. As she is drawn further into the mysterious world of the Soumas, she meets more of the family, forging friendships along the way.  But this curse has caused much suffering; it has broken many Soumas. Despite this, Tooru may just be able to heal their hearts and soothe their souls. Feel free to send your thoughts and questions via the Anchor app, the podcast e-mail: mangalogpod@gmail.com, or the podcast Twitter @mangalogpod.     Next series: Lone Wolf and Cub, written by Kazuo Koike, and illustrated by Goseki Kojima. Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
20:07
May 3, 2019
25: Grand Blue Dreaming
This week's manga log: Grand Blue Dreaming, written by Kenji Inoue and illustrated by Kimitake Yoshioka.   Description (courtesy of MyAnimeList.net):  Among the seaside town of Izu's ocean waves and rays of shining sun, Iori Kitahara is just beginning his freshman year at Izu University. As he moves into his uncle's scuba diving shop, Grand Blue, he eagerly anticipates his dream college life, filled with beautiful girls and good friends. But things don't exactly go according to plan. Upon entering the shop, he encounters a group of rowdy, naked upperclassmen, who immediately coerce him into participating in their alcoholic activities. Though unwilling at first, Iori quickly gives in and becomes the heart and soul of the party. Unfortunately, this earns him the scorn of his cousin, Chisa Kotegawa, who walks in at precisely the wrong time. Undeterred, Iori still vows to realize his ideal college life, but will things go according to plan this time, or will his situation take yet another dive? Feel free to send your thoughts and questions via the Anchor app, the podcast e-mail: mangalogpod@gmail.com, or the podcast Twitter @mangalogpod.    Next series: Fruits Basket, written and illustrated by Natsuki Takaya. Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
18:46
April 26, 2019
24: Toriko
This week's manga log: Toriko, written and illustrated by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro.   Description (courtesy of MyAnimeList.net): Hamburgers that grow out of the ground like four-leaf clovers, mountain ranges carved out of ice cream, and warm servings of mac and cheese that stew deep within the stomachs of volcanoes fill the landscape. This world of delectable natural wonders has reached a prime age of exploration—the Gourmet Age! Citizens and chefs alike aspire to taste and prepare the finest dishes, while adventurers called "Gourmet Hunters" seek out delicious rare ingredients. Possessing a unique set of skills, the wild and passionate Gourmet Hunter Toriko is infamous for discovering 2% of all known ingredients. Together with his friend Komatsu—a highly skilled chef working at a five-star hotel—Toriko strives to complete his Full Course Menu of Life. But it isn’t going to be easy; in order to obtain the most delicious ingredients, Toriko must battle against obstacles like deadly monsters, evil organizations, and food itself!  Feel free to send your thoughts and questions via the Anchor app, the podcast e-mail: mangalogpod@gmail.com, or the podcast Twitter @mangalogpod.   Next series: Grand Blue Dreaming, written by Kenji Inoue and illustrated by Kimitake Yoshioka.  Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
22:40
April 19, 2019
23: Blame!
This week's manga log: Blame!, written and illustrated by Tsutomu Nihei.   Description (courtesy of MyAnimeList.net): Killy is a man of few words. He wanders, seemingly endlessly, through a lonely, gargantuan labyrinth of concrete and steel, fighting off cyborgs and other futuristic nightmares, searching only for something called Net Terminal Genes. And he has a very powerful gun, which he uses without hesitation whenever anything resembling danger rears its ugly head. Who is this quiet, violent, determined man and what are these Genes he seeks? The small communities he finds tucked into the crevices of this towering, dystopic ruin hardly give him leads on his treasure, driving him to find larger enclaves of civilization where people can reveal more about the world he lives in and the quarry he seeks. Feel free to send your thoughts and questions via the Anchor app, the podcast e-mail: mangalogpod@gmail.com, or the podcast Twitter @mangalogpod.  Next series: Toriko, written and illustrated by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro.  Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
28:00
April 12, 2019
22: Yona of the Dawn
This week's manga log: Yona of the Dawn, written and illustrated by Mizuho Kusanagi. Description (courtesy of Amazon): Princess Yona lives an ideal life as the only princess of her kingdom. Doted on by her father, the king, and protected by her faithful guard Hak, she cherishes the time spent with the man she loves, Soo-won. But everything changes on her 16th birthday when she witnesses a loved one's murder! With Hak’s help, Yona flees the palace and struggles to survive while evading her enemy’s forces. But where will this displaced princess go when all the paths before her are uncertain? Feel free to send your thoughts and questions via the Anchor app, the podcast e-mail: mangalogpod@gmail.com, or the podcast Twitter @mangalogpod. Next series: Blame!, written and illustrated by Tsutomu Nihei.  Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
31:57
April 5, 2019
21: To Your Eternity
This week's manga log: To Your Eternity, written and illustrated by Yoshitoki Ōima. Description (courtesy of Kodansha): A new manga from the creator of the acclaimed A Silent Voice, featuring intimate, emotional drama and an epic story spanning time and space, To Your Eternity is a totally unique and moving manga about death, life, reincarnation, and the nature of love. A lonely boy wandering the Arctic regions of North America meets a wolf, and the two become fast friends, depending on each other to survive the harsh environment. But the boy has a history, and the wolf is more than meets the eye as well … Feel free to send your thoughts and questions via the Anchor app, the podcast e-mail: mangalogpod@gmail.com, or the podcast Twitter @mangalogpod. Next series: Yona of the Dawn, written and illustrated by Kusanagi, Mizuho Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
27:43
March 29, 2019
20: We Never Learn
This week's manga log: We Never Learn, written and illustrated by Taishi Tsutsui.   Description (courtesy of MyAnimeList): His late father always said that a useless man should strive to be useful, so to that end, third-year high school student Nariyuki Yuiga dedicated himself to becoming a high-achieving student in his school, despite his history of poor grades. In order to give his destitute family a better life, his ultimate goal is to obtain the special VIP nomination, a prestigious scholarship covering all future university tuition fees. Although Nariyuki could feasibly be a shoe-in for the nomination, he is constantly overshadowed by classmates Rizu Ogata and Fumino Furuhashi in mathematics and literature, respectively. To his delight, Nariyuki receives the nomination, but there's a catch: he has to tutor his two star classmates, who are each hopelessly mediocre at the other’s subject of expertise! To make matters worse, the subjects they are horrible at are the same subjects they want to pursue for their future. As the time to submit university applications draws nearer, Nariyuki must find an effective tutoring method for the girls before it’s too late. Feel free to send your thoughts and questions via the Anchor app, the podcast e-mail: mangalogpod@gmail.com, or the podcast Twitter @mangalogpod. Next series: To Your Eternity, written and illustrated by Yoshitoki Ōima. Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
20:50
March 27, 2019
19: Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku
This week's manga log: Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku, written and illustrated by Kaku, Yuuji. Description (courtesy of Anime News Network): The manga centers on Gabimaru, once exalted as the strongest ninja, but who has now quit his trade, violating the laws of his village. After being captured, he claims he has nothing left to live for. However, due to his superhuman levels of training, he has inadvertently survived multiple executions, from attempts at beheading to burning at the stake. The executioner Sagiri Asaemon tells him that he has lingering attachment to life, and issues him a mission to win his acquittal: to find the elixir of immortality. Feel free to send your thoughts and questions via the Anchor app, the podcast e-mail: mangalogpod@gmail.com, or the podcast Twitter @mangalogpod. Next series: We Never Learn, written and illustrated by Taishi Tsutsui.  Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
29:05
March 15, 2019
18: Mushishi
This week's manga log: Mushishi, written and illustrated by Urushibara, Yuki. Description (courtesy of Kodansha): Some live in the deep darkness behind your eyelids. Some eat silence. Some thoughtlessly kill. Some simply drive men mad. They are known as mushi—creatures that came into being shortly after life emerged from the primordial ooze. They still exist parallel to our own lives and can only be seen by a select few. As a mushishi, Ginko is one of the few who are aware of their existense, and this young man with a sardonic smile roams from place to place with the knowledge and skill to aid those unwittingly affected by mushi. Feel free to send your thoughts and questions via the Anchor app, the podcast e-mail: mangalogpod@gmail.com, or the podcast Twitter @mangalogpod. Next series: Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku, written and illustrated by Kaku, Yuuji Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
22:01
March 8, 2019
17: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
This week's manga log: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, written by FUSE, illustrated by Taiki Kawakami, with character designs by Mitz Vah.  Description (courtesy of Kodansha): Mikami’s middle age hasn’t gone as he planned: He never found a girlfriend, he got stuck in a dead-end job, and he was abruptly stabbed to death in the street at 37. So when he wakes up in a new world straight out of a fantasy RPG, he’s disappointed but not exactly surprised to find that he’s not a knight or a wizard but a blind slime demon. But there are chances for even a slime to become a hero… Feel free to send your thoughts and questions via the Anchor app, the podcast e-mail: mangalogpod@gmail.com, or the podcast Twitter @mangalogpod. Next series: Mushishi, written and illustrated by Urushibara, Yuki.  Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
29:05
March 1, 2019
16: Battle Angel Alita
This week's manga log: Battle Angel Alita, written and illustrated by Yukito Kishiro. Description (courtesy of Wikipedia): The series is set in the post-apocalyptic future and focuses on Alita, a female cyborg who has lost all memories and is found in a junkyard by a cybernetics doctor who rebuilds and takes care of her. She discovers that there is one thing she remembers, the legendary cyborg martial art Panzer Kunst, which leads to her becoming a Hunter Warrior or bounty hunter. The story traces Alita's attempts to rediscover her past and the characters whose lives she impacts on her journey. The manga series is continued in Battle Angel Alita: Last Order and Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle. Feel free to send your thoughts and questions via the Anchor app, the podcast e-mail: mangalogpod@gmail.com, or the podcast Twitter @mangalogpod. Next series: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, written by FUSE, illustrated by Taiki Kawakami, with character designs by Mitz Vah. Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
29:36
February 22, 2019
15: Children of the Sea
This week's manga log: Children of the Sea, written and illustrated by Daisuke Igarashi. Description (courtesy of VIZ): When Ruka was younger, she saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad works. Now she feels drawn toward the aquarium and the two mysterious boys she meets there, Umi and Sora. They were raised by dugongs and hear the same strange calls from the sea as she does. Ruka's dad and the other adults who work at the aquarium are only distantly aware of what the children are experiencing as they get caught up in the mystery of the worldwide disappearance of the oceans' fish. Feel free to send your thoughts and questions via the Anchor app, the podcast e-mail: mangalogpod@gmail.com, or the podcast Twitter @mangalogpod. Next series: Battle Angel Alita, written and illustrated by Yukito Kishiro. Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
29:41
February 15, 2019
14: One Piece
This week's manga log: One Piece, written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. Description (courtesy of MyAnimeList): Gol D. Roger, a man referred to as the "Pirate King," is set to be executed by the World Government. But just before his demise, he confirms the existence of a great treasure, One Piece, located somewhere within the vast ocean known as the Grand Line. Announcing that One Piece can be claimed by anyone worthy enough to reach it, the Pirate King is executed and the Great Age of Pirates begins. Twenty-two years later, a young man by the name of Monkey D. Luffy is ready to embark on his own adventure, searching for One Piece and striving to become the new Pirate King. Armed with just a straw hat, a small boat, and an elastic body, he sets out on a fantastic journey to gather his own crew and a worthy ship that will take them across the Grand Line to claim the greatest status on the high seas. Feel free to send your thoughts and questions via the Anchor app, the podcast e-mail: mangalogpod@gmail.com, or the podcast Twitter @mangalogpod. Next series: Children of the Sea, written and illustrated by Daisuke Igarashi. Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
32:26
February 8, 2019
13: Tomie
This week's manga log: Tomie, written and illustrated by Junji Ito. Description (courtesy of VIZ): Tomie Kawakami is a femme fatale with long black hair and a beauty mark just under her left eye. She can seduce nearly any man, and drive them to murder as well, even though the victim is often Tomie herself. While one lover seeks to keep her for himself, another grows terrified of the immortal succubus. But soon they realize that no matter how many times they kill her, the world will never be free of Tomie. Feel free to send your thoughts and questions via the Anchor app, the podcast e-mail: mangalogpod@gmail.com, or the podcast Twitter @mangalogpod. Next series: One Piece, written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
25:01
January 31, 2019
12: Sweet Blue Flowers
This week's manga log: Sweet Blue Flowers, written and illustrated by Takako Shimura. Description (courtesy of MyAnimeList): Fumi Manjoume, an introverted, bookish teenage girl, is beginning her first year of high school at Matsuoka Girls' High School. She enters the school year with her heart broken by a previous relationship. At about the same time, she reconnects with her best friend from ten years ago, Akira Okudaira, who is now attending Fujigatani Girls' Academy as a first-year high school student. As they reconnect, they both deal with their own respective romantic problems, and help each other get through them. Feel free to send your thoughts and questions via the Anchor app, the podcast e-mail:mangalogpod@gmail.com, or the podcast Twitter @mangalogpod. Next series: Tomie, written and illustrated by Junji Ito. Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
28:26
January 23, 2019
11: Berserk
This week's manga log: Berserk, written by and illustrated by Kentaro Miura. Description (courtesy of MyAnimeList): Guts, a former mercenary now known as the "Black Swordsman," is out for revenge. After a tumultuous childhood, he finally finds someone he respects and believes he can trust, only to have everything fall apart when this person takes away everything important to Guts for the purpose of fulfilling his own desires. Now marked for death, Guts becomes condemned to a fate in which he is relentlessly pursued by demonic beings. Setting out on a dreadful quest riddled with misfortune, Guts, armed with a massive sword and monstrous strength, will let nothing stop him, not even death itself, until he is finally able to take the head of the one who stripped him—and his loved one—of their humanity. Feel free to send your thoughts and questions via the Anchor app, or the podcast e-mail: mangalogpod@gmail.com. Next series: Sweet Blue Flowers, written and illustrated by Takako Shimura. Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
25:40
January 14, 2019
10: Boruto
This week's manga log: Boruto - Naruto Next Generations, written by Ukyō Kodachi and illustrated by Mikio Ikemoto. Description (courtesy of VIZ): Naruto was a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He achieved his dream to become the greatest ninja in the village and his face sits atop the Hokage monument. But this is not his story... A new generation of ninja are ready to take the stage, led by Naruto's own son, Boruto! My podcast e-mail will be created soon, but for now, please feel free to send your thoughts via the Anchor app! Next series: Berserk Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
33:55
December 12, 2018
9: Dragon Ball
This week's manga log: Dragon Ball, written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama. Description (courtesy of VIZ): Before there was Dragon Ball Z, there was Akira Toriyama's action epic Dragon Ball, starring the younger version of Son Goku and all the other Dragon Ball Z heroes! Meet a naive young monkey-tailed boy named Goku, whose quiet life changes when he meets Bulma, a girl who is on a quest to collect seven "Dragon Balls." If she gathers them all, an incredibly powerful dragon will appear and grant her one wish. But the precious orbs are scattered all over the world, and Bulma needs Goku's help (and his super-strength)! With a magic staff for a weapon and a flying cloud for a ride, Goku sets out on the adventure of a lifetime... My podcast e-mail will be created soon, but for now, please feel free to send your thoughts via the Anchor app! Next series: Boruto - Naruto Next Generations Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
22:33
December 2, 2018
8: Dr. Stone
This week's manga log: Dr. Stone, written by Riichiro Inagaki and illustrated by Boichi. Description (courtesy of MyAnimeList): The science-fiction adventure follows two boys' struggle to revive humanity after a mysterious crisis has left everyone in the world turned to stone for several millennia. My podcast e-mail will be created soon, but for now, please feel free to send your thoughts via the Anchor app! Next week's series: Dragon Ball, by Akira Toriyama
16:05
November 19, 2018
7: Tokyo Tarareba Girls
This week's manga log: Tokyo Tarareba Girls, by Akiko Higashimura Description (courtesy of Kodansha): "I spent all my time wondering 'What if?' Then one day I woke up and I was 33." Rinko doesn't think she's that bad-looking, but before she knew it, she was thirtysomething and single. Now she wants to get married by the time the Tokyo Olympics rolls around in six years, but … that might be easier said than done! My podcast e-mail will be created soon, but for now, please feel free to send your thoughts via the Anchor app! Next week's series: Dr. Stone, by Riichiro Inagaki (writer) and Boichi (artist). Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
17:03
November 8, 2018
6: Edens Zero
This week's manga log: Edens Zero, by Hiro Mashima Description (courtesy of Wikipedia): Edens Zero centers around Shiki Granbell, an orphan who is raised by sentient animatronics on a deserted theme park planet in the Sakura Cosmos. The park is visited by two space adventurers, Rebecca and her cat companion Happy, whom Shiki befriends while they are there recording videos for the video-sharing website B-Cube. Following this, Shiki joins Rebecca and Happy to explore the universe in the hope of making new friends for himself. My podcast e-mail will be created soon, but for now, please feel free to send your thoughts via the Anchor app! Next week's series: Tokyo Tarareba Girls, by Akiko Higashimura Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
24:36
November 2, 2018
5: Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction
This week's manga log: Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction, by Inio Asano. Description (courtesy of Amazon): It’s just an everyday apocalypse. Three years ago the aliens invaded Tokyo. Nothing was ever the same again. But after a while, even impending doom starts to feel ordinary. The Japan Self-Defense Forces are still looking for a way to combat the alien threat, but so far conventional weapons have had no effect. Maybe it’s time to try something unconventional. Meanwhile, Kadode Koyama and her best friend avidly track the aliens’ movements on social media and less enthusiastically study for college entrance exams. When the end of the world looms overhead, you learn to take things one step at a time. My podcast e-mail will be created soon, but for now, please feel free to send your thoughts via the Anchor app! Next week's series: Eden's Zero, by Hiro Mashima Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
21:53
October 25, 2018
4: The Promised Neverland
This week's manga log: The Promised Neverland. Description (courtesy of MyAnimeList): At Grace Field House, life couldn't be better for the orphans! Though they have no parents, together with the other kids and a kind Mama who cares for them, they form one big, happy family. No child is ever overlooked, especially since they are all adopted by the age of 12. Their daily lives involve rigorous tests, but afterward, they are allowed to play outside. There is only one rule they must obey: do not leave the orphanage. But one day, two top-scoring orphans, Emma and Norman, venture past the gate and unearth the horrifying reality behind their entire existence. ​With only a few months left to pull off an escape plan, the children must somehow change their predetermined fate. My podcast e-mail will be created soon, but for now, please feel free to send your thoughts via the Anchor app! Next week's series: Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
19:42
October 18, 2018
3: Pokemon Adventures
This week's manga log: Pokemon Adventures. Description (courtesy of Bulbapedia): The various chapters of Pokémon Adventures span the seven generations of Pokémon games so far. These chapters are named typically for the games they correspond to; however, the protagonists of each chapter typically also share these names. The first chapter of Pokémon Adventures, much like the first games, chronicles the journeys of Red and Blue across the Kanto region, conquering its eight Gyms and the Pokémon League. My podcast e-mail will be created soon, but for now, please feel free to send your thoughts via the Anchor app! Next week's series: The Promised Neverland. Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
15:45
October 10, 2018
2: My Hero Academia: Vigilantes
This week's manga log: My Hero Academia: Vigilantes. Description (courtesy of Amazon): Koichi Haimawari couldn’t make the cut to become an official hero, so he uses his modest Quirk to do good deeds in his spare time. Then one day a fateful encounter with some local thugs leads him to team up with two other unlikely heroes. None of them really know what they’re doing, but they’ve got the courage—or foolishness—to try. But they soon discover fighting evil takes more than just being brave. My podcast e-mail will be created soon, but for now, please feel free to send your thoughts via the Anchor app! Next week's series: Pokemon Adventures. Music: "Eternal Youth" by RUDE. Please support him! (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uXHaVENo6E)
21:13
October 4, 2018