A manga discussion podcast focusing on shojo (and josei!) series that make your heart go doki-doki. Covering classics like CLAMP’s “Cardcaptor Sakura” and Yuu Watase’s “Fushigi Yuugi” to newer favorites like Kazune Kawahara’s “My Love Story!!” and Hiro Fujiwara’s “Maid Sama!”
Shojo & Tell host Ashley McDonnell discusses one series per episode with a rotating shojo superfan. (And sometimes, a shoujo superfan.)
Shojo [or shoujo] manga: Japanese comics made for young women. A breath of fresh air after reading 72 volumes of “Naruto.” The underappreciated sibling of all those same-y never-ending shonen titles.
RG Veda (with Asher Sofman)
Covers all of RG VEDA by CLAMP.
This hyper-violent fantasy series was CLAMP's first traditionally published work — and it shows. Shojo & Tell host Ashley and her boytoy Asher talk about the highs and lows of this high-concept series about destiny and the power of love (what else is new?). All good boys are praised, and Yasha is not on the list.
Earthian (with Vrai Kaiser)
Covers all of EARTHIAN by Yun Kouga.
Anime Feminist writer Vrai Kaiser joins Shojo & Tell host Ashley to discuss this late 1980s boys' love hot mess of a manga. EARTHIAN starts off as a sort of mashup between PET SHOP OF HORRORS and THE GOOD PLACE and ends somewhere way, way off from that. Vrai and Ashley discuss all the religion that is (and isn't) happening with the Catholicsploitation, how sweet Chihaya and Kagetsuya's relationship actually is, how many of the ideas the series presents (but doesn't follow through with) are actually still startlingly relevant, and tons more (probably problematic) topics. The journey is surprising and delightful and horrifying all at the same time.
Waiting for Spring Part 2 (with Kelly Quinn Chiu)
Covers volumes 8–14 of WAITING FOR SPRING by Anashin.
We’re back to talk about the second half of WAITING FOR SPRING, aka, Girly Kuroko's Basketball. Kelly and Ashley discuss how Towa and Aya are in a philosophical fight over what strength is, how well-handled Ryuji and Nana's relationship is, and just what about WAITING FOR SPRING makes it so special. Also a lot of complaining about Aya. He's 17. He doesn't know anything!
Waiting for Spring Part 1 (with Kelly Quinn Chiu)
Covers volumes 1–7 of WAITING FOR SPRING by Anashin.
The wait is finally over! We're FINALLY talking about the basketball boys! WAITING FOR SPRING is one of the most wholesome shojo series around and will have you smiling like a fool. Librarian Kelly and Shojo & Tell host Ashley discuss why Towa is THE BEST, why Aya does not deserve to be in second place in the character poll (rude to Mitsuki and Ryuji), how you shouldn't write real-people fanfiction, and much more. It's basically KUROKO'S BASKETBALL, but shojo. What more could you want? Seiryo, fight!
Ao Haru Ride Pt. 2 (with Shojo Beat Senior Editor Nancy Thistlethwaite)
Covers volumes 8–13 of AO HARU RIDE by Io Sakisaka.
One year after recording about the first half of AO HARU RIDE, we’re back on the bandwagon to talk about the ending. Shojo Beat Senior Editor Nancy and Shojo & Tell host Ashley talk about every single confession and rejection scene, consistently compare the series to WE WERE THERE, bring up one too many times that [SPOILERS] it’s annoying that Kou was hit by a car, and so much more. Like, get out of here, Kikuchi. Kou and Futaba forever.
Utena: After the Revolution (with Rose Bridges)
Covers all the short stories in REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA: AFTER THE REVOLUTION by Chiho Saito
For the 20th anniversary of REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA, we were gifted this volume of short stories (one for Touga and Saionji, another for Juri and Shiori, the final for Miki and Kozue) that function as a "sequel" of sorts to the UTENA anime (not the manga). Anime scholar Rose Bridges comes back on the Shojo & Tell to talk about UTENA without Utena (sort of?). Rose and Ashley debate which story of the three is the strongest, what it means for there to have been a revolution if the characters haven't really changed, and why the heck Nanami keeps getting so slighted.
I am so glad I found this! Lovely conversations and in depth look at characters , specially the CCS episodes!! I hope you dive into clear card anime and later mangas!
It feels like I’m enjoying a conversation with my BFFS!!! Most of this is super relatable and fun to listen to! It was so hard not to laugh on the ouran high school host club one 🤣
I feel like I am talking with my girls about some of my favorite shoujo series. I really love these talks!!