67 episodes

Curious about manga, or Japanese comic books, but don't know where to start? Well neither does comics writer/artist Chip Zdarsky! Join manga experts Deb Aoki, David Brothers, and Christopher Butcher, as they introduce the medium through some of its best and most important works. Every week a new volume of manga to discover, discuss, and enjoy!

Mangasplaining Deb Aoki, David Brothers, Christopher Butcher, Chip Zdarsky

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    • 4.9 • 49 Ratings

Curious about manga, or Japanese comic books, but don't know where to start? Well neither does comics writer/artist Chip Zdarsky! Join manga experts Deb Aoki, David Brothers, and Christopher Butcher, as they introduce the medium through some of its best and most important works. Every week a new volume of manga to discover, discuss, and enjoy!

    Ep. 66: Cross Game by Mitsuru Adachi, and To Strip the Flesh, by Oto Toda

    Ep. 66: Cross Game by Mitsuru Adachi, and To Strip the Flesh, by Oto Toda

    This week the team digs into a classic manga, Cross Game, by Mitsuru Adachi! This story has huge twist/reveal and they SPOIL IT, A LOT. It's not a spoiler to say that this (baseball!?) manga is EXCELLENT, so if you don't want it spoiled before you get a chance to read it, you can fast-forward to 1:10:15 and listen to the team's newest Blind Date, with To Strip The Flesh by Oto Toda! It's a jam-packed episode! Read along with the show-notes at mangasplaining.com, and don't miss our publishing endeavour at mangasplainingextra.com.

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    • 1 hr 41 min
    Ep. 65: Dai Dark, by Q Hayashida

    Ep. 65: Dai Dark, by Q Hayashida

    Darkness! No Parents! Continued Darkness! The Opposite of Light! Black Hole! All of these things await you... and much more... in Dorohedoro creator Q Hayashida's new manga Dai Dark Volume 1. But it turns out to be very different than some of the Mangasplainers expected, and the team ends up laughing their way through one of the funniest episodes yet.

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep. 64: Blue Giant Vol. 5-6, by Shinichi Ishizuka

    Ep. 64: Blue Giant Vol. 5-6, by Shinichi Ishizuka

    This week the team dives into their very first music manga, the Jazz odyssey Blue Giant, by Shinichi Ishizuka! They're also reading their first ever series where they don't start from the first volume, instead jumping up to volume five! Does it work, does any of it work? Listen on to find out in this episode of many firsts on Mangasplaining. Follow along with our show notes at mangasplaining.com or check out our publishing endeavor at mangasplainingextra.com.

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep. 63: All My Darling Daughters, by Fumi Yoshinaga

    Ep. 63: All My Darling Daughters, by Fumi Yoshinaga

    This week, we dive back into a josei title, and it's by a noted boys love manga creator! It's all coming together in this week's All My Darling Daughters by Fumi Yoshinaga! But does this manga from the dark days of 2003 hold up to the rigors of life in 2022? Will Chip and the gang 'vibe' with what Yoshinaga is 'laying down'? Only one way to find out groovy people: get hip to this episode of Mangasplaining. Read the show notes and more at Mangasplaining.com, and check out our newsletter at MangasplainingExtra.com.

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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Ep. 62: My Love Mix-Up by Aruko & Hinekure, PLUS Unico: Awakening Interview with Samuel Sattin!

    Ep. 62: My Love Mix-Up by Aruko & Hinekure, PLUS Unico: Awakening Interview with Samuel Sattin!

    After the spicy romance of the last few weeks, we veer back into something a bit sweeter and funnier with My Love Mix-Up! But is this shojo manga romantic comedy with a hint of boys love be something that even Chip can enjoy? Then we have a special Mangasplaining: Listen to Me! chat with Samuel Sattin, the co-creator of Unico: Awakening with Japanese artistic team Gurihiru! It's a great big episode, and the show notes at Mangasplaining.com are pretty awesome too!

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    • 1 hr 35 min
    Ep. 61: Kakegurui: Compulsive Gambler, by Kawamoto and Naomura

    Ep. 61: Kakegurui: Compulsive Gambler, by Kawamoto and Naomura

    Are you ready to try your luck on Kakegurui? All it could cost you is millions of yen... or your fingernails? David guides the team through this smash-seinen manga pitting trust-fund-teens against one another in battles that cause embarrassment and ecstasy, skirting the line between schadenfreude and sadism! Place your bets on what Chip will think... Follow along with the show notes and more at mangasplaining.com.

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

Jay Pahr ,

A wealth of experience - the best manga podcast

I’ve been searching for a great manga podcast for a long time and this is absolutely the best one I have listened to. The hosts read a wide range of genres, discuss insightful commentary about each title, and the show notes on their website are very informative. It is so great to have a manga podcast hosted by people who have been readers for a long time and bring a lot of knowledge and experience to the show. Keep up the great work!

Zack Deane ,

A great way to explore a new medium

I love reading club podcasts like Overdue and (ahem) My Marvelous Year so finding one dedicated to exploring a wide variety of manga with such interesting hosts was so exciting. Can't wait for more episodes! (I'd love it if you covered some Kaguya-Sama: Love is War!)

topweeb ,

Fun for beginners and old fans!

The perfect podcast for if you like manga, or if you need to quickly learn about manga to impress the manga reader in your life.

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