11 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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    • 5.0 • 13 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. 10: Tekkonkinkreet Black & White

    Ep. 10: Tekkonkinkreet Black & White

    Perhaps our most anticipated episode, TekkonKinkreet is a manga that's had a powerful effect on many readers and comic creators, including this week's host Christopher. Will Chip Zdarsky like the book? Will him disliking it form a rift that tears the podcast asunder? Probably not, but Deb, David, Christopher and Chip dig into this very widely-loved manga, with some interesting behind-the-scenes stories!

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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Ep. 9: 7 Billion Needles Vol 1-4

    Ep. 9: 7 Billion Needles Vol 1-4

    Lots of firsts this episode, as the Mangasplaing gang read their first complete series, their first digtal-only series, and we get the first hints that manga just might be breaking poor Chip's brain! It's all here in this discussion of the sci-fi epic 7 Billion Needles!

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Ep. 8: The Way of the Househusband Vol 1

    Ep. 8: The Way of the Househusband Vol 1

    Sure, the anime adaptation of the absolutely hilarious Yakuza-comedy Way of the Househusband makes its anime debut on Netflix later this week, but wouldn't you like to be like us? The people who read the manga first, so you can also say that you were into it BEFORE it was popular? Well when it's this funny and well done, chances are... you do! The most surprising episode of Mangasplaining yet!

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Ep. 7: Yotsuba& Vol 1

    Ep. 7: Yotsuba& Vol 1

    It's the adorable green-haired (maybe) moppet that everyone adores--Yotsuba! But is there a dark undercurrent to this manga that Chip and the gang will discover...? No, no there is not, thankfully, but that doesn't mean there aren't similar books out there to avoid. Give this a close listen, learn to love Yotsuba through this review of Yotsuba Vol 1, and enjoy our two (2!) new manga segments!

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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Ep. 6: Wave, Listen to Me! By Hiroaki Samura.

    Ep. 6: Wave, Listen to Me! By Hiroaki Samura.

    What if your bar-stool complaining about your love life made it to air, and became a hit radio show? Would that make for a great manga? Find out what the gang thinks of Wave, Listen To Me! this episode!

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep. 5: What The Font?!, by Kunichi Ashiya

    Ep. 5: What The Font?!, by Kunichi Ashiya

    What if your favourite fonts were actually cute manga characters? You'd have the new manga WHAT THE FONT?! But the question is, what will writer, artist, and designer Chip Zdarsky think about manga that steps onto his turf?

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    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

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.

PresidentCC ,

The perfect place to fall in love with manga

For manga beginners, Mangasplaining is an excellent gateway to some of the coolest creative works that comics as a medium has to offer. And for big fans of smart and thoughtful comics analysis, Mangasplaining is home to four of the most insightful comics professionals I can think of exploring why this medium — and manga specifically — is so amazing. Check out this show to fill your brain, your heart, and your bookshelf — my only regret is that I have purchased more new manga thanks to this show than I have space for.

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