Friendship! Effort! Victory! Episode 05 – Reborn!

Hitman babies. Useless teenagers. Mountains of yaoi fanart.

art by Akira Amano, 2004

art by Akira Amano, 2004


What is Friendship! Effort! Victory!? – It’s a podcast about the manga and inner workings of Weekly Shonen Jump, with an eye towards accessibility and soothing camp tones.

What is this episode about? – It’s about Akira Amano’s Reborn! (Katekyo Hitman Reborn! to all you picky types), the longest Weekly Shonen Jump series created by a woman in it’s entire history. I mostly look at how it all related to age and gender demographics, but a bit of a scattered real life has made this one a complete free-for-all, taking on whatever angle or thought pops into my mind as I ramble through some fifteen plus minutes of episode.

Why’d it take so long to come out? – Life. But you’re also getting this week’s scheduled Minisode in a few hours, so hang tight!

Where are the show notes? – This joke’s getting thin, isn’t it?

-You can learn more about Reborn and Akira Amano at these two links (1) (2)
-You can also find out a whole bunch about Weekly Shonen Jump here
-Big ups to the Weekly Jump Reader’s Journal, where people discuss the weekly rankings of Jump, and bicker about whether Bleach is actually any good. There’s some posts in the archive about the history of Jump, but I haven’t found them yet.
-Did you know that despite a picture everyone uses as proof (and a few other sources of information), no-one’s still 100% on the gender of Akira Amano? That means that if we’re all wrong this episode is *completely pointless*
-Reborn! is somehow still partially available in bookstores and the like, such as Amazon (UK) (US) (CA) and indeed if  you want the full series there’s also (JP), which is just about to release the 41st volume this week.
-Seriously, if you buy the old stuff and tell Viz, they might finish releasing it, or put it up digitally. It could happen.
THE SHOW’S STILL ON ITUNES! Subscribe or something, why don’t you?
-The schedule for upcoming episodes and minisodes is up at my tumblr, The Despondent, which also has a variety of manga-related posts made semi-frequently, don’t you know.
-I’m also on Twitter @Maxy_Barnard
-Do you have feedback? Contact me at maxy dot barnard at gmail dot com. That’s how all the hip youngsters do it, isn’t it? Spelling it out?


2 thoughts on “Friendship! Effort! Victory! Episode 05 – Reborn!

  1. I’ve been listening your podcasts since the beginning, but this one pushed me to comment.

    I’ve never read Reborn (never was my thing), but the way you talked about it was really on the ball! Even the way you got caught up talking about fanfiction, about its fujoshi fanbase, and even its inconsistencies…its every bit worth being a tribute to a long running successful series. Heck, it even makes me want to read it, if only to appreciate it as the longest running series written by a woman in Shonen Jump.

    So your podcast is wonderful, and as a woman who reads quite a bit of Shonen Jump, the acknowledgement and tribute to Reborn hit very close to home. 🙂 I do wonder though, if you ever decide to review Gintama, if you’ll focus on its fujoshi fanbase as well (though I suppose once you start mentioning what fandom is like its hard to stop).

    • Hey theebs, thanks for the comment! I’m glad you like the podcast, especially as this episode was one I wasn’t exactly confident in.
      Yeah, the fan audiences surrounding things keep coming up in my notes for future episodes, more than anything just because they’re a great way of proving something has a devoted fanbase. Gin Tama might be a ways off yet though, just because I’ve got a lot to catch up on, but in the meantime there’ll be Hikaru no Go and Prince of Tennis early next year, both of which fit that same fujoshi bill to great effect.

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