Friendship! Effort! Victory! Episode 08 – Kinnikuman

Wrestling. Fart gags. Boiled Egg.

art by yudetamago

art by yudetamago


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? – Why, it’s about Yudetamago’s never-ending epic Kinnikuman, a superhuman wrestling manga that executes both comedy and brutality like one would execute a spinning toe hold. I switch up the format a fair bit by diving straight into Kinnikuman, peppering it with the history and inner workings parts as I go along. I look over the popular KinKeshi/M.U.S.C.L.E. merchandise related to the series, as well as its numerous resurrections that have occurred over the last decade.


-If you want to know more about Kinnikuman, you can’t go wrong with the extensive wiki and wikia sites for it, which cover a lot of the goings-on of the manga in some detail.
-When it comes to KinKeshi/M.U.S.C.L.E. you can’t really find people who know more about it than those lot over at the Little Rubber Guys forum.
-Of course there’s also the option to relive nostalgia and buy some of you own from M.U.S.C.L.E.figures dot com. Go on the ‘Meat‘ page for links a whole bunch of cool related stuff.
-Kinnikuman might not be available in english but the cult-hit sequel, Ultimate Muscle, certainly kind of still is! Get it from Amazon (UK) (US) (CA) and if you’re really brave try and hunt down the OOP volumes off of sites like ebay or something
-Oh and you *can* get Kinnikuman in Japanese if that’s your thing. The new volumes (38 onwards) are pretty easy to read despite the language barrier. Wrestling’s like that. (JP)

Friendship! Effort! Victory! is on iTunes. You can go subscribe, rate, review and whatnot. I’m told it helps.
-You can find me on Twitter @Maxy_Barnard where I usually just swear and be wrong about stuff
-You can also find me on Tumblr over at The Despondent, where there’s a Schedule of upcoming episodes & an irregular supply of things relevant to my interests
-You can also e-mail me at maxy dot barnard at gmail dot com with feedback or heartfelt hate
-As always the music used in this episode is from Jump Ultimate Stars. The intro is [INTO PLANET] and the outro, appropriately is ‘Loser’

Those older covers:

One of the ill-thought out early covers One of the early ill-thought out covers


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