Friendship! Effort! Victory! Episode 09 – ✰SANTA!✰

X-mas. A Jolly Fat Man. Nothing to do with either of those.

art by Kengo Kurando, 2003

art by Kengo Kurando, 2003


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 a minisode? – It’s a smaller episode, that discards all the inner workings and analysis stuff to just talk about a manga for what it is, be it good, bad, ugly, funny, heartbreaking and such. The minisodes exist to alternate weeks with the full episodes to give me a chance to work on those longer, more involved pieces without losing any momentum that weekly episodes would otherwise give it.

What is this episode about? – Why it’s about Kurando Kengo’s completely underwhelming 2003 series ✰SANTA!✰, a title that has absolutely nothing to do with christmas at all. Mostly I talk about its failings and the possibly unintentional ripping off of the Kishimoto brothers. I also try to look at the bright side of it. A little.

Where are the show notes? – At the bottom of your stocking, with the satsuma.

-Want to know more about ✰SANTA!✰? No. No, you really don’t. But you can buy it from sellers on Amazon JP, if you’re as intent on understanding my feelings on it.
-You can learn more about Weekly Shonen Jump over at the wiki page for it, which is almost slightly reliable.
Friendship! Effort! Victory!’s on iTunes, where subscriptions and reviews are always most welcome.
-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’

Is there an episode gallery this time? – Not really, finding good scans is hard, though if you look, there’s pics from a dodgy chinese-english scanlation floating around. Google is your friend. But here’s the volume covers anyway:
Santa! volume 1 by Kurando KengoSanta! volume two, by Kurando Kengo


2 thoughts on “Friendship! Effort! Victory! Episode 09 – ✰SANTA!✰

  1. Looking forward to Busou Renkin, I enjoyed the anime but haven’t gotten around to reading the manga. I hope the iTunes review helps.

    • Hey Draconem, thanks for the comment and review, always a much-appreciated thing.
      By seeing the anime of Buso Renkin you’ve probably gone about things the best way. I did the same and I think the other way round I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed the anime as much as I did. Hope you’ll enjoy the episode!

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