Alchemy. A Lance. A man dressed inappropriately with a butterfly mask.
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 Nobuhiro Watsuki’s Buso Renkin, an alchemy-battle series that’s a bit of everything; Action, Romance, Comedy, Romance, Romance, it’s got it all. I delve into what the series is and some bits that worked for me, as well as explain Watsuki’s approach to candidly explaining his methods and creative processes in the bonus pages. It’s also secretly an episode about one man trying his hardest to remember stuff from a series he didn’t fit in his suitcase when he moved all the way around the world.
Where are the show notes? – Just look below this line!
-You can learn more about Buso Renkin at its fairly comprehensive wikia, which mostly deals with anime stuff but certainly covers everything you’d need to know, including the oddity that is the Ps2 video-game only child of Kazuki and Tokiko, Soya Muto. He’s utterly pointless
-Buso Renkin is incredibly available, purchasable in both book and animation form from your retailer of choice. But I’m lazy, so I’ll just link to amazon (UK) (US) (CA)
-If you’re American or Canadian, you can also get Buso Renkin digitally at a delightfully cheap price from Viz Manga
-You can learn more about Weekly Shonen Jump over at the wiki page for it, which is almost slightly reliable.
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–IN FACT THE NEW SCHEDULE FOR JANUARY WAS ANNOUNCED A SHORT WHILE BACK
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-As always the music used in this episode is from Jump Ultimate Stars. The intro is [INTO PLANET] and the outro, appropriately is ‘Loser’
-As was the case with the Reborn! episode, this is probably a title I’ll revisit in a future series.