Friendship! Effort! Victory! Episode 11 – Belmondo Le Visiteur

Witches. Torture. Me getting Belmondo’s name wrong.

art by Shouei Ishioka, 2007

art by Shouei Ishioka, 2007

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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 Shouei Ishioka’s Belmonde le Visiteur, a 2007 manga about a professional torturer in 17th century france, and his witch-powers and magical sword. If you’ve read One Piece and know who Trafalgar Law is then you basically know how the sword works. I talk about what it was, what went wrong, and what if anything there is in it that’s worth paying attention to. I also go on much longer than I normally do with a minisode, coming in at just under the size of the smallest standard episode. But that’s no bad thing now, is it?

Where are the show notes? – Just below the Rivieré Saint-Michel!

-You can, if you wish, buy Belmonde le Visiteur from various sellers over at Amazon Japan, along with Shouei’s other work for Shueisha’s now-defunct Monthly Shonen Jump, Leo the Gold.
-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 mine and your 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’

Do we get an episode gallery this time? – Um… Yeah, okay. Not much though, because the only scans I can find are low-quality fan-translations, and they’re not much to look at (also you know I don’t encourage such things openly):

Belmonde using his Lundi sword to cut past Celine and get the man taking her hostage. Looks good. Deceptively so. An example of how Belmonde can cut people up without killing them. A straight-forward challenge this, for the victim to merely walk forward The flesh dominoes, probably the best torture of the series and the one that really sells what could have been.D'artagnan and Athos in better times. D'artagnan is well-designed and kinda rubbish, Athos is poorly designed and probably the best character in the series.

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