Friendship! Effort! Victory! Episode 15 – Chameleon Jail

Takehiko Inoue. Face-changing via explosions. Relative failure.

art by Takehiko Inoue, 1989

art by Takehiko Inoue, 1989

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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 Takehiko Inoue’s debut work Chameleon Jail, the tale of a strangely named guy who can use the power of miniature explosions to change his face. That’s… Sensible. It’s a proper 80s series, so there’s a lot of odd things to observe.

Where are the Show Notes? – They were in disguise all along!

-You can find out more about Chameleon Jail over at its wiki page.
-You can also buy Chameleon Jail in the original language from a whole bunch of sellers on Amazon Japan.
-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 if you’d like.
-As always the music used in this episode is from Jump Ultimate Stars. The intro is [INTO PLANET] and the outro, appropriately is ‘Loser’

Friendship! Effort! Victory! Episode 14 – Hikaru no Go

Ancient Board Games. Ancient Ghosts. Modern Teens.

art by Takeshi Obata

art by Takeshi Obata

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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 Yumi Hotta and Takeshi Obata’s Hikaru no Go, the smash hit series about an ancient Chinese board game, with discussion of just about everything I can think of about it, from Sai’s ghostly influence to Isumi’s ridiculous popularity.

Where are the Show Notes? – At the top-right star, Hikaru!

-Want to learn more about Hikaru no Go? The wikipedia page is actually pretty super useful!
-You can buy Hikaru no Go in print from most book-type places, but because it’s what I do here’s a link to it on Amazon (UK) (US)
-And because they’re notable exceptions, if you want the fancy-pants Kanzenban edition or the larger Bunkoban editions in the original language, they’re both obtainable from Amazon Japan (Kanzenban) (Bunkoban)
-You can read Hikaru no Go DIGITALLY, as long as you’re American or Canadian, over at Viz Media’s website.
-You can also watch something called an anime adaptation, whatever that is.
-Want to learn more about the actual game of Go? I recommend wikipedia’s large amount of pages about it, and the XBLA game The Path of Go (that link’s US. This one’s UK). At 400MSP it’s a good deal.
-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 if you’d like.
-As always the music used in this episode is from Jump Ultimate Stars. The intro is [INTO PLANET] and the outro, appropriately is ‘Loser’

Friendship! Effort! Victory! Episode 13 – Jungle King Ta-Chan

AAA-AAAH!! AAA-AAAAAH!! You know, like Tarzan.

art by Masaya Tokuhiro, 1988

art by Masaya Tokuhiro, 1988

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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 Masaya Fukuhiro’s Gag manga oddity Jungle King Ta-chan, a series detailing the post-marriage lifestyle of a character similar to but not directly infringing upon Edgar Rice Burrough’s Tarzan. Because he’s Ta-chan. His wife is still Jane though, so whatever. Mostly I focus on the awkward gender politics and the penis jokes, as is my wont to do.

Where are the show notes? – Hanging from a tree by their genitals

-You can find the Japanese Bunkoban editions of Jungle King Ta-chan over at Amazon Japan, don’t you know.
-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’

Where’s the minisode gallery? – I’m currently travelling the country, and am unable to reach a computer, so you don’t get one! When I’m back in February I’ll toss one in here, trying to avoid all the OTT genitals as I do so.

Friendship! Effort! Victory! Episode 12 – Mazinger Z

Giant robots. Go Nagai. A character who’s half man, half woman.

art by Go Nagai, 1972

art by Go Nagai, 1972

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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 Go Nagai’s revolutionary mecha series Mazinger Z, with an eye towards why it mattered and the strange republication and continuation of it by a company other than Shueisha. It deals a bit with Go Nagai’s revolutionary production company, Dynamic Pro, whose existence allowed for Nagai’s career to be what it was, including the migration of Mazinger Z to Kodansha Comics. Also I talk about how I spent months trying to work out what version I read, and how I’m still not entirely sure. It’s a hoot!

Where are the Show Notes? – Just below my breast fire!

-I recorded this with a mild bit of sunstroke. Can YOU tell where madness set in?
-Learn about Mazinger Z and Go Nagai over at Wikipedia, as well as on Mazinger Z’s TV Tropes page, which explains a bit about why what version you read matters
-If you want the Kodansha Bunkoban releases of Mazinger Z, go to Amazon Japan. If you want the Shueisha releases, I have no idea how to help you out on that one.
-If you want the Italian comprehensive editions, check out sellers on Amazon Italy. It’s technically better than the Japanese release!(Ediz. Integrale is what you’re looking for)
-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 if you’d like.
-As always the music used in this episode is from Jump Ultimate Stars. The intro is [INTO PLANET] and the outro, appropriately is ‘Loser’