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


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.


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