Friendship! Effort! Victory! Episode 20 – Double Arts

This one’s late because it turns out comics are complicated sometimes!
The second cover Double Arts graced, from back in 2008

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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? – Naoshi Komi’s short-lived cult fantasy title Double Arts, and how it was good, bad, delightful, flawed, and really super difficult to talk about.

Where are the show notes? – Holding your hand? I dunno, I got nothing

-Want to get your hands on Double Arts in the original Japanese editions? Check out Amazon, where you can try and get print editions from sellers, or failing that, get it for your kindle if your kindle is Japanese I guess. I don’t really know how that goes. RESEARCH.
-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’

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Friendship! Effort! Victory! Episode 19 – Naoshi Komi

I almost fix the microphone for this special episode about everyone’s favourite hot new author!
Nisekyuu's colour page, from earlier this year in Weekly Shonen JumpThe Colour page for Apple, one of Naoshi Komi's one-shots from Weekly Shonen Jump

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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 Naoshi Komi, an up-and-coming manga creator for Weekly Shonen Jump, responsible for the smash hit Nisekoi and the cult fantasy series Double Arts(see the episodes surrounding this one), with an eye towards explaining every single one-shot he’s ever done. It’s expository!

Where are the show notes? – I don’t have anything witty to put here!

-If you want to know more about Naoshi Komi, check out his wiki, and then pop over to Manga Updates to have a little gander at what his works looked like. Obviously I’m not saying you should then use that knowledge to obtain them illicitly, as Manga Updates doesn’t host pirated manga itself and I try to be decent with this podcast, and trust you know what’s best.
-There was going to be a gallery for this episode, but I’m stumped if I can’t figure out how to find images untarnished by the cruel hands of fan-translators, so I’m afraid you get nothing, at least for now. We’ll see.
THE MARCH SCHEDULE HAS BEEN UNLEASHED! FEAST YOUR EYES.
-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 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 18 – Nisekoi

My microphone may be broken, but we soldier on through part three of Valentine’s month!
The debut cover of Nisekoi in Weekly Shonen Jump, from the end of 2011

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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 Naoshi Komi’s Nisekoi, the popular romantic comedy with completely non-typical harem tendencies. It’s a part of Weekly Shonen Jump’s New Power Generation too, a group of four titles Shueisha are promoting as the future of the anthology, which is a bit special, innit!

Where are the show notes? – They’re inside this locket, but who has the key?

-If you want to know more about Nisekoi, head over to the wikipedia page for it.
-If you want to read Nisekoi in english and are American or Canadian, head over to Vizmanga.com, where the first two volumes are currently available!
-You can also read the series in english THE SAME DAY JAPAN DOES by subscribing to Viz Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump digital magazine. Again, only if you’re American or Canadian, you lucky ducks.
-Of course if you don’t mind Japanese and want some lovely physical copies instead of all this digital hoo-hah, then head over to Amazon Japan and get your stuff there. I don’t mention it in the show, but the store also sells it on kindle, of all things!
-There’s also a Nisekoi Vomic (A read-through of the manga, with proper voice actors) all up on the internet. Check that out.
THE MARCH SCHEDULE HAS BEEN UNLEASHED! FEAST YOUR EYES.
-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 (NOW INCL. A SMALL GALLERY OF NISEKOI COVERS)
-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’

Sound quality issues are noted, and I’m trying to blag a replacement microphone as we speak.

Friendship! Effort! Victory! Episode 17 – Hatsukoi Limited

Valentine’s month continues with a personally beloved title of Mizuki Kawashita’s!
The only cover Hatsukoi Limited ever got, from #44, 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 Mizuki Kawashita’s short-live episodic romance titles Hatsukoi Limited, a lovely 4-volume series that follows a variety of girls and boys as they all try to deal with their first loves. It’s all doki-dokis and heartbreaks, and I get a bit special about how much I love it. Be warned though; it’s a mite spoiler-heavy.

Where are the show notes? – Up that skirt, down that cleavage, in that swimsuit!

-Want to know more about Hatsukoi Limited? Head over to the wikipedia page for it. It’s pretty thorough, and a bit more spoilery than I am in this episode.
-Want to BUY Hatsukoi Limited as a manga? You can do in the original Japanese, in French AND in Spanish, through the following Amazon links (JAPAN) (FRANCE) (SPAIN)
-Want to consume Hatsukoi Limited in an english format? America has a subtitled DVD collection. HAVE AT  (Amazon US)
Did you know? It’s called Hatsukoi Limited because that’s literally ‘First Love Limited’. Why limited? Because I guess all love is? I actually don’t know. WELL-RESEARCHED.
-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 16 – The Prince of Tennis

It’s a bit late and has some sound issues, but it’s time for Valentine’s Month part 1!

art by Takeshi Konomi, 2008

art by Takeshi Konomi, 2008

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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 Takeshi Konomi’s massively successful sports series The Prince of Tennis, the 8+ year legend that built up a multimedia empire around itself. I talk a lot about that stuff, and also about Fujoshi, that most excellent of female fanbases, whom are responsible for a great deal of TeniPuri’s success.

Where are the show notes? – They’re being rallied back and forth between this sentence and the post below!

-You can learn more about The Prince of Tennis over at its wiki page, as well as over at the surprisingly detailed Wikia site. Both are pretty great.
-You can see some of the plethora of fan-works surrounding TeniPuri over on Tumblr, as well as by looking the series up on just about any website ever.
-You can buy Prince of Tennis physically from most good manga-carrying bookstores, but failing that there’s also amazon (UK) (US) (CA) (WANT MORE COUNTRIES ADDED? LET ME KNOW)
-You can buy Prince of Tennis digitally from Viz Media’s own website, or at least the first twenty-eight volumes of it.
-OH! And if you want the fancy Japanese kanzenban editions, or to check out the sequel series The New Prince of Tennis, head over to Amazon JP! (Kanzenban) (New Prince of Tennis)
-Also hey, you like animé? Yeah you do! Go watch The Prince of Tennis over at Viz’s streaming site.
-*that* Keigo Atobe single, Valentine Kiss. I don’t get it.
THE BELMONDE LE VISITEUR CORRECTION POST AND LINK TO THE ONLINE READER IS HERE
-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 (NOW INCL. A SMALL GALLERY OF HUGE TENIPURI COVERS)
-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’