Friendship! Effort! Victory! Episode 25 – Ryu Fujisaki

Overlong. Too much describing stuff. Interesting stuff.
The cover to Dramatic Irony, one of the two collections discussed this episode.

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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 Ryu Fujisaki, creator of popular titles Hoshin Engi, Waq Waq and Shiki, and his short stories contained in the collections Worlds and Dramatic Irony. Worlds is work from his student days, and suffers as a result, but Dramatic Irony is a much more diverse and noteworthy collection. Either way, both are entirely worth hearing about, so jump on in.

What’s going on for the next two weeks? – Daily episodes! Yes, to catch up after the recent hiatus, I’m updating every day, or as close to every day as I can. It’s a bit of a challenge, but hopefully this horrific gimmick will please my patient audience. I’m taking weekends off, but by and large there should be 4-5 shows each week until the series is wrapped up. EXCITING.

Where are the show notes? – I got nothing. They’re down here.

-Want to read either Worlds of Dramatic Irony? You can get them used from Amazon Japan, or find at least some of the stories in the current collection known as Celestial Globe
-Want to know more about Ryu Fujisaki? Check out his wikipedia page.
-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 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’

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Friendship! Effort! Victory! Episode 24 – Sakuratetsu Taiwahen

A man. A house. A joke about anus tightness.
2002/01, Sakuratetsu Taiwahen's Debut Cover in 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 Ryu Fujisaki’s Sakuratetsu Taiwahen (or Tetsu Sakura’s Dialogues if you’re feeling fancy), an utterly madcap experiment gag title from the early 00s that didn’t do well by any measure of the word, but is totally worth paying attention to as an unusual gem in Weekly Shonen Jump’s history.

What’s going on this week? – Daily episodes! Yes, to catch up after the recent hiatus, I’m updating every day, or as close to every day as I can, until we’re ready for the last episode or two of the series. It’s a bit of a challenge, but hopefully this horrific gimmick will please my patient audience.

Where are the show notes? – I… I don’t have a gag for this one. In a tiny anus? In a house that everyone wants? I dunno.

-Do you want to buy Sakuratetsu Taiwahen? Well, you can purchase it from Amazon Japan, in either separate volumes (from sellers) or from the snazzy bunkoban edition (that one with the big red circle with the number 2 on it). Or you can get it from Kinokuniya if they operate in your area (search for サクラテツ対話篇)
-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 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 23 – ST&RS

Another manga with a weird name!
2011/30, ST&RS' Debut & Only Cover

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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 ST&RS, the aspirational space manga, a title that tried to prove you can take your time and maintain your story in the cut-throat world of Weekly Shonen Jump, something it both succeeded AND failed at, confusingly. I also finally talk about how the polls work, and why long-form storylines are such a rarity in new Weekly Shonen Jump titles.

What’s going on this week? – Daily episodes! Yes, to catch up after the recent hiatus, I’m updating every day, or as close to every day as I can, until we’re ready for the last episode or two of the series. It’s a bit of a challenge, but hopefully this horrific gimmick will please my patient audience.

Where are the show notes? – The show notes are in space, they just don’t want us to escape!

-Want to buy ST&RS? Well, you can buy it in its original Japanese from places such as Amazon Japan or Kinokuniya (US)  (Taiwan) (Australia) (Thailand) (Malaysia) (Singapore) (Japan), if they operate in your country. Just search for ST&RS, because Kinokuniya seems to struggle with permalinks.
-Want to know more about ST&RS? Check out the Wikipedia page for it, which covers the basics of the comic pretty well.
The perspective on that volume 1 cover
-Other spacebound comics that are worth checking out: Orbiter by Warren Ellis and Colleen Doran (US) and the impeccable Twin Spica by Kou Yaginuma (US).
-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 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 22 – Kagijin

Kagijin. It’s a bit naff. Really.
2009/33,  Kagijin's debut cover in 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 Yasuki Tanaka’s sophomore serialisation Kagijin, a decidedly lacking tale about keys and misery and stuff, with only a great idea about perspective and a tanned girl to give it any positive features. This will not be a positive show.

Why were you on hiatus so long? – I was travelling across the world and was unable to write and record, and when I got back to the UK some three weeks ago I immediately came down ill, destroying my voice temporarily and pushing this special week of daily updates back an extra week. So forgive the wait and this initial patch of rustyness.

Where are the show notes? – Well, I’ll just stick this key in my arm and… Here we go!

-Want to buy Kagijin? Then you’re mad. But it is in fact IN STOCK over at Amazon Japan, which is a rarity for this podcast, so I suppose you could go get it, huh.
-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’