Friendship! Effort! Victory! Episode 27 – Waq Waq

Ryu Fujisaki. I go on about him a lot. He’s all right.
2004/40, WaqWaq's Debut Cover in Weekly Shonen Jump


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 WaqWaq, the last work of Ryu Fujisaki for Weekly Shonen Jump, and a delightfully weird failure, telling a tale of a desolate world and sci-fi battles, using a difficult religious concept as it goes along. It’s a whole thing! I talk about what was good about it, and why it probably failed despite these brilliant things.

Where are the show notes? – In the future, where we red-bloods are GODS!

-Want to buy WaqWaq? Well, it should be available anywhere good comics are sold, but failing that there’s always Amazon (UK) (US) for the english editions and also Amazon (JP) for the Japanese bunkoban editions.
-Want to know more about WaqWaq? Buy it. But also there’s a wikipedia page that gives you the basic stuff you’d want to know. There’s also a pretty okay one about Ryu Fujisaki himself.
-What is the Amesha Spenta? Well, it’s a complicated religious thing that I was too lazy to explain, despite being a pretty good Religious Studies student back in the day. So here’s a wiki page that also explains it.
-You can learn more about Weekly Shonen Jump over at the wiki page for it, which is almost slightly reliable.
-Are you in the US/CA? Go support the digital version of Weekly Shonen Jumpreleased by Viz Media.
-Want Shonen Jump manga in english, digitally? Are you in US/CA? VizManga dot com. Every time.
Friendship! Effort! Victory!’s on iTunes, where subscriptions and reviews are always most welcome. THE FEED IS FIXED (I think)
-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’


2 thoughts on “Friendship! Effort! Victory! Episode 27 – Waq Waq

  1. Haven’t checked about WaqWaq’s publication history and ratings, but as it was kind of fast paced, I belive that it was short because it was planned like that.

    • (garbleflargle first reply lost to the annals of time)

      I was believing that as well from the pace, but looking back at discussion at the time, WaqWaq was pretty definitely cancelled. Both it and Buso Renkin were the least popular titles in Jump by some amount of time when the axe finally dropped on them both, you see. Annoyingly 2004-05 is in this annoying period where Biwa-Starman hasn’t chronicled and the WeeklyJump Reader’s Journal hadn’t begun posting TOCs yet, so I couldn’t say for sure how long that amount of time was, I can only go off of what people were saying at the time. So, in an ideal world, I’d be wrong. But look at it this way: think how good a writer Fujisaki was to make it feel like it was planned to run as long as it did.

      Ooh, in fact the first TOC posted on the LJ? WaqWaq’s cancellation issue:

      Also in that issue? a one-shot from a budding young author known as Tamura Ryuhei. Wonder whatever happened to him ahaha.

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