August182014

therevtimes:

No. 168 “The Unarmed” 

Rest In Peace…

to Michael Brown, John Crawford, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride, Oscar Grant, Sean Bell And the countless other lives that have been taken away from this world due to prejudice.

And an honor to the many people in Ferguson standing up, fighting, hoping that some kind of justice can be had in the midst of chaos.

The Revolutionary Times being on fucking point, whilst also bringing just the right amount of levity to help fight the horrors going on now (or every day, even). Quality.

7PM

I’m not much of one for buying toys, but seeing that Space Adventure COBRA has a selection of its most memorable characters as figma…. Well, I need that injected into my veins, really. Look at those beautiful monsters. How didn’t I know that they existed until now?

(pictures from goodsmile: Cobra, Bowie, Lady)

July142014
This week’s episode of Friendship! Effort! Victory! is in re-records and edits, and should be up tomorrow. It’s a bit of a rare treat, coming one week after the last one, and is about Kouhei Horikoshi's notable flop Barrage (or Barrage of the Battle Star if you’re in the east).
It’ll be an interesting one, because it’s a pretty middling comic at best, yet its position as one of the first times Viz Media took a chance on licensing a comic DAY ONE, back when International Weekly Shonen Jump was just Shonen Jump Alpha. I mean sure we were still running two weeks behind back then, but that doesn’t lessen how big a deal Barrage is to western audiences.
…. Even if it sucks.

This week’s episode of Friendship! Effort! Victory! is in re-records and edits, and should be up tomorrow. It’s a bit of a rare treat, coming one week after the last one, and is about Kouhei Horikoshi's notable flop Barrage (or Barrage of the Battle Star if you’re in the east).

It’ll be an interesting one, because it’s a pretty middling comic at best, yet its position as one of the first times Viz Media took a chance on licensing a comic DAY ONE, back when International Weekly Shonen Jump was just Shonen Jump Alpha. I mean sure we were still running two weeks behind back then, but that doesn’t lessen how big a deal Barrage is to western audiences.

…. Even if it sucks.

July82014

oz-xiii said: I just finished listening to your podcast about Shaman King, and I would like to add a tidbit about Chocolove/Joco's name. It's been said that he's named after medication called Chocola BB, but as this is Takei we're talking about, he could have very well intended the racist joke. I've also a question, which isn't Shaman King related, but you mentioned the series Black Cat in your podcast. I couldn't find and past episodes about it and was wondering if you have/will do an episode on that series?

I’d never made the Chocola BB connection myself, but there’s a lot to be said about this, it having the same sort of allusion as in Lyserg Diethel’s name. So it’s totally believable that it’d be intended, which makes the tone-deaf race stuff all the more awkward. Like… He would have had to blunder into that pretty hard. I’ve gotta make sure I look into this before the follow-up stuff I’ve got planned. Thanks for pointing it out!

As for Black Cat, I’ve wanted to do an episode about it for pretty much the entire run of FEV, and have more notes on that than most other comics I want to touch on. With the way I go about getting the episodes done I’d hate to peg when it’ll have an episode, but at the moment I’m only working a month ahead, so it’s altogether possible It’ll come up in August.

July72014
andysislands:

thedespondent:

That’s right! It’s time for a brand-spanking new episode of Friendship! Effort! Victory!. The hiatus is finally over, and I return with an episode about the very first manga I ever laid eyes upon, the supernatural cult hit Shaman King, by Hiroyuki Takei.
I talk about a lot of stuff (but by no means enough stuff), including incidental racism, and mature approaches to sexual encounters in a comic aimed at younger readers. And like… Ghost fights. Because that’s what the comic has a lot of, so I couldn’t really avoid it.
I’m still pretty rusty, but I hope you enjoy the episode and come back next week for ANOTHER new episode of my niche little wonder-project.

Good show! I enjoyed it. I’ll probably go back and listen to some past episodes at some point.
I just have a couple technical notes to add…
- Even though the “Funbari No Uta” numbered chapters were released in the original volume 32, Takei started writing them for Akamaru Jump back around the time of volume 21. This makes it bit less of a “planned sequel” and more a “what if” story that he made up as he went along.
- Speaking of volume 32, Shueisha wasn’t looking for a certain level of fan support to release the volume. What actually happened was the volume was scheduled for release, then it was suddenly pulled off the schedule. It got delayed one or two months. This was most likely so Takei could add in chapter 285 and include the Funbari No Uta chapters. Rarely does volume release dates slip in Japan, but once or twice a year it happens to a series or two. The internet just had some rumors at the time, but I never saw the official Shueisha source stating for direct fan feedback.
- One other interesting tidbit about the Shaman King series not covered (like lots of other things) is the card game in Japan. Rarely does a Card Game become successful, but this was really, really successful. Takei made most of his money from this card game and some big licensing deals with 4Kids, Matel, and Konami. But the card game was so successful that it had 3 videogames, and the card game actually had a reboot of the first set under the title “O.S.” So anytime a card game goes on for many years and you need to reprint and update the original sets of card, that’s a really good sign. It also had tournaments at Jump Festa for at least 2 years. If memory servers me right… there was over 250 participants for the final national tournament at Jump Festa.

Oh goodness, so great to have you in particular listen in, especially on this episode.
The volume 32 and Funbari no Uta stuff is a pretty big slip-up of mine (along with mispronouncing Takei the whole damn pod), working off limited research so long after the fact, so it’s really interesting to hear the reality behind those two things.
The card game though… Like… Wow, how have I never heard of this? I’m gonna have to look into it all and put it in a follow-up bit along with the corrections, because that’s a rare thing to hear about, to be sure.
Thanks for listening and following up with all this stuff, man. Appreciated!

andysislands:

thedespondent:

That’s right! It’s time for a brand-spanking new episode of Friendship! Effort! Victory!. The hiatus is finally over, and I return with an episode about the very first manga I ever laid eyes upon, the supernatural cult hit Shaman King, by Hiroyuki Takei.

I talk about a lot of stuff (but by no means enough stuff), including incidental racism, and mature approaches to sexual encounters in a comic aimed at younger readers. And like… Ghost fights. Because that’s what the comic has a lot of, so I couldn’t really avoid it.

I’m still pretty rusty, but I hope you enjoy the episode and come back next week for ANOTHER new episode of my niche little wonder-project.

Good show! I enjoyed it. I’ll probably go back and listen to some past episodes at some point.

I just have a couple technical notes to add…

- Even though the “Funbari No Uta” numbered chapters were released in the original volume 32, Takei started writing them for Akamaru Jump back around the time of volume 21. This makes it bit less of a “planned sequel” and more a “what if” story that he made up as he went along.

- Speaking of volume 32, Shueisha wasn’t looking for a certain level of fan support to release the volume. What actually happened was the volume was scheduled for release, then it was suddenly pulled off the schedule. It got delayed one or two months. This was most likely so Takei could add in chapter 285 and include the Funbari No Uta chapters. Rarely does volume release dates slip in Japan, but once or twice a year it happens to a series or two. The internet just had some rumors at the time, but I never saw the official Shueisha source stating for direct fan feedback.

- One other interesting tidbit about the Shaman King series not covered (like lots of other things) is the card game in Japan. Rarely does a Card Game become successful, but this was really, really successful. Takei made most of his money from this card game and some big licensing deals with 4Kids, Matel, and Konami. But the card game was so successful that it had 3 videogames, and the card game actually had a reboot of the first set under the title “O.S.” So anytime a card game goes on for many years and you need to reprint and update the original sets of card, that’s a really good sign. It also had tournaments at Jump Festa for at least 2 years. If memory servers me right… there was over 250 participants for the final national tournament at Jump Festa.

Oh goodness, so great to have you in particular listen in, especially on this episode.

The volume 32 and Funbari no Uta stuff is a pretty big slip-up of mine (along with mispronouncing Takei the whole damn pod), working off limited research so long after the fact, so it’s really interesting to hear the reality behind those two things.

The card game though… Like… Wow, how have I never heard of this? I’m gonna have to look into it all and put it in a follow-up bit along with the corrections, because that’s a rare thing to hear about, to be sure.

Thanks for listening and following up with all this stuff, man. Appreciated!

11AM
That’s right! It’s time for a brand-spanking new episode of Friendship! Effort! Victory!. The hiatus is finally over, and I return with an episode about the very first manga I ever laid eyes upon, the supernatural cult hit Shaman King, by Hiroyuki Takei.
I talk about a lot of stuff (but by no means enough stuff), including incidental racism, and mature approaches to sexual encounters in a comic aimed at younger readers. And like… Ghost fights. Because that’s what the comic has a lot of, so I couldn’t really avoid it.
I’m still pretty rusty, but I hope you enjoy the episode and come back next week for ANOTHER new episode of my niche little wonder-project.

That’s right! It’s time for a brand-spanking new episode of Friendship! Effort! Victory!. The hiatus is finally over, and I return with an episode about the very first manga I ever laid eyes upon, the supernatural cult hit Shaman King, by Hiroyuki Takei.

I talk about a lot of stuff (but by no means enough stuff), including incidental racism, and mature approaches to sexual encounters in a comic aimed at younger readers. And like… Ghost fights. Because that’s what the comic has a lot of, so I couldn’t really avoid it.

I’m still pretty rusty, but I hope you enjoy the episode and come back next week for ANOTHER new episode of my niche little wonder-project.

July62014

Anonymous said: Don't take this the wrong way, but what happened to the episode of FEV you promised. While I understand if real life is getting in the way, I was really looking forward to your next episode. Thanks for all your hard work. Sorry if I came off as a undeserving you-know-what, but I was just excited to see you about to put up something new again after the hiatus. In case you aren't told this enough, I think you are doing something great and I would like to see more of it. I apologize if I rambled.

A few last-minute real life things happened, pushing things back a week, but the Shaman King episode’s benefited from it, if that helps. Like… Well, it’s a long’un. At this point me missing deadlines I set myself is almost a given, but… Yeah, it frustrates me too.

I don’t think I ever consider anyone who expects me to deliver the things I say I’ll do as undeserving or entitled or anything. In all the years I’ve been doing creative projects on the internet any stuff like this has always been on me, building up people’s expectations and then getting tripped up by… well, being me, with my life and all that entails.

Besides, I’m pretty sure I have the most patient listeners ever, so I can only ever be grateful.

July42014
retrosofa:

thedespondent:

Hey, would you look at that, it’s the debut cover for Hisashi Eguchi's Stop!! Hibari-kun in Weekly Shonen Jump, and boy is it a beauty.
I’ve been reading through what I *think* is all three volumes (They’re the Futabasha kanzenban editions) and aside from it just kinda stopping this might be one of my new favourites. Eguchi’s a ridiculously amazing artist, and you can see that even this early into his career.
Now if only my language skills were better, the writing would probably make more sense

There’s a rumor Eguchi apparently finished the manga in a reprint a couple of years back. I have yet to see it. Also, Sprint (or some other cellphone company) was offering free translated downloads of the manga. 

The translated downloads were totally a thing, yeah, but were gone before I was aware of them, sadly. The, uh, the rumour though… It’s frustrating. It’s the kanzenban editions I’ve read that were originally supposed to have a proper conclusion to the title in it, but it just kinda stops again with a message in it talking about how Eguchi won’t finish it. A huge shame.

retrosofa:

thedespondent:

Hey, would you look at that, it’s the debut cover for Hisashi Eguchi's Stop!! Hibari-kun in Weekly Shonen Jump, and boy is it a beauty.

I’ve been reading through what I *think* is all three volumes (They’re the Futabasha kanzenban editions) and aside from it just kinda stopping this might be one of my new favourites. Eguchi’s a ridiculously amazing artist, and you can see that even this early into his career.

Now if only my language skills were better, the writing would probably make more sense

There’s a rumor Eguchi apparently finished the manga in a reprint a couple of years back. I have yet to see it. Also, Sprint (or some other cellphone company) was offering free translated downloads of the manga. 

The translated downloads were totally a thing, yeah, but were gone before I was aware of them, sadly. The, uh, the rumour though… It’s frustrating. It’s the kanzenban editions I’ve read that were originally supposed to have a proper conclusion to the title in it, but it just kinda stops again with a message in it talking about how Eguchi won’t finish it. A huge shame.

June252014

FEV update!!

You may have noticed that things have been all silent on the Friendship! Effort! Victory! front for a good few months now, despite the fact that I was apparently quite close to new episodes being finished aaaaaages ago. Long story short, I wasn’t happy with that content, or indeed much of anything back then. BUT! That feeling couldn’t last forever, and after a whole bunch of writing, soul-searching and looking at what I wanted to do going forward with FEV, balancing it against my real life and such dramatic things, I’m finally ready to continue series 2, starting on the 30th of June, with a nice, lengthy episode about the first comic I ever read, Hiroyuki Takei's Shaman King! This’ll be followed a week later with an episode about Kouhei Horikoshi's Barrage, both to herald in the author’s new comic, and to allow me to lay into something mediocre for a bit. After that, FEV will be running off the original fortnightly schedule, with new non-podcast content going up in the off weeks.

It’s all part of a build-up to me doing more projects on the internet again, and heading towards doing a patreon to help make FEV feasible as an ongoing project towards the end of the year.

Thank you, every single one of you listeners and fans who stuck with the show through not one, but TWO hiatuses, and hopefully you treat me like our own hiatus king Yoshihiro Togashi and welcome me back despite my terrible project-dodging.

(note: these episodes are actually already done, as part of a buffer to make sure that these breaks happen less, if indeed ever again, so these release dates won’t be missed this time. THAT’S NICE)

May122014

Slightly Custom 30 Days of Manga Day Seventeen
A manga that you feel embarrassed about liking -

Hmm…..

Uh…

Not really?

I mean for real, screw being embarrassed about liking comics. Sure, some people like really, REALLY problematic and terrible comics, that communicate horrific things or worrying aspects of the creator themself. But… I don’t read any that are like that. So… Screw it?

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