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Summary: Curious about manga but don't know where to start? Well neither does comics writer/artist Chip Zdarsky! Join manga experts Deb Aoki, David Brothers, and Christopher Woodrow-Butcher, as they introduce the medium to Chip (and to you!) through some of its best and most important works. Every week a new volume of manga to re-discover, discuss, and enjoy! More info at!

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  • Artist: Deb Aoki, David Brothers, Christopher Butcher, Chip Zdarsky
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 Ep. 63: All My Darling Daughters, by Fumi Yoshinaga | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5019

This week, we dive back into a josei title, and it's by a noted boys love manga creator! It's all coming together in this week's All My Darling Daughters by Fumi Yoshinaga! But does this manga from the dark days of 2003 hold up to the rigors of life in 2022? Will Chip and the gang 'vibe' with what Yoshinaga is 'laying down'? Only one way to find out groovy people: get hip to this episode of Mangasplaining. Read the show notes and more at, and check out our newsletter at Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:

 Ep. 62: My Love Mix-Up by Aruko & Hinekure, PLUS Unico: Awakening Interview with Samuel Sattin! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 5718

After the spicy romance of the last few weeks, we veer back into something a bit sweeter and funnier with My Love Mix-Up! But is this shojo manga romantic comedy with a hint of boys love be something that even Chip can enjoy? Then we have a special Mangasplaining: Listen to Me! chat with Samuel Sattin, the co-creator of Unico: Awakening with Japanese artistic team Gurihiru! It's a great big episode, and the show notes at are pretty awesome too! Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:

 Ep. 61: Kakegurui: Compulsive Gambler, by Kawamoto and Naomura | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3634

Are you ready to try your luck on Kakegurui? All it could cost you is millions of yen... or your fingernails? David guides the team through this smash-seinen manga pitting trust-fund-teens against one another in battles that cause embarrassment and ecstasy, skirting the line between schadenfreude and sadism! Place your bets on what Chip will think... Follow along with the show notes and more at Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:

 Ep. 60: Dick Fight Island Volume 1, by Reibun Ike | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3664

The book we've been threatening to cover for two seasons is finally here. You have arrived... At Dick Fight Island! This pinnacle of BL manga is the talk of the town, and now it's here in a very spicy, NSFW episode of Mangasplaining. Follow along with the show notes and more at Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:

 Ep. 59 : Ping Pong, by Taiyo Matsumoto | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4523

“They’re reading a manga… about Ping Pong? But why? How good could it possibly be? Wait, did Chip say it might be his favourite new manga of all time? Chip said that, not Christopher, who’s deeply biased towards liking Taiyo Matsumoto’s work? Wow. Wow. Maybe I gotta listen to that episode after all.” Read the show notes at, and check out our publishing effort at Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:

 Ep. 58: Birds of Shangri-La, by Ranmaru Zariya | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4774

It's about to steamy on Mangasplaining, as the crew travels to an unnamed tropical island to visit with 'The Birds of Shangri-la', a significantly steamier BL entry. In this NSFW episode, we learn the ins-and-outs of more explicit BL manga, talking about genre conventions and external censorship, love and lust, and projecting yourself into a narrative. A very good time is had by all. Read the show notes at! Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:

 Ep 57: AJIN Demi-Human Vol 1 & 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3516

Hello! And welcome BACK to Mangasplaining, as we begin "Season 3"! We're starting off with a bang, as David brings the crew 'violence comics' in the form of AJIN: Demi-Human Volumes 1 & 2. Horror and violence woven into discussions of the nature of humanity? Everyone's a bad guy? How will these dark ideas land with our innocent crew? Find out this episode! Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:

 Ep. 56: The Best Books for New Readers from Season One | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3085

Tired of "balanced" reviews pointing out strengths and weaknesses of a title? Just want to know what manga you should ACTUALLY read?! Well this week, the full Mangasplaining crew picks their "best manga for folks who haven't read much manga before" from the first season of Mangasplaining. These are the 11 titles that they recommend... With a few caveats and a hilarious discussion of each title, of course. Show notes and much more info at! Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:

 Ep. 55: Interview with Jamila Rowser, Black Josei Press | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2116

The team is still on a break (of sorts), but we’re also still making podcasts! This week, David interviews Jamila Rowser, the founder of Black Josei Press. This interview is one of our first looks at manga’s influence on North American independent comics! Plus Jamila loves Josei manga the most, so there’s a lot to dig into this interview! Read along with the show notes and more at Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:

 Ep. 54: Interview with Ken Niimura | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2884

The Mangasplaining Team's vacation continues, but we still keep bringing you new episodes! This week it's an interview with Spanish-Japanese manga-ka Ken Niimura, (co)creator of I Kill Giants, Henshin, Umami, and Never Open It! It's a fun look at what it takes to make manga! More info at Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:

 Ep. 53: Interview with Emma Ríos | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2443

Check it out, it's the special-edition, remastered, upgraded re-release with bonus material episode of Mangasplaining! As a special bonus week we bring you David Brothers' complete interview with Emma Ríos! They talk Gundam, a LOT, and comics and movies and life. It's a nice time, check it out! Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:

 EP. 52: Mangasplaining Season 2 Wrap-Up! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4834

It's the Season 2 Wrap-up episode! We reflect on the second 25 weeks of Mangasplaining, from A Drunken Dream to Wotaoki, and everything in between! No reading to catch up with, no spoilers (er, mostly), just a good chat with the crew. We return with weekly bonus Episodes on March 15th, and Season 3 officially starts on April 12th! More info at Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:

 Ep. 51: AKIRA Vol. 3, by Katsuhiro Otomo | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4103

This week, we’re back to where it all began, as the gang luxuriates in the visual feast that is Katsuhiro Otomo’s AKIRA Volume 3. We’re gonna spoil you up front this week: Chip calls it his favourite volume of comics of all time. FOR REALS. Find out why by listening to this episode…! Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:

 Ep. 50: Our Dining Table, by Mita Ori, and Deadpool Samurai, by Kasama and Uesugi | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4884

The Mangasplaining gang reads their very first BL Manga, Our Dining Table, by Mita Ori! Will it live up to the BL Hype!? Plus a Sponsored VIZ Blind Date with Deadpool: Samurai, Reader Q&A, and Shout outs! It's a great big episode! Read the show notes and more at Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:

 Ep. 49: Blue Period, by Tsubasa Yamaguchi | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4042

This week on Mangasplaining, Deb leads the crew through a book that sort of sums up some of the themes of Season 2, with an autobiographically-informed piece of art about art, and a story that's very similar to another title we talked about in a previous episode. Tsubasa Yamaguchi's hit manga Blue Period gives the team a lot to talk about! Plus, we launched a publisher! Full details at! Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:


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