Friendship! Effort! Victory! S02E02 – Shaman King

Ghosts! Incidental racism! Unsatisfactory endings!

One of Takei's later covers to Shaman King, featuring the five wielders of the elemental spirits

art by Hiroyuki Takei, 2002

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What is Friendship! Effort! Victory!? - It’s a podcast examining the ongoing history of Shueisha’s 45-year old comics anthology Weekly Shonen Jump, and the hundreds of titles it has published over that period of time, placing each of them under the spotlight and looking at what they were, what happened, what they meant, and so on.

What is Shaman King? – Shaman King is the 1998 sophomore serial from Hiroyuki Takei, telling the story of Yoh Asakura as he forms bonds with spirits and fights with other shamans for the right to become God. It’s a little weird. It’s also one of the more notable early Shonen Jump licenses for Viz Media, and a title whose anime adaptation formed a part of the anime boom of the early noughties in the west. It’s also a bit of a mess that was cancelled quite brutally. Lots to talk about, then.

Show Notes:

- Want to know more about Shaman King, Hiroyuki Takei, or some of the many, MANY, Shaman King-related comics, then wikipedia and the Shaman King Wikia have you covered as such:

- Want to buy Shaman King? There’s a fair few ways for you to do that!

  • Physically in English! Available in most good comic retailers, or indeed Amazon (UK) (US)
  • Digitally in English! Available on Nook (UK) (US), Kindle (UK) (US), or through Viz Media (US/CA)
  • Physically in Japanese! Kanzenban editions still in print, on sale through Amazon JP or YesAsia
  • Digitally in Japanese! EbookJapan!

- Want to know more about Weekly Shonen Jump? Wikipedia has you covered.
-Are you in AMERICA? CANADA? THE UK? IRELAND? SOUTH AFRICA? AUSTRALIA? NEW ZEALAND? Weekly Shonen Jump. Available on apple devices and android.
-Are you AMERICAN? CANADIAN? You can also get Shonen Jump manga digitally over at Viz Manga dot com
-FEV is on iTunes, where subscriptions and reviews are always welcome
-You can find me on twitter at Maxy_Barnard, or on tumblr at The Despondent
-Music used: “Into Planet”, “Loser!”, from Jump Ultimate Stars. All tracks as such belong to Ganbarion.

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FEV UPDATE!!

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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 7th 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.

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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)

Friendship! Effort! Victory! S02E01 – Shinmai Fukei Killco-san

Series 2! AT LEAST fortnightly! Sounds a bit better!

art by Masahiro Hirakata, 2012

art by Masahiro Hirakata, 2012

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What is Friendship! Effort! Victory! – It’s a podcast examining the ongoing history of Shueisha’s 45-year old comics anthology Weekly Shonen Jump, and the hundreds of titles it has published over that period of time, placing each of them under the spotlight and looking at what they were, what happened, what they meant, and so on.

What is Shinmai Fukei Killco-san? – Initially known to global readers as Rookie Policewoman Kiruko-san, it is the tale of the eponymous mercenary turned police officer Killco Otonashi as she tries to become a lady-like officer in the small town of Nagashima, trying not to let her pervy superior Haruki Anjo down by… accidentally destroying huge chunks of the town with her superhuman strength and bladed tonfa. It’s pretty special, and showcases the talents of debuting creator Masahiro Hirakata to some great effect.

Show Notes:
– Want to buy Shinmai Fukei Killco-san? I got my copies from YESASIA, but you can also find them from Kinokuniya (search for “新米婦警キルコさん”) or Amazon Japan.
-SHE HAS RETURNED! SHINMAI FUKEI KILLCO-SAN is totally available as a digital collection, from ebookjapan AND Amazon Japan. It’s a nice little sequel series, and super cheap at 100 yen.
-Want to see all the fan-art and junk that Killco-san got? Check out Pixiv and Doujinshi dot org (both NSFW).
-Want to know more about Weekly Shonen Jump? Wikipedia has you covered.
-Are you in AMERICA? CANADA? THE UK? IRELAND? SOUTH AFRICA? AUSTRALIA? NEW ZEALAND? Weekly Shonen Jump. Available on apple devices and android.
-Are you AMERICAN? CANADIAN? You can also get Shonen Jump manga digitally over at Viz Manga dot com
-FEV is on iTunes, where subscriptions and reviews are always welcome
-You can find me on twitter at Maxy_Barnard, or on tumblr at The Despondent
-The Women of Jump series on tumblr, coming to FEV soon.
-Music used: “Into Planet”, “Loser!”, from Jump Ultimate Stars. All tracks as such belong to Ganbarion.

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Friendship! Effort! Victory! Episode 28 – Dois Sol

Reborn. Renumbered. Recorded. Returns to the dead until 2014 straight away.

art by Katsutoshi Murase

art by Katsutoshi Murase

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What is Friendship! Effort! Victory! – It’s a podcast examining the ongoing history of Shueisha’s 45-year old comics anthology Weekly Shonen Jump, and the hundreds of titles it has published over that period of time, placing each of them under the spotlight and looking at what they were, what happened, what they meant, and so on.

What is Dois Sol? – Dois Sol is portugese, translating roughly to “Two Sun”. Oh, and it’s also a sports comic by Katsutoshi Murase, following teen football coach Hiromasa Nonaga and the hyper-talented football savant Kappo Sakamichi as they try to bring their football team to new heights, facing off against reluctant team-mates, old enemies and new challenges on their journey to be the best.

Show Notes:
-Want to buy Dois Sol? It should be available from YESASIA, Kinokuniya (search for “Dois Sol” in your relevant territory) and Amazon Japan. After all, it didn’t exactly sell a whole bunch.
-Want to know more about Dois Sol? You can always try to read the Japanese Wiki page for it.
-Want to know more about Weekly Shonen Jump? Wikipedia has you covered.
-Are you in AMERICA? CANADA? THE UK? IRELAND? SOUTH AFRICA? AUSTRALIA? NEW ZEALAND? Weekly Shonen Jump. Available on apple devices and android.
-Are you AMERICAN? CANADIAN? You can also get Shonen Jump manga digitally over at Viz Manga dot com
-FEV is on iTunes, where subscriptions and reviews are always welcome
-You can find me on twitter at Maxy_Barnard
-You can find me on tumblr at The Despondent
-Music used: “Into Planet”, “Loser!”, from Jump Ultimate Stars. All tracks as such belong to Ganbarion.

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FEV, Written Down: Smoky B.B. & Baseball Comics pt.2 1986-2006

art by yuuya kawada

art by yuuya kawada

And so we return to our ongoing retrospective on the history of baseball comics in Weekly Shonen Jump in advance of Smoky B.B.‘s serialisation in the issue due out today (May 27th). Last time we covered some of the older material from the first decade and a bit of the anthology’s history, so this time we’re gonna jump ahead a bit past a whole bunch of series that didn’t stand out enough in the early 80s straight to 1986, looking at the best of the titles to come out between then and 2006, which is when baseball decided to take its leave from Shonen Jump for some seven years.

But first, a quick mention of why baseball is even such a popular topic for manga in Japan (I mean, Shonen Sunday author Mitsuru Adachi has even created a new baseball comic every decade since the 80s, a level of dedication to the sport above most others). Baseball was introduced in Japan in the 1870s, and after an initial slow burn spread like veritable venereal diseases, infesting the whole country with a fever for baseball that endures to this day. It has such has a long history in Japan, and even has suitable shonen fodder in high school baseball, which not only fits into the demographic that would be reading shonen magazines (that being anywhere between 8 and 18, traditionally), but also gives the base plot of most baseball comics out there, as characters aim to reach the finals at the Koshien in both the spring invitational tournament and the summer baseball championship.

So it’s a double whammy, in both subject matter and popularity, and makes a lot of sense for shonen publishers to be fond of as it’s basically a marketable product MADE for their magazines. Sure, it doesn’t always work, but the audience is already there, just waiting for a good series. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at a whole load of series that managed to tap that vein (or fail to in one instance) over the years.

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