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’