Spiraken Manga Review

4
Oct

Ep 221: Ge ge gegege no ge Minna de utaou gegege no ge

In this episode of the Spiraken Manga Review, Xan gets spooky and scary as he reviews arguably one of the most popular manga series of all time that has influenced horror manga and yokai folklore. So enjoy as Xan reviews "Gegege no Kitaro/ The Birth of Kitaro" by the great Shigeru Mizuki

 

As Xan goes over the historical significants of Kitaro, he also talks about the different yokai depicted in the manga and how this story has stood the test of time. Xan also talks about his plans for NYCC 2017 and what he hopes to see at the convention. Either way, Hope you enjoy

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20
Sep

Ep 220: The Secret Power in Being Inexperienced

In this episode of the Spiraken Manga Review, Xan returns to the fantasy genre in a slightly new way. So enjoy as Xan reviews the Fantasy adventure Manga adaptation of the Light Novel "Hai to Genso no Grimgar/ Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash" written by Mutsumi Okubashi

 

Besides comparing this series to .Hack, Overlord and many other protagonist gets stuck into video game series, Xan discusses the pros of this series and where it could go. Either way, Hope you enjoy

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6
Sep

Ep 219: Black Holes & Cool Tattoos

In this episode of the Spiraken Manga Review, Xan regains his sense of justice as he reviews the tattoo inspired action adventure seinen series "Taboo Tattoo" by Shinjiro

 

Xan goes over the basics of this series and why it is so similar to other series. He also promotes his upcoming appearance at AnimeNYC in New York City in November of this year. you should check it out. Either way, Hope you enjoy

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23
Aug

Ep 218: Childhood Friends Grow Up In the Most Unusual and Sexy Ways

In this episode of the Spiraken Manga Review, Xan goes over a manga that could be considered a guilty pleasure by manga, So sit back and relax as he reviews  "Amano Megumi wa Suki Darake!" by Nekoguchi

 

As he goes over this manga, Xan also talks about the reasons for this episode's lateness (Do you think Xan should get a new laptop or should he finally get a tablet?) .. Hope you enjoy

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2
Aug

Ep 217: Six Times The Fun, Six Times The Crazy

In this episode of the Spiraken Manga Review, Xan goes over a manga which has won several awards and is responsible for a sequel series that has become hugely popular in the last year. So sit back and relax as he reviews the comedy manga, "Osomatsu-kun" by Akatsuka Fujio

 

Besides talking about this gag manga, Xan reveals the location of his upcoming panels at Otakon 2017 in Washington DC.. Hope you enjoy

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26
Jul

Ep 216: Empty Stomach, Full Heart

In this episode of the Spiraken Manga Review, Xan finished out the month of Aliens, Boxers & Crazy Curses, with a series that is celebrating its 30th anniversary. So, enjoy as Xan reviews Rumiko Takahashi's take on Sports Romances in "One Pound Gospel"

 

While mixing Catholicism and Boxing seems like a risky topic for manga, Xan talks about how it works in this series. He also talks about some of the other series Rumiko Takahashi created and how they stand the test of time. Hope you enjoy

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19
Jul

Ep 215: Those Damn Neighbors Won’t Let Me Study

In this episode of the Spiraken Manga Review, Xan continues our theme month of Aliens, Boxers & Crazy Curses, with a series about insane neighbors, unrequited love and unlucky ronins. So, enjoy as Xan reviews Rumiko Takahashi's romantic comedy series "Maison Ikkoku"

 

Xan discusses how this is one of the few series of Rumiko Takahashi to have a proper ending as well as the unique elements that inspired the modern manga rom com. Hope you enjoy

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12
Jul

Ep214: Lum-Chan

In this zany episode of the Spiraken Manga Review, Xan continues the Surprise theme month of Aliens, Boxers & Crazy Curses, with the first long running series by Rumiko Takahashi that made her the sensation she is. So, enjoy as Xan reviews Rumiko Takahashi's sci fi comedy series "Urusei Yatura/ Those Obnoxious Aliens"

 

Besides being the origin of the first real Otaku Dream Girl, this manga sets up tons of tropes that are used in later manga and Xan talks about severel of these. Xan also talks about the upcoming panels at Otakon and some upcoming plans. Hope you enjoy

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5
Jul

Ep 213: So That’s Where Those Weird Fish People Came From

In this fun episode of the Spiraken Manga Review, Xan  begins the Surprise theme month of Aliens, Boxers & Crazy Curses, with the first published manga by Rumiko Takahashi. So, enjoy as Xan reviews Rumiko Takahashi's "Natte ne Yatura/ Those Selfish Aliens"

 

This manga is one of those that makes you laugh and confuses you at the same time. Xan also discusses the origins of Rumiko Takahashi and sets up the rest of the theme month.  Either way Hope you enjoy

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28
Jun

Ep 212: Straighten Up and Let’s Waltz

In this rhythmic episode of the Spiraken Manga Review, Xan steps it up as he reviews an unexpectedly addictive sports manga. So, enjoy as Xan reviews "Sesuji wo Pin! to ~Shikakō Kyōgi Dance-bu e Yōkoso~" by Takumi Yokota

 

Despite it's unusual concept, Xan found himself really enjoying this manga. Definetly check it out and if you are interested in finding out more about competitive dancing, check out wikipedia on where you can join.  Either way Hope you enjoy

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