Spiraken Manga Review



HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! In this spooky episode, Xan debates on what candy to eat and talks about the greatest mangaka's interpretation of the most famous vampire of all time. So sit back and enjoy as Xan reviews Osamu Tezuka's slapstick comedy series "Don Dracula"


Despite the large infodump Xan gives on the origin of this manga, He also talks about how unique it is compared to his other series and how slapstick fixes the vampire genre in general. Xan also lays out this podcast's plans for the next 8 months and hopefully we can stick to it. Anway, be safe this Halloween. Have a blast and enjoy this episode. 

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Ep 224: Pssshuuuuuu

In this episode of the Spiraken Manga Review, Xan becomes increasingly hungry as he talks about delicious food and drink. So sit back and enjoy as Xan reviews the seinen food manga series "Wakako Zake" by Chie Shinkyu


While geeking about about this amazing series, Xan also discusses the weird nature of food manga, the potential issues that Wakako has as a person and why french fries are definitely a stand along food. Either way, Hope you enjoy

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Ep 223: Horse Racing Leads to Love, Loss and Revenge

In this episode of the Spiraken Manga Review, Xan learns what it takes to condition a horse and become a winner as he reviews a romantic dramatic shoujo sports manga written by Hinako Ashihara. So enjoy as Xan reviews "Derby Queen"


While offering his feelings about this series, Xan also discusses the origin of the word "Derby", the proper etiquette of dealing with jerky kids and ponders the reason why the Wheel of Manga is spinning so low. Either way, Hope you enjoy

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Ep 222: Handicapped Does Not Mean Helpless

In this episode of the Spiraken Manga Review, Xan learns to look the other way from Illicit dealings as he reviews the action crime drama manga series "Gangsta" written by Kohske


Besides discussion about the obvious similarities between this and Black Lagoon, Xan discusses his recent trip to NYCC (not too much, a con report is coming soon) and he discusses the dirty feeling he gets from reading this manga. Either way, Hope you enjoy

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Spiraken Mini Movie Review: Blade Runner 2049

Do Androids still dream of Electric Sheep? Well In this mini movie review episode, Xan ponders that questions as he reenters the world of Philip K Dick's magnum opus.Prepare to question if you are real or not as  Xan reviews "Blade Runner 2049" directed by Dennis Villenueve and starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, and Jared Leto.  


Blade Runner 2049

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New York Comic Con 2017 Pre Show Information


So Xan is on his way to New York Comic Con at the Jacob Javitz Center in Manhatten NY From Oct 5-Oct 8th 2017.

and he hopes to see you there.
On the itinerary for this year are so many awesome panels and events that Xan and his friends hope to see at the con. Even if Xan cannot make it to some of the panels here are a few of the panel worth checking out.

On Thursday the 5th
There is surpsingly a Tokyopop (I thought Stu Levy drove that company into the ground) panel at 1:30 in room 1A18. At 3:00 PM there is the Funimation industy Panel in room 1A18 and at 4:00 PM there is the official Viz Media Panel in Room 1A06.
The American Gods Panel at 6Pm in the main stage (Also There is an afterparty which Xan has been invited to, so that should be awesome)
Also at 6 there will be the Replicas Panel with Keanu Reeves in Room 1A06

On Friday the 6th
The Pacific Rim Uprising Panel at the Theater isat Madison Square Garden at 12:00 Pm
At 2:30 Kodansha is present A Fairy Tail panel and Q&A with Hiro Mashima on the main stage
At 2:45, Marvel will be talking about Spider-man and His Amazing Friends in room 1A24
AT 5:15 PM, There is the Classic SF Manga ft. Akira's 35th Anniversary edition presented by Kodansha in Room 1A24
then Hulu and Marvel's The Runaways will be on the main stage at 7:45 PM
AT 9PM The Premire for Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3 will be on in Room 1A24

On Saturday the 7th
There is the Voltron Legendary Defender Panel in the main stage at 11am,
At 1:45Pm There will be the official Weekly Shonen Jump Panel in Room 1A10.
At 2:30 PM, Twisted Toons Panel with Lots of Voice Actots will be on the main stage
At 5:30 in Room 1A10 The Cruncyroll Industry Panel will be happening
and finally AMC's The Walking Dead is at 7:45 at the theater at Madison Square Garden

On Sunday the 8th,
Kodansha's official panel with new licenses will be at 4:00 Pm in room 1A06

Also remember to check out the Artist Alley, The Dealer's Room, The Game Area and the various Locations where people will be cosplaying

Hope to See you there



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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