Spiraken Manga Review

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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7
Jul

Spiraken Mini Movie Review: Spider-man Homecoming

In this mini movie review episode, Xan gets flashbacks to high school as he reviews the superhero action movie "Spider-Man: Homecoming ", directed by Jon Watts and starring Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Tyne Daly, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr. 

 

Spider-man Homecoming

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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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1
Jul

Spiraken Mini Movie Review: Baby Driver

In this mini movie review episode, Xan puts on his earbuds and jams to amazing music as he reviews the action comedy music filled "Baby Driver", directed by Edgar Wright and starring Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Eiza González, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx and Jon Bernthal. 

 

Wonder Woman

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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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25
Jun

Spiraken Con Report: Animenext 2017 (Ft. Doug Wilder & John Mcnally)

In This sepcial con review, Xan is joined by Doug Wilder from Animecons.tv and John McNally of Crazy O.T.A.K.Us. as they talk about their experiences at  AnimeNext 2017 from June 9th - June 11th in Atlantic City, NJ.

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Besides discussing the technical difficulties in having to re-record this podcast, our intrepid hosts discuss the merits of proper communication between con staff and panelists, the need for better game rooms and what panels/ cosplays were the most memorable at this convention

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There is also some talk about what can be done to improve this convention and what our greatest memories about the con are.

 

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Either way Hope you enjoy

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14
Jun

Ep 211:Watch out for sharks. sa-me, sa-me, sa-me, sa-me, sa-me ni ki o tsu-ke-ro

In this cheerful episode of the Spiraken Manga Review, Xan takes it easy as he reviews a heartwarming slice of life manga about family, food and friendship. So sit back and relax as he reviews "Amaama to Inazuma/ Sweetness & Lightning" by Gido Amagakure

 

While discussing the more unique aspects of the story, Xan also discusses where this series will go, which of the recipes he has tried making and what is the craziest thing he has seen a tiny human do. Either way  Hope you enjoy

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