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A manga discussion podcast focusing on shojo (and josei!) series that make your heart go doki-doki. Covering classics like CLAMP’s “Cardcaptor Sakura” and Yuu Watase’s “Fushigi Yuugi” to newer favorites like Kazune Kawahara’s “My Love Story!!” and Hiro Fujiwara’s “Maid Sama!” Shojo & Tell host Ashley McDonnell discusses one series per episode with a rotating shojo superfan. (And sometimes, a shoujo superfan.) Shojo [or shoujo] manga: Japanese comics made for young women. A breath of fresh ai ...
 
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Covers volumes 7–12 of Fushigi Yugi: Genbu Kaiden by Yuu Watase Caitlin (OG Fushigi Yugi superfan), Sara Linsley (manga letterer extraordinaire), and Zahra Ymer (manga scholar in training), and Ashley (Shojo & Tell host) are back for the second half of Fushigi Yugi: Genbu Kaiden, aka The Better Fushigi Yugi (sorry, OG FY). This episode gets heavy: …
 
Covers volumes 1–6 of Fushigi Yugi: Genbu Kaiden by Yuu Watase Genbu Kaiden is Shojo & Tell host Ashley's second-favorite manga (behind only the illustrious Maid-Sama!), and so, this episode has several special guests. Caitlin (OG Fushigi Yugi superfan), Sara Linsley (manga letterer extraordinaire), and Zahra Ymer (manga scholar in training), and A…
 
Covers all of Paradise Kiss by Ai Yazawa. Welcome to the world of high fashion (or at least, high drama). Paradise Kiss is one of those rare josei titles that got released in English, and it had a huge impact on this episode's special guests, Robin and Lucy (who host the podcast CLAMPcast in Wonderland). Ai Yazawa's work is relatable in many ways, …
 
This is a review of Fushigi Yugi: Byakko Senki volume 1, a new series by Yuu Watase that's going to be released by Viz. Whether you've read the original Fushigi Yugi and Genbu Kaiden or not, you should be hype for the latest (and last) installment in Yuu Watase's beloved series. Byakko Senki is set slightly after Genbu Kaiden and follows Suzuno as …
 
Covers volumes 10–17 of Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time by Tohko Mizuno. We’re back to discuss the second half of Haruka, a manga series based on one of the earliest otome game franchises. Suddenly, the story remembers it’s a romance, and all eight of the guardians realize they're vying for the priestess Akane’s heart. And she starts to see all o…
 
Covers volumes 1–9 of Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time by Tohko Mizuno. Haruka (perhaps more widely known as Harukanaru Toki no Naka de) was one of the first-ever otome games, and it launched a franchise that spun off into manga and anime adaptations as well. Though the series didn’t gain popularity in the United States, we thought HARUKA was impo…
 
Covers all three volumes of Fruits Basket another by Natsuki Takaya Would you like to have another basket of fruit? Natsuki Takaya shows us what the kids of everyone from the original Fruits Basket cast are like in this sequel to the blockbuster series. Another centers around Sawa Mitoma, aka NegaTohru, as she suffers abuse from her single mother a…
 
Covers all five volumes of Angelic Layer by CLAMP. What if battle shonen, but for GIRLS? That's the premise of Angelic Layer, where young girls get to fight with super-cool dolls that they control with their minds (OK, Ohjiro can play too). Upon coming to Tokyo, Misaki immediately becomes smitten with this game and learns the ropes very quickly. Sh…
 
Covers both volumes of Beast Master by Kyousuke Motomi "There is a beast inside of each of us that protects the things we hold dear." That’s the driving force behind this short story from Kyousuke Motomi (Dengeki Daisy, QQ Sweeper). It follows Yuiko as she tries to tame the beast of a boy named Leo. Shojo & Tell host Ashley and her boytoy Asher dis…
 
Covers volumes 1–7 of Ao Haru Ride (aka Blue Spring Ride) by Io Sakisaka. Ao Haru Ride is the story of sweethearts Futaba and Kou after they were separated in middle school and reunited in high school. On this special episode, Nancy Thistlethwaite (the editor of the series for Viz Media's Shojo Beat!) delves into the enduring appeal of Io Sakisaka'…
 
Covers all 4 volumes of That Wolf-Boy is Mine! by Yoko Nogiri That Wolf-Boy is Mine! is a lot cuter and more innocent than its title suggests. Four hot boys can shapeshift into animals in a story that's a much lighter and faster FRUITS BASKET. Sara Linsley, the letterer of the series, explains what exactly a letterer does in manga, and why she love…
 
Covers both volumes of Meteor Prince by Meca Tanaka. A wild and whacky ride awaits in this super-short series about an alien named Io (who is essentially Tamaki Suoh from Ouran High School Host Club) looking for his soul mate, Hako, on Earth. Shojo & Tell host Ashley and her lover Asher dive deep into the use of soul mates in literature and have an…
 
This is a review of Not Your Idol volume 1, a new series by Aoi Makino that's going to be released by Viz. Not Your Idol tackles the ups and downs of idol culture in Japan (as you can probably tell from the title). It follows a girl named Nina, who was once the leader of the idol group Pure Club. At an event for Pure Club, she was attacked by a sup…
 
Covers volumes 19–27 of Basara by Yumi Tamura (the last third of the series). The war epic that is Basara finally comes to an end in this long denouement (and two volumes of side stories). Shojo manga master Caitlin and Shojo & Tell host Ashley answer a listener question about lost limbs, pay tribute to the characters who didn't survive to the end …
 
Covers all of My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness and My Solo Exchange Diary by Nagata Kabi Not a shojo manga episode, yet also not a shonen exception: My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness and My Solo Exchange Diary are memoir manga about a young woman’s experience coming out and dealing with deep-rooted depression. In an episode largely fueled …
 
Covers all seven volumes of Behind the Scenes!! by Bisco Hatori What if Ouran High School Host Club, but with college students who are members of the “art squad”? That’s the premise of Bisco Hatori’s follow-up to her smash-hit, formative comedy series. Shae from Shaegeeksout and Shojo & Tell host Ashley discuss all the ways in which Behind the Scen…
 
Covers all of Wish by CLAMP I can be your angle or yuor devil. Shojo and Tell host Ashley and journey-through-all-of-CLAMP pal Asher Sofman go on a bizarre adventure with CLAMP’s JoJo’s fanfiction. Topics of discussion include gender pronouns, purity, tests of love, and shipping, where the conclusion is that the most interesting romantic ship is be…
 
Bouncin' club workouts with the Dig Deeper LA boss."I grabbed a bunch of new tracks I’ve been really into as well as some unreleased goodies from friends, old favorites and records I’ve snagged on the road. I recorded this at my home in Berlin. I especially love one of the new tracks from Das Komplex on Love on the Rocks’ forthcoming compilation. I…
 
Covers all seven volumes of A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Ōima It’s a Shojo & Tell first: We’re acknowledging the worthiness of a shonen series. A Silent Voice became one of the most beloved manga of our time thanks to its raw and emotional exploration of bullying and its portrayal of living with a disability. On this episode, voice actress Kimlinh T…
 
Covers They Were Eleven, A, A Prime, and A Drunken Dream, all short works by Moto Hagio In honor of the release of The Poe Clan by Moto Hagio, longtime manga reviewer Kate Dacey (@manga_critic on Twitter) and Shojo & Tell host Ashley take a look at some of Hagio’s shorter works. They talk about how rare and refreshing it is to read a shojo scifi st…
 
Silky modern funk, house and dreamy garage jams cut live from the MPC of Melbourne's Midnight Tenderness."This was recorded live at Freda’s bar in Sydney during the Freedom Sounds 3rd birthday party with Mike Who, Daniel Lupica, Merph and Astronafrica. It’s an hour live-set performed with an MPC Live, Elektron Digitone and Digitakt. It features fiv…
 
Early trance and tripped hypnotics from Berlin via Toronto.About the mix.."My last studio mix was for Resident Advisor in January and I feel like I might’ve gone a bit hard on that one and focused on tricks over tracks. This time I decided to keep it real simple. I went to a friend’s with a bag of 40 records and a few tracks on a USB and recorded i…
 
Melancholic rave tracks from the Imaginary Friend party starter.About the mix.."I developed the first part of the mix based on the feeling I got every time walking out of my parents place during my stay in Seoul. It was this peaceful apartment complex surrounded by mountains and looking at the tall buildings always gave me some sort of melancholic …
 
Ambient house moods from the south London multi-label head.About the mix.."This one actually is the first in a while that I’ve put no label bits in. It’s just a bunch of tracks from labels and artists I’m digging at the moment. I generally take a lot of time to record a mix but this one actually slipped out real fast, which I reckon’s a good sign?!…
 
Hazy atmospheres from Pacific Rhythm's latest downtempo don Unknown Mobile.About the mix.."I recorded this mix at the @n10-as radio studio, and tried to keep it pretty chill, even though it ended up being a little tripped out at points. The 2nd track in the mix is definitely a special one to mention, it’s a new project I am working on with Daniel R…
 
Wavey modern Italo from the Milan based hardware duo.About the mix.."We recorded this mix to make people stand up and dance! The opening track of the mix is Perel’s remix of our new single that will be released on Rebirth at the end of July. We've included tracks that we're excited about at the moment... tracks that represent our sound or that we'v…
 
Covers volumes 10-18 of OURAN HIGH SCHOOL HOST CLUB by Bisco Hatori OURAN superfan Rose Bridges, manga reviewer Aisha Soleil chat, and Shojo & Tell host Ashley are back to talk about even more host club hijinks. Specifically, this episode is basically about everything that wasn't adapted into the anime version. (You've been warned.) The three dive …
 
Two hours of bumpin' moods and grooves with the Quartet Series boss.About the mix.."I recorded it at home on 2 Technics SL1210 MKII and an Allen and Heath Xone:23 mixer. It’s about two hours of vinyl that I recently bought and have been playing out at gigs. I’ve been spending a bit too much money on records lately, so doing this mix justifies the e…
 
Covers volumes 1-9 of OURAN HIGH SCHOOL HOST CLUB by Bisco Hatori Bisco Hatori’s breakout hit has made everyone laugh at pretty rich boys and their host club hijinks for over a decade. At the same time, it’s got a fair amount of problematic takes in it. So should OURAN be considered a must-read classic? OURAN superfan Rose Bridges and manga reviewe…
 
Covers all of Phantom Thief Jeanne by Arina Tanemura This is the first series by Arina Tanemura discussed on the podcast! What the heck’s a Phantom Thief, and what does it have to do with Jeanne d’Arc? Wait, God and some angels are here, too? There’s time travel? Long-time Tanemura fan Laura Spicer, Shojo & Tell host Ashley, and begrudging particip…
 
Covers all of Tokyo Babylon by CLAMP In an alternate Tokyo, Subaru, Seishiro, and Hokuto have otherworldly adventures in this prequel to CLAMP’s unfinished series, X. In a poll about which CLAMP series we should cover next, Tokyo Babylon came out victorious. We’re here to give the people what they want, so on this episode, Shojo & Tell host Ashley …
 
Covers all of EVERYONE’S GETTING MARRIED by Izumi Miyazono This is a josei battle of wills as our heroine (Asuka) wants nothing more than to get married and become a homemaker, while the man she’s fallen for (Ryu) is determined to never be bound by the plague of marriage. (Can’t imagine who wins this war.) Aisha Soleil of MommaLuvsManga tells Shojo…
 
A bonus episode discussing the release of the first two episodes of the new FRUITS BASKET anime in theaters and the performance of PRETTY GUARDIAN SAILOR MOON: THE SUPER LIVE in Washington, DC for the start of the Cherry Blossom Festival. Shojo & Tell host Ashley and friendo Asher delve into the highs and lows of these shojo special events. REFEREN…
 
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