Covers all of RG VEDA by CLAMP.
This hyper-violent fantasy series was CLAMP's first traditionally published work — and it shows. Shojo & Tell host Ashley and her boytoy Asher talk about the highs and lows of this high-concept series about destiny and the power of love (what else is new?). All good boys are praised, and Yasha is not on the list.
Covers all of EARTHIAN by Yun Kouga.
Anime Feminist writer Vrai Kaiser joins Shojo & Tell host Ashley to discuss this late 1980s boys' love hot mess of a manga. EARTHIAN starts off as a sort of mashup between PET SHOP OF HORRORS and THE GOOD PLACE and ends somewhere way, way off from that. Vrai and Ashley discuss all the religion that is (and isn't) happening with the Catholicsploitation, how sweet Chihaya and Kagetsuya's relationship actually is, how many of the ideas the series...
Covers volumes 8–14 of WAITING FOR SPRING by Anashin.
We’re back to talk about the second half of WAITING FOR SPRING, aka, Girly Kuroko's Basketball. Kelly and Ashley discuss how Towa and Aya are in a philosophical fight over what strength is, how well-handled Ryuji and Nana's relationship is, and just what about WAITING FOR SPRING makes it so special. Also a lot of complaining about Aya. He's 17. He doesn't know anything!
Covers volumes 1–7 of WAITING FOR SPRING by Anashin.
The wait is finally over! We're FINALLY talking about the basketball boys! WAITING FOR SPRING is one of the most wholesome shojo series around and will have you smiling like a fool. Librarian Kelly and Shojo & Tell host Ashley discuss why Towa is THE BEST, why Aya does not deserve to be in second place in the character poll (rude to Mitsuki and Ryuji), how you shouldn't write real-people fanfiction, and much more. It's basically...
Covers volumes 8–13 of AO HARU RIDE by Io Sakisaka.
One year after recording about the first half of AO HARU RIDE, we’re back on the bandwagon to talk about the ending. Shojo Beat Senior Editor Nancy and Shojo & Tell host Ashley talk about every single confession and rejection scene, consistently compare the series to WE WERE THERE, bring up one too many times that [SPOILERS] it’s annoying that Kou was hit by a car, and so much more. Like, get out of here, Kikuchi. Kou and Futaba forever.
Covers all the short stories in REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA: AFTER THE REVOLUTION by Chiho Saito
For the 20th anniversary of REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA, we were gifted this volume of short stories (one for Touga and Saionji, another for Juri and Shiori, the final for Miki and Kozue) that function as a "sequel" of sorts to the UTENA anime (not the manga). Anime scholar Rose Bridges comes back on the Shojo & Tell to talk about UTENA without Utena (sort of?). Rose and Ashley debate which story...
Covers all 10 volumes of the original PET SHOP OF HORROR series by Matsuri Akino.
Welcome to Count D's pet shop, where you can find the rarest pets that will make your dreams come true — and might just murder you, too. Horror fan, Yen Press employee, and Manga Machination's co-host Morgana Santilli explains why this wish shop fantasyland appealed to her so much growing up, and what makes Akino's work so special. Morgana and Shojo & Tell host Ashley also discuss: What IS Count D? Is he...
Covers all of TOKYO MEW MEW and TOKYO MEW MEW A LA MODE by Reiko Yoshida and Mia Ikumi.
In the early 2000s, this series about a team of five young girls infused with the DNA of rare animals fighting aliens bent on reclaiming the Earth became a phenomenon. TOKYO MEW MEW is supposed to get a new anime adaptation in the year 2021, so we decided to read the original magical girl series and its sequel. MEW MEW superfan Mercedez Clewis expounds on why the series left such a lasting impact on her...
A discussion about the manga adaptation of SOCRATES IN LOVE by Kyoichi Katayama and Kazumi Kazui
Get ready to cry at this one-volume melodrama about a teenage couple torn apart by a tragedy. SOCRATES IN LOVE follows Sakutaro and Aki as they go from being friends to lovers, but have their happiness cut short through illness. Chaplain-in-training Asher Sofman and Shojo & Tell host Ashley discuss how love and death are intertwined, how people grapple with suffering and illness, and other...
Covers ALL MY DARLING DAUGHTERS by Fumi Yoshinaga
This one-volume manga about three generations of women in a family is masterfully told and extremely relatable. Shojo & Tell host Ashley and boytoy Asher discuss their favorite stories from this collection of five, dwell on the theme of love being a form of discrimination, and fret about how to avoid some of these parenting pitfalls when raising children.
A content warning for the second story: There's an age-gap romance between a...
Covers volumes 6–10 of AFTER SCHOOL NIGHTMARE by Setona Mizushiro
Welcome back to discuss the second half of a manga that is full of twists and turns. This episode, cartoonist Mouna Toure and Shojo & Tell host Ashley have more questions than answers after that whirlwind of an ending. Like, was there ever a real Ai?? Were there two Mashiro Ichijos? No, seriously, _what was up with Sou and Ai_? Mouna and Ashley reprise certain topics, like intersex representation, in light of the ending....
Covers volumes 1–5 of AFTER SCHOOL NIGHTMARE by Setona Mizushiro
Welcome to the most mysterious and frightening after school club you’ll ever join. Content warning for sexual assault and gender essentialism themes. This is a manga that isn't afraid to go to dark places, as its intersex main character, Mashiro Ichijo, grapples with his gender (he currently identifies as a "he") and fights his fellow classmates in a collective nightmare, hoping to graduate. Cartoonist Mouna Toure and Shojo...
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: The primary topic is about accepting death (it's better if you know going in that priestess Takiko is going to die!). All four talk about the...
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 Ashley discuss how the series compares to its predecessor, pick apart Watase's sidebar notes (she thinks she'd be Tomite if she were a boy?!),...
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, and really inspired Shojo & Tell host Ashley to want to make some art after reading it. In the podcast, Robin, Lucy, and Ashley discuss the...
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 she struggles with the sudden loss of her parents and being the destined priestess inside THE UNIVERSE OF THE FOUR GODS. FUSHIGI YUGI has always...
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 of them as the sexy menfolk they are. (Except Yasuaki, who is still the best. But he's a golem (or is he a homunculus?), so we get it.) Shojo &...
Covers volumes 1–9 of HARUKA: BEYOND THE STREAM OF TIME by Tohko Mizuno.
HARUKA 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 important to cover for its historical context. In this episode, Shojo & Tell host Ashley and her boytoy Asher journey back to the Heian era with Akane (a normal high school girl who’s a priestess in this...
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 and meets the Sohma kids in high school. In this podcast, FRUITS BASKET fanatic Jacob and Shojo & Tell host Ashley get into whether the sequel...
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. Shojo & Tell host Ashley, her boytoy Asher, and guest Aisha discuss the gender dynamics of the manga (moms can play with VR tech too!!), the...
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 discuss how moar money leads to moar problems in Leo’s family, why English is wrong for having “fear” and “hatred” be separate words, how this...
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's work, how AO HARU RIDE pays homage to WE WERE THERE by Yuki Obata, and explains the use of some unexpected slang. This is also the first time...
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 loves working on Yoko Nogiri's series so much. Discussion topics include: Who is best boy (of course!), how cool Komugi is (so cool), and how...
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 excessively silly shipping corner. Remember: You and me, baby, ain't nothing but mammals, so let's do it like they do on the Discovery...