Show #53 – Interview with Jason Thompson

Show #053 Direct Download:

OP: “Conan the Librarian” from the Weird Al movie UHF
ED: Dungeons and Dragons cartoon opening

An interview with Jason Thompson, author of Manga; The Complete Guide

Terminology for this show: The Four Types of Manga; Shonen, Shojo, Josei, and Seinen

Jason Thompson’s Top Five North American Manga Experts:
1. Frederik Schodt (author of Dreamland Japan and Manga Manga!)
2. Matt Thorn (Shojo expert and manga teacher in Kyoto’s Seika University)
3. Carl Gustav Horn, living god (Thompson’s words, not ours), chief manga editor at Dark Horse
4. Ed Chavez of the MangaCast
5. Casey Brienza of AnimeInsider

Honorable Mention:
Trish Ledoux or Toshifumi Yoshida for older manga
Tina Anderson for boys love
Toren Smith (post-interview addition)

Epic Interview on the Comics Journal we refer to
Interview on the MangaCast from earlier this summer
– Who is Trish Ledoux?
– Jason’s comic for Wired Magazine
Jason’s Comics:
– Yak Fist (which sadly does not exist!!)
The Stiff (currently on hiatus)
King of RPGs
– The Deadliest PR Guy in the World (co-written with Patrick Macias)
Patrick Macias used to be Jason’s roommate
Macias’s interview with Jason
Videogames played at Viz:
Ultima Online

Manga the Complete Guide ratings for titles mentioned in this show:
Title MtCG Stars
Stray Little Devil 2 stars
Saint Tail 2 stars
Bondage Fairies 4 stars
Akira 4 stars
Happy Mania 4 stars
Antique Bakery 4 stars
Tramps Like Us (Kimi Wa Pet/You’re My Pet) 3 stars
Over the Rainbow (bad josei) 1.5 stars
Wedding Eve (Review in Otaku USA issue 3) 2.5-3
Dream Hotel 1.5 stars
Nurse Call (Referred to as Ender’s Call in the show) 3
Erica Sakurazawa: Angel 2.5 stars
Erica Sakurazawa: Aromatic Bitters (second volume is not translated) 3.5 stars
Peach Girl 4 stars
Peach Girl: Sae’s Story 2.5 stars
Division Chief Kosaku Shima (salaryman manga) 2.5 stars
High School Girls 2.5 stars

RPGs Mentioned:
The Dying Earth
Skull & Bones; Pirates Edition

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18 Responses to Show #53 – Interview with Jason Thompson

  1. Anonymous says:


    These past couple shows have been a great return to form for you guys after those AMV episodes. Keep up the good work.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’m so snagging the Dao or Horn–I just can’t stop myself.


  3. Anonymous says:

    From the Field Notes of Daryl Surat (Podcaster, Historian):

    Anyone who would select Lone Wolf and Cub as the catch-all representative of all of Kazuo Koike’s seinen works is clearly part of the Vast Anti-Seinen Conspiracy. Fortunately, television personalities and living gods were brought in to give Offered, Wounded Man, and The Starving Man the highest possible star ratings that could be conferred unto them within the guidebook. The haters, as they say, had best vacate.

    Science will soon prove that the ideal Carl Horn pin would be one derived from this photograph taken as a result of ninja consultation in the ATL:

    • Anonymous says:

      Re: From the Field Notes of Daryl Surat (Podcaster, Historian):

      Leader Deslock does work for Dark Horse!!!!!
      I knew he’d find something after that Gamelon gig failed to work out.

    • Anonymous says:

      The AWA AWO panel that AWO didn’t actually host

      Speaking of AWO’s AWA episode… as they say in the episode Daryl links to, AWO had to bail on their own panel at AWA, and left the Ninja Consultants to handle it. Seems like a lot of the audience were also podcasters, including Otaku Generation (who don’t like the NCs, according to Daryl?), me, some guy who hung out at the front of the room as a pseudo-panelist, etc. Anyways, Erin put a mic on the speaker for this panel… what are the odds that picked up any decent audio? Now that I know you guys use Macs (yay), I’ll bring my iMic next year if that’ll help grab decent audio from the mixer.


  4. Anonymous says:

    Re: The AWA AWO panel that AWO didn’t actually host

    Are we talking about the same “that guy”? I mean the one from the audience who answered your “anyone else here got a podcast” question, and ended up standing behind you guys the rest of the time.

  5. pts says:

    There was a time in my life, shortly after I read his translation of some of Keiko Nishi’s manga (which remain desperately underappreciated, incidentally) when I basically wanted to be Matt Thorn.

    Wait… that’s actually still the case.

  6. Anonymous says:

    From the Field Notes of Daryl Surat (Podcaster, Historian):

    When I was a child, I was unable to watch the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon due to being terribly afraid of the villain and his horse. In retrospect, this was ultimately to my benefit, as I did not spend approximately $30-$55 on the DVD set. That money will no doubt be spent once the powers that be release Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future on DVD, but only if the planes are also reissued for purchase.

    If you must know, the reason AWO takes so long to edit is because Jason Thompson in this recording sounds exactly like how every member of the AWO sounds prior to editing. That The Stiff is not more like Welcome to the NHK! or (my current favorite) Ressentiment is testament to his fortune, considering the content of Patrick Macias’ article on him from Figure Oh where he spoke ill of Bomber Girl, which was incredibly awesome until it turned into porno in the later volumes according to J-List:

    • pts says:

      Re: From the Field Notes of Daryl Surat (Podcaster, Historian):

      When I was a child, I was unable to watch the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon on account of it was Satanic.

  7. naniwa says:

    The Four Types of Manga??

    Aren’t there more than four? BL, TL, Bara, 1-koma, Biographic, Travel Diary, Ero, children’s…

    I forget, did Jason say this or are you misleading the readers again?

      • naniwa says:

        Hmmm, but its in your entry…

        Terminology for this show: The Four Types of Manga; Shonen, Shojo, Josei, and Seinen

        …and Jason had 5 types. Bah, either way I need to stock up on military manga. Got to hit Manga no Mori one last time before all their BM stores close.

        • I was going to push this off on Noah, and say that he wrote the show notes, but it’s not true, I just left him to look up links.

          This isn’t really an entry meant to be read separate from the audio… the links are meant for an audience who might not already be familiar with the most basic of terms.

          That, or else I get assigned to read some manga series as punishment for my sloppy show notes!

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  11. GhostOfSide3 says:

    Interesting interview. I definitely want to get this guy’s book. I’ve seen it listed on Amazon, it looks like a nice reference book to have next to my copy of The Anime Encyclopedia. Now that it’s 7 years later, he should totally make another edition. Especially since The Anime Encyclopedia is getting one this year.

    Glad you guys listed Jason Thompson’s top manga experts. Though I’m familiar with Frederik Schodt, Carl Horn, Ed Chavez, and Toren Smith (rip), the others I’m not familiar with.

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