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Shonen Flop

48 EpisodesProduced by David Weinberger Jordan ForbesWebsite

Not every manga can make it in Shonen Jump like Dragonball Z, One Piece, or Naruto. Listen in to David and Jordan discussing the mangas that got canceled, and what they could have done to have stayed afloat instead of becoming a Shonen Flop. Learn more at You can reach us at shonenfl… read more

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#35 Build King (Ft. Derek from The Good Friends KAI)

September 20th, 2021


Could this be the worst series we’ve ever read on Shonen Flop?
This episode we, and our guest Derek (@greatbigsword) fromThe Good Friends KAI podcast …

#34.5 First Thoughts on Build King

September 13th, 2021


Now, this is a series in need of home improvement!

David and Jordan give their first thoughts on the Shonen Jump manga Build King. Listen in as they give an overview of the first chapter, where they think it will go …

#34 Double Taisei (Ft. Tim Batt from The Worst Idea of All Time)

September 6th, 2021


What if Hideo Kojima made a manga about Shogi that was a mashup of Fight Club and Joker? 

This episode we, and our guest Tim Batt from The Worst Idea of All Time discuss Kentarou  Fukuda’s Shonen Jump manga Double …

#33.5 First Thoughts on Double Taisei

August 30th, 2021


What happens when Fight Club is your inspiration for a manga about shogi?

In this episode of Shonen Flop Chib, David and Jordan give their first thoughts on the Shonen Jump manga Double Taisei created by Kentarou …

#33 Look Back (Ft. Geoff Thew from Mother’s Basement)

August 23rd, 2021


Episode Text:

If there’s one thing we love doing it’s talking about Chainsaw Man and its creator Tatsuki Fujimoto.

This episode we, and our guest Geoff Thew from Mother’s Basement discuss his Shonen Jump manga one-shot …

#32.5 Patreon Unlocked: First Impressions of The Hunter's Guild: Red Hood

August 16th, 2021


As thank you to all our fans we’re unlocking a piece of Patreon content for everyone! 

David and Jordan give their first thoughts on the brand new Shonen Jump manga The Hunters Guild: Red Hood created by Yuki Kawaguchi. …

#32 Red Sprite (Ft. Mitch from Talkin' Anime)

August 9th, 2021


Can I get you a Sprite? Get refreshed while you hear us and Mitch from Talkin' Anime talk about Red Sprite, Tomohiro Yagi’s canceled Shonen Jump …

#31.5 First Thoughts on Red Sprite

August 2nd, 2021


A Shonen Jump manga based on communism? When you have electrical powers it can be easy to resist. In this episode of Shonen Flop Chib, David and Jordan give their first thoughts on Red Sprite created by Tomohiro Yagi. …

#31 i tell c (Ft. Max)

July 26th, 2021


It can be difficult falling in love with someone when they don’t like you back. It’s even harder when you’re Risa Aioi, a cop who falls madly in love …

#30.5 First Thoughts on i tell c

July 19th, 2021


Giving our first thoughts on the winner of the first Shonen Flop reader poll, i tell c by Kazusa Naoka asks the provoking question: what if a cop was …

#30 Hell Warden Higuma (Ft. Zane Golia)

July 12th, 2021


Can you make a character based on only using the Dungeons and Dragons spell Mage Hand? This episode we, and our guest Zane, creator of the Jonathan Frakes Asks You Things supercut, discuss Natsuki Hokami's Shonen Jump …

#29.5 First Thoughts on Hell Warden Higuma

July 5th, 2021


How strong is the power of “heart”? In this episode of Shonen Flop Chib, David and Jordan give their first thoughts on the Shonen Jump manga Hell Warden Higuma created by Natsuki Hokami. They also dive into listener …

#29 Teenage Renaissance! David (Ft. Shaun Rollins)

June 28th, 2021


It’s hard being a teenager. It’s even harder when you look like Michelangelo’s The David. We and Shaun Rollins from Anime Out of Context discuss …

#28.5 First Thoughts on Teenage Renaissance! David

June 21st, 2021


In this episode of Shonen Flop Chib, David and Jordan give their first thoughts on the Shonen Jump manga Teenage Renaissance! David, created by Yuushin Kuroki. Listen in as they give an overview of the first chapter, …

#28 Godspeed (Ft. Lauren O’Neal)

June 14th, 2021


Got the Need for Godspeed? Join us as we and our guest Lauren O’Neal from Sunday School Dropouts cover Enaga Takabatake’s manga and oh boy was it a …

#27.5 First Thoughts on Godspeed

June 7th, 2021


In this episode of Shonen Flop Chib, David and Jordan give their first thoughts on the Shonen Jump manga Godspeed created by Enaga Takabatake. Listen in as they give an overview of the first chapter, where they think it …

#27 Zipman!! (Relook) (ft. Jake Mason)

May 31st, 2021


It’s our one-year anniversary so you know what that means; it’s time to take another look at Yusaku Shibata (assistant on One Piece and My Hero Academia)’s Shonen Jump Series Zipman!! Have our thoughts on the series …

#26.5 One Year Anniversary Special

May 24th, 2021


As our next episode is a relook at Zipman!! Instead of a Chibi episode, David and Jordan will rank every manga they’ve read so far from best to worst.

If you'd like to have your question featured on the show you can …

#26 Why you should read High School Family (Ft. Grant)

May 17th, 2021


In this episode we’re joined by guest Grant from Chip and Ironicus; History Honeys; and Six Feats Under. We discuss why you should read Ryou Nakama's …

#25.5 First Thoughts on Why You Should Read Highschool Family

May 10th, 2021


In this episode of Shonen Flop Chibi, David and Jordan give their first thoughts on why everyone should read the Shonen Jump manga Highschool Family

#25 Phantom Seer (Ft. Megan Danger)

May 3rd, 2021


In this episode we, and our guest Megan Danger from Oh No! Lit Class discuss Togo Goto (Story) Kento Matsuura’s (Art) Shonen Jump manga Phantom Seer. From the artist of Tokyo Shinobi Squad comes a story about a girl …

#24.5 First Thoughts on Phantom Seer

April 26th, 2021


In this episode of Shonen Flop Chibi, David and Jordan give their first thoughts on the Shonen Jump manga Phantom Seer created by Togo Goto (story) Kento Matsuura (art). Listen in as they give an overview of the first …

#24 Cool Shock B.T. (Ft. Tucker Whatley)

April 19th, 2021


In this episode, we, and our very own Tucker Whatley discuss Hirohiko Araki’s Shonen Jump manga Cool Shock B.T. Araki is best known for creating …

#23.5 First Thoughts on Cool Shock B.T.

April 12th, 2021


In our second ever Shonen Flop Chibi, David and Jordan give their first impressions on Cool Shock B.T. This manga has the honor of being Araki (of Jo …

#23 Double Arts (Ft. Hassan Ali)

April 5th, 2021


In this episode we, and our guest Hassan from The Nerd Alternative discuss Naoshi Komi's (creator of Nisekoi) Shonen Jump manga Double Arts. In a world stricken by a disease that’s killed over a billion people, …

#22.5 First Thoughts on Double Arts

March 30th, 2021


It's the start of a brand new companion series - Shonen Flop Chibi! The week before Shonen Flop's main episodes David and Jordan give their first impression on the first chapter of the manga they're covering. In this …

#22 Moriking (Ft. Luke Herr)

March 22nd, 2021


In this episode, we, and our guest the multi-talented Luke Herr, aka Koltreg, discuss Tomohiro Hasegawa’s manga Moriking. If you can only read one …

#21 Our Blood Oath (Ft. Stephen Paul)

March 8th, 2021


In this episode, we’re talking about Our Blood Oath and we’re joined by the series's official Viz translator Stephen Paul (best known for also being …

#20 Oumagadoki Zoo (Ft. Midnight)

February 22nd, 2021


In this episode, we, and our guest Midnight from MidnightxCross discuss the manga Oumagadoki Zoo. The first Shonen Jump work from My Hero Academia creator Kohei Horikoshi. Tune in as we venture into the challenges of …

#19 B. Ichi (ft. Riley Hopkins)

February 10th, 2021


Before Fire Force and Soul Eater, there was B. Ichi. A tale of superpowered clowns, bones, and 2000s music references. In this episode, we and our …

#18 ne0;lation (ft. Andrew Sherman)

January 25th, 2021


ne0;lation is the tale of hotdog-driven expert hacker “cracker” Arata One. One teams up with fellow teenagers Daigo and Yuko to rid the world of evil through the power of computers. Features a manga pitch by David and …

#17 Tokyo Shinobi Squad (ft. Alex Ptak)

January 11th, 2021


The year is 2049, 20 years ago Japan opened up its borders to the world and built a hyperloop, the most incredible infrastructure in history. The only ones keeping the peace are Shinobi, Japan’s vigilante heroes who …

#16 Barrage (ft. Dan Harrison)

December 28th, 2020


Before Kohei Horikoshi created My Hero Academia, he had a lesser-known series - Barrage. Barrage is set in Industria, a planet that after the integration of aliens has become overrun with crime. It is the tale of Astro, …

#15 Hungry Joker (ft. Tre Watson)

December 14th, 2020


From the creator of Black Clover, Yūki Tabata, comes Hungry Joker. Hungry Joker is the tale of Heidi, a boy genius scientist with amnesia trying to discover the secret of his past. All he remembers is a black apple, …

#14 Chainsaw Man (ft. James Mitchel)

November 30th, 2020


After his father commits suicide due to being unable to pay back the Yakuza for his dead mother’s medical bills, teenager Denji is stuck with his debt. He winds up having to hunt devils, magical beings that are powered …

#13 Time Paradox Ghostwriter (ft. Chris Osborne)

November 16th, 2020


Time Paradox Ghostwriter is the story of Teppei Sasaki, a failed manga artist trying to get into Shonen Jump. Home after his latest rejection, his microwave is struck by lightning and spits out a copy of SJ 10 years …

#12 Stealth Symphony (ft. Victoria Jeon)

November 2nd, 2020


From the creator of Baccano! and Durarara!! comes Stealth Symphony. Set in a fantasy-meets-technology world, you’re just as likely to see a Lizardman …

#11 Mitama Security: Spirit Busters (ft. Tom Weekes)

October 19th, 2020


Mitama Security: Spirit Busters is a gag manga about Rena Haze, a teenage girl who’s haunted by over 100 spirits. To manage these spirits, she’s protected by Joh Mitama, a member of Secureity (a pun on rei which means …

#10 Bone Collection (ft. Sarah Hedrych)

October 5th, 2020


Bone Collection is set on a version of modern-day earth where people have to worry about regular attacks from yokai - a kind of Japanese spirit. …

#9: Mashle: Magic and Muscles (ft. Adam Tetramore)

September 21st, 2020


As a change of pace, this episode is about an ongoing series you should check out!

Mashle: Magic and Muscles is set where magic is a part of everyday …

#8: Samurai 8 (ft. Gabe Robinson)

September 7th, 2020


Samurai 8 is set in a Star Wars-esque fantasy-sci fi world in which humanity has become scattered amongst the cosmos. Maintaining the peace are the …

#7: SWOT (ft. Audrey)

August 24th, 2020


SWOT (a Japanese term for a nerd who studies too much) is a battle manga about academic genius Manabizaki Kyou. He’s a brand new student at the …

#6: Dark Mage (ft. Jake Hawkins)

August 10th, 2020


Dark Mage is the tale of Dok Go-Sung, a powerful warrior in an Asian-inspired fantasy world. However, on the verge of death after an intense battle, …

#5: Guardian of the Witch (ft. Kamijace)

July 27th, 2020


Guardian of the Witch is set in a fantasy world in which humanity lives in walled cities to protect themselves from roving monsters (evils). These cities are protected by teenage girls (witches) that have been given …

#4: Beast Children (ft. Dan Pecora)

July 12th, 2020


This week's Shonen Jump Manga is Beast Children, the tale of Sakura Shishigaya, a highschool freshman with dreams of playing rugby after being …

#3: Robot × LaserBeam (ft. Nigel Francis)

June 29th, 2020


Robot x Laserbeam is the tale of socially-awkward highschooler Roboto “Robot” Hatohara. While initially resistant to joining his high school’s golf …

#2: Golem Hearts

June 15th, 2020


Set in a world in which people utilize magical golems to help automate tasks such as cooking, construction, or even haircuts. Golem Hearts is about …

#1: Zipman!!

May 30th, 2020


Set in the near future, teenage engineering supergenius Koshiro Tatara has passed away, leaving behind his twin brother and main character Kaname. Kaname is a hot-blooded by-the-book shonen protagonist who dreams of …

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