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Shonen Flop

Sep 11, 2023

Manga by Miyokawa, Masaru (Art), Takeuchi, Ryousuke (Story)


Is this manga out of this world? It soon will be. 


David and Jordan give their first thoughts on the discuss Shonen Jump manga ST&RS. Listen in as they give an overview of the first chapter, where they think it will go from there, and ultimately their “power word” to describe the series so far. They also dive into some listener questions.


 Show Notes:

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• Shonen Flop is hosted by David Weinberger and Jordan Forbes


• Additional editing assistance by Dylan Crider you can find his podcast, Anime Out of Context at


• Episode art by Shannon (IG: illuminyatea)


MAL Description:

On August 10, 2019, at 3:02:40 a.m. UTC, Earth received a simple message from space: to meet on Mars on July 7, 2035. With the possibility of discovering an intergalactic species on the horizon, scientists everywhere begin a desperate race to develop the most sophisticated technology and send humans to the Red Planet. On the same day at the exact same time, baby Maho Shirafune utters his very first word—"Mars."


Years later, in time for high school applications, the space enthusiast Maho has his sights set on the prestigious Space Academy. The institution only accepts around one percent of applicants, but enrolling in the school will allow Maho to achieve his dream of going to Mars on that determined day. Together with his childhood friend Meguru Hoshihara and classmate Wataru Amachi, Maho begins to take the two-week academy admission test.


Facing dauntless competition from some of the best astronaut prospects, Maho's chances of making it to the top are looking quite grim. Interestingly, the academy's principal, Fifi Collins, suspects that Maho may be a critical part of the July 7 mission. With his fate possibly written in the stars already, Maho braces himself to persevere through this life-changing trial.