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Shonen Flop

Sep 21, 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 life. Main character Mash, however, is one of few not able to use magic. To compensate, Mash instead has trained his body to a superhuman level. His life is uprooted when the police discover he’s unable to cast magic - a crime punishable by death. However, he makes a deal that if he becomes the top student at the prestigious Easton Magic Academy the “Divine Chosen”, they’ll look the other way, bribed by the riches that title provides.

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  • Episode art by Alia Gestl (IG: aliagestl), thank you Mully from the Mashle discord for his idea of using the boneicorn in the art!
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Shonen Flop is hosted by David Weinberger and Jordan Forbes, where each episode they look at a manga that ran in Weekly Shonen Jump that couldn't quite make it. Listen in to find out what the manga did wrong, what it did right, how the series could have turned itself around, and ultimately was it a flop or not.

MAL Description: 

To everyone else in his magic-dominated world, the young and powerless Mash Vandead is a threat to the gene pool and must be purged. Living secretly in the forest, he spends every day training his body, building muscles strong enough to compete with magic itself! However, upon having his identity exposed and his peaceful life threatened, Mash begins his journey to becoming a "Divine Visionary," a role so powerful that society would have no choice but to accept his existence.

And so, in order to maintain his peaceful life, the magicless Mash enrolls in the prestigious Easton Magic Academy, competing against the children of some of the most powerful and elite in the realm. Lacking the very skill needed to survive at Easton, magic, Mash appears to already be at a disadvantage to his fellow classmates. In order to achieve his goals, Mash will have to fight his way through every trial using his fists alone, overcoming magic with muscles, all for the illustrious title of Divine Visionary!