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Japan Unleashes Manga Review Show

posted on by Jonathan Mays
Manga no Genba premieres April 4.

Japan's NHK-BS2 will begin airing what is believed to be the first ever manga review TV show, Manga no Genba, on April 4 at 11:30pm. The show will follow the hottest manga titles and authors and discuss manga's popularity.

1st Episode: Takehiko Inoue - Vagabond
Kusaka Satoki - Helpman

2nd Episode: Misono Suzuki - Zeni
Osamu Akimoto - Kochikame

3rd Episode: Hiroshi Kawasumi -Taishi Kakka no Ryouri-nin
Keisuke Itagaki - Baki.

Each episode is scheduled to re-air the following Friday at 6pm.


The proper name for the artist in episode 2 is Miso Suzuki, not Misono Suzuki.

We have also received information that Manga no Genba previously aired in 2005 and a show called BS Manga Yawa (BS Manga night talk) has aired on NHK-BS irregularly since 1996. As such, unconditionally calling Manga no Genba first ever manga review TV show is incorrect.

ANN regrets these errors and would like to thank Vitruvius for the additional information.

This article has a follow-up: Errata: Manga no Genba (2006-03-16 11:07)
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