2D Champions Podcast Episode 85: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid

After an extended summer vacation, the Champions are back with a brand-new episode reviewing the popular series ‘Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid’! Gorgeously animated by Kyoto Animation and based on the manga by coolkyoushinja, ‘Dragon Maid’ causes one of the champions to fall deeply in love but what of the other? Can a band of cute girls doing cute things (who also just happen to be dragons) warm the darkest and coldest of hearts? Listen and find out!

You can watch all of ‘Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid’ here:
www.crunchyroll.com/miss-kobayashis-dragon-maid

You can support the North American release of the original manga here:
www.sevenseasentertainment.com/series/mi…gon-maid/

FLCL 2 & 3 Trailer & Key Art

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Well, I tried really hard to keep my cool with the idea of FLCL getting a sequel but I completely lost it when Haruko’s face popped up on the screen at the end of this first teaser trailer.

And here’s the Japanese version of the ad that went up with the official website of the project this evening:

Personally, the only bigger moment in my otaku life that the return of this series was when the Evangelion reboot film series was announced back in 2006. 12 new episodes of FLCL was something I never thought would happen and honestly no matter how this new project ultimately turns out it still doesn’t diminish the fact that the original series is a masterpiece of animation & music. My only expectation for this project is that the animators and staff are really allowed to go crazy with their budget and make something that can at least tap into even 15% of the energy of the original. If they can pull that off, we’ll have something fun to watch.

This trailer made me wish all 12 episodes were out right now but until they finally appear in our unworthy universe, I’ll just enjoy a new pillows song and a few seconds of seeing Haruko again.

FLCL 2 & 3 hits all of us square in the head with a guitar in 2018.

You can check out the official FLCL 2&3 site by clicking here.

You can also check out Crunchyroll’s write-up of the project here.

2D Champions Episode 84: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria

The legendary boob-string Hestia barely makes an appearance in this spin-off series covering the heroic exploits of the beautiful and capable Ais Wallenstein. Do you love DanMachi? Have you been waiting eagerly for a sequel to the original anime? Do you love compelling characters and storytelling? Well, if you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, prepare to have your heart crushed by the complete banality that is ‘Sword Oratoria’.

You can support the North American release of the original Sword Oratoria light novel series by going here:
www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/fujin…6315333/?yen

You can watch the anime on Amazon’s ‘Anime Strike!’ streaming channel.

2D Champions Episode 83: BLAME!

The Champions get lost within an endless labyrinthine city of epic proportions full of killer robots in their review of ‘BLAME!’. Based on the legendary manga by Tsutomu Nihei, Netflix and Polygon Pictures have teamed up to bring fans a new cinematic take on the story. Polygon Pictures have shown their strengths in adapting Nihei’s dense style before in their ‘Knights of Sidonia’ TV anime but can they bring ‘BLAME!’ to the mainstream viewer and still make it work? Listen and find out!

You can watch ‘BLAME!’ here:
www.netflix.com/title/80115466

You can support Tsutomu Nihei’s original comic here:
kodanshacomics.com/series/blame/

2D Champions Episode 82: Attack on Titan Season 2

The Champions tackle the long-awaited second season of the smash-hit series ‘Attack on Titan’. Based on the amazingly popular manga by Hajime Isayama, fans have been waiting eagerly for this new installment of the animated adaptation of the story since 2013. Does it live up to the high expectations set by the prior season? Or does this new season get cut down to size by the Champions? Listen and find out!

You can watch all of ‘Attack on Titan Season 2’ here:
www.crunchyroll.com/attack-on-titan

You can also support Hajime Isayama’s original comic series here:
kodanshacomics.com/series/attack-on-titan/

2D Champions Episode 81: Boruto – Naruto Next Generations –

The champions find themselves re-enrolled in a familiar ninja academy when they take a look at the first five episodes of ‘Boruto: Naruto Next Generations’. With Masashi Kishimoto’s legendary manga having ended several years ago, Naruto’s son takes the spotlight as a new crop of talented shinobi learn about the powers of friendship and hard work. Does Boruto’s colorful charm manage to win over the champions? Or are they left feeling that this new crop of snotty kids have forgotten all about the hard work of their parents? Listen and find out!

You can watch all of ‘Boruto’ here:
www.crunchyroll.com/boruto-naruto-next-generations

You can support Viz’s release of the manga adaptation and anime here:
www.viz.com/boruto

Star Trek Discovery: First Look

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After an agonizing wait, CBS has finally lifted the veil from Star Trek Discovery. Discovery will be airing on CBS All Access this fall after premiering on the the regular television network. The new Star Trek series has also been enlarged from 13 episodes to 15 and each episode will be followed by Talking Trek, which will be a special post-show talk program as has been popular with The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones.

Despite all of the new information that we now have about the series, it’s interesting to note that the U.S.S. Discovery herself is nowhere to be seen in this first trailer and indeed I doubt if anything that’s been shown so far is from much beyond the pilot. This is very exciting for me as the show seems to be saving it’s biggest surprises for later.

The trailer has given me plenty to speculate about until our next look at Discovery (perhaps at SDCC this year?) but it certainly looks absolutely spectacular; while pulling some visual cues from the recent Kelvin timeline films, there’s certainly never been a Star Trek television series that’s ever looked this stunning. It’s clear that CBS is very serious about making this the highest possible kind of must-watch TV by bringing the Star Trek franchise into a television landscape irrevocably changed by HBO.

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I think I share the feelings of many longtime Star Trek fans when I say that I still wish that this new series were set in the post Dominion War/Nemesis era of the Prime universe but Discovery looks so promising that my trepidation over another prequel story is being eclipsed by my excitement at seeing a totally new take on the franchise that I love so much.

I can’t wait to see where this new story takes us!