2D Champions Podcast Episode 89: Mr. Osomatsu

A new spin-off based on Fujio Akatsuka’s classic 1960’s gag manga, ‘Mr. Osomatsu’ causes some sharply divided opinions among the Champions in this week’s episode. Is it funny? Is it just dumb? How many of the jokes work if you aren’t at all familiar with Akatsuka’s original manga? Which of the Champions gets the most enjoyment out of fart jokes? Listen and find out!

You can watch all of ‘Mr. Osomatsu’ here:
www.crunchyroll.com/mr-osomatsu

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2D Champions Podcast Episode 88: Bakemonogatari

Crabs and snails aren’t usually what jumps to mind when you think about troublesome spirits but in ‘Bakemonogatari’ you learn to expect the unexpected. The Champions jump back to 2009 for today’s review of the first five episodes of Shaft’s anime adaptation of Nisio Isin’s massively popular light novel series. The Champions attempt to wrap their tiny brains around all of the head-tilting madness of Bakemonogatari without becoming weightless themselves. Can they succeed? Listen and find out!

You can watch all of Bakemonogatari here:
www.crunchyroll.com/bakemonogatari

You can check out Aniplex’s official website for the series here:
www.aniplexusa.com/bakemonogatari/

2D Champions Podcast Episode 87: Ghost in the Shell (2017)

The Champions dive into director Rupert Sanders’ live-action remake of that eternal classic of Japanese animation: Ghost in the Shell. Scarlett Johansson jumps into the role of the Major in a reinterpretation of the source material that majorly changes the narrative but is curiously faithful to the visuals of Mamoru Oshii’s original film. Is Johansson enough to win the Champions over? Or does this Hollywood remake leave us wanting our memories wiped? Listen and find out!

You can buy or rent Ghost in the Shell (2017) on Amazon and iTunes.

2D Champions Podcast Episode 86: Castlevania

The Champions tear through angry priests, heart-broken vampires, and a horde of bloodthirsty beasts in their review of the first four episodes of Netflix’s Castlevania. Adapted from the popular Konami video game series and deeply influenced by Kentaro Miura’s Berserk and Yoshiaki Kawajiri’s Vampire Hunter D films, can Netflix’s foray into fantastical horror proudly stand beside it’s inspirations? Are Castlevania’s fangs sharp enough to take a bite out of the heart of the Champions? Listen and find out!

You can watch all of Castlevania on Netflix through this link:
www.netflix.com/title/80095241

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.