2D Champions Episode 63: Shin Godzilla + Minisode 11

The first Japanese Godzilla movie in 12 years. The creator of Neon Genesis Evangelion. A legendary director and the king of the monsters collide in the scariest and most surreal Godzilla movie yet. The Champions fight through miles of bureaucratic red tape and purple laser beams to bring you a review of Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi’s ‘Shin Godzilla’. Films such as this one don’t come around very often and it leaves the Champions with a lot to discuss. Is ‘Shin Godzilla’ the new standard in giant monster movies? Or does it collapse under it’s own weight? Listen and find out!

Funimation’s official ‘Shin Godzilla’ site:

Toho’s official site:

And a special bonus:

Julian and Ben discuss the latest trailer for the upcoming film ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”. The first entry in the new Star Wars anthology series; the latest trailer for the film offers our best look yet at what awaits us in ‘Rogue One’. What do the Champions think of what they see? How excited are they for this new Star Wars film? Listen and find out!

You can watch the newest Rogue One trailer here:

2D Champions Episode 62: Berserk 2016 (Last Impressions)

In their greatest struggle yet, the Champions fight their way through episodes 2-12 of the 2016 Berserk anime to bring you a review of the most divisive manga adaptation of the year. Is it the worst thing ever? Can we actually find something good to say about it? Whether you love it or hate it, if you’re a fan of Berserk, you’re going to want to listen. Do not avert your gaze!

You can listen to our previous episode on Berserk 2016 by following this link:
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You can watch all of Berserk on Crunchyroll! Check it out here:

And, most importantly, support the official release of Kentaro Miura’s epic manga masterpiece through purchasing the original books:

2D Champions Episode 61: Orange

“Oranges are sweet, sour, and…sorrowful?” The Champions review and discuss the first five episodes of ‘Orange’; the latest entry in a seemingly ongoing series of shows about somehow returning to your high school years to clear up any regrets you may have. Based on the manga by Ichigo Takano, ‘Orange’ is directed by Hiroshi Hamasaki at Telecom Animation Film.
Does ‘Orange’ remind the Champions of the fleeting sweetness of youth? Or does it just leave us with a bad taste in our mouths? Listen and find out!

You can watch all of ‘Orange’ here:

You can support the North American release of the Orange manga here:

2D Champions Episode 60: Mob Psycho 100

In today’s episode, the Champions delve into the beautifully animated world of ‘Mob Psycho 100’. Animated by Studio Bones and based off of the popular webcomic series by ONE (the author of One Punch Man); ‘Mob Psycho 100’ seems to have everything going for it to be the smash-hit of the summer. Do the gorgeously rendered ESP battles leave the Champions speechless? Or does it just leave them with a headache? Listen to our review of the first five episodes of ‘Mob Psycho 100’ and find out!

You can watch all of ‘Mob Psycho 100’ through the following link:

2D Champions Episode 59: ReLIFE

Did your life end up being not what you imagined it would be? Are you full of regrets over not maturely assessing your future prospects when you were younger? Now there’s an anime that can solve the problems that plague everyone in their late twenties: ReLIFE! This surprisingly poignant anime based on the webcomic by Yayoiso features animation by TMS Entertainment and is directed by Tomo Kosaka.

Ponder the psychological consequences of taking a pill that can return you to high school by listening to the Champions discuss the first five episodes of ReLIFE!

You can watch all of ReLIFE through the following link:

2D Champions Episode 58: Food Wars! The Second Plate

The Champions go for a second helping of Food Wars in our review of the first five episodes of season 2. Animated by J.C. Staff and adapted from the manga series by Yuto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki; how does this new season of Food Wars stand up to last year’s culinary masterpiece? Listen and find out!

You can watch all of Food Wars! The Second Plate here:

You can support the original manga by purchasing it here:

Godzilla Anime Announced


A couple of weeks ago Godzilla fans got the surprise announcement that a Godzilla anime film is in production. The film is set to be released in Japan in 2017 and will be produced by Polygon Pictures. Gen Urobuchi will be the writer of the new project which will be directed by Kobun Shizuno and Hiroyuki Seshita. Basically, the new project has a lot of the talent and staff behind Knights of Sidonia, Ajin, and the upcoming Blame! film. I expect the new Godzilla film to look quite similar to those projects. Although the promo image above is tantalizing; the premise behind the new film is unknown. Although I am a little disappointed that this will be mostly  CGI; I certainly wasn’t expecting the next Godzilla project to be an anime film. Not only is this new for the franchise; it’s a cool direction to go in without immediately beginning production on another live-action film that will ultimately just be compared to Hideaki Anno’s mega-hit Shin Godzilla from this year.

Source: Crunchyroll, Official Godzilla Anime site