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:
www.crunchyroll.com/mob-psycho-100

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:
www.crunchyroll.com/relife

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:
www.crunchyroll.com/food-wars-shokugeki-no-soma

You can support the original manga by purchasing it here:
www.viz.com/food-wars

Godzilla Anime Announced

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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

2D Champions Episode 57: Bungo Stray Dogs (& The Revenant)

This week the Champions take apart the first five episodes of ‘Bungo Stray Dogs’. Animated by Bones and adapted from the popular manga series written by Kafka Asagiri and illustrated by Sango Harukawa; does this supernatural super sleuth show have what it takes to impress the Champions? or does it end up as just another pretty Bones show? Listen and find out!

NOTE: The first 16 minutes of this episode is spent discussing the film The Revenant as Julalien is a super slowpoke and had only just seen the film shortly before we recorded. Skip to just past the 16 minute mark if you want to get right into our discussion of Bungo Stray Dogs. Also, our conversation on The Revenant is full of spoilers, so be careful if you haven’t seen the film and care about that sort of thing.

You can watch all of Bungo Stray Bones here:
www.crunchyroll.com/bungo-stray-dogs

The Bungo Stray Dogs manga has also been licensed by Yen Press in North America! Make sure to pick up the volumes when they are released to support the original creators if you live in the US!

2D Champions Episode 56: Ping Pong The Animation

In the final episode of our ‘2016 Olympics Arc’ the Champions discuss the anime adaptation of Taiyo Matsumoto’s popular manga Ping Pong. The animated series is directed by the legendary Masaaki Yuasa (the director of Mind Game) with animation by Tatsunoko Production. This series presents the Champions with an art style and storytelling devices seen all too rarely in anime but does this work to Ping Pong’s advantage to make it a legendary series? or does it leave the Champions dazed and confused? Listen and find out!

You can watch Ping Pong The Animation here:
www.funimation.com/shows/ping-pong…-animation/home

2D Champions Episodes 54+55 Yowamushi Pedal and Free!

The ‘2016 Olympics Arc’ in 2D Champions continues with our review of the first five episodes of ‘Yowamushi Pedal’! Rather than a cool athletic dude, wouldn’t it be easier for otaku to get into sports if the main character was an otaku himself? This theory is tested in anime’s most popular cycling series of the past decade (maybe ever?)Adapted by TMS Entertainment from the original manga by Wataru Watanabe, does ‘Yowamushi Pedal’ make you root for this nerd who discovers his love of cycling? Or does it leave you feeling deflated? Listen and find out!

You can watch all of ‘Yowamushi Pedal’ here:
www.crunchyroll.com/yowamushi-pedal

You can pick up the original manga here:
www.amazon.com/Yowamushi-Pedal-V…abe/dp/0316309524

Thaddeus is joined by special guest Meredith as they discuss the first five episodes of ‘Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club’. Swimming, perfectly toned muscles, and friendship are the big topics in the third part of our ‘2016 Olympics Arc’ and ‘Free!’ certainly provides all that wrapped up in gorgeous animation. Are pretty faces and lovingly-rendered water effects enough to have the Champions cheering for this series? Or does ‘Free!’ end up doing a belly-flop into the pool?
Listen and find out!

You can watch all of ‘Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club’ here:
www.crunchyroll.com/free-iwatobi-swim-club

You can follow Meredith on twitter:
twitter.com/meredithlegare

Or Instagram:
www.instagram.com/baberellafatale/