2D Champions Episode 74: Fate/Grand Order – First Order –

The Champions have no servants to summon to help them make it through the 72-minute advertisement for an online RPG known as Fate/Grand Order. Is there character development? Is there even a coherent story to follow? Listen and find out because we guarantee you that listening to our review of Fate/Grand Order will be much more satisfying than actually watching it.

You can watch all of ‘Fate/Grand Order – First Order – ‘ here:
www.crunchyroll.com/fategrand-order…st-order-728169

2D Champions Episode 73: Konosuba Season 2

The Champions return to a world full of explosions, giant frogs, and useless goddesses in our review of the first five episodes of Konosuba season 2. The first season of Konosuba was a refreshingly funny hit in the midst of an endless stream of shows featuring the tired trope of a useless nerd boy appearing in a RPG-inspired fantasy world full of cute girls and quests. Can season 2 of Konosuba keep the Champions under it’s spell? Or has this series already used up all of it’s magic? Listen and find out!

You can watch all of Konosuba by following this link:
www.crunchyroll.com/konosuba-gods-b…wonderful-world

2D Champions Episode 72: Assassination Classroom

Finally! A teacher who can not only give you a bad grade but also destroy all of humanity! The Champions join a class of fellow delinquents in their mission to kill the most dangerous life-form on Earth while also trying to maintain a good GPA. Based on the popular comic by Yusei Matsui that was serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump, ‘Assassination Classroom’ wants you to not only learn how to become a top-class killer but also someone who cherishes hard work and a healthy sense of self-worth. Are the Champions schooled by the unstoppable Koro-Sensei? Or do our performance evaluations of his teaching methods leave him without a job? Listen and find out!

You can watch all of Assassination Classroom here:
www.crunchyroll.com/assassination-classroom

You can support Yusei Matsui’s original manga here:
www.viz.com/assassination-classroom

2D Champions Episode 71: Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky

The Champions return to the Gundam franchise to find out just how well Jazz and giant robot space battles go together. Based on the ongoing manga by Yasuo Ohtagaki, Gundam Thunderbolt takes a familiar setting and turns it on it’s head by introducing some new twists to the Universal Century. Is Thunderbolt a shocking addition to the beloved Gundam franchise? Or does it fizzle out all too soon? Listen and find out!

You can check out the Gundam Thunderbolt manga here:
www.viz.com/mobile-suit-gundam-thunderbolt

You can listen and subscribe to 2D Champions on iTunes:
itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/2d-ch…id995142333?mt=2

Space Battleship Yamato 2202 Promotional Video

This looks fantastic. All of those ships. All of those pew pew’s. I loved Yamato 2199 and I can’t wait to see where they take the legendary ship in this new series. It would be nice to see a North American release of this series sometime in the next few decades as well. Maybe before the eventual Yamato 3199 remake.

Blade of the Immortal Live-Action Trailer

Kimura seems to be a good choice for Manji. Otherwise, the jury is still out. I hope that it at least has the fun and excellent choreography of the Rurouni Kenshin films even if it doesn’t end up being a faithful adaptation of Hiroaki Samura’s legendary manga. I was certainly surprised to see Manji and Anotsu facing off against each other at the end of the trailer. I guess they are only planning for this to be a one-film adaptation. I do love samurai film trailers that make it a point to advertise a fight between one (or seven) people fighting hundreds of enemies.

Alien: Covenant Teaser Trailer

Yeah, yeah, I know this is over a month old at this point but I finally decided to write a little bit about the best look we’ve gotten so far at Ridley Scott’s newest attempt to drain any remaining life out of the Alien franchise.

WARNING: Only watch the trailer if you don’t really give a shit about spoilers. Really. This trailer gives away a lot.

The only thing really hidden in the trailer are the monsters themselves (apart from the facehugger). The ad runs as a giant “THIS IS WHAT YOU GUYS WANTED, RIGHT?!” from Ridley to all the fans of the franchise that were disappointed/gutted by 2012’s Prometheus.

I could go on forever about the story and how I thought Prometheus was terrible and that prequels are just a terrible idea but we shall instead focus on what Ridley has always been phenomenal at: his visuals.

The film looks gorgeous. From the set design, to the choice of lighting and shots. It looks properly scary and vast at the same time. I haven’t cared about spoilers for the film as the real enjoyment for me will come from actually seeing what’s on the screen. I’ve been hearing cool things about how the effects team actualized the monsters in the film so I was pleased that most  of all that was hidden in this teaser. The back-buster scene has caused a lot of buzz among the members of the press who saw a preview of the sequence so I’m certainly looking forward to that. Since the story will almost certainly be rubbish, the fun that remains will be in seeing how these monsters (chief among them being the Big Chap) will be realized with modern special effects.

I can’t resist commenting a bit more on the story for the film. It does seem that David is being set-up as the creator of the Alien. This would be tremendously dumb for a dozen different reasons. I feel strongly that if we have to see how the Aliens were created, the creator of this supreme life form should be female, not Michael Fassbender’s android character. This makes narrative sense to me. The aliens themselves are designed with intense gendered imagery in mind and the one who ultimately stops them in the series is a woman. We’ll find out in May if David is truly revealed to have such an important role in the saga.

Another interesting thought that I came across while reading hundreds of comments and articles on Covenant is that now that it appears that Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 is pretty much dead in the water, one wonders if these movies are intended to set up an eventual showdown between David and Ripley. That may be a bit too far-fetched. A bit more likely is that, if Covenant is a big hit, this will lead to Fox trying out Alien Vs. Predator again as they try to create a bigger cinematic universe akin to Marvel and DC’s films. Again, I can’t help but think that there is a creative black hole when it comes to ideas for what to do with the Alien franchise. Retcons. Prequels. AVP. Doesn’t anyone have any decent ideas for what to do with Giger’s amazing monster? No? At this point the only person who I think could write a new Alien story with anything truly twisted and new in it is Clive Barker.

I’ll rant some more when the next trailer for the film appears.