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!

2D Champions Episode 80: Your Name

The champions celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the podcast with an in-depth discussion of one of the greatest films, animated or otherwise, to come out in the past 121 years. Makoto Shinkai’s most recent grand slam hit arrived in Japanese theaters in 2016 and was finally given a wide release in the United States in April 2017.

The champions give you a full account of how awesome ‘Your Name’ is as well as a rundown of some of their top scenes and most tear-gushing moments. How much did we cry? Listen and find out!

You can find North American updates for the theatrical run and home video release of ‘Your Name’ here:
www.funimationfilms.com/movie/yourname/

We’d like to thank all of our listeners over the past two years for joining us in our discussions of all the stuff that makes anime mean so much to us, and we hope you’ll continue tuning in to 2D Champions!

2D Champions Episode 79: DAYS

An immense number of balls are kicked when the Champions review the first five episodes of the football/soccer anime DAYS! Based on the the popular manga by Tsuyoshi Yasuda and animated by MAPPA, DAYS seeks to charm you with it’s tale of hard working sweaty boys who are all striving to be the best they can be. Is DAYS able to make an easy goal on the Champions? Or do we manage to block the shot? Listen and find out!

You can read the original manga here:
kodanshacomics.com/volume/days-1/

You can watch the entire anime here:
www.crunchyroll.com/days