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/

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 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

Berserk (2016) Season 2 PV

I’d like to say that it looks a little better than what I saw in the first season of the series but…I somehow doubt that it’s anything more than the staff picking the best 20 seconds of animation to show from the first episode. I can’t wait to see how they’ll butcher the Millenium Falcon arc in this season.

In much more exciting news, the Berserk manga returns from it’s latest hiatus with a new chapter on March 24th.

‘The Ancient Magus’ Bride’ TV Anime Announced

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With the apparent popularity of the ongoing 3-part prequel OVA, Wit Studio recently announced that they will be producing a new TV series adapting Kore Yamazaki’s original manga. Crunchyroll got in on the announcement by stating that they have the rights to simulcast the new TV series and that, not only will it premiere this October, but that it is being produced as a 2-cour anime. Crunchyroll jumping on the streaming rights for The Ancient Magus’ Bride TV anime makes sense as they already had been releasing the OVA series on their site as new episodes were released in Japan.

Kore Yamazaki’s fantasy manga has been a great deal of fun for me to read and Seven Seas Entertainment has been doing a good job translating and bringing over the manga stateside. I’m really looking forward to the TV adaptation and it seems my anticipation for it will be well-founded based on the job that Wit Studio has done so far with the OVA series. I’ll update later in the year on this story when a PV for the new series has been released.

2D Champions Episode 76: Saga of Tanya the Evil

The Champions are schooled in the horrors of both war and an existential struggle against a powerful deity in their review of the first five episodes of the ‘Saga of Tanya the Evil’ (Yojou Senki). Based on the popular light novel series by Carlo Zen and Shinobu Shinotsuki, ‘Tanya’ gives us the dramatic story of a sociopathic salaryman who finds himself fighting against the fate handed to him by a God that’s hungry for attention and prayer. At once a satire as well as a tale of military tactics, does ‘Tanya’ bite off more than it can chew? Or can it prove it’s worth to the Champions? Listen and find out!

You can watch all of the ‘Saga of Tanya the Evil’ by clicking here:
www.crunchyroll.com/saga-of-tanya-the-evil

2D Champions Episode 75: Gantz: 0

Gravity guns, skin-tight battle suits, aliens, and a black sphere that can troll you just as easily as it can resurrect you. This all describes a trip to the local DMV but it also names just a few of the things one encounters when traversing the wacky world of GANTZ.

Based on the immensely popular manga by Hiroya Oku, Gantz: 0 is a full CGI retelling of one of the more popular arcs in Oku’s story. This new film hopes to bring new recruits to the franchise but also tries to please long-time fans as well. Does it succeed? Or are the Champions left to do battle with yet another half-hearted adaptation of a popular seinen manga series? Listen and find out!

You can watch Gantz: 0 on Netflix now!
www.netflix.com/

You can support the original comic series here:
www.darkhorse.com/Books/14-734/Gantz-Volume-1-TPB