The Champions take some time out this week to visit the countryside and run across a village under attack from some creepy (hot?) ghost vampire monsters. If that scenario sounds fun to you, you are probably creepy and/or a fan of ‘Shiki’. Based upon the popular novel by Fuyumi Ono, the anime adaptation of ‘Shiki’ seeks to scare you through the increasing number of mysterious deaths occurring to this tiny rural village. How scary can ‘Shiki’ be though when it’s characters seem so obtusely designed that it makes it seem like a typical harem series? Listen and find out!
You can watch all of ‘Shiki’ here:
A new spin-off based on Fujio Akatsuka’s classic 1960’s gag manga, ‘Mr. Osomatsu’ causes some sharply divided opinions among the Champions in this week’s episode. Is it funny? Is it just dumb? How many of the jokes work if you aren’t at all familiar with Akatsuka’s original manga? Which of the Champions gets the most enjoyment out of fart jokes? Listen and find out!
You can watch all of ‘Mr. Osomatsu’ here:
Crabs and snails aren’t usually what jumps to mind when you think about troublesome spirits but in ‘Bakemonogatari’ you learn to expect the unexpected. The Champions jump back to 2009 for today’s review of the first five episodes of Shaft’s anime adaptation of Nisio Isin’s massively popular light novel series. The Champions attempt to wrap their tiny brains around all of the head-tilting madness of Bakemonogatari without becoming weightless themselves. Can they succeed? Listen and find out!
You can watch all of Bakemonogatari here:
You can check out Aniplex’s official website for the series here:
The Champions dive into director Rupert Sanders’ live-action remake of that eternal classic of Japanese animation: Ghost in the Shell. Scarlett Johansson jumps into the role of the Major in a reinterpretation of the source material that majorly changes the narrative but is curiously faithful to the visuals of Mamoru Oshii’s original film. Is Johansson enough to win the Champions over? Or does this Hollywood remake leave us wanting our memories wiped? Listen and find out!
You can buy or rent Ghost in the Shell (2017) on Amazon and iTunes.
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:
You can support the North American release of the original manga here:
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:
You can watch the anime on Amazon’s ‘Anime Strike!’ streaming channel.
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:
You can support Tsutomu Nihei’s original comic here: