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:
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!
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:
You can watch the entire anime here:
The Champions learn about the difficulties of having to carry your head around all the time in their review of the first five episodes of ‘Interviews with Monster Girls’ (Demi-chan wa Kataritai). Based on the manga by Petos and animated by A-1 Pictures, do these special girls leave an impression on the Champions? Or do we just prefer anime with less smiles and more screaming? Listen and find out!
You can watch all of ‘Interviews with Monster Girls’ here:
You can support the original manga here:
And click here to read the article that we got a lot of our information about Crunchyroll’s streaming quality issues.
The Champions experience the horrors of giant cavities and learn the importance of flossing with tiny people in our review of ‘The Dragon Dentist’. Directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki with animation by Studio Khara, ‘The Dragon Dentist’ is a special two-part OVA of sorts that is itself a spin-off of one of the Japan Animator Expo short films. Does ‘The Dragon Dentist’ soar above even our highest expectations? Or does it just feel like a story that we dreamed up under sedation? Listen and find out!
Our review of ‘The Dragon Dentist’ begins around the 30-minute mark. The first half of this is episode is a discussion about Crunchyroll’s reduced premium video quality fiasco.
In news that totally took me by total surprise, Studio Bones has revealed a new project to revitalize the original Eureka Seven television series as a trilogy of films. The first film, due out later in 2017, is set 10 years before the television series and will depict the ‘First Summer of Love’ that was critical to the original story but never before seen by viewers. The second and third films, due out in 2018 and 2019, will continue the story and depict a new ending for the series.
After my disappointment with the first Eureka Seven film in 2009 and then the later sequel TV series AO in 2012, I have to say any new projects in this franchise leave me with more than a little trepidation; however, the core staff from the original TV series is back (Dai Sato, Kenichi Yoshida, and Tomoki Kyoda) with this new movie trilogy so it seems that Bones is intent on bringing back the magic that made the original story so great.
The new teaser ad, equipped with a new song by Hardfloor, certainly did all it needed to do to get me pumped up about a return trip to Eureka and Renton’s story.
Eureka Seven official site
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.
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.