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.
The Champions tear through angry priests, heart-broken vampires, and a horde of bloodthirsty beasts in their review of the first four episodes of Netflix’s Castlevania. Adapted from the popular Konami video game series and deeply influenced by Kentaro Miura’s Berserk and Yoshiaki Kawajiri’s Vampire Hunter D films, can Netflix’s foray into fantastical horror proudly stand beside it’s inspirations? Are Castlevania’s fangs sharp enough to take a bite out of the heart of the Champions? Listen and find out!
You can watch all of Castlevania on Netflix through this link:
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:
Well, I tried really hard to keep my cool with the idea of FLCL getting a sequel but I completely lost it when Haruko’s face popped up on the screen at the end of this first teaser trailer.
And here’s the Japanese version of the ad that went up with the official website of the project this evening:
Personally, the only bigger moment in my otaku life that the return of this series was when the Evangelion reboot film series was announced back in 2006. 12 new episodes of FLCL was something I never thought would happen and honestly no matter how this new project ultimately turns out it still doesn’t diminish the fact that the original series is a masterpiece of animation & music. My only expectation for this project is that the animators and staff are really allowed to go crazy with their budget and make something that can at least tap into even 15% of the energy of the original. If they can pull that off, we’ll have something fun to watch.
This trailer made me wish all 12 episodes were out right now but until they finally appear in our unworthy universe, I’ll just enjoy a new pillows song and a few seconds of seeing Haruko again.
FLCL 2 & 3 hits all of us square in the head with a guitar in 2018.
You can check out the official FLCL 2&3 site by clicking here.
You can also check out Crunchyroll’s write-up of the project 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:
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:
You can also support Hajime Isayama’s original comic series here: