From the wild mind of Hiroya Oku, the creator of Gantz, comes Inuyashiki, the tale of the most badass old dude saving people this side of Tokyo. The Champions review the first five episodes of the TV animation adaptation of Oku’s work by MAPPA and the director of Gantz:0. Does Inuyashiki leave the Champions desperate for cyborg alien bodies of their own? Or does it leave us wishing for a discounted subscription to AARP? Listen and find out!
You can watch all of Inuyashiki on Amazon’s Anime Strike Channel.
You can support the author by picking up the original manga here:
The Champions take a stab at reviewing Takashi Miike’s live-action adaptation of Hiroaki Samura’s legendary revenge comic, Blade of the Immortal. Miike is well-known for films such as 13 Assassins and Ichi the Killer, and is not one to shy away from disturbing violence. So, hypothetically, Miike seems to be the perfect pick for bringing Manji and Rin’s battles to the big screen. Does Miike succeed in making the Champions beg for more? Or are they cut down by a disappointing take on a beloved series? Listen and find out!
You can rent Blade of the Immortal from Amazon now!
You can also check out Samura’s original manga here:
The Champions return from hiatus with a blistering look at the newest animated spin-off from the Fate/stay night franchise, Fate/Apocrypha! This television series is a co-production with Netflix and is animated by A-1 Pictures. Based off of the light novel series by Yuichiro Higashide and Otosugu Konoe, Fate/Apocrypha weaves the story of a Holy Grail War in a universe where the events of Fate/Zero and Fate/stay night never happened.
Is Fate/Apocrypha truly the record of a legendary battle that will echo through the ages? Or does it hit our eyes like a quickly dissipating fart? Listen and find out!
You can watch all of Fate/Apocrypha on Netflix here:
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.