Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution Film Trilogy Announced

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.

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Eureka Seven official site

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

2D Champions Episode 73: Konosuba Season 2

The Champions return to a world full of explosions, giant frogs, and useless goddesses in our review of the first five episodes of Konosuba season 2. The first season of Konosuba was a refreshingly funny hit in the midst of an endless stream of shows featuring the tired trope of a useless nerd boy appearing in a RPG-inspired fantasy world full of cute girls and quests. Can season 2 of Konosuba keep the Champions under it’s spell? Or has this series already used up all of it’s magic? Listen and find out!

You can watch all of Konosuba by following this link:
www.crunchyroll.com/konosuba-gods-b…wonderful-world

2D Champions Episode 72: Assassination Classroom

Finally! A teacher who can not only give you a bad grade but also destroy all of humanity! The Champions join a class of fellow delinquents in their mission to kill the most dangerous life-form on Earth while also trying to maintain a good GPA. Based on the popular comic by Yusei Matsui that was serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump, ‘Assassination Classroom’ wants you to not only learn how to become a top-class killer but also someone who cherishes hard work and a healthy sense of self-worth. Are the Champions schooled by the unstoppable Koro-Sensei? Or do our performance evaluations of his teaching methods leave him without a job? Listen and find out!

You can watch all of Assassination Classroom here:
www.crunchyroll.com/assassination-classroom

You can support Yusei Matsui’s original manga here:
www.viz.com/assassination-classroom