2D Champions Episode 81: Boruto – Naruto Next Generations –

The champions find themselves re-enrolled in a familiar ninja academy when they take a look at the first five episodes of ‘Boruto: Naruto Next Generations’. With Masashi Kishimoto’s legendary manga having ended several years ago, Naruto’s son takes the spotlight as a new crop of talented shinobi learn about the powers of friendship and hard work. Does Boruto’s colorful charm manage to win over the champions? Or are they left feeling that this new crop of snotty kids have forgotten all about the hard work of their parents? Listen and find out!

You can watch all of ‘Boruto’ here:
www.crunchyroll.com/boruto-naruto-next-generations

You can support Viz’s release of the manga adaptation and anime here:
www.viz.com/boruto

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

2D Champions Episode 58: Food Wars! The Second Plate

The Champions go for a second helping of Food Wars in our review of the first five episodes of season 2. Animated by J.C. Staff and adapted from the manga series by Yuto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki; how does this new season of Food Wars stand up to last year’s culinary masterpiece? Listen and find out!

You can watch all of Food Wars! The Second Plate here:
www.crunchyroll.com/food-wars-shokugeki-no-soma

You can support the original manga by purchasing it here:
www.viz.com/food-wars

2D Champions Episode 53: Kuroko’s Basketball

It’s the start of the ‘2016 Olympics Arc’ in 2D Champions! Over the next four weeks, the Champions will be reviewing a variety of sports-themed anime! This week we start off discussing the popular series ‘Kuroko’s Basketball’. The biggest basketball manga since the legendary ‘Slam Dunk’, ‘Kuroko’s Basketball’ is based on the manga by Tadatoshi Fujimaki which ran in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump. The animated adaptation, produced by Production I.G., ran for several seasons accompanied by a few films. Does ‘Kuroko’s Basketball’ leave any impression on the Champions? Or is it a slam dunk?
Listen and find out!

You can watch all of ‘Kuroko’s Basketball’ here:
www.crunchyroll.com/kurokos-basketball

You can buy the manga in North America here:
www.amazon.com/Kurokos-Basketbal…Vol/dp/1421587718

2-D Champions Episode 43: My Hero Academia (First Half)

Plus Ultra! In this episode the Champions get schooled by the Weekly Jump mega-hit ‘My Hero Academia’! Adapted from Kohei Horikoshi’s exciting comic and with animation by Studio Bones, this is sure to light the tender hearts of the Champions on fire. Or does it? You may find out for yourself if you can survive the many tangents the Champions lose themselves on while reviewing ‘My Hero Academia’!

You can watch all of My Hero Academia by following the links below:
www.funimation.com/shows/my-hero-academia/home
www.hulu.com/my-hero-academia

You can support Kohei Horikoshi’s original work by going here:
shonenjump.viz.com/my-hero-academia

New English-Subtitled Trailer for Boruto: Naruto the Movie (Updated)

Kishimoto's poster for the new film

Masashi Kishimoto’s poster for the new Boruto film

As with the english-subtitled trailer for the upcoming live-action Attack on Titan film, Madman Entertainment has posted a trailer for the upcoming film Boruto: Naruto the Movie. Masashi Kishimoto, author of the original Naruto manga, is helping write the screenplay for the new film.

Kishimoto is currently putting out a ten-chapter Naruto spin-off manga entitled Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring which features the cast which is set to appear in the new Boruto film; although I’m not sure yet if the film precedes the events in the manga spin-off or not.

For those going to the film in Japan on August 7th, you’ll be able to pick a limited edition movie book which includes chapter 700 of the original manga in full color as well as a brand-new chapter entitled “The Day Naruto became a Hokage”.

I’m sure if the new Boruto film is popular enough we’ll be seeing more adventures in this new era after the end of the manga. Although I’m tempted to say that this is just dragging out a series that has already been long enough, I’ve been really enjoying the Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring spin-off manga and the trailer for Boruto looks very exciting. After seeing Naruto work so hard to be Hokage, it is a really satisfying to see him and the rest of the old cast all grown-up and in charge.

Although the Boruto film has yet to be licenced for a North American release, you can read Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring from Viz’s english edition of Shonen Jump here.

(Update): So just a few hours after I posted this, Viz Media has announced that they’ve got the rights to the Boruto film and will premiere it at this year’s New York City Comic Con.