Posted by psgels on 25 December 2012 with categories: Anime Reviews, Sword Art Online



Um yeah. Sword Art Online. While it doesn’t beat Guilty Crown as “trainwreck of the year” for me, it still is a show I had very mixed feelings about. In order to explain why, I’m going to have to diverge a bit from my normal spoiler policy, though. I won’t outright spoil things, but I do have to say things about the plot progression here and what happens at certain stages. Because Sword Art Online has for me been the prime example of jumping the shark for the past half year.

Like Guilty Crown, SAO is what happens if you focus your series way too much around your male lead. Thankfully, Kirito is an actual character. A bland one, but an actual character, rather than a plot device. It’s nearly everything around him that’s a plot device instead though. The first half of the series however thankfully has enough to make up for it.

I mean the setting behind this show is fascinating: you’ve got an MMORPG that traps its own players. Wonderful! The despair of the people who are trapped inside it for an incredibly long time was great. A unique culture evolved that was really interesting to watch. Add that to great fight animation and a great climax, and you’ve got a very solid story. For the first half.

The show’s problems already shine through in the first half, but not bad enough. By far the worst issue I had was the harem element. Picture this: you’re on an mmorpg server. The females are in a big minority. And yet, nearly all of them end up falling for Kirito, the lead. He’s the first who truly cares about them when he meets them, he’s the first who makes them feel comfortable, even though he’s a completely antisocial guy. Yeah, this is wish fulfillment that is pretty thinly veiled. Kirito’s sole salvation here is that he actually ends up in a very good couple, and that the chemistry between him and the female lead actually works. The lead female is strong, and they complement each other quite well. The combination between action and romance works out quite well as the first half goes on and gets to its climax.

So yeah, the second half… it took about two episodes for me to completely give up hope on this series afterwards. That arc is just so inherently wrong on so many levels, it’s hard to know where to really start.

But imagine this: the bland male lead is happy in a couple. Then the female lead gets kidnapped for an entire season, and he starts flirting with his cousin (who he grew up with believing her to be his sister), leading to a completely pointless romantic quasi-incest subplot that doesn’t really go anywhere. Seriously, nearly the entire second half of this series is dedicated to just that, rather than the much more interesting other things aobut this series.

The second half is also littered with plotholes that this show just pulls right out of its ass, just to be more convenient and make the plot go as intended. It’s just too spoilery to go into details, but items appear from out of nowhere, the games in this series are riddled with design decisions that just boggle my mind, characters act irrational for no reason, and half the time this show doesn’t know whether it’s in a virtual world or not, which gets really annoying. Oh and the villain there. He’s one of the most stereotypical evil villains I’ve seen in a long while.

Thankfully this is an A-1 production, so the graphics look good and the fight animation is very creative. Yuki Kajiura behind the soundtrack is also solid, although with this series she really starts to reveal that she has run out of inspiration and that all of her music is just starting to sound the same.

Sword Art Online gets a lot of love. I don’t think that it deserves that. Sword Art Online also gets a lot of hate. And I also don’t think it deserves that either. Sure, its second half is pretty bad and all, but it does have its things to make up for it. Its setting has its traces of brilliance, and the first half was pretty solid there. Nevertheless. There’s better out there. It’s just too flawed to really recommend. The only thing I’m really angry at this series for is how it disrespects its female lead in its second half. That’s the one thing that I really find unforgivable. Apart from that the second half is just bad storytelling. Nothing more, nothing less.

Storytelling: 6.5/10 – Good build-up, but waaaay too many plot devices.
Characters: 6.5/10 – There are some interesting characters here, and the lead couple is quite good in the first half. This show completely disrespects the female lead in its second half by having her kidnapped, making her do nothing and have the male lead head off to a pointless incest subplot.
Production-Values: 8,5/10 – Great animation. It’s overall a very solid looking show at the very least.
Setting: 7.5/10 – The show gets some points for being interesting and having some really nice ideas. It loses points for not making any sense. Especially in its second half.

Suggestions:
– .Hack//Sign
.Hack//Roots
Amatsuki

51 Responses

  1. Taara535 says:

    I dropped it right after the first episode of the second half. That was abysmal.

    I think you give its first half a bit too much credit. Near the end of the first half, especially, Asuna begins to lose a lot of her own initiative and strength just to show how great Kirito is. I was quite dismayed how a strong female lead suddenly became the poor damsel in distress trope so quickly. It’s quite a shame too, because as you said, the first half really wasn’t that bad.

    Oh well, the season has spoiled us with great new shows anyway. So it was not too much of a loss.

    • Lily says:

      I actually really enjoyed this show, and I think it is the best anime I have seen recently. I can see why some people might have a problem with the second half though. There is definitely a huge transition, between the first half and the second half and it likely threw some people for a loop.

      I think if you watch the show with only little time between episodes the momentum will carry you from the first half deep into the second and you can still be really into it. However, I suspect that if you are watching the episodes at a slower pace you might lose some of that momentum during that transition and maybe that is where some people are lost.

      When you think about it, the first half covers like 2 years of time and the second half is like 2 days. So it is understandable that some might get lost in that transition.

      I think all the incest talk is way over exaggerated though. It is practically nonexistent in the show. They even went out of their way to remove the bother and sister aspect just to appease people who are overly uptight, though had they been it still would of been okay because nothing happens, at all. There isn’t even so much as a forehead kiss.

      • gurdlo says:

        momentum isn’t an issue. i burned through the whole series in 2 days and still thought the second half was awful. Not that i liked the first half much. It had many plot hole, horrible villains, and pointless romances that went nowhere.

      • Iknow says:

        2 year transition is a problem. not an excuse.

    • Darius says:

      I can feel your feminism from here.

  2. Spike says:

    ALO was by FAR the weakest arc in the novel series, I think alot of the praise comes from the opening arc and the upcoming arcs that haven’t yet been animated. (they will be for sure) Questionable choices by the staff to condense / skip certain light novel details also really hurt the story.

    • TheUltimateReaper says:

      Wait wait wait.

      This isn’t the end of the series? How long is it? Wat

    • Spike says:

      There are 3 other arcs and a few more sidestories (like the first few episodes with Lisbeth / Kirito’s guild) Gun Gale Online arc is very good, Asuna has a short arc which is pretty fantastic, and the currently ongoing Alicization is very good so far. Novels are still ongoing and selling very well.

      • zettai says:

        the novels sold because of the release of its anime and its conclusion. i read the stats and its novels topped the novel selling charts along with accel world.

  3. TheUltimateReaper says:

    Ha ha, well I agree. Man. This anime certainly doesn’t have a special place in my heart, however it did enough for me that I won’t forget it.

  4. Bwaffles says:

    I completely agree with everything in this review. I loved the first few episodes and in the first season I wavered back and forth between awesome and mediocre. I particularly loved the mid-season finale and I would’ve given it an 8/10 if it ended there… then the second half came along. I didn’t like the elf themed world much, the fact that Kirito could pick up on everything so fast compared to people that have played it for months and obviously the terrible incest story line. I found myself struggling to get through the second half cause I didn’t even want to watch it anymore. The ending for me went back and forth between decent and terrible… the parking lot scene could have been great but instead it just made my head hurt. And the worst part of the whole show for me is their “child” turning into Navi and having random powers to change the game or get information for Kirito. I would have been perfectly fine with her not being in the second half.

    Overall I gave this a 6/10 which is a shame cause if it kept to the pace of the first half it could have been so much better.

  5. Entrav says:

    ALO is definitely the worst arc but that’s not really saying too much in SAO’s favor. Anyways, what I’m most disappointed in is the soundtrack. The same. Exact. Thing. Played EVERY TIME. It frustrates me because it was Kajiura Yuki and she normally creates fabulous pieces of music.

    Anyways, there was a lot of haters and fanboys surrounding this anime and I love watching them go at it.

  6. Frog says:

    This was a fair review and very balanced. I think it cut to the heart of SAO without letting too much bias get in the way.

  7. Kaiserin Emma says:

    As frog mentioned this review seems pretty even, that said I don’t think I’ll be picking this show up again after reading it. I got midway then started reading summaries, was particularly displeased with the treatment of Asuna’s character based on what I heard.
    It started off pretty good admittedly but faffed about too much with the occasional glimmer now and then.

  8. sushiyassin55 says:

    Agree with this review. On the other hand, incoming flame war in three…two…one…

  9. zero! Merry Christmas. :P

  10. Airies says:

    psgels, you are honestly way to nice.

  11. JaK says:

    good review! for the first time i think you were un biased about this series but really now you should get over your incestophobia xD shows like Oni Ani really made that theme work ah well..

  12. cras says:

    It made a turn for the worst, into a gutter, and out into shark infested waters. Let’s all just forget about the second arc :)

  13. NewNewBoy says:

    Thanks for the review, i thought i was going insane by skipping through the second half to just see what happen to both of the lead character. But i guess there people that can’t stand the alf world arc just like me.

  14. Miragey says:

    Long time reader, first time commenter here. Thanks for all the work you put into this site, Psgels!

    I enjoyed the setting, design and most of the story elements in this show.

    The big kicker for me? Cringe-inducing, hammy, cheesy forced emotions. All the goddamn time. As much despair as people would rightfully feel in a world like this, i just never bought it. Especially not with the main characters crying their eyes out over a computer program they’ve known for two days. I love subtlety in anime and character acting in general, and this show has little to none, IMHO.

    Also Kirito is the usual, tired girl-magnet, super-genius shounen protagonist, that also pissed me off. As Pixar mentions in their storytelling rulebook, “you admire a character more for trying than succeeding.” I felt little more than contempt for this flat, perfect stereotype.

  15. Silty says:

    psgels, should we hold our breath for Season 3 posts once it comes out, or have you completely given up on this series at this point?

    • psgels psgels says:

      The thing is indeed, that I’m not sure whether I want to subject myself to more of this. Sure, this was the worst part and all, but I’m not sure whether I can motivate myself to keep watching after being put through all that.

      • wa says:

        At least this had a nice animation and character design :) But I agree the second half was weak. Overall 3 stars out of 5. I am not sure whether I will either follow next season if there will be one (or several). The best premise was in the first story arc, I assume. On the other hand, this was the only anime I really waited to see week after week.

        • zettai says:

          the other arcs such as the mother rosario arc and the gun gale online arc takes it in a more serious approach as well as the latest project alicization (no more spoilers). overall, i believe this show is bit underestimated with the anime showing its frilly colourful side in the ALO arc when i believe the series should continue onto the more serious side. another season of the anime would fill our cup of teas. if you want to learn more, at least i recommend you research more about these arcs.

  16. SaiDaiOh says:

    I watched the .Hack/ Legend of The Twilight. That was better than this, even its of the same setting and plot

  17. Nelson says:

    Finally, someone who understands that SAO recieved an absurd amount of hype and failed to live up to it. First season wasn’t terrible, but wasn’t great either. I gave up on the second season as well, I just couldn’t stomach the nonsense after episode 17 or so.

  18. Avalon says:

    I agree that this series is overrated and that the 1st half was easily the best, but I still enjoyed it plenty.

    No the incest subplot was not needed, but beside that, I understand you hate incest, but that doesn’t mean a show with it is automatically bad. Back to SAO, did I miss something? When did Kirito ever flirt with his sister? He was just trying to build up their practically non existent brother-sister relationship. She was the one who went oogly eyes over him.

    I don’t know, this show was far from perfect, but I fail to see how Btooom! (which I also enjoyed) got a so much higher score…

  19. MaKinima says:

    Hmm… a decent review. I read the novels first, so it was great to get to see my favorite novel animated. However, I felt some parts were made overly epic and just turned out really corny and cliche. Strangely enough, I thought the ALO arc was interesting in how it handled the whole imouto-incest thing. It was much more interesting than the usual romantic comedy thing, and being told from suguha’s perspective was a plus (at least for me).

    I’ll agree with you on the harem thing. It annoys me to no end, especially when Kirito has a woman already. But I guess it helps to appeal to the readers so w/e, it works for the story.

    Honestly though, I think you should go read the novels rather than the anime as they are done much better than the animation. Plus there are a lot of other side stories and sequels that help flesh out the world. I would have scored it a bit higher honestly just because of my bias, but I thought they could have done more with SAO.

  20. BOB says:

    I totally disagree with your review. Kirito has a lot of character, and perhaps you should read the novel, read the manga, the 4-koma, and watch the entire anime. Then talk. It is wonderful, and Asuna is always off getting captured. Is that, like, the only episode people watched? For real. It is an amazing story plot, and I don’t agree with incest, but it was a stupid sub-plot, for it wasn’t there that long. Sugu only liked Kirito because she was unsure of her heart. She got over him, IF you watched or read.

    • BOB says:

      “but it was a stupid sub-plot”

      Was should be wasn’t.

    • psgels psgels says:

      The thing is, this is a review of the anime Sword Art Online, and just these first 26 episodes. I don’t care about the novels here, this is a series that for me, needs to stand on its own. And in that respect, the incest subplot took up nearly half of its airtime. And if Kirito has a lot of character, then the anime sure did a good job of hiding all this.

    • Airies says:

      mate, no one gives a rats ass about any of the other mediums sao is spread on. This is an anime review site not a ‘pick a series and watch/read everything there is to it’ blog. so calm the fuck down and move on.

      • Amaya says:

        I agree with the above about not needing to read the other mediums, but I’d like to point something out as a person who has read the other mediums as well, particularly the Light Novels.

        Kirito has, to me, no character. He is aptly put a Gary Stu, or a form of wish fufilment character. The only points where he shines are in the action scenes which there is no characterisation involved, and even then he is overpowered which really doesn’t allow for much of a good story.

        His romance with Asuna, presumably the main focus of the series, was so badly written it is almost hilarious. Note the Light Novel itself started at the 75th floor and we were supposed to actually follow the romance from there, so in that aspect the anime actually did a way better job. However, both the anime and the Light Novel failed to tell a story. SAO has a good setting and a lot of promise, but its delivery failed terribly. Main heroines are generally cliches and the main love was started so abruptly and badly that when later stories become pivoted on that romance, it is difficult to actually follow the goal. Instead, it’s more apparent that people follow Kirito and just want to see him kick ass. Asuna, with all her promise in the early parts of the anime, just becomes a generic tsundere.

        SAO’s character development, story telling and all else are hardly anything to praise about at all, but the anime has done a good job portraying fight scenes which are good to watch, and has done a better job telling the story than the actual Light Novels (mostly for the first half, but the time skips are still an issue).

        Regarding your views, Bob, I’d like to address some things. Spoiler alert, so yeah:

        Kirito’s character is bland, and is only saved slightly by the fact that he’s a badass at everything. Even in the case where he confides to that nurse (Aki, I think?) about his worries of killing people, that didn’t give us an insight on what kind of person he is. It does at best let us know that he’s just a kid. And if he is a kid, his actions everywhere else don’t show this at all and the virtual world adventures and everything don’t give us any insight on him other than a carefree attitude and a hero wannabe. This is worsened when the story in the Light Novel is written from his perspective most of the time, so by right we should get to know more about him. But we didn’t.

        Asuna being captured is not one episode; it’s the entirety of the ALO arc. Her character from being a badass vice-captain became nothing more than a tsundere (if you even give her that much credit after seeing how completely lovey-dovey she is later). The main issue is that Asuna’s character seemed to have been completely tossed away the moment she fell in love with Kirito, from a possibly strong female into a girl who’s lovestricken.

  21. PRAX says:

    It seem more and more these days that north americans are falling out of touch with the art of storytelling. I see this all the time when the most common complaint about a anime is that it added piontles characters or events that did nothing to move the plot towards the ending. When people look at a story as a beginning and end rather than a gurney then they shouldn’t be surprised when their expectation falls short or they find themselves being bored by extended dialog and seemingly needles character stories. I want to make it clear that i am not writing this to attack some part of the north american psychology, I have my own theories on this subject but they are anecdotal and pointless to say. what I am here to do is to dipell shity reviews that make illigitamets argument for why the particular animes were crap, and I don’t want anyone giving the “in my opinion speech” stories are fiction and that means opinions are as strong as scientific fact.

    Reason Number one. A story is a gurney, so you can’t sit there and pick and chose what you like and dislike. yes you can find certain characters annoying, and stupid side plot lacking in purpose, but you can not remove and judge these element individually form the story. so if you say “sword art online whas good for the first season but the second season was disappointing” then you are only writing haf a review. Regardless of whether you like the second season or not you did watch it and thus your opinion was influenced by it, so you must judge it as a whole. So if you thought the second season was shit then you have the option of saying it was either fucking awesome or shit, not this bake your kake and have it to bolshit midle ground. A story is a sum of all it parts.

    Reason Number two. If the only enjoyment you get out of a story is seeing the plot end. then you are sadly missing out on most of what makes a story fulfilling. The plot it the guiding force but far from the main event. I have to say this one boils my blood the most. when I hear people say things like, “it was too slow”, “things didn’t get going tell episod X”, “too much filler” fuuukkkkkkkkk, yes there is such thing as too long of a gurney but what would you rather have a filling meal or a cookie. This is where I say to each their own. some people love the ongoing stories like bleach and naruto were the plot essentially take a backseat and it become more about the moment rather than the journey. This also goes the other way some people hate these type shows because they prefer a strong plot and await the conclusion with eager anticipation. I myself fall more into the later of the tow. You can see these story telling style everywhere. some writers spend their careers writing interconnecting series while others write one off original pieces. So when you see what you think is filler then asked yourself is it really un enjoyable to watch or is it cookies with jam. I could go on about this forever but it come down to the fact that anything between the beginning and end is technically filler. I personally like the pacing and depth that side plots and characters add. When properly used it make a plot worth caring about rather than another solved mystery.

    Reason number three. Stereotypes are more original than you shitty attempt at a review. I can’t tell you how many times people main gripe is that the story was not original. Yes your stereo typed character by himself is boring but throw in the rest of the story and bam! your finded your self emotionally invested in the simplest of characters. So next time I hear some dumb shit say “the plot was good but the characters were way too stereotypical or vice versa” I ask this person to consider that fact that maybe it’s them that has become the stereotype picking the same type stories over and over again. if you eat the same foods day after day then no shit it’s going to seem bland and boring to you.

    Reason number four. The purpose. Good storytelling is what shapes us as individuals. Stories for me take me on a gurney that I otherwise would have not been able to go on. I will never save the world, rescue the princess, solve the mystery, find my self in a love triangle with sister/brother (but don’t worry it totally cool they are not blood related) but threw good stories telling I can pretend to experience these things my self. nothing more gratifying than making fantasy realty.

    When we watch anime we do it to be entertained. when we write a review we do it to share our thoughts and feelings that we experienced. so next time you review a story keep in mind that you are not reviewing the story, but the gurny it has taken you on.

    My review of sword art online.

    A brilliant adventure that explores the gap between fantasy and reality. If you are at all a little nerdy then the characters and plot will be very easy to connect with. The story raise some questions that face humanity in the 21st century. If none of that seem interesting than I would say at the very least it make for a amazing Epic love story. If I have to express how it made me feel I would say watch an AMV called “17,568 Hours” by FaytxZen

    ps: Quit chopping anime reviews up into little pieces, it just make you sound like a picky eater.

    • psgels psgels says:

      I disagree with a lot of points here. For example, storytelling being about the journey. That’s indeed fine and all, if time was limitless. Unfortunately, I’m quite busy and I want to spend my limited tim having fun, not watching a story drag on pointlessly. Since I write reviews based on my own opinion just like you, this translates over to my review.

      Stereotypes, you do have a good point about that. For me, stereotypes should not be a problem if there is enough to make up for them. Unfortunately there are enough cases where this isn’t the case. Also, speaking of stereotypes: why North American? I’m Dutch.

    • Cytl says:

      There are different approaches for reviewing/analyzing a work of fiction. Even so, if people didn’t separate the different elements inside a story then modern storytelling wouldn’t exist: Keep in mind that most of the contemporary methods in this field comes from the analytical efforts of the Russian formalism and structuralism. I don’t know if Psgels is a student/professional of these fields (I seriously have no idea) but in either case, I don’t see why he can’t give his own approach when reviewing. I agree half of the time he may nitpick, but analyzing characters, plots, settings, etc. individually is not a case of this.

    • someloser says:

      This has seriously got to be the most retarded thing I’ve read in a long time. Only person whose who doesn’t know shit about storytelling is you, you pretentious faggot. The entire introduction here is nothing more than a summary of how you view your own opinions as being above everyone else.

      reason one: “ignore all good parts or ignore all bad parts”, seriously how old are you? shit being judged as either completely good or completely bad? Are you fucking retarded? The best car on the market will still have flaws, and people will still point out those flaws because people will want to improve on them. judging shit a completely good or completely bad is probably the most shallow and halfassed way to give a review.

      reason two: blah blah blah this isnt your fucking blog, so stop dishing out your own gripes about other fans. The aspect that psgels does a review on every episode goes to show that he doesn’t just pay attention to the end and the beginning. so stop assuming flaws in your reviewers. Do you even know what the hell is a filler?

      reason three: “stereotypes are good because their better than your bitching.” seriously is this the best you can come up with, you filthy casual? “Let’s overwrite this problem, by focusing on how good the plot is and ignoring the stereotypes” Back to reason one you ignorant faggot, stereotyping will always be a negative problem that you cant just overwrite with positive aspects of the show. People dont like seeing the same thing over and over again, and writers know that too.

      reason four: why are you bring this up? psgels has does exactly what you said, but you still seem butthurt that he didn’t find it to his liking. “next time you review a story keep in mind that you are not reviewing the story”

      The questions about the 21st century were never fully explored while the romance was james bond tier, going to show that this has got to be the 3rd piece of work you’ve probably laid your eyes on. and if anything your own shitty review had probably made psgel’s look better in comparison. You aren’t dispelling anything, kid.

      ps: take some damn literature classes while you’re at it. and spelling classes as well. there’s a damn difference between journey and gurney

    • starwatcher162536 says:

      I doubt your overall thesis that North America doesn’t appreciate the journey. There are a number of episodic series that lack a strong cohesive plot that the series centers around that have been popular stateside. Now and Then, Here and There. Cowboy Bepop. Kino’s Journey. Many others.

      Sword Art Online in the first half, did as you say, explore the gap between fantasy and reality. The Second half did not. It was good when it did, but even the first half had much uninteresting fluff. The other series mentioned also had fluff but made it interesting.

      Sword Art Online vacillated between good and mediocre in the first half and mediocre and bad in the second half.

    • Highfinder Highfinder says:

      “A story is a gurney”
      gurney – A wheeled stretcher for transporting hospital patients

      In sword art online’s case that certainly is true. As those who are drawn into it may be in need of hospital care or suffer from terminal stupidity.

      I will just say this. In that giant wall of text there you mentioned about opinions being as strong as scientific fact when it comes to fiction. That depends on how well the opinion is written. For example you have mentioned that you think the plot is strong, the characters are good and the side stories add pacing and depth. Of course, you have not said how the story is strong, how the characters are good or how the the side stories add pacing and depth. Nor given examples from the show which illustrate this. So really that opinion is about as good as someone saying “It’s good because it’s good” so you could have saved a lot of time by saying just that instead of blathering on about other fans opinions and saying some rather irrelevant stuff about a story being a journey instead of a story. Journey or story, that doesn’t change anything. If a journey is poorly constructed then it doesn’t negate it’s flaws by calling it a story.
      I recommend on reading up on writing a well informed opinion. As I can promise that with the way you write now that no one will take your opinion seriously. Because as you write now it sounds that you are basing your opinion fully on a emotional response and truly have no idea what you are talking about.

    • Iknow says:

      i can’t believe that I’ve read all of this and got nothing out of it.
      How sad.

  22. zerr says:

    Ill agree that the second part staled out a bit, but I think youre way overthinking things if you let it get in the way of enjoying the anime… one just has to accept that there will always be something to criticize… so take the review with a grain of salt, and make up your own mind about it, dont let someone else do it for you… that said, it is worth watching and enjoying

  23. zettai says:

    imo, i feel like sword art online should take a second chance in terms of making up for its mistakes when they decide to create the gun gale online arc. surely i enjoyed its story and action but felt a bit weak in the second arc (in my opinion which felt underrated despite its way of storytelling of kirito’s past) as well as the introduction to the “harem element” which i agree kinda ruined the series (not gonna go fanboy with it or hate it) but i’d like the series to continue on. i heard about the story ongoing to some more serious atmosphere which interests me and ideally feels actually more of what this anime really stands out to be. i wish it hurries up to make the upcoming arcs and release it… :/

  24. Sara says:

    I completely agree with you. The second half gave me a feeling of completely destroying my laptop. Its just so freaking unreasonable!
    The main lead couple should have been favored through out! The biggest downfall in this anime for me was the introduction of the fake sister character, and to see their guts, the anime ended with a gut renching dancing scene from the pseudo couple!
    I wish Asuna could just kill her -.-

    The first half of it really made me believe it would be an awesome anime, but for me the disappointment of the latter half made me resent it.

    I wish they did not continue with the anime after episode 15.

  25. the bomb says:

    okay, everyone saying that the anime was bad in the second half are completely wrong. I actually liked the second half as good as the first one. Most of the people who hated the second half are girls, and are jealous and mad at Kirito for getting the chance to flirt with other girls. Not his fault he’s a girl magnet. You can’t expect every anime to be a lovey dovey fairytale like Romeo and Juliet with a beautiful ending. The director actually spiced things up, with his cousin, NOT sister romance. Something out of the blue, and interesting unlike other animes.Even if the romance continued between kirito and his cousin I wouldn’t have a problem with it because it’s the directory’s story and everyone not agreeing that the second half was good by starting the controversies actually makes it more interesting.
    There are so many instances where cousins marry cousins. In the old days it used to be a norm in the early 1800’s so everyone stop whining and enjoy the anime ;). It’s amazinggg

  26. Amaya says:

    I think SAO is a fair, if not good representation of what anime is to other people: a cartoon. It’s great to watch for just surface-deep aspects, such as art, combat scenes, pretty characters. But anyone who watches an anime for plot, character development wise or are able to go beyond the surface-deep level, will be unlikely to like this series because it cannot tell a story.

    Character development, plot development and just about everything that goes beneath the surface are handled poorly. Even its romance, a key plot point, was lazily developed. Characters are cliches and forgettable, even the main character since he is in fact just a Gary Stu or a wish fufilment character without much development otherwise.

    But if you’re looking for something that will entertain you just by looking and not watching, then SAO may be a good choice of anime.

  27. Marceline says:

    The time skips were too fast and I didn’t see proper development of the leads relationship. Legit one episode they hate each other 2 time skips later; “OMG I love you kirito lets get married!!”. Honestly I think I’ll pass watching the next season…

    • meow says:

      My concern with the 2nd season is how they’re starting to introduce some weird abstract philosophical elements into the story. (For those who’ve seen it, I’m talking about Kirito and Asuna’s convo on the park bench.) I’m not sure about what they’re talking about or what relevance, if any, it has on the main story. They talk like they get it completely but the whole thing seems lost on me.

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  29. april says:

    I’m on episode 19 of s1. I haven’t been paying attention to the last two episodes. Seriously, it’s ridiculous. I was all on board with the first half but past episode 15, I would strongly recommend no one bothering to continue with it. However, annoying, I can’t stop when i’m so close to the end so i’ll grit my teeth through these last few episodes as best i can.

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Kaiser-Eoghan
And that extends to action scenes, don't just slap old songs over your trailer thoughtlessly/carelessly or dump a generic pop song over your mecha battle or generic rock song over a fight scene.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Scenes would be better served by subtely or sinister sound design or less/no music in most cases.
Amagi
@Niello: Same here. It annoyed me to no end. I was curious so I watched the live stream. It was much better/less bad with subs, most of the first episode was nothing but shousa shousa and casually a "violetto chan..".
AidanAK47
@Amagi, I would disagree on music. The soundtrack is far too bombastic and overbearing for the nature of the series.
Niello
Watching the first episode raw was a mistake imo. I actually cringed when I heard chuusa for the 10th time in the hospital room scene. At least the subtitle would serve as a distraction.
Amagi
It's kinda sad because the execution of scenes, music and animation are awesome and I think that its depiction of characters and their behaviour is pretty good too, the problem is that the MC is a bad/illogical character to begin with and that they want to attract a larger fanbase through certain pandering. Still enjoy it overall, though.
SuperMario
We share the exact same thoughts about Violet's issues then. I think the story isn't that great and the characterisation so far is weak. But count on me to blog it to see if it can improve itself
Amagi
Yeah, the idea of some unworldy girl learning about emotions through ghost writing is great and I love the setting. But the war part makes no sense in that context, and I wish they'd tone down that "I'm mayor's dog" stuff. It's pretty common for these type of people being clingy to one specific person, but they should totally leave out the waifu pandering. Ep 2 was better in that regard though.
Niello
How come Violet went through war and back and still doesn't even recognise, in the slightest, the grim emotions humans sometimes feel such as pain, worry, distrust, anger, hate etc. Then the premise set up that she's going to learn love and all the other emotions, good and bad, though ghost writing and empathise with people. I call bull.
Niello
@Mario: The writing is disappointing and underwhelming, especially the characterisation. I would rant, but I'd rather not. It's just, if this show doesn't have the amazing visual or Kyoani name attached you can just imagine that its fate would be rather bleak.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: hhhmmm, I have good news, the French dvd of that film let the corpses tan is coming out in March, well before the vod release, so it'll probably get fansubbed or something before we have to wait for an official English web-dl/cast.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Was never much of an on stage/presentation man really, I was always rubbish at it, to quiet an introverted person really to get up in front of a crowd and give a lecture/speech.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Travlos: And this would be the part where I say it would be great if I even had half your presentation ability or sounded that clever.
Your voice is as imagined it, though I'd pictured you younger looking in my head.
KTravlos
fianlly done with the academic meeting I was organizing. Should get back to some anime watching. Also if you want to see my presentation go here

https://youtu.be/GNjtuf-nJ-s?list=PL7qM1ZYRwV_DbcW31vF_Codobpq7u6ffS
SuperMario
@Niello: Aside from your #1 (which ưe'll agree to disagree here), it's a nice set of shows you're follwing this season. Did you watch Violet Evergarden first episode thou and how did you think about it?
SuperMario
Great. Now I can't even send message here through my laptop.
SuperMario
@Kaiser: i think it's the same issue with kisscartoon. The original site was shut down sometimes ago, and now there are plenty of Kisscartoon's fake domains that are annoying as hell
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: its back up now though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Mario: Its front page has server issues from time to time sometimes for hours.
SuperMario
I just read some manga on kissmanga a week ago, is the site down already?
Niello
Well to be fair batoto is down because of the site owner personal reason.
Kaiser-Eoghan
So Mangahere, mangachapter, baoto, animea seem to be gone and kissmangas front page is down , mangafox is slow, whats next to go down....
Niello
I don't currently see an anime this season that really stands out from the others. Right now if I have to rank them
1) Miira no kaikata
2) Kokkoku
3) Sora yori mo tooi basho
4) Koi wa ameagari no you ni
5) Takagi-san.
Not counting Devilman Crybaby since it's already finished.
Niello
@Eoghan I love Urobuchi and still find the Godzilla film weak.
SuperMario
I just looked through the nominations for the Crunchyroll Anime Awards and to my surprise, it's a pretty solid lineups. Find myself agreeing with most of their choices there
AidanAK47
Actually forgot about it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I don't know why you don't just read kara no shoujo 2 instead.
AidanAK47
And Himawari is actually boring me. It's proving difficult to push myself though just to see where the point that makes it highly regarded comes in.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Aidan: In the end I was pretty much curious about it.
AidanAK47
Yep, that's it. Gonna stop discord displaying what I play from now on. It's weird when people comment on it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Now my current rankings: 1. Devilman
2.Junji itou
3. sangatsu
4. Cardcaptor sakura
5. Pop team
6. Evergarden.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*Aidan
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'm joking obviously, but I am surprised to see you playing Himawari Aiden.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Oh Aidan you and your lolicon visual novel you =P
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Alonaria: Shin Godzilla had the evolving godzilla thing and that freaky ass final shot too, it also justified itself quite well i think by showing how relevent he is today, given the nuclear thing and that it drew on the Fukushima incident essentially.
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Alonaria: Thats a far better and shorter way of putting it than I.
Alonaria
I wish I'd just waited for the other parts of the Godzilla movie trilogy to be released. As it is, I'm just going to remember it as "that incomplete movie." And the character designs kind of blurred together for me, which was really disorienting.
Anonymous1746949
Oh psgels is back
Kaiser-Eoghan
But I've seen other Godzilla things so I pretty much was supposed to see this anyway.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Or you know you could always take what I said with a pinch of salt, because you know....I don't get on with Urobutcher.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The idea behind it is definately cool and a different spin for the franchise though.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Maybe I was held back a bit by the cgi or the mediorce voice acting.
Kaiser-Eoghan
But I'd need to see its followup before properly assessing it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Godzilla often makes for silly films, but lke alot of silly older films the silliness and seriousness combine without clashing, this one is too Poe faced .
Kaiser-Eoghan
I saw that Godzilla anime film, I'd describe it as watchable in parts but far too caught up in setup mode and an unlikeable protaganist , it could go somewhere with what it raised at the start but this is an example of a first film in a trilogy that suffers from being unable to currently stand on its own.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I generally feel that Itou's stories have a winning track record but theres exceptions, Uzumaki and Gyo in manga form struggle toward the end and the first episode story the anime chose to adapt is, while fun one of the weaker offerings.
Alonaria
Honestly, the shorter stories have been more effective at getting a reaction out of me, though. I actually didn't really enjoy the first episode's first story, mostly because I found the MC too obnoxious. :.D Maybe because my younger brother chased me with a bug once and it was really unpleasant. XD
Kaiser-Eoghan
@Anon: It wasn't just it coming out of her mouth, but when they were stamping on them too.
Anonymous1743747
@Kaiser: Yah, I was horrified for like 5 seconds but the other characters made me crack up. :.D
Kaiser-Eoghan
Although it was mixed in with laughing my ass of eventually.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Of all the Itou stories to be un-nerved by, its the second half of this third episode oddly that does it for me and I never get uncomfortable during anything .
AidanAK47
@Anon, We are working on it.
Anonymous1742736
Are you planning on making a top anime of 2017 list?
Amagi
Yeah Mash is one of the few good ones it seems.
Amagi
Oh damn, good that you remind me, I didn't pick anything yet. But I guess I will go with Altera, considering that some of them don't look that good and I own her anyway. Would have wanted the Scat one but the drawing looks weird.
AidanAK47
Which Bond CE did you pick for the 2 mill? I went with the Mash one. Only only whose artwork I liked.
AidanAK47
Might settle for making Bryn my endgame lancer though.
AidanAK47
As I said in my Apocrypha post, I have no interest in any version of Jeanne. My top priorities for my endgame team is Isekander, Scathach and assassin Shiki. And Shiki is a welfare so only need to worry about the other two.
Amagi
Yeah, I was considering to keep rolling for the new 4* at first but I really want Jeanne Alter and she's coming soon.
AidanAK47
@Amagi, I tried rolling for Karna and got nothing. Though I think Bryn is better. I plan on rolling one more time with the saint quartz we are getting to try for NP2. Though we do have the valintines event coming.
Amagi
@Aidan: Same here, just got Brynhildr. Even though I already got Karna last month. But I wanted her, nice design, finally a single-targed 5* and she's even one of the few servants related to my country.
KTravlos
@SuperMario. The contemplation of the death of humanity, and the loneliness, both were very disturbing to me. Kinda like thinking of my grave.
AidanAK47
YANDERE GET. Bryn's mine baby.
AidanAK47
Gonna try rolling for Brynhildr tomorrow. Bit annoyed they chose to translate it as Brynhild. I mean it's not incorrect but her name is far more recognisable as Brynhildr
AidanAK47
@Amagi, The grind wasn't that bad for me. Mordred carried me for it. Though I managed to get Siegfried in the gacha despite not being on rate up. I admit that the event was rather lackluster. Story wasn't that fun and the whole saber restriction was a pain. Also gonna take me a while to readjust to regular damage.
Amagi
Man that FGO Saber Wars event was annoying. I am happy finally I have 2 mio. altrium now and am done with it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Reminder that netflix Godzilla anime is later today.
Amagi
Damn I didn't noticed that ankle band of the little demon from the intro scene of FranXX 01, now I feel stupid.
Lenlo
Yuasa is great! Ping pong and Tatami Galaxy are still some of my favorites
SuperMario
Oh fuck, the lead singer of the Cranberries passed away. I literally just listened to their music yesterday. Damnn, sad news
SuperMario
@Kaiser; thanks for considering me but I believe Wooper is much more a Yuasa's fan than I am
SuperMario
Far out!!!
SuperWooper
Yuasa will be answering questions on Reddit's anime board on the 20th.
SuperMario
@Niello: what do you mean regarding Yuasa?
SuperMario
@Travlos: I agree that Girls Last Tour is a special little gem, but in what ways it's disturbing?
Niello
Holy cow, Masaaki Yuasa AMA!! What magic is this?
Niello
Meawhile, Japan took a different approach and we ends up with a bunch of .hack rehash and diving more and more into escapism. Until we eventually got isekai and then it just spiraled into a sea of mediocrity.
Niello
While that opened its own can of worms, at least it opens up element about making ends meet, managing irl relationships, earning extra income for a poor family, getting cheated etc.
Niello
in the characters real life just fine. Something more a long the line of Net-juu but more technologically advanced. And I would say that plenty of those have been superior to Japanese online game and isekai story shenanigans. That said, it doesn't mean that those don't have their own kind of traps they usually fall in. A bunch of those instead focus on the aspect of making money off of games.
Niello
...Getting stuck in a virtual reality game and being transport to another world that happens to be like a game are completely different though. I don't know what is it with Japan and getting stuck in game plots considering that there are loads of other game-base Asian novels that came before it that manage story lines where they manage to tell compelling stories in game while balancing what happen
KTravlos
I finally finished Girls Last Tour. What a profound, fluffy and disturbing masterpiece. Bravo.
Amagi
Yeah. I feel the world swap is pretty much pointless when real life isn't relevant anymore. It's just a stupid as hell excuse to combine fantasy wish fullfilment with self-inserts, which is why these main characters tend to be 29 by now, just like the big part of the otaku community.
Lenlo
Of those you listed, no, I dont think they get explained? I mean, SAO did, but I dont think that falls into your category.

Thats why I liked .hack//sign over alot of more modern game Isekai. Also .hack//sign did explain what happened to Tsukasa.
Amagi
Considering how bad most of these are I wouldn't wonder if they wouldn't even bother with an explanation and just end it with the characters being happy in that game world and that's it. Or magic and the whole harem gets transported into reality at the end because power of love and such.
Amagi
I have no problem with a sci-fi fantasy mix, I liked .hack//sign for example, but it annoys me that such an incredibly bizarre situation gets never explained. Or maybe it will but it never happened so far because none of these LNs was ever finished and concluded yet. I just wish to know how they explain that.
Amagi
I mean all those shows in which the character just finds himself stuck in a real world that's (coincidentally?) the same as the game he recently played. Be it Overlord, Death March, Log Horizon or the 300 other series with that premise.
Amagi
Some thing that always bothered me about game isekai for which I never got an answer so far: did any of those series ever end and/or explain how the warp has happened and why the MC is in the game? - Not talking about .hack, SAO and such where the action of getting trapped is part of the premise
Niel
@Eoghan - Btw, Kokkoku isn't a time travel. it's stasis, apparently. Looks very promising so far. Though if I am to trust the manga score, it's shit.
Niel
But is Toradora really slice of life? As far as I can see it's straight up romance.
Lenlo
And Mario, ill rag on SOL all I want! :P

Wooper, its true good shows transcend genre, as there are still some like Toradora I like, but those are exceptions that prove the rule so to speak.
Lenlo
@Niel, yeah I base my potential % on the odds something gets/stays good.
AidanAK47
I am of similar mindset about Franxx. I want it to get better but I don't really see it doing so. Unless the other characters get a majority personality boost or the MC stops being a plank.
Niel
XD
Kaiser-Eoghan
I confess....I only sat through just over half an episode of aldonoah.
Niel
Since it's Trigger, I will give the benefit of the doubt. I'm just very skeptical about this whole formula.
Niel
The way I can see this series improving is through world building. And if other aspects are going to improve too, it's going to revolve around that.
Niel
It leaves about as much impression on me as much as the first episode of Aldnoah did, and I dropped that one straight away. The character chemistry doesn't look like it will go places that's not cliche. The gimmick doesn't seem like it has much potential either.
Niel
So you're all betting it on "this is going to get better". I mean, I hope it gets better. Though right now this feels more Kiznaiver than Kill la Kill or LWA.
Kaiser-Eoghan
I'd nominate Mario to do the devilman review as he's the most immediate Yuasa fan to do it and Bam is too awol to write it.
Kaiser-Eoghan
The cute girl shows just bleed and blend in my mind now, same with the isekai shows.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Devilman, my show of the season, unless after the rain ends up having some emotional wallop.
Kaiser-Eoghan
So for me its looking like: Junji itou, Cardcaptor sakura, keeping up with sangatsu, wait and see on amegari . Not watching a time travel or trigger show and I remain unable to sit through Mahoutsukai .
Amagi
The story itself is generic so far but so are most Trigger series at the beginning so not sure. Maybe it will stay weak, but in general I prefer series that start with the weaker episodes and get better and better over time over the many series that use up all of their budget and trump cards in the first episode and drag on after that.
Amagi
I really love Trigger's esthetics and their characters. I am happy they're more often involved in non-trigger-only productions because I honestly think that most of the stuff I enjoyed about FranXX was heavily influenced by them.
SuperMario
@Nielo: Franxx's first ep was stellar for me. Storywise, it's lackluster (and I see the similar in tropes between this and Beatless) but production-wise it's excellent
SuperMario
I think I just keep watching it on a weekly basis. Still trippy as hell
SuperMario
Okay, I just watched second episode of Devilman Crybaby and it's still pretty good.
Nielo
By the way, what's up with Darling in the Franxx? I thought it's a very weak first episode.
Nielo
@Lenlo: Slice of life isn't my thing either, and I usually avoid series set in high school.
Nielo
@SuperMario: Takagi-san is cute, I'll admit that, but since I already read the manga it's not new to me. Sora Yori is good, but it's not particularly cute. I found Hakumei to Mikochi and Yuru Camp very boring. Haven't got the chance to watch Mitsuboshi Colors or Gakuen Babysisters but I don't think they could be more cute than Mii-kun.
SuperWooper
HOT TAKE: Genre is irrelevant. What matters is whether a show is good.
SuperMario
Don't knock off MY genre Lenlo. It's one of the reason I got into anime in the first place :)
Lenlo
Im not saying it doesn't do what it sets out to. I just don't think what it sets out to do is all that... great.
Lenlo
@Niello, Slice of Life was never my Genre in the first place :/ I typically avoid them. I have my own life to deal with and already graduated high school, why would I want to deal with a melodramatic anime highschool, is my line of thought.
SuperMario
@Niello: okay, let's see:Takagi-san (the titular character), Mitsuboshi Colors, Gakuen Babysisters (Toddlers!!), Hakumei to Milochi (tiny girls) and two more slightly more mature but equally cute: Sora Yori and Yuru Camp's casts
Nielllo
@SuperMario: I'm sure this is where our definition of "cute" parts way, but I'll ask anyway, what are those 5 shows?
SuperMario
@Niello: seems so because I can eaisily pick 5 more shows that are cuter, and better than Mummy this season ;)
Nielllo
...So I suppose I'm the only one who's kinda bored out by a lot of the slice of life shows that's trying to be cute this season and only perked up by the Mummy anime because it's actually do what it's meant to do and be legit cute.
Lenlo
I am interested in Koi, but still have concern about the relationship itself.

@Vonter, the mummy anime would be better as short vignettes together I feel.
Kaiser-Eoghan
Koi amegari is surprisingly tasteful, subdued and pretty.
Kaiser-Eoghan
*to where
Kaiser-Eoghan
Try as I might, my love of kyoani tv anime has largely evaporated did where I no longer want to bother at this stage, I'll just wait and see. I'll just stay quiet on the franxx anime, theres little value in me trying to get through a trigger work at this point.
SuperMario
I get the exact same feeling with Takagi-san. It's pretty good on what it does but 20 minutes of the same thing for a whole season doesn't sound that promising
Vonter
The chibi mummy anime
Vonter
It's a shame it isn't a shorter 10 or 5 minute series, I think that format would make it shine more, since it does what it's trying to do.
Amagi
Speaking of it, I liked the second episode of Kokkuko or whatever the name is even more than the first one.
Amagi
I really have a problem with all these shows that rely on one single thing, joke, shenanigan or whatever. Be it something cute, some certain kind of interactiong or whatever. It doesn't matter how good it is it will bore me with episode 2.
Lenlo
Like, yeah, the mummy was cute. But the cute became rote/bland really quick. There has to be more than "cute" to be worth watching for more than a single episode to me.
Lenlo
@Niello, I was harsh because its not aimed at me. I wanted to drop it 5 minutes in, kept up for the post, then was thankful it was over. There wasnt anything overtly bad about it. Its just there was nothing good either.
AidanAK47
To be fair it's not as if we are lacking cute in this season.
In fact it's in danger of inflation.
SuperMario
@Niello: yes, the mummy is cute, the show is cute but beside that it's pretty mediocre. That show in particular is the only show that I have the damnest time to give it a potential rating.
Niello
It's not even down because of legal reasons, since the site pull down contents that are lincensed. It's down cause it's too much for the site owner to manage. Much of it also have to do with too many bots, which comes back to how a lot of other sites are relying on batoto.
Niello
@Masky: Not enough manga titles are getting translated. Batoto is the site scanlation groups basically rely on, and where other aggregation sites pull their content from. No batoto no obscure titles, a big blow to small scantation groups and one big manga/scanlator community down.
Niello
Why are you guys so harsh on the mummy show? It's so darn cute. Give it some credit. If a comedy show can be good because it does comedy well I don't see why a show ike Mummy can't be good if it can make people go "aww".
Masky
I don't really know why that is the case, maybe marketing budget and UI friendliness when done right? :P
Masky
Eh, wouldn't say it will kill manga industry. I mean, more and more official methods of reading manga online is starting to pop up and legit channels to pay to get access to manga can surprisingly enough harm free channels to get manga.
Masky
Anyway, I do find it funny how how the isekai character dies can be so meaningless that is joke in most of them
Niello
Batoto is going down, how this affect the manga reading is going to be interesting. Hope it's not slowly dying.
Masky
(at least that one, besides forgetting to introduce what the heck is gimmick besides generickness, acknowledged how most of otaku mcs shouldn't erally want to get transferred to fantasy world since they never get to see how their favourite mangas end :P )
Masky
Anyhoo, it gets annoying since its not just isekai being cliche, sometimes is just them being kind of badly written(or at least adapted to manga). Like, I found one new isekai today, but I have no idea what its gimmick is(from what I understood, its that "cute companion" that character gets is hideously op because mc didn't spefy cute girl when he asked god manager dude for cute companion)
Masky
Slime one is one of better from the more generic ones weirdly enough :P I mean I still wouldn't call it good, but at least MC character isn't god tier, just top tier and it has sort of village building simulation feel to it. Plus at least naming things giving monsters more powers is something funny regarding jrpg mechanics
Kaiser-Eoghan
Or alternatively the car was on a boat with the character or parents in it and the boat and car were hit by a falling plane lol
Kaiser-Eoghan
Its always "car accident" that sends the characters to another world or in harem cases "Lost parents due to car crash", for christs sake doesn't anyone die in out of control plane or speedboat crashes anymore, at least make it a motorbike....
Nayrael
Ah sorry, should probably not have touched the colors...
Nayrael
Trust me, Isekai is better when it doesn't try to be imaginative. When it tries to be original then... Isekai with a Smartphone... Isekai where the MC turns into a Slime... and my favorite: Isekai where the MC became a Hot Spring popular with sexy girls.
Masky
Assuming "new" things can happen under the sun
Masky
Anyhoo, I do wonder what the heck will be next "popular genre trope that will become so overused cliche that everyone groans whenever show uses it even if its actually good show"
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In This Corner of the World (2016) Movie Review – 90/100

In this Corner of the World (for the purpose of this review, I’ll refer it as “Corner”), is the truest slice of life drama if you ever encounter one, in that it’s a slice into an ordinary life of an ordinary girl during the War period. That speaks into the very first strength of Corner, […]

Houseki no Kuni (Fall 2017) Review – 92/100

Make no mistake, Houseki no Kuni is the most ambitious anime project of the year. Not only because it’s an entirely CG project (and make a damn good use of it, mind you), or because of its narrative scope that at once strange, grand and beauty, but also in its very conception in their production […]

Fate/Apocrypha Anime Review – 64/100

I was quite excited for Apocrypha and in the so called year of Fate adaptations, it looked to be the crown jewel. Sadly, partly due to lacking adaption and the source lacking in areas, this anime turned out to be not quite the jewel I thought it would be. It’s hard to call this a […]

Kino’s Journey -The Beautiful World Anime Review – 73/100

One of the surprises of the year was to see the return of Kino’s Journey, a very well regarded and more unique anime among those deemed classic. Many, myself included, were very much looking forward to the return of Kino and her talking Motorrad. Though due to some factors this series doesn’t quite live up […]

Girls’ Last Tour (Fall 2017) Review – 86/100

Girls’ Last Tour falls within my favorite new trend that emerging the anime medium over the last decade: a dark moe anime. Set in a post-apocalyptic world where the human race has almost extinct, our two girls wandering around the world in their kettenkrad looking for food and shelter. If it sounds a bit bleak […]

Two tales of War: Reviewing The Heroic Legend of Arslan and Altair: A Record of Battles

It would not be an exaggeration to say that my favorite type of anime is the political-military epic. This comes partly out of my profession, I study war and politics, but also my hobby, as military and political history is something I enjoy. When it comes to anime there is a clear sub-category that can […]

The Night is Short, Walk On Girl (2017) Movie Review – 92.5/100

“How many decades have passed since our drinking contest?” “It hasn’t been that long. It was only a few hours ago, this very night!” That gap in time perceiving plays a significant role in Night is Short. For you see, it all depends on how our perception of the surroundings and time itself can affect […]

Ballroom e Youkoso Review – 65/100

In the weeks leading up to the summer 2017 season, Ballroom e Youkoso was one of the most buzzed-about new series. Produced by the Production I.G. team responsible for the smash hit Haikyuu!!, and set to air on Amazon’s brand new Anime Strike service, the series had no shortage of promotion or hype behind it. […]

Inuyashiki Review – 80/100

Do you know what the average age of an anime protagonist is? Neither do I, but I’d wager its in the upper teens. For obvious reasons, most anime focus on high school and have high school aged protagonists with similarly aged problems. Its not often that we get a good older main character, who has […]