Jul 22, 2014

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Sword Art Online 2 episode 03

This season is really messed up. Most of the good anime air on the same day and I cannot write three posts in one day. That’s too much. So I had to spread it all out throughout the week. Sword Art Online gets prioritized a little, of course.

[HorribleSubs] Sword Art Online II - 03 [720p].mkv_snapshot_07.06_[2014.07.21_22.33.34]So we learn a bit more about Shino or Shinon (in-game name of hers) during these twenty minutes. It finally explained why she plays Gun Gale Online (GGO for short) and why she has such a fear of guns. She was forced to kill a man when he tried to rob the bank that she was in. She obtained his gun and shot the man several times in order to protect herself from that lunatic. It was quite funny how she gave him that headshot. I immediately thought that she was meant to be a sniper, but that would be rather crude considering the situation. Panic disorders are no laughing matter.

[HorribleSubs] Sword Art Online II - 03 [720p].mkv_snapshot_18.27_[2014.07.21_22.34.10]I was surprised to see Kazuto playing ALfheim Online during this episode. I thought we already passed that point? Asuna has been saved and she is a free woman again. In fact, she has finally become his woman now. Focus more on that or on Gun Gale Online and not on elves and whatever it is that elves do in that world nowadays.

I cannot believe they are making me wait another week before Kazuto starts in his investigation. He will have to train his in-game character quite a bit before he becomes a target. Shino has done quite well as a player and seems to be his next target. I’m already wondering how Kazuto will stop that lunatic from killing Shino. So many theories running through my anime-infested head…

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Jul 14, 2014

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Sword Art Online 2 episode 02

I thought I was watching Kazuto at work. Why not? It’s possible for guys to create female characters and vice versa. I have been told that it happens quite often, actually. It’s one of the reasons why I choose not to play any MMORPG.

[HorribleSubs] Sword Art Online II - 02 [720p].mkv_snapshot_01.49_[2014.07.13_23.05.52]We meet Shino, a girl that plays the role of a skilled sniper that attacks players after their hunt and steals their loot. She does this with a couple of ‘friends’ and they seem quite successful at it. I, back in the day, played a simple MMORPG and used to do something similar. I waited until “Noobs” came back from hunting gold and elite and super items and killed them and picked up every single thing they dropped as they were trying to make it to the city, one of the few spots where they can’t get killed by other players. It’s nice to remember the good ‘ol days.

[HorribleSubs] Sword Art Online II - 02 [720p].mkv_snapshot_14.42_[2014.07.13_23.06.34]I thought for sure that Shino was Kazuto in disguise. She was good. She sniped targets from many miles away and defeated a guy three or four times her size by giving his head another breathing hole with her sniper rifle. I will say, here and now, that I don’t like the idea of players being able to lose limbs without dying like you’d expect from a regular MMORPG character.

I’ll just end this post by saying that I liked what I saw so far. Shino is no Kazuto, so I can only imagine that she, just like most female characters from season one, will probably fall in love with Kazuto. That’s how it usually goes, isn’t it? I just hope I get to see more of her and her skills. I love characters with sniper rifles. I would pick that character, too, if it were me… The idea of being able to take down my opponents from miles away is great!

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Jul 7, 2014

Posted by in Summer Anime 2014, Sword Art Online 2

Sword Art Online 2

A must see, a must write and a must buy. Need I really say more? Sword Art Online went international a few weeks after it first aired. People, including myself, were completely obsessed and loved every bit of it. It is only natural that it’s back in the form of a second season.

Sword Art Online 2The artwork is still as great as I remember it. The characters look great, the details are superb and the entire setting is worth remembering. I love how they created every single thing. The authors obviously spent a lot of time playing MMORPG’s in order to create something so detailed as this.

I remember saying in my first Sword Art Online review that it wasn’t completely original. I said it resembled the Dot Hack series. This was only true for the first few episodes. I soon realized that Sword Art Online has his own unique magic that made me want to continue watching and writing.

Watch this. Watch this after you’ve seen the first season. You will love it, trust me. I was actually planning to re-watch the entire first season during my vacation (on the bus, whilst sunbathing, basically during every chance I get). Love it!

Plot Summary: 1 year after the SAO incident, Kirito is approached by Seijiro Kikuoka from Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Department “VR Division” with a rather peculiar request.

That was an investigation on the “Death Gun” incident that occurred in the gun and steel filled VRMMO called Gun Gale Online (GGO). “Players who are shot by a mysterious avatar with a jet black gun lose their lives even in the real world…” Failing to turn down Kikuoka’s bizarre request, Kirito logs in to GGO even though he is not completely convinced that the virtual world could physically affect the real world.

Kirito wanders in an unfamiliar world in order to gain any clues about the “Death Gun.” Then, a female sniper named Sinon who owns a gigantic “Hecate II” rifle extends Kirito a helping hand. With Sinon’s help, Kirito decides to enter the “Bullet of Bullets,” a large tournament to choose the most powerful gunner within the realm of GGO, in hopes to become the target of the “Death Gun” and make direct contact with the mysterious avatar.

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Apr 11, 2014

Posted by in Spring Anime 2014

Oreca Battle

Another kiddy anime, although slightly better than Hero Bank. I believe this was also adapted from a game, but you just can’t compare the two of them. If I were to pick one I would’ve definitely chosen this one.

Oreca BattleThe artwork is also slightly better than Hero Bank. The characters are quite unique and it’s all a little bit more detailed. I might actually watch the second episode as well.

The one thing that makes this so much better than Hero Bank is that this actually has a decent story. Sure, it’s been done to death, but it’s a decent story nonetheless.

Kids, eat your hearts out. It’s nice to look at, has a decent story and is packed with a lot of hilarious moments. This will definitely keep you entertained.

Plot Summary: The anime adaptation revolves around a young boy named Faiya Orega who loves Oreca competitions. One day, he is granted the power to summon real Oreca monsters due to the mysterious powers of the treasure chest Pandora. To protect the peace of the Oreca world, Faiya must fight the demon king who threatens the land.

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Apr 11, 2014

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Hero Bank

Dear mother of all that is holy… What is going on with this season’s Monday? It’s primarily kiddy crap that would only appeal to children or the weak-minded. You can clearly tell that this was adapted from a game.

Hero BankThe artwork is by far the show’s best feature. The characters all look quite unique, which is something that I really like to see in a show. It ends there. The rest is just so incredibly childish and lame that I actually start to think about the sort of (adult) person that would willingly watch something like this.

The story? No idea. The first episode was far too vague. Let’s face it; how good could the story of a 3DS game adaption possibly be? My hopes are really low.

Do I recommend this? Yes, to children. I always recommend people to download things that would shut up their children so that they could enjoy a bit of “free time”.

Plot Summary: In this world, players participate in “Hero Battles” using Bankfon Gs, which allows them to rent powerful hero suits and fight battles against other players, receiving power boosts from the public. Kaito Goushou, a young elementary school student who is always eager to help others, ends up hastily signing a contract to rent the powerful hero suit, Enter the Gold, from a mysterious priest named Sennen. However, he soon learns that this suit comes with a debt with 10 billion yen, which Kaito must now pay back by winning Hero Battles.

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