Tag: Sword Art Online

LitRPG – What Why and How

LitRPG – What Why and How

I’ve recently been listening to a lot of LitRPG and you’ve seen me talk about it with Sufficiently Advanced Magic, Ascend Online, and Towers of Heaven that I’m listening to currently. Those are the ones that I have enjoyed but I also read Awaken Online, […]

TelevisionTalks: Gamers!

TelevisionTalks: Gamers!

Anime #2 has been watched this year, first was Dagashi Kashi and now Kristen and I just wrapped up watching Gamers!. So I’m well on my goal of getting five animes watched this year, I’ll probably double it realistically, but five seemed safe in case […]

2018 Top 5 Anime

2018 Top 5 Anime

I’m trying not to look at my lists until after the fact to compare them, but I can basically guarantee there will be some change on this list.

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1 Steins;Gate
I love this anime. It’s smart with well written and developing characters throughout the story. It’s also one of the few stories that gets time travel right. Too often you just end up with a convoluted mess, but Steins;Gate turns that mess into artwork. We’ve talked about it before, so go check out those articles if you are curious about it.

2 Cowboy Bebop
This anime is close to being number one with as much as I love Steins;Gate. Cowboy Bebop just has this lyrical beauty to it from the animation of the world and characters to the actual music which really drives the show. I feel like I’m about ready to go back and watch it again because of how well put together it is. It came out the same year as Firefly and in some ways I feel like there are a few similarities with them. But the show is just amazing and the music is the best use of music in any media that I can think of.

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3 My Hero Academia
I believe that this one is a new one to the list, but I really dig it. It’s a world where a lot of people have super powers, some use them for good and some use them for evil. The main character, however, has no powers and he wants powers more than anything, so he can be like his hero All Might. He has a chance meeting with All Might which leads to some major changes in his life. The story has emotion and a bit too much crying at times, but they delve into characters and create something that has those super hero moments but also has so much heart.

4 Space Dandy
He’s a Dandy guy, in space. Another anime that uses music well, Space Dandy is just an absurd romp with an incompetent creature hunter. This anime is completely over the top and quite pulp like in how it’s created. The characters are bumbling and arrogant, but generally end up having their heart in the right place. Each episode stands pretty much by itself, so what happens in one episode doesn’t matter for the next. This is by far the goofiest of all the animes on the list, but it is so great.

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5 Assassination Classroom
This was really tough for the last one, and I think last year this was my #2 anime or #3. Assassination Classroom is not that accurate a title, because it makes you think of lots of violence, and this is a goofy junior high school anime about  a bunch of misfit students coming together. With their teacher being a crazy yellow tentacle monster who is going to blow up the earth unless they can kill him. They take the time and look at each character and you get to see how the teacher helps them grow into better people.

There are so many options for honorable mentions as well, and animes that I need to finish watching that might end up cracking the top 5, but who knows. Soon I’m going to have to do top 10’s just so that I don’t have 20 honorable mentions.

Honorable Mention:
Sword Art Online
Ancient Magus Bride
Blood Blockade Battlefront
The Devil is a Part-Timer
Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon

What are some of your favorite animes? Are there any that you think I should watch?

Know Your Nerd: Peder’s Top 5 Anime

Know Your Nerd: Peder’s Top 5 Anime

I think that with every one of these, I say that it is hard to pick my top 5 — for this one, it’s true simply because I haven’t watched all that much anime. Before meeting Kristen, I had watched Neon Genesis Evangelion and Berserk. […]

Sword Art Online Season 1 – Anime Review

Sword Art Online Season 1 – Anime Review

So, I recently did a review of Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale. In that I said that Kristen and I had just started watching the anime so we knew a little bit about it since she got free tickets from her anime writing at Twin […]

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale

So, about a week and a half ago now (I think), Kristen and I got the chance to go see a Fathom Events showing of Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale for another blog that Kristen writes for, Twin Cities Geek. Since she wrote about it there, I thought I’d give my thoughts on the movie here.

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If you’re not familiar with the Sword Art Online anime, the basic premise to it is that, in the first season of the show, they get stuck in a fantasy video game called Sword Art Online and to get out you have to beat the game. It’s a full immersion sort of game where you put on a head set and you are transported into the game. That’s the basic premise, except, to add one thing to it, it isn’t about clearing levels, beating boss monsters and epic fights, it’s about the people’s lives who are stuck in the game and how they deal with that well or not. The second season is more of the same thing, so you can kind of guess what the movie is about.

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale follows many of the same characters you meet in the anime, mainly Kirito and Asuna, as they spend time in the real world as well as venturing back into the old games. In the real world there is now an AR (augmented reality) system that is becoming really popular. Not learning for their many previous mistakes with getting sucked into games or games being more real than they expected, everyone is buying into it. But it turns out that the game might be more than they are thinking. Kirito starts to expect this when Asuna’s memories of the fantasy world from the first season are stolen from her. He then needs to find a way to get the love of his life memories back and as he searches into that, he unravels a greater mystery than he had thought was there.

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I tweeted out my very brief thoughts on the anime/movie, but I’ll go into more depth here. Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale is the light beer/pilsner of anime. What do I mean by that and is that a bad thing? To answer the second question first, I don’t think it’s a bad thing. In the case of a light beer or a pilsner, sure there isn’t a ton of flavor of depth to the beer, but you’re still getting the alcohol. That’s kind of what this movie is. It’s something that doesn’t have a ton of depth, touches on areas at kind of a surface level, but it’s still an enjoyable movie. And as the case for some people with light beer and pilsners, that’s what you want. You don’t want to get into something that is very heady. It was an enjoyable watch and would I watch it again? Maybe, eventually, but it isn’t something that grabbed me all that well.

 

What I do appreciate about the movie is that it was more than just a monster hacking and slashing movie, they spent some time trying to developer real character driven plot hooks. Now, all of these hooks were quite shallow, but it wasn’t just cool AR monster followed by a fight. I do want to say that I didn’t appreciate some of the fights though. In particular, one fight towards the end of the movie, the animators were like “We have no clue how to do this.” so they were given the direction, just make it a ton of close-ups where you have no idea of what you are really seeing, move the camera around a lot (aka the Bourne Identity method) and we’ll call it good. It made for a very bad fight sequence.

Would I recommend that someone goes sees this?
If you’re a fan of the show, definitely and you probably already have or already plan on it. Would I recommend it to someone else. Sure, it’s a popcorn type of flick, know that going into it, and enjoy it, but if there are other movies that you want to see, put it low on your list and you won’t have missed out on anything if you don’t see it. I probably wouldn’t have ever seen it if Kristen hadn’t gotten free tickets for it, but I’m not sad that I saw it.


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