Sword Art Online #19 – Player-driven Adventures

Marow: This post got a bit delayed, to say the least. Originally, this was going to be a colloquium just as the other posts about the Alfheim Online arc of Sword Art Online by Myst and me. However, I believed Myst had written his part so perfectly that I would only make it worse, so I decided to completely let him do it by himself.

Head over to Through the Frozen Glass and read the full post HERE!

Fall 2012 Impressions – “Lacklustre” is the Word

An obligatory, if late, Halloween anime picture. In this case, the group of girls from Hidamari Sketch.

What first seemed to be an exciting anime season turned out to be a fairly lacklustre one. So far even the best series have yet to bring out any “wham” episode. While it may be sort of early into the season, there is no excuse for any of the series to not have some kind of hook that grabs me. Sure, I am interested in them, but I would not call myself excited.

How do you feel about the fall 2012 anime season?

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Sword Art Online #16 – Imouto Flavoured Adventures

Myst: A problem with any story arc such as the Alfheim Online arc is that its definite ending leaves little doubt that the protagonist will succeed. This is pretty much the same with any kind of adventure story or any story involving a battle between “good and evil”. The ending to these stories are very often predictable, but what makes them interesting is watching how the characters overcome the challenges in front of them.

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Marow & Myst: Sword Art Online #15 – A Colloquium

Some of you readers may remember that I have wanted to do some sort of colloquium with another blogger for quite some time now. I am happy to introduce you to Myst from the blog Through the Frozen Glass, with whom I will blog the fifteenth episode of Sword Art Online. Hopefully you will enjoy it as much we did! And since this is our first time, please provide your thoughts!

Marow: After the last few weeks of utter disappointment and mental torture, it really surprises me that Sword Art Online yet again manages to make me interested, just like it once did with its very first episode. Continue reading

Ditch the Source Material – Sword Art Online and Kokoro Connect

Untapped potential.

Now that the anime summer season of 2012 has ended, it is time to look back at a few series that aired during this time. To start, let us look at how Sword Art Online and Kokoro Connect became so much worse due to strictly following their source material.

When it comes to the most interesting anime concepts of this year, I would not hesitate to nominate both Sword Art Online and Kokoro Connect. Their concepts may not be deep or convoluted, but depending on the way they are used, it could result in rather intricate and intellectual series.

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