Sword Art Online Volume 4: Basics are Sometimes Best

Our look at the light novels of Sword Art Online continues! Apologies for the delay on this one, but a busy anime season plus my work life kept me from coming back to this for awhile. Nevertheless this was on my list of things to do this summer, and I try to be a man of my word. So after the cut let’s take dive into the fourth volume of the series and the final one of the Fairy Dance Arc!

My thoughts on volume 3 are right here!

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Sword Art Online Volume 3: Save your Girl, Delude your Sister/Cousin

Our look at the light novels of Sword Art Online continue! With Aincrad in the rear view mirror, it is now time to talk about the next arc in the series. It is one of the most controversial and debated arcs, one that I’ve said in the past I’ve quite enjoyed. But what about it in light novel form? Does it hold up? Or like Aincrad does it feel like a rough draft of a better story? After the cut let’s take a dive into volume 3 of Sword Art Online and the first half of the Fairy Dance arc!

My thoughts on the Fairy Dance arc from the anime are right here!

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Sword Art Online’s Asuna Yuuki: The Choice of a Woman

This is a topic that I’ve dabbled in a few times throughout my look at Sword Art Online. It’s also something that is near and dear to my heart. One of the things I love most about anime is that amount freedom it tends to offer their female characters. There are archetypes sure, there are overdone tropes and clich├ęs yes, but most of the time female characters in anime have a pretty good deal. They can be bossy, slutty, powerful, weak, warriors, healers, leaders, followers, sluts, pure. You name it, anime has pretty much got it. As always, such things are never perfect, but I’ve always felt that anime gives a far, far better range of choice than anything the west does.

One such character however has really pulled my interest over the last year, and today I want to talk about her a bit more. After the cut let’s take a character dive into the female lead of Sword Art Online: Asuna Yuuki.

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Thighs for days too.
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Sword Art Online Volume 2: The Rough Draft’s other half

Our look at the light novel version of Sword Art Online continues! I dragged my feet on finishing this light novel because there was so many other things going on, but I did manage to get it done! With that said, how does the second part of the Aincrad arc hold up against its anime adaptation? Let’s find out after the cut, we dive into Sword Art Online Volume 2: Aincrad

And those other stories.
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Sword Art Online Volume 1: The Rough Draft

Over the last few months, I’ve examined the long running and popular series Sword Art Online. I approached the series as someone who wasn’t a fan, who looked at the story, characters, and ideas not as a fan, but as someone who wanted to see it for what it was, not what fans, and haters, have made it out to be. This fan-boy free breakdown was a great success, both as a writing example, and for the blog in general. I ended up enjoying the series so much, that I decided I should look at the light novels, so I picked up a few volumes. And by a few volumes, I mean all 26 that are currently out, including Progressive. Would the light novel end up giving me more information about the series? Or would it be a relic of the past, something the franchise has grown out of? After the cut let’s take a dive into the first volume of Sword Art Online: Aincrad.

How it all begins.

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Final Thoughts on Sword Art Online

It was a scapegoat for an entire anime generation, the punching bag for so many hang ups for the industry. A lightning in a bottle series that struck it rich in a way that happens only once a decade. So much so that some say it got too popular too fast. A series loved my millions and loathed by just as many. Either the underappreciated gem, or the overrated mess. But, how does the series really hold up? What does someone, so removed from the fanboys, the haters, think of the series? What happens when that person just lets the series exist?

Join me after the cut as I give you my final thoughts on the Sword Art Online.

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Sword Art Online: War of the Underworld: They Fight

Our look at the anime series Sword Art Online has now reached the final arc. It has been a long ride full of ups and downs, but now we are here, the final chapter. The last forward moving entry, for now, of Sword Art Online until most likely 2030. I’ve already discussed my thoughts on both halves, but now I want to talk about the series as a whole. Join me after the cut as I dive into the fourth season of Sword Art Online: War of the Underworld.

How it all ends, and how it will begin, again.

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Sword Art Online: War of the Underworld: Alicization Awakening and Alicization Lasting

Our look at the anime series Sword Art Online has reached its conclusion. The final half of the last arc, the great climax, and end of all things. It’s been a wild ride, and I feel a little bittersweet about it. Regardless, let us bring this journey to its conclusion. After the cut, let’s take a dive into the final half of War of the Underworld: Alicization Awakening and Alicization Lasting.

Episode IV: A New Waifu

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