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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Best and Worst of Anime 2021: At the Half

Anime in 2021 is halfway over, and it has been a banger of a year so far. Many great shows, a bunch of really good ones, and a few that make you question the existence of god. Now that we’ve reached the halfway point, it’s time to give out my thoughts on what I think is the best, and the worst, of the year so far. This list will no doubt change by the time the end of 2021 rolls around, but here is where I stand! Let’s get into it after the cut.

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The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent: Faraway Fairy Tale

Out of what has been a very solid and enjoyable spring 2021 anime season. There has been one show that I’m shocked I’ve enjoyed so much. Especially since that show is really nothing special. A mid-tier show to end all mid-tier shows. Yet it was always something I was excited to watch each week. Let’s not waste anytime, and after the cut, take a dive into The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent.

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Mid-Tier Marvel
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Quick Thoughts on: Saga of Tanya the Evil Season 2 Announcement: Well that was a coincidence!

Man, I finished my re-dive at of the first season at the perfect time, didn’t I? This new is red hot off the presses, so there is no information on a release date, or even window.

But if you have missed it. Saga of Tanya the Evil is getting a second season!

I won’t re-hash my thoughts (again, I posted them literally this week), so I’ll just say that I’m thrilled this is happening. With the entire staff including studio returning to helm the next outing, hopefully there won’t be a downgrade that second seasons do often have.

Either way, Tanya is coming back, so buckle the fuck up.

Re-Dive: Saga of Tanya the Evil: A Class of its own

I’ve been on a bit of an isekai binge lately, revisiting and re-watching series I’ve always deeply enjoyed. At the top of that list was this anime, one that I’ve gushed about before and frankly, couldn’t wait to do it again. My praise was high the last time, but would it hold up on a second (or third) look? Well after the cut let’s take a re-dive into Saga of Tanya the Evil and find out!

My original thoughts are right here!

Evil has never been so smol
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How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Ω: F*cking Monkey’s Paw.

Ah the monkey’s paw. That damnable object that gives you want you want, but always at some price. I’ve been lucky in my anime career to not cross paths with it often, but when I do it always ends up going the way you expect. Case in point with the anime we are talking about today. After the cut let’s take a dive into How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Ω

My reviews of the three adapted volumes can be found here, here and here.

The monkey paw curls
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Re-Dive: ReZero: Starting Live in Another World: Damn Fine Work

If there is one anime that can be credited with getting my to start blogging, or frankly to start watching anime seriously again. It would be ReZero. I’ve told this story before, but for those new to Shallow Dives, let me explain once more. Around 2016 I was pretty much ‘done’ with anime. I had watched it all throughout my childhood, but at that point I had fallen off pretty hard. Most of my favorite series were wrapped or close to wrapping, and I had long come down from my Gundam kick. There was no bad blood, but I felt I had gotten ‘my fill’ from the anime world. It wasn’t until a friend suggested that I check out this show, that the dominos starting falling once more. The rest, if you’ve been following this blog for close to three years now, is history.

And so last month, I actually sat down and re-watched the entire first season front to back, the first time I’ve done it since the original airing. Did it hold up? Was it as a good as I thought, or had time worn off some of the shine? Well after the cut let’s re-dive into one of the most beloved Isekai series of the last decade: ReZero: Starting Life in Another World

Check out my original thoughts here!

The Suffering of one Natsuki Subaru
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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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