Our look at the light novel volumes of How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord continues! The last volume was a shorter adventure, and this one is no different, clocking in at only 171 pages. However that doesn’t mean it wasn’t enjoyable. After the cut, let’s take a dive into the tenth volume!Read More »
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 clichés 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.Read More »
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
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Our journey into the light novels of How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord resumes! We took a break for a little bit, but now I’ve purchased the next three volumes, which means this journey can begin once again! When we last left off Diablo had run off to go learn the ways of the sword from a cute little doggy-dwarf, ate a shit ton of fruit, but only after a busty AF dark elf gave him a tit-job. What wonders will await him in the next chapter? Well after the cut, let’s take a dive into volume 9!Read More »
You know what I love? When a show decides to make it episode titles just the parts of the arc. I was planning on reviewing this series either in one fel swoop, or at least in two pieces. However because the show decides to make it very clear about what arc is which, I said ‘fuck it, we’re doing it piecemeal!” Either way, this is an anime series that I didn’t really plan on touching on the blog, but here we are. After the cut let’s take a dive into the first arc of The Irregular at Magic High School: The Enrollment Arc!Read More »
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.
Some shows have great stories. Some shows having characters that move the soul. Ones that take you on journey of highs and lows. Some anime talk about the human condition, others are epic battles, or comedic slices of life. Some take you to another world, while others just have too many girls to choose from. It is that variety of choice that has made Anime so great, but like with everything, sometimes you just need to have junk food. A show that doesn’t do anything but tickle that indulgence you always had, regardless of its strange plot, empty characters, or sometimes baffling decision. That is the kind of anime we are talking about today. After the cut let’s take a dive into The Misfit of Demon King Academy.
Our look at the light novels of Overlord continue! I’ve been slacking a bit on these lately, but I’ve finally finished the next one! This is a special case, because it is right here where I dropped the anime series. Will the light novel version be able to carry that forward? After the cut let’s find out as we dive into the fifth volume of Overlord!
It is not hyperbole to say that ReZero is not only one of the best anime of the last few years, but one of the best anime in general. It is one of the two shows that brought me back to anime in general, it’s themes of redemption, anger, jealously, entitlement, and self reflection struck a cord with viewers. Also there was Rem, who might have been one of the best waifu designs in the last 5 or so years.
But would a second season be able to carry that forward? Or would the show just end up being a one-hit wonder. We don’t have the answer yet, but after the first half, I think we can see where things are going so far. So after the cut, let’s take a dive into the first cour of the second season of ReZero: Starting Life in Another World
He is the hero of Sword Art Online. A blueprint for so many Isekai heroes to come. But he is also a scapegoat for everything people find wrong with the series, a character criticized for being nothing more than a generic harem lead. A gary-stu who never really suffers any setback. Much has been said about the lead of Sword Art Online, but throughout my journey with the anime series, I have seen something else: a story about a young boy stepping out of his self imposed shell and becoming a well adjusted and brave young man. A blank slate that is forged into a solid story of wins and losses. After the cut, let’s take a character dive into Sword Art Online’s main character: Kirito.