Archive for July, 2012

Kokoro Connect 3, and Why This Show is More Than the Sum of Its Flaws.

As of earlier this week, body-switching, confess-to-yourself-in-a-girl’s-body anime Kokoro Connect has passed the more traditional checkpoint for anime reviews with the release of its third episode. Thus far, the majority has made it pretty clear that this show has a lot of issues; common examples include the clichéd plot device, somewhat shoddy animation, and miserable […]

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A Toast to Those Who Lose Themselves to Oblivion; Sword Art Online, Episode 3

Another week, another episode of Sword Art Online—and it looks like this time, the pace has really picked up quite a bit. We’ve jumped a full four months ahead in time, and the rate at which the players are clearing floors has increased exponentially; while it isn’t directly stated during the episode what floor Kirito […]

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The Piecing of a Masterpiece; a Tag-Team Defense of Fiction. Hyouka, Episode 13

This really isn’t something I should be getting offended by, to be honest. I should really just ignore it, and move on with my day. After all, everyone has opinions—potentially stupid ones that involve sullying the value of not just anime, but all works of fiction as a whole. But still just opinions—and who am […]

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“Because I’m the Hero Aincrad Deserves…”; Sword Art Online, Episode 2

While it’s only been a week since our first expedition into the MMO-world of Sword Art Online, a whole month has already passed in-game—and one Helluva lot of stuff has happened while we’ve been away. To kick things off, the total casualty count has hit two thousand players, meaning that a full fifth of the […]

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Upsetting the Balance of the Arcana Famiglia: Episode 1, Part 2

If the two sets of characters explored in the first half of this post fit rather neatly into their roles and set an easy precedent for Arcana Famiglia’s underlying theme, these next two pairs prefer to shake things up quite a bit in comparison. Though they do ultimately fall into place on opposite sides of […]

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Upsetting the Balance of the Arcana Famiglia: Episode 1, Part 1

Over the course of centuries, the twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana have come to symbolize one Helluva lot of things, both individually and as a whole. They enumerate the different forces affecting our lives, and all the different forms they take. Laid back-to-back, they flow together to tell the story of the Fool’s Journey […]

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Playing a Game With Power and Death: Exposing the Morality of Players in Sword Art Online, Episode 1

To be fair, the typical consequences of dying in an MMO are already horrendous enough. Loss of hard-won equipment, or experience, perhaps even being parted from the shiny, shiny gold you love so much—many a veteran player has to fight down a fearful shiver and an instinct to triple-check their money pouch at the mere […]

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