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Sword Art Online: Alicization | Episode 1 and 2 Review

Goddamnit I still remember too much. Episode one despite it’s length was everything I read in the light novel all those years ago. If you don’t know what…

Otaku Central | Anime Review

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Uniformity With God’s Will In Anime #2: Konno Yuuki

No facet of human life is contemplated upon as much as the question of, “Why does suffering exist?” Philosophers have attempted to find a suitable answer to this…

The Traditional Catholic Weeb

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Sword Art Online Audiobook 1

For those of you on the fence, there are two things in particular I want to highlight in this review: Bryce Papenbrook's performance and whether the story of…

Anime News Network - Views

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Shonen is Ready to Grow Up

In the world of manga and anime, battle shonen indisputably reigns supreme. Of the top ten most popular anime on MAL, seven are specifically battle anime, not counting…

The Otaku Exhibition

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Discussing The Horror and Joy of Anime Sequels, Prequels and Spin-Offs

When it came to movies, I was always wary of sequels growing up. It was more or less universally accepted that the sequel would be weaker than the…

100 Word Anime

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Do You Need Good Characters or a Good Story?

We can all agree that to make a good piece of fiction, you need good characters and a good story. But if you could only have one of…

| Side Of Fiction

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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Review: A Paperwork Anime? I’m In!

Studio: J.C. Staff Director: Takashi Watanabe Streaming on: Funimation We have gotten a lot of isekai over the last decade. And I mean a lot. Considering the genre…

The Otaku Exhibition

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Doki Doki News: Hosoda vs. Miyazaki, Chung Drops Your Name, and Guest Host Michelle Lee!

Our special month-long promotion of Doki Doki News continues with our fourth guest host! Today, Michelle Lee joins us as our newscaster. You’ll recognize her voice from Date…

Beneath the Tangles

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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…

Shallow Dives in Anime

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The Infinite Potential of Isekai

Isekai, the genre that has been done to death by now. Some people may be sick of it. While I agree some of them are bland, I don't…

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The Traditional Catholic Weeb Speaks: 7 Favorite/Disliked Anime EDs

Apart from consuming hours upon hours of Stanley Cup playoff hockey action, namely those involving the upstart New York Islanders, I also find myself trawling across several other…

The Traditional Catholic Weeb

Sword Art Online, Vol. 22: Kiss and Fly

By Reki Kawahara and abec. Released in Japan by Dengeki Bunko. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Stephen Paul. After the cliffhanger for the last…

Manga Bookshelf

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Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online: 4th Squad Jam: Finish

By Keiichi Sigsawa and Kouhaku Kuroboshi, based on the series created by Reki Kawahara. Released in Japan by Dengeki Bunko. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated…

Manga Bookshelf

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A Light Novel Taxonomy

About a year ago, our own stardf29 ranked the light novels he’d read. I thought that sounded fun, but felt it would be for kind of lame to…

Beneath the Tangles

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Reader’s Corner: World Piece, SAO Progressive Vol. 2, and My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong Vol. 11

The Emperor’s Lady-in-Waiting Is Wanted as a Bride, Vol. 1 Imperial culture had no issue with Lyse being a female knight in her first life, but she then…

Beneath the Tangles

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Thoughts on Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online, Vol. 8: 4th Squad Jam: Continue

The fourth Squad Jam is well underway in the eighth volume of Keiichi Sigsawa’s Gun Gale Online light novel series, and this time we get the heavyweights of…

Rory Muses

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The Summer of Love III: Fate/Illya Season 1 Episodes 1-5: The Introduction Arc

The Summer of Love III begins! I’ve been wanting to get started on this series for a long time, and thankfully it hasn’t let me down. Now sadly…

Shallow Dives in Anime

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Reader’s Corner: One Week Friends, Failure Frame, and SAO Progressive

Failure Frame: I Became the Strongest and Annihilated Everything With Low-Level Spells Mimori Touka and his classmates are spirited away to a fantasy world where they’re given skills,…

Beneath the Tangles

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Me and Music Tag & Favourite 5 (Anime) OSTs Tag [May 26, 2021]

Hi Anime Gang! I’ve been hammered by life and side projects and haven’t had time to sit down and write on the blog! I figured I’d pop in…

KiritoNarukami

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Thoughts on Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online, Vol. 7: 4th Squad Jam: Start

The Squad Jam even returns in the seventh volume of Keiichi Sigsawa’s Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online light novel series, and of course Llen is participating…

Rory Muses

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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…

Shallow Dives in Anime

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We have a brand new Podcast and Twitch collaboration with Kumoricon!

Hey everyone! It’s Star with a special update!!! I’m excited to bring you not one but two of our special projects! We had our first episode on Kumoricon’s…

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Would Seeing Azusa Grinding For 300 Years Have Made Her A More Interesting Character?

Post Sponsored by Lynn Sheridan. I’ve so far enjoyed I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level but I couldn’t help but wonder about…

100 Word Anime

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Why Do We Criticise Main Characters For Being Overpowered?

Why is an overpowered main character considered a bad thing? Admittedly, I do like anime where the underdog comes forward and finally overcomes the seemingly unbeatable peril, but…

100 Word Anime

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J-Novel Club Joins the KADOKAWA Club

KADOKAWA has acquired light novel and manga publisher J-Novel Club, which leads Krystallina to review this major news in this week's column.

TheOASG

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Popularity vs Quality in the Anime Community

One of the most hotly debated topics in anime is the relationship between how good an anime is and how popular it is. Does popularity mean a show…

A Certain Dazed Producer

The Eminence in Shadow, Vol. 3

By Daisuke Aizawa and Touzai. Released in Japan as “Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute!” by Enterbrain. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Nathaniel Hiroshi Thrasher.…

Manga Bookshelf

Accel World: Sword Sage of the Blue Flower

By Reki Kawahara and Hima. Released in Japan by Dengeki Bunko. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Jocelyne Allen. Accel World in general is a…

Manga Bookshelf

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Reader’s Corner: SAO Project Alicization, Evangelion ANIMA, and Cooking with Fluffy Friends

Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 2, Vol. 3 Recently, I introduced my sister to the Ascendance series, and she’s hooked. As she gobbles her way through the novels…

Beneath the Tangles

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Reader’s Corner: Those Snow White Notes, Your Lie in April Revisited, and A Couple of Cuckoos

She’s My Knight, Vol. 1 The premise of this lovely little comic is simple: Ichinose has always been the popular kid, attracting attention from all the girls until…

Beneath the Tangles

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Fairy Tail 100 Years Quest Chapters 78 and 79 Review

An anime and manga blog, devoted to all kinds of amazing things from Japan. Reviews, articles, lists and more!

Otaku Nuts

Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online: 4th Squad Jam: Continue

By Keiichi Sigsawa and Kouhaku Kuroboshi, based on the series created by Reki Kawahara. Released in Japan by Dengeki Bunko. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated…

Manga Bookshelf

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Chivalry of a Failed Knight

Spoilers Marked During the onset of the 2010s, anime was dipping its toes into what would become the Isekai era. Series like Log Horizon, Sword Art Online, and…

Otaku Post

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AniMarch Madness 2021: Round One (Day One)

Let the madness begin! Round one of our annual Anime March Madness opens today as a field of 34 series vie to be crowned as the top anime…

Beneath the Tangles

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Representation! Characters of Color– An Appreciation Post

Hey! It’s time we write a post about BIPOC characters in Anime! Honestly, it’s surprising we didn’t already have a post so what better time than the last…

We be bloggin'

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In My View: It’s not censorship, it’s editing

A long time ago, I watched the first section of Sword Art Online. My wife had started the series on Netflix and I viewed it over her shoulder.…

In Search of Number Nine — An anime blog

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A systematic breakdown of Ready Player Two

Alright gamers, the time I had feared is now upon us. In late November of last year I stumbled across an Amazon listing for something titled “Ready Player…

Artificial Night Sky

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Reader’s Corner: Sword Art Online, I Want to Eat Your Pancreas, and A Sign of Affection

I’ll Never Set Foot in That House Again! Vol. 2 While I really liked the first volume of this series, the second definitely falls off a bit. Part…

Beneath the Tangles

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AniMarch Madness 2021: The Field (Full Bracket)

The play-in games are done! And now, AniMarch Madness 2021 is less than a week way! On March 1st, we begin our voter-determined tournament where we annually select…

Beneath the Tangles

The Apothecary Diaries, Vol. 1

By Natsu Hyuuga and Touko Shino. Released in Japan as “Kusuriya no Hitorigoto” by Hero Bunko. Released in North America by J-Novel Club. Translated by Kevin Steinbach. I’ve…

Manga Bookshelf

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Sword Art Online

★★★★ People have very strong opinions about this show. Among popular anime, I see the most variation of opinion about this show. Some people totally love it and…

Anteiku Anime Reviews

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Not Drawn to “Scale”

“Sword Art Online” has been one of the more interesting series (and now franchises) of the past half-dozen years. As with any movie that comes from a successful…

AniRecs Anime Blog

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20 Longer Length Anime Series to Get Lost In

Certainly it is believed that the 12-episode format or even the longer 23-episode format is good for telling a good self-contained story. However, for some, anime isn’t about…

Recommend Me Anime

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Reader’s Corner: She’s the Cutest, Mint Chocolate, and Assassin’s Creed

Mint Chocolate, Vol. 1 Of all the variations of the incest romance one might find out there, the “stepsiblings who meet as teens” variant is probably the most…

Beneath the Tangles

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[Repost] The Millionaire Detective Review: Silly Spy Spectacle

The following is my review of The Millionaire Detective that I wrote back in October. If you like what you read and are interested in reading more by…

Sakura Sunrise

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Some Personal Anime Favourites From 2020

It is sometimes good to be able to watch anime that have been vetted already.  A check on Wikipedia shows that 158 anime series aired last y...

Tokyo Excess

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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…

Shallow Dives in Anime

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My Top 10 Anime of 2020

We’re almost done with the first month of 2021. So what better time for me to go back and talk about my favourite Anime… From 2020!

Lethargic Ramblings