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By Murjani Rawls, October 2, 2019 0 Columns, Reviews

‘Joker’ is punishing, daring, and unforgiven. Coupled with an outstanding performance by Joaquin Phoenix, the movie takes a look at the human condition.

By Joe Ballard, May 6, 2019 0 Reviews

Eugeo takes center stage this week, grappling between execution and mercy as he and Kirito begin their infiltration of the Axiom Church.  One of the best aspects of SAO’s Alicization arc is that, for once, Kirito is not a standard overpowered… Read More »

By Joe Ballard, April 29, 2019 0 Reviews

The full story of Cardinal and Administrator’s past conflict is revealed as Kirito and Eugeo prepare to fight for the Underworld’s future.  Continuing right where episode 12 left off, Cardinal unveils even more startling revelations to Kirito this week in… Read More »

By Joe Ballard, April 23, 2019 0 Reviews

The harrowing story behind the creation of the Underworld and its people begins to take shape in “The Sage of the Library”. Kirito’s priorities have been shifting since he first arrived in the Underworld following his real-world assault. At the… Read More »

By Admin, April 18, 2019 0 A Cast For Crows, Podcast

It’s been a two-year hiatus but the ACFC crew returns in all its glory to discuss Game of Thrones Season 8, episode 1 “Winterfell”. We talk reunions, Ae-Jon learning his parentage and what it means moving forward, whether Sansa or… Read More »

By Joe Ballard, April 2, 2019 0 Reviews

Due to a glitch in Toonami’s programming two weeks ago, SAO episode 7 “Swordcraft Academy” and episode 8 “Swordsman’s Pride” were shown back-to-back this weekend. We’ll discuss them together here.  After the long-awaited revelations about the Soul Translator and Kirito’s… Read More »

By Joe Ballard, March 25, 2019 0 Reviews

Asuna’s calm intensity, exceptional intelligence and capacity for forgiveness steal the show this week as Kikuoka reveals Rath’s disturbing yet intriguing goals behind the Soul Translator. SAO, particularly Reki Kawahara’s novels, has been criticized in the past for being too… Read More »

By Joe Ballard, March 11, 2019 0 Reviews

Sword Art Online finally returns to the real world and provides some long-awaited answers in this episode five, “Ocean Turtle”. Highly enjoyable in its own right yet thanks to some changes from the novel, the episode is actually an improvement… Read More »

By Joe Ballard, March 5, 2019 0 News, Reviews

Kirito and Eugeo’s adventures in Rulid come to a bloody, fast-paced and satisfying conclusion in the SAO Alicization arc’s fourth episode, “Departure”. Last week’s episode left us with the tantalizing prospect of some much-needed action as Kirito and Eugeo travel… Read More »

By Joe Ballard, February 25, 2019 0 Reviews

For the second week in a row, Sword Art Online keeps its focus entirely on Kirito’s situation in the Underworld and mostly continues at a slower, dialogue-driven pace. While these elements worked like a charm last week, “The End Mountains” ultimately… Read More »