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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 »

By Joe Ballard, February 18, 2019 0 Reviews

After last week’s action-packed hour-long premiere, the second episode of Sword Art Online: Alicization – titled “The Demon Tree” – is almost entirely dialogue-driven but succeeds thanks to its stunning soundtrack and the continually endearing Eugeo. After being stabbed by… Read More »

By Joe Ballard, February 11, 2019 0 Reviews

The long-anticipated return of sci-fi/VR adventure anime Sword Art Online‘s English dub has arrived. The adaptation of Reki Kawahara’s widely acclaimed light novel series continues into its third season, beginning the Alicization story arc. It’s the longest arc of the novels so… Read More »

By Joe Ballard, June 9, 2018 0 Reviews

Boku Dake ga inai Machi, better known in the West as Erased, is a thriller/murder mystery anime that surprises, chills, and humors – sometimes all in the same episode. Based on the manga series by Kei Sanbe, Erased is the… Read More »

By Joe Ballard, March 15, 2018 0 Editorials

One of the most anticipated anime series of 2018, Violet Evergarden began subtly yet emotionally powerful with its first two episodes. The last couple weeks, however, left some viewers a bit wanting with plot inconsistencies and a lack of real… Read More »

By Joe Ballard, May 26, 2016 138 Editorials

Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Tar…Sta…Snow. Fire and Ice. Essos and Westeros. Conqueror and (ex-) Lord Commander. Whether you watch Game of Thrones, read A Song of Ice and Fire or both, most of us have made the pretty safe bet that… Read More »