Happy New Year Everyone

Hey there.

It has been a wonderful year perhaps to you and the people whose lives you have touched.

Did you learn something new? I certainly did.

Did you not learn something you wanted to learn? I’m guilty of that as well.

Perhaps life is just that… tricky. Sometimes we get something, sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we are on top, then all of a sudden, it gets tough and you’ll be surprised that you are at your most vulnerable. It was always like that.

And hey, when we get old, all these memories we had, we’ll definitely remember them with a smile on our faces.

To the people I knew only as tiny gravatar profiles… Thank you.

I may not know who you really are, but I bet we have shared with each other something from the comments we shared – a little peek at who we really are. Whether you like anime or not, whether you like yuri or yaoi, whether you blog with seriousness or in a light-hearted and fun way. We get to know each other. Thanks and here’s to a brand new year. :)

I Never Thought I Will Write a Rant Post

Serious Rant.

Jesus Rollerblading Christ. I can’t imagine life without Internet at home, but it happened. For around 3 weeks, I don’t friggin have Internet. Of course I can access it at the office but I don’t see the point of doing that because of course, work is for work. And besides I have too much to do while in there so browsing for non-working tasks should be a no-no for me.

And of course, the fact that WordPress is just to cranky before. Every time I try to post, the website will not load. I try to edit something, the website will crash. But seriously, it looks like the fault is with the isp. Hopefully, this new one will turn to be good all through out.

And with all the backlog I have right now. I’ll be finishing Hyouka, Tari Tari, and Accel World first before moving on to the next.

The Anime Interrogation Game

I’ve been tagged in an anime interrogation game. Here are the rules:

  • Each person is supposed to follow the rule of fives.You are allowed to ask 5 questions, after which you can tag up to 5 bloggers by hyper-linking to their blog; 5 questions because it’s not too many to flood another blogger and occupy too much of his/her time, but yet a large enough number to ask your most important questions, and 5 bloggers to avoid spamming. Hence, prioritize your questions, and who you wish to ask!
  • Those tagged are obliged to answer the questions in a blog post, and after which, they are entitled to create their own 5 questions and tag 5 other bloggers, so on and so fourth. You are allowed to tag the person that tagged you in the first place. Also, copy and paste this section on your blog so others can understand how the game goes.
  • In the case where a blogger strongly refuses to answer a question, he/she must instead post a nice anime image, wallpaper or cosplay picture, et cetera in response to that question.
  • To make things interesting, a blogger can include wildcards in his/her 5 questions by placing an asterisk, (*), after which those tagged are obliged to reveal something interesting about themselves that others did not previously know. There is no limit to the number of asterisks one can place (which means there can be up to 5 wildcard questions).
  • Anyone can feel free to start the game; you don’t necessarily need someone to tag you. Just create your 5 questions and tag your 5 people of choice. However, the catch is that you must answer your own 5 questions as well.
  • To potentially prevent an endless game, this round of games will end on the 8th September 2012, 12pm JST (GMT +9). After which, no more bloggers can tag others to answer their questions.

Here are Hoshiko’s Questions:

1. What or who inspired you to start your blog?

My girlfriend loves anime and all these stuff related to it. But we got some taste differences. While she prefers the likes of K-ON, Ano Hana, and Wallflower, I love Dantalian no Shoka, Hyouka, and Detective Conan. But of course, there’s always an anime where we always sync. Gosick, Kimi ni Todoke, Kare Kano.

Okay, so this blog took a time off for almost half a year. And it took me into reading one of Hoshiko’s post, which inspired me to write again, and I thank her for that. I never stop writing. I have a Nintendo blog somewhere, and I maintain it well. My problem has always been WordPress cracking up. I don’t know why. I’m glad I can still read every WordPress blogs that I follow.

2. What is your favorite anime/manga series that was released in the last two years?

Gosick. World War I, Japan, history, detectives, mystery, a cute sleuth. Gosick has all the themes that I am interested in. Not to mention the Holmes and Watson characters of Victorique and Kazuya Kujo. It made me return into watching anime.

This blog is pretty much set up for the purpose of glorifying that anime which I think only few people like. I haven’t even done a Gosick review because I know I cannot make myself clear. But there are people who did write good things about it, such as OG. And my friends seemed to get over and like it as well as soon as they watched that Leviathan arc.

3. What is your favorite OP or ED song from the Summer Anime 2012 series?

Dreamer, from Tari Tari. Ahh. . I love that anime. <3

ookami-san and her seven companions

4. Which anime do you think deserves a second season? If possible, please explain why.

Most 12-episode anime deserve a second season. This is just a personal opinion, but for me, it will be Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi, (Okami-san and Her Seven Companions.) Anyone out there who have watched it? Why do I want it to have a second season? There was this time last year, my girlfriend was telling me how much she liked the anime, and how the personalities of the main characters resembled ours, and that she can’t wait for the second season, and then I told her, “There’s no second season.”.. and then she punched me in the face.

The manga, if what I have read is correct, is one chapter to conclusion. So perhaps, a second season can happen.

5. If there’s anything you can change about the anime/manga/figure industry, what would it be?

This is actually tied to video games. You see, there are some fantastic crossover games in Japan that seemingly cannot be released outside because of licensing issues. For example, one western company holds the rights for this anime character, while the other western company holds the rights for the other anime character that appeared in the video game. I can think of one example – Jump Ultimate Stars.

And of course, licensing, patent, and trademark laws are brain straining and sometimes their interpretation differs depending on who reads it. Samsung just lost 2 days worth of their revenue as payment to Apple in their historic case that happened days ago.

But we’re talking about anime. Just like Pokemon, who has only one governing body that holds the rights (The Pokemon Company,) I hope something like that can happen to anime distribution and licensing. But it will be very very difficult, as companies want their share first, over the consumers’ well being.

Anyway. I’ve answered the questions. Here’s mine. I’ll be tagging these people: OG, Eurydice-chan, EveningRose, Mdz. Please don’t get mad at me for tagging you guys even if this is anime-centric and some of you are not really into that or into this blog carnival thing.   :(

And so here are my questions that I would like you to answer:

1. How do you balance watching your Japanese-related entertainment (in this case, anime) with other hobbies or other life-related activities?

I have barely enough time to watch all the anime that I wanted to watch. I can only allot 1 hour (at least, hehe) everyday. Yes, it’s a sad state of affairs but I think this is one sacrifice I have to make when I started working and of course, when everything about me doesn’t revolve around schools anymore.

2. What do you think about video games adapted from anime?

For me, it will be fine as long as it has its own story. In the same way that superhero movies translated into video games will always be horribly bad, I can say the same with anime being adapted into video games.

3. What is the most interesting anime-genre?

For me, of course, the detective-mystery genre will always mean “exciting” to me. When an anime is tagged in that group, I will always take a look at it and see if it is interesting.

4. Name one live-action movie that is adapted from an anime series. What do you think of it?

Shinobi – Heart Under Blade. Top class actors. Top class production. It did try to get the entire gist of the anime (and the novels) in around 120 minutes. All in all. It was very good.

5. Name one anime in the 90’s that will forever hold a place in your heart. 

I should say Pokemon, because I freaking cried in that Butterfree episode, but I will be choosing Neon Genesis Evangelion. I don’t know about you, but if you watched an anime as immersive as The Vision of Escaflowne, or Gundam Wing, or Evangelion, you will have this idea of how anime is actually better than your weekly Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse show you watch every Saturday. Anime is different, and some of the epic anime in the 1990s proved that.

Tari Tari Half-Season Impressions – Music and Characters and Drama

 

tari tari sawa episode 1

Okay, I’ve let out 6 or 7 episodes of Tari Tari before watching them all in one go yesterday. And dear Lord, I’m with love with it.

A story of five high school friends in the backdrop of a choir club and of course a music-inspired theme, Tari Tari is focusing every episode in its characters, but I save that for my review. Here are my impressions so far from episodes 1 to 8!

Episodic Impressions

Episode 1

We got introduced to the characters, Wien and Takai – I think they’ll become club team members. Konatsu – oh Lord she’s so adorable. Brattish and all that,  Sawa looks energetic while Wakana looks, uhm serious. The ending of the episode, that’s a lot of guts – singing in public with your headphones on with the intention of overcoming your fears?

Episode 2

tari tari konatsu sawa episode 2Okay, the villain of the series appeared in the form of the teacher Naoko. But hey, something’s off with her. Like some kind of connection with the characters. Konatsu was able to form the choir club with lots of members, but in the recital, the entire choir club got stuck in traffic. They pulled it off somehow with just the three of them – Konatsu, Wakana, and Sawa. Hey, it was marvelous indeed. I bet the vice principal Naoko have sensed something magical with them.  I love the part where Konatsu was about to give up, Sawa jolted her and reminded her that all this she (Konatsu) has planned and it will be a waste to throw the opportunity away. Again, the recital was marvelous and moving.

Episode 3

tari tari taichi sawa konatsu episode 3Lots of things happened. Wakana was being stalked by a foreigner who seemed connected to her in one way or the other. The show from the start is somehow leading up to Wakana getting a major story arc of her own. Takai (Taichi)’s badminton club is getting dissolved because it doesn’t have enough members – which eventually lead to the formation of a joint choir and badminton club which the Vice Principal Naoko thoroughly refused. Naoko is getting on my nerves, she’s not making any sense at this point in the, well, supposed to be cliche. Cliche dictates that she should just give up when overwhelming majority is against her, but she didn’t. I bet this person will be very important in later story arcs. Meanwhile, there will be a World Music Festival and the choir club will join.

Episode 4

tari tari wakana episode 4The foreigner turned out to be a member of the Condor Queens – a band Konatsu idolized when she was young, and also a band who has a strong friendship with Wakana’s mother. The plot is getting thicker (I hate to say that.) Meanwhile, Konatsu seemed to just want to tag with the Condor Queens instead of practicing. I get what she wanted here. This is a lifetime opportunity and if we think about it, this opportunity will never come at all in the future. This time, Konatsu had to choose. Of course, she chose the music festival and we are treated to another wonderful singing.

Episode 5

tari tari mahiru episode 5This is it! Wakana’s story arc finally in full swing. I hate to say it but that part of being a badminton club, it ended here with Taichi losing. It just became a side story to Wakana’s sadly. But anyway, we also learned that the Vice Principal Naoko, Sawa’s mother Shiho, and Wakana’s mother Mahiru are in the same batch and choir club before. And hey in that class picture, it looked like Mahiru is really close with Naoko, so what’s with all the hate with the choir club and to Wakana? I’ve got a feeling that she will blame Wakana and her dad that Mahiru married early and died. (lol.)

Moving on, Wakana also had this realization when she read Mahiru’s letter to her which the Condor Queens gave to her. And now, she realized her mistakes in the past. We all saw it – she was cruel and brattish to her mother. Now that she’s gone, she regretted everything.

She should.

Episode 6

Lots of things happened – to Wakana. She started singing, learned why Mahiru didn’t keep her promise to her that they would write a song together. It was just sad.

OKAY, this episode and the previous one moved me to tears and I suddenly got reminded of my own mother and that inevitable moment one day. . . Anyway, Wakana’s dad gets the props here. I thought he was just that, a no – backbone kind of person, but in a sudden turn of events, he became a role model. That flashback involving him and his wife Mahiru was also moving. You see, I like love stories involving older people, not those teenage love affair that seems to plagued Hollywood and majority of the anime as of late.

tari tari konatsu wakana sawa taichi wien episode 6

 

For me this episode is Tari Tari’s highlight. I have watched episodes 7 and 8 and they both still didn’t match this one.

Episode 7

Lots of things happened but the story is slowly focusing on the cheerful and strong willed Sawa who suddenly got plagued with problems. Her dad doesn’t want her to be a jockey, but she wants to. And that part where she’s trying to undress to prove that she can live without his family, I cannot say that it is a fanservice, but if it is, it was done well.

Episode 8

tari tari episode 8What? Sawa’s story arc will end here? It seems like it. Everyone comes to the realization of what’s important. Sawa’s father showed some fatherly concern by talking to the jockey academy that she liked to attend to. Naoko is back in the limelight to terrorize the choir club but was silenced by Wakana who seemed to utter word per word what her mother Mahiru told her (Naoko) when they were still high school. I love to see Naoko confessed to Wakana what she thought of her mother, what they were like when they were young. Ultimately, the series will surely involve this side story as an important plot device for everyone.

Konatsu

And where is Konatsu? She’s just there, supporting everyone. I think of her at this point as a catalyst to most of the story’s main events. I thought she was the main character, but oftentimes she will lead the way and oftentimes it will be Wakana’s turn to move the story. Which is which? I’m betting on Wakana.

Music

And hey, the music. Let’s not forget the main force that coeced these people together. While the characters are showing that they are moving the plot faster than where music takes them, I think music will still play a part towards the end. Anyway, this will be a 13-episode anime. I hope there’s more room to explore everyone.

 

#anime, #half-season-impressions, #konatsu, #sawa, #tari-tari, #wakana

Hyouka Kanya Festival Arc – Characters Grow With Mystery

hyouka 17 - 1

Hyouka’s Kanya Festival Arc ended at episode 17 and we witnessed another mystery solved by the Classics Club and of course, unprecedented personality growth of our characters.

Impressions

Characters

hyouka chitanda fukube oreki mayaka

We finally saw the restrained Maya speaking up for her emotions. You don’t see that a lot from her before (with the exception of when she’s talking to Fukube.) Usually, she would rather go silent or likely speak about anything discreetly. If she saw or noticed something, she would tell her fellow Classics Club members in such a way that would not arouse a scene. A fine example was when she told Oreki that his conclusion of the Houngo film was quite off.

But now, she realized she needed to speak up so that people would listen to her, that we are all entitled to say a different opinion even if ours is not in line with what the majority is thinking. At the end of the festival arc, she made her fellow Manga club members realized something. I just hope that everything will be good for her in that club soon.

hyouka chitanda

Moeblob, err, I mean, Chitanda, well, I finally saw more/some leadership qualities in her when it comes to taking charge. Look at when she tried to advertised their anthology. While some are a bit awkard, the radio show was atleast awesome at the start. That part when she mentioned if people c an buy it, was again, awkward but still she managed to pull it off. It looked like she realized that she should be her own self rather than taking the advice of others and incorporating those advice into her personality. There will be conflicts and she gets tired of doing it.

And oh man, the cooking contest. >.<

hyouka chitanda fukube oreki mayaka

Oreki, well, I expected him to be brilliant and he sure did. The revelation as to was Juumonji was rather complicated with all the clues that were given, but still, that is his part in the story – to solve mysteries. Right now, his star shines brighter than anyone, and with the executive council noticing him, perhaps in future episodes he won’t be going back to his energy-reservation technique for a while.

The one part where I think he shines best was during the cooking contest when he went out of his way and doing something he was not used to doing.

hyouka chitanda fukube oreki mayaka

Fukube got the most rev-upped scenes in this arc. It looks like his inner conflict had come center stage and was solved at the end, though I’m still not sure. He seemed to give up too, in trying to become like Oreki but rather concentrate on what he can really do. But it remains to be seen if there will be new confrontations between him and Oreki in the future. I like his character.

I actually didn’t like it when he said that in the end, he cannot make conclusions. I think there’s a better way to say those things. But well, this is anime emulating real life. I guess there’s no point in going into rhetoric.

The Festival

hyouka chitanda fukube oreki mayaka

And as to the story, the Cultural Festival arc was rather good. Of course, their anthology, the contents of it were already resolved some 7 or 8 episodes ago and weren’t even mentioned (Jun Sekitani, anyone?) but atleast the cultural festival never became an out-of-this-world thing wherein in other anime we see the students engaging in some silly contests of robot-making or overly-hyped track and field. The events have gone normally, like what a usual school festival will look and feel like in real life.

The characters have grown in the backdrop of the mystery they solved. It’s amazing how the Classics Club managed to do it with just 4 members. It might be more fun with more members but at least every one had their own limelight without sacrificing screentime for the others. Everyone had fun. Makes me think of the good ole days.

All in all, a good anime arc.

More on Hyouka here.

#anime, #anime-review, #chitanda, #cultural-festival, #detective, #fukube, #houngo, #houtaro-oreki, #hyouka, #jun-sekitani, #mayaka, #mystery

Altima – Burst The Gravity PV [Anime Song of the Week]

accel world altima

Japanese group Altima sings Burst The Gravity, which is the 2nd opening song for the smash Anime Accel World.

This, currently is my anime song for the week. I tend to like these types of songs that has touch of Europop slash Trance in it, but not all the time! These songs are perfect when you’re sleepy and you want to energize yourself with music…. Kind of. :)

The Video

Anyway, it seems that the PV above confuses me. All those people having workouts, the singer dressed in semi-goth/semi-punk look with a fitness gym backdrop. Everything doesn’t make sense. But then again, this is Japanese Music where the bizarre is the norm and the ordinary is deviant. Deal with it.

The Artist

You probably know Maon Kurosaki from some of her songs that were included in Highschool of the Dead. She, MOVE’s Motsu, and fripSide’s SAT compose this 3-member band which now have 3 singles. The first 2 became ending songs for Shakugan No Shana final while this 3rd single, Burst The Gravity is the 2nd opening song for Accel World.

The Song

Here’s the Romaji Translation:

Hate shi nai sora wo yuku mie nai tsubasa ga michibiku
Haruka kanata, bokura wo matsu
Mada minu mirai e to…

Want some faster life? (Oh yeah yeah!!)
Giga faster speed? (Oh yeah yeah!!)
Tera faster stage? (Oh yeah yeah!!)
Now you tell me where you wanna go (Accel world!!)

Always same kitteta
Haya sugiru day and night
Toumei na yami ni kako mare
Dare mo nita wa no naka de it was the day I found

Found you ano hi no kaze
Yure ugoita passion
And all of my past subete kimi ni au tame no process datta ne
Around you go slow

Slowly open up my eyes within the blackness
The battle field, check the squeal of wheel
Kanata kara kikoeru yokan ni
Kodou furu wasete itai kara
(The beats overwrite my whole life)

It’s unlimited. It’s unlimited. If I can believe myself again
Hikari no naka meza mete iku
Shinjite kureta kimi to nara
Never let it go, never lose my way koko de umare kawaru keshiki
Kizu sae ima hokori ni naru
Dakara kimi to burst the gravity

Giga speed of circuit so integrated
But now it’s “Mayday Mayday”
Against the crisis I go what a what a what a hell is my reality.
But I got no anxiety hey Incarnation
I’ll show you at the battle field

Weakness tsuyogaru koto nare sugite itsuka
Forget how to cry
Kokoro no piece kaketa mama de sugo shita
Afraid to be a brave

Braveness yowasa wo shiru Yeah that was me
Kimi ga ima kagayaku But now I see
So beautiful sight massugu ni miageta sora
Kibou wo tsuna ide
My feeling glows more and more

More and more I wanna see the meaning of the world
The battle field, check the squeal of wheel
Make rare nai yo, mou dare nimo
Tsuranuki tai mono ga aru kara
The beats overwrite my whole life

Wanna be with you. Wanna be with you.
Wanna be the one makes you feel alright.
Kawashita te wo, hanasa naide
Itsuka tobi tatsu hi ga kite mo
Wanna tell you just how much I love you
Unmei ni tachi mukau kara
Kizuna yori mo tsuyoku fukaku
Toke atteku burst the gravity

The stage is moving to twilight.
Look at the skyline it’s full of feel
The love incarnated in an unlimited power
My heart runs around. Wind is passing the silent sound
Now that I got to go. Gotta make it fast to touch the sky

Hate shinai sora wo yuku mada minu mirai wo meza shite
Oboete ite, mune no itami
Kasanaru hodo, tsuyoku omou

It’s unlimited. It’s unlimited.
If I can believe myself again Oh yes, you can
Hikari no naka mezamete iku
Shinjite kureta kimi to nara Hey hey
Never let it go, never lose my way koko de umare kawaru keshiki
Majestic light
Kizu sae ima hokori ni naru dakara kimi to futari
Toke atteku burst the gravity
Burst the gravity

Want some faster life? (Oh yeah yeah!!)
Giga faster speed? (Oh yeah yeah!!)
Tera faster stage? (Oh yeah yeah!!)
Now you tell me where you wanna go (Accel world!!)

Check out the English lyrics here.

More about Altima here.

And of course, my Accel World articles

#accel-world, #anime, #anime-song, #anime-song-of-the-week, #burst-the-gravity, #ending-song, #maon-kurosaki, #move

Sword Art Online Vol 1 – This Light Novel Shines On Impressive Detail and Accurate Imagery

sword art online asuna kirito

What will you do in order to survive? Who will you save? As Kirito finds himself trapped in a virtual mmorpg called Sword Art Online, he will choose to fight on, and live to get out of it.

As mentioned in the last part of the light novel, Sword Art Online was created by Reki Kawahara some time in 2002 as his submission to the Dengeki Light Novel Award. However, he finished the novel with pages that are more than what was required for submission. He posted it online, received good responses, continued writing about it, and here we are in 2012 with the anime.

My decision to read the light novels was again due to a certain post that made me realized I was missing a lot of content I otherwise should have knowledge of. I was actually a bit hesitant, but when I finished volume 1, I find myself dealing with it.

Anyway, I started reading and was immediately immersed with the book. I even transferred a copy on my phone so that wherever I go, I can read it wherever and whenever I like. The novel, as a lot of people have been saying, is so immersive. It was simply immersive to the point that you can actually picture in your mind what the characters are doing, or what are they seeing. How are they opening the menu? How do the battle system work? How do the monsters disappear when their HP hits 0? Such questions you don’t need to ask and imagine because the novel has already spoonfeed you with enough descriptions that how you picture the events and the scenery in your mind is of high detail. Let’s check out the first few lines of Chapter 1:

A grey sword cut my shoulder.

The thin line at the top left corner of my field of vision reduced slightly.

At the same time a cold hand passed over my heart.

The blue line—called the “HP bar”—is a visual rendering of my life

force. There was still a little over 80 percent left. No, this phrase isn’t

appropriate enough. Right now I was about 20 percent closer to death.

What is the blue line? Ah the HP Bar. The description that followed- why it is the visual rendering of his life, why he is closer to death, is for me, borderline rethoric. Actually, one doesn’t need to have a high depth of imagination to picture in his mind what the HP bar looks like, but the intricate description helps a lot. After all, it’s just a life gauge. The author could have just describe it in one sentence. But he didn’t that’s why the description that followed made this rectangle bar that represents your life in an online game seems interesting to take note of. Truly, the light novel’s vivid description of everything and translating it into text is excellent. Even people who don’t have knowledge of it can surely follow.

Story and Setting

Set in the near future, the world where Sword Art Online materializes is closer than one can ever imagine. I don’t know if Kawahara-san had already thought about this but I guess the game may be possible to happen in real life (Or perhaps it is just me thinking like an otaku again.) Not now, but soon I suspect.

The story, is also close to reality than ever. In a world where Virtual MMOs are popular, many people now are actually addicted to it. But in Sword Art Online’s world, it has become the choice of gamers young and old – though the majority of the people who played it are younger.

Inside the game, Sword Art Online consists of 100 floors, each floor will only open when the final boss of the current floor is defeated. Each of these floors are different from each other. For example, one floor is filled with trees, while the other is laid back and perfect for towering houses. Everything are thoroughly detailed, from how the floors connect to each other, to how the monsters look like.

Sword Art Online is supposed to be a normal virtual mmo. But in a sudden turn of events, everyone’s trapped and the only way for everyone to get out of it is to simply finish the game – by defeating the final boss sitting atop the 100th floor. No, you cannot just log off. And even people from the outside cannot do it for you by removing the NervGear, that thing they put in your head for you to be immersed in the game. Removing that will kill you. You cannot also mess with your HP bar. When it hits 0, you die too.

These reality struck the players like crazy. Some refused to believe, but others chose to fight on. In time, every one acts in the same way that they will do when they are playing an mmorpg, only now, they are living it. Some join guilds, others become a blacksmith, or merchants. Some of these job classes were examined in volume 1, and I suspect the others will be in the next volumes. But nevertheless, there’s plenty to narrate inside the world of Sword Art Online. Perhaps, it’s one reason the series continued for so long.

Characters and Events

Volumes 1 and 2 introduce us to Kirito, the novel’s protagonist and how he interacts with the supporting characters and the world inside the virtual game. I hate to say this but he is a typical hero we find in most anime and gaming media. He is described as laid back and silent, but his thoughts are damn impressive and tactless.

And since he is an MMO – addict, and a beta-tester for the game, he has the advantage inside Sword Art Online.

I mentioned him being a typical hero, however, I felt at the start that his presence in the game is nothing more than a mere support to the grand scheme of things. I never realized that he will be important in the grand plot of clearing Sword Art Online so that everyone can go out of it. I only realized it when he acquired this unique sword skill that will give him an edge against everyone and his confrontation with Heathcliff, the game’s strongest player. The light novel’s volume 1 has lots of highlights and the friendly duel between these two people are noteworthy too. When it seemed that Kirito will beat Heathcliff, something unknown happened that made our main guy lost. And with the novel seemingly a hundred and few pages left, it seemed to me that a sort of twist will happen at the end.

Virtually every character in the light novel’s first volume are noteworthy. Asuna, who acts as Kirito’s love interest is a living contrast of everything. She is strong and brattish, yet she is determined and sweet. She has willpower, yet she is soft. That particular part in the novel, where Asuna and Kirito spent time in her house made us realize that this is a serious novel. Her fragility is something that is of concern to Kirito, and I bet their love story, while just a side story, is an integral part of the main plot too.

After Volume 1

It seems that after the first light novel, there’s no room for more. Sword Art Online is complete. But Reki Kawahara managed to break it down more by examining potential storylines in Volume 2. That, I’m afraid, will have to wait for my next post. If you haven’t read Sword Art Online. I suggest you go here.

#asuna, #gaming, #heathcliff, #kirito, #light-novel, #reki-kawahara, #sword-art-online