Fire Meets Ice Before The Tower Climb

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A new opening, new outfits, same old story. Kirito and Eugeo recover their swords ridiculously easily but immediately find themselves locked in combat. It's an improvement from the exposition dumps but still not sure this hit the mark.

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Short Battle Followed By Attack of The Exposition

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Sword Art Online Alicization Episode 12 Review - Kirito and Eugeo fight the knight and then give him a weird headache of forgotten memories before they meet a sage in a library and Eugeo gets sent away for plot convenience. Then settle in for yet more exposition over cups of tea.

Why More Time Isn’t Helping This Story

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Sword Art Online Episode 11 Review: With bloated conversations pushing us toward a cliff-hanger ending, this is another fairly weak entry into Alicization. Part of me is thinking that the long episode count is not doing this anime any favours as it stretches out content far too long rather than diving into its point.

Warning Labels and Defeating Taboos In SAO

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Sword Art Online Alicization Episode 10 Review: The pages are in trouble and Eugeo is rushing to the rescue... well that isn't going to end well. If the warning label Crunchyroll threw up at the start of this episode isn't enough to let you know what you are in for, let me assure you, they aren't holding back. The question is whether or not they got the tone right?

How Does Kirito’s Belief In Himself Cause Success?

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Sword Art Online Alicization Episode 8 Review: Kirito is known for game breaking actions that defy logic and rules through the power of his emotions and the need to succeed and Alicization seems to be cashing in on just that attribute of the show. Is the core message of believing in yourself trite or is it something we all needed to be reminded of?

Can Eugeo Find the Confidence To Be Independent?

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Sword Art Online Alicization Episode 7 Review Quite a bit has happened to Kirito and Eugeo in Alicization since we last saw them to spend some time with Asuna in reality...

In The Absence of Action, We Get An Attack of the Talking Heads

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Sword Art Online Alicization - Episode 6 There was a lot of talking this episode. Like massive amounts of talking. And a lot of it is that weird kind of technobabbly talk that happens when a concept really doesn’t make a lot of sense but the writers are earnestly trying to convince the audience that … Continue reading In The Absence of Action, We Get An Attack of the Talking Heads

Sword Art Online Alicization Episode 5: Asuna’s Turn

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You know, I had a lot of fun last week seeing Kirito do his thing. As I said in my weekly update, Sword Art Online is most fun when it gives Kirito a sword and a target. So imagine my surprise by just how good episode 5 is where Kirito is only present in flash … Continue reading Sword Art Online Alicization Episode 5: Asuna’s Turn

Sword Art Online Alicization Episode 4: Kirito Is Back

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With the goblins advancing on Kirito and Eugeo and Eugeo frozen in utter panic, Kirito takes the time to get Eugeo out of it and gives him some clear direction. He isn't using Eugeo as cannon fodder, or leaving him to hide behind the crystals while he goes rambo on the goblins. Kirito makes a clear assessment about what Eugeo can do and makes sure Eugeo is moving again..

Sword Art Online Alicization Episode 3: Oh Look, A Shiny New Sword

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On that note, Kirito really is learning his limitations within the game world. Things he feels he should be able to do from past experience are proving beyond his current skill level and there’s a lot about how this particular system functions that he’s yet to understand.