2019 Winter Anime Half-Time

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While we aren't quite half-way through the Winter anime season, I'm just taking a moment to take stock, look at my watch list, and I'm trying to predict which of the shows I'm watching will actually hold out until the end of the season to be my favourite. In the meantime, I'd love to know what you are watching, what you've dropped, what you think will be anime of the season, and what you think is going to fall apart.

They’ll Need Teamwork If They’re Going To Make It To The Top

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Sword Art Online Alicization Episode 17 Review - Kirito and Alice are clinging on for dear life outside the tower and they've got a choice of climbing up or falling down. Can they make a truce long enough to get back into the tower? And what is going on with Eugeo?

They Came, They Rode An Elevator, Now They’ll Fight

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Sword Art Online Episode 16 Review: Not sure the build up was worth it but we finish the fight with the knights on the 50th floor and then ride an elevator up to floor 80 (why are there 100 floors again). Still, we've got more battles to go and this one is going to prove to be tough.

Tuesday’s Top 5: Male Anime Characters from 2018

Tuesday's Top 5

Last week we counted down the female characters that I liked in 2018, and this week we have my favourite male characters. There probably won't be a surprise at number one, but I'd love to know who you liked last year.

Harsh Comparison Of Experience and Naive Ignorance in Battle

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Sword Art Online Alicization continues in episode 15 with Kirito and Eugeo climbing the tower. Only turns out they are just going to get dragged up to the 50th floor so two episodes after setting out they are half way to the top. Never mind, there's a sword fight to get to.

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.

Tuesday’s Top 5: Anime Duos of 2018

Tuesday's Top 5

This week I'm counting down my favourite duos from 2018. These are characters who complete each other and are a joy to watch interacting. So have a read and let me know who your favourite duos are.

SAO Now Presents: The Information Dump To Defeat All

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Sword Art Online Alicization Episode 13 Review For all the readers of the light novels heralded Alicization as the arc that would 'save' or 'fix' SAO, I have to say 13 episodes in and the anime is not impressing. Mostly because where exposition dumps occurred in earlier seasons of SAO, due to the limited number … Continue reading SAO Now Presents: The Information Dump To Defeat All

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.