Discussing The Horror and Joy of Anime Sequels, Prequels and Spin-Offs

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When it came to movies, I was always wary of sequels growing up. It was more or less universally accepted that the sequel would be weaker than the original with a few exceptions (which of course proved the rule). I was less aware of prequels until the Star Wars franchise essentially hacked the heart out of their own series by delivering 3 very underwhelming movies that pretty much told us nothing that we hadn't already figured out from watching the original series. Since then we've had plenty of other examples in movies of prequels and sequels just not quite hitting the mark. So how does this translate when discussing anime sequels?

Would Seeing Azusa Grinding For 300 Years Have Made Her A More Interesting Character?

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Post Sponsored by Lynn Sheridan. I've so far enjoyed I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level but I couldn't help but wonder about the choice to just skip over 300 years of potential character development. So I decided to think about it a bit more and now I'm wondering would Azusa have been more interesting if we'd seen it?

Why Do We Criticise Main Characters For Being Overpowered?

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Why is an overpowered main character considered a bad thing? Admittedly, I do like anime where the underdog comes forward and finally overcomes the seemingly unbeatable peril, but that doesn't mean every main character has to be a wimp or a developing hero. It's nice sometimes to have someone competent, in control, and at times even confident to follow along on their quest. In those instances, it isn't tension that you are wanting to experience but rather the satisfaction of seeing someone overcome a challenge in a fairly capable manner. So, different emotional payoff but still entertaining, right? So why do we criticise main characters for being overpowered? First published June 2016.

Top 5 Anime Houses

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There are plenty of cool homes and houses that we come across in anime but there are some that stick with me well after the anime has finished. Today I'm counting down my top 5 favourite anime homes and houses. That said, there are a lot of great houses in anime so feel free to … Continue reading Top 5 Anime Houses

And Apparently We’re Done For Now

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Sword Art Online Alicization Episode 24 Review - Um, so stuff.

Empty Promises Preceding Empty Actions

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Sword Art Online Episode 23 - Who would have thought that the first slightly developed male character outside of Kirito would end up sacrificing himself in a spectacular display of short sightedness and launch a mostly useless attack? Oh well, not like I expect any better at this point.

Anime Characters Should Not Review Their Own Episode

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Sword Art Online Alicization Episode 22 Review - The senate guy is killed more or less instantly so why worry about him. Exposition, moralising, yada, yada, okay another fight and Alice and Kirito are taken out in one shot each. Then instantly healed. This just isn't good.

The Power of Friendship Strikes Back

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Sword Art Online Alicization Episode 21 Review - Kirito vs Eugeo though I don't think the sword fight matters all that much in this instance.

The Promise of Later

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So many times reader's of an anime's source will assure anime only viewers, 'it gets better'. But what does that actually mean and does it matter?

The Friend Turned Foe

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Sword Art Online Alicization Episode 20 Review - Alice and Kirito finally make it back inside the tower but now they need to find out what happened to Eugeo. Turns out, nothing good.