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So.... I am really late on this... to the point where I think I will get mass amounts of hate. I heard of this series thanks to Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, and I thought "Why Not?" Before people say anything, I know of GAMERS! and NEW GAME!, I just haven't got around to them.
Same rules as before:
1.Spoilers are abounding here folks. If you want to watch it blindly... go watch it.
2. Depending on the Anime, this can get NSFW. Just a heads up, but with this anime, you should be fine.
3. I am watching the subbed version.
This is my first impressions of Sword Art Online.
"In 2022, Humanity has created a fully virtual evori.
We start in the year 2022 with a kid putting on a VR headset of some sort and logging in to the virtual world for a popular game call Sword Art Online, or SAO, presented by ARGUS. They have managed to create a virtual environment. It launched that day, however, the boy, named Kirito, was a beta tester, so he knows how the game works.
Like with most anime, the intro is at the end the first time of airing. However, I feel I should talk about it now.
I like it. Crossing Field is a nice song, that talks about the two main characters past(despite us not meeting Asuna in this episode, but I can say she is cute), haunted them and that they want to be together no matter what. Put song subs in videos, Crunchyroll! Fan subs do it , so why can't you? I still don't know what the Dragon Maid intro means. Still the intro has nice and flashy visuals, which I hope the series plays up.
Anyways, we also meet Klein, a beginner who to know how to play the game, because he keeps getting his ass kicked or rather, his crotch kicked. However, Kirito teaches him the basics including motion input. It is nice to see Kirito teaching this, but isn't he on a bed? How is he moving? Anyways, lets get to the real meat of the episode.
After Kirtrio describes the idea of the game, Klein realises that he can not log out. The two realise that this is problematic for games future, as well as the fact they can't move their real bodies(I guess that answers my question). Klein takes it well.
Anyway, we already get our first bombshell of the show, where everyone is forced to teleport for a system annoncement. We learn from the Game Master Dan Ku- I mean, Kayaba Akiniko, that the game must be cleared before they can log out. This is an intresting concept, espally as a game dev, what if humans were left to surive in a real life MMO? And, like Kamen Rider Ex-Aid,if you die in the game, you die in real life. I'll speak about how Ex-Aid handled it later, but it is always intresting to think about. He also gives everyone mirrors, reverting everyone back to their true selves, as the Nervegear can read what you're face looks like. Imagine if the HTC Vive could do that. Anyways, Game Master says that he created the game to have a world and intervine in it, which has done, before ending the tutorial. Kirito and Klein part ways, and Kirito says he will survive in this world.
A quick note on Kirtio, I think he is cool, but he says he feel more alive in SAO, rather than in the real world. I think this could lead to an intresting dynamic of him wanting to stay in this world, rather than to clear the game.
Overall, good first episode. I can't wait to see what happens next. Let me know what you guys thought in the comments below.
Thanks for reading, have a great day/night and take care.
Written by Nana Marfo
Sword Art Online (C) Aniplex
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*This is a WordPress repost*
As much as I love Japan, for the games and joy it brings me in Sonic, Kingdom Hearts and Kamen Rider, I haven't watched an anime outside of Pokemon, and even then that is when it came on TV. Dragon Ball Z Kai was on Kiz, but when I saw the ads, I wasn't interested in the series. I started with FullMetal Alchemist, and BlazBlue: Alter Memory, but left them because I had exams to focus on. In between that period, thanks to cosplay of all things, I thought, why not see this. I watched the 1st episode on Friday, and I am here to give you my thoughts.
1.Spoilers are abounding here folks. If you want to watch it blindly... go watch it. Spoilers are here.
2. Depending on the Anime, this can get NSFW. Knowing the characters(and having seen one scene out of context), were not at the worst of it yet for Dragon Maid, but just a heads up.
3. I am watching the subbed version. Kamen Rider has got me used to reading subs off a screen, and I am sticking with that.
But OK then. Let's see what this Comedy/Slice of Live Anime has to offer. This is Mrs Kobayashi's Dragon maid.
"The most powerful creatures there are."
"An imaginary creation that breathes fire, flies, and sometimes uses magic."
"Or....so I thought."
A dragon flies right over to the door of Kobayashi-san's apartment and transforms into an adorable anime girl. Meet Tohru, and I will get into the characters later, but I love her already.
The opening theme is kickass and the visuals match up so well.Watch the intro when you get the chance. Seriously, Aozora No Rhapsody (Blue Sky Rhapsody) Is great to listen to. I just want to know what the words mean, the subs I watch don't have a translation for the song lyrics.
So, how did Dragon girl get here? Well, Kobayashi-san was drunk, stumbled upon Tohru in Dragon form, freed Tohru from her wounds from a fight in a different world(revealed at the end) and offered her a place to stay. I had to laugh here, people. I am easy to amuse. But why couldn't she just pass out?
Anyway, she reluctantly agrees, and after a Maid training course, Tohru confesses her love for Kobayashi-san. Well, that was fast. This was a bit weird to me. Not that I'm against Lesbians or it was a WTF moment, it just feels a bit soon. However, I understand this is a 13 episode anime, so they have to rush things. Also, you met her drunk!
But let nothing encapsulate my first WTF moment in anime than the bar scene. Not that it's a bad scene, I laughed all the way through it but OH MY GOD!
We meet Makoto, Kobayashi's work colleague, who sees Kobayashi-san as "One of the guys", and is secretly an otaku. However, Tohru didn't get the memo that they are just friends, leading to a funny scene where Tohru wants to feed Makoto to the wolves, which is really good. Kobayashi-san is then shown to be drunk, and she and Makoto talk about maids, until she forces Tohru to STRIP NAKED. I kid you not that is what happens. Don't worry, this is not a hentai, and I was laughing my ass off because I am a big fan of random humour, but still, WTF?
In terms of characters, Tohru is my favourite so far. Kobayashi-san, while interesting, comes off more as a yelling plank of wood who likes to drink, and likes being a loner. Makoto I can't judge yet because we know next to nothing about him, but he seems cool.
Tohru is a ball of energy so far, and that is what makes her awesome so far. She has a love and will do whatever it takes to be with her. She looks cute, sounds cute, has a licking fetish, you see what I am getting at. She's a ball of fun, and very different to any sort girl in western cartoons, which I like.
Overall, I like what I am seeing so far. Good Characters, nice fast pace and lots of fun.
Thanks for reading, have a fantastic day/night and take care.
Written and Edited by Nana Marfo
Tasha Leigh For introducing me to the characters that got me into this series.
Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid(C)Seven Seas Entertainment