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Review: Sword Art Online BD Box Set I-IV photo
Review: Sword Art Online BD Box Set I-IV
by Elliot Gay

Not even original light novel scribe Reki Kawahara could have predicted how big his Sword Art Online franchise would eventually become. Since the first novel was published in April of 2009, Kawahara's creation has seen 12 sequel novels, five separate manga series, a video game (with another one the way), a spin-off light novel series, and a 25-episode anime. I'd say he ended up doing pretty well for himself.

Yet Sword Art Online's success has not been limited to Japan. Indeed, the show has somewhat crossed over into the mainstream through airing on Cartoon Network's Toonami block. Aniplex has decided to give the series quite the deluxe BD treatment, but the question is whether or not these box sets are worth their relatively high asking price for fans.

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1:00 PM on 10.06.2013

Sword Art Online TV special get a date and a synopsis

You probably thought I'd never write about the anime adaptation of Sword Art Online ever again. You were wrong. The time and date have been revealed for the upcoming Sword Art Online: Extra Edition TV special. It'll be airing...

Elliot Gay

9:00 AM on 10.06.2013

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment announced for the Vita

It should come as no surprise that Namco Bandai is eager to produce a follow up to its PSP Sword Art Online game. The release sold exceptionally well on a platform that is essentially dead, and it makes sense that they would...

Elliot Gay

10:00 PM on 09.28.2013

Aniplex to release Blue Exorcist The Movie on Blu-ray

Aniplex have just announced that Blue Exorcist The Movie is not only coming to home video, but you'll be able to enjoy it in glorious Blu-ray format if you choose to buy the limited box set edition. It includes the film in bo...

Kristina Pino

Friday Night Fights: Kirito vs Haseo photo
Friday Night Fights: Kirito vs Haseo
by Salvador GRodiles

*ding, ding, ding*

It's Over!

Grace sure is adorable; however, the cute little squirrel lacks the ability to fly. Therefore, Momo wins by a landslide for traveling with the trio that's in search of the sunflower samurai. On top of that, Momo's cuteness graced the crowd pleasantly. Momo wins! (12 > 5)

Sword Art Online is going to premiere on Toonami tomorrow, so let’s pit everyone’s ‘lovable’ hero against a man that’s also had his share of experience with virtual gaming. Whether you love him or hate him, this guy has traveled through various virtual games, with one of them being the infamous Sword Art Online, a game that traps its players until they beat the final dungeon. Armed with his dual wielding skills, Kirito enters the J-tor Online Arena.

This next opponent has obtained the title of the Terror of Death for player killing a ton of players within The World R2. Not only is he a master of daggers, he can wield a great sword, scythe, or a set of gun daggers at his command. If that’s not enough, his character is gifted with the Avatar known as Skeith. It’s time to set the spotlight to the right, because Haseo from the .hack//G.U. series has entered the ring.

Due to Haseo’s ability to switch weapons, we are going to give Kirito the ability to access his skills from every virtual game that he’s been in. That way he can have a special skill that could hopefully match up to Haseo’s game breaking abilities. Your votes and persuasion skills will be the key in determining the winner of this virtual battle. Please make sure that you add a +1 to the online player that you vote for, since it will allow us to keep track of the kill count. The online battle will go one from today till Thursday, so make sure that your vote goes up on time. Once the battle goes offline, you can drop by during the beginning of the next match to see who wins. As an important heads up, grab your special visor that was assigned to you, because this battle is going to take place in cyberspace!

*ding, ding, ding*

Get Ready To Log In! 

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2:00 PM on 06.17.2013

Are you lady? iDOLM@STER film hits late 2013

Things have been quiet ever since The iDOLM@STER feature film was announced a while back. Details are still light, but at least we have a time frame for release. The movie is set to hit Japanese theaters at the end of 2013, i...

Elliot Gay

4:15 AM on 04.22.2013

The iDOLM@STER Shiny Festa available in English on iOS

In a move that's sure to surprise pretty much every single iDOLM@STER fan ever, Namco Bandai has released all three The iDOLM@STER Shiny Festa games on iOS platforms. Each game has been renamed, with Honey Sound becoming...

Elliot Gay

Final Impressions: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic photo
Final Impressions: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
by Elliot Gay

The first season of the Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic anime has come and gone, and I'm left wondering what exactly happened. My experience with the series came after reading a substantial portion of the original manga in preparation of covering the anime. I figured it couldn't hurt to have a broader knowledge of the source material.

I could hardly contain my excitement; despite my overall dislike of Sword Art Online, A-1 had at least made it a lavish production. There was little doubt in my mind that Magi would get the same kind of backing. It seemed like a surefire recipe for a wonderful series.

Instead all I can do is wonder why Magi wasn't as great as it could have been.

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3:43 AM on 03.31.2013

Magi anime gets a 2nd season this fall

It's almost tragic how this Magi business turned out. To prepare for my coverage of the show in Annotated Anime, I decided to read the original Magi manga first. I ended up purchasing the whole series, and enjoyed the read so...

Elliot Gay

12:00 PM on 03.25.2013

It's almost Oreimo time!

We're only a couple weeks away from the premiere of the second season of everyone's favorite sis-con romp, Oreimo. There's a new commercial on the airwaves in Japan, and I have to say the animation and artwork are ...

Hiroko Yamamura

12:54 AM on 02.10.2013

Are you ready? The Idolm@ster to become a movie

Rejoice, The Idolm@ster fans. It looks like Namco Bandai isn't done with those spunky girls from 765Pro just yet. At "THE IDOLM@STER MUSIC FESTIV@L OF WINTER!!" live event held over the past few days, it was announced that a ...

Elliot Gay

Review: AnoHana - The Flower We Saw That Day photo
Review: AnoHana - The Flower We Saw That Day
by Brad Rice

I largely passed up on watching new anime in 2011, spending most of my time watching older series and Western television. One show that I was continually bugged about was AnoHana: The Flower We Saw That Day. It was a big hit in 2011, and NIS licensed it to much fanfare. May as well watch it, and see what all the hubbub was about.

The show is about a scuttled friendship in the wake of the death of a friend. Our protagonist is haunted by this girl's ghost years down the line, and now has to unravel the mystery behind how to get her to heaven, and just how this group's friendship faltered all those years ago.

How did the show stack up to expectations? Find out after the jump!

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