Sword Art Online: Alicization 2nd cour joins Toonami

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Whether you love or hate Sword Art Online, it’s coming back for Toonami. If you remembered, Toonami premiered the English Dub of Sword Art Online: Alicization in 2019. However, this was just the first act of the Alicization arc and the second act was premiered on sites such as Crunchyroll and Funimation. If you are one of those people who wait for the anime to be in English Dub so you can watch, don’t wait any longer because it is coming sooner than you think. Aniplex announced that the second cour of Sword Art Online: Alicization will be coming to TV on January 18th. The second part of the anime is called Sword Art Online Alicization War of the Underworld. This part of the anime covers volumes 15-18 of the light novels. This anime will be replacing season 2 of One-Punch Man.

If you haven’t seen the anime, don’t read the synopsis for this anime (according to LN volume 15):

Administrator’s defeat has come at a heavy cost: The death of Eugeo as well as the mental decline of Kirito. Six months after the epic battle atop Central Cathedral, Kirito spends his days in the Underworld wheelchair-bound; bereft of emotion or even a will to live. Although Alice and Bercouli do what they can to help him, it isn’t long before the armies of the dark territory are start to move in earnest. The “Final Stress Test” has begun. But will Kirito be ready?

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Toonami Faithful

Black (Cyber) Friday Haul 2019

What’s better than Thanksgiving food? Shopping for deals on Black Friday. Technically now, according to some, Black Friday begins after Thanksgiving feasting. In Black Friday, people line up at stores and prepares to buy stuff that in major discounts. Some people stay up early in the morning in order to get those deals while others decides to take a more comfortable and begin an early Cyber Monday and shop online. Even though Cyber Monday begins on the Monday after Thanksgiving weekend, people can shop online early and still get deals. For myself, I am more of a online shopper if I am getting something for myself. On the Black Friday week, I went ahead and order some cool stuff from Barnes and Noble and RIghtstuf.

From Barnes and Noble, I got a Spyro the Dragon and Sparx Pop Funko! figure. This Spyro and Sparx will go great with my collection. He will be with the other video games I have like Crash, Sonic and Sora. Spryo and Sparx is the 38th figure of my collection.

From Rightstuf, I thank God for this sale because I was finally able to get the entire DVD collection of Sword Art Online. Aniplex of America joined this Christmas Holiday sale. As much as I wanted the Blu-Ray version, I stuck with the DVDs. The Blu-Ray collection was too high even for this sale. The collection comes with all the episodes from season 1 and the special episode Sword Art Online: Extra Edition. This cost me about $50.

Even I bought this way back in early November, I feel like sharing this anime collection. I also got the second season of Food Wars in the premium box set. This box set is big as the first set. It comes with exclusive anime items like a pin and scarf. Food Wars: The Second Plate premium set comes with the DVDs and Blu-Ray discs. This was also on sale at the Sentai Filmworks site for whopping of $50.

Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris release date

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Set up up your game console because you will be entering the world of Underworld. Already announced, Bandai Namco will be releasing a Sword Art Online Alicization video game called Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris for PS4, XB1 and PC. The game will be based on the Alicization arc and it will be an original story. Bandai Namco announced that this game will be released on May 22nd, 2020. If you like the series and you enjoy this games, go check out this game and pre-order!

ICYMI: Sword Art Online Fatal Bullet joins Switch in Deluxed Edition

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Released last week, Bandai Namco has just released a Switch version of another Sword Art Online game. Joining the Switch is the video game Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Complete Edition. In this version, this game comes up with brand new features exclusively for Switch users such as motion control shooting experience and being able to play the game on TV mode or handheld. You can play online co-op up to 8 players. This game even comes with all the DLC from the previous version such as expansion pack called “Dissonance of the Nexus”, 3 DLC packs and costumes for character customization. This game is based on Sword Art Online II where the setting of the game is focused on the shooting MMORPG game Gun Gale Online.

This is the second Sword Art Online game to join Nintendo Switch; the first one was Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization – Deluxe Edition. Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet originally came out on February 2018 for PS4, X1 and Steam. If you missed out on getting this game or you want to get the game with everything in it, go get your Switch and buy it!

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Sword Art Online will be “Political Correct” in the future

To all Sword Art Online fans, get ready for major changes for the story of SAO. From the source of ANN, Sword Art Online creator Reki Kawahara is planning to “correct” the roles of the characters in Sword Art Online. During a interview with Dengeki Online with some other creators, he made a comment that the girls he created in the series should have an active role. In his interview, he says he wants to make Sword Art Online “political correct” by making the girls more than just side characters and making them part of the story. He also agrees that gender neutral words should be more used. For example, instead of saying hero or heroine, he wants thinks protagonist and antagonist is better. Also according ComicBook.com, Kawahara mentioned that will most likely won’t be using women as “trophies” in the story. Meaning, he won’t be using explicit moments like attempted rape or other sexual assaults for the story in the future. So moments like Asuna’s attempted rape in the first season of SAO (second to last episode) and SAO: Alicization episode 10 won’t be acceptable for plot device.  In regards to the protagonist topic, he noticed how yuri manga has both girls as protagonists and helping each other; in a way, he wants the idea of motivation for SAO. He also added that this means it won’t downgrade Kirito.

What do you think about this?

Interivew: Anime News Network

Other source: ComicBook.com

Sword Art Online news: New OP/ED songs, episode 10 controversy, Netflix uses fan art?

Sword Art Online Alicization has been getting a lot of attention lately and some of the reasons are mostly controversial and some minor good. Let start with the good news.

Good news

It’s been announced that there will be a new OP and ED song for the next episodes of Sword Art Online: Alicization. The OP for this second part of the anime is RESISTER by ASCA. The ED will be forget-me-not by ReoNa.

Bad news: Episode 10’s response

I am late in joining the series and I need to get started on this series, but recently, episode 10 of Sword Art Online got really dark. If you guys thought episode 1 of Goblin Slayer was too dark because of violence and rape, well you might get bothered in this episode. Episode 10 of Sword Art Online: Alicization contained some extreme violence and even sexual assault in which warned anime viewers ahead of time to those watching in Crunchyroll. This anime had to get it censored in some platforms such as Crunchyroll. The one in charge of censoring and editing the specific scene is from Aniplex of America.

This episode was described as one of the most violent and uncomfortable episodes that even Sword Art Online creator Reki Kawahara wrote to the voice actors on Twitter saying sorry that they had to perform this scene.

Reki Kawahara:

“Ms. Ishihara, who plays Tiese, and Ms. Kondo, who plays Ronye, both performed a painful scene with aplomb. Thank you so much! And I’m sorry, I’m so sorry.”

Here is the response from one of them:

Reina Kondo:

“Thank you! I think that everyone became stronger because of the experience! I will continue to work hard alongside Ronye. I’m looking forward to what happens next.”

I haven’t seen this episode, but I will say sexual violence like this does make me feel uncomfortable, but it’s something that we can’t deny that it’s real. There is someone that commented on the video comparison saying something about this scene:

Monta Anik: “This scene is just realistic. This is the world we live in. And the author is only showing it. Many people abused of women because of their noble rank. I called this episode: Hard reality of the old time”

Yes, I will admit, Kawahara does add this stuff in his works from the first season of SAO in the Fairy Dance Arc, SAO II with Sinon and now this. I can agree with this person that the reason he put these stuff in his works to show the scary reality that there are some people who wants to take advantage of the weak. In episode 10, we see high ranks people tormenting women and trying to get what they want because they think they’re better. I am not saying that this is true for everyone, but what I like about Reki Kawahara is that he doesn’t hold back on the truth. Does it make you feel uncomfortable? Yes, but it’s something to be aware of in reality. Other than that, if you think this episode was dark or even this anime, do not watch Beserk, Helssing Ultimate or Goblin Slayer.

source:

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-12-11/sword-art-online-episode-censors-more-content-on-u.s-based-streaming-services/.140630

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2018-12-11/reki-kawahara-apologizes-to-voice-actors-for-latest-sword-art-online-episode/.140635

Netflix

If you think that stealing someone’s art was bad, imagine Netflix using someone’s art for their shows. I am not sure if it’s already taken care of, but based on an article by ANN, Netflix apparently used someone’s fan art as a banner for the anime Sword Art Online. The picture was taken by a user and identified the art by Keeta from their Pixiv.

I don’t know the situation right now, but Netflix is trying to resolve this issue.

Sword Art Online games on Switch!

Good news for SAO fans! If you like Sword Art Online video games, Bandai Namco has some fun news for you gamers! Announced at the Tokyo Game Show, video game company Bandai Namco of Entertainment released a video about five years of Sword of Art Online video games. From Hollow Fragment to Fatal Bullet, Bandai Namco wanted fans to see the amazing achievements of the past five years. However, that’s not the news I want to talk about. In the later half of the video, Bandai Namco revealed that the following games Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet and Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization will be ported to the Nintendo Switch. To make things more exciting, the Switch versions of these two games will have all the DLCs in it. The Switch titles will be called Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization – Deluxe Edition and Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet – Complete Edition.

It won’t be on Switch, but coming to Steam is the video game Sword Art Online: Lost Song. Sword Art Online: Lost Song takes place after the first SAO game, Hollow Re:Fragment but the focus is on ALfeim Online, the world of the fairys.

Veteran singers LiSA and Eir Aoi sing Sword Art Online: Alicization themes

What’s up everyone and how are you doing? I got some happy and exciting news to share with you in regards to Sword Art Online.

Revealed from the news section of Crunchyroll, Sword Art Online: Alicization will have returning singers to sing the Opening and Ending theme songs. LiSA will be singing the OP titled” ADAMAS”. According to her words, this song is described as a “shining” theme, all about telling your own story and not letting anyone else bring you down.

The Ending theme song will be done by Eir Aoi and the new song will be titled “Iris”. Just like LiSA, Eir Aoi has given an explanation behind the meaning of the song. According to her explanation, Iris means hope in the language of flowers. In her words, “She describes the song as being about “an important person” who encourages you from a distance with a smile, and hopes that she can convey a feeling of hope to the listeners in this new theme.” Iris is planned to be released this upcoming October 24th, making it the 15th single she sold.

In short here is what is listed:

Sword Art Online: Alicization

Release Date: October 2018

Opening: ADAMAS – sung by LiSA

Ending: Iris – sung by Eir Aoi

If didn’t know, LiSA and Eir Aoi are well-known for doing anime Opening and Ending songs for other anime titles; commonly their voices is what makes Sword Art Online recognizable and popular. LiSA did the song “crossing fields”(SAO first OP season 1), “No More Time Machine” (SAO third ED season 2), “Shirushi” (Season 2 second ED) and “Catch the Moment” (Ordinal Scale film). Eir Aoi is well known for doing the songs INNOCENCE” (second OP in the first season) and “IGNITE” (First OP in season two). Currently, she also performed the OP “Ryusei” for spinoff series Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online.

Sword Art Online: Alicization world premiere

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Found from Anime News Network, Aniplex of America announced that the upcoming third season Sword Art Online: Alicization will have a world premiere event. According to the site, the event will show the first episode of Sword Art Online: Alicization in a one hour special. This event will be happening not just Japan but other countries. Here are the following countries:

  • Japan
  • the United States
  • Australia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Russia
  • South Korea

Also mentioned on the article, Japan revealed their date for the premiere on Sept 15 at the Tokyo International Forum Hall C. It’s unknown for the other countries, but the site will continue to update and reveal the dates and locations at the Sword Art Online site.

 

My Current Pop Funko collection thus far

You probably seen this in hobby stores or game stores like GameStop, Box Lunch or even Hot Topic. They are called Pop figures and thanks to the company Funko, many characters from video games, cartoons, anime, comics and other pop culture genre have been converted to these bobble head like figures. Some actually are bobble heads while others just have a stiff head. Think of these as the bobble heads from sports like the NFL and NBA, but instead of collecting your favorite athletes, you’re collecting your favorite characters from Marvel, Dragon Ball, Batman or even Rugrats. I will be sharing you my collection and I will give you a brief description about how I got them.

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