Winter Season 2012 Anime Reviews

Due to lack of time and inspiration, I decided to make the reviews of individual anime shorter and bundle a season’s reviews into a single article. I think most readers do not feel like reading long posts and truth be told, I usually cannot fill every review with enough sensible things to say either. With this I hope I can get my point across along with the main reasons for it without wasting any words.

This winter season I watched Sasami-san@Ganbaranai, Tamako Market and Minami-Ke! Tadaima. I have not tried anything else either. So this post will only be about the above three shows.

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Fighting Games: Every Bug Is A Feature

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I never liked playing fighting games. Since I was a child I was daunted by this genre of games that required you to press the right buttons in the right order with the right timing and then some. I think it is safe to say that I am really really bad at fighting games. However, that has never stopped me from trying to play them out of curiosity. From the many experiences of me getting my backside completely handed over by the simplest AI, I started to notice that the community playing these games accepts the quirkiness of the game features to the extent of actually exploiting them to the fullest.

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Sword Art Online Review: Massive Multiplayer Online Dating Simulation

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Title: Sword Art Online
Genre/Themes: Shounen, drama, romance, online game, virtual-reality
Number Of Episodes: 25
Original Creator: Kawahara Reki (light novel)
Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures
Director: Tomohiko Ito

Plot Summary
In the year 2022 complete virtual reality is possible through the interception of the brain’s nerve system. A portable helmet called the NerveGear was developed as a household virtual reality device. A game called Sword Art Online was subsequently developed by a company led by a man named Kayaba Akihiko. Its hype was immense and only 10 000 copies were sold during the first day of launch. A young boy, who was a beta tester of Sword Art Online logs into the game at the moment it launched under the name Kirito. After he noticed the log out function being disabled, Kayaba Akihiko addresses all 10 000 who are logged on that they cannot log out till they clear the 100 floors of the floating castle of Aincrad. Plus if they die in-game, the NerveGear will also kill them in the real world.

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Hidamari Sketch Timeline

Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb has started and that means more slice-of-life goodness! I have polished up my timeline, made more sense out of the old post found below (was I awful in writing back then) and I am ready to update my timeline accordingly! This post will be made sticky as long as this season of Hidamari Sketch is running and I’ll update this post and timeline after each episode.

You’re free to discuss the timeline and theories about it. You are allowed to spoil things of episodes that have already aired, but not things that are yet to air.

Here is the timeline.

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Short Notice About The Recent Hack

So if you’ve subscribed to this blog, you might have noticed ‘I’ posted something more than just a little suspicious ~16 hours ago. All I can do is apologize to all who have seen the image that I didn’t even bother to read myself..

I have reset my password, but that’s more or less all I can do at the moment. My previous password wasn’t a trivial one and it wasn’t used on any other website I have an account on either. I upped the ante by setting what I think should be a more hard to guess password. I can assure you that the computers and networks I use are practically secure. The rest is out of my control.

Let’s just hope it doesn’t happen again.

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Fall Anime 2012: Personal Choices and Impressions

I usually don’t watch that many anime shows each season. That’s why I ususally don’t find that I have enough material to write a seasonal impression post. This time though, there are quite a few shows that I want to at least try out.

To keep my comments short, one is encouraged to read the plot summaries of the show in question before reading the corresponding section.

This post currently includes: Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai!Psycho-Pass, Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb, Robotics;Notes and Kyousogiga.

More may be added later if I spot something.

EDIT: Okay, this was kind of dumb. The previous title of this post was ‘Winter’, but it should be Fall. Obviously, but apparently, my mind still thinks the last four months of the year is winter.

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Sword Art Online: Comments About the Hype and ‘Ending’ (spoilers)

For the final review, click here.

I don’t think many would have missed the biggest hype of this anime season that is called Sword Art Online. As of episode 14, the first major story arc has ended. The game Sword Art Online has ceased to exist, but the legend of The Floating Castle of Aincrad and the hero who conquered it, The Black Swordsman, will live on.

Was the last sentence kind of over-dramatizing things? Certainly it was. The anime community is really good at exaggerating things, especially when expressing ones love for a certain show. Let’s take deep breath, take a step back and look at the hype from a distance.

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