Good Smile Company opened pre-orders on Thursday for its 1/1-scale replica of Kirito's favorite blade, the Elucidator. The sword is part of Good Smile's High-Grade Electronic Toy line created in a partnership with Cerevo Inc.
This sword is equipped with a gyro sensor that recognizes how the toy is moving, a speaker, and 700 LEDs. The light and sound changes according to sword's movement with accompanying sound effects. Different sounds and lights are displayed when the sword is gripped, swung, or senses impact.
Users can also activate the "Starburst Stream" attack via the sword's voice recognition or with the press of a button. Sword wielders can control the Elucidator via a smartphone app, too.The sword's lights and effects can be controlled with a few taps on a mobile device.
Didn't notice Kirito was in a wheelchair. Seems Alice will take the protagonist lead for now
The "Sword Art Online 10th Anniversary Special" presented the first full promotional video and key visual for the Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld anime on the AbemaTV streaming service on Sunday evening. The special also presented a commercial for the Sword Art Online: Ex-Chronicle interactive exhibition event that will run at Tokyo's Akihabara UDX venue from August 4 to August 18. The commercial features "Till the End," the franchise's 10th anniversary theme song sung by ReoNa.
Bandai Namco Entertainment debuted a new trailer for its Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris game at Tokyo Game Show on Saturday. The trailer confirms that the characters Cardinal, Selka, Ronye, and Tiese will appear in the game.
The game staff also clarifies how the game's story relates to the anime's story. The game follows the same basic storyline as the Sword Art Online: Alicization anime. However, it does not follow the same route as the Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld run that will premiere in October. Instead, it will branch off at that point into its own game route. The staff consulted with original creator Reki Kawahara, who wanted a game that depicts the original storyline, at least in the first half.
Bandai Namco Entertainment also revealed that the game will feature a new environment, Glacis Fields. While this is not a open-world game, it does include a vast field with three levels to explore.
The staff wanted to release the game on Switch, but had to deal with fitting the vast game map and character polygon models in the limited memory. When asked if the game will include dating simulation elements as some of the franchise's previous game have, the staff replied, "No comment."
Bandai Namco Entertainment debuted the opening video for its Sword Art Online: Alicization Rising Steel (Sword Art Online: Alicization Blading) smartphone role-playing game at Tokyo Game Show on Saturday. The video reveals and previews the game's theme song "Selfrontier" by ASCA.
Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris game producer Yōsuke Futami confirmed with Anime News Network that the game will not directly depict the controversial sexual assault scene shown in the TV anime's 10th episode. The anime's depiction is widely considered the most graphic and violent episode of the series to date. Futami stated that although the context around the scene is highly important for the plot and character development and will be depicted faithfully in the game, the actual act of sexual assault will not be shown visually. The aftermath of the scene is teased in Bandai Namco Entertainment's new trailer for the game, which was unveiled at Tokyo Game Show on Saturday.
Sword Art Online original creator Reki Kawahara commented on the sexual assault scene after it was shown in the anime in December. He apologized to the voice actors of Ronie and Tiese for putting them through such an intense experience and remarked that the anime's depiction is more extreme than the original novels. He also explained that the use of sexual assault as a plot device came from his early influences as an author and tweeted: "Nowadays I would prefer to express catharsis through other means. If it was an absolutely necessary scene for the story, I would write it, but I would prefer to do that in a book that isn't a light novel."
The 10th episode of Sword Art Online: Alicization had additional content edits on United States-based streaming services Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hulu. However, Aniplex's France-based streaming platform Wakanim did not. While both versions feature black bars over violent and sexual scenes, as per normal for anime broadcast in Japan, the version on the U.S. services had some changes to a scene of attempted rape. Some cuts of animation in this scene were removed, and some were zoomed in so that less is visible. Funimation confirmed with ANN that its version originated from the licensor, Aniplex. Crunchyroll declined to comment on this specific issue, but said it does not censor content directly from licensors.
A second promotional video for the “Sword Art Online: Alicization -War of Underworld-” 3rd-cour anime featuring the OP theme「Resolution」by Haruka Tomatsu is now available. Its broadcast is scheduled to air October 12th (A-1 Pictures)
The stream for Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld will debut on October 12 for users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of Underworld is the second half of the Sword Art Online: Alicization anime. War of Underworld will premiere on Tokyo MX, BS11, Gunma TV, Tochigi TV, and MBS in Japan on October 12, and it will also begin streaming on AbemaTV on the same day. It will premiere on AT-X on October 13, and on TV Aichi on October 15.
Watched some of episode 0 (used to be 24.5) reflection just to see how Asuna and Alice adds commentary to her perspective. For Alice, it's the new Alice, not the old Alice Zuberg. It's more recapping through narration and reshowing snippets rather having new shots of them reflecting.
Like My Hero Academia's first episode of the new season, we just set things up. No real plot progression. My Hero Academia has more stuff to recap in its episode.
For this series's first episode, I like Alice's perspective. She's a strong female character, taking care of Kirito, making money but not too much in a land where people just hate her. Seeing her cry when holding Kirito's comatose body at night was pretty emotionally and well done in a natural progression.
She maintains that tough facade and trying to avoid trouble after her home village kicks her out and lumberjack people stole Eugeo's sword.
It was a good episode. The only con I can think of is for those folks who prefer more faster pace or some action to start off the season.
We go back and forth between the real world and virtual world? I don't remember much about Asuna in the outside world for notable commentary. Alice took the spotlight as she declare her knight status proudly in order to force the village to evacuate because the village leader wouldn't listen. She defended the village against the orcs and goblins.
Nothing animation worthy but it was an emotional episode.
The guys decide to jump inside the game because this is a virtual gaming anime. Reminds me of adults playing Yugioh cards. They didn't think to give password protections to the Dark Territory monsters.
We are introduced to 2 new characters, a not married couple but a couple in love in the Dark Territory.
We killed off the 2 new characters from last episode in the name of peace. The young lady tries to kill him in bed. I thought something bad would happen like rape since we had 2 attempted rapes, well more than that. No, he just choked her to death. The blonde guy made that face. Reminds me of the past villains and Index faces.
We see his past and he killed a poor, innocent girl named Alicia whose name is really similar to Alice.
Now, I fear for Alice's life in this anime. Our villain is nasty. Why god, can we get a normal but compelling villain for Sword Art Online.
We get more development on Alice who catches up with the knights from her days. We meet the scribes whom she has the pleasure of having them watch over Kirito.
The most surprising thing was Alice when she embraced Kirito. I thought she was going to kiss him. I never really seen their relationship as romantic or one side romantic. I thought was more of the camaraderie relationship or family/childhood connection because Alice, Eugeo, and Kirito were very close. It's funny how Alice had the two female scribes confessed that they had crushes on Eugeo and Kirito respectively. Even Eugeo gets a harem: Kirito, Alice, and the scribe.
I am not too sure about the purple, female knight. For fans who like cat fights, there was one between her and Alice when Alice denies her permission to visit Kirito.
The episode was a big set up. It has amusing scenes and Alice focused scenes.
The openings of war and how horrific it is. Somehow, we didn't lose any of Alice's comrades though the left flank is in bad shape. The whip knight had enemies run past them due to smoke bombs. The knights are unfamiliar with this weapon. The army behind them is controlled by the green knight who left the field in terror.
The right flank has some casualties but they manage to kill off 2 high ranking commanders. We seen another transformations that act like a glitch. Weaker parts was a death of a named female knight who loved the purple commander.
The episode was good. Easy to keep track of things despite how chaotic war is.
Slight break from battle but the battle is still going as sides are still fighting in the night.
Alice finds out who the enemy is and what they are after, her whom they nicknamed the priestess of light.
Our first significant casualty other than the purple knight's female knight friend is the whip guy who sacrificed himself to lure the dark mages' worm magic attack into the sky.
Odd fan service - but ecchi fans would be delighted anyways. I'm not sure why since it was a serious scene.
Oh yeah, I noticed a pattern - we keep killing off love interests on the dark side: the female knight of the general who was slain beginning of the season and then the female orc whose design is not bad. The dark magic or whatever is generated by the lives lost in war. It creates a resource but Alice used it up with her magic first and deal damage to the long range combat units - the dark mages. So the pawn piece eating guy allows them to sacrifice their soldiers to summon their spell.
The only con is if you weren't attached to the whip guy or didn't feel sympathy for either side.
Taka: I'm going to make new discussion threads for Winter 2020 anime while trying to finish unfinished business for Fall 2019.
Jan 6, 2020 3:05:15 GMT
Dream: I watched Penguin Highway earlier tonight. Not sure if I'll post a lengthy review for it or not. But not planning to work on anything for it til tomorrow. Too tired to think now. Good night.
Jan 6, 2020 6:04:02 GMT
HungryWorld: Came back from my vacation. Took a present with me: sickness
Jan 7, 2020 13:49:59 GMT
Taka: Sorry to hear that Hungryworld. Dream Been mostly PC. I did use MAC a lot because that one school class had MAC. Not sure what DIO is. I have to say PC since that is I'm mainly using. I'll be present in the weekends.
Jan 7, 2020 21:57:05 GMT
Taka: My hometown is affected by MLK fever. We celebrate him every Sunday of this month. That's why I'm absent. I wished I get time.
Jan 7, 2020 21:57:42 GMT
Dream: Taka: Looks like you didn't click on the link in my last comment. You'll get the DIO nod when you click on it.
Jan 7, 2020 22:15:55 GMT
Master Menos: Dream: I've always been a PC guy anyways. (Yeah, that was funny!)
Jan 8, 2020 4:09:50 GMT
Master Menos: Sidebar updated! Taka: My turn to scratch your back, Taka. 2019 me got really messed up with the job. @_@
Jan 8, 2020 4:53:59 GMT
Taka: Thanks Master Menos! I'll work on finishing the Winter 2020 guide.
Jan 9, 2020 4:50:29 GMT
Dream: My second Funi poll is done. Titles I will be watching and reviewing will include Chobits, Samurai Champloo, Spice and Wolf, Gankutsuou, and Dance in the Vampire Bund. Will let folks know which one I start off tomorrow at some point.
Jan 11, 2020 5:39:30 GMT
Dream: First anime I will sample among the Funi titles is Chobits. As a heads up, the series on Funi's Youtube channel is missing the two recap episodes the series aired. Not that I'll be missing those however.
Jan 11, 2020 15:13:09 GMT
Dream: Wow, never knew Shinbo was Gil, Sousuke, and Domon. More you know.
Jan 11, 2020 17:52:00 GMT