The better parts of Sword Art Online is the music and the animation when the intense battles take place. The camera work was added. Kirito went all out until he broke down in fear. That was pretty dramatic. It took Eugeo's effort which almost had him mortally wounded to snap Kirito out of it.
Thanks to the experience from the goblin battle, Kirito and Eugeo can now leave town once Eugeo finished his calling.
This was a good way to finish up this arc after setting up the world. granted, I'm not sure how Kirito got here after being drugged by a last survivor of the Laughing Coffin in real life. They will surely explain that, I hope. In this "dream world" we won't see any of the old gang, I presume.
We are on the outside. Still reminded of how they missed the opportunity to feature the war against Laughing Coffin.
The organization has planned it or did it by coincidence, taking Kirito's body.
Learned about the woman who once love Heath. Well a little bit. She is definitely on the side of humanity given she put Asuna before scientific advancements. Kirito had talked to her about Heath and the world seed in the past.
Something big is cooking up in the series. I do hope they execute since season 1, the motive was bad and the antagonist was bad. We had bad antagonists. (haven't watch the movie)
The bulk of it is largely due to Asuna's morality stance on using human souls in an artificial game to take the "murderers" for some odd reason to make AI soldiers on the real world, robots
I don't see the issue on using human souls versus a clone or any living, breathing human
It is still data
Some of the facial expressions were stiff.
We got to see more about Rath's backstory and relationship with Kayaba. Rath had let him put a fake bomb in her chest. She had plans on killing him during the SAO event but couldn't. It doesn't make Kayaba a person to be sympathetic due to his horrific crimes
Also as far as how they handle the rape scene, is way better than how they handle it in season 1. I mean it was more visceral, but it did had a purpose to advance the story, and not hinder the story or hurt a character. Also the animation helps. Maybe it is somewhat lazy writing, but it was handle decently.
What the point of having the warning in the beggining, if they going to censor it anyway. Granted yes this is SAO, which has a big fan base. So anything to make the audience less comfortable in a show that usually does not have this (except the crappy fairy arc), makes sense. Also the censorship itself does not hinder the scene, and just make it as visceral as it needs to be. And more of the author fault.I mean hate on Goblin Slayer all you want, it makes it clear after the first episode that it will have this type of stuff. So you have nobody but yourself to blame if you keep watching and keep seeing visceral scenes (granted CR should have had a warning sign before the episode, I already knew about the rape and personally was not bother by it). SAO does a poor job preparing the audience for this scene. While not done horrible compare to the first season, and is used as a way to progress the plot. It is not something most people would expect (except the crappy fairy arc, which again is crap). Luckily Crunchyroll did learn their lesson from Goblin Slayer and had a warning sign before the episode, making the backlash not that bad. I seen more people talk about the censorship versus how offensive the sexual assault is, so good job CR for learning your lesson.
As far as being different from the web novel, the web novel in general has some stuff that is pretty trashy, so I should not be surprised and glad with the change as it is unnecessary to go that far.
Had to post this for the meme XD. Seriously stop it with the crazy over the top rapey villain. Not because of the rape, but because its just stupid XD. Actually the crazy villains in general is just lazy and repetitive. Like legit the best antagonist in SAO is Asuna mom. Hell even Kayiba is a better villain in general, and his plan was stupid. Granted the girl from GGO was a fun antagonist despite being crazy, but that show was meant to be over the top fun and stupid.
I edit this. It's best to combine Ep. 8 and 9 in one post.
Ep. 10 needs a separate post to itself. I never imagine Sword Art Online getting really dark. I mean there were 2 rape attempts. It was never this cringing to watch. Ep. 9 only stated he had her undress. I thought it was just sexual harassment level and never cross the line.
Taka: As for anime business, I'll work on the Spring 2020 anime stuff this weekend. I will finish up the Winter 2020 banners. My apologies. I thought I will out of work due to the virus outbreak. I'm glad I'm still working at the pharmacy
Mar 20, 2020 2:08:00 GMT
Dream: Looks like California and New York are now enforcing all non-essential workers to stay home, except for necessary needs and all public gatherings are banned, at least in New York. New York's are in effect Sunday.
Mar 20, 2020 16:16:17 GMT
Dream: Far as essential workers go, the following are in the category to my knowledge: retail, pharmacies, warehouses, food suppliers, medical offices, transport, emergency personnel, banks, media. May be some differences in what is considered essential...
Mar 20, 2020 17:27:04 GMT
Dream: ...dependent on state or localities. But basically, anything that is a major need for everyday living is considered essential.
Mar 20, 2020 17:28:01 GMT
Dream: Looks like a remake of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni will be airing in July. The original seiyuu from the 2000s series will reprise their roles for the remake and judging from the animation, looks like it will have more polish to it compared...
Mar 21, 2020 21:51:24 GMT
Dream: ...to the 2000s series.
Mar 21, 2020 21:51:30 GMT
Taka: That's interesting to hear. Didn't know it was going to get a remake.
Mar 22, 2020 0:33:35 GMT
Dream: Guess I'm gonna focus on wrapping up Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken whenever it comes out today. Been one of my favorites for the season.
Mar 22, 2020 16:44:54 GMT
Taka: I need to catch up or drop/put on hold whatever series I tried.
Mar 22, 2020 21:25:15 GMT
Taka: 1 confirmed death in my hometown next to 19 confirmed cases. I heard the police are fining folks for not practicing social distancing on Facebook.
Mar 24, 2020 2:31:40 GMT
Dream: At least in New York right now, they're not enforcing it. But non-essential employers who aren't abiding by shutting down at this point will be fined and shut down at this point.
Mar 24, 2020 13:38:28 GMT
Master Menos: Had some serious personal trouble go on, but now I'm through it. On-Topic, where I'm in, everything but the stores (and possibly the restaurants) are closed down.
Mar 27, 2020 17:48:40 GMT
Taka: They closed off beaches and parks along bike paths as well as extending K-12 school closure to mid May while colleges are cancelled for the semester.
Mar 29, 2020 0:47:15 GMT
CosmicNoirTear: Everything closed on my part. I live by a bunch of shopping centers. All of the are ghost towns. Hopefully means most people where I live are taking this seriously. Also got laid off from my job two weeks ago.
Mar 29, 2020 2:46:08 GMT
Dream: My county has 6 confirmed cases. Restaurants and bars have been on take-out or delivery only for about a couple weeks now since New York's the hardest hit state. Hasn't been too different for me any who since I've been out of work and tight on money...
Mar 29, 2020 15:11:51 GMT
Dream: ...to do anything outside of getting essentials and job hunting in recent months. Though with the state pretty much on lockdown, likely gonna have a rough time finding any employer to work with in-person for a while.
Mar 29, 2020 15:13:27 GMT
El_Directo: Stay safe guys
Mar 29, 2020 20:08:55 GMT
Taka: I think the only thing not closed for mass gathering other than essential services would be funerals in my area. The mayor and staff have been pretty busy in clarifying things in press releases. Edit: my mistake. Funerals are closed.
Mar 29, 2020 21:52:25 GMT
Dream: Gonna try whipping up a review for Dorohedoro at some point tomorrow. Find that I have quite a bit to cover with the series.
Mar 30, 2020 3:39:57 GMT