I thought of reviewing the whole anime but I think I put that off for a new project since I was reading all my comments to refresh my memory. We are reviewing the Alicization's last season which is 11 episodes.
The last 11 episodes of the anime covers the arc's final moments as we conclude the war from last season. Our main characters are Kirito (despite being disabled), Alice, and Asuna along with snippets on our villains which is good given most of Sword Art Online villains are one dimensional. This arc had one of the most violent graphic scenes such one example was Suguha being eye gouged. We did have one controversial scene of "sexual assault" which unfortunately divided folks who hate the franchise and those who love the franchise. The animation is still great and visual pleasing in the sakuga department (sakuga meaning fluid animation). It's not just Kirito's fight scenes that have sakuga. Many of the supporting characters get their shining moments. Bercouli had a great scene with his match up against Gabriel.
Sword Art Online often engages in the romance department for those who love shipping. Alicization shows how tight the trio: Kirito, Eugeo, and Alice in either a platonic or romantic type. There is the harem fan service for folks. There are ecchi moments that will either garner attention in a positive, negative, or neutral for folks.
In terms of character development, Kirito and Alice are the biggest one with Asuna being 30%. After that, it's Alice's people as we see relationships formed between them and new ones between former enemies. Gabriel and Poe, who are our villains, get their backstories in this season. I find Poe as a linking character from the old Sword Art Online to the new one. He brings back the PTSD and horrors of Laughing Coffin. Many of Kirito's friends are still not recovered from Sword Art Online. It's rare to see PTSD in anime series. It's unfortunate we don't go in full depth. For those who want more screen time with Klein, Lisbeth, Egil, Silica, they only get "cameo" scenes. Suguha and Sinon get more screen time with longer battles.
Overall, I like how Alicization evolved Sword Art Online's virtual reality theme and transition towards artificial intelligence and robotics. I wanted to say that in the bigger review of Alicization for a bigger picture. Alice encompasses that theme, being the representative. I feel the 11 episodes was a bit rushed. We only got a montage of how things evolved in 100 years post Underworld in the epilogue. We leave on an open note for bigger things. Alicization open up the mythos of the franchise with a virtual world having to be safeguarded. Kirito and his friends have to navigate the politics of the real world while protecting the Underworld.
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Old Man Dream: ...Umineko crossover. May have liked the idea with better handling of the story development. But it's basically made Satoko a rather unlikable character now.
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Taka: It's a gigantic mech franchise. I haven't seen Macross myself. I know it's a big one.
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Old Man Dream: Guess we don't get it. Make things short and sweet: Through some unintentional legal wranglings, Harmony Gold's owned international rights to the Macross name for decades and its Japanese developers, disgusted by the move, had not allowed...
Apr 9, 2021 10:22:58 GMT
Old Man Dream: ...many later Macross anime outside Japan because that would profit Harmony Gold. Macross was one of three anime titles used by HG in the 1980s to edit together the popular Robotech series popular with fans during that time. Under this deal...
Apr 9, 2021 10:24:47 GMT
Old Man Dream: ...later titles in the Macross franchise can finally come stateside with all involved parties finally coming to a truce over how to handle things with the Macross trademark and all later anime in the franchise associated with it.
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Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
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Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
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