Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization Review

Let me say upfront that I am a big fan of Sword Art Online. While others may enjoy trashing the series for the directions it goes at times, I fell in love with the high stakes drama it presented for viewers. While .hack had some characters falling into comas if they encountered a certain person, Sword Art Online had thousands of people locked into an MMORPG, fighting for their very existence.

.hack//Sign came close with a main character who is unable to log off, but when people in SAO died in the game, they died in real life. To me, this is an amazing concept that had me hooked from the beginning. My love may have tapered off a little with Sword Art Online II, but I am always eager for something to renew my enjoyment.

But even though Sword Art Online takes place inside an MMORPG, this experience hasn’t transitioned well to video games. Hollow Fragment had a huge translation problem, while Lost Song fell into a hole of mediocrity. Does Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization have what it takes to set it apart from its disappointing brethren? Yes and no. Continue reading

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Attack On Titan Review

Attack On Titan re-tells the events of the anime’s first season in a condensed form. While the world was experiencing a moment of peace, the manlike Titans suddenly appeared out of nowhere a century ago. Composed of great strength and the power to regenerate rapidly, humanity has been ill-prepared to face such dangerous beings whose sole focus is the destruction of mankind.

Shortly before they appeared, the citizens built three fortified walls that are now act as a garrison to protect themselves from the cannibalistic beasts. But fate always has something else in mind. One day, a colossal Titan appears practically out of thin air at the outermost wall. With one swift kick, it destroys the wall like it was made out of construction paper.  Continue reading