Sword Art Online Alicization (Season 3)- Is this SAO’s redemption?

The Sword Art Online anime series started the MMORPG trend. It took the world by storm and easily gathered millions of avid fans across the globe. The biggest TV station in our country even featured SAO during its heyday telling how anime fans of all ages are getting hooked to Kirito and Asuna’s love story. Fast forward a couple of years after the first season, SAO seems to be losing its edge. Many dropped it saying that the story failed to emphasize what viewers want, which is more time with the couple together as well as more RPG-inspired fights. What SAO has been continuously doing is introduce new female leads and forcing them into Kirito’s harem. This approach has been proven to be unpopular among SAO fans. And the continuous decline of SAO’s popularity through the years is a clear indication that viewers are not happy of how the whole story is going from one season to another. Nevertheless, the third season, Sword Art Online Alicization, is quite promising. For the first time, Kirito is not adventuring in a new virtual world with another girl but a young boy who aims to save his childhood friend. Does this indicate that the people behind SAO is listening to its loyal patrons? Doe Sword Art Online Alicization live up to the hype?

 

 

Visuals: 4/5

 

They completely overhauled the SAO animation. This is expected since they hired a new animation studio to do the work. Many are not happy about this but it’s not really a big deal for me. Yes, it turned out a little bit childish because of the colors and drawing style but it’s not that bad.

 

 

Voice Acting: 4/5

I’m not a fan of Kirito’s voice especially when he screamed as the goblin leader cornered him. It almost sounded like a girl being harassed and pleading for help. I prefer male heroes to have a deeper voice. I know they are complimenting Kirito’ voice with his thin and small physique but I’m sure he’ll turn out to be more lovable and manly with a deeper one.

 

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Characters: 3/5

Eugeo and Alice Schuberg are just two of the many new characters introduced in the third season of Sword Art Online. Sadly, they’re not as unique an interesting as we expect them to be. Eugeo resembles the old Kirito. He belittles himself after failing to save Alice from being apprehended by an Integrity Knight. And Alice is like the new Asuna. She was punished for defying a taboo and had her memory replaced with fake ones. This story and character development are basically re-imagined versions of what we saw in the second season of SAO where Kirito saves Asuna from being kidnapped. The added new game-like skills, rules, and the mysteries behind the antagonists that are ruling the fantasy world made the story quite interesting at first but once they are all revealed, you’ll realize that you’re served with food made while following the same old recipe.

 

 

Plot progression (as of 13 episodes): 3/5

I have no problem about the pace of Sword Art Online Alicization. It’s not so fast to the point of skipping fine details about the story and not slow enough to bore viewers. But why is its score just 3? The main reason behind this is the fact that I am 13 episodes in yet the main antagonist is still yet to be established. At first, I thought it was the people behind the project that uses a virtual world to develop new souls but they were simply doing it to improve the government’s military force and save real lives in the near future. Kirito might not like their way of thinking but their acts are not despicable enough to be considered villains. The church in the fantasy world where Kirito is trapped is a good candidate for being the main antagonist but the leader who is pulling all the strings is yet to be introduced. When will they reveal it? I know it is part of making the show thrilling but keeping it a secret halfway through the story is overdoing it.

 

 

Is it a Nay or Yay? Borderline Yay!

Is it the saving grace of the SAO anime series? Sword Art Online Alicization is very promising but not good enough to fully lift the franchise to its former glory. Or maybe I’m concluding to early? We’ll see. I’m rooting for SAO Alicization’s success though. I want it to have a clear conclusion like the first season while leaving a few loose ends to hint a continuation. And because of this glimmer of hope, I’m giving it a borderline yay! I won’t put an effort in introducing this anime to my friends but I won’t have any qualm in recommending and giving it a decent remark if they ask.

 

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There you have it guys!  When everything is all said and done, the SAO anime franchise is still one of the most successful to date.  Although its second season failed to reach everyone’s expectations, we should not put all the blame to the creators.  Maybe our standards skyrocketed after enjoying the first season so much to the extent that everything new and different introduced in the second season all ended up being compared to the first and were all hated as a result.  Before you watch Sword Art Online III, I suggest to open your mind.  Forget about your first season experience and treat it as a new anime as a whole with familiar characters you’ve learned to love following a different story line.  By doing so, you’ll diverge from the path of comparing every bit of detail in the new anime series with its predecessors and enjoy it more. Give it a try and don’t just dump it after a one or two episodes like I did at first.  You’ll surely see that it delivers a new taste and is worth your time!  As always, give us a LIKE and continue to SHARE the anime love mina!

Best Female Anime Cosplay Costumes To Slay Your Next Anime Convention

Anime Conventions are big and must-go-to events for true anime fans. Thus, female anime cosplay costumes  become in demand when such events are near. Regardless of age, gender, and race, anime fans across the globe should attend one at least once in their lifetime.  These are special events where the anime pop culture is celebrated.  They often extend more than a day and feature a fun activities like cosplay competition, question and answer with famous anime writers, and early screening of upcoming anime trailers.

Are you one of the lucky fans who managed to get a hold of a ticket for one?  Then you should get ready by deciding the costume you’ll wear. Don’t worry about not having the body of hot anime girls, since the anime community accepts everyone in all sizes and color. As long as you share the same passion with them, you’ll surely find a place in an Anime Convention.  Besides, there are a lot of choices if you’re looking for female anime costumes so you’ll surely find one that perfectly suits you as long as you know where to look.   To give you a head start, we collected some of the best ideas for Anime Cosplay Costumes for women.  Who knows you might find one that matches both your taste and budget!

 

Nami Cosplay Costume

There’s no better way to start a list of the best female cosplay costume ideas than Nami, from the hit anime series about a pirates called One Piece.  She is the navigator of the Straw Hat Pirates. Unlikely common first impressions, Nami is more than just a hot anime girl.  She can stand her ground even against giants and wild beasts as she can use tools which allow her to control the weather.  Nami is also cunning so she can easily get out of tight situations in no time.  Her costume is rather simple so you won’t have to spend so much to achieve her look. A pair of jeans and a bra preferably having the same design as one she wears in the anime should be enough.  Having the pole which she uses to cast magic is not a requirement but it could serve as a cherry on top to achieve a complete Nami look.

 

 

Mirajane Strauss Cosplay Costume

 Mirajane Strauss is the older sister of Elf man and is one of the lead female protagonists in the anime series titled Fairy Tail.  There was one point in her life when she was feared by both magicians and criminals due to her impatient attitude and brutality.  Some ever referred to her as a demon with a human body.  Nonetheless, she reformed after an incident and became a sweet and caring member of the Fairy Tail Guild.  Achieving Marijane’s look may not be easy but it’s definitely worthwhile.  It has both playfulness and class.  You can also choose between her previous or current look.  Her look when she was younger is perfect for those who love punk and rock while the current one is the best choice for those who aims for a mature, formal, yet sexy anime look.

 

Yuuki Asuna Cosplay Costume

Yuuki Asuna is one of the most famous female anime characters today.  This is not surprising since Sword Art Online’s fan base stretch up to billions worldwide.  She is the main female protagonist of the show and shares a romantic relationship with the main male protagonist, Kirito.   The best thing about being Asuna while attending an Anime Convention is that everyone will know who you are portraying in just one look.  Her costume might be a bit complicated but there are a lot of online anime shops today that sell it and ordering one that fits your size is just a call away.


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Tsunade Cosplay Costume

 Are you worried that your figure is not fit for cosplay?  That extra bumper and bust might help you if you just know who of the many female anime characters to portray.  And probably the best option for women who has a little bit more weight than normal is Tsunade.  She is a previous Hokage of Konoha, the village where Naruto’s journey started in the anime series of the same name.  Tsunade’s costume is simple yet very sexy.  It greatly relies on a woman’s breast size to be successfully pulled of making it perfect for larger women.  The costume is basically a robe and you can add a slug-like stuff toy and a paper fan to complete the whole Tsunade look.

 

 

Taiga Aisaka Cosplay Costume

 Taiga Aisaka is a typical Japan school girl.  In the anime series Toradora, she pairs up with Ryuji to form a romantic couple with completely opposite personalities but somehow manage to satisfy each other’s longings.  A Taiga Aisaka  cosplay can be achieved by simple wearing a Japanese school girl uniform that matches the one she wears in the series.  You can also copy her P.E uniform or her casual look.  The school girl uniform is your best option as it is the most famous.  Attitude is everything if you want to be like Taiga Aisaka.  You need to be outgoing and loud.  Your anime poses should focus on her wild and grumpy expressions.

 

Rukia Kuchiki Cosplay Costume

 What if you don’t have enough time and money to prepare an elaborate anime cosplay costume?  That’s not a problem since you can always buy a black robe and borrow your little brother’s samurai sword toy to achieve a Rukia Kuchiki look.  You can add her signature accessories later on but these alone should be enough to convince everyone in an Anime Convention who you are portraying.  Copying Rukia’s short black hair would also be very helpful. Bleach is a famous anime so expect to meet new friends during the convention as Rukia.  In the anime series, she is portrayed as a silent girl who tends to hide her feelings and desires for the sake of keeping the ones she care about safe.  Avoid a full smile when you are in character and highlight Rukia’s mysterious and serious personality in your cosplay.

 

Erza Scarlet Cosplay Costume

 Erza  Scarlet is a famous female character among cosplayers because of her beautiful armors.  She is one of the lead female protagonists in the anime series Fairy Tail where she possesses a peculiar type of magic which allows her to equip various weapons and armors anytime.  She usually wears a plain knight armor so it’s your best bet if you can’t afford expensive costumes.  Nonetheless, if you have both the time and money, up it by several notches by portraying Erza on her sophisticated armor complete with wings and matching sword. You’ll surely be a head turner if you successfully pull it off.

 

Kagome Higurashi Cosplay Costume

 Do you prefer old school anime series? Then why not cosplay the most famous female characters decades ago like Kagome Higurashi?  She is the lead female protagonist in the anime series titled Inuyasha.  She wears a school girl uniform and has a bow and arrow as weapon.  She is also distinguished by her long and silky black hair.  Simplicity is the key to achieve the Kagome look.  It also has to do with her silent and simple personality so try to pose meekly while being in character.  Cute and romantic poses are also good especially if you can pair up with someone wearing an Inuyasha costume.

 

Albedo Cosplay Costume

 Are you confident about having an attractive body?  Then you should put it to good use by wearing an Albedo Cosplay costume.  Albedo is one of the main characters of the hit series titled Overlord.  In the show, she is a demon who obsessively loves her master.  Despite having a pair of horns and wings, Albedo’s sexiness is described as out of this world.  If you are planning to be Albedo for the next Anime Convention you are attending, be ready to show some curves and skin.  Watching Overlord is also  a great idea so you can know some of her poses as she discriminate humans or express loyalty towards her master.

 

Saeko Busujima Cosplay Costume

 Who said we can’t combine anime school girls, guns, and gore?  If you have the body, then pulling of Saeko Busujima’s look is a perfect idea to impress everyone in the upcoming Anime Convention.  Saeko belongs to the group of students who managed to survive after a zombie outbreak in the anime series titled High School of the Dead.  This heroin wields a samurai sword and a rifle while wearing a sexy tattered Japanese school girl uniform.  You can also put blood stains in her uniform to achieve a look close to the real one when Saeko was brutally decapitating zombies as they make their way out of the school.

 

If you have other female anime cosplay ideas, be sure to share them in the comment section below!  You can also post images of your recent cosplay to inspire those who are still struggling to find an anime cosplay costume that fits them.

 

 

 

Best Sword Art Online Season 1 Fights

Sword Art Online Season 1 easily climbed up the list of popular anime titles of all time when it was released in 2012.  There are a lot of factors that contributed to its success but possible the most obvious one is its art style. Sword Art Online introduced a refreshing feel. It’s as if every scene is carved out from all our expectations of what a fantasy world would be. The sceneries and overall beauty of the fantasy world is just a small part of it. Both the main and supporting characters were well thought-of. Their equipment and skills were carefully laid out to match their personality and affiliations.

The RPG elements introduced all throughout the series were also new flavors back then. Currently, there are now a lot of anime series similar to SAO like Overlord. It’s fun to watch an anime that makes you remember fun-filled memories when you were playing a MMORPG with friends. Slaying monsters to gain experience points and ganging up a powerful boss monster just to obtain rare loot are just two scenarios that will surely hype RPG fanatics while watching Sword Art Online. The love story between the two main characters, Kirito and Asuna, served as a delightful cherry on top.  However, some fans are a bit disappointed that the development of their feelings toward each other seemed rush.

 



 

As Kirito and Silica were heading out after harvesting a rare item which can revive dead pets, Rosaia and a group of thieves blocked their way. Silica was scared because they were outnumbered and she had yet to know Kirito’s combat ability. Rosalia and his companions had red names. This means that they already killed players in the past. It was a dire situation for Silica but Kirito remained his cool. He was confident because of the level difference. Despite having the numbers, Rosalia’s group can’t damage Kirito enough to overcome his passive regeneration. No matter how hard they try, their efforts ended up pointless. This did not only affirm Kirito’s strength but also revealed how being trapped in a game can corrupt people. Rosalia and his group were evidently denying the fact that they will die in real life if they lose all their hit points in the game.

 

Kirito is the hero. He was chosen from the start to save everyone from the being trapped in SAO. It was not explained whether it was by chance or if Akihiko found something special in Kirito. He was also clueless about his destiny until a rare skill suddenly appeared. It gave him the ability to dual-wield. Kirito was still confused why he got the skill. The only thing clear to him is that he will eventually be put on a tight spot in the near future and be forced to use the skill. This is why he decided to get a spare sword. Everything displayed on the blacksmith shop he went to were not on par with his requirements. He want his second sword to be at least as strong as his main weapon. He was lucky to meet Asuna’s friend, Rika. She personally accompanied Kirito in search for a Frost dragon. The scales of an ice dragon can be used to form a strong and sharp blade. Their adventure was short-lived but Rika can’t help but admire Kirito’s bravery and skills.

 

After catching a rare ingredient, Kirito was searching for someone with a high cooking level. He went to his friend to discuss it and found. Fate clearly smiled on Kirito as he met Asuna there.  Kirito was very excited after knowing that Asuna maxed out her cooking skill and the feeling is mutual since Asuna could barely believe that a rare ingredient is in front of her. Since Kirito is doesn’t have cooking tools, Asuna invited him to her house. Kuradeel, Asuna’s bodyguard immediately objected. He portrayed that it was his duty to protect his Vice-Captain but he clearly has ulterior motives. Asuna insisted that it was alright and shed dragged Kirito away from Kuradeel. The day after, Kuradeel was relentless in pursuing Asuna and preventing her from making a party with Kirito. His persistence even qualifies as an act of obsession as he continued to chase Asuna until Kirito stopped him. Kuradeel insisted to have a duel with Kirito. Although it ended in just a few seconds, it was long enough for Kirito to prove that he can protect Asuna.

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Heathcliff was the avatar of Kayaba Akihiko, the creator of Sword Art Online.  He placed himself as the leader of the Knights of the Blood guild, the biggest and most powerful in SAO. Their guild led every expedition under the objective of clearing all the floors as soon as possible. Asuna is her Vice-Captain. Although their relationship as depicted in the anime series is only as companions, Heathcliff is protective towards Asuna. He thought of Asuna as an important piece in their guild which is why he challenged Kirito to a duel. If Kirito wins, he can leave with Asuna without further complications concerning the Knights of the Blood. However, if the duel’s result favors Heathcliff, Kirito will be forced to join their guild.

The duel did not last long. Kirito’s gear is far from shabby. He can even hold his ground against a couple of monsters without a party. Despite being an offensive behemoth, Kirito was clearly outmatched against Heathcliff’s defense. He wielded a huge shield which blocked every attack Kirito mustered.. This was happening while Kirito is slowly losing hit points from Heathcliff’s weak but precise attacks. Kirito turned the tide of the battle around by using dual swords. He somehow overpowered Heathcliff’s defense and was about to land the decisive blow when Heathcliff did something that shocked Kirito.

 

Gleam Eyes was the 74th Floor boss. They needed to beat 100 floors in order to finish the game and come back to the real world. Although it’s the boss of a floor that is still considerably far from their intended final destination, Gleam Eyes is a fearful opponent.  It’s huge and muscular frame alone are enough to scare even the bravest vanguards in the front line.

Every previous boss battle were carefully planned to minimize casualty and optimize the use of resources but it was not the case against Gleam Eyes. Kirito and Asuna long with Klien and his guild members were force to engage it. They were left with no choice since they need to do so in order to save a group of soldiers from being slaughtered. Despite Kirito’s warning, they mindlessly fought the boss thinking that their superiority in numbers alone is enough to deal with it. Kirito was hesitant at first but Asuna gave in to her compassion and rushed to help the weary soldiers before it was too late. Her growing feelings toward Asuna and his past experience when he lost party members convinced Kirito to step in. It was obviously hopeless battle. At one point, Asuna and Klein already accepted their inevitable fate. But then again, they were clueless about Kirito’s trump card.

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