Blade’s Edge Update – April

#JRPGMonth is officially over. I hope you guys have enjoyed it as much as I have. But now that it’s over, it’s time to move into April. April – the first month of Spring and the start of the Spring anime season. Also, a surprisingly slow gaming month. But it should be a good month nonetheless!

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Sword Art Online 2 – Contrast

Last summer the second season of Sword Art Online aired. Having loved the first season, although the Fairy Dance arc didn’t quite live up to the quality of SAO’s first arc, I was extremely excited for the second season. The sheer volume of summer and fall reviews kept me from revisiting this for you guys prior to now, but #JRPGMonth seemed like a perfect opportunity to tackle this RPG oriented anime… so how did it compare to the first season?

Like SAO’s first season, SAO2 was split into two separate arcs. Unlike the first season, they took a bit of a break between the two arcs this time by offering a short story to wrap matters up. The first half of SAO2 was the Phantom Bullet arc, which then lead into the Calibur short story and closed matters out with the Mother’s Rosario arc. For the purposes of this review I’ll tackle the two arcs separately, since they differed so greatly.

Yuuki & Asuna
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Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment – The Shallow End

Please Note – Since This Is a Tie In Game, Spoilers Will Be Present!

Cast

When a show becomes as popular as Sword Art Online, it’s inevitable that a game tie in will come… and with SAO being set within videogame worlds, it seems like an even more natural fit. Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment is an alternate history of what could’ve happened if, on floor 75, the game hadn’t ended when Kirito defeated Heathcliff. In stead, bugs started happening and everyone was just left to wonder what to do next… unsure what their options were, the Assault Team decides to just persevere and steps boldly onto floor 76… only to find that they can no longer return. They can still communicate by mail with people on the lower floors, but they’re trapped on the upper floors.

And when I say bugs… these range from weird equipment glitches, ‘earthquakes’, characters who have no reason to be there appearing – such as GGO’s Sinon and ALO’s Leafa – as well as Kirito being randomly teleported to this strange place that most people seem unable to reach known only as the ‘Hollow Area’. Matters quickly become strange, and only continue getting moreso as the game progresses.

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Shadow’s Six: 2014 Summer/Fall’s Best Anime

Alright everyone, it’s time. We’ve talked about the best anime of the first half of 2014, and we’ve discussed the best games and the biggest disappointments of last year but there’s still one gaping hole in what has been covered. And that, my friends, is where this list comes in… today we talk about the best 6 anime of the Summer and Fall seasons of 2014. Summer had some of the best anime I’ve ever watched, with new entries into virtually every genre that seemed promising, while fall featured several shows that completely defied my expectations. Both seasons featured tears, smiles, action, and magic – and there was some of the most amazing music I’ve ever heard – but which shows reign supreme?

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The Blade’s Edge – October Content and Plans

Hello everyone! September is over, which means the end of the summer anime season and another flood of content coming in the next few weeks. It also means the fall anime and gaming seasons are starting, which should mean that over the next few months most of the big AAA games for the year should be coming… just not quite this month. Let’s get this started.

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