Sword Art Online Alicization – War of the Underworld Review

This one won’t be spoiler free, because there are things I wanted to write about in this one. I’ll try to spoil as little as possible, but I do want to write about the aspects of it that irritated me, because they played a large role in my thoughts. So there will be spoilers.

And there will definitely be spoilers for Alicization, the previous story arc, as this is a direct continuation. You shouldn’t read this if you haven’t seen it. And speaking of, I do have a review for Alicization here, although it’s in my old format which included spoilers.

And throughout this post, when I mention War of the Underworld, I mean both parts. They’re separate on MyAnimeList but may as well just be one full season I think.

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Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town? Review (Spoiler Free)

I’ve really fallen behind on the reviews, but here’s the next one on the list.

Another one of those “the title is the synopsis” anime, which I suppose saves me time in writing any sort of synopsis for this one. I will say that I had a general idea of how this was going to go before watching it, based off some things I read about it beforehand, and it was exactly as expected.

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Introducing: the ‘Failure to Launch’ Tag!

Recently I thought up a fun idea for a post, or even a series of posts, that I could do here on the blog. However, I realized that this idea of mine would likely be more fun across more blogs than just my own, and I hope you’ll see why shortly.

Also, it’s been a while since we’ve had a tag post going around with a logo, rules and all of that. We could all use more rules in our lives, especially these days, right?

So here’s the premise of this one:

Many stories that we know and love start off on a slow note, giving us a dose of the main character(s) regular life before introducing a ‘call to action’ that kicks them out of regular life and onto a new path that deviates from the norm.

But what if that call to action never happened?
The story would simply… fail to launch!

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The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter Review (Spoiler Free)

Ok. Let’s keep on going with these fantasy anime reviews.

This one is the kind that has a title which basically tells you the premise of the anime. Which I once thought was sort of obnoxious or dumb, but I understand the reasoning behind such a title now (accessible mini-synopsis).

That said, I prefer a cool or well-thought out title.
So MINUS one point for the title!

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Checking Out Some Vocaloid Music

Vocaloids are an interesting thing. I only ever really knew about Hatsune Miku, I didn’t even know that there were many different ones. Kagamine is another name that I’ve heard come up various times from some of my students at school, so they definitely aren’t obscure here in Japan, at least among the children.

Anyways, just trying out new songs on YouTube ended up getting me into a cool artist called inabakumori / Inaba Kumori (稲葉曇) who makes songs using vocaloids for the vocals. And some of these songs are pretty awesome, so I figured I’d share them here.

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Full Dive: The Ultimate Next-Gen Full Dive RPG Is Even Shittier than Real Life! Review (Spoiler Free)

Now here’s an interesting fantasy anime that I stumbled upon when looking at previous seasons. This one isn’t quite an isekai, so I guess technically it’s a video game / fantasy anime in the same vein as Sword Art Online.

Although this one isn’t anything like SAO, haha.

Kind of like I’m Standing on a Million Lives, this one has a lot of interesting features going for it. And I’m always excited to get something fresh that isn’t your typical average anime.

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An Observation on School Clubs in Japan

One thing that I think is fairly apparent, at least through anime, is that school clubs seem like a bigger deal in Japan. And from what I’ve seen, they are. Which also makes sense because anime has to based on some semblance of reality, right?

Well, I don’t have too much to say on this topic, but figured I’d write about one point that I feel like is pretty important when it comes to the popularity of clubs in Japan vs. how they are back home in Canada (and likely in the US also).

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