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Sword Art Online – 18

「世界樹へ」 (Sekaiju e)
“To the World Tree”

It’s always interesting to have some light shed upon the motives of characters who aren’t one-dimensional antagonists.

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November 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm Comments (171)

Sword Art Online – 17

「囚われの女王」 (Toraware no Joou)
“Captive Queen”

For the longest time, Sword Art Online has been lacking something that’s almost crucial in the top tier of anime.

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October 27, 2012 at 3:11 pm Comments (153)

Sword Art Online – 16

「妖精たちの国」 (Youseitachi no Kuni)
“Land of the Fairies”

With episode sixteen of Sword Art Online we finally return to some of the aspects that the series excels at.

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October 20, 2012 at 2:36 pm Comments (178)

Sword Art Online – 15

「帰還」 (Kikan)

Subtlety is perhaps not Kawahara Reki’s strong suit.

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October 13, 2012 at 3:18 pm Comments (283)

Sword Art Online – 14

「世界の終焉」 (Sekai no Shuuen)
“The End of the World”

I have to say, in fairness to A-1, they handled this episode pretty well.

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October 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm Comments (254)

Sword Art Online – 13

「奈落の淵」 (Naraku no Fuchi)
“Edge of Hell’s Abyss”

This week we have an episode in two parts, the first a light-hearted glimpse into another unexplored part of the SAO system, the second a far more tense and action-packed boss battle with one of the toughest bosses to date.

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September 29, 2012 at 2:51 pm Comments (214)

Sword Art Online – 12

「ユイの心」 (Yui no Kokoro)
“Yui’s Heart”

They say that opposites attract – that two people who are completely different are more likely to make a better pair than two people who are very similar. I guess it’s true in a sense, and the Asuna/Kirito pairing certainly seems to conform to this idea.

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September 22, 2012 at 3:15 pm Comments (187)

Sword Art Online – 11

「朝露の少女」 (Asatsuyu no Shoujo)
“The Girl of the Morning Dew”

This week we follow Kirito and Asuna as they take a break from the chaos of frontline combat.

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September 15, 2012 at 3:13 pm Comments (189)

Special Report – What If Sword Art Online Were Written Today?

Alright, I’m going in.

This week I’ve got a special treat for you all, the very first Stilts Out Loud: Special Report! While normally these posts are more of general editorials, which draw examples from multiple shows (and even from other genres) to talk about some theme or storytelling tactic, today we’re going to take a look at one anime in particular. This one will be about none other than the most watched show of this season, Sword Art Online.

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September 12, 2012 at 6:47 pm Comments (142)

Sword Art Online – 10

「紅の殺意」 (Aka no Satsui)
“Crimson Killing Intent”

Let the duel begin!

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September 8, 2012 at 2:34 pm Comments (232)

Sword Art Online – 09

「青眼の悪魔」 (Aome no Akuma)
“Blue-Eyed Demon”

I would hate to take part in a SAO boss battle.

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September 1, 2012 at 4:11 pm Comments (176)

Sword Art Online – 08

「黒と白の剣舞」 (Kuro to Shiro no Kenbu)
“The Sword Dance of White and Black”

We’re kicking off the main storyline with a bang this week! Lots of pretty cool action and some adorable Asuna!

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August 25, 2012 at 3:57 pm Comments (136)

Sword Art Online – 07

「心の温度」 (Kokoro no Ondo)
“The Temperature of the Heart”

Not all MMOs are focused entirely around combat. In fact, the majority usually have some form of crafting or profession system for those who prefer to play a supporting role away from the battlefield or as a reprieve from the constant battles. SAO is no exception to this.

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August 18, 2012 at 5:07 pm Comments (187)

Sword Art Online – 06

「幻の復讐者」 (Maboroshi no Fukushuusha)
“The Phantom Avenger”

One of the things I really like about SAO is the systems. As a story built around an MMORPG, this is arguably one of the most important aspects – how various systems are introduced and explained.

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August 11, 2012 at 3:44 pm Comments (148)

Sword Art Online – 05

「圏内事件」 (Kennai Jiken)
“A Crime Within the Walls”

If there’s one thing you don’t see very often in an MMO, it’s a murder mystery.

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August 4, 2012 at 4:53 pm Comments (140)

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