Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Review

01Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale is the first feature movie for the SAO series. Released on the 18th of February 2017, Ordinal scale follows the events that take place sometime after the SAO incident four years prior. A new piece of technology has hit the market called the Augma, unlike the nerve gear the Augma immerses the user in augmented reality which is said to be far safer than the previous technology. The game Ordinal Scale is a hit on the system with many of Kazuto’s friends getting in on the action, however, it would appear that there is something else in the works of Ordinal Scale.

My Review: I was very excited when I first heard about Ordinal Scale, and although it took me quite some time to actually get around to watching it I’d say it was worth the wait. Ordinal Scale actually surprised me in one aspect, I was expecting Kazuto to be super into the whole AR thing, finding out he was mostly against it made for quite an interesting character trait. Despite it being that case that he just didn’t want to do much running, it was still good to see him have to actually try to improve his skills, rather than being super OP from the start.

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One area I think the move actually excelled at was in its sound design. There was just so much power and “Boom” in all of the sound effects that it made all the action scenes really exciting, especially when one of the bosses shoots of a big attack or dies.

The story of Ordinal Scale wasn’t terrible, however, I did think fell like we spent too much time getting to the ending fight, and then having it just be over in a few seconds especially considering the grandeur and importance of the boss they had to fight. I just thought it was a bit of wasted potential.

All in all though Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale was a fun time and worth the watch to any fan of the series.

I rate this anime 7/10

Thanks for reading!

H

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Top 10: Cool Swords in Anime

Welcome to our monthly Top 10 anime list.
This month I am going to be looking at some cool and unique swords in anime.  This list isn’t in any particular order I’ve just numbered it for simplicity.

10. Kurikara

A powerful demon slaying sword, Kurikara is said to have had a demon fused inside of it. The sword was originally forged to fend off evil spirits, but later it ended up in the hands of Rin Okumura, the son of Satan. The sword is important to Rin as it holds back his innate demonic power.

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(Blue Exorcist)

9. Scissor Blade

One-half of a pair of giant scissors, know as the rending scissors, the red scissor blade is Ryūko Matoi’s weapon of choice when she’s fighting to avenge her father (the scissor’s creator). The second half of the blade wound up in the hands of Nui Harime, Ryūko’s father’s murderer. The scissor blade is almost the only way possible to cut through the life fibres utilized in the Goku uniforms.

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(Kill la Kill)

8. Samehada

Shamehada, the shark skin blade, is a very large blade composed of razor-sharp scales. Shamehada is capable of eating the chakra of any who oppose it, not only that but the sword itself is sentient, capable of contorting its body to reach an opponent even if they were to dodge. While normally being wrapped in a cloth lining, Samaehada is eventually unwound to reveal its true power as the strongest of the seven swords of the mist.

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(Naruto Shippuden)

7. Yoru

Regarded as one of the strongest swords in the world of One Piece, Yoru stretches over 7 feet in length and the blade is entirely black. In the hands of Dracule Mihawk the sword has the capability of slicing Don Krieg’s flagship in half with just one slash. Mihawk is also capable of deflecting bullets with just the slightest movement.

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(One Piece)

6. Archenemy

A traditional looking nodachi, Archenemy, AKA “The Sword of Resentment” is a weapon so fearsome that it is believed that just unsheathing it could cause uncontrollable destruction of a devastating proportion and thus the holder must vow never to break the seal. Kagura Mikazuchi, the sword’s wielder, is able to use Archenemy to defeat her opponents without even unsheathing it. However, she broke her vow during her fight against Erza in the Grand Wizard Games.

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(Fairy Tail)

5. Dragon Handle

The dragon handle appears to only by the remnants of a once full sword. While in most cases completely useless as a sword, in the hands of Meliodas the sword becomes a formidable weapon capable of deflecting any attack that comes Meliodas’ way. It is later revealed that the sword is not a sword, but in fact, a piece of the coffin of darkness.

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(The Seven Deadly Sins)

4. Claymore

The Claymore it the standardized weapon for all Claymores (an organization of yoma hunters) and has a unique symbol engraved in it that pairs it to its wielder. The sword itself is a quite large, double-edged blade that never seems to ware or dull. Each sword also has a color assigned to its handle, this color describes how the user wields the blade. Red is possessed by offensive users, whereas green is reserved for the more defensive users. However, any claymore ranked 10 and above has a blue handle.

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(Claymore)

3. Murasame

Known as the “One Cut Killer”, Murasame is a cursed blade that will kill anyone from even the slightest cut. This is because once the blade cuts the skin, the victim is inflicted with a curse of poison, stopping their heat in a matter of seconds. However, in the hands of Akame, the sword curse in little more than a bonus.

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(Akame Ga Kill!)

2. Crow Claw

While not technically being a sword, the crow claw is the manifestation of Senji Kyyomasa’s branch of sin. Being comprised entirely of his blood, Senji is able to pull the claw out from any part of his body and shape it into any size. Senji has spent years mastering his claw and is now capable of slicing through solid steel.

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(Deadman Wonderland)

1. Elucidator

The Elucidator is a jet black sword that belongs to the protagonist of Sword Art Online. Along with the “Dark Repulser”, Kirito dual wields the two blades in order to create a devastating combo of quick, hard to counter, barrage of attacks. Kirito received the sword as a reward item for defeating the boss of floor 50, however, he initially did not have enough strength to wield it.

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(Sword Art Online)

Thank you for reading my list, I hope you enjoyed it. If you have an idea of something you feel should have been on the list then leave a comment and let me know.

H

Top 10: My Favourite Animes

Welcome to our monthly Top 10 anime list.
This month is the Anime Accords first anniversary and celebration I’m going to be sharing some of my all time favourite animes, either ones that I really, really loved or just ones that have a lot of sentimental value to me.  This list isn’t in any particular order I’ve just numbered it for simplicity.

10. Deadman Wonderland

There is a lot I love about this show, the action, the story, the concepts I love it all (except for Gantas crybaby attitude). So it may come as no real shock when I say that I was instantly hooked on DW from the very second I heard the start of the awesome opening song.

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(Deadman Wonderland)

9. Sword Art Online

Ahh, Sword Art Online many love it, many hate, guess which side of the fence I fall on. Way back when the concept was still fresh SAO really grabbed my attention and pulled my right in, never had an anime seemed so magical and brilliant. Since then my eyes can clearly see the gaping holes in this show’s plot, but that hasn’t stopped me from loving it.

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(Sword Art Online)

8. Haganai: I don’t have many friends

This show is great, why? I don’t know, I just like it. Haganai is a show about a bunch of people with no friends who form a group with the purpose of making friends. As the story progresses they all become closer as people, yet they don’t recognise each other as friends. It’s all very convoluted but still an entertaining show. Denifitly needs a season 3.

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(Haganai: I don’t have many friends)

7. Elfen Lied

The deeply disturbing Elfen Lied was second anime I tucked away under my proverbial belt and it has definitely had a lasting impression. As I said in my review, Elfen Lied is the kind of show that I compare every other show of the like too. Plus, you know you’re hooked when you watch the entire show in just one day.

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(Elfen Lied)

6. Naruto

I remember watching Naruto way back when I was just a little kid, and it wasn’t till only a few years ago that I actually went through and watch all the episodes, including the fillers (AKA curry of life arc). And to this day I’ll still sit down and watch a bit of Naruto.

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(Naruto Shippuden)

5. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU

This show is one of strange connection for me. For some reason, I strongly associate with the main character and that just make all the drama so much more effective. There is a lot I love about this show but there’s no real way for me to put it into words. If I had to try, I’d say it comes to down right solid character and story writing.

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(My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU)

4. Hellsing Ultimate

How could I not put this here, the dark humour and grizzled gore is what makes Hellsing so special. The true meaning of vampire is fear and this show encompasses that perfectly, plus whats more fun than a British vampire butchering waves of zombie nazis.

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(Hellsing Ultimate)

3. Samurai Champloo

Hip-hop samurai, you would not be mistaken for thinking that that marriage of ideas would work out too well, but this show is the proof. On top of the brilliant animation, the characters and settings are what really make this show stand out. I personally really love the cohesion of Edo era and modern era elements and the way they create this totally historically inaccurate culture that still works.

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(Samurai Champloo)

2. Gantz

Here we have the very first anime I ever watched fully. And the anime that got me hooked into anime to begin with. Not only is Gantz full of gore and death but there is a lot of strong Phycological tension as well. It might not be a masterpiece but it will always be my first anime.

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(Gantz)

1. Fairy Tail

If you have seen any of my other blog posts then you may have noticed that Fairy Tail makes its way into my writings fairly often, and there’s a reason for that, I like it. Being the series that I have followed the longest Fairy Tail has really be one of the major animes in my anime career and it will always an important series to me.

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(Fairy Tail)

Thank you for reading my list, I hope you enjoyed it. If you have an idea of something I should make a top 10 about list then leave a comment and let me know.

H

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The Armoury: PGM Ultima Ratio Hecate II

The PGM Ultima Ratio Hecate II is a .50 calibre sniper rifle used by Sinon in Gun Gale Online. She received the Hecate after killing a boss in the dungeon below SBC Glocken. The gun is 138 cm in length with a grey barrel and chamber, along with a wooden handle and stock. The rifles ammunition is so powerful that Sinon was only able seven shells around with her during the Bullet of Bullets.

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Top 10: Anime Clichés

Welcome to our monthly Top 10 anime list.
This month I am going to be discussing anime Clichés, you know what I’m talking about, the main character sitting at the back of the classroom next to the wind, playing with their bright green and blue hair that sticks up in a vertical line.  This list isn’t in any particular order I’ve just numbered it for simplicity.

10. Back of the classroom

Here an original thought, I’m not sure how many animes I’ve seen where the main character chair is position at the back (or near enough) and/ or next to the window of the classroom. In most cases we see them staring off into space pondering one thing or another. Just of the top of my head, I can think of several animes where this Cliché is present and yet only one where it is not. I’m not saying that this is always the case and I’m sure if I took a moment more to think about it I could come up with a few more that don’t follow this Cliché, but for the most part, this seems to be quite a common seat placement.

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(Deathnote)

9. The nose bleed

What comes to your head when you think of someone getting a blood nose in a anime, I bet it isn’t getting hit in the face. No, I bet we’re all thinking of the infamous nose bleed that many characters suffer when they find themselves excited over one bosom or another. Despite this occurrence being completely unfounded in any source of reality, it is still an incredibly common way of expressing when a character is feeling sexually aroused. Still, it always makes for a good laugh to see one of our characters get shot across the room by a jet stream of blood.

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(Rosario + Vampire)

8. Bad hair day

Anime seems to have a serious issue with its hair, its either so boring and similar that it’s almost impossible to distinguish characters, or is so ridiculous you can’t take the character seriously. I mean talk about overdoing it, although I suppose it’s better than getting the characters mixed up so I’ll accept it.

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(Yu-Gi-Oh!)

7. “YAAAAAAAAAA”

Ever wanted to know how to hit harder, run faster and beat the bad guys better. Simple, try yelling, yes yelling. Every anime character knows that by yelling loud enough you will be able to anyone who opposes you, either that of the power of love. But seriously I don’t know why this became a thing, but it’s cool and silly at the same time.

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(Dragon Ball Z)

6. Them be fighting clothes

What’s cooler than an all our brawl filled with furious fighting and super awesome powers, taking 20 minutes before a fight to change into another pair of pants. That’s right I’m talking about the changing scene that happens before every fight. There always way too long and if it’s a feature of a show then it’s in every episode. I just find it to be way to over the top, especially in today’s animes.

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(Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt)

5. Cop a feel

We’ve all been there, you’re just walking around minding your own business when all of a sudden you trip over the floor and fall on top of you sweetheart, in the process somehow managing to get a big old handful. Like seriously the amount of time this happens in anime is beyond any mere coincidence. While I can understand the comedy of the situation but when it happens over and over again it makes me that it’s about time to come up with something new to spark the romance.

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(Absolute Duo)

4. For my next attack

In a similar vein to changing outfit for a fight, why anime characters feel the need to yell out the name of their attack right before they do it. What are the rules for yelling anyway, sometimes they yell the name and other times they don’t? If you don’t need to say the name then why bother in the first place since all that’s doing is telling the enemy what you’re going to do.

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(Fairytail)

3. Are you a boy? Or are you a girl?

What is it with a male character who looks like chicks. Primarily but not limited to the Ecchi genre it is not an uncommon sight to see a questionably male character forced to dress up as a female; usually resulting in some poor unsuspecting poor smuck falling smitten with the character.

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(Sword Art Online II)

2. My master plan is as follows

This can be applied past the realm of anime, what’s with bad guys always revealing their evil plan to the hero. I mean no wonder bad guys always loose if the tell the hero how to stop them. I understand that its an easy mechanism to add in exponential information but it quite often just seems like lazy writing.

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(Naruto Shippuden)

1. Technically Invincible

You know what I’m talking about when the main character is totally beaten down and the villain is standing perfectly fine, the hero just believes in themselves or one of their friends says they can do it and they just get up all fine and dandy and subsequently overpower the opponent.

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(One Piece)

Thank you for reading my list, I hope you enjoyed it. If you have an idea of something you feel should have been on the list then leave a comment and let me know.

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