Okie, I’ve just come back from seeing the Sword Art Online movie so let’s talk about it. But before that, because of the nature of the “fanbase”, I think I have to preface this review by telling you guys where I stand on the franchise.
I am by no means what you would call a big fan of the franchise. I have never read the original Light Novels nor have I ever played any of the games. I haven’t even bought any merchandise (…aside from a couple of figures). I have only watched the original two anime seasons. They were entertaining, serviceable shows with fun characters, sweet moments, cool concepts, interesting worlds and great action. I had no big issues with it. At least, not any that would warrant me trying to crucify the series and burn it at the stake. As much as I liked it, I never really did get into it and I never latched on to any of the characters except for maybe Sinon and Yuuki.
(I’m sorry, but Sinon’s waist is a thing of beauty. Yes, I have a thing for shapely waists, but I digress.)
So, being neither a big fan nor a hater, I went into this movie with zero expectations, like I try to do for all movies. And as it turned out, even for a person like me with hardly any attachment to the series… I had an absolute blast! (^o^) After a dearth of anime movie sequels that actually succeeded in being little more than hollow, nostalgia-bait projects, it was refreshing to see that this movie does pretty much everything right… in my opinion, of course. Let me substantiate that.
In a brilliant attempt to circumvent me running out of steam doing a day-by-day recount of my trip, this time, I’ll be writing just one post featuring only the juicy bits – Akihabara, Comiket (doujins) and more!
I’ll organize this post by sections that go in chronological order. At the end of the recount, will be a section that is dedicated to all the acquisitions that I got during my trip.
Without further ado, here we go!
(Warning! Image intensive and somewhat NSFW. Also, the changing aspect ratio of the pictures is due to the fact that a number of them were taken with different cameras.)
This screencap from the K-On! movie sums up my reaction superbly and succinctly:
In my opinion, it was a fun and intriguing movie that was bold enough to take the series into a whole new (and, I dare say, fresh) direction, but it raised more questions than ans… heck, I don’t think it answered anything. It’s certainly rife with stuff to analyze, but I doubt I have the intellectual or emotional capacity for that undertaking. Was its goal to keep the viewer as in the dark and as confused as Shinji? It certainly worked.
From what I can tell, 3.33 was used mostly as a set-up for the final installment. I can only pray that 4.0 will do the entire Rebuild series justice by providing us with a rewarding and satisfying conclusion. (Wait, it’s Anno. Who am I kidding?)
Also, I absolutely love the fact that none of the footage nor the promised storyline from the preview at the end of 2.22 made it into the film. Did something happen to cause the movie to go in a whole different direction? Was the preview itself a troll from the beginning? We may never know.
P.S. Am I the only one who thinks that the whole “Curse of EVA” thing was just an excuse to be able to pull off the 14-year time skip without aging the fan favorite characters? I can’t say I blame them though, because I don’t think my heart could have withstood the sight of a 28-year-old Asuka…
Alrighty. I just had the honor of being one of the first in the world to watch the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 2nd A’s and here are my initial impressions on it.. I’m actually writing this in a Starbucks outlet just next to the movie theater and my thoughts are all over the place. So I apologize for the not-in-order point form writing in the ‘impressions’ part. (Yeah, it took awhile to get this on to the net… internet access here is not that readily available to a foreigner…)
As always, THERE ARE SPOILERS! While the main plot remains practically the same, there were quite significant changes made to the events. So, if you don’t mind spoilers, do feel free to read on. (^.^)
Update 1: Proofread the post and updated some of the points.
Update 2: More fine-tuning, expanded and clarified some points, added a couple of design comparison pictures and everything is now in chronological order.
Thanks to Anime Festival Asia, I and many Sora no Otoshimono fans had the opportunity to watch the movie, Sora no Otoshimono: Tokeijikake no Angeroid. As a Sora no Otoshimono fan, it would be a gross understatement to say that I went into the movie with HIGH expectations.
…unfortunately, I felt that the movie was a let down due to a number of problematic issues.