It is day five of the second 30 Day Anime Challenge
#5: Anime You Love, But Everyone Hates
While it certainly is not fair to say that “Log Horizon” is hated to any significant degree, it also feels like the show does not get as much appreciation as it deserves. As it was the one that popularized the sub-genre of trapped-in-a-video-game, “Sword Art Online” still gets a lot more of the love despite not necessarily being much better, if at all.
While “SAO” was carried initially by its incredible animation and soundtrack, “Log Horizon” seems to have a lot more presence in its writing, taking time to set up its world and characters much more than “Sword Art Online” really ever did. Granted, I cannot speak to the former beyond its first season, it would not surprise me if that trend continues it to its sequels. All in All, I just find “Log Horizon” to be a much better series between the two.
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In an event that surprised many of those around him, and also left him wondering what he had been thinking, a man recently discovered that Sword Art Online, one of the most popular anime series to come out in the 2010’s, is actually not as great as many people claim it to be.
Devin Williams, 18, was hanging out with his friends in his two bedroom apartment on a Friday night. Williams walked into the living room where his roommate happened to be watching Sword Art Online. “I remember he said that he said ‘hey, you guys should come to watch this show with me,'” Williams said about the experience, “and so we watched it, and man, it was awful.”
Before the event, Williams had always had the impression that SAO was a really good show because everyone would talk about it all the time. “All of the people I know would tell me that it’s god’s gift to earth, but it’s just not true at all.”
When asked to comment on Williams’ revelation, many in his own family disagreed. “Are you kidding me,” his mother said, “Sword Art Online is the greatest show ever. I really like that part with Asuna trapped in a cage. It really adds to the drama of it all…”
“I just don’t know what to do,” Williams said, “Everywhere I go its people talking about the Sword Art Online. I just wish they would actually watch it to see how awful it is.”
Ok, so in case you guys did not see the tags or category for this post, it is a satire piece. I don’t actually think SAO is that bad, I just thought it would be a fun topic for satire article. But, since SAO is a show that I don’t normally talk about on The Aniwriter, I am curious: How do you all feel about the series? Let me know in the comments below. Also, consider supporting me on Ko-fi:
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Woohoo! 2018 is finally here, but the news never stops coming. Welcome to the first official episode of This Week in Anime of 2018. Let’s get started.
The Start of the Winter 2018 Season
Many of the season’s shows are starting this week, with some having already started, including Sora Yori mo Tooi Basho, a show about a group of girls who want to explore the South Pole. Other widely anticipated shows include Violet Evergarden, The second season of both Overlord and The Seven Deadly Sins and The Ito Junji Collection, a collection of horror stories.
It was previously announced that Sword Art Online would be getting both a season three and a spinoff series. On Wednesday it was confirmed that the Sword Art Online spinoff titled “Sword Art Online Alternative” will be airing in the spring season of 2018. The show was written by Keiichi Sigsawa, the writer behind Kino’s Journey. The story focuses on an introverted girl named Karen Kohiruimkai, who plays Gun Gale Online as a way to escape her everyday worries and struggles. She tries to avoid interacting with other players but is eventually convinced by Pitohui to join the Battle Royale Tournament known as Squad Jam.
Logan Paul Films Dead Body in Japan’s Famous Suicide Forest
Not Anime related but a story still worth talking about, former Vine star and massive YouTube personality Logan Paul uploaded a video earlier this week showing the dead body of a man having committed Suicide in Aokigahara forest, known by many as “the suicide forest.” The video was part of a series of Vlogs in which Paul and friends of his explored Japan. The video features the Paul and two others preparing for a campout in Aokigahara. It then shows them walking into the forest, and having walked a short distance, seeing something in the distance. The three then approach what they believe to be a dead body, only to find their suspicions confirmed. The video shows close-ups of the body, with only the victims faced blurred as he hangs from a tree. In the video, he expresses his concern for those faced with depression and suicidal thoughts and says that suicide is not the answer.
The video prompted outrage from many, including many creators on YouTube such as Phillip Defranco and Boogie2988. Those who did not speak out in the form of Video Addressed the issue on Twitter, many saying that the video was disgraceful and that Logan Paul should be ashamed.
Logan Paul issued an apology on Tuesday saying “To the fans defending my actions: Don’t because they are not worth defending.
I think much of what has needed to be said on this issue has been said. It was stupid, insensitive and only serves to bolster Xenophobic feelings that permeate modern Japan. If Logan Paul really wants to atone for his sins, he needs to start by donating to the National Suicide Prevention Line that he claimed to care about in the video. Hopefully, although I’m not holding my breath, this becomes a sobering experience for Logan Paul and he learns that actions have consequences.
A Year-in-Review for the Anime Industry
In a great article from Teffen on Goboiano, They discuss the Anime Industries evergrowing problem with underpaid and overworked staff, and that often times the production committees run out the back door with most of the money. The article mentions that often times animators are paid to be at or below the poverty line and that many require financial assistance from families just to stay alive.
Despite Crunchyroll’s push to make it the new Naruto, Black Clover turned out to be mostly a flop. From the very beginning, the show took no time in reveling in all of the least interesting shonen troupes and came out a much worse show because of it. However, whether you like it or not, there are plenty of other shows that also deserve your attention after watching Black Clover. Welcome, everyone, to another iteration of What Else Should You Watch. Here are some other recommendations for your viewing pleasure.
Seven Deadly Sins
Asta himself is seen by many being quite generic and uninteresting, like the rest of the show. Seven Deadly Sins, while admittedly not being much better, still manages to bring together a unique cast of characters and makes their relationships much more interesting.
The show centers around a group of former knights known as the seven deadly sins. The seven of them have been sentenced to death for betraying the kingdom, to which they all ran away. Meliodus, their former leader, has gone on a mission to gather the other six now dispersed knights.
In terms of unique shonen ideas, It really doesn’t come up with anything new. There is a lot of fanservice and generic shonen concepts like demons and immortality, but it delivers those ideas in ways that make it fun and enjoyable without being repetitive.
Renkin is a 2006 studio xebec production that in many ways has a lot of the same problems that Black Clober does, but Busou Renkin still comes out a lot more likable. The show’s main character Kazuki is brought into a much more bloodthirsty world of battling homunculus with his newly discovered alchemic powers. Tokiko Tsumura, a girl who saves him after he is first attacked by a homunculus, guides him through the world of fighting horrendous monsters.
Similar to Seven Deadly Sins, what the show lacks in new ideas it makes up for in a unique presentation. Tokiko, the shows main female lead, has a distinct level of awesome surrounding her, Training Kazuki to use his powers and not taking crap from anyone. Fights are an important part of any shonen, and the fights in this show are top of the line.
Sword Art Online
Despite its many problems as well, Sword Art Online is nothing if not a good Action romp. The show’s setting in a virtual reality MMO makes it to where a lot of crazy stuff can happen, without having to take it to seriously. Translation: it’s a lot of fun.
The music also adds a lot to the fight scenes. Much of the soundtrack is comprised of epic choruses backed by eloquent orchestral pieces. The show is guaranteed to hype you up, if nothing else.
How do you guys feel about Black Clover? What would you recommend instead? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading. Bye for now, friendos!
I’ll be honest, When I’m deciding what shows I would consider good, as opposed to a show that I just happen to enjoy, I generally tend to reward more points to a show that has more in-depth writing than one with huge flashy action scenes. That’s not to say that shows with flashy action scenes are bad, or that those shows can’t also have good writing or interesting ideas. I think a lot of the Fate series makes that point well. My point is that a show needs more than two characters trying to beat each other to death in order to be considered good. This is where the debate between Log Horizon and Sword Art Online comes in.
Log Horizon in a lot of ways borrows elements of Sword Art Online’s premise, although at that point it would also be fair to say that Sword Art Online borrows a lot from the .hack franchise’s premise. Both of the show’s start out in familiar situations in their respective first episodes. A male protagonist who plays a lot of video games suddenly gets sucked into a world based on a game he’s playing and can’t get out. However, even though the show’s start in similar places, the show’s both take radically different approaches.
Sword Art Online is quick to focus on Kirito and the people around him, with the first couple of episodes actually remaining quite tragic. Kirito is trapped in a world he can’t escape from with a bunch of people he doesn’t know. Not only that, he is hated by a lot of people for simply having been a beta tester and thereby having a stronger character. A lot of this focus is quickly replaced by a focus on Kirito and gang’s quest to get out of the game. Kirito meets a lot of female companions and the show quickly turns into Kirito’s Not so Happy Harem Time with fighting.
This shift away from unique character development is ultimately what leads to the show’s lackluster finish. Full disclosure, I am not the biggest fan of SAO, if you couldn’t already tell, but even I would admit its strength are indeed strong. The show’s animation is extremely detailed and its musical score is impressive to be sure, but as I said at the beginning, a showy presentation can only do so much for a show’s quality.
Log Horizon, while admittedly losing out on things like animation and musical score, does what Sword Art Online tried and failed to do: write an interesting story and build an interesting world. Log Horizon chooses to focus on its characters in the beginning and stay focused on developing those characters throughout the entire series. Log Horizon’s main character Shiroe, in comparison with Kirito, has a distinct personality (an intelligent, sensible leader who knows how to engage in Diplomacy and work behind the scenes to achieve his goals). Kirito comes off most of the time as a typical shonen protagonist who thinks that he can achieve anything he wants by just believing hard enough.
Log Horizon’s writing also speaks for itself in the way it uses details to build its world from the ground up. It is explained in the first episode that world that the characters are in a world like the one they knew as Elder Tale, but not Elder Tale itself. Many of the world’s rules function the same way as in the game, but some details like the types of monsters in specific locations have changed, and also the way that they travel to other parts of the game (mainly through the transportation gates) no longer works. This hints to us that the world they are now is not necessarily what they think it is.
The show also differs in how the characters feel about the world they are in. While almost all of the characters in Sword Art Online agree that breaking out is the immediate focus, Shiroe takes a much more pragmatic approach. He, of course, is worried about getting back to the real world, but he also feels that there needs to be a sense of order in their new world for the time being. In order to accomplish this goal, Shiroe sets up a council with the leaders of the group’s largest guilds and hammers at a plan to cooperate and keep the people happy. Parts of this plan include trading agreements for different clans, organizing what is effectively a standing army, and also solving the problem of food not tasting like everything.
One criticism that is fairly leveled at the show’s story is the arc during the first part of the show where Shiroe and company go and rescue a little girl from a guild of thieves. Most of this arc does very little in terms of the overall story except for introducing us to two new characters. However, what the show presents in those first few episodes is enough to keep us interested. It explains the basics of combat in an MMORPG setting, as well as explaining the class system, all stuff that while boring to someone who has experience with desktop MMOs like this, is vital to someone who doesn’t. Sword Art Online, meanwhile, does very little in establishing much of anything when it comes to rules in its own world, and often times resorts to Deus ex Machina plot explanations of “Kirito is a beta tester, therefore he is invincible to all damage ever.”
Not every show can be perfect. In Fact, most shows won’t excel at everything. There is always going to be something a show could have improved on and made itself better. Log Horizon, while certainly having its flaws, is unmistakably a much better-written show than Sword Art Online.
What do you guys think? Am I right? Am I wrong? Is Asuna worst girl? Let me know in the comments. Bye for now, Friendos!