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Sword Art Online Part 4 DVD Review

Director: Tomohiko Ito,

Starring: Haruka Tomatsu, Cherami Leigh, Kanae Ito. Stephanie Sheh, Kouichi Yamadera, Marc Diraison, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Bryce Papenbrook,

Running Time: 175 minutes

Certificate: 15

Sword Art Online returns for the concluding part of its story line. These last selection of episodes give closure to all the plot elements that came before, but there’s still a feeling that the entire season could have just extended the original premise or ended after the first arc.

The main focus now is the love triangle between Kirito, Asuna and Kirito’s sister who has fallen in love with her own brother within the virtual world. This is a deliciously complex area that the show could explore, as it highlights the positives behind the characters without them knowing who is who. It gives a whole new meaning to anonymity and the dangers that go with it without ever being exploitative or insensitive. The show
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Sword Art Online Part 3 DVD Review

Director: Tomohiko Ito,

Starring: Haruka Tomatsu, Cherami Leigh, Kanae Ito. Stephanie Sheh, Kouichi Yamadera, Marc Diraison, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Bryce Papenbrook,

Running Time: 175 minutes

Certificate: 15

Sword Art Online proved itself to be a spectacularly unpredictable series filled with many great themes and interesting developments. However, it also seemed to finish a main story arc far too early. That’s never a complaint I usually have with anime, but halfway through the series and the players were freed from their virtual prison. So what does the show do with another two collections on the way? Unfortunately, it seems to struggle with finding a new plot as gripping as its predecessor.

After being released from the game, Kirito adapts to a normal life once again, as he is reunited with his sister. However, Asuna, his in-game love from the previous game, remains in a coma. It’s then revealed that Asuna may be
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Sword Art Online Part 2 DVD Review

Director: Tomohiko Ito,

Starring: Haruka Tomatsu, Cherami Leigh, Kanae Ito. Stephanie Sheh, Kouichi Yamadera, Marc Diraison, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Bryce Papenbrook,

Running Time: 175 minutes

Certificate: 15

It’s been 2 years since players were trapped inside the Mmorpg, Sword Art Online, and the inhabitants have started to become accustomed to their new lives. A certain level of apathy and comfortableness has swept through the world, causing people to set up lives and take pride in their achievements. Sword Art Online does a terrific job at representing a fantasy world that is exactly that, but one we’d probably all like to be a part of. Average people become strong and fearless warriors, but at the same time the show highlights how the little things have vanished. Cooking now consists of a few quick clicks, removing much of its enjoyment.

The second part of the season once again keeps things very insular as players
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Sword Art Online Blu-ray Review

Director: Tomohiko Ito,

Starring: Haruka Tomatsu, Cherami Leigh, Kanae Ito. Stephanie Sheh, Kouichi Yamadera, Marc Diraison, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Bryce Papenbrook,

Running Time: 175 minutes

Certificate: 15

Set in 2022, Sword Art Online begins with the worldwide launch of a new Mmorpg. It’s a game where players log in using a special head-set and they are drawn in to a virtual reality world. Once inside the game it is revealed that they cannot leave until all 100 levels are completed. If they die in the game, they die in real life. A delicious premise which is exploited to its fullest in one of the best anime released this year.

The secret to Sword Art Online’s success is the wonderful direction and pacing that the show takes. The entire show is set in this brand new fantasy world and we have no idea what is going on in the outside world. We’re trapped along with the players,
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Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II: The Battle For Doldrey Blu-ray Review

Director: Toshiyuki Kubooka

Starring: Hiroaki Iwanaga, Marc Diraison, Toa Yukinari, Carolyn Keranen, Takahiro Sakurai, Kevin T. Collins,

Running Time: 93 minutes

Certificate: 15

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II: The Battle For Doldrey is very much the middle section of a trilogy, in that it has no clear plot other than what has been carried over from the first instalment, and all conclusion are seemingly left until part three. It’s certainly a thrilling segment though, with extensive violence, sex, and sometimes even a combination of the two meaning there is never a dull moment. Set against a medieval backdrop, Berserk: The Golden Age Arc II uses this as an excuse to exaggerate everything you’ve come to expect from such fantasy films.

This is both a help and a hindrance to the film. Prudishness doesn’t enter into it, but when legions of soldiers are constantly torn apart it quickly becomes meaningless and distracting.
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