“If I was born to die, then what was my reason for existing in this world?” —Konno Yuuki, SAO II. Sword Art Online II has many faults, and some folks can’t take it seriously as a result. That’s a shame, because SAO deals with big issues that warrant serious discussion. The characters’ conversations in the last episode,… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Why am I alive?
The opening theme song in Baby Steps (both this season and last) includes three English words: “Believe in yourself.” Last year, I didn’t pay close attention to those words. In this season, the phrase “Believe in yourself” becomes more important than it did before. It’s a trite phrase, one we often repeat to each other, but I think… Read More Annalyn’s Corner: Baby Steps and Believing in… Yourself?
After so many episodes of epiphanies and emotional closings, episode seven of Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso) is even keeled. Arima prepares for the piano competition while continuing to battle his inner demons. Meanwhile, we learn more about Emi and especially Takeshi, two talented pianists who have longed to defeat Arima… Read More Your Lie in April Episode 7: Slave to the Score
Some of the most intense and well-written series, anime and otherwise, present a strong, overarching narrative that knows precisely where it’s going, but keeps viewers at bay, leading them to only of what’s occurring in the present. Terror in Resonance (Zankyou no Terror) accomplishes this by slowly unfolding a calculated story, but creating tension in… Read More Terror in Resonance, Episode 4: Know Thyself