Escape to the Great World of Anime!

You might be wondering the title and the purpose of this post, there’s a funny story behind this. I am good friends with my anime and colleague friend Allie from Visionaries and we whenever we text each other, we have a really long conversation on anything. Whether it is anime, cartoons and just life, we can go on for hours; however, one day, we had an interesting topic in which also inspired me to write this post. As usual we were talking about anime and how much it would be cool to leave reality and jump into our favorite anime. He texted me this comment but she called it a “rant”:

Go on some sort of adventure become our own heroes. Live in a world where we can be us and that’s good enough. Where words only positivity and people look on the bright side instead of dwelling on the negative. To face their problems instead of keeping them bottles up until they explode :). Oh the naive mind is back to reality now.

This got me thinking, if it’s possible to leave reality for a day and enter any world in the anime I seen is, I would do it. Some people might agree with me in this comment especially if you like anime. Most of us had this deep wish where we can have the ability to go our favorite anime. After hearing her say this, I added my own comment to hers and I told her why I want do it if I could jump into anime:

I would love to visit that world. Take me to Sword Art Online and let me go on quests or Yu-Gi-Oh! and let me duel with my monsters. Take me to a world where my average “me” can be greater. ūüėÄ

This may sound silly the way I said it but wouldn’t it be awesome? Imagine leaving your average or boring life for a day, months or whatever time you desire and escape to somewhere where you are the hero or at least feel important. Basically, what I am saying is this: if there was a way to enter a world where you leave your dull life and enter a new world where you can live your favorite anime world or worlds, would you do it?

Personally, I would. In my daily life, I usually live just an average routine where I watch anime or just do my daily chores. Whenever I see anime characters in action or doing something exciting, I get envious. Like a kid who wants to be their favorite superhero, I like to dream and wanting to be something great like my favorite characters. If I can jump into worlds of anime, I would be hero in Dragon Ball Z, travel  and enjoy solitude in Sword Art Online, or even obtain some powerful beings in Yu-Gi-Oh!.

The anime world is more bizarre than JoJo’s Bizarre Aventure but that’s okay, it just means the norm is the oddities itself like the anime Durarara!! Can it be dangerous? Yes! Will you survive? Of course if you have the right skills and ideal anime.

If somehow or someone came to you and asked if you could jump into any anime world you desire, where would you go?

If there was a rabbit hole like Alice in Wonderland where anime logic exist and all reality doesn’t, would you dig deeper?

Or better yet, if there was a door and it says “door way to anime”, would you open that door and not look back?

What would you do and where do you want to go?

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Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization goes to PC

Announced by Bandai Namco Entertainment, the video game Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization will be heading towards the PC with the release date being October 27th. The game is priced as $49.99 and it will include all the DLC in it; the main story and DLC chapters will be included. The game was originally on PS4 but now it will be on October 27th.

Here is the synopsis of the story and game:

Reki Kawahara, author of the original Sword Art Online novel series, collaborated on the game. The characters Kirito, Asuna, Leafa, Silica, Lisbeth, and Sinon appear in the game, and players can choose up to three characters to join their party. The game’s new characters are a mysterious AI named Premiere (voiced by Yuiko Tatsumi) and Genesis (voiced by Kazuyuki Okitsu). Genesis, like Kirito, is called the “black swordsman.” Players explore the world of Ainground in the Sword Art: Origin game.

New Sword Art Online announcements!

Announced at the Dengeki Bunko “Aki no Saiten 2017”, Sword Art Online will be receiving some new anime from two announcements!

The first one announced is a third series to the anime and the name of the new show is called Sword Art Online: Alicization. The anime third season was teased in the end of the movie Ordinal Scale. So far, they released a key image to the anime along with returning casts of Kirito and Asuna. New voice actors will play as new characters:

  • Eugeo:¬†Nobunaga Shimazaki
  • Alice: Ai Kayano

This arc takes place after Mother Rosario and the movie Ordinal Scale. It will be based on Reki Kawahara’s light novel.

Another anime getting an anime adaptation is a spinoff series based on Sword Art Online but written by Sigsawa Keiichi, illustrated by Kuroboshi Kouhaku and supervised by Reki Kawahara. The series is called Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online Alternative.

Here is the synopsis of the story:

The story follows Karen Kohiruimaki, a 183-centimeter-tall (6-foot-tall) college student who’s insecure her height, and is bad at dealing with people in the real world. She enters the world of Gun Gale Online with her avatar, Llenn, who is less than 150 centimeters (5 feet) tall and wears all pink. She meets a beautiful, brown-skinned female player who goes by Pitohui. They hit it off, but one day Pitohui pressures her to participate in “Squad Jam,” a team Battle Royale variation of the Bullet of Bullets tournament

Sword Art Online live-action show gets Tomb Raider writers!

With the criticism of the Death Note Netflix film and the live-action announcement with J. J. Abrams directing Your Name. you think Hollywood would take the hint and stop making live-action movies of anime. However, that won’t stop them when they have permission and money. Already mentioned a while back, Skydance Television announced that they want to do a live-action series of the anime Sword Art Online. Recently, Skydance Television announced that they found some new writers to help lead the project. These writer-producers¬†Patrick¬†Massett¬†and John¬†Zinman made a deal with¬†Kadowawa Corp to help create the live-action series. Patrick and John are responsible for the works of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001 version with Angelina Jolie), The Blacklist and Friday Night Lights.

The pilot episode will, however, be written together with Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar). Here is a quote from Hollywood Reporter:

“Patrick and John have shown incredible range in their storytelling capabilities, from subtle character drama to big, world-building action, and we are beyond fortunate that they have joined the Skydance family,” said Skydance Television president Marcy Ross. “We’re already deep in development with Patrick, John and Laeta on our larger-than-life Skydance¬†SAO¬†series in which we aim not only to satisfy the franchise’s enthusiastic sci-fi and anime fan base but also to appeal to new TV audiences the world over.”

“The fantastical world of¬†SAO¬†offers an unparalleled opportunity to tell stories that resonate on both an epic and human scale. We couldn’t ask for better partners than Skydance and Laeta to help us bring this global pop culture phenomenon to new life on television,” said Massett and Zinman in a joint statement.¬†

What do you guys think of this news?

Video Game News: Dissidia release date and new Sword Art Online game!

Revealed in Twitter, Square Enix’s fighting spinoff game Dissidia Final Fantasy NT announced the release date for games and the preorder bonuses. The Japanese version is set to be release on January 11th, 2018; The North American version will be on January 30th, 2018.

The news also revealed some preorder bonus. Players who preordered the Deluxe Edition version (physical or digital) will receive the ¬†“Nameless Warrior” skin for the Warrior of Light character and a mini-soundtrack and season pass.

If players preordered from select retailers, players will be given a steelbook case with three art variations.

If you don’t mind spending the money, you can also pay for the Ultimate Collector’s Edition.

This one includes the following:

  • collector’s box packaging
  • a bust of the Warrior of Light
  • an 80-page artbook
  • the game’s official soundtrack
  • a steelbook packaging with unique art
  • DLC season pass

Sword Art Online

Announced by Bandai Namco of America and Europe, a Sword Art Online game has been announced and this time, the game will focus on Gun Gale Online!

The game is called Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet. This game will be playable for Xbox One, PS4, and Steam in 2018.

According to the information, the series creator Reki Kawahara will be supervising the game’s original story and be creating the player’s choices and interactions which will affect the game story. It is noted that previous characters from the novel, anime and game series will show up. The game will be a third-person action shooter and it will be the first Sword Art Online video game be on Xbox One and PC! It will run on Unreal Engine 4, four vs four competiton duels and co-op boss battles.

Friday Funny 122: Queen of Games

TGIF!

Thank God it’s Friday! Before I begin this Friday, let me be the first to say a happy birthday shout out to a special friend. It was actually her birthday yesterday on August 17th but happy birthday to Allie of Visionaries!

Allie is my college friend where I attended college and she also recently ¬†started blogging to write fanfiction. In her blog, she writing a fanfiction of the classic cartoon/anime series Loonatics Unleashed. To those who don’t know, Loonatics Unleashed was a “dark and action” series that starred six characters who are descendants to classic characters like Bugs Bunny and many more. These characters live in the year 2772 in Acmetropolis and these characters receive special powers from a meteor strike. Instead of getting killed, they get powers and they use it to protect the world. This series only has two seasons and a third season was cancelled. Allie loves this show and decides to write a fanfiction story of season 3. Please check out her writing and enjoy some good fanfiction.

Besides writing, she also enjoys some anime that we have in common. She likes Yu-Gi-Oh!, Inuyasha, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Pokemon and Sword Art Online. Her favorite anime is Sailor Moon and I have yet to see it, I’m sorry. If you are reading this Allie, happy birthday from Matt from Matt-in-the-Hat!

In other news, I hope you guys played Sonic Mania. I won’t go into too much details but this game is a big throwback to the classic games from the Sega Genesis! Congratulations Sega and Happy 25th Anniversary to Sonic!

Now, let’s start this Friday post!

Here are some anime songs Allie would probably like to enjoy!

Here some tribute songs she may also like:

To end this post, here some videos from Pokemon movie, Pokemon the First Movie:

 

God bless you all!

My birthday gifts

Here is another short post.

Besides the stuff I bought from Little Tokyo, I got some gifts from my  family and I want to share some pictures for you guys on what I got for my birthday.

My younger brother got me a Marvel t-shirt, my sister and her husband got me two Pokemon shirts and my parents got me a Mortal Kombat shirt. They also got me the Final Fantasy XV – Piano Collection.

I also got some money from my grandparents. I used some gift money and purchased some Kingdom Hearts goods from Hot Topic: a lanyard and an exclusive Donald Duck Pop Funko figure.

My mom, who works in Scentsy, also got me a new burner and the burner is designed to look like stacked stones. I have  a habit of stacking stones whenever I go to the beach and my mom got me this candle. Scentsy is a company that sells lamps that burns and create fresh scents from burning wax, scented candles to be exact. It looks like this:

Whenever I try to stack stones, I feel like Smoker from One Piece.

I also got to download the dlc to Final Fantasy XV, Episode Gladiolus. I still need to finish the story, but I did play Chapter 13, verse 2 with Gladio. Gladio is a strong fighter and I enjoyed seeing his story.

To end this post, I will let Donald and Kirito say good bye.

Kirito: Good bye everyone. Thanks for the love for Matthew.

Donald: Bye! Bye! Come back real soon. You made Matt  a very happy boy.

Thank you guys for the nice comments and messages. God bless you all.

Happy Birthday to me! – A Special Top 10 posts and Personal Shout-Outs!

Hello everyone, this is yours truly Matthew of Matt-in-the-Hat, and today is a special day because today it’s my birthday! Today I turn 23 and I have been waiting for a long time to reach this number. As a way to start this post, I will be doing a special top 10 posts but with a twist. If you guys know me enough, you would know that I have a gaming obsession with Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts. For this top 10, this will actually be divided into top 5s instead but in the end, it will be 10. Also, there is no particular order. Here is the reason behind this. Also, I will be doing personal shout-outs!

Today is the DLC add-on to the game Final Fantasy XV, Episode Gladioulus. In this episode, players will be playing as Noctis’s friend Gladiolus and they will experience what is like to play as the strongest man of the group. Taking place after facing Ravus, Gladiolus leaves the party and tries to obtain new skills. With the help of Cor, Gladio will be fighting daemons and he will have to face the ultimate challenger, Gilgamesh. If players bought the season pass, this episode is free; otherwise, you will have to pay $5.

Also coming out today is the release of of the HD collection game Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX, (in the UK, this game comes out on March 31st). This game will include the past Kingdom Hearts that was previously included for the PS3 but now it will be on PS4. The graphics are enhanced with 60 FPS. This game will include the following: Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days (HD Cinematic Remaster), Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep Final Mix, and Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded (HD Cinematic Remaster).

Now that I have giving you this information, going back to the top posts, I will tell you the titles to these top posts. I will be sharing my top 5 Strongest Male Humans in dedication to the Episode Gladiolus and my personal Top 5 Anime Worlds that could join Kingdom Hearts.

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OWLS Blog Tour: Sword Art Online – Finding Sanctuary in Gaming

“Sanctuary”

A sanctuary is a place of safety and stability. In anime, there are several different places and environments that characters call “home”.

In this post, I will be using discuss the importance of a person’s own sanctuary by using the anime Sword Art Online as the model topic.

You might be wondering, “what is sanctuary” and “where do you find it”.¬† You might ask yourself, “how can Sword Art Online relate to our world.” I will explain it all and tell you that even places like a made virtual world can bring peace to this troubled world.

(Possible Spoilers)

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Top 5 anime look-a-likes!

As an anime fan, you meet a variety of unique and different characters. However, have you seen a character that seemed too similar to another character? I am saying, have you seen a character that looked almost similar in appearance? Sometimes, a mangaka artist or author may create their characters by coincidence or they base it off from someone’s work. If it’s based on works, they either (a) really respect the original artist and wanted to do their own creation or (b) steal the idea and claim it as their own. In this top post 5 posts, I will be showing some anime characters that look strikingly similar to other characters in different works. This will be focused on different works and not on the same genre (in short, this may not be limited to only anime. Also this is not in order. Just things that popped in my head).

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