after a mostly (but not entirely) disappointing self half of SAO season 1 and most of season 2, the movie was quite good and an excellent teaser for season 3 and maybe also the spinoff coming up in april 2018.
but i won’t get my hopes too high.
the last battle scene was extra nice… though a bit short. i enjoyed how they involved characters and stories from ALO and GGO.
from a philosophical and psychological perspective, the concept of virtual reality vs augmented reality, though not the main point, is a running motif. it is more poignant given the latest advances in technology with augmented reality technology (though still young), a popular example being pokémon go. yuuna’s short monologue about how “dreams and virtual worlds are more or less the same thing” and both becoming a memory was poignant, though i wish it got more development.
namely, how virtual reality and augmented reality should be considered as manifestations of the jungian concept of the collective unconscious that is “tangible” to the conscious.
kajiura yuki sama’s music took more of a smaller role, similar to all her SAO work. it’s good as always, but her SAO work does not rank on the top of my list.
one of her best.
just felt like listening to it.
(the flute composition reminds me parts of her xenosaga works)
i would have watched this show simply because kajiura yuki sama was doing the music.
but this animation. this atmosphere.
another show must love this season.
what is with this animation…
at the end of the episode, i gave a standing ovation.
the image of the spiral is one that has captivated me since i don’t know when.
a strong mark was left by Kara no Kyoukai movie #5 矛盾螺旋 Mujun Rasen (also Kajiura Yuki music, representing)
but in this context, it is a good conception of humanity, interactions, and of life/existence in general.
one of the most moving scenes.
i really wish someone i see on a regular basis would watch this show so that I could talk about it with them.
s rank show.
i knew there was something about her i liked since episode 1
but this scene made my heart flutter a moment
why do i like this show so much?
this is probably a very important question i should answer for myself. the time limit i shall impose on myself is… the end of this show.
… my anime gut instinct was rumbling, expecting how this episode would end.
i havn’t been this excited for a show in a long time.
watch this show. watch it.
this will be the show i buy the BD for this season. A rank or higher, it is.
it looks like they’re releasing it in 2 releases with multiple discs each time, instead of the traditional 1 disc per release.
this episode… this episode… i really like this kind of show. it was absolutely riveting, and kajiura yuki’s music … i can tell it’s her, but she definitely took a different approach for the music for this show.
it would have been awesome if i had such friends in elementary school to talk about final fantasy and dragon quest.