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I think I take about an hour to do episode summaries. Finished Chaika Ep. 12 along with wiki moderation. Now to do One Piece and Fairy Tail summaries. Though, I think I arrived too late. Looking at my Follow Feed. PM me if you need me.
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With the recent Fairy Tail anime heading deep into the Grand Magic Games arc, we had a recent beach episode (153) that didn't have the manga scenes where Natsu and his gang decide to peep on Lucy and her gals taking a bath. The OVA has those scenes plus some extra stuff. Be sure to watch the trailer.

The OVA will be released in Japan on November 16, 2012, and it will be bundled with a limited edition of volume 35.

Please enjoy the trailer and support the Fairy Tail franchise.

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Howdy everyone! I wish to make this report longer, but I have to rushed these things. Let's go over these ridiculously, bizarre episodes.

Ep. 31: Nothing Beats Mixed Bathing! / October 27th WAS Orochimaru's Birthday…

Guy-sensei gives the gang a rare break, but will the end up being broken by Orochimaru's "Orochi Hot Springs" trap? Orochimaru realizes his birthday, October 27th, came and went without anyone noticing, and he wants Lee to suffer the same anguish.

By Crunchyroll

Good

  • Kabuto: "Onii-chan"
    Kabuto: "Onii-chan"
    It was weird to see the Sound Four alive and kicking.
  • Any fans of Manda here? This snake gets to share a health tip with the audience!
  • We're spared from some horrible singing that may infringe on copyright issues in favor of a baseball game.
  • The Kabuto and Orochimaru shipping remains strong since Kabuto is still resuming the little sister role.

Bad

  • We get to see Sakura and Tenten transform into Might Guys and bathe in the hotsprings. Chibi fanservice doesn't appeal to me, but two Might Guy chibis bathing each other only appeals to Might Guy chibi fans.

Ep. 32: Sakura's My Nurse! / One Vote for Rock Lee!

Lee fakes being sick so that Sakura will nurse him, only to find that his rival in love is using the same tactic. Sasuke won the last popularity contest, while Lee wasn't even ranked. Can the show's main character find a way to steal 1st place.

By Crunchyroll

By Crunchyroll

Good

  • Tenten thinks "moe" sells
    Tenten thinks "moe" sells
    Interestingly, Neji never cross dress in this episode. It's a rare moment.
  • As a guy who enjoys the occasional RPG game, it's cool to see Naruto and Rock Lee dress up as RPG heroes in a dungeon to describe their challenges faking their sickness.
  • Anybody remember that Reji guy who impersonated Neji in episode 20? Don't know if you're a fan, but he makes a cameo at the parodied McDonald's restaurant.
  • Tenten moefies her campaign poster because like the Japanese companies before her, she believes that moe makes all the difference.

Bad

  • I'm a little curious if those are the actual popularity poll results for the fans. I'm skeptical because there's no votes for Kakashi or Hinata. That, and I don't know anyone who still likes Sasuke, so how did he place so high?
  • Not much campaigning in this episode. It's mostly Naruto and Rock Lee. It would be nice to hear other candidates.

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Plot

Sky Labyrinth

Welcome to the Fairy Tail weekly report! We're in the elimination rounds, and we're almost starting the tournament. The action pack fun is almost within our reach if Fairy Tail picks up the pace.

Natsu and his gang have to figure out how to get through the crazy mazes and contraptions of the Sky Labyrinth to reach the goal before they get disqualified. Can they do it and will Lisanna & Happy find Wendy & Charle?

Note: Charle, Charla, or Carla has different spelling, so I'm sticking with Charle because I'm used to it. I'm sorry.

Verdict

Beware of spoilers!

Good

  • For Elfman fans, be prepared for his awesome manly feats. It's a been long time since we see Elfman taking the spotlight. Hopefully, he gets some action in tournament and Wendy, too. Wendy is one of favorite characters (not to be a lolicon). Though, she brings variety to the table unlike the big boobed girls in Fairy Tail.
  • Speaking of Wendy, Lisanna and Happy's search scene for Wendy and Charle takes a good chunk of this episode.
  • We got plenty of humorous scenes of Natsu's gang silly antics. I loved Erza's femdom scene. It will wake up the masochistic side of the Erza fans. Oh god, let's not talk about fetish stuff in this anime.

Bad

  • First off, this episode is slow. The beginning and the middle scenes didn't cover much. it was just Lucy and the gang getting lost until we get some action. The cameos of the other guilds was good but not satisfying enough for the fans. It's like the filler arc where they stalled. I need to check how many manga chapters they covered. I'm pretty sure this Sky Labyrinth preliminary rounds was only covered in one chapter or less of the manga.

Overall, this episode is decent but somewhat entertaining. The main problems is that it's slow with barely enough content to keep the fans entertained. Interestingly enough, we see Blue Pegasus using magic, but Sting Eucliffe and Rogue Cheney have not used their powers. We don't know what kind of Dragon Slayers they are yet.

Thanks

Thank you guys and gals for supporting the Fairy Tail franchise. You can support them by buying the manga, checking the manga from the library, watching the anime on Crunchyroll, or contributing to the wiki and discussion in this community.

For more information on my teammates and their Fairy Tail wiki project, check out Daniel Newton's Fairy Tail project blog and my wiki list.

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This is a copy from my Comic Vine account. It's short because I'm busy to write in my journal. Heh...

Comic Vine Wiki Editing

I first came to Comic Vine after clicking on the news articles on the bottom of Anime Vice's website. That was a year ago. I didn't know Comic Vine had Japanese manga until I stumbled upon FoxxFireArt's blog about having a staff writer focusing on manga. Over there, I was introduced to another awesome wiki editor, PikaHyper. The man had an ambition to expand on the foreign comic database and adding more manga titles than Anime Vice. It made me work in Comic Vine.

While I was working on the manga pages, PikaHyper helped me lot in Comic Vine with the wiki style and the rules. I added manga volumes from Anime Vice and adding manga volumes from Comic Vine to Anime Vice. Usually, I concentrate my work on a few projects, and I don't create a lot of different series that I'm not familiar with. His ambitions changed my wiki outlook, and I'm adding new titles either from Quick Picks or CV for the sake of expanding the database.

I hoping that the work on foreign comics that PikaHyper and everyone else did can bridge the gap between Comic Vine and Anime Vice and increase wiki editing in both communities as well.

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Inspired by the Sword Art Online discussion and the trailer blog that we have in Anime Vice, .Hack is a topic that came up recently. I was interested about the show and what it had in common with Sword Art Online.

Now, I'm a Sword Art Online fan who has no prior knowledge of the .Hack series which is massive. Feel free to correct me in this discussion. I will add everyone's input in this blog. Please help promote the discussion. All comments are welcome.

First off, let's introduce the franchises.

Sword Art Online

Technological innovation named Nerve Gear allows players to enter virtual world, achieving the true immersion. Soon after the invention of Nerve Gear, beta invitations of MMO named Sword Art Online are sent to numerous players. The game was fun to play until player realized that they cannot log out of the game. Suddenly creator of Sword Art Online appears and announces that everybody in the game are trapped within, until they defeat boss at top of dungeon.

Via Anime Vice

.Hack

This franchise that first started out as a video game has spawn multiple video game, anime, and manga adaptations.

Note: I don't have the overall plot of the franchise, so I list a few anime series.

.Hack//Sign

.hack starts in a fictional 2005, introducing a computer virus called Pluto's Kiss as the cause of a massive Internet shutdown.[11] The results are described as catastrophic:[12] traffic lights shut down, planes collide in midair, and the United States' nuclear missiles are nearly launched. As a consequence, cyberspace is subjected to severe restrictions. The virus affects all operating systems except for one, Altimit OS, the only operating system immune to all computer viruses.

Via Wikipedia

.Hack//Legend of the Twilight

Winning the legendary characters “Kite” and “Black Rose” from an event held by the creators of the MMORPG ‘The World,’ Shugo and his twin sister Rena steps into ‘The World’. Together they completed events and quests, along with their new friends Ouka, Mirelle, Hotaru and Sanjuro. Soon after, mysterious monsters appeared, and death by these monsters caused players to slip into a coma in the real world. Only Shugo and Rena can solve this problem, but why are they being targeted, and what secrets is the game hiding?

Via MyAnimeList

.Hack//Roots

After the destruction of "The World" in 2015, CC Corporation rebuilt the game using data from what was previously to be another game. "The World R:2" was then released in 2016. A newcomer to the game, Haseo, is instantly PKed and then revived by a mysterious man known as Ovan. With the problem of PKs occupying the game, Haseo soon after receives help from a female Harvest known as Shino. Amidst curiosity and confusion, Haseo is lead to joining the guild known as the Twilight Brigade. The guild that searches for the legendary object known as the "Key of the Twilight". Set before the .hack//G.U. game.

Via MyAnimeList

Similarities

Unlike the Sket Dance and Gintama Similarities and Differences blog, the characters in both series are going to be hard to put down similarities, so I decided to just put down the overall details.

Beware of Spoilers!

  • Both shows are set in massive virtual MMORG worlds.
  • Player Killings are present in both series
  • Like Kirito and Asuna of Sword Art Online who have a romantic relationship, Aura and Kite have an romantic relationship.
  • Races: Only in Sword Art Online's ALFheim world, there are multiple races just like .Hack's races.
  • Guilds: Both SAO and .Hack have concept due to being MMORGs. However, the guild system in .Hack is more complex and intricate.

Differences

Beware of Spoilers!

  • Protagonists: Sword Art Online has one main protagonist, Kirito. Compared to .Hack, there are multiple protagonists with their own stories: Kite, Tsukasa, Sakuya, and Aura.
  • Sword Art Online has three main arcs while .Hack is more massive with multiple side stories.
  • Regions: It appears that .Hack encompasses the world. (I could be wrong here). For Sword Art Online, the franchise is concentrated in Japan.
  • Antagonists: In .Hack, it's Morgianna, an AI like Aura. For Sword Art Online, it's two male characters: Akihiko Kayaba and Sugou Nobuyuki who are human and control only one world.
  • Earlier we said .Hack started out as a video game, Sword Art Online started out as a web novel.
  • Artificial Intelligence: So far, the only AI seen in Sword Art Online is Yui while in .Hack, there are AI, Vagrant AIs, and the Ultimate AI. .Hack is more involved with these beings.

Buhssuht's Comment

My teammate, Buhssuht, has some awesome thoughts for us.

  • While the chaos in SAO is caused by creator alone, the abnormality in .hack is cause by mysterious entity, creating programs that breaks all the rule of programming and real world
  • .hack concentrate on game known as The World, but in SAO franchise the main characters move on to different game
  • No offense, but SAO is more of harem series. .hack is more of... adolescence of teenager for lack of better terms.

Characters

Even though I don't know the characters well in .Hack, I look up their personalities and relationships of several characters in spite of spoilers. I find two characters in .Hack that have some common ground with Kirito and Asuna.

Sword Art OnlineSimilarities and Differences.Hack
Kirito
Kirito
  • Interesting enough, both couples (Kirito X Asuna and Kite X Aura) share the same first letter in their names.
  • Both Kirito and Kite have this mentality to help others in need of help.
  • Both Kirito and Kite are professional duel wielders. For Kite, some of his blades are invisible.
  • Kirito is passionate in computers while Kite enjoys reading science fiction books.
Kite
Kite
Asuna
Asuna
  • Asuna is a real girl while Aura is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) being.
  • Both Asuna and Aura are deemed to be perfect in one area. For Aura, she is built to be the ultimate AI. In Asuna's case, she is somewhat of a Mary Sue (from fans) because of her beauty and strength.
  • Aura is the keystone in keeping "The World" stable. Without her, the virtual world will collapse. Asuna is just a mere girl with no significant powers over SAO.
  • Hobby-wise: It seems that Asuna enjoys cooking, and I don't know what Aura likes given the fact she is an AI.
Aura
Aura

This is all I have so far. Thank you for reading and contributing to the discussion.

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