SAO: Online love
Title: Sword Art Online
Type: TV Series, 25 episodes
Year: Jun 24, 2012 to Dec 23, 2012
Sword Art Online is a sci-fi action anime based on the light novels written by Reki Kawahara, illustrated by Abec.
2022, Sword Art Online or SAO has just been released. An online game where players control their characters or avatars using the Nerve Gear, a VR Helmet that stimulates a person’s five senses via their brain. However, on its first day out from beta testing period, the players soon discover that they cannot log out. The creator of the game, Akihiko Kayaba, makes an appearance shortly after to announce an ultimatum: If they die in the game so would their bodies in the real world, and if they wish to be freed from the game, they must reach the 100th floor of the game and face the final boss. As some players are mortified by their deadly predicament, some are determined to finished the game, like Kirito and Asuna, who are both determined to win and be free.
Succeeding episodes take place in the world of ALfheim Online, a successor to SAO developed by the company who took over the maintenance of SAO during the crisis. In ALFheim online, Asuna is being held captive, still unable to logout and hospitalized in the real world, this urges Kirito to save Asune by fighting alongside new allies in ALfheim to rescue her.
This is seriously one of the best I’ve watched. Especially, since I’m an online gamer as well. Although less with the exaggeration of emotions but hey, if you experience such a crisis where if you die online, you die for real, I’d say I’ll be pretty much traumatized myself for more than 2 months I guess.
Anyway, I love the story between Asuna and Kirito. Their relationship transcended the online to real life. Their love for each other and their desire to meet in the real world gave them a hope to hold on to, which some of the players didn’t quite have. This hope became a beacon that saved them.
Their love has proved that they can take on anyone, even a world.
Awkward = Awesome
Awkward is an American teen comedy series created by Lauren Iungerich for MTV. The show is about an unpopular girl from Palos Verdes, California who struggles with her identity, especially after an accident that is misconstrued as a suicide attempt gaining her the stigma of "That Girl" who tried to kill herself.
Starring: Ashley Rickards, Brett Davern, Beau Mirchoff, Nikki DeLoach, Jillian Rose Reed, Molly Tarlov, Desi Lydic, Jessica Lu, Greer Grammer and Mike Faiola
The comedy sitcom is based on a social outcast Jenna Hamilton (Ashley Rickards) who, after receiving a "carefrontation" letter, had an accident, mistaken for a suicidal attempt. With the misconstrued accident, she gained the stigma of That Girl who tried to kill herself but embracing her unfortunate situation, she was able to turn things around and skyrocketed herself to being popular to the student body through her blog. After losing her virginity to the popular Matty McKibben (Beau Mirchoff) , Jenna continues a secret relationship with him due to his embarrassment of her. Jenna later then begins to develop a relationship with Matty’s best friend, Jake Rosati (Brett Davern) who, unlike Matty, wasn’t afraid to be a dork with her. Jake fell in love with Jenna oblivious to Jenna’s lingering love toward Matty. Towards the end of the second season, Jenna’s nemesis, Sadie (Molly Tarlov), spilled the beans to Jake about Matty and Jenna’s past relationship that made him break up with Jenna. Matty went to Jenna’s house to comfort her but ended up kissing. Jake, realizing he had made a mistake breaking up with Jenna, also went to her house and witnessed the kiss. The scandalous scene was followed by a fist fight between Matty and Jake at school and their eventual make up has put Jenna to the position of choosing between them. Jake or Matty?
Awkward is Awesome. The cast definitely fits their role perfectly and while it seems like cliche story about an outcast character, their superb mirroring of the hard reality of being high school outcast is greatly accurate that made them standout and worthy of cheers and praises.
I started it two days ago, and finished it last night. Personally I think this is the kind of comedy that everyone can truly relate to. I do believe that everyone of us is awkward in our own ways. Some of us are just good in hiding it, while some are terribly overt that made them the easy pray for society. Plus, as I’ve interpreted it, the message they imply to teenagers is not always about changing the society because frankly as ideal as it sounds, it seems virtually impossible and the only way for us change it completely is by starting the change within ourselves. Instead of walloping in sadness by how different we are from the rest, why don’t we try embracing our own uniqueness? Feeling sorry for ourselves is only aiding the society in pushing us to kill ourselves. It’s time we move our asses and turn things around for us. No one is ever truly going to accept us, if we don’t learn to accept ourselves first. Just be yourself, be AWKWARD and who knows? It might lead you to the bonus of finding your match made in heaven.
The AVENGERS: Rated A for Awesome
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlet Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders.
Nick Fury, S.H.I.E.L.D. Director, arrives at a remote S.H.I.E.L.D. facility during an evacuation. The Tesseract, an energy source of unknown potential, is activating itself, and opens a portal through space, delivering the exiled Norse god Loki to Earth. Loki takes the Tesseract, and uses his abilities to take control of the minds of S.H.I.E.L.D. personnel, including Dr. Erik Selvig and Agent Clint Barton, to aid him.
With the impending invasion Loki plans using the Chitauri, an alien race that seeks to conquer the galaxy, Nick Fury, plans to re-activate the project Avengers, a group of special people with unique skills and abilities, as a countermeasure.
Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Hulk and Thor must team up to against this invasion for the fate of the earth now lies in their hands as the Avengers.
Yesterday, we watch this film and it is pure awesomeness. The story was great, the cinematography was excellent. The fight scenes are awesome, detailed and practiced real well. Among the cast, I think it is Scarlet Johansson (as Black Widow) who had performed the most athletic and action packed scenes. Which by the way, she did superbly with grace.
And having her show her skills was a great way to introduce what a member of the Avengers can do and proving that her character deserves a spot in the team.
The cast are, as expected, on-point and perfect for their characters. They’ve embodied and portrayed the roles as it should be with a slight push of boundaries to showcase their acting even more. Especially Robert Downey Jr. who I think everyone expects to stand out a little bit with his humor and he did. Thankfully, not too much to make it seem like it’s one man film.
I was surprise to see Cobie Smulders in the film especially since I’ve only known her to be comedic from How I Met Your Mother as Robin Scherbatsky and thank God she has a lot of screen time. She was really good, she did an awesome job. She was, wait for it, Legendary.
The special effects and camera tricks were great as it should be and as expected for such a film. It didn’t look cheap at all. It was very believable and it wasn’t over-the-top. Even for Hulk it didn’t look over-the-top.
Over-all the movie is just awesome and I do hope everyone watches it on the big screen. To ensure the entire awesomeness is captured. It’s an incredible movie to watch.