Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation

Alt title: Phantasy Star Online 2 the Animation

TV (12 eps)
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Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation

Itsuki Tachibana is a student of Seiga Academy, a co-ed boarding high school with excellent reputation, located in a suburb outside the city center. On a day of second semester, he was summoned by Rina Izumi, the most esteemed and praised chairperson, to the student council room, without knowing what awaits him.

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The RPG That Begins with "Nice to Meet You"

Episode 1

The RPG That Begins with "Nice to Meet You"

The Aloof Warrior

Episode 2

The Aloof Warrior

Roleplay

Episode 3

Roleplay

Phantasy Star Offline

Episode 4

Phantasy Star Offline

Forbidden PSO2

Episode 6

Forbidden PSO2

Disappearance

Episode 7

Disappearance

Turning Point

Episode 8

Turning Point

Discharge Notice

Episode 9

Discharge Notice

Vessel

Episode 10

Vessel

The Dark Falz

Episode 11

The Dark Falz

The RPG That Crosses Boundaries

Episode 12

The RPG That Crosses Boundaries

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Reviews

Baeron
5

When I first saw this, I had a little bit of nostalgia toward my own PSO Blue Burst days of yore. Unfortunately I was disappointed by the contents inside. The show feels incredibly vapid, yet entertaining, as it strained me in two directions. Under the action it has a visibly forced layer of "Japanese School is always first". Even as the characters are being attacked by enemy forces, they're still more concerned with how their next quiz will be. They even used an "inspiration for survival" where one character basically said "You can't die here, you still have to organize this school event!" and suddenly they were filled with worker-enslaved determination. It's rather attention grabbing and immersion breaking. On top of that, the show focuses more on the kids who play the games, while the PSO world takes a back seat to everything else, even though PSO is supposedly the focus of the entire show. The story kind of bobbles about, giving a little bit of world building here and there, until they're abruptly forced to fight aginst Dark Falz. In the game, he's the very last boss, and requires a LOT of buildup to get to him, but they just charge in after... about 4 fights? Cutting severe levels of corner, just to make a conclusion. Red Ring Rico would definitely be crying from this. Now, aside from the horribly scripted "must do school zombie" bits that are slapped in, the characters seem well created to me. They had interesting reactions toward one another, and as usual had some awkward moments, which they resolved in unique ways withtout breaking their characters for a "generic" answer. This was meant to be a promo of some kind, but it basically left me feeling a bit discouraged. It was entertaining to view, but it might be geared more toward people who have no experience with PSO.

apoc9
4.5

This is gonna be so hard to review without spoilers. This anime is surprisingly good for a game promo anime. One would expect lazy shameless game promotion (score 1/10 or 2/10 maybe), but instead you get decent anime. Quite obviously another addition to the MMORPG anime series. That being said unlike those other anime series it is not about being trapped in the video game. However like some other anime series it is set in school. As a game promo anime It tries convince the viewers that playing online games has no impact on school performance. Obviously false claim, because games are generally built on grinding to the death mechanisms. If you want to excel at any game you have to dedicate lot of time to grind, hone your skills, etc. All this you do to achieve completely meaningless and empty goals.Putting that aside the story is kind of like mahou shoujo spin on MMORPG anime. Friendship, romance and fighting bunch of enemies threatening people. I consider that to be a good thing. It is well executed, but it is simple concept I have seen many times once you recognize the pattern.  Animation has lot of CGI especially in relation to the game world - weapons, enemies, environment. Art style is definitely better and more impressive in the Hai to Gensou no Grimgar or other current series. It is in my opinion average at the best. As usual OP/ED is forgettable. BGM is good. Characters are I would say perfect average. They are not bland as white wall, but they are not surprising nor strongly intrigueing. Itsuki is this usual protagonist bit naive, cheery, helpful, but he is not complete buffoon. Rina likes the game, but she is not open about this interest, because she is admired student president. Aika is the weird girl, but for a reason. My adivce is to put your expectations low and you might enjoy this anime.

Epimondas
9

This show is so far surprisingnly good.  It shares similiarities with many other game world turned real type themes, but this one offers far more foreshadowing and does an excellent job at creating a setting more so than most anime ever does.  It slowly develops but not so slow as to lose viewer interest.  Izumi is one of the best lead female characters.  And Itsuki is one of the best lead male characters with the only exception being his pride and his flashes of self agrandizement yet unlike other shows like Line Barrels of Iron where the lead never learns or Zero, where Louis not only never learns but actually grows worse as the show develops, he at least seems capable of learning from the mistakes his cocky selfish episodes can cause so there is hope for him to still be a decent human.  For the most part, no important character has overly disagreeable potential character killer traits.  It shares some character developement style with Log Horizon and has a SWO heroic flair, but it develops at a more reasonable pace than either since you are not thrown into the drastic changes from the start.  One of my favorite themes is prevailent here, aka "hidden power".  It comes in degrees and is in one way or another shared by more than one character.  Like another great show, Happiness!, you are treated to some near idyllic schoo life, life moments and mild comedy which plays well into the calm before the storm type of feeling you may sense as the show progresses.  The season is not over yet so there are still room for mistakes but so far, it looks very promisiong to be a surprise treat for anyone willing to sample it.  Few other shows have had such a good balance of ideal attributes so complimentary to a game world theme.  Few shows have had settings at all created adequately enough to really ground a show by the end of the first season and fewer perhaps have bothered with foreshadowing like this one has.

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