Anime Review: Sword Art Online (SAO)

Welcome to another Anime review everyone! Been a while, but I haven’t been as pumped for an Anime for quite a while since I watched this one.

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This Anime is from A-1 Pictures and directed by Tomohiko Ito, and is based on the manga written by Reki Kaawahara. It runs 25 glorious episodes and is every nerds dream!!

MMORPG’s are hugely popular (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Play Games) with many different people and usually consists of you wandering a mythical world on quests or fighting others for money and prizes in a hugely short version of it (see here) and the concepts in this Anime take it to a whole new level with VR (Virtual Reality). Being inside the actual game via a device called the Nervgear, you can feel everything and actually get the sense of being there. Of course it brings up major ethical issues I would think but let’s not let ethics get in the way of a good story!

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The story revolves around a young teen named Kirito, and his adventure through the game and the people he meets. The first person is Klein, not quite a noob but he has to show him around and how to do things… Since Kirito was a beta tester for the game.

Today is the first day or SAO, only 10,000 copies were available, eventually when Klein tries to leave they realise that there is no logout button… So no way to wake up in the real world (matrix anyone? Lol) they are suddenly teleported with everyone else to the Town of beginnings… Where Kayaba the games creator has appeared and told everyone that they are now stuck in the game and the only way out is to clear all 100 levels of Aincrad (floating castle they are in) and defeat the final boss, however….

If you die in the game you die in real life. Mass panic ensues and our hero heads off realising game resources are limited so you need to grab something while you can, and leaves Klein to find his friends.

Short period later he meets the other major character in the game and they party up for the first boss clearance which has been organised by some guys with seemingly honest intentions.

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Asuna and Kirito survive with most of the other players but everyone turns on Kirito as try realise he was a beta tester, but knowing the mistrust going around how it will affect group morale he takes all of the blame on himself and says he isn’t a beta tester but the highest ranking one in the game, they call him a cheater… Then beater (beta tester and cheater)

Kind of confused at this point as this guy has just saved everyone’s asses and they’re hating on him… But oh well, he ends up telling Asuna to join a guild if she’s offered as she is a really strong player.

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Time moves on fairly fast through the game/show and we see Kirito growing with every interaction but always remaining true to himself. His relationships with the core characters are great to watch along with his struggle to remain the one decent player in the game. This anime is well worth the watch and I can only hope we get a second season soon.

I’d give this a 9/10!

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