Sunday, August 17, 2014

Anime Review: Sword Art Online

Produced by: A-1 Pictures 
Story by: Reki Kawahara
Art by: abec
Anime available in: Netflix, Crunchyroll, Kissanime
by Aliraluna


It’s the year 2022 and “Sword Art Online” (SAO) a Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) was released, selling 10,000 copies. This game however is like no other, as players can control their avatars with their bodies using the “NerveGear”. One day after practicing, Kirito (a beta player) and Klein realize the log-out button is gone. While discussing the issue a bell rings and they are suddenly teleported against their will to the main town. In there, the creator of the game and “NerveGear” called Kayaba Akihiko explains that he removed the log-out option, so they had to complete the one hundred levels of the game to be set free. Also, if the “NerveGear” was removed in real life it could end their lives because of the powerful radiation the “NerveGear” produces towards the brain. An example of this was the first 213 people that perished in SAO and in real life. You can also die in the game if your HP gets to zero. In other words, the auto-revival or other means can’t be used anymore. Before going away, the Game Master gives them a present: a mirror that can transform your avatar into your real life self. Meanwhile, instead of teaming up, most players hate the betas, and soon notice they can kill each other and in “safe areas”.  Will they ever be able to get out alive? In the second game, called “ALfheim Online”, Kirito and his friends encounter more issues than dying in the game and in real life. Kirito’s appearance will change and this new game is about races and magic. In there, he will meet new friends and enemies…in order to save someone really important. 


This anime is not only great because of the graphics, plot, and story itself but because something similar could happen in a future not so far away! Have you ever imagined having the chance to play a game in which you could control your avatar and feel everything as if it were real? I also liked this anime because it talked about different emotional issues and taboos. My favorite characters are: Kirito, Yui, and Leafa. Don’t get me wrong, Asuna is awesome in fighting. Give this anime a try and it will change your life forever. Yes, this is one of those anime. Also make sure to check this after you see the first season:

1. Sword Art Online (Extra Edition)
2. Sword Art Online: Sword Art Offline (DVD/Blu-ray specials) 
3. SWORD ART ONLINE SEASON II AVAILABLE NOW! (Streaming in: Kissanime, Crunchyroll)

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