The amount of anime shows and franchises that are currently available for viewers to watch nowadays are of an extortionate amount and this figure is growing by the day as new series’ get the green light for production to start. However, with this extensive library to choose from we often find ourselves unable to decide on what to watch and when we do decide on a series that has caught our attention, it turns out to be the worst show ever made. However, amongst this vast amount of sub-standard anime there a few gems, one of these being …
Sword Art Online
“The players of a virtual reality MMORPG, Aincrad Online, are trapped and fighting for their very lives. After it is announced that the only way to leave the game is by beating it, Kirito—a very powerful swordsman—and his friends take on a quest to free all the minds trapped in Aincrad.”
SWORD. ART. ONLINE. THAT. IS. ALL.
Sword Art Online for me came at the right time. I had been spending a lot of time watching the latest shows along with a few assorted classic shows and honestly it had started to get monotonous. I wanted something fresh and new to bring back the burning desire I had for anime… Then this came along and my god was I blown away. The concept and setting for the anime brought back fond memories of MMORPG’s and the main story concept adding an extra element that I knew was something that would shape Sword Art Online into something special.
A lot of fans of Sword Art Online do dislike the show, mainly due to change in direction of the story during the second half of the series. However, they are wrong and they should feel bad. The second season is on equal standing with the first season, albeit the story changes, but this change is okay and I didn’t mind it whatsoever.
All in all the animation is amazing, the music is top notch, the characters were AWESOME, and the story is one of the best I’ve come across.
I have been a big fan of MMORPG’s for a long time and it almost seems as if this anime was made just for me. I love my character development, and nothing says development like Grinding and Leveling. So the story of the anime is 10, 000 people log into the game, and they cannot log back out unless they beat the game, and it seems if you die inside, you die in real life. Pretty serious stuff; but that is only for the first half of the series, which is clearly the much more superior part.
I say it is superior mainly because there is something at stake, but that does not mean that the second half doesn’t kick ass just as much. I don’t really know how to explain it much but everyone would love to live in a fantasy world with a life like that, who knows maybe the anime has sparked ideas for future Virtual Reality Gaming?
I would say go into it with an open-mind and you will enjoy the hell out of it, but if you go in ready to pick at it, your going to ruin your time by looking for flaws that are not there. So go on, give it a try!