The Facts are These:
When VRMMORPG’s (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games) Sword Art Online has been released where people can control their avatars with their bodies are trapped in the game and the only way to leave the game alive is to complete it. It is up to Kirito a beta tester Asuna and their friends to adapt to this new world and survive.
This is similar to the .hack series where you are trapped in a video game and cannot leave (though this is only in effect for the first half of the season). The setting is similar to any other fantasy story though they added a few elements of RPG games in them like HUDs and status bars, though after that it is a fantasy story. The second half is even more routed in fantasy with different races and flying being able to take place. I found the series great to look at and and the soundtrack was very well done it matched what was happening at the moments. Though I did not like the characters as much I felt them to be bland and not as great as other shows I have watched in the past.
Behind the Scenes:
Sword Art Online is based on the light novel series of the same name by the author Reki Kawahara. His other works include Absolute Solitude and Accel World with the later getting an anime adaptation as well. It was produced by the studio A-1 Pictures which has also made Black Butler, Fairy Tail and Silver Spoon. The series’ music was done by Yuki Kaijura who has done the soundtracks for Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Tsubasa Chronicles and Fate/Zero. The opening songs are okay both are not the kind I like but, they match the drama of the show. Here are both the openings..
A Brief View of the World:
Sword Art Online’s main setting take place in two video games Sword Art Online and ALfheim Online. The worlds depicted in Sword Art Online is called Aincrad which is similar to many fantasy world though without the heavy focus on magic and instead sword skills. Unlike ALfheim Online where they place focus on magic and sword skills as well as the ability to fly. Both systems use voice commands and thoughts to control specific move and abilities.
The series was okay, it had a good soundtrack and was beautiful to look at though it was not as good as other shows, for example Log Horizon I found was better than Sword Art Online for it’s characters and it use of the MMORPG setting.
The show is not rewatchable, it was a good experience and I enjoyed it though I would not go out of my way to watch it again.
6/10 – It was Okay
Log Horizon – For a better use of the MMORPG setting and overall cast.
Summer Wars – Uses beautiful visuals and soundtrack to create an interesting take on the virtual world.
I do not own any of the above used pictures and/or video they belong to their original creators, Reki Kawahara and A-1 Pictures.