I’ve looked around the internet and Sword Art Online (SAO) seems to be fairly polarising. Well, I’m going to throw my hate firmly into one camp. I loved it. Every single minute of it. I loved the characters, the virtual worlds, the sword fights, the awesome story twists, and the relationships within.
There is one thing I should probably say before I get too into this. I was literally forced to watch more than half of this series overnight, staying up until 6:30 in the morning. There is a chance that my opinion has been swayed by the total immersive viewing experience, but I doubt it. I will go into more details in my Monthly Review, I promise. Now, let’s get back to SAO.Sword Art Online follows Kirito who is stuck inside a virtual reality massively multiplayer online role-playing game (VRMMORPG) called Sword Art Online along with another ten thousand gamers. Once inside the game, they discover that the only way out is to beat the game, all one hundred levels. The only other way out is to die, but death in the game equals death in reality.
The anime starts slowly as the players come to terms with the reality of the situation. Alliances are formed and roles assumed. Kirito, one of the beta testers for the game, goes alone building up his skill level and acquiring weapons and artefacts that will help him beat the game.
There are a lot of powerful moments in this series. The one where Kirito joins a small alliance, which doesn’t end well, really sticks in the mind. Some of the gamers struggle to come to terms with the situation and take their own lives.
There are two distinct parts to season one. Both have an incredible storyline and their own distinct challenges and devastating sacrifices. I don’t want to give anything away, so I won’t. All I will say is that you must watch it.
Seriously, go watch it now.