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Year: 2012
Tags: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Game, Romance
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Sword Art Online


The only way to escape is to 'clear' the game. Death in game means actual 'death' ----

The ten thousand who have logged onto the as of yet mysterious game 'Sword Art Online' using their Nerve Gear have been forced into this perilous death game and are trapped inside.

Protagonist Kirito, one of the many gamers, has greeted this 'truth'.
He plays as a solo player in the giant castle that is the stage for this game ---- 'Aincrad'.

To meet the conditions of clearing the game and leaving this twisted virtual world, he must get through all 100 floors. Will Kirito have what it takes to clear the game, or will he die trying?

(Source: Mangafox)
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"Sword Art Online" Reviews
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Instinctz
    Sword Art Online is a turn your brain off anime.

The premise for this anime is great, if unoriginal, in the fact that the protagonist and 10,000 other players are stuck in a VRMMO and must clear every single floor of a floating castle in order to logout. this is not without consequences though, as if you die in game, you die in real life (again, unoriginal).

the artwork, animation, and soundtrack for this anime are all great.

However the issues start early in this anime. for one, there is little to no character development for anyone, let alone the main characters (who i can say there is really only 3 of through 25 episodes that get any real screen time).

the romance is heavily forced and doesn\'t feel realistic at all. the main character showed little interest in any girl romantically at all, and then just proposed to her in that same episode right out of the blue.

the story deviates from the premise as early as the third episode and proceeds to have around half (if not more) of the first 14 episodes be nothing more than filler episodes, which speaks volumes for the lack of plot driven writing in the actual light novel source material.

Dues Ex Machina writing is continously used throughout the series, as the protaginist repeatedly soloes raid bosses, which any gamer who has ever played an mmo knows, should not be possible, amongst other instances of events happening with little logical explanation.

frankly, if you are able to ignore the glaring flaws (and i only listed a small handful) and just want to see an action anime where you can turn your brain off and enjoy it, this is the anime for you. if you like to actually have to think about what and why is going on, stay away from this anime.

Story - 2/5 (mostly filler episodes, deviates from plot early, dues ex machina writing)

soundtrack - 5/5

animation - 5/5

character development - 1/5 (we get to spend decent amounts of time with up to 3 people in the series, and they fail to have any real development)

overall 3.25/5 

 

 

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Xttrust
      Amazing, Don\\\'t think twice, just watch it.

Amazing, this is my first word in mind after the first episode. I watched a lot of anime and i always skipped Sword Art Online, i thought that it will be a waste of time, but in the end i started to watch it. This anime has everything you need, from action, commedy, drama, rommance, sci-fi.

The story line is amazing asswell, i can\\\'t belive the they came up with such cool story.
Watch it at high quality because the detail in this anime is amazing. I can\\\'t stop using the word amazing to describe this anime.

If you see this review then you must, MUST watch it.

5 out of 5, if where 100 rating stars then my vote would 100.

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Keidan93
      Sword Art Online Review

Sword Art Online is a wonderful anime compiled of a mix of genres from Action, Adventure, Comedy, to even Romance and it does it in a perfect way. Yes the first season was rushed and felt like it put two seasons in one, it could have indeed been a much longer anime with all the content it has, I was a bit disappointed at how rushed it was, but the storyline, characters, animation, everything just felt great. I felt that Sword Art Online became an important thing in my life as I waited for the next episodes to be released. What made me even more happy was how fast they went from the japanese subbed to the english dubbed. They have really been quick to bring us content. I can watch this anime over and over again and never get bored, I still don\'t like the ending of season one (wont spoil it) but this anime has definitely become my favorite. I often find myself urging to want to watch it again especially when I see easter eggs of it in other animes such as the figurines in Oreimo, or the posters in Outbreak Company of SAO. Its a popular anime and they did a GREAT job with it. I hope that season 2 will be a bit slower and not so rushed, but rushed or not I still give this anime a 5 out of 5 and say that ANYONE who has not seen this anime should go watch it right away or never watch anime again >.> 

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natsuuzamaki223
     sakura sou no pet kanjo
it was a great anime with good art in it as it was very emotional and comedic personally i would recommened this anime to anyone but it depends on what genre basis do u like anime !!!! u should GO WATCH THIS ANIME !!!!!!!! :D :P
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Blazenwhiper
   The inbetween.
The anime call Sword art online, is a show that many people seem to absolutely love, or despise it. Looking at my rating, it isn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t difficult to understand what i think of this series. However i\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'ll review it on a professional level and try to keep my personal feelings out of it.

Episode 1: Lets start with the first episode. as an intro to an anime, it very quickly pulls anyone into the show with in a few minutes of watching it. Then at the very end it introduced the \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"if you die in the game, you die in real life.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" Many people think that this was just a rip-off of dot hack. This is False, Both works were released at roughly the same time, Dot hack being about a year earlier. They were both however being worked on at the same time so, again SAO is not a rip-off. They just have the same premise.

Now lets talk about the concept of \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"death\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" in this anime. As it was said in the first episode, if you die in-game you die IRL. This is one of the many points that the anime misses completely. Many deaths that happen, could have easily been avoided. The very first death in the series where a player receives a motal wound and his HP is slowly dropping. Kirito(Main) has a potion in hand and was about to heal the player, but the player instead of taking the potion, decides to tell Kirito something before he dies. This death in my opinion was completely...Stupid. There is no other way i could look at it. The Slowly dying player refused a chance to live just so the show had a dark moment.

This is a very common thing in SAO too. A girl that Kirito had sort of gotten smitten to, was introduced in one episode, and killed off only 15 minutes later. This makes in near impossible for anyone to feel an emotional attachment to her and be saddened by her death. Then came the \\\\\\\"daughter\\\\\\\" another character that i felt nothing for because i instantly knew she would \\\\\\\"die\\\\\\\" cause she was the cute mysterious character. The only thing she had going for her was that she was cute. That was not enough for me to care about her at all.

Now lets look at something that everyone seems to want to ignore. The \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"romance\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" aspect in the anime.
I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'m not going to argue the love Kirito and asuna have with each other. Its the other girls that fall in love with him that are the issue. At no point do any of these girls decide that they would rather be friends with Kirito, instead they all decide that within the span of a few minutes that they are in love with him.
This is probably my biggest issue with the show. If every female character hadn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t fallen in love with Kirito, i could believe the romance in this show, instead it only feels like a cheesy Harem. 
The show is quite literally the definition of Harem too. 

Alright, now that those points are gone Let me do quick list of other qualities and faults the show has.

Music: The music is amazing, The ost of the show is something you could listen to over and over again without being bored for a long while.

Artwork: Again beautiful and was one of the best things about the series.

Pacing: the pacing was terrible, the worst i\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'ve ever seen. There are so many time skips and random jumps that its hard to follow anything thats\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\' going on. 

Final evaluation: The series had a lot of potential  but because the anime creators decided to rush everything and squeeze two seasons into a series with less than 30 episodes is what doomed it. The anime would have been so much better if they made the first season the SAO arc, with about 20+ episodes to get everything done. THEN go into the ALO arc to continue the story.

Ranking: 2-5 stars for me. This series was decent but it isn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t something i\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'ll ever re-watch. 
I would only recommend this show if you are just getting into anime.
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