"Sword Art Online" Reviews
An Anime that change everything.......
At first, the only anime I liked is Naruto. I thought that other anime's story doesn't makes sense. But, after watching SAO, I realized I was wrong.......
SAO is a very interesting anime......., it has action, adventure and many more........! I love the characters, especially Kirito (Kazuko Kirigaya). Almost everything in SAO is very coool.....!
But what I hate most is the SPOILER! It's so bad that I couldn't even sleep......., but still, if it weren't for SAO, I wouldn't be a Narutard forever.......
This anime is quite good but most of the episode are short stories from the novel.
this might have been better if based on the progressive story.
it makes more in depth story if they tell it from floor by floor perspective of the character and their will as they go on. even if not by every floor at least their interaction with other survivors and how they kept at it for 2 years trapped inside the game.
the light novel have some ecchi scenes but that's part of the story which makes it good by adding desire which people do in desperate or hopeless situations.
this might have been a long running anime like One Piece,Bleach,Naruto
they could add stories from quests taken to gain certain items to character relationship development.
like how kirito felt in the long time before he got married to asuna
most the fights in this story is boss fights.
Sword art Online a fun show that captivated fans and made them idiots.
First off a little disclaimer,
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Now onto my review Sword Art Online was a show that had me interested right off the bat it had a cool idea where the characters were trapped in a MMO and had to beat it but the catch was if they died in the game then they died in real life, sound familiar? Yes it's a similar premise to .Hack//Sign though the feel between the two shows is much different.
Unfortunately, This is where Sword Art starts to lose some points for me. They had a great plot but my problem is that they rushed much too quickly through Aincrad. They had a bunch of different stories they could have used to expand on this great setting but instead they chose to rush through. Even the romance which seems to be a bigger focus of the story doesn't have all that much to it and while it is a cute love story and you will be happy for the 2 I just feel that the series as a whole needed to be longer.
Now none of this is to say that i don't like SAO, I watched it all and enjoyed it but i can admit when i'm disappointed in something but still enjoyed it on some leve. For all those of you saying SAO is perfect, I'm sad to say it's not and while it's a really enjoyable watch i can't help but feel a bit disappointed.
Great show. I don't usually do reviews, but I felt this show deserved it. Before I get into the review, I have to clarify something. Two other reviews called this anime a "harem" anime. Not true. Harem anime are when there are multiple love interests for the male main character. In this, there is only one (although, there has been shown that two others are interested in him, but only for an episode each) love interest, the main female character...
Okay, now to the review. This anime is about a virtual MMO RPG named Sword Art: Online. On the first day of the release of the game, every finds they can't log out of the game. They are then informed by the maker of the game that they can't leave, any attempts on the outside to remove them would kill them, and to die in the fame would kill them in real life. The only way out is to beat all 100 levels of the game.
Great plot, as far as I am concerned. The first arc ends a little abruptly, and doesn't clarify some things that would be better if it did, but the over all plot is amazing, the action is intense, and the romance (I am a hopeless romantic) is good.
The second arc begins with the main character finding out the main female character (I can;t remember names...), whom have now fallen in love with each other, is one of about 300 people who still can't wake up. He then finds out the she is to be married (even though in a coma) to a employee of her father, and that this man is a total slime. The next day, while visiting a friend from the original game, he sees a picture from a different game, Elfhiem Online. In the picture he sees Asuna (the main female character). So, he then goes on a quest to figure out what is going on.
The second arc is a bit more dragged out than the first, but is still great. More plot than action, but the action is still great. We see characters from the virtual world AND the real world, and how he is coping with what happened. The show just ended its first season, and I can't wait for a second season.
Absolutely brilliant premise, but just a tease in the end!!!!
I see this anime as a cross between Tsubasa Chronicles and .hack//sign with a slow developing Oh My Goddess type harem. Basically in the first few episodes you are introduced to one of the better premises I've seen for an anime in a very long time, only to find out its a huge tease and going in a different direction. The story also progresses in a way that seems like they are rushing through it. In the end SAO has a above average plot with average fighting scenes, animation, and music.
While SAO should have had a few more fight scenes or maybe just more detailed fights, I didn't mind how the focus seemed to be on the interpersonal relationships of the people trapped in SAO and the society they created. But going forward without those circumstances I think that the story would be better served with more or just more detailed fights.
I've noticed that a lot of other reviews mention how side characters are introduced in the first VRMMORPG (virtual reality massive multi-player online game), but have little to no role in the first two games. In the graphic novel those characters return in the future VRMMORPGs. So if this anime does end in an episode or two then it was a complete waste that diminishes the quality of the anime, but if the anime continues I don't see any problem with it.
~~ This review may contain spoilers. You have been forewarned. ~~
Sao is an epic rpg death game revolved around Kirito and Asuna, two lovers that meet on the first floor, and although the main plot is really thrown off by the first few episodes it is a Romance Anime involving Kirito and Asuna. These two start off by meeting on the first floor and team up for the first boss, a couple episodes in. Once they reach the boss room they go into a decent anime fight encounter and try to defeat the boss. However, one of the side-characters died because he felt he didn't deserve to win for trying to steal the final blow. The people in the group didn't believe Kirito because they thought this guy was an honest man, and blamed him of being a murderer and cheater. That's when Kirito decides to just become the "beater". Asuna knows he didn't kill him though, and that's where their love for each other begins to progress. As the anime moves on Kirito and Asuna start building a stronger and stronger bond, eventually leading to marriage. After they got married Asuna told Kirito to do his best not to die, so she could meet up with him in the real world and date/marry him.
Kirito keeps his promise and continues to progress in hopes to meet Asuna outside the virtual reality. Surprisingly, Heathcliff get's found out by Kirito around floor 88 and get's the chance to kill him there so everyone can break loose of this virtual death game. Kirito beats him, and then season two comes into play, but that's for another time.
Overall, it's a really good series. The fights were pretty cool, but they weren't that outstanding, like the One Piece fights. They did leave out a lot of detail in the series, though.. I was kinda disappointed in how they rushed through everything so fast, in the first season. Although, the major details weren't left out at all. Still, I feel they could have added a lot more detail to the series. Still, they gave enough detail for you to know what was going on. For example, near the end of season 1 Heathcliff reveals why he made the virtual world. So, overall, I think this anime did a really good job.
So first I thought this anime was quite something. The animation was or rather is AWESOME but that's unfortunately the only thing that kept me watching this. The anime started off pretty strong with a phenomenal first season. I was like completely grabbed by this series. But soon it kinda lacked something. Well it bitched around too much with sidestories in the beginning, introducing characters we never got to see again what kinda pissed me off. Also I got the feeling that after these sidestories they just rushed through the plot and some things remained strange and unsolved in my mind. Also there was just no plot in the second half of season one. The first few episodes were just bloody awesome showing the despair of people caught in the game. The most annoying thing was that we NEVER really get to know why the villain in season one created that game and what his goals were.
After beating the game our protagonist wakes up in a hospital and gets to know that his beloved girlfriend is still in a coma. Soon he finds out that she's caught in another game. The strange thing is that the place the screenshot of her was takes is not reachable for normal players. SO HOW THE FUCK DD THEY EVEN GET IT?
After this the protagonist,Kirito must rise to the challenge and save his girlfriend while facing the fact that he's adopted and that his sister or rather his cousin is in love with him. Later on the show start to gt completely stupid and to those who watched the anime i'm talking about the last 3 episodes. He fights his sister ingame and after that they make up? This is just complete nonsense just like another thing. He has like a week or so to save his girlfriend because the second villain who is probably the most retarded villain in anime EVER, wants to marry a 17 year old girl, Kirito's girlfriend. So he just logs into an admin account which is the account of the season one villain(no comment on this scene) and fucks up the season two villain. The second season of this anime just completely ruins the anime by having less plot than TariTari and so many stupid scenes that I can't even tell you how stupid they were.
I'm not sure why we can't all just accept each other and our collective viewpoints, but I'll give it to you straight. I won't add numerical values into it as I don't believe you can really rate it as such.
In my personal opinion, I was captured the moment I watched it. For me, it's definitely one of the top anime of 2012. My reasoning? Because it IS short. Great things when dragged out become mundane. It's short, and to the point. The climax isn't broken by the number of episodes it takes to get through it, but it is broken by the unexplained events that occur around Kirito.
Spoilers are coming.
How Kirito can magically die and be revived as a ghost, and stab Heathcliff, I will never understand. The whole premise of the anime to that point was broken and replaced without an explanation whatsoever. To top it off, Kayaba having no real reason behind all of it was even less satisfying. That being said, I enjoyed the fight scenes, and even the romance. I'm not hard to satisfy, as long as it's aesthetically pleasing. The visuals have to be there, end of story--the music is a bonus as well, as I enjoyed it. Hope this helps you, I won't spoil the story for you any further.
Agree with Naraku
Lol Gamebro or whatever the guy below me, he gave it 15 eps worth to actually give it a chance and not just make his opinion after 2 eps.. I did the same thing but watched the first season and 2 episodes of season 2. I agree COMPLETELY with Naraku it's as if he read my mind.
The fights are the best part and are mediocre and far between, it skips so far ahead and ends the game so abruptly and decides to start a new season where he goes back into a gayer version of SaO. Why did they skip so much instead of pacing the first world out more?
Health, equipment and abilities means NOTHING in this show. One hit will sometimes do 50% dmg other times 5%, when Kirito is at 5% health he can take many more hits but only go down 1% each time so he always lives with 1%. Kirito wore the same cloak that he got from the lvl 1 boss through out the time they reached lvl 70 (orwhatever it was when it ended) it just makes no sense what so ever! Kirito got to lvl 100 so fast but everyone else in the game (except like 5 people) are retarded and cant get past lvl 20.. its just moronic. And in season 2 they go back in the game, Kirito is level 100 already and after 10 seconds he learns to fly (its suppose to make a month of practicing)
People who will like this show are girls, a maybe young teens. If you're 17+ I really don't see (other than maybe the odd fight was ok) any reason to watch this show, unless you're into romance/harem animes. Which I personally hate. So for those who are looking for an "action" anime you're in the wrong place. This has as much action as total eclipse and is similar in terms of direction the show takes
Sword Art Online
Don't bother reading anything Naraku says in his review because everything he says is complete opposite of what it really is. It was just not his ideal anime so he wrote it off as crap. Really why even put 2 stars on something that you say is so bad? And he watched 15 episodes before deciding it was bad? Normally first 2 episodes tell you if the anime is bad, If not 2 then 5. Just get a clue dude. If you liked the Naruto fillers better, then this already tells what boring stuff you're in to, because Naruto fillers are trash, and there's just to many of em. I wanted to see Naruto do something worth while, but they are stretching it with Naruto getting there and the fillers.
I personally LOVE the story line, the art, the fights, and character development. I can't wait to see what kinda craziness Kirito will pull off. I loved every episode of it and can't wait to see more.Sure it skips the story line a bit, but who wants to see him clear every damn floor anyways before something really good happens?
I'm a person that watched many anime and played many games, so I understand the development of this anime well.
I'd give this anime 6 out of 5, simply because the anime is just that good for me. However, I can't say everyone likes this type of anime, as it was made clear by Naraku's review.
A decent concept poorly executed.
I'll try not to be too Tl;Dr here, I watched till episode 15 and I don't know any explanations or revelations passed that point so keep that in mind.
Okay, so starting off this anime I liked the idea of it, just normal rpg players thrown into the world needing to clear the game to leave and dying in game means death in real life. Sadly that's not what the focus of this anime is. This really is just a harem/romance anime through and through and a poor one at that. Throughout the whole story, it seems to me the author didn't really care about the plot. It only existed to fuel romance between kirito and other female characters in the show.
The combat is riddled with still frame attacks, generic fight choreography, and boring enemies and moves. You actually only see a handful of the fights because the time skips around in this show like no one's business. A boss fight is actually started at the end of one episode and shown to have a whole lot of Hp left after being attacked by everyone, when the next episode starts all of it's bars are empty. The whole fight happened off screen, how lame is that? Another is skipped in its entirety. You see Kirito enter the boss' chamber, he yells, and then it cuts to black. Next thing you see is him walking out victorious. It's like they had absolutely zero creative ability or budget for fights.
Speaking of off screen, that's where all of the character development happens as well as where all but 2 of the characters are most of the time. We get stuck with Asuna and Kirito who really aren't all that interesting at all. Neither of them really have any back story or unique character traits. Kirito is a kid with no friends in the real world who has been into online games since childhood, prefers being alone, and loves the color black... Really? Asuna is just some girl who likes to cook and looks like that one chick from High school of the dead except without fanservice. I would have preferred that Klein was the main character. He was at least somewhat entertaining and he actually had a group of people that could have consisted of even more interesting characters. He also doesn't let his friends be alone or die, he's just a better character all around.
The ending of the first arc felt horribly rushed with no real plot development throughout. Most episodes are spent doing things and meeting characters completely irrelevant to the main plot. I've been more entertained by Naruto filler. (Edit/ Okay maybe not really)
But episode 14 is probably the dullest turd of them all. Get ready for spoilers here by the way. (I made this part less Tl:Dr, sorry)
The fight in this episode is full of things that don't make any sense for a program. Asuna is apparently able to break out of paralysis because of the power of love. That's actually the explanation in the book. It's boring and painfully cliche. Kirito is somehow resistant to death, instead of dying instantly from a fatal attack, his health drops really slowly and when it does hit zero he turns transparent and is somehow not dead at all because he's the main character.. It's just lame. The ultimate reason for the game was also an extremely boring revelation and probably the most disappointing thing about the entire show. Oh and the fact that Kirito and Asuna somehow survive death is never explained and seems like it only happened to draw out this awful series longer..
Okay so the guy above me talked about me giving this show 2 stars. My reasons are that it has great music, good art, and had an interesting concept.
And before anyone says anything to me, I'm not hating for the sake of disagreeing with the general public. I genuinely didn't like this show and I watched plenty of episodes to be sure
This review contains spoilers throughout, if you do not wish to have your viewing experienced ruined, do NOT read this review
Okay, i watched the first 5 episodes first and i absolutely fell in love with the anime, the art style the concept and the way in which the anime was shot is simply breathtaking. I adore the characters and their design and motivations. There was a spectacular balance of action, romance and comedy needed in this animated cyber world anime which quite honestly amazes me and makes me wish i could be in it - even if it means chance of dying by having the nerve gear rip out my brain neurons. (seriously, the animation literally gives me MINDGASM)
BUT, yes there is a but... after a while after watching the episodes, i thought things began to get slightly sloppy. I felt that the show decidedly turned from amazing to repeating the same shonen anime stereotypes which we love, adore and can get bored of ("final ATTACKK!!!!" and stuff - was kind of hoping for a more martial arts style anime where sword fights are emphasizes as sword fights and not special moves). I noticed that Kirito was becoming increasingly more overpowered in terms of the balance of the anime
and characters who i thought were introduced as canon and main, were sidelined and unnoticed throughout (lizbeth, silica)[although they may be showcased in later seasons] and to top it off, when the very short SAO art was quickly cut off, there was no reason for the whole thing - the creator/main antagonist had no taste, was bland and had no clear reason why he would trap people in a virtual game.
When the second arc came around, i was excited to see how the anime would be executed and how a new game would be introduced. concept of ALO was completely fine - the flying and stuff - all amazing (i wanna fly nowz T_T). and I actually like Sugu as a character but i'm not too sure about this brother sister complex (i don't know if marrying a relative is more common in japan???)
But again Kirito was the most powerful player of ALL of the game within the first....5 minutes of playing? seriously, he beat like a veteran player with the most powerful weapon in the game. Further more, he just beat the tower of guardians by gaining an extra sword (i was like....so....WTF HAPPENED?!) i felt this was a little over the top and kind of took FINAL ATTACKK *cringe* to a new level - and kind of defeats the point of all of the other fairies helping out? [i accept that this series had to rushed due to time constraint btw so I keep that in mind when i am reviewing]
Overall, the concept and artwork is so phenomenally amazing and the characters are so likeable - which is the reason why i'm being so harsh and picky on this review. There is so much potential in this anime - but there are flaws - like there are with all anime, i just felt like the flaws sometimes ruin a moment which could make the anime perfect.
Still, easily one of the, if not the best anime of 2012 and i am hoping for a second season. :)
SAO IS INCREDIBLE
My god why oh why have I put watching this anime of for so long its really incredible and probably one shiny gem in the huge collection of anime and I'm being serious when I say this as well. And you know what because of how the anime has been made you get both sides of the scale you get an incredibly beautiful fantasy world the likes you would never see in real life and you get a relatively realistic and actually not that far fetched futuristic real world only set a few decades in front of our own time which is an interesting prospect because imagine if we will get something like this in real life eventually.
Well the series Sword Art Online is actually based around the concept of creating a entirely virtual world and its the first of its kind and you access it using a simulator called Nerve-Gear which allows your mind and body to be placed in the world and create an realistic version of yourself in a virtual world which at times could even be mistaken for a new form of reality which is something incredible and tbh I actually kind of hope we do get something like this in our generation because that would be amazing :).
Another point I would like to address is that I believe that this is actually a prequel to the series accel world and tbh as much as I like accel world to me this is so much better in almost every way but hats just my opinion :).
The first season for this will cover the first 2 arcs of the manga/ novel that it has been originally made from and will be 25 eps long. However due to this series' immense popularity I can imagine that we will be getting at least a second season to cover the other 2 arcs. Btw each arc covers a new world that the players discover you will find out why in the story cause it is a major spoiler that I have no intention of ruining.
The actual story focuses around a boy called Kazuto Kirigaya or as he is known in the game kirito and it follows his story as he tries to survive through the worlds and how the game actually changes his thoughts on reality and on games in general there is also a love story between him and a few other characters but i will let you find out how that works out :).
Another thing that could be good for some people is that at the end of each episode there is actually no preview for the next episode to come only the title is shown so no need to worry about spoiling anything at the end of each episode which to me is good and actually makes me want it more when it comes out.
Concept = 4.5/5 Although this is cool it has been done in the past by other animes however as far as I', concerned this series is probably one of the best to pull it of so far.
Story = 5/5 Probably one of the best aspects of this whole series and it is one hell of an emotion rollercoaster and so far I haven't felt disappointed even the slightest in any aspect as far as the story goes and it almost always makes sense and has good flow over the episodes that it plays out in.
characters = 4.5/5 I do actually like all the characters that we have been introduced to and they all play there roles in the way that they are supposed to. The only lacking feature is that we sometimes only ever see the character once in the entire story and they seem to be relativity important even though they are just side characters so that is the only thing I haven't liked about the characters in this series.
Artwork = 5/5 I really do love the artwork in this series and almost all the animations could never be called lazy or under done and is almost perfect. As for the scenery is good as well because it gives you an incredible fantasy world that you could only see in your dreams and you could so easily get lost in its beauty and that's only the VR worlds the actual reality world looks realistic and could be a plausible future as well :). The character and weapon designs are also very coo
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