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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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snowsource13
      The Show is great, but the books are better
To clear this point up for some who seem to forget this fact, this series is actually one of the most popular light novels for the past eight years. The show is rushed, that is true, but the deep sense that these characters truly care for one another really shines through. The inner dialogue isn't really that prevalent as it gave a better insight into the characters past and their motivations. The plot is deceptively deep, if you want to skim off the top and call it a cheezy action anime that cashes in misses the point. It makes you ask yourself, where you draw the line with what is reality and what isn't. The main two points that I see bashing this series, is A). that it is rushed and B). that it is shallow. Seeing as the source material is roughly 12, 300 page novels and we only got the first 4. I'd wager that it was not really that rushed it is that they have a lot of material to cover, so it comes of as faster paced. The second point is not at fault with the series, it is again, with the viewer. If you want to find reasons to bash it, find plot incongruities or faulty dialogue, not that it is like the dime a dozen fighters that we have seen after DBZ, Naruto, Bleach and One Piece. Overall, I find that the series is well put together and tries its best to create a metaverse that will eventually link into the other series, Accel World. It's worth a watch for those who have not and for those that enjoy it, the next season is expected to come out soon. Otherwise, read the light novel.
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DXSRyonGoris
      No Words...

I have nothing to say. It's just brilliant. My second best rated Anime ever. :3

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Dracosusaria
    I liked it a lot just wait
So why did I give it 3 stars. Well I only gave it 3 stars because of the second season. I loved SOA hate the fairy theme thought it was unnecessary I thought it should have end after they all, well you will see. The point is if you watch anime in my opinion you are still partly a kid, now by kid I mean you still have a imagination you want more than the average story line you want somethings to be over dramatized, over the top action, and yes childish adolescent romance is that bad no real romance sucks, its usually all about sex, control, mutual respect, mutual caring, etc. Plain and simple its complex and sometimes worth it if you find someone who cares. All im saying is SOA has good characters that you can tell care about each other. The animation is good, the characters are likable so good, and final and foremost is if you don't like it that's okay maybe its not your thing, just remember when you wright a review to keep it civil by not putting others down who liked it and only have criticism on topics that fit a category of review  characters, animation, story, etc. Also remember its what keeps you young that prevents you from becoming a closed minded ass whole. Happy new year everybody and keep being a kid.      
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Fidelator
  Absolutely disgusting.

Sword Art Online is a gateway anime of the worst kind. It's a bad series, a clusterfuck of story and characterization that isn't very well done by any aspect, but which attempts to compensate for its weaknesses by adding in excessive shipping ****ry and self-insertion. The normal anime fan can see this as the shit it is, and may enjoy it, hate it or be indifferent to it, but all the while recognizing that the series itself, regardless of their opinion, is plain bad.


However, these very aspects that try to smear over the shit of its core make it a breeding ground for aspie, unsociable underageb& ****s who engage in every kind of ****ry both online and in the real world. The super powered gary stu main character always trying his hardest to look cool, the elongated, black and edgy long coat and everything about SAO world fuels their escapist fantasies, while the harem character backgrounds, make it fit just right with the mary-sueish drives of your average preteen and his sense of unwarranted self-importance towards the world. Exactly the kind of shit that makes little kiddies and underageb& retards eat this shit right the fuck up.

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Joe Hellman
      A TRULY FANTASTIC ANIME
this anime is amazing it has gaming, war fare, sword play, romance, love, comedy, deception, passion, mystery, and everything that makes an anime great Sword Art Online is now ranked among my top favorite anime's of all time and i recommend it to everybody.
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Gustavo62
      Greatness: 100%
This anime is amazing, I watched it when it first aired and ive been a fan ever since. A boy name Kirito is trapped in a game and its a life or death situation, no spoilers intended. Im not really a big fan of "game" anime but this is my all time favorite. Ive watched Accel World and //:Hack but this is one caught my attention even more. The opening is simply amazing, the plot is fascinating, and the fights are very good. I hope this anime gets a 3rd season with GGO but for now i recommend any who hasnt watch this show to watch it.
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Naruto4
     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.......

Arigato SAO.......

 

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chiang2013
     This Anime

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.

 

 

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TheDon Perignon
      This isn\'t a gaming/adventure Anime

If that's what you expect you will be let down.

This is a cerebral look at how technology invading our society is changing our definition of reality and relationships. Set slightly in the future where there is true virtual reality, the anime tackles questions of self-definition, the role of technology in our lives and relationships and what is love. All set in a storyline children can follow but only the educated can understand.

This is an anime about relationships. Don't watch for the fight scenes (of which there are few). Watch this for an original perspective on reality vs virtual reality and when they become the same.

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XSeeDx
     Sword art Online a fun show that captivated fans and made them idiots.

First off a little disclaimer,

If you're going to post a review post a goddamn review stop spamming this section with non-reviews, if you want to post other stuff use the forum and don't use this section just to yell at someone because you dont agree with their review.

 

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.

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CrazyGuy001
      Incredible!

At first when I soe this anime I thought this anime looks good!So when I watch the first episode, I was like totally hooked I just liked how they started it!It was so amazing so when i"m waiting for another episode of Sao I just watch all the other episodes of Sao that has been subbed!

I was really sad when it stoped at episode 25!But I heard another seasons coming out, I hope it come out soon!Because I"ve got nothing to do in the weekends now!

I give this anime 10 out of 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Cailim
      Clarifications
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.

(spoilers)

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.
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Puck017
    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.

 

 

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Miner Froob
     Amazing Anime

~~ 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.

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Ravenoux
   Sword Art Online
So I started to watch SAO due to a friends recommendation of how awesome it is.. I don't usually watch running series but then since he recommended it i start to watch.. I've watch 18 episode and then stopped.. at first it looks interesting but somehow after episode 3 and so on i don't feel it.. Plot is so-so 4/10.. music average 6/10, graphics average 7/10.. it just won't excite me with each episode.. i feel like i watch it for the sake of watching it just so i can pretend i finished it but the i realized i'm wasting my time watching the series so i stop.. what makes me not like it.. harem, game plots, characters emphasis that doesn't really matter, average fight scenes.. its not like i don't like them.. i'm just so tired of watching same things in many animes.. overall i'd rate it 5/10 just your average anime to me.. it just didn't itch my heart.. unlike other people who basically wants graphics my first category for an epic anime is a unique plot and i find it lacking in SAO.. 
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