Virtual Reality Just Got Real: Sword Art Online Anime Review

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Introduction

Welcome to the the future of gaming with the new VRMMORPG Sword art online, having sold out all ten thousand copies on launch day, excitement builds. Kirigaya “Kirito” Kazuto is one the first ten thousand players to be  logging in upon game launch. Upon arrival after some mundane events and quests , Kayaba Akihiko, the game creator make an in game announcement that all player are now locked in game and cannot leave until its’ completion. Not only are players locked in but upon death of their avatars/characters, they will also perish in real life. Kirito being a beta testers knew of the early game and took advantage of the chaos to launch himself ahead of most players. Beta tester are ostracized for their unfair advantage of this knowledge. During his quests Kirito meets, Asuna, an astranged female character skilled at swordplay. This anime follows Kirito and Asuna’s struggle to complete the game and strengthen their relationship as their bonds are tested.

Directed by Tomohiko Ito
Music by Yuki Kajiura
Studio A-1 Pictures
Licensed by
Network Tokyo MX, tvk, TVS, TVA, RKB, HBC, MBS, AT-X, Chiba TV, BS11
Original run July 7, 2012 – December 22, 2012
Episodes 25 (List of episodes)

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Review

In my opinion this was by far the best anime of 2012, and is sure to be an instant classic. the ani-sphere still resonates with commotion, feedback, criticism, and just down right excitement of future installments. The Animation was superb and all action was drawn beautifully. The sound and music was top notch not holding anything back going for the grand theme of it all. The characters are memorable but aside from the main character tend to only provide tiny roles throughout.

From Dual Wielding swords to Faerie flight, this anime gets 5 Dash of Battle out of 5

5/5

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