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Sword Art Online 

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In the year 2022, thousands of people get trapped in a new virtual MMORPG and the lone wolf player, Kirito, works to escape.
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Series cast summary:
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka Yoshitsugu Matsuoka ...  Kirito / ... 86 episodes, 2012-2020
Haruka Tomatsu ...  Asuna / ... 58 episodes, 2012-2020
Bryce Papenbrook ...  Kirito 46 episodes, 2012-2019
Cherami Leigh ...  Asuna / ... 43 episodes, 2012-2020


The year is 2022, and gamers have lined up on launch day for Sword Art Online, a hotly-anticipated MMORPG that lets players connect to an immersive virtual reality world with special helmets called Nerve Gear. Kirito is one such gamer who's eager to jump back into action, having spent a great deal of time as a beta tester, and quickly becomes friends with newbie warrior Klein. But soon, Sword Art Online's 10,000 players discover that not only are they unable to log out, the only way they can return to their physical bodies is by beating the 100-level tower's final boss - death in the game means death in the real world. Now, with no one else to turn to, Kirito and the other participants must survive the game as best they can. Written by Anonymous

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Interesting concept and well executed for the most part
11 December 2013 | by bayan-rafeh92See all my reviews

Sword art online is set in a virtual reality fantasy MMO where players cannot log out and die once killed in the game.

Without giving anything away, the show's greatest strengths lie in the rich environment and the extremely creative scenarios they explore. Unfortunately the show doesn't dedicate enough time to really fleshing out this world and exploring the possibilities within it, but the stuff they did was absolutely fantastic.

The first few episodes are disjointed, each with loosely connected to the overall story, mostly through the main character and one or two side characters, and that is the best done part of the show. Each episode reveals more about the hero's personality, and is really full of interesting characters and good sub-plots and a soundtrack that fits very well. You could literally sit through one episode and feel like you watched an entire movie despite the fact that they're just over 20 minutes each. They're extremely well done. This applies for the first 10 or so episodes.

The later episodes are more a part of the main story, with more focus on moving forward with the plot which are also well done for the most part. The characters introduced are also very good. The action scenes are intense and the relationships are developed well.

So what's wrong with it? Like I said before, the first major problem is that it didn't dedicate enough time to simply exploring the world. A lot of time passes in a short number of episodes(14 episodes span 2 years in the show); the characters could have been a lot stronger if more episodes were dedicated to exploring different aspects of this world and the people in it.

The second major problem is the unnecessary second major plot later in the show. It feels like an entirely different show with the stakes being a lot lower than they were in the first part. If they dedicated those episodes to expanding the first part it would have been a lot better.

A small problem I have with it is that every female character having significant interaction with the hero falls in loves with him at some point. Those plots are done well mostly, but it would have been nice to see him have a female friend who was just a friend throughout, if only to break the pattern.

If you're coming from a shounen background(Naruto/Death Note/Bleach etc.) or have never seen anime in your life, you will most definitely love this. Even hardcore anime fans should easily enjoy this since its one of the best of it's kind(much better than titles like Naruto).

All in all, the good greatly outshines the bad, and I recommend you give it a watch.

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8 July 2012 (USA) See more »

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Tokyo, Japan See more »

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