Kirito and some of his new friends look back at the events of season one. Kirito recalls his defining moments while Suguha learns to swim with the help of Asuna and other girls who fought alongside Kirito.
Karen Kohiruimaki always felt out of place in the real world. Due to her extreme height, she found it hard to make friends with other girls her age. Everything changes when she's introduced... See full summary »
Siblings Sora and Shiro together make up the most feared team of pro gamers in the world, The Blank. When they manage to beat god himself in a game of chess, they are sent to a world where all disputes are settled with games.
The Seven Deadly Sins were once an active group of knights in the region of Britannia, who disbanded after they supposedly plotted to overthrow the Liones Kingdom. Their supposed defeat ... See full summary »
The story takes place in an alternate reality where a small percentage of children manifest superhuman abilities upon reaching puberty. A focus is placed on Yuu Otosaka, a high school boy who awakens the ability to temporarily possess others, which brings him to the attention of Nao Tomori, the student council president of a school founded as a haven for children with such abilities.
In 2026, a new machine called the Augma is developed to compete against the NerveGear and its successor, the Amusphere. A next-gen wearable device, the Augma doesn't have a full-dive function like its predecessors. Instead, it uses Augmented Reality (AR) to get players into the game. It is safe, user-friendly and lets users play while they are conscious, making it an instant hit on the market. The most popular game on the system is "Ordinal Scale" (aka: OS), an ARMMORPG developed exclusively for the Augma. Asuna and the gang have already been playing OS for a while, and soon Kirito decides to join them. However, they're about to find out that Ordinal Scale isn't all fun and games.
I love SAO; I haven't enjoyed an anime or been as emotionally invested since Ruroni Kenshin. SAO:OS is a bone thrown to nostalgic fans. NOT a place for beginners to make their start in SAO!
I can't decide if the writers forgot what they were doing and didn't find their groove until halfway through, or if they only had enough decent material for one hour and threw in a bunch of exposition & limp, luke-warm drama to make a first half. Ordinal Scale is a fair to midling entry but the first half drags. Things begin to pick up 45 minutes in & you really start to feel the old magic with 45 minutes left. The last 30 minutes are outstanding!
Overall, a swing-&-a-miss. Worth having- after it's been out awhile & prices come down... & it's on sale.
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