Sword Art Online – Review
This is the summary on the dvd for Aincrad part 1:
“In the year 2022, a next-generation game known as ‘Nerve Gear’ has been developed, making full dives into a virtual dimension possible. The world’s first true VRMMORPG. ‘Sword Art Online (SAO)’ has generated world wide buzz, and on it’s official launch day, one player, Kirito, immerses himself in its virtual world. But Akihiko Kayaba, the developer of SAO, proclaims the following to all players.
This game is inescapable unless all levels are cleared. And in this world, ‘game over’ is equivalent to death in the real world.”
The DVD and Bluray has recently become available in the U.S. and is dubbed instead of subtitled. I have not yet watched the English version, however.
I absolutely love this anime. The art was amazing. The story was amazing. The experience as amazing. The story and the art work draws you in. You invest in the outcome and in the characters.
I know there have been other stories and movies about going into video games, but this is an original spin on that. I love the dynamics, the depth, and the characters. I also love the romance in it. It has darkness, yet there is a happiness to it, also. The characters develop over time and it is great to watch that progression. I had to get used to the time skips at first, though.
This is definitely worth a read.