Sword Art Online
Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Game, Romance, Shounen, Virtual World
First aired: Summer 2012, 25 episodes. Season 2 currently airing, Summer 2014
Summary: In the near future, a Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) called Sword Art Online just released. Players use a headset called NerveGear to fully immerse themselves into the virtual world. Players enter the game on the opening day and they soon discover they cannot log out, as the game creator is holding them captive. To escape, players must beat the game by defeating 100 levels. The twist is, if they die in the game, they die in real life too.
Sword Art Online had me captivated from the first five minutes of episode one. The idea of merging the virtual world and the real world was fascinating. As one would imagine, there is a lot of humor based on MMORPGs, so if you have played that type of game, you will surely appreciate the humor. The story is interesting from beginning to end, leaving you always wanting more. There is comedy, action, adventure, drama, sadness, and everything in between.
I like how there has been three different types of MMORPG in Sword Art Online. There has been a traditional style with the swords and all that, there has been one with flying, and currently airing for season two there is one with advanced technology and the guns. The different MMORPGs created for the anime have kept it new and refreshing.
You might enjoy this if: You are a fan of a wide variety of genres. This anime puts a lot of them together. It focuses more on the fantasy aspect of the virtual world, just so you are aware. Also, if you have played MMORPGs, you will likely enjoy Sword Art Online.
You might not like it if: You are looking for something more down to earth. This is an anime with more action and less politics.
Note to the Viewer: Be warned, there will be loss and heartache.