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Sword art online - ソードアート・オンライン




Originally from a light novel


General ★★★★★

Majority of the scene plays took place in VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game)

The first thing I have to say about this Anime is the world setting is definitely fantastic. (´・ω・`)

The fighting system broke the traditional scenes with the MMO setting

For example, battle in regular anime, if the main character's heart is stabbed, or if the body opens up a big wound

it will definitely weaken him, and in most cases the end of the fight (in real life: death)

but Sword Art Online (SAO) as a game can represent this element in HP, brings battle into its full potential

and they don't just limit on this one factor, e.g when their hand is cut they lose it (although it can be restored later if the character still alive)

also weapons, armors and food, even pets are breakable.

not to mention potions, skills, poisons like paralysis that often used by the cheaters in the Anime

together they bring battle into next level

Story ★★★★★

If you have read my other reviews, you know I don't write plot summaries

in fact I avoid to tell the plot story as much as possible, so that those who haven't watch it yet won't be spoiled

while my review is focusing on the details and important elements that made up the show hoping it can also give those who already watched it a meditation (・ω<)

The 25 episode length definitely didn't give the animator enough time for fillers

Course of events seems bit rush, especially the first part of the anime when they try to clear the world of sword art online

It quickly skipped through many floors leaves viewer a bit empty feeling

Other than beating the game, the most important scenes of part one no doubt is the love chemistry between our main char Kirito and Asuna !! (≧∇≦)/

The love scenes of them falling in love and getting married at first is heart touching and later sadden the viewers when they got separated

which makes me feel deeper connected to the character's feeling as Kirito later returned back to MMO Alfheim to rescue Asuna

P.S. the way I watch anime (in this case I finished it in 3 days) has boosted up my feeling since my plot memories are still fresh

The most important moment in my opinion is when the raider team was having trouble with a boss

and both of them were called back to front-line after a short vacation, when Kirito heard about the danger of the boss they were about to face

He wanted Asuna to stay in the base and await for his return, but she refused and replied

"If I stayed, waited, and if you didn't come back, I would suicide"

These lines really moved me

Setting ★★★★★

So I decided to rework the structure of my reviews, now I will include a rating and talk on the leading element of the Anime

In sword art online, I think the most appealing factor is their setting

Although as a computer science major, I feel a little awkward when Akihiko (the scientist behind the game)

who locked up all ten thousand players and give them death penalty by sending strong signal to the brain for dying in game or disconnect from the server

the reason is, being a crime in this large scale should bring international top computer pro to hack into the server

or track down the source and disable that functionality locally

Apart from the things I have already mentioned above

The makers really made very good use of the setting of the world of game

PK (player killing), item, party, guild, boss, level etc system

These elements are indispensable and bring more color into the show that created many different user types like

the bads: guilds that focus on killing other players for their money and items, cheaters who try to force players who fell asleep in the public into dual

the neutral: players who have adapted to the life style of the game and want to live a normal life there

the goods: the raider team which both our main characters are in, who try to complete the game so that everyone can be released from this world

and the smiths who work hard making/fixing weapon and armor to support those in the front-line

The contrast of Asuna being the guild raider team captain who known as Senko(閃光) Asuna in the first game

and later being imprison in a cage like a bird who has no strength to fight is a quite interesting concept

And I think most of you would agree that the setting and story of first game is better than the second game

almost forgot to mention, going back to the marriage system, they even have kid, yes "KID!!" キタ━━━━(゚∀゚)━━━━!!

The creation of the AI (artificial intelligence)program Yui and she considering Kirito and Asuna to be her papa and mama bring many joys to the Anime

P.S In sword art online, I was exciting to see the society and their friends' reactions when they both get married but that never happened

this is one of the pity for a rushed series

Design / CG ★★★★★

Here comes another change I did for this review and will continue to be (hopefully, positively) for the future reviews

Since a good design needs good CG to maintain, and same for the reverse case

also these two elements are very close related, I have decided to put them together to talk about it

It's very easy to notice the main character's change of cloth/armor as he advanced through the dungeons

With the fabulous look of costume, weapons, united guild costumes, number of monster designs and beautiful environments

together with the awesome CG to bring them all alive, no doubt they deserve full star rating (・∀・)モエッ

I personally love watching the scenes where Asuna sticks to Kirito in bed (FFF tan(misery sound echo in the air): burn! burn! BURN!

Music / Sound ★★★★★

Despite there ain't many memorable BGMs, the sound effects (especially battle sounds) has filled this small vacancy

The OP/ED songs are very nice too

OP 1 crossing field by LISA

ED 1 Yume Sekai (ユメセカイ) by Tomatsu Haruka (戸松 遥)

OP 2 Innocence by Eir Aoi 藍井 エイル

ED 2 Overfly by Luna Haruna 春奈るな

P.S 戸松遥 does the voice for Asuna (she is one of the people that I like who keeps the jobs of CV and singer, after Mizuki Nana (水樹 奈々)


This is the longest review I have ever written, hope you enjoy it (-ω☆)キラリ

below are sub'ed and raw anime torrents




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=▽= don't get how and when Kirito and Asuna fall in love, 难道我漏看了几集……

This is one of the bad side for a rushed series, viewers can easily get lost

now, if you go watch episode 13 starting at 9:30, it should give you some idea


oh oh Eud thanks for sharing this great review, I definitely want to watch this.

you're welcome (´・ω・`)

come back and share some thoughts when you finished it

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