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 Post subject: Sword Art Online
PostPosted: October 18th, 2012, 8:59 am 
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So... Since Runevillage is somewhat dead, and this used to be my safe haven when I posted, I though I'd post something up.

Sword Art Online (SAO)
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In the year 2022, the Virtual reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG), Sword Art Online (SAO), is released. With the Nerve Gear, a virtual reality Helmet that stimulates the user's five senses via their brain, players can experience and control their in-game characters with their minds.

On November 6, 2022, all the players log in for the first time, and subsequently discover that they are unable to log out. They are then informed by Kayaba Akihiko, the creator of SAO, that if they wish to be free and log out of the game, they must reach the 100th floor of the game's tower and defeat the final boss. However, if their avatars die in-game, their bodies will also die in the real world. The story follows Kirito, a skilled player who is determined to beat the game. As the game progresses, Kirito eventually befriends a female player called Asuna who becomes his partner and lover. After the duo discover the identity of Kayaba's avatar in SAO, they confront and defeat him, freeing themselves and the other players from the game.

Upon returning to the real world, Kirito learns that Asuna and a small group of SAO players are trapped in another VRMMORPG called Alfheim Online (ALO). Their imprisonment in ALO is part of a plan devised by Nobuyuki Sugō to subdue Asuna and marry her, in an attempt to take over her family's company. Helped by old friends from SAO along with new allies, Kirito stops Nobuyuki's plans and finally reunites with Asuna in the real world.

Soon after, Kirito plays another VRMMORPG called Gun Gale Online (GGO) to investigate the mysterious connection between the game and deaths occurring in the real world. He eventually discovers that the culprits are former members of a murderous guild he has previously encountered in SAO.

After solving the murders in GGO, Kirito is recruited to assist in the development of a state-of-the-art game, UnderWorld (UW), which has an interface that is far more realistic and complex than that of the previous games he had played. In UW, the flow of time proceeds thousands of times faster than in the real world. However, Kirito ends up falling for a trap and wakes up inside the game, unable to log out and he starts looking for a way back to reality.


My personal view on it... I honestly enjoyed / enjoying it... I rate a solid 8/10. Of course the animation is flawless, especially in 720p/1080p ; The story has so much potential to go further than a simple 25-episode series (currently at episode 15, with manga continuing if i remember correctly) , but these days people simple want it quick and easy, so guess got to appease the fans.

If you didn't bother with the synopsis, I'll make it quick :

- Game created (Sword Art Online)
- Main protagonist goes in game, realises that him and 9,999 people are stuck in the game... Either win, or die; with dying literally meaning death in the real world.
- Must grind through 100 floors.

There is much more, but that's as far as I'm going with it. For anyone that has watched .hack// series, any of them for that matter; will realise they share some similar grounds, which has caused a bit of a flare between the two communities, but honestly; the series share some similarities, but are completely different in their own regard, and I honestly do recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good anime, especially when it involves gaming itself.

- Yousif


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 Post subject: Re: Sword Art Online
PostPosted: October 30th, 2012, 11:29 pm 
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im going to look this up when im at home. this sounds good!

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 Post subject: Re: Sword Art Online
PostPosted: May 2nd, 2013, 2:58 am 
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I finished watching SAO and Alfheim online last month and they are awesome!

I am looking forward for its next season - Gun Gale Online


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 Post subject: Re: Sword Art Online
PostPosted: May 6th, 2013, 8:23 pm 
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I also really enjoyed this show!
my favorite part was the fighting.

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 Post subject: Re: Sword Art Online
PostPosted: May 12th, 2013, 6:59 pm 
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The first half of this show was undeniably one of the best things I've watched in a long time.

I had a hard time caring about a lot of the second half. I look forward to the next season, though.

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 Post subject: Re: Sword Art Online
PostPosted: July 25th, 2013, 3:10 pm 
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Seems right up my alley.

Worth noting: the first episode of the dub airs on Toonami this Saturday.

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 Post subject: Re: Sword Art Online
PostPosted: July 25th, 2013, 7:11 pm 
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Hmmmm
If its good, I will probably show this to my friends who are afraid of anime. Show em that there are some cool things out there

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 Post subject: Re: Sword Art Online
PostPosted: November 13th, 2013, 3:58 pm 
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I just started the first episode today. I really like the idea of it.

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 Post subject: Re: Sword Art Online
PostPosted: November 14th, 2013, 7:09 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Sword Art Online
PostPosted: November 14th, 2013, 10:54 pm 
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It's so great; I watched it back in mid-August. My brother got his two friends to watch it, and I think one of them has never seen a subbed anime before, hehe.

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