I have checked out a lot of new, random anime series this summer. Some good, some bad, some in between. However, without a doubt, I must wholeheartedly recommend that people give “Sword Art Online” a shot. It is just so intriguing and addicting.
The premise will make you think “World of Warcraft” on a whole new level.
The only way to escape is to ‘clear’ the game. Death in game means actual ‘death’ —-
The ten thousand who have logged onto the as of yet mysterious game ‘Sword Art Online’ using their Nerve Gear have been forced into this perilous death game and are trapped inside.
Protagonist Kirito, one of the many gamers, has greeted this ‘truth’.
To meet the conditions of clearing the game and leaving this twisted virtual world, he must get through all 100 floors. Will Kirito have what it takes to clear the game, or will he die trying?
In other words, “Sword Art Online” is a story of online adventurers who are gonna have to step their game up. Gamers who play in virtual worlds often do so to escape reality. “Sword Art Online” ups the ante with literal lives on the line for its player base. Newbies, beware!
This anime concept of characters playing an online video game is nothing new, but “Sword Art Online” already does it better. Similar anime titles like “.hack//Sign” (which I absolutely hated) and “Accel World” revolve more around the games themselves, to an “awkward” degree. My main issue with these kind of series stems from the lack of genuine jeopardy. What I mean is … yeah, the players in these stories have bad stuff happen to them within the game. They suffer defeat and whatnot, face in-game conflicts and struggles, but they can always walk away from the game and return back to their lives.
“Sword Art Online” thinks this notion is too wimpy and actually creates some real danger for the online players of this virtual world. Mess up and you die in real life. Now this is how you weave together a massively multiplayer online game (MMO/MMOG) plot!
Complete with online game fare like HP bars, experience points and items to equip, “Sword Art Online” is just amazingly awesome.
Check out the trailer below!