We went into this anime with no expectations, hope for the best…expect the worst. But the anime turned out be to extremely good. very good story, nice character development, and all around great animation. This is an anime that is based off the manga of the same name.
Without going into too many details or spoilers, the story is set in the year 2022 and is about a brand new virtual reality MMORPG game called SOA (Sword Art Online). Like every game, people are trying it for the first time and all of the players discovered that they are unable to log out of the game. Then the creator of the game appears and states that if the players die in the game, then they will die in the real world. And the only way to log off and come back to the real world is to reach the 100th floor and defeat the final boss.
The story basically revolves around the characters Asuna and Kirito. Both characters are quite powerful and they fall in love and even have a kid together (years pass in the game…long story on the child). There are 2 arcs to the 25 episode anime. The first is the SOA arc and the second is the ALfheim Online arc.
I really don’t want to go into details on the story (people don’t like spoilers) but I will say this: If you like MMORPG’s, then you will love this anime. It really gives you that vibe of playing a game, from the pop up menus next to the characters, to the skill sets of cooking, killing monsters and level grinding! Watching this anime will put you in the mood to turn on the PC and start paying a MMORPG. Heck, this game really put us in the mood to play Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn when it releases next year(But right now I’m playing Guild Wars 2)!
Anyway, we highly recommend watching this anime. They have is available on crunchyroll.com (great place for anime). Tell us what you think about it, we would love to hear your thoughts!
Mike and Elio