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YoruZuGenga

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Sword Art Online

Oct 14, 2012

I'm greatly enjoying this anime, of course that might simply be because I like these genres.

The original story is written by someone who obviously has a great understanding of the MMO genre, and he incorporates the concept into his story very well.
That being said, one does not have to be a fan of MMOs to enjoy it. Rather than focusing on the gaming aspect of MMOs, it focuses on the people involved.

Story:
I really enjoy the development of the characters. The main protagonist is not one of the "instant super hero" (which some people seem to prefer), which leaves a great deal of room for character development, something I greatly value in stories. This also makes the choices done by the protagonist feel natural.
The inner conflicts which the people involved face have been well thought through and, most of the time, I agree with the way they choose to solve them.
The story is -very- good at portraying some characters as sympathetic and others as unsympathetic so it's easy to take the protagonist's side when it comes to his choices.
If you feel like some of the parts don't make an awful lot of sense, I recommend reading the Light Novels first, as those cover what you might be missing.

Animation quality:
I'm a big fan of the animations in this anime. Some of the faces the characters pull every now and then are rather humorous, but this goes well with the story, since SAO is said to enhance character emotions to a certain degree. There are a few points at which the animators have chosen a very curious approach to some of the situations, such as the first-person views, and the in-game lagg/"bugs", but these work very well and truly bring across the "feelings" and atmosphere of the light novels.

Music:
They've got Yuki Kajiura. I have the songs of this anime on repeat while I'm writing this.

Voice acting:
I think the voices have been very well done for the characters. The voice actors really manage to bring across the feelings and inner conflicts of the characters.


Relation to the light novels:
As of writing this, the 15th anime episode has been aired.
The first couple of anime episodes focus on the events prior to the start of the first book out of the light novels.
Along with this, all of the side stories which appear in the second book (aside from one, which appears later) have been packed into the first 7 episodes of the anime. Among these is also a new one, which I have not read in any of the light novels.
Once the anime reaches episode 8, it closely follows the story of the first book.
The first major "arc" in the light novels appears to end with the 14th episode. From episode 15 onward, the second major arc begins.

All in all:
I think most people would enjoy this story, if not the anime then at least the light novels. 

?/10 story
?/10 animation
?/10 sound
?/10 characters
10/10 overall

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Bobo says...

Brilliant review :D I was going to write one myself but i can see it would be pointless as you've covered everything that i would have.

Nov 3, 2012
bokuwakirada says...

i forgot to add, if hes super hero then Raito is too :P

Nov 2, 2012
bokuwakirada says...

oh Pedofan-san to be a super hero you need to turn super saiyan so hes not super hero kay? He just know more than others and hes using that knowledge to his advantage.

Nov 2, 2012
YoruZuGenga says...

Yes, I consider the death of people, fictional or not, to be a defeat.'

"And if every girl in the show loves you but you don't return the love back, it's not a harem. Sure..."

Precisely what I think.

I think our interpretation of "getting all the girls" is somewhat different, lol.

Oct 18, 2012
roriconfan says...

So if you don't score a flawless victory with 100% life, 0 casualties, and a super perfect ending, you have lost... Yeah, right...

And if every girl in the show loves you but you don't return the love back, it's not a harem. Sure...

Oct 18, 2012