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  • Sword Art Online (Manga) Review

    Sword Art Online Manga Review

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    Sword Art Online the manga was quite short. It seems to only highlight what happens in the story and therefore at times can be confusing. I would really suggest reading the books or watching the anime first. This review only consists the Aincrad Saga.

     

    Sword Art Online Plot

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    The of Sword Art Online is based in a video game. The year is 2022 and a man named Kayaba Akihiko has created a virtual reality game. The only catch is the people that originally logged in are stuck in the game. They must finish all one hundred floors to return to the real world. If you die in the game though you die in real life.

    Kirito is the a boy that was lucky enough to be involved in the beta test. This gives him the advantage and he eventually is given the option to beat the game. The plot of the manga rarely strays to side stories. Two years pass in the game before they are allowed to return after beating the game. Many players lose their life though attempting to leave the game by killing themselves or by being killed in battles. There are those that kill others and become criminals.

     

    Sword Art Online Characters

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    Kirito is the main character of Sword Art Online. He is a quiet fifteen year old at the beginning of the game, but eventually becomes the hero. He is very skilled and works on his own so he is not responsible for anyone else’s life. Asuna is another main character of the game. She started as a weak character, but becomes strong and desires to return to the real world. Her and Kirito become fast friends and eventually lovers.

    There are many other characters that appear in the manga, but only a few that play important roles. Klein and Agil are both friends of Kirito and appear randomly in situations. Klein is a rough looking guy that fights on the front lines. Agil is a merchant that will come to fight at times that it is needed. Yui appears only once in Sword Art Online (More so in Fairy Dance though). She is a program that sees Asuna and Kirito as her parents. She is only briefly in the manga though. Heathcliff is the head of the Knights of Blood. He is another very strong character with a few tricks up his sleeves.

    Sword Art Online The Manga

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    Like I said, Sword Art Online the manga was a very short. It only hits the main plot of the story and rarely goes off track. The art is good though. The fighting scenes are laid out very well and at times very detailed. I would recommend reading the manga, but only after you have seen the anime or read the books. To be honest, I was not the impressed with Sword Art Online Manga.

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    Overall Grade 5/10


  • Sword Art Online (Anime) Review

    Sword Art Online Review

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    I had many friends recommend Sword Art Online (SAO) to me. I never really get into big anime’s until after they are done airing because, well, I just don’t like waiting around to watch the next episode. I am glad I waited to watch SAO, because I finished the series in two days. I could not hit the stop button! You are given enough information each episode to want more the next episode.

     

    Sadly this is not true throughout the whole series. Like I said it took two days to finish the entire anime, but it was dragging the last half of the series. After Sword Art Online is defeated and Kirito goes into Alfheim to save Asuna, it loses its touch. I understood the story line, but it was just less interesting. Still good though.

     

    Plot of Sword Art Online

     

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    Kayaba Akihiko Announcing New Rules

     

    A new gaming experience has been created by Argus called a VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game). The game that everyone has anticipated, Sword Art Online, is about to begin. With the Nerve Gear, everyone will be able to experience the game through the eyes of the avatar. Once inside the game everyone finds out the log out button is no where on the menu. The creator, Kayaba Akihiko, announces to the players that it is not a glitch. If you can not defeat the game you will not get out, but if you die in the game the Nerve Gear will destroy your brain. Kirito is one of the players that was lucky enough to be a Beta Tester. He intends to defeat all 100 floors and free himself from the game.

     

    Through many floors, Kirito travels to find the last boss. He mostly goes solo, but will team up with Asuna Yuuki many times. The two eventual fall in love and marry in the game. The two are part of the Knights of Blood guild that is trying its hardest to get to the top floor. Heathcliff is the leader of the guild and only fighter to defeat Kirito in a duel. On the 74th floor, Heathcliff makes an announce. It is here that Kirito defeats the game and frees the players. All but 300 are released while the rest are stuck in VRMMORPG ‘limbo.’

     

    Alfheim Online is a game created by Asuna’s fathers company. She is one of the 300 players stuck in the limbo. Kirito sees a picture of an avatar that looks like Asuna in the game. He dives into another game with his Nerve Gear and tries to find Asuna. Here he discovers the truth behind the game and the administrators. He fights to save the 300 people stuck int he limbo and free the love of his life.

     

    Characters of Sword Art Online

     

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    Kirito and Asuna

     

    Kirito (Kazuto Kirigaya) is the main male protagonist. He has an advantage due to his beta testing experience. He takes alot of heat from other players due to this and mainly works alone. Asuna (Asuna Yuuki) is the only player he really gets to know. At first Asuna is scared of playing the game and a bit suicidal. When Kirito later meets up with her she has changed into a brave woman willing to die for a comrade. The romance between the two is worth watching the anime alone. The two characters are well developed.

     

    Many of the characters in this anime is very well developed. You get to know each one intimately and want each one to survive. Honestly no character is invincible, so be prepared to lose some loved ones. This really is crucial to the anime development because it allows the viewer to relate to the characters more.

     

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    Honestly no Otaku should go without watching this anime. The soundtrack is amazing, the characters, the story, and as an added bonus there are alot of nice twists and turns in the anime. I recommend this to anyone who plays video games as well. I feel like this will be another ‘gateway’ anime and even in the future a possible classic.

    Anime Series One Grade: 9 out of 10