Sword Art Online (Series) – Episodes 1-14 (Aincard Story Arc)

 

Reviewed by: Elucidator07
Review Date: 8/6/16

Animation Studio: A-1 Pictures
Director: Tomohiko Ito
Japanese Release: 2012

Official Website: Sword Art Online USA

Version Reviewed: Crunchyroll
Language Reviewed: Japanese w/ English sub.
Length: 14 episodes @ 25 min each

How I discovered X : Crunchyroll

Plot: In the near future, a Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) called Sword Art Online has been released where players control their avatars with their bodies using a piece of technology called: Nerve Gear. One day, players discover they cannot log out, as the game creator is holding them captive unless they reach the 100th floor of the game’s tower and defeat the final boss. However, if they die in the game, they die in real life. Their struggle for survival starts now…

Trailer:

Review: Sword art online is fast paced. The fighting animation is really fluid with fast paced action at every second. Also combined with the fighting scenes is epic music from Yuki Kajiura makes the scenes that more epic. The other minor detail I liked in this series is the visible functionality of the team members and how they cope with the life or death situation.

There are some flaws with this as well such as the character development. They have good initial character development, but begins to become inconsistent. The timeline in the series jumps forward way to fast, covering two years of game in 14 episodes is too short. Another flaw is the story focuses on Kirito, but I wish that some of the attention was put on Asuna, as there are so many questions I have with her character and how she turned out. Even though the fight scenes are fast paced and really epic, I did notice they use the slow down feature in the middle of a fight scene to show something that we are supposed to notice, which displaces the fight scene entirely. Another flaw I have is outside of the show itself, and more with the business model of Aniplex. This series is hard to obtain and complicated on what to buy, due to the multiple editions of the series, and the price gouge to make matters worse.

My Grade: 3 out of 5 “Entertained”

Watch online @

CrunchyRoll / Hulu

Can be purchased @

Volume 1 & 2 only cover episodes 1-14

See Aniplex site for purchasing options
http://www.swordart-onlineusa.com/sao1/package/bluray-ee.html
They offer dvd, blu-ray, and limited edition blu-ray.