Sword Art Online is incredibly popular anime (and manga) and just a few weeks ago I finally finished it. It has 25 episodes that are each around 20 minutes long.
Right off the bat, I knew that I would love this anime, especially since it is fantasy based. (Fantasy is my favorite genre.)
Plot: This anime takes place in the future (2022 if I’m not mistaken) and is about a popular MMORPG game called Sword Art Online, which you play using NerveGear. The NerveGear fits around your head and takes over your senses, allowing you to feel, see, smell, and taste your surroundings or items in the game. It makes you feel as if you are really there. However, on the day of the game’s launch, everybody who logs on into SAO is unable to log out. The creator of the game keeps them captive, and the only way they can log out is if they complete all 50 levels of the game. It doesn’t seem that difficult, until the creator announces that anybody who dies in the game, dies in real life. It’s an intense action adventure that I love, and anything can happen. The anime focuses around the main character, Kirito, and his later best friend, Asuna.
Plot Rating: I think the plot is very intricate and creative. I haven’t seen something this creative in a long time, so for that, I give 5/5 stars.
Characters: I believe that the characters are very realistic. Asuna is not your typical anime girl. She is brave, strong, and arguably as good at fighting as Kirito. Regarding Kirito, he is a very realistic character, as well as a good role model.
Character Rating: I give 5/5 stars. The characters are very inspiring and just so lovable.
Ending: I am usually very picky about endings, and if it is not realistic or it doesn’t go the way I like, I will be incredibly disappointed. This anime however has exceeded my expectations. It is an ending that everybody will enjoy.
Ending Rating: 5/5. I just had to.
Overall, I recommend this anime to anybody, regardless of if you watch anime or not. If you have Netflix, it is there. Just make sure to watch the Japanese audio version! (The English one SUCKS!)
Thank you for reading, and if you watched this anime, please leave your thoughts below! 🙂