Listening to: J-music
Playing: Star Wars: The Old Repuplic
Eating: Light stuff (this heat is killing me)
Drinking: Ice Tea and flavoured Water
Hi there people,
Recently discovered the Anime Sword Art Online. Although barely one might have heard of this you may know .hack, this goes in a similar direction. The story revolve about Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online games (VRMMOs) where you use a headgear kind of thing that let's you "Full Dive" into the games. Basically a helmet where you body lies or sits motionless while your mind is moving and living in the game. Additionally it seems what you do and learn in-game slightly stays with you but not really to a point where you could suddenly wield a sword in reality. Anyway, it sounds nice and enjoyable at the beginning but it becomes a death game very soon. The creator made it impossible to log out until the game is cleared and if one dies in-game the NerveGear, as it is called will emit a microwave kind the moment you die in-game and fry your brain. Then you also die in real. It starts with 10.000 players and during the progress of the game more and more die.
While some decide to stay at the starting town others go out to try clearing the game. Basically it is only required that one player beats the final boss on top of a flying castle to win/clear the game. Of course theres a point where a Solo player isn't able to clear the boss of one of the 100 floors towards that castle. The main Characters are the Solo player Kirito and the Guild player Asuna. While he was one of 1.000 beta tester who know their way around the game, tough some things differ from the beta version Asuna wasn't. She is one of the 10.000 player who got the limited first complete version of the game, including the NerveGear. Even among the Beta players Kirito was the best and he still is the strongest swordsman in the real game. Asuna with her drive to complete the game quickly became the vise-commander of the leading guild. Kirito, mostly as Solo player suffers through some bad things but also is very helpful and clears out some crimes like player killing (PK-ing) which cause real live dead and helps some with there problems while himself carries a big burden and personal problems. Unfortunately many persons Kirito meets along the way are one-time only appearances though much more could have been made with them. However, this encounters appear as flashbacks and serve as some kind of motivation for Kirito to go on. During the series Asuna becomes sort of a consulter for him and they come to love each other but of course it isn't that easy, not just the way to that point but also after. Then when it finally seems they can be together for real, more bad stuff happens but that's for you to see. I already spoiled too much. Genre vise it's Action, Romance and Science-fantasy. It originates from a Japanese Light novel and was made a Manga and a Anime. The Light Novel is still ongoing as are different Manga while the Anime is finished though with kind of an open end and it ends before the Light Novel. More might come.
For my opinion, it was decent enjoyable but it hat much potential that wasn't utilized. I'd say the first 8 or 10 Episodes are a bit hard to watch through it's getting better from that point on but the flaw of wasted potential continues throughout the show. It has 25 Episodes. In the first 15 Episodes it's playing in the world of Sword Art Online and the remaining 10 Episodes participate in the World of ALFheim Online, an altered copy of Sword Art Online where players don't die for real if they die in game, they only get a death penalty and Pk-ing is encourage in it. You should see for yourself though. As I said there is much potential wasted however, it is still enjoyable and I actually have no idea how it is with the Light Novels. Books tend to be better than movies or games based on them so I will see it myself but for that I either have to learn Japanese or find some fan translation online since these Light Novels aren't released outside of Japan yet (it was started on 2009 though), it's up to us to change that though.
I hope I caught at least someone of the few that care to see my profile/journals in the interest of this awesome story and that these more famous than me through their arts (since I actually can't draw and my story are obviously so lala) spread it more.
Have a nice day and hopefully see you again.