Sword Art Online saw its original release during the final half of 2012. The story begins in the year 2022, a time when virtual reality gaming has come leaps and bounds since the old day. One of the biggest releases to date is just around the corner and Kazuto Kirigaya was one of the selected lucky few to get a shot to play the beta and has managed to get his hands on a copy from the first shipment. Upon logging in for the very first time after launch, Kazuto finds himself transported to the beautiful and mystical world of Aincrad, however, all is not well for in just a short time he along with the other tens of thousands of player realize that they are unable to long out. It is then that the creator of the game announces that the only way to escape the game it to beat it, the only catch is that if you die in the game, you die in real life.
My Review: One of the shows I watched during my humble beginnings as an anime fan, Sword Art Online has found itself a special place in my heart. I’ve seen the show quite a few time but I have to say that the first time around was the best, I remembering it being really magical, but every other subsequent watch has just seemed to lose that feeling. On the bright side, one thing that never loses its wonder it the art. It may know that I love bright vibrant environments and this show has them in spades. The plot itself is decent, it’s got its fair share of filler episodes but they all work towards the main story in some aspect.
I rate this anime 4/5.