Sword Art Online
Adapted from the light novel series “ソードアート・オンライン” written by Kawahara Reki, this show revolves around a virtual reality mmorpg in which the players find themselves unable to log out and most literally fight for their lives. Judging by the first two episodes, this may become an excellent show.
Animation by A-1 Pictures is good, although the opening & ending animation sequences have obviously received better treatment and some action scenes rely on light effects or other flashy trickery, but overall it looks very solid and fluid.
Dazzling sword wielder Asuna is voiced by Tomatsu Haruka, she also voiced Yuka in “Natsuriro Kiseki”, Lala in “To Love RU”, Ichika in “Ano Natsu de Matteru” and Ranmaru in this season’s “Binbougami ga!”. Yui is voiced by Kanae Itou, she tackled roles like Saten in “To aru Kagaku no Railgun”, Sanae in “Shinryaku! Ika Musume” and Nobuna in this season’s “Oda Nobuna no Yabou”.
Even with a projected run of 24 episodes, am unsure the anime adaptation will thread far into the story detailed in the novels past this arc, for the novels have already progressed past the SOA game itself.
Nonetheless, “Sword Art Online” is now a fixed weekly rendezvous as I’m curious to see what this show will become. Will be as memorable like the classic “.hack//Sign” with which it shares some similarities? Can’t wait to see!