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Sword Art Online

July 20, 2012

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.

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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!

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Merun permalink
    July 21, 2012 11:57 pm

    The novel is superior to anything .hack I have watched, that is sign and Legend of the Twilight ( anime/manga ). At the very least, I felt in a game contrary to .hack.

    But for the SAO anime, I don’t know yet. It seems like it will cut a lot of details which is sad. It seems like they are aiming for the first 4 volumes plus some more side stories.

  2. July 22, 2012 10:51 am

    @Merun
    Haven’t read the original novels but that makes it sound quite promising! I’ll be looking even more forward to how the anime develops then. ^^

  3. July 22, 2012 4:05 pm

    Ive been reading a lot LOT of comments saying that the anime is too rushed.
    seriously the guys that read the novel are like spamming the forums. but i guess they are right since I find it to be rushed as well.

    Ill try and pick up the novel but so far Im still enjoying it regardless of the pace.

  4. July 22, 2012 5:35 pm

    @fabricerequin
    To be honest, at times it does feel like its going at a pace that is too fast, the third episode which covered Kirito getting close to people again (leaving a weird gap from what happened at the end of the second episode) and subsequently suffering from their loss was said to span over half a year, so only one episode on half a year? They could have spent an episode more on that arc.

  5. Devastator001 permalink
    July 24, 2012 8:23 am

    From what I read they’re going for arranging the story chronologically as opposed to the flashback approach of the Novel as a result they’re condensing alot of stuff and cutting out some side stories with little direct impact on the main character.

    I do agree though that some parts does feel rushed, but am guessing they’re trying to push to the point on why Kirito becomes such a powerful solo player. Being anti-social to begin with and suffering a devastating loss like that can scar a person emotionally.

    BTW Smithy still no Preview on Oda Nobuna XD

  6. July 24, 2012 7:46 pm

    @Devastator001
    I do wish they’d have fleshed out his time with that guild a bit more, now it felt a bit sudden, join, get attached, lose them,… it felt as an overnight thing since it’s unclear how fast the average player can level and all they showed was the normal players level.
    Still need to write about Oda Nobuna, but really liking that show so far, in terms of it being a harem comedy not unlike “Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate” it is much better in most aspects.

  7. July 27, 2012 7:05 am

    Less Drama than .Hack franchise! This is much better

  8. July 27, 2012 7:39 pm

    @Anstumble
    Actually I think SOA in fact has more drama, it just make sit come off as less dramatic, brings it more raw and not overly exaggerated, with less angst.

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