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So.... I am really late on this... to the point where I think I will get mass amounts of hate. I heard of this series thanks to Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, and I thought "Why Not?" Before people say anything, I know of GAMERS! and NEW GAME!, I just haven't got around to them.
Same rules as before:
1.Spoilers are abounding here folks. If you want to watch it blindly... go watch it.
2. Depending on the Anime, this can get NSFW. Just a heads up, but with this anime, you should be fine.
3. I am watching the subbed version.
This is my first impressions of Sword Art Online.
"In 2022, Humanity has created a fully virtual evori.
We start in the year 2022 with a kid putting on a VR headset of some sort and logging in to the virtual world for a popular game call Sword Art Online, or SAO, presented by ARGUS. They have managed to create a virtual environment. It launched that day, however, the boy, named Kirito, was a beta tester, so he knows how the game works.
Like with most anime, the intro is at the end the first time of airing. However, I feel I should talk about it now.
I like it. Crossing Field is a nice song, that talks about the two main characters past(despite us not meeting Asuna in this episode, but I can say she is cute), haunted them and that they want to be together no matter what. Put song subs in videos, Crunchyroll! Fan subs do it , so why can't you? I still don't know what the Dragon Maid intro means. Still the intro has nice and flashy visuals, which I hope the series plays up.
Anyways, we also meet Klein, a beginner who to know how to play the game, because he keeps getting his ass kicked or rather, his crotch kicked. However, Kirito teaches him the basics including motion input. It is nice to see Kirito teaching this, but isn't he on a bed? How is he moving? Anyways, lets get to the real meat of the episode.
After Kirtrio describes the idea of the game, Klein realises that he can not log out. The two realise that this is problematic for games future, as well as the fact they can't move their real bodies(I guess that answers my question). Klein takes it well.
Anyway, we already get our first bombshell of the show, where everyone is forced to teleport for a system annoncement. We learn from the Game Master Dan Ku- I mean, Kayaba Akiniko, that the game must be cleared before they can log out. This is an intresting concept, espally as a game dev, what if humans were left to surive in a real life MMO? And, like Kamen Rider Ex-Aid,if you die in the game, you die in real life. I'll speak about how Ex-Aid handled it later, but it is always intresting to think about. He also gives everyone mirrors, reverting everyone back to their true selves, as the Nervegear can read what you're face looks like. Imagine if the HTC Vive could do that. Anyways, Game Master says that he created the game to have a world and intervine in it, which has done, before ending the tutorial. Kirito and Klein part ways, and Kirito says he will survive in this world.
A quick note on Kirtio, I think he is cool, but he says he feel more alive in SAO, rather than in the real world. I think this could lead to an intresting dynamic of him wanting to stay in this world, rather than to clear the game.
Overall, good first episode. I can't wait to see what happens next. Let me know what you guys thought in the comments below.
Thanks for reading, have a great day/night and take care.
Written by Nana Marfo
Sword Art Online (C) Aniplex