In the year 2022, virtual reality has progressed by leaps and bounds, and a massive online role-playing game called Sword Art Online (SAO) is launched. With the aid of “NerveGear” technology, players can control their avatars within the game using nothing but their own thoughts. Kazuto Kirigaya, nicknamed “Kirito,” is among the lucky few enthusiasts who get their hands on the first shipment of the game. He logs in to find himself, with ten-thousand others, in the scenic and elaborate world of Aincrad, one full of fantastic medieval weapons and gruesome monsters.
I’d rather die with someone than let that person die before my eyes. More so if she’s a girl like you
Normally I aim to have a balanced point of view on things. But unfortunately my biasness is kicking in. And so why fight it. Here we go, the problem with SAO from the offest is the world. It uses a very primitive or an archaic system of what was used in MMO’. If anything it uses the traditional JRPG system (and even then it isn’t very good). Now comes the BIGGEST problem(s).
The characters. Oh boy….where do I start with this. Kirito…such blandness it is actually cool to be him. Having no personality makes him a chick magnet. Seriously, nice guys who have bland personalities would be swimming in having female attention by this logic. The power..sorry powah of this character is on the same scale as He-man, with the reaction speed of Bruce Lee. How does he beat 10+ guys and still win?. You couldn’t meet a more over powered character. Sorry that’s level difference to us haters. Let me put this in to perspective. If Kirito is at lvl 100, whilst his opponent is at lvl 89. Stats wise, he has the advantage. And can beat that opponent. But if he is facing players of similar level…how in gods name can he beat all of them?. Most of the time, single handily.
I’ve done open world pvp and believe me it ain’t that easy, when you got a zerg / mob on your ass. Sure beat 2 or even 3 depending on your skill and build – and that’s if you’re facing roamer. Either he is over powered, or the rest of them are just noobs. Incompetent players…. sorry noobs. As for Asuna. Yeah…..fan service. And even more fan service. Starts strong then goes to pot in the second half of the first series. And practically non-existent in first half of season 2, then have a weak second half. Urgh… here are the positives & negatives before I go on a tirade.
- World of Aincard & the rest of the MMO world they go to
- OP & ED
- Fight scenes
- Bland, no personality male lead
- Over powered…level difference…same thing. No use of level scaling
- Asuna started out strong….then went to pot. Then became fan service
- Kirito gets a harem for doing very little
- Girls fall for Kirito despite not having a personality
- MMO system is archaic
- Season II was just boring
- How did Kirito find Sinon rl address – and get there in time?.
- Kirito is somewhat sexist since he went “easy” on Yukino – as she is a girl. A competent player as well.
Overall Grade: E
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