Sword Art Online Cosplay is an anime based on a series of light novels which has just hit the midway point of its TV run. Twelve episodes in, it is the smartest anime I have seen in years. But before we get into why this is the case, let’s take a look at the story.
In the year 2022, thousands of people get trapped in a new virtual MMORPG (Mass Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) known as Sword Art Online. Where death normally causes you to respawn to a safe zone, Sword Art Online was reprogrammed to kill anyone who dies in the virtual world. The only way to exit the game, is to defeat the final boss. Eager to escape this virtual nightmare, a lone beta player called Kirito Cosplay fights his way through each floor of the game; however, this lone wolf soon recognizes the need for companionship, and the cost for his freedom.
In the end, SAO Season 1 was packed full of mythical virtual excitement, beautiful animation, wonderful orchestral pieces, and intriguing character development. Even if you never watch SAO Season 2, SAO Season 1 is a must see for any Anime enthusiast and deserves a solid 10.
Sword Art Online Season 2, brings us back to the mmo virtual world. However, unlike SAO Season 1, the first half of SA0 season 2 is primarily based on a gunslinger motif known as Gun Gale Online, In a virtual world comprised of guns and bullets, Kirito, uses a female avatar whilst duel wielding a violet energy sword and a 5.7mm FN Five Seven handgun. Not long after his experiences in Alfheim Online, Kirito cosplay is asked to assist in finding a mysterious player called Death Gun who is targeting the best players in the game, and is some how killing them in the real world.
This series has one big flaw: you never really “get to know” any of the characters. You never feel like you know a character, any character, and that also ruins the character development a bit. Another thing that bothered me was that it felt cramped: it should have been more episodes, more room to develop character and story. There was a little lack of action sequences. I was hoping there would be tons of little MMO-details, sadly there were very few. At certain points it’s easy to get confused, as things are not always explained properly.
Despite that, people enjoyed this a lot, or were completely hooked (many people even watched the whole thing over again while waiting for the last couple of episodes.) The plot is probably something you either love or hate, but it is very interesting. The story and characters grab your heart and drag you along an emotional roller-coaster full of ups and downs. The animation is detailed, smooth and colorful. Sound effects and quality are good. The voice acting is great as well. One thing that stands out, is the soundtrack. It is absolutely epic! It is, at times, so beautiful it can be distracting.
Sword Art Online is not a perfect series, but the good and emotional story makes it easy to overlook the minor flaws.