Anime in general is not accepted in the world of “non-geeks”. After all, they are Japanese drawings, right? This is where many are wrong. Just like all entertainment there are good, bad and average animes. Sword Art Online is one of those that stand out in the category. Not because of the trait (drawing), soundtrack and general features that a fan expects to see, but because of its theme. That’s right, Sword Art Online’s theme makes even those who don’t like anime look at it with a different perspective. Why?
In the not too distant future a developer will use virtual reality to create an MMORPG (Massive Multplayer Online Role-Playing Game) called Sword Art Online or SAO, where players will be able to fully live in a new world, control their avatars as if they were in their own bodies. On its launch day, after a few hours, all players discover that they will no longer be able to disconnect and that if they die in the game, they will die in real life. The players’ reality is no longer just virtual and this brings elements to the game never seen before. The only way to disconnect is to finish the game and this will not be a simple task, there is no easy mode.
How each character will handle this information is key to the anime. For the conflicts that will pass are real, actions that ordinary people would take. It is often possible to identify with these choices.
Not different? With such a theme, anime is no longer a “simple Japanese drawing”, don’t you think?
Currently SAO contains two seasons, one complete with 25 episodes and the second one still on the air with 17 episodes released. A third season is expected as the sequel already exists in the Manga (“Japanese Comics”).
The first season has two phases. The first phase deals with the theme of survival and character reactions and has a medieval atmosphere. The second phase deals with a very controversial topic; What are the impacts of an experience like this on people’s lives? How much do we load into the game and vice versa? And unlike the first phase, the missions are based on Norse mythology, giving another face to the anime. These issues are also addressed in the second season.
On top of that, SAO contains the right amount of action, romance, drama and soundtrack.
For those who are already fans of the category, SAO contains all the elements expected of a good anime, in addition to containing two themes from the geek world (Animes and Games). To imagine playing with the same freedom shown in the anime is something simply sensational.
If you don’t have the habit of downloading Animes and are interested in watching this one, it is available on “Anime Netflix” Crunchyroll. Like Netflix, you can use this app on any Android / iOS device, video games (PlayStation / Xbox) and some SmartTVs.
Have you ever watched an episode? What do you think? If not, with the information above, were you able to decide whether or not to attend?