Title: Sword Art Online / SAO / ソードアート・オンライン
Type: TV Series, 25 Episodes
Genre: Action, Adventure, Romance, Fantasy
Themes: Survival Game, Swordplay, Tragedy, Virtual Reality
Year: 24.06.2012 till 23.12.2012
Producers: A- 1 Pictures
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Plot: The players of a virtual reality MMORPG, Aincrad Online, are trapped and fighting for their very lives. After it is announced that the only way to leave the game is by beating it, Kirito—a very powerful swordsman—and his friends take on a quest to free all the minds trapped in Aincrad.
2012 was filled with the survival game and virtual reality theme, where a certain videogame players are trapped inside the game and their dreamy world becomes a nightmare. Some titles are Btooom!, Accel World, and Sword Art Online.
Sword Art Online is definitely my favorite in that short list. The anime art was splendid, the plot was solid, the action scenes were amazing. Everything was coherent and does make sense unlike the childish theme that Accel World has and the unclear ending of Btooom!.
I loved SAO and I really enjoyed watching it, so it’s recommended if you are not that kind who whines about how gay that is (a guy watching a love story).