There hasn’t been an anime as unique as Sword Art Online in ages. It’s the story of thousands of youths that are trapped in a virtual reality game by it’s creator. They’ll need to fight their way up a tower defeating one boss after the next until someone can beat the final boss which ends the game. The problem is, if you die in the game, you die in real life.
We follow Kirito, the main protagonist, as he battles his way to the top of the tower – meeting numerous interesting characters along the way.
Sword Art Online, based on a light novel series by Reki Kawahara has been adapted into both manga and anime formats. Both have been well received and her other series Accel World also has a large following.
Sword Art Online: The Best Game-Related Anime
The story hooks you from the start and takes you through a gripping story with lots of twists and unexpected events. These kids trapped in a violent world, mature with each new episode and develop harsher traits to help them survive. It’s a brilliantly told story with plenty of action and decent pacing. The second arc of the story was, however, rather disappointing after the pace that the first arc set. It’s still a good story but fails to keep the momentum it so craftingly built.
With the Oculus Rift: Virtual Reality Headset being developed, I’m sure there are lots of gamers like myself dying to get a taste of our own VR world – without the dying and stuff, of course.
I’d like to also give an honorable mention to another favorite of mine called Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou (Daily Lives of High School Boys) for it’s impressive comedy sketches that stay true to the original manga, and are absolutely hilarious.