Falling somewhere in the anime spectrum of sci-fi and romance genres, Sword Art Online is a short series based around living and breathing MMORPGs – literally. The series is 25 episodes long, just long enough to hold your attention but short enough that as the plot loses focus towards the latter five episodes, you’re still okay about having spent all that time watching.
The anime centres around Sword Art Online (SAO), a VRMMORPG with a twist. Set in 2022, once the players log in, they can’t log out, and must play until the 100th floor of the game’s ‘tower’, and if their avatar dies in the game, their body dies in the real life. SAO focuses on Kirito, a skilled solo player who is determined to complete the game, and Asuna, a fellow player, and of course they fall in love.
No spoilers here, but what I can say is that Sword Art Online was a refreshing series to watch. It gains pace quickly in the opening episodes, and is the perfect mesh of fantasy, action and romance, while the sci-fi elements and battle scenes stop it from being too airy-fairy. The loveline between Kirito and Asuna is so sweet to watch and follow, and there are plenty of twists, introductions of new games and an action plot twist to boot.
Sword Art Online originated as a light novel series, and there is also a game series if you’re that way inclined.
Watch it online here.
Michelle Chai is a self-confessed colour avoider, avid coffee enthusiast, multi-tasker extraordinaire and, by night, a regular fashion blogger at Daisybutter. She edits Aesthetic (both online and print) and really enjoys her ongoing quest for the perfect knit. FYI, this one came close to nabbing the title.