Sword Art Online Episodes 1-25 Directed by Tomohiko Ito, Produced by A-1 Pictures Review
While playing a popular video game, Kirito finds himself, along with several thousand other people, trapped in the game. The only means of returning to the real world is to defeat the game. Can Kirito make it out? And who will he meet along the way?
Based on a light novel by Reki Kawahara, Sword Art Online suffers greatly from an incredibly unnecessary and deeply disturbing second half. The uncomfortable elements introduced later on clearly serve no other purpose than too presumably titillate the show’s target demographic. The show is not clever enough to be making any sort of commentary; it is pure wish fulfillment as exhibited by the blank slate protagonist Kirito.
It leaves a very fowl taste in the viewer’s mouth upon completion. Frankly, there are thousands of other shows one could watch that would leave a better impression than this. The first half, at the very least, has some redeeming aspects. The concept is interesting enough to carry the series for that first bit but the during the Fairy Dance arc is a long downward slide for the series it never recovers from.