Anime Review · DVD Review

Sword Art Online Part 2

Headline: Masterpiece

5/5 Stars

Originally posted June 24, 2014

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Continuing my review of Part 1, Sword Art Online is one of the most passionate and satisfying anime series I’ve seen in recent years. And especially in the second part, you get to witness a lot of charm and emotion. The developing relationship between Asuna and Kirito is really lovely to watch and it’s surprising to see just how far they go in such a short space of time. It’s true that like most animes the writers couldn’t help but add in a little bit of fan service to satisfy some viewers pleasures, and some of the scenes and jokes can be seen as a little bit inappropriate. But if anything else, they are little more than a bit of light-humour, which helps to keep the series from being too dark or intimidating. Of all the parts of Sword Art Online, this is perhaps the most charming one.

For Sword Art Online Part 2 I wanted to say something different than what I did in Part 1. Even at this early stage, I knew it was important to write every review as individually as possible, rather than copy and pasting information from previous ones. So I decided to talk about how this volume’s episodes touch on the relationship between  Kirito and Asuna. Today, I could probably go into a big discussion about how Sword Art Online seems to represent their coming-of-age, love story: Kirito is socially isolated and doesn’t have many friends; he meets a girl named Asuna; they don’t get along at first; they grow closer after spending some time together; they buy each other gifts; introduce their friends; stay at each others houses; deal with people who don’t like their relationship; kiss; get married (in-game); buy a house together; sleep in the same bed; have an in-game ‘daughter’; and so on. I could also mention how  Watchmojo.com rated Kirito and Asuna at No.1 on their list of Top Ten Anime Romances. Looking back on it, I realise made some mistakes. Not everyone who reads this review on Amazon would’ve read my review of Part 1, so I probably should’ve began with another brief description of the series instead of just saying it continued on from that. Also, this was the first time I mentioned fan-service and the names of the main characters, when I probably should’ve brought them up in Part 1.

Let me know what you thought of this review in the comments below. Also, see my reviews of Sword Art Online Parts 1, 3 and 4.

(Image courtesy of http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sword-Online-Part-Episodes-8-14/dp/B00F9WR3DG)

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