write article

Sword Art Online Articles

Sort by:   Most Recent | Top Rated
Filter by: 
Showing sword art online articles (1-25 of 35)
< Previous   |  Next »
Opinion by Sovietbakuretsu posted 4 months ago
fan of it?
save
First of all, i wanna apologize for my english but i still think that you all are going to get the message.
Sword Art Online is shit, Sword Art Online is the best anime ever made, Sword Art Online's LN are better than the anime, etc, etc etc. What are those? Exactly, opinions. Opinions, opinions everywhere. What should we do with other people opinions? Listen to them, respect them and then (in a final stage) we decide if we agree or disagree. Why? Because opinions and facts differ, while facts are objective and proved somehow, opinions are guided by our emotions, feelings and our own vision of everything.
You may be asking yourself "what the hell is this shitty paragraph on my SAO forum?" Well i made a little introduction because we all know that since SAO first aired in 2012 people picked a side in the "haters vs fanboys" fight that still goes on. The most annoying thing about this non-sense fight it's the fact that everyone seems to claim the "truth flag" and hold it like they were born to it. No, stop it. You don't like SAO? don't watch it. You saw every single episode and didn't like it? It's ok, you can express your thoughts about the topic with respect....
read more...
Article by NagisaFurukawa- posted over a year ago
fan of it?
save
.Hack//Roots.
Okay i wanna get this out of the way right now.
Many people think when they watch a gaming Anime like Sword Art Online it should be compared to other gaming Anime like Log Horizen and No Game No Life. But here i am gonna tell you about Dot Hack the Gaming Anime that started it in the Anime community. Click on the Link that will take you to the .Hack// Wikipedia website. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/.hack That proves and shows that Hack// Roots and Hack Trilogy with Haseo and the rest of the Hack series is Episodes,Ova and Spin off series. Just cause the characters change in some seasons does not make them spin off series only. That's like with Digimon each season except for Digimon Adventure 01 and 02 the characters changed. And that did not make the rest of Digimon a spin off and ova series. That is also the same for .Hack// Just cause in some seasons the characters changed does not make the rest of it a spin off and Ova series. Get your facts straight to some people who think i am wrong on this.
read more...
Fan fiction by SAOLOVER1337 posted over a year ago
fan of it?
4 fans
save
ICH LIEBE SAO SO SEHR DAS ICH EINEN POST DARÜBER MACHEICH LIEBE SAO SO SEHR DAS ICH EINEN POST DARÜBER MACHEICH LIEBE SAO SO SEHR DAS ICH EINEN POST DARÜBER MACHEICH LIEBE SAO SO SEHR DAS ICH EINEN POST DARÜBER MACHEICH LIEBE SAO SO SEHR DAS ICH EINEN POST DARÜBER MACHEICH LIEBE SAO SO SEHR DAS ICH EINEN POST DARÜBER MACHEICH LIEBE SAO SO SEHR DAS ICH EINEN POST DARÜBER MACHEICH LIEBE SAO SO SEHR DAS ICH EINEN POST DARÜBER MACHEICH LIEBE SAO SO SEHR DAS ICH EINEN POST DARÜBER MACHEICH LIEBE SAO SO SEHR DAS ICH EINEN POST DARÜBER MACHEICH LIEBE SAO SO SEHR DAS ICH EINEN POST DARÜBER MACHEICH LIEBE SAO SO SEHR DAS ICH EINEN POST DARÜBER MACHEICH LIEBE SAO SO SEHR DAS ICH EINEN POST DARÜBER MACHEICH LIEBE SAO SO SEHR DAS ICH EINEN POST DARÜBER MACHEICH LIEBE SAO SO SEHR DAS ICH EINEN POST DARÜBER MACHEICH LIEBE SAO SO SEHR DAS ICH EINEN POST DARÜBER MACHEICH LIEBE SAO SO SEHR DAS ICH EINEN POST DARÜBER MACHEICH LIEBE SAO SO SEHR DAS ICH EINEN POST DARÜBER MACHEICH LIEBE SAO SO SEHR DAS ICH EINEN POST DARÜBER MACHEICH LIEBE SAO SO SEHR DAS ICH EINEN POST DARÜBER MACHEICH LIEBE SAO SO SEHR DAS ICH EINEN POST DARÜBER MACHEICH LIEBE SAO SO SEHR DAS ICH EINEN POST...
read more...
Opinion by kiritazu8 posted over a year ago
fan of it?
7 fans
save
When i first heard about Sword Art Online i thought it would be something i would like. i didn't know that it would lead me to a whole new life! SAO totally changed my attitude, my thoughts, my actions, even how i dress. When i saw the first episode of SAO i became addicted right away! I finished the first season in about a week or less. Now every Saturday i watch the new GGO episode. SAO made me want to watch other anime. My brother pointed a couple of anime out to me and next thing i new i was watching anime all the time and i was buying anime shirts, bracelets, lanyards, and some other awesome stuff. My family calls me addicted and that may be true, but at least i'm happily addicted and not one of those people that's addicted to something they wish they weren't addicted to. anime is very important to me and if anyone takes it away from me i wont forgive them! SAO is my favorite anime and most likely will always be. it's hard to find an anime that is better than SAO. Not only is SAO awesome but they have some of the best theme songs ever! I love all of the theme songs, but my favorite is crossing field by LiSA. I hope who ever is reading this agrees that SAO is one of the BEST...
read more...
News by Vampiregurl22 posted over a year ago
fan of it?
2 fans
save
I wonder if this light inside my heart has been right here all along
And I've never noticed it at all
'Cause every time I stumble down
Or have to take the long way around
It shines on me forever more

The distant singing of the bells
If you listen close it tells
A lonely story

Once more, I'll push my fears away
All that I endure today will make me stronger

The mere repeating of reality alone
Alines the stars and all the wishes they take on
At last I've found something to chase with all my might
I can not fight or go against these feelings

No matter if one day I wake and blink away this world around me
And I'm lost in thoughts of what could be
I know that I will find my way
'Cause now I have this light within me
It shines on me forever more

Every night following that dream
Where I threw away that old and silly ribbon
read more...
News by Vampiregurl22 posted over a year ago
fan of it?
2 fans
save
I was never right for the hero type of role
I admit it
With my heart shivering in fear
I can see today's reflected in each past tear
Even so
It has been calling the heavens to me
But I cannot hide
All the emptiness inside
My fleeting heart

Once in my dreams
I rose and soared
No matter how I'm knocked around
Or beaten down
I will stand up, restored

All of my love
Has yet to wake
I know your strength is what I lack
You've got my back
And know that I've got yours

I have you to thank
For lighting up the dark

Because you're here with me
Our dreams will soar free
Forever

(I wanna always be with you
I give you everything I have)

I could never find light to guide me through the night
And with one touch
I'd recall every memory
All too precious to not hold them all close to me
read more...
Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
fan of it?
4 fans
save
Kanji lyrics

いつからかこの胸で揺れてる光 手放したくはない
遠回りしても 躓いてもここに
ずっと ずっと 光ってる…

遠くに聞こえた鐘の音が少し寂しくて
もう一度強く今度は高く駆け抜けた

ただ繰り返す現実も星の数の願い事も
目指すべき明日を見つけた この想いには勝てない

目の前に開かれた果てない世界 たとえ仮想(ゆめ)でもいい
迷い続けても胸の奥で強くずっとずっと響いてく

幼いリボンを捨てた夜から見た夢は
輝いた街で理想の日々を送ってた

傷つかない場所目指して翼ばかり求めたけど
この背中にただ1つの守るものがあればいい

少しずつ鮮やかに彩る世界感じたままでいい
微笑みの色も巡り逢いの色ももっともっと変わってく

答えが無くて 目指そうとして
綺麗じゃなくて 諦めなくて
私もきっとこの世界と似てる信じ続けてる
...
read more...
Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
fan of it?
5 fans
save
Kanji lyrics

認めていた臆病な過去
わからないままに怖がっていた
後ろの自分が現実を今に映す

いくつもの空を描いたここはきっと
儚い心乱して

夢で高く跳んだ躰は
どんな不安纏っても振り払っていく
眠る小さな想い拡がり出して
気付く弱い私君がいれば

暗い世界強くいれた
長い夢見る心はそう永遠で

探していた導く光
触れればすべて思い出して
掛け替えのない大切な今をくれる

目を閉じ世界を知った
それはいつも暖かいのに痛くて

繋ぐ確かな願い重なり合って
見える迷いは動き始めた
君を守りたくて背負う傷は
深い眠りの中漂った

代わらない約束だった
二人信じた絆はそう鮮明に

声が届くまで名前を呼んで
出会えた奇跡感じたいもっと

夢で高く跳んだ躰は
...
read more...
Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
fan of it?
5 fans
save
I’m not really sure how to begin this article – it’s been a long ride and the finale is one that leaves me with some conflicted emotions. It felt both fitting and unfitting as a finale to Sword Art Online. The final few moments before the credits rolled felt like a good way to conclude the series, as did the return of every single character of import from the two arcs and the final showdown between Sugou and Kirito. These were all things worthy of being in what came across as a finale-epilogue combination. Yet at the same time it felt as though a lot of the episode dragged, that it could’ve been shortened dramatically. The ‘climax’ came too early, and while it was good to see how things wound up in the wake of Asuna’s awakening, it felt like it was petering out slowly rather than trying to end on a strong note. Admittedly, I did feel as though it ended on a relatively strong note, but much of what occurred between the climax and final moments felt a little on the dull side.

read more...
Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
fan of it?
5 fans
save
I’ve taken two main things away from this episode. The first is that Sugou is hilarious. I have no idea if this was intentional, but the guy is Class-A comedy villain material! By this point, he’s little more than a caricature of a man, with no substance beyond being a horrible creep who has his eyes set on Asuna and vast wealth. Koyasu Takehito has a great voice at his disposal and it almost felt as though some Dio came out in today’s episode. I laughed a lot this week. I’m not even joking.

Zephyr once told me that it was worth watching Zetsuen no Tempest for the reaction faces alone. The same could probably be said of this episode of SAO. Sugou had some brilliant ones, displayed while stepping on Kirito’s face, casually spinning a giant sword and resting it on his finger, and even while licking Asuna’s tears. I… want to hate this guy (he’s meant to be the antagonist after all) but he’s just written in a way that I can’t take seriously. He’s completely out of place in a story that tries to take itself as seriously as Sword Art Online does. On the other hand, he was the major contributing factor to this episode’s entertainment value.
read more...
Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
fan of it?
6 fans
save
Alright, I’m going to say something extremely controversial this week. See, I genuinely enjoyed the second half of this episode. Quite a bit in fact. Sword Art Online can actually be very good when the focus isn’t entirely on how ridiculously powerful and badass Kirito is supposed to be which, in truth, has been the major focus for most of the ALO arc. What Kawahara Reki seems to frequently forget is that MMORPGs aren’t about the individual, but what the many can accomplish when they combine their strength. The same can also extend to all other mediums – Stilts and Stereoman even wrote a post on the subject. All through ALO, Kirito has worked alone. Leefa has been with him every step of the way, but always pushed to the back whenever there was anything important to be done. The Sword Art Online arc never had the issue to quite this extent. Until the final moments where everything suddenly came down to Kirito, progress through the story – through the game itself – had been facilitated by co-operation, either with large groups of players, or with Asuna.
read more...
Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
fan of it?
6 fans
save
And here it is, the moment we’ve all known was coming ever since Leefa and Kirito’s very first meeting. I’m not really a big fan of love drama in anime, at least not this kind. It always tends to go exactly the same way – someone gets their heart broken, there’s lots of screaming and shouting and then everybody goes their own way with a noticeably uncomfortable air. Knowing that it’s coming for several episodes makes it worse because it doesn’t even come as a surprise, and when it’s placed right in the middle of the climatic part of the story, that climax suffers too.

If suffering made one a magical girl, Sugu would be amongst the finest. First she’s forced to watch the ‘brother’ she fell in love with remain stuck in a coma for two years. When he finally emerges, she discovers that he met another girl and fell in love with her instead. When Sugu finally finds a new love, overcoming the heartbreak of realising her cousin would never love her back, she finds out that this person is once again her cousin. Not only is her heart broken twice in a very short space of time, but it’s broken twice by the exact same person. As romantic lives go, hers is...
read more...
Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
fan of it?
6 fans
save
This week’s sudden break in immersion, brought to us by an automated system maintenance warning, brought to mind something I hadn’t really thought about until now. Just how much of ALO’s playerbase participates in roleplay? It’s always been a big part of MMOs and I can only imagine it would become even more widespread with the introduction of VR as immersive as that displayed by SAO and ALO. To the player, the world must seem real – just how many of these people actually live out fictional lives within the game, going beyond merely playing to hit things with a stick? Kirito and Leafa certainly don’t seem to care and Recon hasn’t given any indication that he sees it as any more than a game. It’s a topic ALO could’ve made use of but doesn’t seem to have elected to touch on at all. The closest we’ve come is the racial leaders, but even they didn’t act outside the bounds of what’s expected of a player.

It’s really no surprise that everyone who was trapped in SAO would be herded together and thrown in the same school for surveillance. Just imagine how many psychopaths might have been born, trapped for two years away from those they loved, killing...
read more...
Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
fan of it?
6 fans
save
I’ve been wondering this for a while, and I know others have too. Isn’t it rather strange that Leafa has never once questioned Kirito’s absurdities? I’m sure most players would notice that something was up pretty quickly given how prone gamers are to calling out exploiters. If anything, watching him fight General Eugene (Miyake Kenta) should have triggered some concerns that he was hacking. After all, he moves much faster than he should be able to as we’ve witnessed on multiple occasions (half the time it looks like he’s speedhacking); he can fly faster than Leafa despite the fact she’s never met anyone who could even so much as keep up with her before; he uses extremely overpowered illusion magic thanks to his conveniently hacked stats; and he has an AI pixie that can sense nearby players and give an accurate account of their numbers. This is all rather suspect, no? I’m guessing that must mean Leafa is pretty naive when it comes to the game, even if she has been playing a long time. But then again, given her stance on illusion magic, that doesn’t seem like much of a surprise.
read more...
Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
fan of it?
6 fans
save
I think the aspect of this arc I most enjoy is watching Leafa take every opportunity she can to poke fun at and belittle Kirito. It’s a refreshing change to the blind adoration shown by most of the other characters he comes across and the exaggerated jealousy and hatred felt towards him by antagonists. He can tend towards arrogance quite frequently, so it’s always nice to see someone bring him down a few pegs, whether over his poorly considered choice of race or his tendency to launch himself at obstacles expecting to be able to break through them with his strength alone.

Spriggans specialise in illusion magic, though if Leafa’s ability to create an illusory wall to hide them is anything to go by, they should be able to use other types of magic too. ‘Illusion magic sucks in combat!’ she repeatedly informs us. Kirito’s use of it aside, I don’t really agree with this at all. Illusion is an incredibly powerful tool. Invisibility and stealth definitely exist in ALO – we see Recon use it, so logically speaking illusion magic should have some variation on that too. Many games have existed in the past where illusion is a powerful tool – clones to deceive...
read more...
Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
fan of it?
6 fans
save
It’s always interesting to have some light shed upon the motives of characters who aren’t one-dimensional antagonists. We heard more than enough about Sugou’s dastardly plans last week, so it was about time we finally had something to counterbalance that – the purity behind Sugu’s motives for joining ALO and becoming enraptured by it. Her original desire to play a VRMMO stemmed from wanting to see what kind of life Kirito was trapped in. Honestly speaking, ALO is so different to SAO in so many ways; it’s hard to believe she would have managed to get any sort of picture of what life was like for him. But the core ideas remain – the escapism, the colourful, pseudo-natural worlds, and the freedom. Always the freedom.

No matter where you look, freedom is always a common motif, be it in the real world, in anime, or in a video game set during the American Revolution (it was a pretty decent game by the way, pity about the further simplified combat and disappointing ending). Flight has always been one of those grand dreams of freedom shared by many, going back as far as the myths of Icarus and his wings of feather and wax (and quite possibly even further). A...
read more...
Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
fan of it?
4 fans
save
For the longest time, Sword Art Online has been lacking something that’s almost crucial in the top tier of anime. There’s a certain element of enjoyment that can only really be brought to an anime by sheer, unfettered fabulousness. This is a flair Kirito, as our main character, is distinctly lacking – his almost bleak, and relatively stoic nature goes hand in hand with his dark and dour clothing choices. For the first time since its premiere, we have something that comes vaguely close to the spirit – a character who just barely manages to bring some fabulous to the table. Oh, by the way, it’s Sugou. Yes, the horrible, evil, pretty much one-dimensional antagonist who has fantasies of doing despicable things to Asuna against her will. It’s not perfect though – the pose is about halfway there but he needs a bit more flair and a little less creepy. The smug could probably go too. But it’s the best we’ve got so we can make do! A pity about the motivations.

Surprisingly enough, unlike our last antagonist, Sugou actually has a plan. It’s probably not the best plan – selling mind control technology to the highest bidder is an obvious recipe for disaster...
read more...
Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
fan of it?
5 fans
save
With episode sixteen of Sword Art Online we finally return to some of the aspects that the series excels at. Our new game for the rest of the season is ALFheim Online, an MMORPG built using the same systems as Sword Art Online but with magic replacing sword skills, environments that are somehow even more beautiful than its predecessor, the ability to fly, and a complete overhaul of the level and skill system. On top of this, we actually get to see character creation for the first time, minimal though it may be!

Personally, something about the idea of random character appearance generation repulses me – I’ve always been one to carefully shape my characters to my liking and I’m sure I’m not the only one who does so. Removing that part of the character customisation entirely seems to clash with some of the ideas that arise from gaming as a form of escapism – if you can’t decide exactly how you’re going to look in-game, you won’t have your ideal image to play as. I wonder if there’s a cash shop that allows appearance changing post character creation… there certainly would be in any modern MMO with similar character generation – you’d make a fortune...
read more...
Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
fan of it?
4 fans
save
Episode 15 of Sword Art Online feels almost like an entirely different anime. Right from the OP showing Kirito and co. frolicking around in Aion the new game which wasn’t introduced in this episode, down to the new characters and real world setting, only Kirito and Asuna (along with Kawahara Reki’s distinctive writing style) remain as reminders of the previous arc. We’re out of SAO, Kirito is undergoing rehabilitation, Asuna remains in a coma for some mysterious reason, and right off the bat we have another new love interest and antagonist. Yes. Already. Perhaps some would complain that pacing was too slow if no new big bad was introduced immediately now that Kayaba Akihiko’s plans (whatever they actually were) have been thwarted. I, however, do not think there was any real reason to introduce a new antagonist this soon – the plot could easily have gone on without it.

Subtlety is perhaps not Kawahara Reki’s strong suit. Even without the knowledge that Kirito (sorry, I can’t bring myself to call him Kirigaya) is seemingly irresistible to all feminine beings, Suguha’s (Taketatsu Ayana) adoration for her adopted big brother/cousin could not be more...
read more...
Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
fan of it?
3 fans
save
Here ends the first major arc of Sword Art Online. I have to say, in fairness to A-1, they handled this episode pretty well. Most of its faults can almost entirely be attributed to the source material. It was certainly a flashy episode, with the final duel between Heathcliff and Kirito topping the rest of the series in terms of animation and style, and it had moments that some might consider touching or emotional. We even had the reveal of one of the few true twists in SAO – Heathcliff’s true identity. As most realised at the time, there was something fishy during his duel with Kirito, and now we know why. It also might help to explain Kirito’s generally poor disposition towards Heathcliff all this time – perhaps a base instinct warning him not to put too much trust into the game’s number one player.

Perhaps falling back to regroup would have been the wiser choice, but Kirito could not allow the chance to set everyone free pass by. After all, given the high casualty rate in the previous boss battle (fourteen dead), the continually dwindling number of clearers, the mounting difficulty, and the fact that they’re only three quarters of the way through the game...
read more...
Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
fan of it?
3 fans
save
This week we have an episode in two parts, the first a light-hearted glimpse into another unexplored part of the SAO system, the second a far more tense and action-packed boss battle with one of the toughest bosses to date. So how about we tackle (badum-tish!) the quieter portion first and leave the further glimpses into Kirito’s personality and the battle until later.

Fishing is almost always horribly boring in MMOs. Actually in most RPGs too – the only example that ever stood out as being moderately fun to me was Dark Chronicle. Interaction is generally minimal – you cast your line, wait for some visual cue saying you’ve caught something, and then you’re forced to perform something akin to a Quick Time Event. SAO seems similar in a sense – whether or not you catch anything appears to be based entirely on your fishing skill (painstakingly increased by grinding the same actions over and over) and your ability to land the fish seems to be directly proportionate to your physical strength stat. Naturally, this is the perfect opportunity for Kirito to show off his immense strength and use it to complement Nishida’s (Saitou Shirou) hard earned skill. With the...
read more...
Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
fan of it?
3 fans
save
They say that opposites attract – that two people who are completely different are more likely to make a better pair than two people who are very similar. I guess it’s true in a sense, and the Asuna/Kirito pairing certainly seems to conform to this idea. Putting their taste in clothing aside (strange how Kirito has gone back to his regular black while Asuna continues to wear guild colours – perhaps it’s become too routine for her) along with their obvious disagreement on what can be considered edible, they both frequently react very differently to any situations which arise. With the appearance of Yulier (Shiraishi Ryoko) this week, we learn a little bit more about The Army – it was originally established by a guy called Thinker (Mizushima Takahiro) with honest and possibly even noble intentions and has only descended into the horror that it is today thanks to the rise of Kibaou (the mouthy guy from episode two) and his faction. With Thinker trapped unarmed in a high level dungeon having been betrayed by Kibaou, Yulier’s only recourse is to approach Kirito and Asuna for help.
read more...
Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
fan of it?
3 fans
save
This week we follow Kirito and Asuna as they take a break from the chaos of frontline combat. Heathcliff is completely right – they’ll be back, how could they not? If they were to up and leave the battlefield now and never look back, why then have they been fighting for so long? They may have each other now, but Asuna at the very least is not an overly selfish person. I doubt she’d be able to bear the idea that others were fighting while she spent all her time having fun with Kirito. Heck, we can actually see a little bit of discontent from Kirito at points during the episode – he’s probably itching to get back to fighting solo – and Asuna’s attack on the child-molesting Army members doesn’t feel like it was entirely because of her distaste for them. With all they’ve invested in clearing the game so far and the prospect of getting together on the outside, there’s even more reason for them to get back out there and continue pushing forwards with the other clearers.

Speaking of getting together on the outside, I find it strange that Asuna would feel the need to ‘fall in love with [Kirito] again’ outside the game – given that their artificial...
read more...
Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
fan of it?
3 fans
save
Noooo after all this time, they didn’t use the line about ‘love breaking the bounds of the dexterity stat!’ I’ve literally been waiting this entire run for it so I could laugh at the absurdities Kawahara Reki frequently writes into his stories. I mean really, just imagine gaming if strong feelings could influence and surpass the stats. That would be entirely broken. Oh well, I guess it’s actually a positive since that whole concept was kind of stupid. Better to just sidestep the issue entirely. After all, there was nothing to suggest that Asuna couldn’t run the distance once she knew there was something up, only Kawahara’s decision to try and pull a ‘love conquers all‘ moment.

Setting that aside, we have our second unique skill user this episode. Heathcliff, leader of the Knights of the Blood Oath, has what is possibly the most fitting skill for his position. Perfect Defence is not exactly a unique concept in RPGs, featuring in a myriad of forms, particularly in the MMORPG genre. It makes a lot of sense for the leader of what is essentially a Knightly order to possess a skill so often associated with variations of the Knight and Paladin classes. His...
read more...
Opinion by OkazakiDaisuke posted over a year ago
fan of it?
3 fans
save
I would hate to take part in a SAO boss battle. Let’s take a step back and look at how boss battles generally work in an MMO. It’s rare for things to go quite to plan – if it’s not a ‘Leeroy Jenkins!’ then someone will purposely ignore simple instructions, or fail to listen during the multiple explanations you give resulting in complete chaos. Even if by some miracle you avoid wiping completely, leaving nothing but a pile of corpses in the boss room, many people will go down due to that situation. Heck, even with the perfect strategy and no foolishness on the part of the members, it’s still rare for there to be no deaths and resurrections. If there are no corpses scattered around the room with healers frantically attempting to raise them, it’s not a true boss battle! Or rather, not a sufficiently challenging one.

Now what happens if we apply this to SAO? Complete disaster. On the plus side, as callous as this may sound, at least there would be no need to deal with the clowns and the individuals who refuse to listen to instructions – they probably wouldn’t last long. However if, even with flawless strategies and constant healing, players still go...
read more...