Synonyms: Phantom Bullet, SAO II, Sword Art Online 2, SAO 2
Japanese: ソードアート・オンライン II
Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Jul 5, 2014 to ?
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 8.081 (scored by 32942 users)
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SynopsisOne year after the SAO incident, Kirito is approached by Seijiro Kikuoka from Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Department "VR Division" with a rather peculiar request.
That was an investigation on the "Death Gun" incident that occurred in the gun and steel filled VRMMO called Gun Gale Online (GGO). "Players who are shot by a mysterious avatar with a jet black gun lose their lives even in the real world..." Failing to turn down Kikuoka's bizarre request, Kirito logs in to GGO even though he is not completely convinced that the virtual world could physically affect the real world.
Kirito wanders in an unfamiliar world in order to gain any clues about the "Death Gun." Then, a female sniper named Sinon who owns a gigantic "Hecate II" rifle extends Kirito a helping hand. With Sinon's help, Kirito decides to enter the "Bullet of Bullets," a large tournament to choose the most powerful gunner within the realm of GGO, in hopes to become the target of the "Death Gun" and make direct contact with the mysterious avatar.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Sword Art Online
Prequel: Sword Art Online: Extra Edition
Characters & Voice Actors
Everytime I go and watch SAO in any website, these comments are always present.
SAO lovers be like: "This is epic", "Best anime ever", "Kirito and Asuna forever", etc..
SAO Haters be like: "This is a sh#t!", "What the f#ck! kirifag always OP", "Come on? How the hell people like it!" etc..
Writing a review in anime can have 2 effects to viewers, either they're like it or hate it. Like means, it's fair or because your opinions in anime is almost the same. Hate, because your having opposite opinions. The Like and Hate in this anime are both too much, to the fact that proper grading in this anime is impossible. So as much as possible, I will give a fair review to encourage the viewers and give it a chance to watch.
The story follows and continuation of the season 1 of SAO. A year has passed since the SAO incedent, Kirito and Asuna having their own precious normal life after their graduation. Until Seijiro Kikuoka approaches kirito and invite him to enter the world of Gun Gale Online (GGO). This invitation covers the investigation for "Death Gun" incident. In this incident, GGO top players is known to be the target of Death Gun and killing them in game same as IRL. Kirito was convinced and enter this world since he believes that all of this are coincidence.
From the title it self, "Sword ART online" the art in this anime is always promising. The character design and MMORPG effects are awesome. Nothing to say, This anime is just too modern for our modern time.
BGM is always fitted well in all scenes. Also OP/ED song is good but nothing is spectacular.
The most crucial category for the wars of Haters and lovers. Well we have 2 main characters: kirito and Sinon, oh wait, no Asuna?! Asuna is there for supporting cast, I feel sorry for Asuna fans. By the way Kirito is your OP MMORPG player that always good in all online games, nothing to be shocked since it's normal for SOME (like: Tatsuya from Mahouka or Goku from DBZ) protagonist to be OP. Kirito joins BOB (Bullet of Bullets) tournament for the reason to make contact with Death Gun. Also Kirito having a gun and sword combo weapon, A sword in a gun fight is just too badass. Second is Sinon, Sinon is a new main character in this series. Sinon teaches kirito the basics in GGO and she thought that Kirito is a girl due to its feminine apperance. Sinon is having a horrible trauma in just seeing a gun due to her horrible memory in the past. Although her avatar in GGO is her opposite and Pro in handling and shooting a sniper gun. Its seems that when she's playing GGO her whole character changes and becomes braver. The other characters like Asuna, Yui, Suguha etc. having some few scenes. Even though, nothing to worry about we're just seeing few episodes. The character developments are the main issue in this show. Some critics keep complaining on how kirito beats all the players that playing GGO in 2 years while Kirito just play GGO in an hour. I don't read the LN, so I don't know how to explain all the questions. As far as I know Kirito is one of the beta tester back on season 1. Being beta tester means more knowledge and more skills than other players. Since kirito plays many years in both SAO and ALO, when he enters the GGO there's some explanation about his avatar that being rare due to its owner is being the most long play time in any MMORPG. Then on how he can play his sword in GGO, all his skills from his past MMORPG like SAO and ALO retains on his avatar. So the character development is not such a big deal to discuss.
It's entertaining and worth watching, Give it a try. Either it's epic or not, Lovers vs. Haters are always arguing their statements. Don't let the haters discourage you or don't let the lovers to annoyed you. Just leave them alone, watch it in FULL SCREEN and don't scroll down to read some stupid comment in comment section.
Just give it a try and watch it till the end
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NOTE: Not a full review, this is for the first 6 episodes which I have been released thus far.
The most overrated show in the world is back again! I'll cut to the chase here and say that SAO 2 so far has been very, very underwhelming and has taken what little positives it had from season 1 and fluffs its attempt to epicly follow up the highly popular (though undeserved) season one. I am not a major fan of SAO but I will say that I enjoyed the first season and was mostly impressed with the show, albeit it had some pacing and character problems. SAO 2 brings MORE of that back without all the good stuff of the first season.
The first problem with SAO 2 is with its characters. Remember Asuna, Suguha, Klein and all of Kirito's previous friends from last season which barely got screentime? Well SAO 2 completely disregards their existence and they are literally thrown away in the first 15 minutes or so. As it stood, they were barely developed and I myself as a viewer felt disconnected and apathetic to the side characters. Well now, all of them are literally scrapped and replaced with Sinon (yes, 1 character) who just does not have enough depth to her character to carry the show forward. Obviously 1 singular character does not have enough diversity to fill in for the standard side character roles and archetypes (the joker, the genius, etc.). The second thing is that Sinon herself is not a very interesting character as she has a cliched and unoriginal backstory.
Moving on to Kirito: In my opinion he fails big time as a protagonist because he doesn’t seem to be relatable in any manner. He’s portrayed as an all powerful protagonist with nothing to learn. He has super human reflexes, knows how to master game mechanics in seconds, and is just overpowered as heck! Protagonists need to be flawed because to be interesting, we need to see them grow, mature and learn lessons. Kirito is doing none of that right now. This makes his character disinteresting to watch and doesn’t make me particularly care or worry about him that much. As a side note, I absolutely detest his new look in Season 2, it screams nothing more than a fan service gimmick to me.
Next up is story. I felt that a lot of the suspense and tension was missing from SAO 2 because of the lack of a death penalty as compared to the first season. There’s nothing at stake anymore for any of the characters which makes all the fighting and conflict not very relevant anymore. The lack of an actual danger to Kirito or any of the other players didn’t help immerse me in the story or make me want more of the show.
Speaking of tension and suspense, the nature of the fights (from swords to guns) makes SAO 2 lose a lot of tension as well. Gunfights tend to be short and not as emotionally and physically packed as a swordfight. Think of Kirito's battle with the dungeon bosses and how that was done. Now imagine it with machine guns and firearms. The change of focus on guns makes fights seem more cold and distant and doesn't help viewers particularly get into the fights as much, if that makes any sense.
The pacing in SAO 2 is rather slow. Not that much has happened despite it being the 6th episode - most of the screen time has been used to show how overpowered Kirito is and unnecessarily dragged out exhibition shots (like Sinon's intro gun fight). In comparison to the first season which progressed extremely fast paced, SAO 2 moves along at a snails pace.
Most stories call for a reasonable amount of suspension of disbelief, but SAO 2 has glaring holes. For example: why would Kirito join the game and meet up with Death Gun to investigate whether or not he can kill people from the game? Thats literally asking to be killed. And why is the agency who sends him in okay with this? There is more but I won’t go further for the sake of spoilers.
The music thus far has been quite good, I'm a big fan of the OP and ED songs. The rest of the soundtrack so far has been quite standard - theres nothing to bash or gush about in particular.
A lot of people say that if you liked the first season you should watch SAO 2. I somewhat disagree with that because its so different. The plot lacks tension and suspense which is supplemented by slow pacing. Old favourites are all gone and Kirito already seems to be a perfect protagonist with nothing to learn or grow into. The fast paced, action packed and tense first season of the show which boasted many side characters is a ghost of its former self in my opinion. It has lost much of what it had going for it. That being said, I will continue to pay attention to SAO 2 in hopes of improvement and because slow starts in 24 episode series are not that uncommon.
Bot are about people who gets into virtual game world. but while in Log Horizon they do it unwillingly, in Sword Art Online II they do it voluntarily. Both are action, adventure, fantasy, game and shounen. WHile Log Horizon is more "medival", Sword Art Online II is setted in a world where guns are main weapons.
Maintaining the theme of virtual world, the threat of death is not really an issue in this series since people can be revived however living in that world does have certain risks...
Both are about games and strategic main male leads
In both anime, the main hero is asked by someone to join world of game/world where everything is decided by games. Both are adventure and fantasy, but while in No Game No Life the main character(s) are trying to get to the top to rule the world, in SAO II the main character is trying to join ranks of top players to got closer to main antagonist.
It is set in a parallel world where the result of mini-games (chosen by the player challanged) determine those involveds fate. Anything from the right to being king to mere financial gain can be set as the prize...
Opening Theme"IGNITE" by Eir Aoi
Ending Theme#1: "IGNITE" by Eir Aoi (ep 1)
#2: "Startear" by Luna Haruna (eps 2-)
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