"Tell me, what do you think is the ultimate fear? I really thought I'd already reached the darkest of the dark, but then, ahead of me, I beheld a darkness even greater still." - Johan Liebert, Monster
As a masochist, I've watched many things that hurt me. Some anime damaged my brain with how absurdly bad they are. Some anime made my heart ache because of how painful they were.
But never before has an anime reached out and stabbed my soul, leaving terror and desolation in its wake.
With its appalling humor, dreadful set of chibis, and its abysmal story of absolute nothingness, this recap is dreadful in every manner possible. Not even fans of the SAO series will enjoy this. You know something is wrong when the whole series isn't even subbed yet -since the subbers are probably already dead. I would not recommend this to anyone, not even my worst enemy that I want dead. Because some things are worse than death.
I am scared. I am scared of what lies ahead of me, scared to pick this anime back up and finish it. Never before has something been so frightening as continuing this. God help my soul...read more
Sword Art Offline is a side show, meant to show and discuss the daily lives of the characters in SAO, because of that, a story is non-existent. The art style also deviates from the normal character designs, turning the characters into "Chibi", but since the entire show is meant as a bonus episode without any important details, the art wasn't very important. The single major flaw about it is the content of the entire show, where it never used this show as a chance to discuss possible scenes and events that required a bit more explanation. In the end, this special can only be considered a must watch if you really like Sword art online, and can't get enough of it.read more
Sword Art Offline didn't seem to add anything; I felt that if you watched it or didn't watch it, you're not missing out on anything (action-wise or information-wise).
For animated chibis, they displayed a very limited range of emotions (most of the time it's just blushing); they're chibis, they're supposed to be over the top in my opinion.
Plus, too much useless fanservice and tsundereness that I find plain annoying.
The attempted humour falls flat, and everything that happens is extremely predictable.
The segment that I did enjoy was the trivia corner because it wasn' something that was necessarily repeated information - usually it was something new that you wouldn't get from just watching the series lightly. read more
Sword Art Online was an anime that I did not particularly enjoy. I found many aspects of it either annoying or plain stupid.
Nevertheless, I still watched the Specials. I found that they were much more enjoyable than the anime itself.
Since these are pretty much OVAs, they don't have any particular storyline: instead they are presented under the form of news bulletins.
What I really liked about this is that most of the points that I did not enjoy in the original anime were drawn out and made fun of. Basically, the anime was making fun of itself. It was a little ridiculous, but I really enjoyed that it was mocking SAO in essence.
The art was decent, and I can understand that some might not like it, but then again, chibis are really an acquired taste.
Overall, I can say that I enjoyed this more than the original, though it is by no means a noteworthy title.read more