Sword Art Online is an Isekai anime written by Reki Kawahara. The anime made its debut in the year 2013. The anime was well received with mixed reviews for its animation and music.
The story takes place in a futuristic world where virtual reality games were introduced. The concept of virtual reality is the new state-of-the-art gaming experience, where people can experience gaming on a whole new level.
Virtual reality is like being in a fantasy world of your choice for however long you’d want. It is basically every gamer’s heaven. What could be better than the exhilarating rush that comes with experiencing real-worldly gaming?
Sword Art Online | Synopsis
Fast forward to 2022, when a virtual reality multiplayer game was released. The game was created by Akihiko Kayaba. NerveGear is the helmet used to provide a real gaming experience. It controls the five senses through the brain, which controls their character in-game.
On November 6, 10,000 players logged into the game only to realize they can’t log out. They didn’t know what was in store for them.
Kayaba suddenly appears, in his own character and begins to explain the situation to the restless players. His “bad guy” persona gave an interesting start to the anime. SAO anime probably created a tiny fear in the back of everyone’s brain, what if something like that happens in real life? Nonetheless, this anime probably inspired many to try out new games.
Kirito Kirigaya is the protagonist and being one of the early beta players of the game, got a head start in the game. His knowledge helped him get through each level with a good amount of ease. Kirito is the kind of protagonist that is expected in an Isekai anime.
Want a good-hearted, strong, and exceptionally talented character with a likable personality? Kirito’s your guy. He’s also popular with the ladies.
Death is scary. Death is something incomprehensible and inevitable. Kirito, Asuna, and the rest of the 10,000 players are faced with grave danger. Many questions pop up, who is the ultimate villain and what is his motive?
In the meantime, Kirito meets Asuna Yuuki, who seems uncaring about her death, and several others along with the game who team up to survive and finish the game. Aincrad has many levels, and each one has to pass each level to reach the ultimate boss.
Apart from the serious fighting and survival mode, they are constantly in, every player in the game tries to live a “normal” life inside the game, just as they would in the real world. It became their new normal.