Anime Review: Sword Art Online II

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Summary:

One 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. (Source: Crunchyroll)

General Information:

Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Aired: Jul 5, 2014 to Dec 20, 2014
Producers: Aniplex, A-1 Pictures, Genco, Aniplex of America
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Game, Romance
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

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Review:

Sword Art Online II a.k.a. Sword Art Online Phantom Bullet, made a buzz with its 2 new additional characters that appeared in the show. The first character is Asada Shino (Sinon) Voiced by Sawashiro Miyuki. Sinon is a character that was introduced in the  GGO arc which is also another game world in the SAO series. In the first Sword Art Online we didn’t really get to see much of the characters background story. So I was very pleased when they showed us Sinon’s background story. Not just that, her story was psychologically deep and human. It took SAO to a new level.

After few meaningless fillers Konno Yuuki (Yuuki) Voiced by Yuuki Aoi was introduced. Upon showing us how human SAO story can get they pushed the boundaries a little more. They showed us the most dramatic arc in SAO, yet it was the most beautiful at the same time. If I used to like Sword Art Online, I love it now. This show is a must watch and it should be in the top of your to watch list.

Overall Rating: 9/10


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