If ever Sword Art Online manages to sabotage itself and burst into flames the next episode, I can go and say: “Well, at least it had a great start.” It does so many things right that it’s easy to forgive it for the little things it does wrong.
First of all, it looks gorgeous. Beautiful,clean visuals and varying frame compositions are always a killer combination. Secondly, it may be too early for Yuki Kajiura to remix Fate/Zero tracks (kidding) but who cares? The score sounds great.
The actual content of the first episode is just as good. They went all out with the mystery and intrigue without sacrificing the time needed to subtly flesh out our protagonist, Kirito. This could’ve easily been a disaster, but Sword Art Online successfully manages to keep itself engaging despite unanswered questions concerning ~*excretory activities*~ and the like.
SAO also does a great job at portraying how disoriented and helpless these players are, the danger is there. I tend to whine about how too many shows need to stop taking themselves too seriously, but SAO is one of those few shows I think is better off doing just that.
I don’t have a real complaint other than that the first half had a lot of exposition and seemed slow but the characters’ personalities (particularly Klein) shined through that segment.
This is the first real summer show that I found to be compelling, but I’m simply going to stay cautiously optimistic until the next episode. The cynic in me says that it just may be too good to be true.
P.S: I know I should stop changing layouts but I like this so I might stick with it for a while.
P.P.S: Vote for which summer show you want me to blog! SAO is currently in the lead.