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Post by Destiny's Gate on Sat Jul 21, 2012 8:20 pm

Trapped and fighting for their very lives in a Virtual Reality MMORPG, Aincrad Online, the story explores the mishaps and adventures of the greatest one handed swordsman of the VR world, Kirito. Together with his friends, the solo swordsman strives to finish the game, which in turn will release all the minds trapped into Aincrad. (from Anime News Network)

A very interesting show so far. I've only seen two episodes, and it's really good.

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Post by Destiny's Gate on Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:14 am

Episode Three was really really sad. Sob So beautiful.

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Post by Insectie on Sun Jul 22, 2012 2:32 pm

I watched the first episode. Tell me, is it as blatant of a rip-off of .hack Sign as it looks? "Help I'm in an mmo and can't log out! And it kills people in the real world!"

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Post by Destiny's Gate on Sun Jul 22, 2012 4:02 pm

Actually, hack// never killed anyone with the game. The closest they ever got was Phyllo, but he was terminally ill with cancer (which was the ultimate cause of death). Well, I suppose you could count that one little AI girl they "deleted" in the novel... .hack// (all incarnations) really just put people into comas because Harold never really wanted to hurt anyone. (If someone was truly killed off in one of the few installments I didn't read/see/play, let me know)

Also, .hack// had quite a bit of magic and special skills (data drain, Guardian, etc.) while this one has nothing of that nature. It really is just normal people who've been screwed over. There isn't any AI "goddess" going around trying to save/smite anyone. Really, except for the appearance episode one, we haven't seen game maker again (yet).

You'd probably like this one more, Insectie. More fighting than .hack// with less subtext and tedious explanation. Wink Fans seem to be comparing it more to Accel World with how the battle system works, since there's only physical combat.

The problem is, .hack// was so huge that it's difficult to make anything resembling an MMO anime without touching something the other hasn't touched upon at some point between it's three anime, three games, countless manga (I have five series, but there are more that I didn't bother with), one independent novel series (there were two novel series based upon games)...

Take it from a big .hack// fan: this is about as copied off of .hack// as any MMO is off of World of Warcraft. Even if you try to ignore the existence of the other, or even if you know nothing of it, it will always seem to be borrowing something. Smile

Besides, others have done the "trapped in a game" storylines before SAO besides .hack//. Monster Rancher, an oldie but goody, for one. It wasn't an MMO, but the kid was trapped in a PS1 game. That one came before .hack// if I remember correctly, so it could be argued that .hack// ripped off of Monster Rancher. Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles had a brief video game arch. Virtua Quest was a video game with the nerve-control MMO and I'm pretty sure kids got kidnapped and kept in the game there, too, though I never could get very far. Tron was all about being trapped in a game, wasn't it? Mystical Detective Loki Ragnorak had an episode about being sucked into an arcade game. I could probably go on, but that's the extent of my knowledge. My brother probably knows more. ... Shocked I never realized how many of those there actually were... My brother and I really like these kinds of storylines...

... sweatdrop I seem to have typed waaaaay too much in this post. Suicide

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Post by Insectie on Sun Jul 22, 2012 9:52 pm

No. Thank you for expounding; that's just what I needed to figure out if I should pick it up or not.

The trapped in a game plot has been done a ton, and you're right about how series that are part of big franchises with tons of story either have to do tons of explanation and put people to sleep or have them be lost and go to sleep.

I'm getting the second and 3rd episode now.

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Post by Destiny's Gate on Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:53 am

Anime club seemed to really enjoy it when we sampled it last week.

There were also many jokes about how one should read the fine print of the user licensing agreement afterward.

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Post by Destiny's Gate on Mon Jul 30, 2012 1:17 pm

Just watched episode 4. Good episode. We meet another of the main characters, judging by the fact she appears in the OP.

...I miss Asuna. I want her to reappear. She has to be a big part, considering she's in half the OP and ED.

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Post by Destiny's Gate on Mon Aug 06, 2012 11:46 am

*just finished episode 5* Shocked
Going Insane WHAT THE HECK JUST HAPPENED?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!

(But yay, Asuna's back.)

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Post by Insectie on Mon Aug 06, 2012 11:57 am

Spoiler:
They have a thing for killing off cute little girls don't they?

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Post by Destiny's Gate on Mon Aug 06, 2012 12:16 pm

Insectie wrote:
Spoiler:
They have a thing for killing off cute little girls don't they?
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Older ugly dude died first. And I didn't think that girl was all that cute. More creepy, in my opinion.

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Post by Insectie on Mon Aug 06, 2012 12:46 pm

She did have the creepy eye thing going on

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Post by Destiny's Gate on Mon Aug 06, 2012 12:49 pm

Yup yup. Soon as I saw that, I went, "She knows something..."

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Post by Destiny's Gate on Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:51 am

*finishes EP 6*
Wow. I so did not see that coming. O.o SOOOO did not see that coming.

That was awesome!

Also, ghost or alive at the end there?

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Post by Insectie on Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:12 pm

The twist was great, but they had a major cop-out too
Spoiler:
Oh, I'll just locate her with my friends list. Why didn't she see her on her friends list before as not dead?

Alive I'm almost sure.

Also, I wonder how long before those two share an inventory if you know what I mean.

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Post by Destiny's Gate on Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:28 pm

Well, dead characters are still on friends lists (saw that with Kirito), and the tracker you'd have to select the dead person. If you saw the person die, you wouldn't bother checking, now would you?

*snort* I don't know if they'd marry or not.

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Post by Insectie on Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:15 pm

The intro shows her cooking for him at what looks like their own place.

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Post by Destiny's Gate on Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:19 pm

That looked offline to me, since they were in normal clothing.

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Post by Insectie on Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:44 pm

That's even more intimate.

You can always change what gear you're wearing.

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Post by Destiny's Gate on Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:47 pm

But I don't think they have that modern of clothing in the game. We haven't seen anything like that, at least.

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Post by Kenaron1703 on Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:23 pm

I've just finished watching the episode one, and I am downloading the first two.
It's a very good anime, and one of the fews that I have watched Very Happy

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Post by Destiny's Gate on Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:27 pm

^ It's a really good one. Shame they'll probably never import it to the States properly (if they do, I'll totally buy it).

Hopefully the ending will be good and not crap out like some of the others this season...

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Post by Insectie on Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:18 pm

Of all of the ones this season I think there's a good chance SAO will over what else is airing.

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Post by Kenaron1703 on Tue Aug 14, 2012 8:03 pm

Hey, I have seen the six episodes, between today and yesterday (loooot of free time) and I know that the episode 7 releases the Saturday. I have high expectations about this anime Smile

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Post by Destiny's Gate on Tue Aug 14, 2012 8:24 pm

Glad to know I picked a good one for you. Wink If I spy any more that seem like you'd like them, I'll let you know.

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Post by Destiny's Gate on Sun Aug 19, 2012 10:33 am

We've finally met another of the characters from the opening. I like Lisbeth. If I got trapped in a game like SAO, I'd probably be doing what she's doing.

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