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Sword Art Online, Volume 1HDTV-GClosed Captioning

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In the near future, a Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) called Sword Art Online has been released where players control their avatars with their bodies using a piece of technology called: Nerve Gear. One day, players discover they cannot log out, as the game creator is holding them captive unless they reach the 100th floor of the game's tower and defeat the final boss. However, if they die in the game, they die in real life. Their struggle for survival starts now...

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i like this thing

kinda like the .hack series..ive only seen two episode, BUT it seems like it's awesome..o thanks for reading!

Amazing Anime

This us an amazing anime! Not saying the concept is "new" but SAO does it in an outstanding and unique way! Get this and you won't regret it!

An Engaging Start, Character Episodes

SAO certainly captures the viewer's interest in the first episode with the premise of the death game and its portrayal of the player's reactions to it in the next several episodes. After a little while, the nominal main plot of clearing the game takes a back seat to episodes to which the protagonist, Kirito, meets a helps a variety of characters (usually female; yes this show has harem elements) and gradually starts to grow closer to the beautiful Asuna, another player on the assault team that is actively pushing to beat the game.

The animation is great as is the music (by Yuki Kaijura, also known for composing the music for such esteemed shows such as Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Fate/Zero).

But how exactly is this show rated G? Surely this must be a mistake on iTunes. For it is explained clearly that characters die when their HP is depleted (and indeed, several characters will die over the course of the series). And by the nature of its setting in an RPG world there is violence in the show. None of it is too graphic (for example, there is no blood, although slashing a monster with a sword will leave a glowing line across its simulated body and it is possible for the limbs of monsters to be sliced off by the players) but it just doesn't seem consistent with a G rating. And there is some mildly bad language used occasionally in the show.

Sword Art Online, Volume 1
View in iTunes $9.99
  • HD Version
  • Genre: Animation
  • Released: Sep 01, 2014
  • CCin English

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