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One  would be hard pressed to call 2014 a terrible year in anime and manga; more mediocre than anything. Which isn’t bad by the way. It just means that very little actually exploded on screen or on page, except for a select few titles.

Rather than dive into another top ten anime and manga series list, I though it more practical to focus on those moments within anime and manga that impressed best.

Why? Well, a manga or anime doesn’t actually need to be great or even good to dish out one or two surprising moments, which, hence, expands the pool of anime and manga to choose from.

It is worth keeping in mind that this list attempts to present moments, events or even chapters and episodes from anime I watched and manga that I read in 2014. As such the list will be subjective (naturally) and restricted to what I actually watched or read, which is only a small portion of the manga and anime that came out in 2014.

But before we get to my list of greatest moments of anime and manga in 2014:

NOTABLE MENTIONS:

+YATO VS RABO (NORAGAMI ANIME)
Cool Fight.

+NATSU/GAJEEL/WENDY (FAIRY TAIL ANIME: DRAGONS

Dragons, dragons and more dragons.

+RAI/MUZAKA (NOBLESSE MANHWA): AWAKENING
Muzaka looks great and might actually give Rai a run for his money. Several months down the road though, not much has really happened, which is a disappointment. 


+KIRITO (SWORDART ONLINE ANIME SN II): KIRITO’S SWORDSMANSHIP
Watching Kirito deflect a hail of bullets exploding out of a bush for close to ten seconds dropped my jaw; it might have had something to do with the animation, especially the fluidity with which Kirito’s acrobatic abilities and reflexes manifested.

Or maybe it was the rotating angles from which the entire scene was presented. Either way. It was a pretty cool showing.


+NARUTO VS SASUKE (NARUTO MANGA): CHAPTER 698
Whether you loved it or hated it, you simply cannot deny the simple fact that Kishimoto really rushed those final chapters of the series. Yes we got the Naruto/Sasuke fight we wanted, but it could have been handled better, possibly after a few weeks break following the fall of the final villain.

Heck, it could have been its own mini arc; alas, there isn’t much that we can do about it now. And the manga wasn’t without its bright spots.

Of the four chapters that constituted the Naruto/Sasuke battle, chapter 698 really stood out; with the big attacks finally out of the way, watching Naruto and Sasuke beat the holy hell out of one another, depending on nothing other than their fists and wits was, well, thrilling. 

The sort of battle that makes ninja fights so interesting to watch; if only the fight had run on for another chapter or two, it could have transformed into something truly great.

TOP 15 ANIME&MANGA MOMENTS of 2014
The criteria I utilized in generating this list was pretty simple and straightforward: I was looking for scenes and events that were particularly memorable from 2014. I am not talking about moments that were simply ‘good’, but occurrences in anime and manga that blew your mind to one extent or another, with my list ranked as such:  


15. SLAINE (ALDNOAH ZERO ANIME): INOHA/SAAZBAUM/ASSEYLUM
Aldnoah Zero had a select few bright spots; not a bad show, but I thought it was simply too reminiscent of Code Geass. 

While far from terrible, I found the anime to be surprisingly average; which is why the role Slaine eventually played in the events of the final episodes of the first season of Aldnoah Zero where particularly unexpected, especially the actions he took against Inoha and even going so far as to get one over Saazbaum, finally finding his place in the grand scheme of things. 


14. HAIKYUU ANIME: EPISODE 16
Haikyuu is not my favorite sports anime; however it has some of the best characters I have ever encountered in a sports anime.

Episode 16 might not have been the most explosive of the season but it was certainly the most poignant in the face of devastation from the team’s defeat.


13. RUKIA/ASNODT (BLEACH MANGA): ASNODT’S DEFEAT
Rukia is the Bleach equivalent of Sakura. Yes, I know what I just said, and some people probably just gasped in horror; but let’s consider this objectively.

Sure, Rukia’s count of noteworthy battles is considerably higher than Sakura’s and she’s probably won more than her fair share of fights without Ichigo’s interference.

Except that I cannot recall a single one of her significant victories; and that’s because Rukia is one of Bleach’s most underused and under developed characters. Love her all you like, if Kubo had cut her out of the manga all together, her absence wouldn’t have impacted Bleach in any major way.

Which is why it was so gratifying to watch her fight and defeat As Nodt,  an enemy that brought her brother, Byakuya, to his knees.

And yes. Everyone one has one these days; yet we all have to admit that Rukia finally earning bankai was very deserved. It was a certainly more convincing power-up than whatever happened to Sakura during the war arc.

It’s too late to hope for anything more from Rukia at this point, but at least she can disappear from the series having garnered some noteworthy achievements following years of running after Ichigo.

12. WHITE HAIR KANEKI (TOKYO GHOUL ANIME): KANEKI VS YAMORI
I will not mince my words; I thought the finale of the first season of Tokyo Ghoul was terrible. It was abrupt and almost felt unplanned, like the studio had suddenly run out of money or something and decided to call it quits for the moment. 

Ignoring its place as the season’s finale though, the last episode in the Tokyo Ghoul anime adaptation had one gem in the form of Kaneki; driven to the brink of despair, broken, bruised and mangled, Kaneki essentially dies.

Or rather the young boy that cowered in the face of his strength, looking to Touka for protection finally faded away, to be replaced by a murderous ghoul driven by his thirst to deliver to Yamori the sum total of every modicum of pain he had endured at the large man’s hands.

Satisfying; that is how one would describe kaneki’s counter attack against Yamori, delivering well deserved vengeance even while giving birth to a new hero.


11. NIMAIYA (BLEACH MANGA)- VS THE QUINCY Nimaiya is the best thing to come out of the Bleach manga in 2014; yes, yes, Ichibei is awesome. But, think about this. Ten years from now, after Bleach has long since ended. Which character will you be able to recall with great detail? Ichibei or Nimaiya?

Yes, that’s right. Nimaiya. This particular shiningami made one of the most impressive entrances we have seen in Bleach since…Ichigo?

The way he casually strode onto the battlefield, so self assured, zanpankutou in hand, before he singlehandedly decimated the small group of irritatingly arrogant quincy.

I want more Nimaiya. But you know what? I don’t think we are gong to see him again. Shame on your, Kubo.


10. KIRITO/SHINON/DEATH GUN (SWORDART ONLINE ANIME SN II): FINAL FIGHT I hated SAO SN II before I even watched it. Then I actually mustered the courage to give it a decent chance and, to my utter shock, ended up enjoying it.

That is until the 13 episode mark, when the Gun Gale Online portion of the season ended, and then it went from  thrilling to mediocre to outright boring the hell out of me. And I think I could make a pretty good argument about how Asuke ruined the second portion of another SAO season once again. Then again it would be more accurate to fault the writer(s). I wish they would simply make their minds up about the kind of story they wish to tell. This business of shifting back and forth between shonen/action and drama/romance/shoujo, in a rather uncoordinated manner just doesn’t work.

For all its faults, Gun Gale Online ended with a bang; yes, Kirito was never in any real danger. Yet that didn’t take the thrill and tension out of his final battle with Death Gun in the desert. The entire scene was beautifully animated, displaying the desperation of both combatants to achieve victory in a fight where a single projectile would permanently end the life of our hero.

It was great stuff, far more than what I expected out of SwordArt Online; fast paced, frenetic and explosive.


9. AOMINE/KOGAMI/KISE (KUROKO NO BASKET ANIME): THE ZONE
For the record, I hate the zone, or at least I thought I did. I understand the spirit of Kuroko no Basuke as a sports show that allows its characters to utilize near superhuman capabilities to play basketball. Yet, the zone feels like a step too far, essentially a power-up designed to deliver victory through the skills of a single individual.

But like I said, I thought I hated the Zone; but further thought revealed that I simply despised the idea of Kogami using the skill to attain victory that one time in earlier seasons.

When it comes to Aomine though, that is a whole other matter; essentially the most badass character of the anime, and possibly most skilled player of the Generation of Miracles ( or rather he will be, with a little more practice), Aomine might  not have carried the first season of the series, but he most definitely lit Kuroko no Basket up.

His performance against Kogami pales in my opinion only because I do not like Kogami; it was the match against Kise, though, that allowed us our first glimpse of this monster of a basketball player.

Thrown against the only other player more naturally talented than him, even while holding back, their match was a sight to behold, especially the effort and ingenuity that Kise threw against the brick wall that was Aomine, failing to overcome the obstacle but no less of a hero for his struggles. 

I have no clue about the contents of the manga; however my only hope is that we get the opportunity to see Aomine in action once more.


8. MIGHT GAI (NARUTO MANGA): VS MADARA
Gai’s awesomeness doesn’t need words to describe. Sufficing to say he is a beast.


7. GON/PITOU (HUNTER X HUNTER): FINAL FIGHT
Pitou is the one character during the Chimera Ant arc that had a presence possibly even greater than that of the Ant King, Meruem; emerging on the screen in a rather explosive manner, proving the threat she posed by putting Kite down rather casually, Pitou was the first sign that the Hunter X Hunter series had reached new heights in the story, and that Gon and Killua would have to strive for new levels of strength to engage with a world that had taken a very dangerous turn.

Even with the threat of Meruem, it was only fitting for Gon to be the one to face Pitou, that arc-long foe who had first struck fear in the young hunter’s heart, revealing to him, in crisp detail, his own weakness.

And their final fight didn’t disappoint, indeed exceeding expectations; watching Gon’s rage compound over a series of several episodes, reducing the young hunter’s typically cheerful demeanor to one of  uncontrollable fury was almost chilling.

Watching that fury explode in one ridiculous burst, with Gon showing us a glimpse of just what makes him special, was…well, enthralling. It was the manifestation of all that is great about HXH (along with Meruem’s death, of course).

Fault the Chimera Ant arc all you want, it had some of the most explosive highlights in anime 2014.


6. DRESSROSSA ARC (ONE PIECE): SABO’S RETURN
I am no One Piece fanatic; yet even I cannot deny the fact that, when it gets good, it gets really good; most people speaking of the greatest arcs, chapters, even episodes of One Piece often look to Marine Ford and all the stories that surround it.

I would be more inclined to highlight the arc that came after MarineFord, during which we were introduced to a much younger Luffy, the story that unfolded around his birth and the events that precipitated his growth into the man he is today.

Energetic as Luffy was though, it was Sabo and Ace that stole that particular arc for me; fun, lively and ultimately tragic, that, in my opinion, has to be one of the best arcs (mini arc?) in One Piece.

And the lynch pin of its greatness was always Sabo’s untimely and shockingly unjust death; as such, watching him return to the fold of One Piece, stronger than ever, determined to carry Ace’s legacy forward was awesome.


5. NARUTO UZUMAKI AND SASUKE UCHIHA (NARUTO MANGA): SAGE.
Naruto and Sasuke’s finest hour. Seriously, Just look at them. How is that not the most awesome thing you have seen in Naruto in a long while?


4. INTER HIGH (YOWAMUSHI PEDAL ANIME): ONODA’S MIRACLE
Yowamushi pedal is such a thrilling anime that you would expect it to be that much more difficult to select one single moment in a season filled with greatness. But that isn’t quite true.

Yes, there is a near saturation of breathtaking races in most episodes of Yowamushi Pedal. But most, if not all of them pale in comparison to the second stage of Inter High, when Onoda dropped out of the top five, slid all the way down to the last position and somehow managed to pass a hundred men to make the leap back to the top.

I am no sports fan; but if I had been in the crowd that day, watching that race, it would have been Onada’s meteoric comeback that would have forced me to my feet, cheering, possibly even singing along with “Hime, Hime”.


3. MERUEM/KAMUGI (HUNTER X HUNTER (2011))- DEATH SCENE
Meruem was essentially a god in his universe; and if there is one problem that often plagues god like villains in anime, it is the manner in which they eventually go out.

Epic as they were in life, the common presumption is that they should meet their death in an equally epic manner; which is what made Meruem’s fall such a shocking, yet moving experience.

Thinking on it, Meruem lived large and indeed, he died in just as grandiose a manner (alongside the equally epic chairman).

However, for all his strength and the imposing threat that seemed to emanate from his being, it could be argued that no other facet of the Ant King’s short lived life was ever more important than that initial meeting with Kamugi, during which the powerful figure learned, for the very first time, to appreciate life and the rationale of mercy, even as he found his spirit slowly but steadily bound to the world of a young blind girl.

It was only fitting that Meruem and Kamugi would perish together in what is arguably one of the saddest villain deaths in anime history. There is little to fault in that final scene, which chose to manifest the essence of Kamugi and Meruem’s relationship to the very end.


2. KAKASHI/OBITO (NARUTO ANIME): RAMPAGE
Say what you will about Obito and Kakashi’s roles; the simple fact is they produced two of the most epic episodes of Naruto in 2014.

Whatever your opinion might be on his role as a villain, it is difficult to watch the events surrounding Rin’s death without experiencing a sliver of sympathy for Obito.

Driven by madness at the passing of the target of his obsession, more thrilling, though, was watching Obito lose control, obliterating his enemies without remorse in a 15 minute festival of blood.

The impact of Obito’s rampage was most likely elevated in the eyes of anime only Naruto fans like me, for whom these events couldn’t have been more surprising.

Yet even these events pale in comparison to the final showdown between Obito and Kakashi; a clash barely  3 minutes long, which saw former teammates meet in a life and death battle, haunted by the ghosts of their pasts, their mistakes and the camaraderie responsible for turning Kakashi into the man he is today.

As a Naruto fan, you cannot watch this fight without getting a shiver or two; the animation was fluid. The Music was haunting.

The effects were explosive and the memories interspersed between each blow heartwarming in reminiscing upon the bonds that once existed between these two shinobi.

Naruto always exceeds expectations when it sticks to hand to hand combat.


1. PRISCILLA/THE GHOSTS (CLAYMORE MANGA): AWAKENING
If you ask me what I think was the most shocking part of the Claymore finale, I would have to mention the death count. The manga has shown such a disregard for the lives of all characters that are not Clare that I was envisioning a brutal slaughter to close the Claymore story, with a number of our favorite characters dying in some memorable fashion.

That the number of deaths in the final battle would be so low is something to marvel at.

Oh, and Teresa is the best character in Claymore. Seeing her return AND THEN AWAKEN made my year. Definitely the best moment I came across in manga in 2014 (at least as far as I can remember).
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Duel Wielding = Instant Badass
Duel Wielding = Instant Badass

Here recently I finished one of the most controversial animes that aired in 2013, and that is Sword Art Online. Personally, I enjoyed it (you can see my thoughts on it here), but when I went to look at other reviews I was rather stunned by the reactions I was seeing. The one that struck me the most was how there was a very large dislike of SAO’s main character Kazuto Kirigaya, aka Kirito. There were all sorts of complaints about how he had no personality, how he was overpowered for unexplained reasons, and how he caused the female cast line to fall into the background as tired tropes of female sterotypes. The analytics of Kirito were pretty much all over the place. Personally, though I could not understand where the frustration was coming from, and I was asking myself: “What’s so wrong with Kirito?” I liked him, and I thought he was pretty badass in a lot of his sequences.

That being said, Kirito is not a perfectly rounded character, because he does have his faults. Predominately being the one thing that gives most people a problem with characters like him, and that is a sense of something to relate too. When it comes to Sword Art Online you don’t really get a sense of what Kirito is all about, other than he’s just badass for the sake of being such. Does that make him a bad character? I would think it doesn’t. Despite the elements that Kirito lacks, we the audience, still don’t want him to lose. We effectively want to see the hero win, and seeing that character overcome extreme adversity is really what the badass hero is all about. It’s the embodiment of the human nature aspect of wanting to see good overcome evil.

Spike Spiegel
Spike Spiegel

To understand the aspect of these characters you have to understand their key elements that make them up. A badass hero is above all else confident in his/her ability, courageous in the face of overwhelming opposition, and has a moral compass of some kind, even if it is slightly broken. Kirito from SAO still has all of these elements, but what is it about Kirito in particular that causes viewers to not connect with him as they would Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop, or Edward Elric from Full Metal Alchemist?

Edward Elric
Edward Elric

I believe that it is because the badass hero aspect is a tried stereotype that has been done over and again, and it has been done better in many cases. Also it is the fact that viewers want to see unique aspects to characters, so they can be awesome and relatable at the same time. Spike is a chill dude that can kick ass, and Edward has a height complex and a short temper (no pun intended) while still being able to kick ass. Kirito on the other hand is just able to kick ass. So in a way the audience is sort of asking: “What else can you do?”

I didn't have a lot of problem with this.
I didn't have a lot of problem with this.

Is that fair of us as viewers though? We still take a lot of appreciation in seeing the hero win. I know I was on the edge of my seat and all excited when I would see Kirito fight in the amazing action sequences of SAO, and I was happy to see him fall in love with Asuna, despite the nature the show took with the relationship. I believe it is fair, because as human beings some of us will like things that others may not.

In the end, I don’t think Kirito can stand up there with great badass heroes that we all know and love, but I don’t think that makes him a bad character either. Kirito is just a decent character that can do awesome things. So in a way we the audience like what Kirito does throughout SAO, but that is not the same things as liking Kirito himself, and that I believe is what a large part of where the dislike for Kirito comes from, and what is ultimately “wrong” with him.

So without all the flash, this is all you are dude...sorry.
So without all the flash, this is all you are dude...sorry.
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Welcome vicers. I have finished the first half of Sword Art Online and want to take a moment to reflect on the series, the highs, the lows, and my hopes going into the second half of the season. Before I begin I just want to remind those reading that there will be spoilers ahead though I will try and minimize those.

Despite playing video games since I was 5 years old there have been several genres that do not fall within my wheelhouse. One of them is the MMORPG. Time commitments and financial constraits have prevented me from enjoying them in the past. However, even though I haven't played them I do enjoy the appeal of playing in a massive world with thousands of other players. Also the idea of not just playing a game but being part of one where all of your senses are completely immersed in the game is a great idea. I also have not watched the .hack series. So I went into this show with a curious sense of optimism. SAO is a show in which a new MMORPG has emerged and through the use of a new device called the NerveGear players are able to be completely immersed within the game. All goes well until the players realize that they cannot log out of the game. The game creator then notifies them that they are trapped in the game and the only way to escape is to beat the final boss. The protagonist is Kirito a solo player. He meets many people along the way including a girl named Asuna. Initially they are at odds with one another but slowly develop a close friendship eventually falling in love with each other. By the end of the first half of the show they manage to discover the secrets of the game including the final boss, and the motivations of the creator to do what he did and in the end they beat the game and escape.

As always I want to talk about the things I like before I lay my criticisms. My biggest compliment to the show is the animation and art style. This world is very well realized and is an absolute joy to look at. The simple idea that people can be transported to a world like that is very exciting. Even if the monster or boss design is not as unique as it could have been they are animated so well it more than makes up for it. The fight with the chimera in particular was really fun to watch. There are also some concepts that are interesting and I wish could have been expanded on further. Games like EVE Online have shown that virtual worlds can be intricate and that game contains entire corporations built by players and a very advanced economy system. In SAO the intricacies of guilds and their political and social complexities are teased but never really expanded upon which I found both interesting and disappointing.

Unfortunately I also had a lot of issues with the show. While it was fun to look at the story did not hold up. The first few episodes feel very chaotic with no through line other than the main character. Characters such as Sachi, Yui, and Liz are introduced and immediately removed or thrown to the side within one episode. I guess they exist to evolve Kirito and explain some of his reasons for being a solo character but despite this I still found him a rather simplistic character lacking any great deal of depth. It was fairly refreshing to see Asuna in a more empowered role rather than being a damsel in distress she is a very capable and confident woman which is refreshing. However, the chemistry and romance between the two was simple and predictable. This was disappointing given how much time the show devoted to their romance.

One great thing about games is that they offer escapism and allow us to become empowered characters in a fantastical world. If you could truly envelop your senses in that world would you return to reality? What if you were a high lord with a vast kingdom under your rule in a virtual world but a lowly employee at a company in the real world? Which life would you chose? As I grow older my expectations in the media I consume grows. While I still enjoy simple mindless entertainment I appreciate art that challenges my views and helps me to see the world in a deeper and better way. Maybe its not fair to level my own expectations as complaints against SAO. The show still has potential to grow and offer more than what it has showed me. Here's hoping it does.

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Hey fellow Vicers! ARD here to great you guys A HAPPY NEW YEAR! and happy new year indeed since this is a Very Great news. Last 2012 in december, I made a discussion about a Rumor regarding Season 2 of SAO already confirmed. For those who want to read here is the link (Rumor: Sword art online Season 2! Already Confirmed?) . And after many research it was actually just a thing to hype fans more but it wasn't true. Come 2013 the Anime Attack on Titan took the floor and shined being anime of the year. Now as 2013 past by, A show called Log Horizon came out with hilarious results with flame wars comparing to Sword art online. Yes I Do admit that sword art online was so controversial that it had sides that people who like the show and another hating on it, but to me i like sword art and i consider it my top list of favorite animes.

Now having to watch the the extra edition of sword art online, I really do miss watching the show with Kirito and Asuna with the others to recall the whole season 1 (The plot of the extra edition is just a recall of Sao and Alfhiem and yui seing a whale). In the i watched until the end to see after credits and hope to see a trailer and yup i expectations are right. Season 2 is confirmed.

Choo Choo! Lets Ride the HYPE TRAIN cause this is the start of an amazing year!

The Trailer just shows Sinon reloading her massive sniper rifle and confirms 2014 is Sword art online year. Aniplex of America is streaming the same trailer on its official YouTube channel.

Tomohiko Ito will again direct the series at A-1 Pictures, and Shingo Adachi will again adapt abec's original character designs for animation.

Sword Art Online II will launch in 2014. The announcement was made during Tuesday's premiere of the Sword Art Online: Extra Edition special and on the franchise's updated website. The website gives the new arc the subtitle "Phantom Bullet." More details will be announced on the site at a later date.

The phantom bullet arc is considered by fans to be the most interesting arc and being the best story overall compared to Both SAO and ALO since Gun Gale or GGO focuses on guns more than swords.

What do you guys think? Will 2014 be the year Sword Art makes a comeback or will another show rise to top and compete against SAO. Comment down below to what you think. Anyways thanks for reading and ARD wishes you guys a Happy new year.

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Welcome everyone! Here are the cast that Aniplex has assembled for Sword Art Online:

For those who are new to Sword Art Online, here is a summary:

The players of a virtual reality MMORPG, Aincrad Online, are trapped and fighting for their very lives. After it is announced that the only way to leave the game is by beating it, Kirito—a very powerful swordsman—and his friends take on a quest to free all the minds trapped in Aincrad.

Sources

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Welcome to the Sword Art Online Wiki Project!

Users who have helped with this project: Takashichea, Buhssuht (retired), BigHeart711 (retired), AnimeReviewDaily (?), UsaChanMan (semi-active), ShadowKnight508 (retired), Sonata (semi-active), Juuhachi (?), Daniel Newton,

Franchise Page /// Characters /// Anime /// Movies & OVAs /// Manga & Light Novel

Past Project Blogs: Fall 2012 Wiki Projects, July 2012: New Wiki Projects,

Past Events: Sword Art Online Trailer, Sword Art Online Anime Discussion, Kirito's Platonic Harem, Sword Art Online and .Hack Similarities and Differences,

Important Pages

The following pages are common/recurring or are specific to this franchise. Pages listed but not linked haven't yet been added to the wiki database (add them!)

Locations
When adding locations, don't forget to add parent locations. For example, when adding Japan to an episode or volume, Earth should also be added. Locations appearing in flashback sequences generally don't count.

Recurring Pages: Sword Art Online Virtual World, ALFheim Online Virtual World, Japan,

Objects
Objects should be specific rather than general, like Natsu's Scarf instead of just Scarf or Purgatory Armor instead of Plate Armor. General objects are being removed from the wiki.

Recurring Objects: Nerve Gear,

Concepts

Common: Flashback, Fan Service, Unreal Hair/Eye Color, Simulcast (b/c of Crunchyroll), Fairy, Eyecatch, Crying, Guild, Japanese Honorifics, Manga Iconography, Sword Fight,

Specific: Aincrad Liberation Army, Black Cats of the Full Moon guild, Cait Sith, Golden Apple, Holy Dragon Alliance, Klein's Guild, Knights of the Blood Oath, Laughing Coffin, Salamanders, Spriggans, Sylphs, Undines, Player Killing,

Notes

  • July 16, 2012: Takashichea started the anime project.
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For those who are new to Sword Art Online, here's a plot synopsis written by Buhssuht.

Plot

Technological innovation named Nerve Gear allows players to enter virtual world, achieving the true immersion. Soon after the invention of Nerve Gear, beta invitations of MMO named Sword Art Online are sent to numerous players. The game was fun to play until player realized that they cannot log out of the game. Suddenly Akihiko Kayaba, the creator of Sword Art Online appears and announces that everybody in the game are trapped within, and cannot leave the game until they defeat boss at top of dungeon, and if they were to remove Nerve Gear by force before defeating the final boss or die within the game, they would permanently die in real world. As parting gift, Akihiko leave mirrors to each players, which reveals players' real face causing more panic. Among them is a boy named Kirito, who determines to reach the final dungeon and leave the game no matter what.

Infinity Moment

The game takes place during the last 25 floors that Kirito and his gang did not cover in the anime series. Then, the Sword Art Online virtual gaming system begins to corrupt those floors making new obstacles for the young heroes to clear.

The PSP game is scheduled to released on March 14, 2013 in Japan. The regular version costs 6,280 Yen ($78.98), and the limited edition costs 9,980 Yen ($125.55).

The bundle's contents includes the following:

  • Exclusive Limited Edition Box
  • Infinity Moment Special Content DVD 1
  • Infintiy Moment Special Content DVD 2
  • A Soundtrack CD
  • Special Booklet with Illustrations by Abect
  • Custom PSP Theme

Exclusive Content

The limited edition includes a "Together with Asuna Aincrad Date Edition" where players (as Kirito) can ask Asuna out in a SIM type fashion.

Merchandise

As part of the hype surrounding the Sword Art Online PSP game, COSPA has released images of t-shirts.

Trailers

Note: This is a compilation of several news articles on this game to save time.

Sources

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Inspired by the Sword Art Online discussion and the trailer blog that we have in Anime Vice, .Hack is a topic that came up recently. I was interested about the show and what it had in common with Sword Art Online.

Now, I'm a Sword Art Online fan who has no prior knowledge of the .Hack series which is massive. Feel free to correct me in this discussion. I will add everyone's input in this blog. Please help promote the discussion. All comments are welcome.

First off, let's introduce the franchises.

Sword Art Online

Technological innovation named Nerve Gear allows players to enter virtual world, achieving the true immersion. Soon after the invention of Nerve Gear, beta invitations of MMO named Sword Art Online are sent to numerous players. The game was fun to play until player realized that they cannot log out of the game. Suddenly creator of Sword Art Online appears and announces that everybody in the game are trapped within, until they defeat boss at top of dungeon.

Via Anime Vice

.Hack

This franchise that first started out as a video game has spawn multiple video game, anime, and manga adaptations.

Note: I don't have the overall plot of the franchise, so I list a few anime series.

.Hack//Sign

.hack starts in a fictional 2005, introducing a computer virus called Pluto's Kiss as the cause of a massive Internet shutdown.[11] The results are described as catastrophic:[12] traffic lights shut down, planes collide in midair, and the United States' nuclear missiles are nearly launched. As a consequence, cyberspace is subjected to severe restrictions. The virus affects all operating systems except for one, Altimit OS, the only operating system immune to all computer viruses.

Via Wikipedia

.Hack//Legend of the Twilight

Winning the legendary characters “Kite” and “Black Rose” from an event held by the creators of the MMORPG ‘The World,’ Shugo and his twin sister Rena steps into ‘The World’. Together they completed events and quests, along with their new friends Ouka, Mirelle, Hotaru and Sanjuro. Soon after, mysterious monsters appeared, and death by these monsters caused players to slip into a coma in the real world. Only Shugo and Rena can solve this problem, but why are they being targeted, and what secrets is the game hiding?

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.Hack//Roots

After the destruction of "The World" in 2015, CC Corporation rebuilt the game using data from what was previously to be another game. "The World R:2" was then released in 2016. A newcomer to the game, Haseo, is instantly PKed and then revived by a mysterious man known as Ovan. With the problem of PKs occupying the game, Haseo soon after receives help from a female Harvest known as Shino. Amidst curiosity and confusion, Haseo is lead to joining the guild known as the Twilight Brigade. The guild that searches for the legendary object known as the "Key of the Twilight". Set before the .hack//G.U. game.

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Similarities

Unlike the Sket Dance and Gintama Similarities and Differences blog, the characters in both series are going to be hard to put down similarities, so I decided to just put down the overall details.

Beware of Spoilers!

  • Both shows are set in massive virtual MMORG worlds.
  • Player Killings are present in both series
  • Like Kirito and Asuna of Sword Art Online who have a romantic relationship, Aura and Kite have an romantic relationship.
  • Races: Only in Sword Art Online's ALFheim world, there are multiple races just like .Hack's races.
  • Guilds: Both SAO and .Hack have concept due to being MMORGs. However, the guild system in .Hack is more complex and intricate.

Differences

Beware of Spoilers!

  • Protagonists: Sword Art Online has one main protagonist, Kirito. Compared to .Hack, there are multiple protagonists with their own stories: Kite, Tsukasa, Sakuya, and Aura.
  • Sword Art Online has three main arcs while .Hack is more massive with multiple side stories.
  • Regions: It appears that .Hack encompasses the world. (I could be wrong here). For Sword Art Online, the franchise is concentrated in Japan.
  • Antagonists: In .Hack, it's Morgianna, an AI like Aura. For Sword Art Online, it's two male characters: Akihiko Kayaba and Sugou Nobuyuki who are human and control only one world.
  • Earlier we said .Hack started out as a video game, Sword Art Online started out as a web novel.
  • Artificial Intelligence: So far, the only AI seen in Sword Art Online is Yui while in .Hack, there are AI, Vagrant AIs, and the Ultimate AI. .Hack is more involved with these beings.

Buhssuht's Comment

My teammate, Buhssuht, has some awesome thoughts for us.

  • While the chaos in SAO is caused by creator alone, the abnormality in .hack is cause by mysterious entity, creating programs that breaks all the rule of programming and real world
  • .hack concentrate on game known as The World, but in SAO franchise the main characters move on to different game
  • No offense, but SAO is more of harem series. .hack is more of... adolescence of teenager for lack of better terms.

Characters

Even though I don't know the characters well in .Hack, I look up their personalities and relationships of several characters in spite of spoilers. I find two characters in .Hack that have some common ground with Kirito and Asuna.

Sword Art OnlineSimilarities and Differences.Hack
Kirito
Kirito
  • Interesting enough, both couples (Kirito X Asuna and Kite X Aura) share the same first letter in their names.
  • Both Kirito and Kite have this mentality to help others in need of help.
  • Both Kirito and Kite are professional duel wielders. For Kite, some of his blades are invisible.
  • Kirito is passionate in computers while Kite enjoys reading science fiction books.
Kite
Kite
Asuna
Asuna
  • Asuna is a real girl while Aura is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) being.
  • Both Asuna and Aura are deemed to be perfect in one area. For Aura, she is built to be the ultimate AI. In Asuna's case, she is somewhat of a Mary Sue (from fans) because of her beauty and strength.
  • Aura is the keystone in keeping "The World" stable. Without her, the virtual world will collapse. Asuna is just a mere girl with no significant powers over SAO.
  • Hobby-wise: It seems that Asuna enjoys cooking, and I don't know what Aura likes given the fact she is an AI.
Aura
Aura

This is all I have so far. Thank you for reading and contributing to the discussion.

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