Sword Art Online News

Sword Art Online is a franchise comprised of 1 movie, 2 anime series, 2 manga series
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Hello everyone! This weekend (July 3th - July 5th) is Anime Expo. It's time to start preparing a bit. I got most of the things on the Anime Convention Survival Guide!'s checklist. It was hard finding a poster tube that mentioned. I settled down for a 2 x 24 inch mailing tube from Staples. Get some string and viola, a cheap poster tube.

I'm pretty lax and flexible with anything this weekend. There is a lot of overlap with the panels this year compared to last year: see Gearing up for Anime Expo this weekend - July 5 & 6th.

For the full AX 2014 programming, see this link.

July 3

Unfortunately, I had summer school. It ends on the first day of Anime Expo. I might head to AX after finals which ends at 4PM or so depending on how hard the test is. I probably won't reach any panels, but I would just look around for Saturday, the big day where I go with my little sis.

I think the Metro takes an hour to reach Los Angeles. I think I might make it for the Dark Horse Manga or the Japanese visual Culture's Female Characters and Female Audiences panel.

July 4

Won't be attending due to the holidays. I posted it for you guys and gals to check the schedule for fun.

I wanted to go to the Kill la Kill event that I heard so much about. That's okay.

July 5

I'm heartbroken that Sailor Moon, Kodansha Comics, and Crunchyroll panels are overlapping in the early mornings. It's crazy. I did attend Kodansha's panel last year with Ben Applegate. I'm looking forward and hoping I can network with someone from the industry to help Anime Vice out. Tom Pinchuk has Viz Media. I need to outreach.

I got to think about my little sister because this is the only day she would be going. I wanted to make this day fun for her. I probably won't do a lot of panels and work. She loves Sword Art Online and Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet. I see there's the SAO panel at 2PM and a screening for the Gargantia dubs at 4:45 PM. We may not be lucky to attend both panels since lines get big in 2 hours ahead of a panel. We just got to pick one.

July 5

There's not much here. I might as well make the full use of my 4 day badge. It's terrible that AX doesn't sell the two day badges due to not meeting their sales. Oh well. At least, I can be flexible.

It would be my first time attending the last day of any anime convention.

People I wanted to Meet

I'm open to anyone because anything could happened. I bump into friends from high school and college last year as well as meeting Little Kuriboh at the Exhibit Hall. These are the people I'm looking forward to meeting if given the opportunity. It was cool meeting Tom Pinchuk last year, attending Eric Vale's panel, and the Blue Exorcist gang's pane.

  • Tom Pinchuk and Sam Weller - the Vice Pit Crew!
  • Ben Applegate of Kodansha
  • The Sailor Moon Cast
  • Yoko of Project-H Books
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In Anime Boston (May 24, 2013), Aniplex of America had announced that Sword Art Online will be airing on Toonami during August.

Below here is a list of DVDs that Aniplex of America is planning to release.

Common Features for the Blu Ray

  • SRP $112.98
  • Retail Price $89.98
  • Spoken Languages: Japanese & English
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9 widescreen
  • Subtitles: English and Spanish (* OP/ED themes and Bonus English subtitles only)
  • Rating: 13 UP

*Bonus Contents & Materials Subject to Change

Release Date: 08/13/13

Episodes: Episodes 1-7
Number of Disc: 3 Discs (2 BD discs + 1 CD)
Total Run Time: approx. 175 min.

Bonus Content

  • Audio Commentary by Creators and Japanese Cast
  • Special Animation “Sword Art Offline” (English subtitles)
  • Original Web Previews
  • Trailer
  • 1st Season Textless Opening

Bonus Materials & Special Package

  • Original Soundtrack CD1
  • 16-page Deluxe Booklet
  • Illustration Pin-ups
  • Exclusive Collectible Card
  • Rigid Box illustrated by abec (Original Character Design)
  • Clear BD Cases with 2-sided Japanese Cover Design

Release Date: 09/17/13

Episodes: Episodes 8-14
Number of Disc: 3 Discs (2 BD discs + 1 CD)
Total Run Time: approx. 175 min.

Bonus Content

  • Audio Commentary by Creators and Japanese Cast
  • Special Animation “Sword Art Offline” (English subtitled)
  • Original Web Previews
  • 1st Season Textless Ending

Bonus Materials & Special Package

  • Bonus DVD: Staff Interview
  • 16-page Deluxe Booklet
  • Illustration Pin-ups
  • Exclusive Collectible Card
  • Rigid Box illustrated by abec (Original Character Design)
  • Clear BD Cases with 2-sided Japanese Cover Design

Episodes: Episodes 15-19
Number of Disc: 3 Discs (2 BD discs + 1 CD)
Total Run Time: approx. 125 min.

Bonus Content

  • Audio Commentary by Creators and Japanese Cast
  • Special Animation “Sword Art Offline” (English subtitled)
  • Original Web Previews
  • 2nd Season Textless Opening

Bonus Materials & Special Package

  • Original Soundtrack CD2
  • 16-page Deluxe Booklet
  • Illustration Pin-ups
  • Exclusive Collectible Card
  • Rigid Box illustrated by abec (Original Character Design)
  • Clear BD Cases with 2-sided Japanese Cover Design

Episodes: Episodes 20-25
Number of Disc: 3 Discs (2 BD discs + 1 CD)
Total Run Time: approx. 150 min.

Bonus Content

  • Audio Commentary by Creators and Japanese Cast
  • Special Animation “Sword Art Offline” (English subtitled)
  • Original Web Previews
  • 2nd Season Textless Ending

Bonus Materials & Special Package

  • Bonus DVD: English Cast Interview
  • 16-page Deluxe Booklet
  • Illustration Pin-ups
  • Exclusive Collectible Card
  • Rigid Box illustrated by abec (Original Character Design)
  • Clear BD Cases with 2-sided Japanese Cover Design

Common Features for the DVD

  • SRP $49.98
  • Retail Price $39.98
  • Spoken Languages: Japanese & English
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9 widescreen
  • Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0
  • Subtitles: English and Spanish (* OP/ED themes and Bonus English subtitles only)

*Bonus Contents & Materials Subject to Change

DVD 1

Release Date: 08/13/13

Episodes: Episodes 1-7
Number of Disc: 2 DVD discs
Total Run Time: approx. 175 min.

Bonus Content
★ Trailer
★ 1st Season Textless Opening

Bonus Materials & Special Package
★ Mini Pin-up Poster
★ O-Sleeve
★ Clear 3-disc DVD Cases with 2-sided wrap

DVD 2

Episodes: Episodes 8-14
Number of Disc: 2 DVD discs
Total Run Time: approx. 175 min.

Bonus Content
★ 1st Season Textless Ending

Bonus Materials & Special Package
★ Mini Pin-up Poster
★ O-Sleeve
★ Clear 3-disc DVD Cases with 2-sided wrap

DVD 3

Release Date: 10/15/13

Release Date: 09/17/13

Episodes: Episodes 15-19
Number of Disc: 2 DVD discs
Total Run Time: approx. 125 min.

Bonus Content
★ 2nd Season Textless Opening

Bonus Materials & Special Package
★ Mini Pin-up Poster
★ O-Sleeve
★ Clear 3-disc DVD Cases with 2-sided wrap

DVD 4

Release Date: 11/19/13

Episodes: Episodes 20-25
Number of Disc: 2 DVD discs
Total Run Time: approx. 125 min.
Rating: 13 UP

Bonus Content
★ 2nd Season Textless Opening

Bonus Materials & Special Package
★ Mini Pin-up Poster
★ O-Sleeve
★ Clear 3-disc DVD Cases with 2-sided wrap

Sources

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Welcome everyone! This is an update for all the wiki projects I did with my teammates. The last update was for Fall 2012 where I took a few projects since I had school work. Everything is listed in alphabetical order, and I discussed about a few things such as what was done, what needs to finished, and any contributions done by my teammates and I.

Btooom! (Solo)

Start Date: Oct. 6, 2012

Episode Summaries Completion Date: Dec. 22, 2012

Character Progress: 3characters out of the entire roster have more than creations filled out

It had 12 episodes, and I completed their summaries. The only left is to find some good quotes and attack table because I haven't applied Daniel's new wiki style from the Fairy Tail wiki page. For characters, I haven't complete them, and most of them just have creation section added. Himiko and Miho wiki pages are the ones that have the most info.

Also, I have been working at Btooom! Wikia because of a user who plagiarized by copying and pasting my summaries over there. I had rewritten summaries over there, and I only have 3 episodes left along with 2 snapshot galleries left to create.

Please see Anime Project Blog and Btooom! Wikia's Wiki Progress Report.

Fairy Tail (Team)

Start Date: October 2010

Episodes Progress: Approximately 75%

character Progress: Approximately 75%.

This is the oldest wiki project, and it had the biggest coalition of wiki editors. I had a great team, but sadly, they all retired except for Daniel, Obsidian609, and me. Though, Wales come by from time to time to help out on the manga project.

The strange thing about this project was its allure. There were lots of new wiki editors in Anime Vice that pop up once in a while. They would add images to the character pages. What they don't know is that Anna and I upload the screen caps. Since Fairy Tail has an enormous character roster, it's a nightmare to transfer images to each character week after week. I hate to delete their images. This year, I think the series will end because the anime has caught up to the manga. If they do another filler arc, it's going to be a challenge to enjoy it. The last one wasn't that great. I wouldn't mind if Fairy Tail anime takes a hiatus. A break would be good for the staff and the Wiki community.

Wiki Progress: Most of the characters are filled out except for the new ones from Tenrou Island arc and above along with some minor characters. In the episode summary department, I haven't checked, but I think we started working on every summary from the late 60's. However, we did skipped some. Same goes for volume.

It will take a lot of man power to finish Fairy Tail.

Please see Fairy Tail Recognition Blogs for Animevice users for a full history on most of the wiki editors.

K (Team)

Start Date: 11-9-12

Episode Progress:Episodes 1-10 are completed.

Character Progress:The Homura Clan characters, Mikoto Suoh, Izumo, Anna Kushina, Misaki Yata, Rikio Kamamoto, and Tatara Totsuka, are completed.

My teammates were Beelze17 and Aleasha. Beelze17 was a character specialist who deals with the Homura Clan characters. She did an excellent work on them, but she needs help with grammar which I help her with. Aleasha was a franchise specialist who uploaded the episode screenshots and did an awesome job on the franchise page. I was the episode specialist, and I was tasked to take care of SCEPTER4 characters. I finished 10 episode summaries and only have 3 left. It should be done soon if I didn't have so much other wiki projects on my hands.

See Wiki Project -- K.

Magi - The Labyrinth of Magic (Solo)

Start Date: Oct. 10, 2012

Episode Progress: All episodes up to 16.

character Progress: Only Aladdin, Alibaba, Morgiana, and Kassim pages are mostly completed with the exceptions of story arcs.

Annabanana used to work on the manga series, and when I saw it had an anime adaptation, I was stoked about it. Unfortunately, Anna wasn't active anymore. I tried the series with my younger siblings, and we got hooked. I have been working on the episode summaries. One of my struggles was the names and making it consistent. An example would be Kassim because it can be spelled Cassim or Kasshim. I wasn't sure what to use, and I use Magi Wikia's reference.

Speaking of Magi Wikia, I also worked over there to help with the plot summaries because my plot summaries were pasted over there. I hope the community gets more wiki editors because most of them avoid writing plot summaries except for one editor. He and I talked about the possibilities of working together. Though, he didn't have enough time to commit himself.

See Wiki Project -- Magi the Labyrinth of Magic

Pet Girl of Sakurasou (Team)

Start Date: 1-29-13 (for me since Daniel Newton and Aleasha started working on the project in fall 2012).

Episode Progress: Episodes 1-4 and 9-12 are completed.

Character Progress: Some of the main cast have empty pages while the new ones have creation sections.

Daniel Newton was the first guy to start the project, and Aleasha joined in. She did the franchise page while Daniel did the anime series page. Daniel started prepping the episode wiki pages. Right now, I did all the episodes up to 12 except for 5 - 8. If I got hooked on the anime sooner back in winter break, I would have got the summaries done up to the latest one. It's all right because I'll catch up.

Besides the wiki work, the discussion thread is going well.

Robotics;Notes (Team)

Start Date: Oct. 20, 2012

Episode Progress: Episodes 1-13 are completed.

Character Progress: All characters have creation section, and the main cast have evolution sections written to some extent.

Robotic;Notes
Robotic;Notes

My partner was Acura Max, a Screened mod. We did plot summaries together. I worked on the odd episodes while he did even. We both work on the characters and everything else. Our teamwork was pretty strong. I haven't had the same experience like this since Guilty Crown, Sket Dance, and Fairy Tail. It's a thrilling feeling when you have a close friend or two working with you.

For wiki progress, we had done every episodes except 14 and 15, but we're on the ball. Plus, it was tough to juggle school work and other things. In the character department, we got the main characters' evolution sections filled out and every minor character added along with their creation sections.

For a detailed list of contributions, please see Robotics;Notes Wiki Vitae list.

Rock Lee and His Ninja Pals (Solo)

Start Date: April 14, 2012

This was a strange wiki project because I don't do summaries. All I did was add characters, screen caps, and associations. I wished the discussion thread was active, but I guessed Anime Vice doesn't have a big fan base for this series.

Sket Dance (Team)

Start Date: August 18, 2011

Episode Progress: Episodes 1-10, 12-14, 16, 19, 21-37, and 39-77 are completed.

Character Progress: The three main characters have most of their sections completed except for story arcs which is difficult since the anime is a bit episodic. Minor characters such as Momoka, Masafumi, and Sawa are almost completed.

It's one of the longest wiki projects I have done, and it has one of the biggest teams called W.I.K.I. Nation. Ever since the anime has finished its run in August 27, 2012, my team and I completed every episode except 11, 15, 17, 18, 20, and 38. Around episode 40, my teammates were stressed from school, work, and family, so I was the only one left to continue the project. It has been difficult, but it was worth it.

Around February 2012, I started working at Sket Dance Wikia. I didn't check what episodes were complete, but I know we completed short summaries for every episode from February and onward. Like Btooom! Wikia, I have a lot of episode image galleries to create.

For Anime Vice, characters needed work. Since I'm more of an episode specialist, I neglected to update the characters and their image galleries. For Sket Dance Wikia, the main characters and a minor character, Enigman, are pretty filled out well.

Please see Sket Dance Wikia's 2012 Wiki Archive, and it has the winter months because I usually write wiki progress on the weekly reviews for new episodes.

Sword Art Online - Solo

Start Date: July 16, 2012

Episode Completion Date: 12-24-12 (Based on the snapshot from the Sword Art Online discussion thread)

Character Progress: Every character has a creation section written. Kirito's page is completed while the others need to have evolution sections.

It was a good anime series that was popular in the community, and it was one of the few projects that used the discussion threads. I had done weekly reports for it, but I was burnt out. Despite being a solo project for episode summaries, I had help from my friends who work on other parts.

SAO Editors

  • There was a wiki editor, AnimeReviewDaily, and he was more of a character specialist. With his help, Kirito's page was the most developed one. I had to work on Asuna and the others' wiki pages. I didn't make much progress due to time.
  • For the franchise page, Buhssuht did an awesome job on it.
  • In the image department, Daniel and Sonata whipped some cool profile portraits. Also, UsaChanMan uploaded HI RES magazine art, Acura Max uploaded merchandise snap shots, and ShadowKnight508 uploaded some cool shots.

I thank them for their hard work.

Tamako Market (Solo)

Start Date: January, 28 2013

Episode Progress: Episodes 4 is completed.

Character Progress: All characters have creation sections. Just need to add evolution, story arcs, and origin.

I haven't done much except for one plot summary. I'm still in the progress of setting things up and adding all the characters.

Valkyria Chronicles (Solo)

Start Date: January, 7 2013

Episode Progress: Episodes 1-8, 13-20, and 21-23 are completed.

Character Progress:Not all characters have creation sections. All of them need to have evolution section. Story arcs is not needed for some of them due to how minor their role are.

After buying the game in December 2012 for my little sister, I was interested in the anime. Like most video game based anime adaptations, this anime series was average because it missed a few things and changed some of the characters' such as Welkin.

For wiki progress, I had finished adding all characters. Being burnt out, I don't do full summaries. Instead, I did short summaries and uploaded snapshots from RC.

This is all the wiki projects I have worked on. It's been a challenge, but I managed to pull through thanks to my teammates and the wonderful people in Anime Vice and Wikia Communities.

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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?

Via MyAnimeList

.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.

Via MyAnimeList

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.

Other Similarities and Differences Discussions

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A lot of Sword Art Online fans notice the so-called platonic harem in Sword Art Online. Originally, I was going to call this blog, Platonic Harem: Sword Art Online. However, I was unsure about if it's a harem or not, so I titled it different.

Sword Art Online
Sword Art Online

Here's a synopsis written by Buhssuht

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.

Spoilers!

Welcome to the Sword Art Online Romance Edition where we talk about the girls who have a thing for Kirito. This blog covers Episodes 1 to 10. Don't read this until you finished episode 10 because something special happens in Kirito's relationship with one of the girls.

Let the discussion begin!

Kirito

Kirito is your main player and a bit of a lone wolf who avoids joining guilds due to a tragic end to his first guild. Though, his lone wolf self does not stop him from getting the ladies.

Asuna

Asuna is at first a reclusive girl, but when she becomes the Vice Commander of the Knights of the Blood Oath, she is seen as the perfect girl. She is called the White Flash known for her lightning speed, and she is one of the best cooks in the game. Kirito just loves her cooking.

Relationship: They are a cliche pair. She beats him for being perverted, and the two argue a lot on tactics. Despite that, the two get along fine and eat together. For those who watched episode 10, Kirito makes his move and asks her to marry which she accepts. Does this mean that rest of the girls don't have a chance? Maybe but it's up to fans to decide.

Sachi

I know she's dead by now, but a lot of people support this relationship. Sachi won the hearts of many fans with her tragic death and her little Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer message to Kirito.

Relationship: Despite she's dead, Kirito does think about her. When he married Asuna, he probably moved on.

Silica

Silica is a pretty loli girl and a monster tamer, and she attracts many admirers who wants her as their mascot for their guild. It's implied that she has a thing for Kirito. Though, she sees him as a big brother since Kirito explains he saved her because Silica reminds him of his cousin.

Relationship: They're like older brother and sister right now. Silica has not made a move on Kirito.

Lisbeth

Lisbeth is a young blacksmith who is Asuna's friend. She is looking for something in her life, and then Kirito appears to asks her to forge a sword. It was an awkward yet cute start of their strange relationship, and they sleep near each other in front of the campfire. It was a touching scene where Lisbeth realizes that Kirito is the one for her. Lisbeth is the first girl to confess to Kirito that she "like" him. She asked Kirito to let her be his personal blacksmith. Though, she got sad when she sees Asuna and Kirito is awfully close.

Relationship: They are friends.

Suguha Kirigaya
Suguha is Kirito's little sister, but in reality, she is Kirito's cousin. She is a better kendo warrior than Kirito, and she has an avatar in ALFheim Online which Kirito does not know yet.

Relationship: ??? - Kirito sees her as his little sister while Suguha keeps blushing as she thinks more of Kirito.

Thank you for reading this blog.

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Warning! The following may contains spoilers so i do recommend watching first Episode 14 : End of the world before reading this

After 2 years on November 7, Sword Art Online is cleared...

Finally the awaited Episode 14 is out and its was a great ending. Although when i woke up almost all the post i saw in Facebook are all spoiler pics of the episode itself but nevertheless its was a awesome experience watching it.

Round 2! Kayaba Akihiko Vs Kirigaya Kazuto
Round 2! Kayaba Akihiko Vs Kirigaya Kazuto

Kirito showed of his smart deducting skills when he realize and revealed to all the Heathcliff is none other the creator Kayaba Akihiko. But made me intrigued was Kayaba stating that he was the final boss on the top floor then kirito added his own saying that it seems pretty bad that the most trusted and strongest player in SAO who becomes the last boss and again Kayaba answered back that its a pretty good storyline. Now that was a good word fight but true essence of the episode was actually not the fight itself but it was but what awaited at the end for us to see and cry upon.

The Final Boss

So this guy trap 10,000 players, made himself also player, and gives himself Immortal status
So this guy trap 10,000 players, made himself also player, and gives himself Immortal status

Something has always bothered me, ever since I arrived here. "Where does he hide while he watches us and adjust the world?" But i'd forgotten a simple piece of psychology. Something any kid knows. There's nothing as boring as watching someone else play an RPG. Isn't that right, Kayaba Akihiko? - Kirito

Since Kirito revealed his identity, Kayaba gave a reward to Kirito a chance to face him one-on-one. Well since he had Immortal status the whole time he would naturally deactivate it if the player where to reach him on the top floor but just like any final boss fight, he would have maximum stats to all attributes then again he's the creator so he would naturally do that kind of thing.

After that Kirito had flashback of those who died in front of him except Yui. Yui just dissapeared but i couldn't help but shed a single tear when i saw Yui. Kirito then prepared himself for his greatest battle yet. Asuna ask him that he isn't gonna die just yet. Then Kirito said that's he going to win. Before the battles start Kirito made a request that Asuna couldn't inflict suicide if kirito would die. Think about it if you die and the girl you love so much kills herself because she couldn't protect you, wouldn't you feel guilty or devastated.

Thus the battle started but if you think the battle sequence was epic wait a few more minutes for the most by far emotional scene i have seen in a action-adventure genre.

The will to fight after losing your hope...

I have to admit. I am one of those who cry at this kind of this scenes
I have to admit. I am one of those who cry at this kind of this scenes

Asuna's death was a total emotional crying scene the whole time. Until now just looking at this scene makes me cry for 5 minutes. So for those who also cried, Big thumbs up and accept it that this scene made you cry. After seeing Asuna fade into pieces of scattered light, Kirito loss all sense of hope and just attacked kayaba like a lifeless soul. kayaba deflected the sword but kirito picked up the sword of asuna. He got stab by kayaba's sword but kirito did not lose hope. He doesn't want Asuna's death to be in vain so with all his might before he fades away he stab him depleting kayaba's life. With that he ask himself if it was good enough while looking at Asuna's sword and eventually he faded to scattered to pieces of light floating above aincrad while all his friends that he met on his journey looked at the sky.

A dream of a castle floating in the skies

You know, Kirito-kun, I still believe that in some other world, that castle truly exist. - Kayaba Akihiko

He explains everything how it all started. He dreams of a castle that can surpass all the law of the world yet he also says that someone already surpass even the laws of Sword Art Online. He must be referring to Kirito and Asuna's actions that even the game itself can't handle such as Yui and Kirito's strong will to kill Kayaba. He congratulates both Kirito and Asuna for clearing the game but before that he initiated a phase that will delete all of SAO's programs including the game itself.

My name is Kirigaya. Kirigaya Kazuto.

Now that's a good ending for a great game
Now that's a good ending for a great game

They both sit as they watched Aincrad fall into pieces and realize that they will disappear. Asuna explains to kirito that its not goodbye and they will disappear together as one. But before that Asuna wants to know Kirito's real name and told hers as well. They exchange there "I Love You" to each other. As they hug a huge light came into contact to them fading them to oblivion ending once and for all there 2 year journey in Sword Art Online.

Waking Up in the Real world...

2 years later...
2 years later...

He wakes up in a hospital and looks at his hand. He tries to remove his helmet then remembered a girl that he met in Sword art Online. The scene was suppose to show that he forgot the name of girl but suddenly remembered that it was Asuna just like the light novel. He tries to get up, removes the nerve gear and walks out of the room uttering his last final words "Asuna..." then the scene shifts to him walking to a corridor going to the light. the credits roll and its over

So what happens now for those who though its over and just close before or after the credits? Well you guys just miss the most greatest thing that happened

Kirito voice can be heard and says the next episode " Jikai: Ritān " I Got super excited that its not over yet and the next arc will be set.

Next Time: Return

So the next arc is set in "Fairy Dance" Arc and Kirito will have to play again another VRMMORPG which is ALfheim Online. Get ready for next Sunday (That's my country day that a Sword Art online Episode is release) So for those who doesn't know about this, tell your friends that Sword Art Online is not over and get hype for the next episode arc.

For those who want to know the New Character i'll tell only one so for those who don't want to be spoiled just skip this.

New Character: Spoiler

Thats Right! Kirigaya Suguha the sister of Kirito will appearing for the first time in episode 15. Actually she was first shown in Episode 1 but her face wasn't that clear enough to be seen so it was more of a cameo

Well thats all what i have to say. Thanks for having the time to read this blog and get ready for Fairy Dance

If you still have a hard time understanding SAO Read my All you need to know: Sword Art Online (SAO)

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