Sword Art Online (Season 1)

A fantastically immersive love-letter to MMORPGs backed with strong emotion that makes a great Gateway Anime. Then it goes sideways for the second arc before picking up the pieces for its second season.


While it is perhaps the seminal "trapped in a game" isekai, the pacing of this was so painfully slow. While the soundtrack is a masterpiece by Yuki Kajiura, it's used so awkwardly and repetitively that it doesn't do it justice. Skip this one.

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