However, in a cruel turn of events, the players soon realize they cannot log out; the game's creator has trapped them in his new world until they complete all one hundred levels of the game.
In order to escape Aincrad, Kirito will now have to interact and cooperate with his fellow players.
This seems to happen a lot throughout this series where there might be some emotional moments where a character dies, or something dramatic happens but there is really no emotional impact from it, and the main character seems to not really care that much about it or it doesn't really effect anything significantly.
The first episode received an early screening at the Tokyo International Forum Hall C on June 24, 2012. Since I've seen a plethora of scores of 10 for this show, I thought I'd write what I feel is a more realistic review for this show.
Sword Art Online is more or less the equivalent of a fanfiction in it's writing and quality.
I really felt this series shined from around episodes 4-13 and I wish they would have kept with that pace instead of rushing an ending midway and throwing something new at us.
The second half just felt completely unnecessary and forced.