Sword Art Online – Ordinal Scale (movie) Review

Genres: Action, Game, Adventure, Romance, Fantasy

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What is it about?

In 2026, four years after the infamous Sword Art Online incident, a revolutionary new form of technology has emerged: the Augma, a device that utilizes an Augmented Reality system. Unlike the Virtual Reality of the NerveGear and the Amusphere, it is perfectly safe and allows players to use it while they are conscious, creating an instant hit on the market. The most popular application for the Augma is the game Ordinal Scale, which immerses players in a fantasy role-playing game with player rankings and rewards.

Following the new craze, Kirito’s friends dive into the game, and despite his reservations about the system, Kirito eventually joins them. While at first it appears to be just fun and games, they soon find out that the game is not all that it seems…

What did I think?

I know I’m a bit late to the party (or quest). It’s been a while since Ordinal Scale came out and I’ve just seen it now. Don’t know why, I was pretty excited to see the movie when they first announced it, but it just kinda slipped my mind. I’m a bit torn about how I feel now that I’ve seen it. On the one hand I wish it hadn’t taken me so long to watch it because it is awesome. On the other hand I wish I hadn’t seen it already so I could see it again for the first time. Overall conclusion: I loved it!

I’ve always loved SAO. It was one of the anime that made me fall in love with anime in the first place. I loved the story of getting stuck in a videogame. I loved the Kirito & Asuna romace. I loved the fact that Kirito is kind off a player, but somehow gets away with it. And guys, the art is just simply beautiful.

Plot wise they had to really screw up before I wouldn’t like it anymore. Luckily they didn’t screw up one bit! So the plot (as in all SAO things) was awesome. But what really makes Ordinal Scale stand out is the way the movie is made. It isn’t one big action scene with one fight after the other. What makes it really great is that the movie actually slows down quite a few times. It takes the time to explain everything: why characters do what they do, how they draw certain conclusions and most importantly they make time for the simple things such as everybody just sitting together and hanging out. It almost feels like they were recording a documentary, this makes the movie feel very real and believable.

By the way don’t be misled by the word “documentary”, Ordinal Scale is in no way boring or something like that. The movie is suspenseful and exiting and definitely worth watching!

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