Sword Art Online Ordinal Scale [Anime Review]
SAO Ordinal Scale is a 2017 anime movie based on the SOA series written by Reki Kawahara. The film is produced by A-1 Pictures and directed by Tomohiko Itō, featuring an original story by Kawahara, character designs by Shingo Adachi and music by Yuki Kajiura. Ordinal Scale is a sequel to the TV series and a continuation of the SOA franchise.
Sword Art Online is a guilty pleasure of mine, I actually enjoy the franchise. It has all of the elements I like in an anime done well. While I’m not the biggest fanatic of the series, I will keep an eye out for anything new that is being produced ergo Ordinal Scale.
The Black Swordsman
In the aftermath of SAO story, the Augma is released to the public as an alternative system to the AmuSphere, due to its function to simulate reality while the player is conscious rather than using FullDive.
The most prominent combat-based game is Ordinal Scale, in which a player’s abilities are ranked by ordinal numbers. It was quickly becoming popular among the masses. After a couple of disturbing incidents in the game, Kirito is forced to dive into this world and find out what is the mystery behind Ordinal Scale.
As with most feature films, and release by AI Pictures. Everything is top notch and done well.
The sound design and the battle animations are exquisitely animated and designed. Each attack or reaction is on point and the sound really does well to highlight the action. The whole party is back to their normal voice acting, Kirito is still mopy’ish and Asuna is still optimistic. The movie does well in bringing back characters from the old SAO tv series even if it doesn’t make sense, the nostalgia makes it worth it.
The story itself is good but that is my problem for a movie done this well, the story is just good. It feels that for a feature-length movie, the story should be bigger. I don’t want to include any spoilers in this review, once you figure what’s going on – you will be underwhelmed.
Knight Of Blood
This is an enjoyable movie and a good continuation of the franchise. If I were to look at it objectively, it lacked the depth that you normally find in a feature film. As well, I didn’t find Kiritos’ character to be enjoyable as previous incarnations. He was lacking in the things that made him the Black Swordsman this time around.
Overall, this movie is watchable but don’t expect it to blow you away. It could’ve been better done as an OVA. Rest assured though, next season of SAO is coming up so I assume it’ll be better because they have the span of a tv series to tell the story.