Sword Art Online Ordinal Scale:
I saw this in The Theaters, and I was definitely glad I did. This Movie takes place after Mother’s Rosario and focuses on an Augmented Reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game named Ordinal Scale that is sweeping the nation, and Kirito and Company get involved with it, with some interesting plots added in with a rather intriguing set of people heading this game.
I myself watched SAO at the end of Last Year, and I enjoyed the Series overall, even with some of its issues. SAO II Improved on many places with GunGale Online and Mother’s Rosario being definite improvements. And honestly for me, this Movie continued some of those Improvements.
+ The Music and Animation are as stunning as always, alongside the good Music Themed around One of the Characters being Idol based, and the music really helped it out. The Animation was definitely really good with some good style to it that really proves how fluid the action is.
+ Kirito definitely seemed at his best here honestly. He’s not an overpowered or over glorified character for most of the Movie, and you see him at his most normal, which makes him a lot more interesting to see as the movie goes on. For all the complaints Kirito can get for getting things too easily or that he’s very basic, this Movie made it easier for me to see him at his most human and much less Gary Stu like (if you see him as such). While there are moments where he’s relied upon heavily (go to Middle Poitns for that) he’s definitely capable of earning all the cool moments he gets in this movie.
+ The Antagonists of this Movie are some of the most interesting in the series, if only for how they’re not full out bad guys for evil’s sake or for confusing reasons. They’re people with good reasoning behind what they do, but you still want them to be stopped. I like those kind of villains, and SAO can really benefit from these kinds of villains.
+ If you’re a fan of The Aincrad arc, this’ll definitely work out well to see the characters’ times in that bring up some consequences, and definitely adds up to some really tense moments with Kirito and Asuna, especially for the Subplot they get into.
X This isn’t exactly something that’s too much of a big deal, but some characters are admittedly underutilized in some areas, namely Agil and Suguha. While they did good in the scenes they did, with Agil having some of the Funniest Lines in the Movie, they and Suguha did have good moments, they really could have done more.
0 The Final Battle was Awesome and really was a big highlight, but Reward Weapon was… Jesus Christ it was pretty much an overpowered as fuck weapon that made some parts far too easy after A Big Boss was defeated. But it kind of makes sense logically considering it is a Big Weapon that is useful as fuck and it would make sense Gameplay wise. Story wise though, you may or may not have issues with it.
0 Kirito’s Progress. Either you’ll find it natural for him to go from needing to train better and keep in shape for Augmented Reality then Virtual Reality, thus making him earn his badassery, or you’ll still find Kirito… Kirito. Is this kid ever going to be a Big Positive for everybody? Probably not…
0 The Pacing will either be well paced for how it gets you invested and into the story while keeping you focused on Personal Character Driven Stories and balancing out the Action and Story, or you’ll find it wonky in places and find some of the action not long enough, or really oddly paced in the middle. I personally did not mind, but not everybody will feel the same.
Overall, I enjoyed Ordinal Scale a lot, and personally was happy to see it in Theaters. It was worth seeing in the Theaters, a fun time overall, and really made me appreciate watching all of SAO a few Months ago. If you’re still skeptical on SAO, though SAO II may have swayed you a little into positive, definitely give this a checkout. If you’re not into SAO, it’s an easy skip and something you don’t have to obligate yourself to see. On my end, I love it, and will continue loving it.
They Missed their chance to have The Swordland Latin Chorus in the Movie, so we missed out on a Theatrical “COFEE SODA TOFFEE PASTA.”
……….Also, I really cannot wait for The English Dub of this Movie.