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Best MMO anime- Log Horizon VS Sword Art Online

The best way to indicate the difference between Sword art online and log horizon  is to highlight the manner in which the name of the series is explained to the viewer. Log Horizon is the name of the protagonist’s guild in it’s respective series which is introduced in episode 6. SAO is the name of the realm in which the players become trapped. Both shows function from the premise that MMO players become trapped in the game world.

Log Horizon adventurers


In the early stages , both shows make a significant effort to show the viewer how the game mechanics work and how the universe functions. In this aspect , both anime are equal. The differences between the shows become apparent as the action sequences progress. SAO’s action is intense rivaling the best in the industry. It is flashy, fast paced, dynamic and well balanced. Log horizon’s action places more emphasis on tactics , Shiro explains each move carefully as he maneuvers through the battle. Each character is utilized in the tactical displays. Ultimately Log horizon’s action is more subdued but more fulfilling.

Asuna going in


Log horizon places great emphasis on the politics of the land when not focusing on action. Sword art online attempts to include political elements but does so in a manner which does not engage the user. The political parts also seem to have no large impact on the story. Log horizon’s politics are epic; comparable to game of thrones as Shiro and Crusty conquer territories and relations without raising a weapon. In place of the lacking politics, SAO includes a feasible romance story. Romance to a serious degree is lacking in log horizon and is not a significant focus.

Kirito and Asuna


Shiro is a college student while kirito is a high school student. The difference here gives major insight into the differences between the series. Log horizon was clearly geared towards more mature audience. This is seen in the tactical fights and political elements.

The music for log horizon is world class. It has an opening song which really resonates with western audiences. And in- show soundtrack which realty matches the tone of the occurrences. SAO also has amazing music but only shines during the large scale boss fights.

Depiction of how Log Horizon got it’s name


Log horizon is clearly superior to SAO, the two series use similar premise for the foundation of their story but log horizon’s execution was way more impressive. The characters are well developed in and out of combat. The plot seems to have more purpose with a hint of mystery. Log Horizon would have benefited greatly if SAO had never been released.


Sword Art Online 2 impact full anime

Sword Art online 2 was the last anime i viewed in 2014. At first I had been apprehensive towards watching the series mostly due to the largely negative reviews it had been receiving. I can safely say however that the anime is impressive and ground breaking in several ways.

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The series initiates as a mystery crime drama with the protagonist of the original sword art online  kirito the main focus of the show as the murder mystery is unravelled. The show does a poor job of drawing interest in the first episode. Intact several months passed before i convinced myself to watch the second episode. This was done because i had just completed ‘No game no life’ , an anime series with striking similarities to SAO. The story of this first arc escalates rapidly however. Development on Sinon, the second lead is done as well as development of the new game world introduced.

Gun Gale Online GGO is in striking contrast to the SAO universe. In GGO is gritty, dark and populated mostly by militaristic men donning large guns. The mechanics of the game are well developed in the Arc as show switches between first person and action cameras as frequently as it can in the early stages. This aspect could not have been done better.

Cheery SAO universe
The dystopian environment of GGO in sharp contrast to SAO

For this arc i was very disappointed with the lack of romantic developments between Sinon and Kirito. Kirito completely friend zoned Sinon in keeping with his one dimension character. Disappointments aside as the series progressed to later arcs, it did a poor job of maintaining the significance of Sinon , this is not a large set backs as the usual cast return to the forefront as she moves towards obscurity.

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aaaand nothing else happened 🙁

Generally sword art online tries to reach for deeper issues, relate able issues. A particularly gripping and realistic sequence is that of Sinon and Shinkawa. Some of the later occurrences may have you in applause or tears or both. This anime should be watched and taken seriously as it made greater attempts than its predecessor to address real world issues.

Link: http://kissanime.com/Anime/Sword-Art-Online-II