Sword Art Online' feels so much more intense than other anime. Anyone who's ever played an MMORPG-like World of Warcraft or EverQuest knows how life-consuming the experience can be, but the anime Sword Art Online ups the ante by fusing the experience with next-level virtual reality software. When characters in the anime log in to play the titular game - referred to as "SAO" - the experience is closer to uploading themselves into The Matrix than it is signing onto a PC or console. It makes the experience that much more harrowing when thousands of people suddenly realize that they can't log out. Even worse, death in the game means death in real life, too, all just to amuse the game's creator. The only way out is by completing the 100 levels of the game's dungeons. Thus is the nature of Sword Art Online, an anime that's as deeply human as a story as it is a frightening cautionary tale about emerging technologies. Yet, it still delivers an action-packed story set in a fantasy world of swords and knights. It's a must-watch for anyone who's ever been captured in the thrall of an MMO experience, but Sword Art Online also presents a downright stellar anime story - at least for the first season anyway. Inventor Kayaba Akihiko created the NerveGear technology and designed Sword Art Online as a world he could reign over as a god. The NerveGear stimulates sensations in the brain and destroys the brain of the host in the event of their in-game death. In the real world, their comatose bodies are eventually transferred to hospitals, but the players are stuck in the game for more than two years.
They react in a realistic array of ways when the bombshell drops that they're trapped. Most freak out, and some more sinister people kill other players for fun, but a noble contingent of players band together to work towards completing the game and freeing the survivors. The main character, Kirito, has an edge in the game after playing the non-deadly beta release, and he quickly makes a name for himself as a highly-skilled player. He becomes the moral center for SAO and for Sword Art Online as an anime. Like most of the players in the game, he develops close relationships and has to watch friends die. The emotional toll experienced is catastrophic, and every major boss encounter in the game's many floors presents a harrowing experience. It's not quite Game of Thrones-tier, but Sword Art Online doesn't shy away from killing characters. Most anime tend to have a scope and stakes so overwhelming and fantastical that they feel far enough removed from our own world that it's hard to really become fearful for characters. But it's easy in Sword Art Online, because some of the earliest episodes are about Kirito bonding with fellow players only to watch them die in horrifying sequences. This leads him to becoming a loner and a "solo player," which only sharpens his skills but also alienates him from others.
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Over time, Kirito learns to trust people again. The friends he makes along the way make for good storytelling, especially when a bitter rivalry evolves into romantic tension and then a flourishing relationship. Asuna, an early teammate, also becomes one of the top players over the two years that players are trapped in the game, and when she and Kirito reconnect after some time apart, they become an enjoyable dynamic duo to watch. Admittedly, Sword Art Online has its weaker moments when it lingers in the realm of a "harem anime." Kirito has more women interested in him than he does levels to clear in the game itself, and in the second season, odd plotlines involving tentacle porn and an incestuous subplot detract from what otherwise could be a more engaging experience. The first 14 episodes of Sword Art Online are bewilderingly good, but after the story takes a sharp turn, so much of what worked before is diminished. There are still fun moments, but after creating a world with agonizingly high stakes that feel so real, Sword Art Online flounders when trying to recapture that mood in a new setting. Sword Art Online succeeds in incredible ways by crafting a narrative experience twice removed from the viewer's own. Inexplicably, the stakes feel that much higher; much like the thousands of players in this virtual world, you too are trapped, watching helplessly as friends die. You're with Kirito when he throws himself into the fight, potentially sacrificing his own life just to protect people he met in a game. Everyone starts out as strangers in a strange land, but that all changes over time, in a naturalistic way, as people literally level-up together. And by having a love story set at the center of a larger tale - one that develops naturally in a slow burn - you learn to appreciate the characters that much more.
He is a cat-like robot from the future.
This list describes characters from the anime and manga series Doraemon. Also listed are their original NTV voice actors (1973), followed by their TV Asahi voice actors (1979-2005; 2005-present). Part of the 22nd century characters are listed in The Doraemons. Each main character represents a primary school student archetype. Nobita appears in every episode of the anime, while Doraemon appears in most episodes, sometimes being substituted (for medical checkup or on leave) by his sister, Dorami. Note: In some translations of Doraemon, the names of these characters are different from the original names. 2.9 Nobisuke Nobi Jr. Albert in the Cinar dub of the series, is the title character and co-protagonist of the series. He is a cat-like robot from the future. He was yellow-skinned and had ears originally. However, his ears were accidentally eaten by a robot mouse. It left him heartbroken and caused his skin to turn blue. People often mistake him for a raccoon dog. He is sent back in time by Sewashi (Nobita's Great-great-grandson) to aid Nobita. Doraemon possesses a 4-dimensional pocket from which he can acquire various kinds of futuristic tools, gadgets, and playthings from a future department store.
His favorite food is Dorayaki.
He also has the tendency to panic during emergencies, characterized by him frantically trying to pull out a very much-needed tool from his pocket, only to produce a huge assortment of household items and unwanted gadgets. Still, Doraemon is very friendly and intelligent, not to mention long-suffering because of Nobita's antics. Since Sewashi sent Doraemon to the past, Doraemon has been living as the unofficial fourth member of Nobita's family and acts like a second son to Nobita's parents, since despite being a robot, he requires basic needs for a person, such as eating, and also sleeps in the closet of Nobita's bedroom. He also fears mice greatly (due to a robot mouse having eaten his ears), even go crazy about it and pull out devastating gadgets, and most of the times, Nobita saves Doraemon in such situations. Although he has no fingers in most media, he can hold things because of the suction cups in his hands. His favorite food is Dorayaki. He has also been shown to date with normal female cat. He is the elder brother of Dorami.
Nobita Nobi (野比, Nobi Nobita, English dub: Sidney in the Cinar dub, Specky in the Speedy dub, and Noby Nobi in the Bang Zoom! dub) is the co-protagonist of the series. He wears glasses, a red or yellow polo shirt with a white collar, and blue or black shorts and white socks and light blue shoes. Although he's not good at sports, he's good at shooting. He is usually accompanied by Doraemon, who functions as his caretaker. Although he's not good at sports, he's good at shooting and has been reflected in the movies many time. He's also good at string figure which sometime considered a girls' game. Son of Tamako and Nobisuke Nobi. Future father of Nobisuke (his son). Future husband or boyfriend of Shizuka and great-great-grandfather of Sewashi. Taurus), nicknamed Shizuka-chan (しずかちゃん) is a smart, kind and pretty girl. She is often represented by the color pink, and is seen wearing a pink shirt and skirt.
The word 'Shizuka (しずか)' means 'Quiet'. She is Nobita's best friend. She does not shun Nobita due to his failing grades, lazy disposition or constant failures. In fact, she often tries to encourage him to do better, though she usually fails to convince him. Shizuka likes to take a bath several times a day; however, a running gag in the series is that she is sometimes interrupted by a sudden appearance of Nobita (sometimes Doraemon, Gian, or Suneo) usually due to misuse of Doraemon's gadgets like the Anywhere Door (Doko Demo Doa in Japanese). Shizuka's skirt is also frequently seen getting flipped, either by Nobita misusing Doraemon's gadgets, or by the wind. Scenes in which her underwear is seen, or she is seen bathing, have been removed from the dubbed versions, especially in India, Europe, the United States and the United Kingdom. Her true passions are sweet potatoes, which she would rather keep to herself out of the knowledge of others, and the violin, in which her playing is just as horrendous as Gian's singing. She is also known for taking piano lessons unwillingly due to her mother's wishes (as she loves violin more), which is sometimes a reason for declining to hang out with friends (but she plays piano better than violin). Shizuka is an animal lover and keeps two pets at home: a dog, who is saved from succumbing to illness by Nobita and Doraemon in one story; and a canary which runs away on multiple occasions and causing Shizuka and Nobita to run around the city chasing her down.
She sometimes fansies some handsome idols on TV. Besides Nobita, Shizuka is also close to her classmate and popular student Dekisugi. Though they consider each other only as friends. Gemini), named Buster in the Cinar dub and Bob in the Speedy dub, usually known by the nickname "Gian" (「ジャイアン」, "Jaian", English: Big G) is a strong and quick-tempered local bully. He also frequently steals other children's stuff (especially Nobita's and Suneo's) under the pretext of "borrowing" them, unless the toy is damaged. He is known for his awful singing voice, though he considers himself a great singer. To prove this, Gian sometimes "invites" others to attend his concerts, under the threat of beatings. His singing is so horrible that, once, Nobita and Doraemon try to mute it in a silent world, his writings of the song lyrics in a board end up having the same effect as when they hear them.Though his voice is terrible in one of the episodes it was shown that a girl liked his singing. In some films, his singing is enhanced to become an effective weapon (as in 'Nobita's Great Adventure in the South Seas'). In some episodes when his voice is recorded and he hears it, he instantly denies it being his voice and threatens to beat up the person who his songs in a very bad way (which is an irony).