Title: Sword Art Online - The Movie - Ordinal Scale. Format: DVD. Release Date: 21 Feb Actor(s): Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Haruka Tomatsu, Kanae Itô, Ayana Taketatsu, Rina Hidaka, Vietnam. Sword Art Online: Ranh Giới Hư Ảo. World-wide (English title) Sword Art Online: The Movie - Ordinal Scale. World-wide (English title) (short title) Sword Art Online: Ordinal Title: Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale. Volume: DVD. Running time: Distributor: Aniplex of America. Release date: Suggested retail price: $ Age rating: Release Date Mar 9, - May 4, Running Time 1 hr 59 min Genres Action Adventure Animation Fantasy Sci-Fi ... read more
Klien first started out as a generic, twenty-something guy, who lived alone, played virtual games and was eagerly looking for a girlfriend. But over time, he developed a very respectable personality; looking out for his friends in battle and taking pride in the way he chooses to play. Even if there's some significant risk to it, Kilen will never abandon someone in need. There are sometimes when he's a bit self-indulgent - but in a charming way.
That's why it's disheartening to see him and his guild become victims of the antagonists. As for Agil, he's not featured as often as Klien, but whenever we do see him, it's clear he's a good-hearted man, who's always willing to lend a hand in battle or find information.
Also, we learn quite a bit about his personal life. He runs a cafe in town, where the group usually meets up, and he even met his wife through online gaming. Their personalities may be different, but there's no denying Klien and Agil are valuable allies. There's also Yui; Kirito and Asuna's in-game daughter, who's an AI program.
Not only is she featured throughout the movie, thanks to the Augma system, but she's incredibly adorable in her pixie form and is bursting with information. Whenever the group needs help finding a lead or making sense of what they know, Yui has the technical means to do so - which comes in very handy. However, while some characters are used to their full potential, others aren't used as well as they could be.
For example, one person I was interested to see in this movie was Sinon. Introduced as a lead in 'Phantom Bullet', she made the arc all her own by having an intense backstory and the willpower to overcome her personal demons. Unfortunately, once she'd come to terms with her past, there was little else to her character besides her sniper skills, and newfound friendship with Kirito and the others.
As a result, she's been used very sparingly in the franchise ever since. In the movie, she does make regular appearances. But she doesn't get involved with the plot properly until the second half - and even then it's a bit lacklustre until the climax. They do add some extra dimension to her character, by mentioning she has a job now and that she has the advantage of not being an SAO survivor, but it would've been great to see her in a few more action sequences.
Like Sinon, she was introduced as the second lead in a previous arc alongside Kirito - and her reaffirmed bond with him was one of the few good things to come out 'Alfhiem'. Unfortunately, nobody really knew what to do with her after that. We see her once or twice in the first mins of the movie. And then she promptly leaves to go to a kendo tournament or something, and we never see her again until the climax.
Well, okay, she appears once via video-chat to help Kirito train in using an AR sword, but that's about it. And then you have Liz and Silica. These two were once the most underdeveloped characters in the whole franchise. Don't get me wrong, they're both incredibly likeable.
It's just we didn't know much about them personally. Back in the first series, they each only had one episode of focus between them. Then they were rarely seen for the rest of the season, and by the time they reappeared, we were expected to believe they were somehow main characters.
Yeah, it doesn't work like that. If you want characters to become mainstays of your franchise, you have to build their popularity by regularly featuring them and expanding their backgrounds. Just introducing them and having them share one adventure with the main character doesn't do that.
Fortunately, the movie seemed to realise this and did everything it could to rectify that. For instance, Liz and Silica both appear early in the story and have a lot more screentime.
They take part in boss raids, socialise with the main leads, and even have moments to shine on their own without Kirito or Asuna overshadowing them. Plus, they each have the slightest bit more dimension added to their characters. Lisbeth, for example, says her parents won't let her stay out late unless she's with her friends - revealing something about her personal life for the first time - and Silica blames herself for Asuna's memory loss because the latter was protecting her when it happened.
They're not quite as fleshed out as they could be. But at least these two feel like they belong in the group now, as opposed to being just two extra wheels. The movie also features cameos from other SAO characters in the first two seasons. Including the interviewer from 'Phantom Bullet'; Eugene, Sakuya and Rue from 'Alfheim'; the Sleeping Knights from 'Mother's Rosario'; the creator of SAO, Akihiko Kayaba and many more.
Anyone going into this movie looking for nostalgia isn't going to be disappointed. But on top of featuring the characters we know and love, 'Ordinal Scale' also introduces new ones. Fortunately, the franchise has a solid reputation for making us care about them quickly. First, there's Yuna; the Augma's mascot, who appears human, but is actually a program designed to show up at certain boss raids and give players power-ups through her singing - thus making her the first ever AR pop star.
It would take some time before we learnt anything significant about her, but it's later revealed how much sentiment went into her design and singing voice. Let's just say she's modelled after somebody very special to the creator. Then there's Eiji, a former member of SAO's top guild.
He actually ranked very low in that game because he was always afraid of dying and wouldn't participate in boss raids. In 'Ordinal Scale', however, there is no real death.
So his skills are unlimited, and he uses them to become the game's 2nd ranked player. Putting it simply: he's Kirito's opposite. Not surprisingly, he turns out to be one of the movie's main antagonists. However, what's good about him is he's not simply motivated by revenge. Like Kirito, he's driven by love. He lost somebody important to him in SAO and hated himself for not being able to protect them. Because of that, he rejects the weakling he used to be and quite literally fights for that person's memory.
It's still unlawful what he does. But it's understandable, and even relatable at times, why he does it - which is always the sign of strong antagonist. Finally, there's Dr Shigermura; the creator of the Augma. He blames himself for the loss of his daughter, who died in SAO after he bought her a copy of the game.
I can't reveal too much else, or I'll be going into spoiler territory. But he's the sort of man who forces his beliefs on other people and is willing to do anything to amend his mistake. Even if it means becoming a monster himself. The last thing I want to talk about is the movie's climax - again, without spoiling too much. This felt like the culmination of everything the franchise has been building towards. Namely due to its fan-appeal. You see, as much as I enjoyed SAO's first series, there was a part of it that felt unfinished to me.
We never did find out what was on the th Floor and it's lingered on me for years what could've been. In here, however, we don't just see old SAO bosses return, we finally meet the horror that was awaiting players on Floor Plus, there's the final battle itself.
Like I said, I was afraid Asuna was going to be left out of the fight. But she's right there, showing us why she's as powerful as Kirito. And then Leafa shows up to help.
And then Klien. And then every other major player we've seen in the franchise until that point: the Sylph, the Cait Sith, BoB competitors, the Sleeping Knights, you name it. And the callbacks just keep coming. Kirito uses his Duel Wielding skill, which hasn't been seen since the first series.
And Asuna uses her hit combo attack Mother's Rosario , in tribute to her late friend: Yuuki Konno. Best of all, thanks to Yue's hacking, Kirito and his friends get to fight as their old avatars from SAO and Gun Gale Online - making the fandom go crazy with nostalgia. I'll even say the end credits in this are perfect. They acknowledge the main characters who aren't Kirito or Asuna - in keeping with the theme of remembrance.
Kirito finally meets with Asuna's mother. And to top it off, there's a post-credits scene which supposedly sets up the events of the 3rd Season - "SAO will return" it says. In conclusion, 'Ordinal Scale' and its climax are everything fans could've hoped for and more. It knew exactly what we wanted to see in a movie like this and made sure to deliver on all of it. As for me, this took me back to the time when I first saw the original series.
But this experience was arguably better given how much has developed since. The characters were great, the story was great, the references and continuity were brilliant, and even the pacing was well-handled.
I won't lie and say it's a perfect movie; there were some raunchy jokes, like a reference to condoms, and Yui popping out of Leefa's breasts at one point, but these are just small nit-picks.
Issac Akers' review on Crunchyroll says it all: "SAO being SAO, this was never going to be a perfectly crafted movie - but it captures so many of the charms of the franchise while also avoiding nearly all of its most aggravating faults. As for anyone else; you don't necessarily have to see the first two seasons to enjoy it, but it helps the experience if you know all the references. That's all I've got to say for 'Ordinal Scale'. So until the third season is released in English on DVD, stay tuned.
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