To be honest, I wasn't really expecting to watch this. I had watched a couple of episodes before and it just didn't seem that great. I finally decided to give it another shot. It was on Netflix and staring me in the face and I just decide, 'Eh, what the heck.'
I was surprisingly entertained! It kept my interest and I finished season 1 in 1.5 days. I would have probably finished in one if I had decided to stay up instead of go to bed, but meh, it was worth the wait. My anticipation made me start playing SAO as soon as I woke up.
There seem to be only two main characters, Kirito(Main dude in black) and Asuna (Main girl behind Kirito), and a lot of side characters through out the whole anime. It mixes it up a bit in the second half of the season though.
By now, if you're reading a review for the anime, I figure you already know the general plot.
If not, well.... Here is the gist of it...
It's about a game and everyone gets stuck in it. They can't logout and if the die in the game, they die in real life. Kitito was a beta user of the game and realizes that they can't log out right before they all get teleported to main place where everyone finds out that the game creator made it this way. The only way to get out of the game is if someone beats all 100 levels. (This is the part where you figure that will be Kirito...) so basically, it's about him trying to save anyone. Everything that happens makes you really want to watch the next episode....and the next.....and the next.... You get where I'm going with this right?
It made me wish that we could play games like that. And I don't even play games. lol
There is a little bit of everything in this. Sadness, hatred, love, funniness. It levels it's self out.
Overall, I really enjoyed it.
I know there are more season coming out and there is a season 2 out not but as of right now, I am not considering watching it. I have read the summary of it and it just seems as though it's the same thing over again. Only, Asuna isn't very big in the second season. Maybe if she wasn't a background character I could watch it, but it's just one of those 'I don't care' seasons. I understand why she's not in it as a main character, of course. But still, I don't care for the second season. I kind of think they should have made the second season a little more about them in real life, maybe? But ultimately I just don't think they should have kept going. I think they should have just stopped at season 1 and made a little special about Kirito and Asuna. That would have made more sense to me. I might spoil myself and read the manga, however.
I can't really explain what I am talking about unless you want spoilers.... SO! Forgive me and just watch the anime. :P
Art - Nothing completely special about it. Characters are cute though. :) Favorite scene was probably with Kirito's long hair. :P
Music- I couldn't get into the music of the OP and ED. Most of the time I just skipped them. The music IN the anime, however, was beautiful and I really liked it.