Hi hi. Managed to find this one just last night and gave it a watch. It was bad. How bad? Thank god I didn’t spent a single cent on it.
This is an original storyline.
Even when the novel itself can be adapted into another 2 cours worth. I was slightly disappointed that they pick the original story route, but still hyped, because I have been ranting a lot of times saying that Accel World deserves an S2 over SAO. It’s a 1 hr 22min movie with only 40min of new content. Yes, only 40mins, the rest is a fucking recap over the previous anime season which was entirely unnecessary. Why? People who want to watch this movie are definitely the ones who are fans and watched the anime series already. I can feel the disappointment from the fans who watched it in the cinema. If I was at the cinema, I can take toilet breaks and even buy more snacks without the fear of missing anything, because the recap window is huge.
For an original storyline, it feels shitty. Even tho the author/creator wrote the screenplay, it feels like he invested a lot of time into SAO that he forgot his style of writing for AW. The 40mins proved to be EXTREMELY tight with the rather confusing plot due to the amount of random moments coming in. You can talk about something first until suddenly, you can just jump to the next scene, leaving the previous scene rather incompleted. The pacing is that messy. Final battle only had 10mins of screen time and I was like wtf. Ending was probably the most abrupt stopping I have ever seen, they never even bother to do a wrap up. They literally let AW just crash and burn and thinking that it will be a masterpiece. This really drops my expectations for the SAO movie next year, who knows? Since we have 2 seasons of SAO, they might pull off 1hr 20mins of damn recaps. Seriously, Reki, if you have no idea how to write a screenplay for a movie, I rather ask you to turn this movie into 2 separate OVA episodes instead. You are just making your fandom shit on you.
Animations by Sunrise. Quality has definitely gotten an upgrade. If they didn’t, I think I will hate Sunrise with a passion.
Music is amazing tho. The BGMs felt like Qualidea Code, and the ED is just amazing. Kotoko with Maon’s vocals and Satoshi’s composition never goes wrong.
VAs is the same old list with a couple of new original characters. Kaji Yuki, Misawa Sachika, Toyosaki Aki, Asanuma Shintaro, Yuki Aoi, Akasaki Chinatsu, Suzumura Kenichi, Sakurai Takahiro, Kuroda Takaya, Ueda Kana, Nosoka Naoya, Kawasumi Ayako, Hidaka Rina, Endou Aya, Nanri Yuuka, Oogame Asuka, Yukana, Mizuhashi Kaori, Hara Yumi, Kobori Miyuki, Tsuda Kenjirou, Ishida Akira. I think because of the time gap between this movie and the anime series, Sachika might have lost her touch that her vocals for Kuroyukihime sounded extremely monotonous.
Recommended? Don’t even waste your time at this, in fact, I’m pissed that I wasted my time on this. Best to keep away and also lower your expectations GREATLY for SAO’s movie next year, who knows? They might butcher that movie too.