Fresh from the official site, the first preview clip of Sword Art Online has been released – and while already assumed to be splendid a series, now the PV takes expectations and tosses them into the universe.
Watching the video, available below, we’re shown what comes off as a heroic frontier as the music does well to imply – the leading male is spotted with determination flourishing, and enthusiasm about to exceed the skies. Shortly after the logotype, we’re then treated to the sight of adventure – the RPG elements of the series are exhibited in the form of treasures, bartering, battles, and of course, blades. In a manner so streamlined, the attention further smoothyl shifts into the topic of war.
Thunderous creatures are making their presence known within the world of Sword Art Online – and they do so spectacularly as the PV expertly implements a slow motion effect during this segment, one can truly feel the power being thrust around heavily as the monsters take motion.
All the while, we’re shown a girl frozen in fear, and concerned over the terrifying display of monsters she sees. There looks to be some sort of invasive force arriving within the universe of Sword Art Online – and on a side-note, the manifestation of these enemies within the colosseum is reminiscent to a certain scene of Symphogear, though certainly far more epic in tone.
Immediately after the antagonists make their arrival, one will see the hero lose an unrelated bout – and subsequently, shatter away in true RPG style. From there, it is all various scenes of combat which give the feeling of preparation for something large-scale. The music in particular is impressively powerful within this PV as this single score manages to take one from a feeling of confidence to worry, to a rush of intensity and adrenaline building.
Sword Art Online had us hooked from the name alone, yet this is definitely a series with more to it than its name.