What Sword Art Online could have been if Kirito wasn’t a douchebag.
It’s certainly not the most inspired show I’ve ever seen. The premise— an MMORPG becomes real— has been pretty common lately.
But it has an earnestness that Sword Art Online and Accel World lacked. It doesn’t have this overriding focus on wish fulfillment through self-insertion as the main character. The main character here doesn’t seem to be out to prove anything and isn’t full of himself. He’s actually socially well-adjusted and popular.
The show also has a subdued, low-key sense of humor which I enjoyed. It feels peaceful, but not boring. The battles are pretty cool too. Am mildly looking forward to this.