(Before I begin I should mention that I have not seen episode 7 yet, if that makes a difference.)
Wanting to judge an anime on it’s own merits, I normally don’t want to know about the source material for that anime until it’s done airing. And that’s how it normally is with me but the coverage given by bloggers to the anime for Sword Art Online (SAO) and my own thoughts about it leaves me with questions about SAO that I’d like to know.
To answer these questions I realize I can go to the appropriate places; but, call it an irrational desire not to be overly spoiled, I was hoping that some kind gentleman or lady reading this would answer my questions without spoiling the whole show.
Below are the questions I have; I hope they don’t sound snarky or mean because that’s not the intention. I’m trying to establish how I should be watching SAO and with the level of compression that some people are saying that is happening with the anime adaptation I’m thinking some of the context might be getting lost. Does the source material skew more towards a serious, thoughtful examination of what would happen if a group of people were stuck in a game like Sword Art Online or is does it lean more towards being a dumb, fun type series. One is not inherently better then the other; however, knowing the answers to my questions will help put me in the right frame of mind for the SAO anime.
1 – Are there bugs, hacks, or exploits that the players take advantage of or fall victim to while in Sword Art Online?
The lack of such on launch day for a game like this is extremely unrealistic, no matter how insanely smart the creator of the game is.
2 – What is the political structure in Sword Art Online and does it include common services a government is expected to render like a judicial system and a police force?
I’m not saying SAO should devolve into some sort Lord of the Flies scenario but expecting the complete lack of some form of government from arising, especially with how many people are inside the game, after a few months goes by is against human nature.
3 – Does the oldest profession in the real world exist in Sword Art Online?
Maybe something doesn’t get mapped over to inside the game, but, I’m befuddled that the great imbalance between men and women inside Sword Art Online and the extended length of time that’s passing hasn’t affected how members of either gender behave towards the other.
4 – Are we going to see what’s happening in the real world before the players beat the game?
I can make logical guesses as to what’s happening in the real world (like how all the players that are still inside the game have probably been moved to long-term care facilities and are treated like coma patients) but I’d really like it if SAO would show that side of things.
5 – Is Sword Art Online as a game really as simplistic as the anime makes it out to be?
I realize the whole being there is probably really awesome but the game itself seems very regressive in nature because there are MMORPG games that are out right now like WOW or Everquest 2 which offer a much deeper and challenging experience.
I’ll end with a big hearty thank you to anyone and everyone that will help answer these questions for me.