It’s been a while since I’ve sat down to watch an anime. Mostly because the time invested equates to about 300 episodes and approximately 150 hours of my life. Whichever anime you decide to watch is a serious time sink so it’s important to know which one to watch. No one wants to waste several days getting through an anime that turns out to be terrible at the end.
So for all you gamers out there we have the list that you’re definitely going to appreciate.
Sword Art Online by Reki Kawahara
In the year 2022, virtual reality has progressed by leaps and bounds, and an MMORPG called Sword Art Online (SAO) is launched. With the aid of “NerveGear” technology, players can control their avatars within the game using nothing but their own thoughts.
Our protagonist Kirito Kirigaya was a beta tester for the game and was eager to play once the game was released to the public. However disaster strikes, when Sword Art Online‘s 10,000 players discover that not only are they unable to log out, the only way they can return to their physical bodies is by beating the 100-level tower’s final boss. Here’s the kicker death in the game means death in the real world.
No Game No Life by Yu Kamiya, Media Factory
No Game No Life is a surreal comedy that follows the story of Sora and Shiro. Together the two make up the legendary online gamer duo behind the username “Kuuhaku.” They view the real world as just another lousy game; however, a strange e-mail challenging them to a chess match changes everything—the brother and sister are plunged into an otherworldly realm where they meet Tet, the God of Games.
The realm Disboard, the world where all forms of conflict—from petty squabbles to the fate of whole countries—are settled by way of high-stake games. In this strange land where the very idea of humanity is reduced to child’s play, the indifferent genius gamer duo has finally found a real reason to keep playing games.
Summer Wars by Mamoru Hosoda, Madhouse, Warner Bros.
OZ, a virtual world akin to Second Life. The key to OZ is its nearly impenetrable security due to its strong encryption, ensuring that any personal data transmitted through the networks will be kept safe in order to protect those who use it. Because of its convenient applications, the majority of society has become highly dependent on the simulated reality.
Kenji Koiso is a 17-year-old math genius and part-time OZ moderator. One day he receives a strange, coded message on his cell phone from an unknown sender who challenges him to solve it. Kenji is able to crack the code, but little does he know that his math expertise has just put Earth in great danger.