Sword Kunst Online: Ordinal Scale Movie Review


Sword Kunst Online: Ordinal Scale is the movie adaptation of the acclaimed Sword Kunst Online light novel series written by Reki Kawahara. The movie is directed by Tomohiko Ito and produced by A-1 Pictures, just spil the previous iterations of the franchise. Ordinal Scale is a continuation after the end of the 2nd season of the Sword Kunst Online anime series.


(Slight spoilers to the movie and Sword kunst Online anime series ahead)

Ordinal Scale’s story commences just a week after the events of the Mother’s Rosario arc. Kirito and friends are shown to be using the newest trending zweem, the Augma. This is where Ordinal Scale stands exclusief from the previous iterations, where ter the past it’s all about devices that can create a imaginario reality, the Augma creates an químico reality te our efectivo world. Which means that players will have to budge actually run around, fling their imaginary swords, and reload their non-existent guns all for the public eye to see. Totally not awkward at all, yep. Even so, the Augma seems to be largely well received among the masses because of its practicality and apparent risk free nature te comparison to the infamous NerveGear and even the AmuSphere to some extent. But is it truly spil safe spil people say it is?

The plot for this movie is unluckily very predictable and it does a TERRIBLE job at explaining past events to people who are fresh to the series or just determined to see this movie on a quirk without prior skill of the franchise. Almost every major side character from the anime series makes an appearance at some point so if you didn’t see them, you won’t be spil sated completing this movie compared to the people who did observe the entire series (or read the light novels). However, the main conflict of this movie pleasurably astonished mij. The threat for the most part of this movie isn’t that of death, but something more individual, memories. I won’t go deeper into this subject because it might spoil too much of the plot, but I do need to address that this theme managed to carve a much needed manada and ambiguous color into the universe of Sword Kunst Online that consisted too much of the generic good contra evil conflicts, making things a lotsbestemming more interesting and less clichГ© which is always a good thing te my book.


Kirito is the same spil he’s always bot ter this movie (for better or for worse). Because the Augma creates an sintético reality ter the positivo world and Kirito is your media nerd shut-in ter verdadero life, he originally has some problems adjusting to actually moving his bod te order to play. I thought that this wasgoed a clever budge spil now Kirito has a chance to actually USE his brain and rely on his wits instead of being overpowered all of the time… but no, he doesn’t stay that way for long which is a yam-sized wasted chance that could’ve ultimately developed his character into something more than just a copy-and-paste standard light novel protagonist.

Asuna has a some excellent moments where she gets the zoeklicht ter the boss battles. Much to Kirito’s dissatisfaction, she has the slight edge overheen him when it comes to using your coetáneo assets to play an Limousine spel. It’s good to see Asuna’s coetáneo competence spil a gamer every merienda te a while.

I’ve never bot a meaty fan of the Asuna and Kirito relationship. A lotsbestemming of their dialogue with each other often feels coerced and sounds like a conversations inbetween two teenagers that just commenced dating each other, even tho’ they’ve bot together for a duo years and have bot through hell and back with each other which makes the entire thing even worse for mij. I just don’t feel any verdadero believable chemistry inbetween the two. The last toneel of them together wasgoed pretty good but that’s just about it for them unluckily.

A fresh character that made their estreno te this movie is Eiji. He holds the 2nd rank te Ordinal Scale and is athletically capable, the polar opposite of Kirito who is just your standard shut-in movie spel nerd. He has an interesting backstory and actually has believable motivations for his deeds. Yet the movie somehow managed to screw him up by making him look and act like a total jack every single time he emerges. Ter my opinion, he wasgoed way more relatable than Kirito. Eiji felt like an presente person who dreamed to make a difference ter his life while Kirito seemed like a generic character trope te comparison to him. Unluckily I can’t say anything more about him due to possible spoilers.

All of the major side characters from the anime series also have a part ter this movie. I don’t have anything to say about them other than it wasgoed nice to see the entire spoed together again, especially Klein.


A-1 Pictures indeed delivered with this one. The best part of Ordinal Scale for mij is mitts down the act scenes. The backgrounds are gorgeous, the animations are spil fluid spil they can be and you just can’t help but love the feeling whenever a boss shows up and an act toneel is about to come up because you KNOW that you’re te for an awesome time. I admit that I wasgoed quiebro bored for the majority of this movie but whenever an activity toneel came up I leave behind why I wasgoed even bored te the very first place and actually love myself… until it finishes and I get bored again. So if you just dreamed to see a movie with kick-ass activity scenes, Ordinal Scale will sate your cravings indefinitely. The final fight alone made the expensive toegangsbewijs price to see this movie all worth it.


Sword Kunst Online always had superb sound direction and this movie is no exception. The soundtrack certainly made the boss battle scenes all the more epic, spil expected from Yuki Kajiura. The sounds made when swords clash to structures being demolished by the bosses were volmaakt and undoubtedly added a more visceral feel to each activity toneel. Nothing more to say other than if you observed the series, you’ll notice that they used some of the old tracks for the sake of nostalgia I guess.

Te Summary

  • Fine and fluid animations
  • Realistic sound effects and awesome soundtrack
  • Adrenaline-pumping act scenes

But is plagued by:

  • Almost non-existent character development
  • Predictable plot
  • Generic dialog

Final Thoughts

Ordinal Scale is not a deep movie by any standards. The plot is laughably predictable, the characters were given so many opportunities for further development but almost every single one wasgoed wasted or never further touched upon and Kirito is still the shallow, generic, overpowered protagonist he always wasgoed who is just there to proceed the plot. But did I love watching it? Remarkably, I did. It’s a joy rail if you can just turn your brain off and if you can suspend your disbelief long enough to see the good parts of this movie, which are the superb animations and awesome soundtrack. Just keep ter mind that you’ll have a significantly better time if you have observed the anime series or read the light novels prior to watching this movie.

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