In the second season of Sword Art Online, we got to see Kirito defeat a seriously evil villain known as Sugo Nobuyuki AKA Oberon. During his virtual battle with Sugo, Kirito deactivated the pain absorber so that whatever pain Sugo would feel in virtual world would be felt in the real world. After seeing what this did to Sugo’s real body, all I saw was him being half-blind in one eye. In my opinion, the damage to Sugo’s real body should have been a lot worse considering what Kirito did to Sugo’s virtual body.

Kirito’s first strike on Sugo was across his left cheek. With the pain absorber deactivated, it should have made the left side of Sugo’s face sag and droop. The next strike chopped off Sugo’s right hand, which would have left his right arm dangling uselessly from his elbow and he wouldn’t be able to move that hand ever again. The third strike chopped Sugo’s body in half at the waist. This would cause a great deal of problems to Sugo’s real body ranging from a permanent limp as he walked, erectile dysfunction, and uncontrollable bowel movements. The final blow impaled Sugo’s head through his right eye. Obviously, his right eye would be blind, but Sugo would also suffer from extreme neurological damage similar to that caused by a stroke or seizure.

Overall, considering how much physical damage Sugo’s virtual body received and how much pain was transferred to his real body, Sugo should not have been able to move properly once he came back to the real world. Even if he made his final stand with Kirito in the real world, Sugo’s limp and brain damage would throw him off balance, his right arm would be a dead limb, and he would only be able to use his knife in one hand. That would have made it a lot easier for Kirito to take Sugo down.


Based on the Japanese light novels by Reki Kawahara, Sword Art Online portrays an interesting perspective on the concept of virtual reality.  When I first discovered this anime, I did not know what to expect.  However, when I watched it, I was amazed by the amazing animation and special effects as well as the unique characters that move the story along.  In many ways, this anime reminds me of The Matrix Trilogy in that the characters’ minds are transferred into a computer-generated world and that if they die in the computer world, they die for real.  In particular, I had a keen interest in the relationship between Kazuto Kirigaya (Kirito) and Asuna Yuuki (Asuna).  Before watching the anime, I wasn’t a fan of romance stories and never truly understood what romantic love was, but after watching Kirito and Asuna interact with one another throughout the series, I started crying, which is something I do not do very often.  As for villains, Akihiko Kayaba is what I would categorize as a morally ambiguous character, neither good nor bad despite all the blood he had shed.  On the other hand, Sugo Nobuyuki was a completely hateful character who reminded me in many ways of Joffrey “Baratheon” from Game of Thrones and when Kirito defeated him twice, I just had to watch those scenes over and over.  Overall, I would recommend this anime to anyone who is looking for stories that portray characters finding themselves in unexpected situations and emerge from those experiences as changed characters.