15Sword Art Online (2012)
As far as premises go, it’s tough to beat Sword Art Online. The story follows Kirito, a beta tester for an anticipated virtual reality MMORPG, who must escape the perils of the virtual reality as the players are captured in its world. The only way out is to defeat the
final boss. Oh yeah, and death in the video game equates to death in the real world. Awesome. Running 25 episodes, Sword Art Online doesn’t require a lifelong commitment like its anime brethren Naruto and One Piece. It’s short, action-packed and tons of fun. Not every storyline needs to be packed to the gills with intellectual insight if it’s just plain fun.