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Posted 12/23/12 , edited 12/23/12

Well a story should have a conflict and a resolution .

In the ALO arc, the sister is the main character after Kirito and she bears a conflict ,and the author resolved it at the end of chapter 9. And yes the author went in that direction of the conflict ,we will never know why until we asked him but its there and the anime adapted it well in the ALO arc ,basing on the light novel.

Indeed the ALO arc has a different feel than the Aincrad arc and a lot are upset about the changes in the characters. Since I didnt read the book at that time , I was also upset about it. Thats why I was saying the adaptation of Aincrad arc could have been better and longer and then a good transistion to the new arc would have happened.

For me , it also the stories felt fragmented and awkward until it came back to the original storyline at the later part.

Overall, I think the resolution of all the conflicts are done well enough in this series.


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Well he isn't the greatest author ever, that's for sure. Having to fill in so many gaps with tons of side stories is a testament to a relatively weak narrative within the main story arcs. It's only within side stories that minor characters get any kind of screen time at all. And that's fine. But the worst is when a main character gets relegated to being a minor character for no real reason. ALO and GGO were told for the most part from the perspectives of Leafa and Sinon yet they pretty much get thrown out with the trash after those stories end.

I don't really envy what the anime had to do with piecing together that storyline hodgepodge/graveyard. It's a large reason why fans were so confused when the show flashed forward two years and changed focus back onto the main storyline after the first several side story episodes.

It would have been so much more jarring for the audience if it had been just like the original novel where it went from day 1 immediately to 2 years in the future. But even with the inclusion of all the SAO side stories it was still really awkward and confusing.
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Posted 12/23/12
I'm really sad SAO ended already... It was a pretty short series--basically, the only action anime series that didn't annoy me.
Plus, I've been hearing about "Gun Gale Online", another online game in the anime series. Hopefully that will be it's season two, UNLESS I totally missed an episode about GGO. :\ .
Either way, it was a good series. = v = .
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Posted 12/23/12 , edited 12/23/12
I agree Kawahara san is not the best writer , he had the creative ideas but I think he needed an advisor . well I guess he probably didnt expect it to get this big.

I remember when I was in high school , we were challenged to pair up and write a story for the english composition class. My friend was the writer but I was the creative mind. I narrated to her the story and the visuals and she puts it in writting .We had the top story from the 2 classes. I remember that lovely teacher , how she talked to us on the side and told us what she was really proud . I was so elated but then she transfered and I was devasted , the subteacher was not a creative person at all. I later on even failed that class.Somehow that ended my desire to write .

The only writting I do is when I dream, I write the stories in a rough draft form .

Anyway , I would love to see the next arc made into animation . Its always fun to see the visuals.
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Posted 12/23/12
One os best anime I ever watched!
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Posted 12/23/12

Balzack wrote:


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Calling people names because they think the series ended in a good way and dont feel a need for a season two is pretty immature. I thought the series was great, the ending was done in such a nice way that if there is no continuation it ended on a light note with everyone together and having fun. If it continues on then it was left open ended so that there wouldnt be any plotholes or "this has to finish up before we can do the real story".


I think that the pooheads he's referring to are those who are saying "Glad it's over!" because they complained about and hated it all along. Not those who think that it doesn't need a second season because it ended on a good note (which is my stance. I'm not a big fan of GGO and beyond).

I only know this because that reply he was referring to was something I said to one of those aforementioned haters who were just glad to see it over because they didn't like anything about it.



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Oh ok.. I didnt see that, and only knew about the ones the comments like mine that loved the series and were happy with the ending. :)


Ah, yes, sorry I should have made that clearer, I meant as Balzack said. The ones who were adamant the series was awful from day one and let everyone know in a troll manner from day one, and then when it ended let everyone know how glad they were it was over.

Again sorry I should have made that clearer!
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Posted 12/23/12

Balzack wrote:

I don't really envy what the anime had to do with piecing together that storyline hodgepodge/graveyard. It's a large reason why fans were so confused when the show flashed forward two years and changed focus back onto the main storyline after the first several side story episodes.

It would have been so much more jarring for the audience if it had been just like the original novel where it went from day 1 immediately to 2 years in the future. But even with the inclusion of all the SAO side stories it was still really awkward and confusing.


yea, they really should have plotted it out just like the novels. just start in 2024. the first day as a flashback would've been a little weird, but it still works better than just completely skipping large gaps of time. do 2 12 episode seasons without cutting out so much of the content, and release the side stories as OVAs between seasons 1 and 2. doing it like that would've eliminated the time skips, given more time to develop the story and characters properly in the Aincrad arc, and still have the side stories for Silica and Lisbeth.
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Excuse me saying, but I don't see how so many people got confused by the side plots. I followed the story easily and I only started watching at the beginning of this week.
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Posted 12/23/12
Not confusing as in people can't follow along. But more so in that it gave the anime awkward pacing and made the story feel a little bit disjointed.

That being said, I believe that it would have been far worse if they had followed the novel and made OVA's or Flashbacks out of the side stories. I am actually of the unpopular opinion that the anime was by and large an improvement on the novels, and that it's as good of an adaptation as it could have been.
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No I agree that I like it better this way then how they made the side stories flash backs. It seemed to fit better together and yes I can kind of understand how it might be a little disjointed but I still liked it. I almost wish there were more side stories from SAO and ALO arc, those two are my favorites. Besides the Mother Rosario arc that is.
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Personally, I don't think the producers of SAO could have done anything differently with this series. Yes, I do wish that the Aincrad arc was 24-25 episodes long, however, I don't think that they could have stretched the ALO arc to the same extent as they could have the Aincrad arc.

Keeping the series to 25 episodes at least kept the series at a logical ending point rather than starting a new series with the ALO arc... and from what I'm hearing from the people who have read the light novels, the next arc is going to be fantastic :).
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Agreed, I can't wait for it, and I phrase it that way because with how popular this show was they would be crazy not to continue it.
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Posted 12/25/12

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Agreed, I can't wait for it, and I phrase it that way because with how popular this show was they would be crazy not to continue it.


YOU LIE. YOU HAS SAUCE FOR SEASON 2 AND YOU DO NOT SHARE.

I kid I kid, but seriously, I dunno what I'm gonna do with myself! I always really looked forward to the coming episode of SAO . . . I guess now I just look forward to the announcement of the next season!
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Posted 12/25/12

I was just hoping the first sao game in the anime was to be spread over more episodes, i didn't like the massive skips in time in the anime, altho i really enjoyed all the episode i was hoping for it to be much longer, so we find out about all the side stores before jumping to far ahead
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Posted 12/25/12

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I was just hoping the first sao game in the anime was to be spread over more episodes, i didn't like the massive skips in time in the anime, altho i really enjoyed all the episode i was hoping for it to be much longer, so we find out about all the side stores before jumping to far ahead


actually, that's what they did. well, for the most part. there were some side stories that were left out, but the only side story that's left in the continuity is Caliburn, which if they do continue the anime and put in there, they'd need to go back and explain somethings seeing as how they completely cut the Jotunheimr section of the story from the fairy dance arc.
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