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Is the SAO hype finally fading?
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30 / M / 昼寝の王国
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Posted 12/30/12
I really liked the premise for the show, but I can't deny that overall it wasn't that good. That didn't stop me from watching it though. I guess I just kept hoping that there would be some really great things about it if I was patient enough. Oh well.

I've been reading the light novels, and they're pretty cool if you're into the game mechanics. If you've never played an MMO you will probably get bored.
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Posted 12/30/12
Well, honestly the whole thing should have stayed in Aincrad. I don't really care for the other stuff. They could easily have made a 2cour anime with just Aincrad and ditched the rest of the shit. We all know anything post-Aincrad is just pandering to otaku and harem fans.

It's the reason why I ditched reading the novels (bar the progressive of course).
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Posted 12/30/12
SAO is actually one of the first shows to actually get me into anime. (Im a huge anime noob) but I've since watched dozens of series since then and it still ranks up there...waay better than Guilty Crown and Accel World IMO.
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Posted 12/30/12 , edited 12/30/12
It already started to fade a little after episode 11. If you were to seperate episode 1-14 and 15-25 into 2 animes i would rank them like this. Episode 1-11= amazing anime. Episode 12-25= decent anime.
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Posted 12/30/12
It dropped from an 8.56 Score on MAL to a 8.43. It was probably from the last two episodes.

Pretty happy that Hunter X Hunter (2011) surpassed it
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Posted 12/30/12
Maybe it's true it has dropped, but there are also people who rate it high.
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Posted 12/30/12

Agmkreptile wrote:

SAO is actually one of the first shows to actually get me into anime. (Im a huge anime noob) but I've since watched dozens of series since then and it still ranks up there...waay better than Guilty Crown and Accel World IMO.


If you look at the quality objectively, SAO is probably slightly above average. Good visuals, good voice acting, decent story pacing, and decent writing should make it an acceptable anime to most people. Bonus points if you don't mind some of the plot developments.

But, the people who have a legitimate problem with SAO tend to dislike its uneven tone and seemingly unnecessary plot developments. By that I mean....


That being said, I really liked the first 13 or so episodes. The rest were okay. I still plan on watching until it devolves into a harem/incest pandering anime that is completely bereft of value.
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Posted 12/30/12 , edited 12/30/12
Who cares whether it's fading or not? Jesus christ it amazes me how people give a fuck about this shit. The fact that people rant about it....I mean what the fuck, there are so many bad anime out there, it's astounding that SAO gets picked on so much. And I love how you made a thread to announce something about SAO but want the hype to go down. I just don't fucking get why people rant about it so much. I don't talk about shows I don't like and I see no reason to when there's plenty of good anime around to watch.

I don't even really like SAO, although I don't hate it. But I think it's ridiculous how people have even stooped to ridiculing fans of the show for even liking it. I've seen comments like "You're an SAO fan lol" and things like that. Maybe I'm not a jerk and I respect people's personal opinions is all. I just hate when I hear people say "oh that's bad" when there's someone out there who likes it. It makes absolutely zero sense (at least in the case of anime)

Honestly, I'm thinking about making a shirt that says "I'm an SAO fan, sue me" and wearing it to a convention just to see what people say to me. I think it would be hilarious. I mean you're saying shit like "have you seen the light?" ....what the fuck is wrong with you? Why do anime elitists just want everyone to like what they like and dislike what they dislike. That would make the world of anime an extremely boring place with no room for personal opinion. I think I get why all of the characters in anime are 16 or younger, and that's because 80 percent of the fans act like ignorant children.


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30 / M / Konoha
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Posted 12/30/12
I agree. And I liked Sword Art online and I really liked the Kurito/Asuna Romance it was really well done.

The fact that it didn't hang 40+ episodes with him pandering about possible feelings between 20 girls was nice. The Cousin Thing was a bit 'meh' but hey, he didn't let that fly either. Kurito was also one of the few 'strong' characters I've seen, who isn't going to play the indecisive nincompoop over a Harem. Hell the second he learned that it was his cousin he was shocked and went to her and tried to soften the blow without ever once giving her a chance to try and restart it.

I wish most Anime guys in relationships showed half the backbone Kurito did.

Were there elements I didn't like? Yes. But that's life, you watch it, you like the likable things. You move on. Being an elitist over the tastes of other people is tactless, brainless, pointless and ultimately points at you having an insecurity because you need to make everyone like what you like and dislike what you dislike.

Who is this post pointed at? Anyone who feels convicted reading it.
Who is this post pointed at? Anyone who treats others worse for different tastes.
It isn't pointed at any specific person, but more as a message to people to grow up mentally.

Remember.
"If everyone conformed to the same set of tastes, then there never would have been the things you liked either." - RTK2
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21 / F / HK
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Posted 12/30/12
I lovvveeee SAO :'(... well the first game thing... then the 2nd one got a bit annoying and then Sugu... oh god -.-

well... I just wish the SAO part lasted longer and ALO didn't happen... :/
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Posted 12/30/12 , edited 12/30/12
Hype or not hype I could care less as long as they make episodes I'll keep watching. Who knows if it does lose hype maybe some of the critics will finally shut up and go back to their holes, oh wait I forgot thats impossible if anything they'll move on to the next anime that they deem not worthy. As I've said before SAO isn't the pinnacle of all anime but its also not a trash pile either. And tbh anyone and their mothers can write a review on MAL and half of the ones that actually do either a) are gonna hate SAO (and any other anime/manga not of their liking) regardless or b) going to try to mimic 'neutrality' when in reality they went in wanting to hate it and in their minds gained the reasons. I stick with what I've said 'critics' just need to just shut up and go to their holes.


May want to add 'arrogant' though that may have been implied in the 'elitist' but never know the intellect level of who you're addressing.
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27 / M / Australia
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Posted 12/30/12
I watched it all, and liked it because I liked it and not cause of the hype.
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26 / M / Cloud 9.
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Posted 12/30/12 , edited 12/30/12
After they left the world of SAO and went back to reality and ALO it started to turn to shit. The first part was really fucking good and I was utterly disappointed in the ending.
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31 / M / The Abyss of Time
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Posted 12/30/12

And I present proof that MAL reviews are biased and mean really nothing.
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41 / M / Utah
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Posted 12/30/12
I keep arguing this point but a series that takes its audience for morons is not a series any of us should watch. To imagine that in TWO YEARS no government on Earth, no engineers, no computer hackers, can rescue the lives of some 1000 people trapped in a video game?

This premise is so bad I equate it with films like The Day After Tomorrow and The Core. Movies which inspired scientists to complain to Hollywood to PLEASE stop making films with horrible science.

We MUST expect better of those who entertain us or they will continue to treat us as fools!

I beg people, I BEG PEOPLE to please put such an awful series aside and do not support their creators.
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