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Why SO Much HATE FOR SAO. Discuss.
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It is good but too overhyped...
Basically I don't hate the anime... I hate the fanboys
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Kirito and Asuna are annoying as hell
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Not gonna bother reading all those pages cause that would be a pain, and I felt i should just give my opinion straight away.

SAO....I really enjoyed...sorta. See, I LOVED the side-stories. To me that was the highlight of season 1. The rest of season 1 was pretty good too. And then season 2 happened. And I felt like I was back in the glory days of the side stories. And then it got to the third to last episode, and I finally caved to peer pressure and began reading the light novels. From that point on, I was bored with everything that happened.

Now, before people talk about how it's because of how the Light Novels were adapted; I didn't find the light novels all that interesting either. It was merely the fact that I knew everything that was going to happen before it happened, and thus all the excitement/anticipation/etc that normally happens when you don't know what's going to come next (even if you may have an idea by using plot analysis techniques) was completely gone. This wouldn't have been a problem if SAO was a slice of life/comedy of some sort. Because then even if I knew what was going to happen, it could still affect me. It was an action drama. And suspense is key to these things.

So, no suspense, no excitement. I was basically just waiting for the show to end at that point. If we ever see another season of SAO, sadly I've already read some of the next arc, but I'll have a point where my knowledge will stop, which I'll be grateful for should it get animated.

TL/DR SAO didn't have enough Silica and that is why people hate it
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Posted 3/31/13 , edited 3/31/13

vampko wrote:

Not gonna bother reading all those pages cause that would be a pain, and I felt i should just give my opinion straight away.

SAO....I really enjoyed...sorta. See, I LOVED the side-stories. To me that was the highlight of season 1. The rest of season 1 was pretty good too. And then season 2 happened. And I felt like I was back in the glory days of the side stories. And then it got to the third to last episode, and I finally caved to peer pressure and began reading the light novels. From that point on, I was bored with everything that happened.

Now, before people talk about how it's because of how the Light Novels were adapted; I didn't find the light novels all that interesting either. It was merely the fact that I knew everything that was going to happen before it happened, and thus all the excitement/anticipation/etc that normally happens when you don't know what's going to come next (even if you may have an idea by using plot analysis techniques) was completely gone. This wouldn't have been a problem if SAO was a slice of life/comedy of some sort. Because then even if I knew what was going to happen, it could still affect me. It was an action drama. And suspense is key to these things.

So, no suspense, no excitement. I was basically just waiting for the show to end at that point. If we ever see another season of SAO, sadly I've already read some of the next arc, but I'll have a point where my knowledge will stop, which I'll be grateful for should it get animated.

TL/DR SAO didn't have enough Silica and that is why people hate it


what are you talking about there're 11 volumes of SAO and anime only adapt volumes 1-4 (arc 1-2), and 1/2 of the total of the side story.

It's mean you have 7 more volumes and ~ another 6 side stories to read, and you say you know all of them before you read lol?.

In the side note they skipped most of the detail even in those 4 volumes so there's a lot of things surely you don't know especially in the vol 3-4(arc 2 got skipped a lot). You know there's a girl that beat Kirito and Asuna in a 1 on 1 duel? lol.
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whats the anime in your profile picture, it looks interesting lol
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why people hate on sao is beyond me i love it. theres nothing wrong with it i do agree the alfheim arc was quite bad and the asuna roll was terrible then like near rape :/ what is it with japan and rape jesus christ>.>

i think they should of had like a 25 episode for sword art online instead of ending it and going into alfheim would of been better :/

overall i enjoyed it while there was flaws i would watch again
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People love to hate whats "IN" imo.
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The fanbase is disproportionate to the quality. It was a fun show, but it wasn't really anything spectacular. It's like Naruto or Bleach -- good shows, but their fanbase is larger (and more outspoken) than their quality would suggest. Contrast this with shows like Gintama, Steins;Gate, or Clannad, which have a lot of supporters, but are also fairly universally recognized as really good shows. With these shows, the negative nancys just say something like "I didn't really like it" or "I don't get the hype." They, at least a little, understand why people like it, even if they don't share the sentiment. When you watch a show and think it's good, you also presume that everyone else thinks it's good. With most shows, there will be some proportion of people that likes it more than it's "objectively" good. With popular shows, even if the proportion is the same, there's simply more people saying it.

So when you think a show (SAO for example) is good, and you see A LOT of people hailing it as god-tier, something clashes with your intuition. This convinces people to re-evaluate things to see if they were wrong, and for some people, there is a tendency to bias the evaluation towards the flaws (some people tend to like their opinions more than everyone else's, and if you think a show is worse than than everyone else thinks it is, you are going to want to find reasons why it's worse) Then you have a list of flaws in a show, and since shows with a lot of flaws clearly suck, you must correct the claim that the show is god-tier by balancing with the opposite sentiment. Of course, there's always people that are turned off by flaws more than they are excited by things they like. However, it seems like they pretty much shut up about it as long as the opposing party shuts up about it -- which isn't really practically possible with popular shows.
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Hate? Exactly where is this "hate"? I haven't seen anyone hate this anywhere, quite the opposite actually. Great show, but not the BEST.
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I liked SAO for its awesome action and amazing production values but really only for that

ACTION - was really great definitely the best in a while, with the help of amazing art production

ROMANCE - good, but not great.Kirito`s relationship with Asuna was strong and nice Would have been better if they didnt introduce all these other love interests. There really was no point since Kirito has Asuna anyway. It was making the show seem like a fan service harem. Also how does guy who plays pc games all day, basically a NEET, end up scoring all these girls lol

STORY/PLOT - the premise was excellent. A great way to convey emotions, but after that time skip it seemed to take a back seat to the "harem fan service" part. As well as Kirito getting too many convenient power ups.

I would all the people who dislike SAO, dislike it because they want some kind of substance and cant enjoy it for what its meant to be, popcorn anime.
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I agree with Kinglyredlion. I loved the anime. SAO is probably on my top 10 list of anime, maybe even top 5. To be honest, I loved the first arc in Aincrad, but after that, the whole fairy game world is really.... average. I liked Asuna as a character until ALO. She, a badass independant protagonist was reverted to a weak dependent and inferior backseat protagonist in ALO.

I also loved the idea about real life/virtual life clashing. I would totally agree that I wished her fiance was actually in love with her and not just the typical evil anime boss at the end. I would have loved to see the interactions between real life and virtual life. The premise is really good and would have continued to be good if they focused on that, instead of going back to the generic 'must save the princess from the evil dragon' plot. I also found Kirito's cousin to be pretty annoying, simply because like Kingly said, we all KNEW that Kirito would never pick her over Asuna. Not to mention the incestuousness it would feel..... Only in japan O_o
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theme34xcp wrote:

To be honest, I loved the first arc in Aincrad, but after that, the whole fairy game world is really.... average. I liked Asuna as a character until ALO. She, a badass independent protagonist was reverted to a weak dependent and inferior backseat protagonist in ALO.


Exactly.

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There has been several SAO threads including this one. There was two by one guy who is/was banned that started SAO is crap threads. I have not read most of the posts in this thread then if they're mostly positive then it's already better than the other threads. I liked SAO and most anime as a source of entertainment, not to point out flaws between print and video versions of the same title. I have a job, build furniture and anime fan. I don't have the time to read the novels, so I like the anime as it was presented. Am I missing something by not reading it? Absolutely, but that's generally true of all video media based on existing books. Take the Lost World: Jurassic Park for example. The movie was terrible as it was verrrrry loosely based on the novel. If they stuck to the story the movie would have been so much better. I think it's only in the last ten years, specifically under Peter Jackson have we gotten movies that followed the novels so closely that the movies had to be three plus hours to pack it all in. I'd rather sit through a four hour movie that covers everything than sit for an hour and a half and get the Cliffs notes version.

Point is, books are almost always better than the move, but there's no point in tearing apart the anime.
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Make me remember Harry Potter movie, obvious if you don't read the Novel, the way they jam 1 whole book into 2h movies, wonder how normal ppl can understand it O_o.
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loved it ^_^
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