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^Agreed.

We're far enough through LH to say that the conceptual basis for both shows is entirely different. Heck, LH may not even be about people trapped in a game anymore, so you can throw that one out the window as well.

I also consider the fact that players in LH are immortal to be an essential difference. In the sense that people really, truly died in SAO, SAO was more "real," while LH is still sort of just a game. The scope of the game has just expanded. It's turning into Age of Empires, instead of being Everquest.
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I think in concept, they are exact opposite outside of the video game basis.

Death is bad
SAO - YES
LOG - Not (much of one yet?)

Genre
SAO - Love story
LOG - Comedy

Art style
SAO - Maintains realism
LOG - cartoonic

Story quality
SAO - Starts strong, but degraded
LOG - Started pretty blah, but picked up pace

Really, the show itself there wasn't much wrong with it. I think people are putting log above SAO right now entirely for the latter reason. Those that switch that is. Like I have said many times before. Season 1.0 of SAO had a very powerful and well written first person storyline. Then comes 1.5 and it is like they completely switched animation director or something. With idiotic characters, a third person presentation, and trying to sell on jumblies instead of storytelling. The 1.5 is the source of all the SAO negatives in discussions.
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Vaporisor wrote:
The 1.5 is the source of all the SAO negatives in discussions.

That and all the Asuna haters.
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iblessall wrote:


Vaporisor wrote:
The 1.5 is the source of all the SAO negatives in discussions.

That and all the Asuna haters.


Hey now, just because Asuna is a generic tsundere waifu Caska clone whose name was picked so she'd be even more waifu-licious with a real name and has implied badassery without any reason doesn't make her a bad person!

She's just a really crappy character.

And you know, right after she saved Kirito's live and he went and proposed on the spot? That should've ended in Glad-to-be-alive outdoor sex, but NOOOO they didn't do it right then and there.

That's what I call wasting a moment.

Look at Caska from Berserk! What did she do right after he saved her life? She attacked him! Then after a few hits, starts crying because OMFG HE'S ALIVE.

Then BAMN, Glad to be alive sex.
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The shows are fundamentally different beyond the very basic pitch-level setting.

Even the setting is fairly different though, because Sword Art (and Alfheim) don't read like games at all, it's more color than anything else. Elder Tale reads like an actual game with rules that you can discuss and theorycraft in.

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In general though they're entirely different.

SAO is an action show fairly well told (removing personal hate here :D) with a 'trapped in VR' backdrop

LH is a world building/social drama in a very detailed game world.

To contrast a different way,

SAO is a basic 'heroes journey anime style' while LH is a Maoyu/Spice&Wolf dramedy.
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