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Post Reply Is the second half of Sword Art Online (past episode 14) worth watching?
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Posted 1/19/14 , edited 1/19/14
1st, a disclaimer: I feel that this question may have been asked before, perhaps even a poll given-- but I did a quick search of the forums and didn't find it. This is my first post, so please forgive me if I missed it.

Now, I've just watched the first half of SAO. I won't spoil anything, but I thought it was great, and thought that Episode 14 would have been a perfect ending for the series. I have heard before beginning the series that the second half isn't nearly as good.

Do you guys agree? Is the second half worth watching? Will it ruin the first half? Right now I am leaning towards not watching it, and leaving the first half as the masterpiece it is.

Thanks for the feedback guys!

Also, in addition to the poll, discussion on why is appreciated as well.
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Posted 1/19/14
I enjoyed it just as much, maybe more than I did the first half. doesn't change the fact that it was still a rush job.
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Posted 1/19/14 , edited 1/19/14

Johndt778 wrote:

Thanks for the feedback guys!

Also, in addition to the poll, discussion on why is appreciated as well.


"worth' is a hard word, the show goes WAY down hill in the second part, in a few different ways. Reasons are below under spoilers, but they are actual minor spoilers so be aware.



Those being said, it's still fun and pretty and has good action/visuals.
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Thanks for the feedback, both of you.

As to your points wind, I had heard similar stuff. It sounds like it would still be entertaining to watch, but I feel that it might take away from the ending of the first half of the series. I think that I have decided to not watch it for now, and perhaps continue when SAO 2 comes out.
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I loved the first half and was angry at the second half. It hit two cliches that I can't stand pretty hard. Many people had no problem with it though. Many didn't like it for different reasons than mine. I've watched the first half of SAO several times, but the second half only once. It didn't ruin how much I like the first half at all. I pretend it doesn't exist... just like Highlander 2. And I plan on watching the next SAO series.

In spite of my burning hatred of the second half, I recommend giving it a go. If you don't like it you can always bail.
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Posted 1/19/14 , edited 1/19/14

Johndt778 wrote:

1st, a disclaimer: I feel that this question may have been asked before, perhaps even a poll given-- but I did a quick search of the forums and didn't find it. This is my first post, so please forgive me if I missed it.

Now, I've just watched the first half of SAO. I won't spoil anything, but I thought it was great, and thought that Episode 14 would have been a perfect ending for the series. I have heard before beginning the series that the second half isn't nearly as good.

Do you guys agree? Is the second half worth watching? Will it ruin the first half? Right now I am leaning towards not watching it, and leaving the first half as the masterpiece it is.

Thanks for the feedback guys!

Also, in addition to the poll, discussion on why is appreciated as well.


Just a heads up that I moved this to the Polls forum, since that is where all Poll topics belong, regardless of subject matter.

As to your question, I thought the second half was really awful, and I wouldn't personally recommend it to anyone. However, tastes differ and you may find it tolerable, or even like it. But I doubt you will like it anywhere near as much as you apparently liked the first half, and I don't think you are missing much--so go ahead, skip it, and leave your overall experience untainted.

(I only kept watching because I'm a bit of a completist, and even so I kind of regretted spending time on it. It did not ruin my experience of the first half, but I also did not consider the first half to be anything close to "masterpiece" to start with.
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Ah, okay, thanks, I hadn't seen that section. I'll know for next time.
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Honestly, I don't understand people's beef with the second half. I'm watching the second half on Toonami, and it aint THAT bad. I mean, jeez.

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I watched both and the second part was a let down as was the OVA. I just thought of it more as Kirito gets some more women in his harem for the OVA lol. The second part was just a repeat of the first half, but not as good....
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Posted 1/19/14
I liked the Aincrad part a lot more than the second half but since there's probably gonna be more to the series yeah i'd give it a go.
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While I preferred the first half (Aincrad) over the second, I did enjoy the second part! Also the final conclusion ends the story more finally, I felt. The OVA was okay, but the recap was a bit of a letdown.
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Posted 1/19/14
Personally no. While the second half did have its moments story started to get dull, the whole "fairies" was a bit cheesy to me & a lot of times i forced myself to watch the rest. Just my opinion though, but have some hope for season 2
Posted 1/20/14 , edited 1/20/14
I can just barely tolerate the first half of the anime, at episode 18, I couldn't take it anymore.
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Posted 1/20/14 , edited 10/3/14

GayAsianBoy wrote:

I can just barely tolerate the first half of the anime, at episode 18, I couldn't take it anymore.


Was that


I am guessing it was as it hit an all-time low for SUPPOSED "main-stream" anime

1st ARC I would rate as 4/10
2nd ARC I would rate as 1/10

Posted 1/20/14 , edited 10/3/14

eightcar wrote:


GayAsianBoy wrote:

I can just barely tolerate the first half of the anime, at episode 18, I couldn't take it anymore.


Was that


I am guessing it was as it hit an all-time low for SUPPOSED "main-stream" anime

1st ARC I would rate as 4/10
2nd ARC I would rate as 1/10



I didn't get to watch any


i dropped it before that.
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