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Why S.A.O. was B.A.D. and you should still watch G.G.O. (with pictures)
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Posted 3/12/14 , edited 3/12/14
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9wR1fzqC9Y

I gave up trying to make the link look pretty. I MADE A THING.

Watch it if you want?

EDIT: Spoilers for the anime so far are given. There are spoilers for the Phantom Bullet arc too, but there is a big warning in the video.
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Warning: MASSIVE spoiler at 7:43-7:49. As in like, overall arc story mystery solution season finale spoiler.

If you care be poised in advance over the mute button. You are warned.

Video link:

And if I'm doing my katakana right, her game name is pronounced She-NO-n, as in the word "no". Anyway:


I just read An Experiment in Criticism by C.S. Lewis, so this made me laugh more than it should've.
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Posted 3/12/14
The only bad thing about Sword Art Online was Sugou molesting Asuna at the end of Alfheim.
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There is no URL in your link. It's just text. Also, it might be nice if you warn people in advance about potential Spoilers in your video if there are any.
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Posted 3/12/14
I like SAO, but I dislike the ALO Arc especially Sugou molesting Asuna
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Yeah, I wish I had read this after you edited and clarified how big of a spoiler it really was. Good job on the heads up anyway, I was just too early. But seriously folks, we're talking cour/season finale, the big reveal spoilers.

I did enjoy the video though. Well articulated and pretty interesting.

I knew SAO sucked, in my eyes, when I finished it and realized I didn't give a shit about the characters. That's HUGE for me.
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The similarities between Reki Kawahara and Christopher Paolini (the author of Eragon) are interesting.
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Ok lets make this clear, the entirety of SAO did not suck, the first 12 episodes were awesome.
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Posted 3/12/14

Legendzerox wrote:

LOL 6 seconds of spoilers leaves 9000 people angry.

I'm not angry, I just wanted to be as clear as possible since I was posting a link to a video with a spoiler in it.

I would've rather not known, but it's SAO; I'm sure I'll survive.
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1) I would suggest perhaps not starting of your video with statements such as "SAO sucked. I'm not here to tell you that it didn't." Especially as, having watched the video, I see that you don't actually present any concrete reasons from the text itself to back up your claims.

2) Your argument that he was "Just writing it on his own time. It was essentially fan-fiction, except that it was original material" offends me on a personal level. I'm a writer and a student. Which mean...I write on my own time. Such a statement basically looks at everyone ever who has yet to publish their first written work and says, "You aren't a full time author yet, so your work must suck." Sorry to burst the bubble, but in fact MOST authors (in Japan and the US and elsewhere) have to hold a second job besides being a writer, because the percentage of people who make it big enough to support themselves just on advances and royalties of book sales is TINY. (If I sound a little heated, it's because, even though you didn't intend it, I felt insulted by your insinuation that anyone who hasn't published anything yet isn't a real writer).

3) Yeah, saying "The arcs were lame and if you don't think so, you're wrong, get out" is some of the most pretentious BS I've ever heard. You provide NO concrete reasons to back up your statements, even ignoring the fact that you apparently have no tolerance for people with an opposing viewpoint.

4) Tbh, I was hoping for more evidence about Fairy Dance other than the worn out argument about what happens to Asuna's character. I won't argue it sucks that she gets princessed hard. But, news flash: Asuna's not the main character. Kirito is. Taking the princessification of one character and using that as evidence to say that the entire book sucked is bad logic. And here, I'm not defending Fairy Dance. It is obviously inferior to the first arc. However, it's for more reasons than the single one you cite.

5) You seems to be using the fact that Kawahara liked writing because it meant he didn't have to get a real job as evidence for why his first two books "sucked," as you say. Let me inform you that his reasons for writing have no direct connection to the quality of his work. Also, the fact that he did originally write them on his own time, without a publisher, pretty clearly shows that he initially didn't do it for the money, but just because he wanted to.

6) You do give some decent reasons to watch GGO, highlighting the psychological exploration of Shinon's character and the plot twist, though.


In conclusion: To start, I disagree with your conclusions, and you've provided me with no solid evidence to back up your claims that SAO sucked. I'm sure the SAO hate bandwagon will love it, though.


EDIT: Good to hear that you're a lit major, sir. However, it looks to me like you still have some skills to hone. If anything, despite my fairly irritated tone, hopefully my comments can somewhat help you to improve your arguments should you continue making videos like this in the future. And if you like doing them, by all means, keeping doing it!
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Yeah I stopped about 4 minutes in, I can only hear someone say "it sucked" as an argument so many times. If I want to get a dose of brainless second arc SAO bashing I'll just go re-read all the CR SAO threads again..

I'm assuming the video ends with "watch GGO because unlike ALO it DOESN'T suck." But I actually liked reading that arc far more than GGO. I thought the story was better developed.
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I liked SAO, all of it.
I haven't managed to finish the other half, because it was sooooo boring and stupid.
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Posted 3/12/14
sao is alright and that's about it, the first half is far superior than the second half. Whats the big deal about the molestation scene it wasn't that graphic.
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Posted 3/12/14 , edited 3/12/14

Des85 wrote:

I liked SAO, all of it.
I haven't managed to finish the other half, because it was sooooo boring and stupid.



The first arc of the anime was honestly great, it had its share of problems (logic and pacing, maybe?).

It was the Alfheim arc that was just so horrible that it made people think so bad of the whole series. Suddenly elves, silly imouto romance and constant cleavage zooming. Not to mention that the final boss fight was just... either really ridiculous or just plain bad. Alfheim felt like a parody of the first arc.

Also, wtf is G.G.O? I like how people abbreaviate things even before they're released.
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Mauno wrote:

Also, wtf is G.G.O? I like how people abbreaviate things even before they're released.


but the novels were released a while ago....

GGO is GunGale Online. it's the main stage of the next part of the SAO series for the anime, also known as the "Phantom Bullet" arc.
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