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What is so wonderful about SAO?
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The setting of the world is quite vast and impressive. It was so grand that I wish we could have seen more of the floors and bosses, as that would have added to the immersion. The animation was also quite impressive at times, and the backdrops were especially gorgeous. It felt like the world Kayaba said he was was trying to make; one where the players would get used to it and eventually start to forget about the real world. Emotions felt real. Jealousy, insecurity, fear, loneliness, and so on were all tackled fairly well I feel. We saw moments of disbelief and despair, and those were juxtaposed with optimistic outlooks.

People had different motivations and did not follow a hivemind of all wanting to escape. There were people on the front lines fighting, but yet others were content staying in the town of beginnings or setting up a home/shop in other areas. The diversity of who was trapped was well represented in this regard, though it would have been even better had the Aincrad arc lasted longer and spent more time showcasing other groups like the PKers or the guilds. The story being told from almost entirely the point of view of Kirito was a amazing because it limited the scope of what we could see to his awesome experiences in Aincrad. Ultimately the setting and the characters just felt surprisingly real and that was the point of Aincrad to be a surrogate for the real world where crazy stuff could go down unencumbered by the law; wild west style. A world where the players made the rules as they went and decided who lives and who dies. The stakes were real and their choices had consequences.
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I like SAO, while not a fan, I still like it.


I didn't HATE the second season.

I personally wish Suguha wasn't a meaner version of Asuna.

I do like Kirito and the black guy.

Also great is the concept itself.
Wouldn't it be so cool to live in virtual reality world like SAO?
And you have the ability to create your own world, too?
So cool!

I do love the 1st OP and 2nd ED song, too.
Posted 4/20/14
I like VR and MMO's, Romance and action, well it's a beautiful combo for my taste. It's also the ultimate fantasy of every MMOer.

Loved the OST and psychology of the character in the beginning, there was a sense of despair and looming death with the pressure to escape in time. (can't find the right words, I have them at the edge of my tongue damn it)

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Posted 4/20/14 , edited 4/20/14

sonic720 wrote:

The setting of the world is quite vast and impressive. It was so grand that I wish we could have seen more of the floors and bosses, as that would have added to the immersion. The animation was also quite impressive at times, and the backdrops were especially gorgeous. It felt like the world Kayaba said he was was trying to make; one where the players would get used to it and eventually start to forget about the real world. Emotions felt real. Jealousy, insecurity, fear, loneliness, and so on were all tackled fairly well I feel. We saw moments of disbelief and despair, and those were juxtaposed with optimistic outlooks.

People had different motivations and did not follow a hivemind of all wanting to escape. There were people on the front lines fighting, but yet others were content staying in the town of beginnings or setting up a home/shop in other areas. The diversity of who was trapped was well represented in this regard, though it would have been even better had the Aincrad arc lasted longer and spent more time showcasing other groups like the PKers or the guilds. The story being told from almost entirely the point of view of Kirito was a amazing because it limited the scope of what we could see to his awesome experiences in Aincrad. Ultimately the setting and the characters just felt surprisingly real and that was the point of Aincrad to be a surrogate for the real world where crazy stuff could go down unencumbered by the law; wild west style. A world where the players made the rules as they went and decided who lives and who dies. The stakes were real and their choices had consequences.


I agree with your points. I would have preferred if the Aincrad arc was expanded quite a bit. I felt like it had more stories that could have been told. As far as limiting the point of view to Kirito, I agree, in this situation that probably would have been the best way to simulate a true MMORPG experience. My one gripe is however, that while I do love that single point of view experience, I felt it that it was quite inadequately executed beyond the first two episodes of the series. The first two episodes handled that point of view really well, Kirito was not only the protagonist of the story, but also a denizen of this beautiful world watching as events unfold and sharing in the experience with many other people. He was our window into the world. Unfortunately, after those two episodes, I kind of felt like someone had placed a mirror right outside that window.
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For me it is because it is dubbed. Trying to read subtitles and also other translations at the same time angers me because i have to pause and start, pause and start just to read everything. Also it just grabbed me, LH just didn't pull me in. That or it is because my mindset and personality change a bit everyday. oh well i think i got off topic or something.
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I never really understood the hype over this show. The animation was beautiful, the fight scenes were heart pounding and the music was gorgeous but overall, the whole show itself was average. The first part of the show far exceeds the second portion. I like how in the firs part it was focused on the psychological and sociological issues of living in an online world - it actually gave the show some depth but in the second part, it's like the creators got lazy and decided to bring it down to something common and boring; A classical myth. From there, the show declined with it's unnecessary fan service and it's 180 degree flop of characters. Asuna was bad ass in the first part but she became a damsel in distress, incapable of doing nothing. What happened to her? She became completely powerless..

The plot was decent and like many anime, it had it's fair share of holes but the animation and the lovable characters made up for it. Really though, this show is overrated.
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Posted 4/20/14
Simply an awesome concept for an anime that hasn't really been tackled since .hack// so was nice to see a refresher. Also its a technology that hasn't yet been fully reached that many long for (yes I'm aware of the oculus rift).
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SAO IS ONE HELLA PARADISE OF MAGIC WITH THEIR NERVEGEAR AND SUCH. I must say. And ze fashion is good! Hahaha. Okay don't mind me, Im talking non sense.
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Posted 4/20/14
I liked that the anime had romance that actually developed and went somewhere. I really like romance anime and while that wasn't want I was signed onto SAO for (pun), I ending up getting a nice surprise.

Beyond that I felt the animation was nice and I loved not only the OST but the way it was used.

Personally prefered Aincrad arc more than Fairy Dance arc.
Posted 4/20/14
Klein is the best character of the show.


Sacae89 wrote:

I have not seen it.


Good, please don`t watch SAO, it may hurt your brain.


coldfire07 wrote:

SAO IS ONE HELLA PARADISE OF MAGIC


there are no Magicians in SAO, all characters were swordmen.
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Because SOA (misspelled on purpose) is da best anime evar!

Didn't you see the wonderful relationship God...i mean Kirito was in with the awesome and totally not annoying swiss-army knife Asuna??
Then they found this adorable girl in the woods and they was a family! But then the found out what she really was and she disappeared...it was sooo sad and not forced in the slightest!


Then God cleared the game by beating the guy who made it even though Kirito lost to him first! Soo uber epik! YAY! 10/10
It saved the failing anime industry!

-said every "SAO" fanboy
Posted 4/20/14
I have more playtime in MMORPGs than most people have logged watching anime. The setting appealed to me even if it was hard to watch a show of a genius that made some terribly unbalanced game mechanics.
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Posted 4/20/14
I really enjoyed all the generic anime characters in the show especially the Gary Stu of a main Kirito, truly the writing for them was abysmal and in no way realistic. This is what anime needs more of
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The overall concept and the first couple episodes were amazing. As a big gamer myself, this has a great pull to me, and the idea of permanent death, something that they showed brutally early on really set up the show to be something awesome. The characters and plot in episodes 1-3 truly were great. And the visuals and music were strong all throughout it.
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Posted 4/20/14
From what I have seen elsewhere and even in this thread: the biggest appeal is always to the gamers because it is a popular dream among them apparently. Also to some that like romance just for the sake of romance. There are few that like it simply for the concept, and that's pretty much all the reasons I've seen.
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