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What is so wonderful about SAO?
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Posted 4/20/14 , edited 4/20/14
I find it interesting that the main character despite having the power to help others, abandoned thousands of people knowing that many would not live - In the first episode.
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I really loved this series because of the romantic relationship between Kirito and Asuna.
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SAO is like almost every hardcore MMO player's wet dream, i won't go raid that's for sure, but every other content that don't have a high risk of wiping, bring it on. It's catered to MMO player, not your average anime lover.
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Man_Of_Leisure wrote:

I find it interesting that the main character despite having the power to help others, abandoned thousands of people knowing that many would not live - In the first episode.


That was a core theme in the series actually; finding oneself in the game world and learning from mistakes. Kirito and Asuna were both self absorbed and wallowing in their own self pity due to their teen angst (well, in Kirito's case it makes more sense why he's upset. His parents died and his aunt adopted him, but she's never home because of working long hours. She too is a widow.). They both play the game to escape from what they consider a crappy reality and when things got real, they chose survival of the fittest at first.

The story with the first boss fight and the Moonlit Black Cats shows Kirito starting to change from being selfish to more caring for others, but then tragedy strikes with that guild and he gets depressed again until Asuna changes his outlook. Him helping the girls he met was put where they were to show this progression of him slowing getting over his guilt for his past sins in abandoning people; but some choose to see it as harem time only. Then the murder mystery episodes show him building his bonds with Asuna until they ultimately fall for each other.
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sonic720 wrote:

That was a core theme in the series actually; finding oneself in the game world and learning from mistakes. .


Yeah, it has a nice redemption theme. I like to bring this up when people call Kirito a Gary Stu. In terms of wishfulfillment it is of course true to a certain extent as is most male protagonist action stories. Gary Stu also means lacking any real flaws. You'd have to be a sociopath to understand the character and truly consider Kirito to lack flaws =P
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Posted 4/20/14
.....And the posts about SAO continue.....
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I watched a few episodes then kinda just stopped. It wasn't really all that great to me.
Glad to know there are people that enjoyed the series wholeheartedly.
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ASSuna.

Blond elf imouto.

They cleverly subvert the fantasy-escape trope typical of anime and role-playing games by having their escapist fantasies being their source of weakness: they are otaku defeated by their otaku-ness. Asuna wants her perfect domestic life, which leads to her becoming encaged (literally) in a fantasy world, while the blonde elf imouto becomes the idealized self, yet her perfect fantasy is unable to sway her onii-sama from his beloved: her fantasy becomes a hell where her "perfect" self is unable to be loved in return, leaving her truly aware of her flaws and the reality of never becoming one with her onii-sama.
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Posted 7/5/14
The only good thing it had going for it was the music. Everything else though..........
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maxgale wrote:

ASSuna.

Blond elf imouto.

They cleverly subvert the fantasy-escape trope typical of anime and role-playing games by having their escapist fantasies being their source of weakness: they are otaku defeated by their otaku-ness. Asuna wants her perfect domestic life, which leads to her becoming encaged (literally) in a fantasy world, while the blonde elf imouto becomes the idealized self, yet her perfect fantasy is unable to sway her onii-sama from his beloved: her fantasy becomes a hell where her "perfect" self is unable to be loved in return, leaving her truly aware of her flaws and the reality of never becoming one with her onii-sama.


I don't think they're subversions at all though, they're not characters for their own benefit, but rather further fulfillments of Kirito's personal fantasies.
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I actually soaked myself in harem animes and generic Shounen animes aswell as a small amount of comedies before watching SAO for the first time. (When the show was on around episode 9) and I actually enjoyed it.

Then I dived deeper into the anime world, and watched more and more actually good shows.

In the same time, SAO becomes more and more week by week.

And the Hype just sky rocketed.

So after some time, I finished watch lots and lots of good or excellent animes that doesn't get as much support as SAO. I realised how much of a overhyped piece of shit it was.

I re-watched the whole thing and the re-cap and realised how bad its attempt to create a harem is, how bad the animation is at times and how bland and un-interesting all the characters are. Eventually I just don't give a damn about the story line anymore.

I also think SAO also seem bad because of its horrifyingly annoying and bad and disgusting fanbase.
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jackytheman58 wrote:

I actually soaked myself in harem animes and generic Shounen animes aswell as a small amount of comedies before watching SAO for the first time. (When the show was on around episode 9) and I actually enjoyed it.

Then I dived deeper into the anime world, and watched more and more actually good shows.

In the same time, SAO becomes more and more week by week.

And the Hype just sky rocketed.

So after some time, I finished watch lots and lots of good or excellent animes that doesn't get as much support as SAO. I realised how much of a overhyped piece of shit it was.

I re-watched the whole thing and the re-cap and realised how bad its attempt to create a harem is, how bad the animation is at times and how bland and un-interesting all the characters are. Eventually I just don't give a damn about the story line anymore.

I also think SAO also seem bad because of its horrifyingly annoying and bad and disgusting fanbase.


A lot of hate comes from the fact that it's absolutely retrograde teen power/sexual fantasy.
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The action and soundtrack are amazing.

Also I don't really understand comparing SAO with Log horizon, or the other way around...

It's like comparing apples and oranges, they're both fruit, but that's as far as the similarities go.
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Posted 7/5/14
Another thought. The Dark Flame Master could almost be direct mockery of Kirito from SAO.
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Posted 7/5/14
The first half of season 1 shows how good Sword Art can be. The second half (Alfheim) shows that they need to and can definitely improve again.
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