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What is so wonderful about SAO?
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SAO is one of few anime that suffer from being slavishly adapted from the light novel that was never intended to be written as cinematic. The novel itself being written by a 28 yo amateur author in the form of a "web novel" and suffers very much because it. A-1 took liberties with the Fairy Dance arc when they should have taken them by extending Aincard as a single season instead (thereby easing people into Fairy Dance and having the time to plot out elements better).
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As everyone (that's actually serious about this thread) have said, the animation, story, music, etc were all amazing. However, there's also the concept of virtual reality as a whole. Oculus and Sony have been working on making this dream a reality and SAO takes place a mere decade from now. We could possibly have a virtual reality helmet as powerful as the NerveGear by 2020, maybe sooner. Oculus VR has over $1 billion dollars thanks to Facebook and Sony has whatever money it has left since all these layoffs and loosing money. The point is, this is a look at what the future of gaming could be like very very soon. And if a man like Kayaba Akihito is real (without the mass murdering for unknown causes) then imagine the power we hold in the future.

And I HATE it when people hate on the romance. I don't think they realized that SAO's event was two years. Asuna and Kirito fell in love over the course of two years, to us roughly 11 episodes. It may have seemed rush but most romance anime actually have the leads fall in love over the course of one school year, or even a semester. Kazuto and Asuna had plenty of time to be in love with each other as we see them in Fairy Dance and now Phantom Bullet.


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Another thought. The Dark Flame Master could almost be direct mockery of Kirito from SAO.


Are you high on something?
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I ask myself this every night I go to sleep.
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It baffles me when people get so worked up over things being popular that they don't like. Not just anime either. Just watch what you like and move on...
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Random_Axcess wrote:

SAO is one of few anime that suffer from being slavishly adapted from the light novel that was never intended to be written as cinematic. The novel itself being written by a 28 yo amateur author in the form of a "web novel" and suffers very much because it. A-1 took liberties with the Fairy Dance arc when they should have taken them by extending Aincard as a single season instead (thereby easing people into Fairy Dance and having the time to plot out elements better).


QFE. it's a good thing that SAO did become a hit though, because the story from Phantom Bullet onward starts to actually get good. hopefully season 2 will get a better adaptation done for it than season 1 had, as well. they cut out a lot of content, most of which was internal dialogue and system explanations, which left a lot of people confused about how noob kirito in ALO was able to win fights against experienced players with legendary gear.

but, I have to say, as someone whose read the light novels (up until volume 11, at least...), I'm happy with the first episode of SAO 2, and I hope that they continue doing a good job.
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MonkeysxMoo35 wrote:


windsagio wrote:

Another thought. The Dark Flame Master could almost be direct mockery of Kirito from SAO.


Are you high on something?


Think about it.
Wears a black Trench Coat: Check
Uses a badass Katana and has totally unique special moves (that only he can do).
Has a dark, yet vaguely defined background

Chunibyo doesn't specifically discuss the 'mysteriously popular with the ladies' element, but given that it's about middle school fantasies, I'll take it as a likely match.

Kirito is an ultimate expression of the attitudes Chunibyo is affectionately mocking.

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JeremyK9880 wrote:

It baffles me when people get so worked up over things being popular that they don't like. Not just anime either. Just watch what you like and move on...


The joy is in the discussion, if not in the show itself
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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.


It's nothing different than reality/real life. Tons of rich people in this world has the means to cure diseases/ease hunger/help the homeless, but they do not. Are they obligated to help them? Hell, no. Do I feel that they are obligated to help the ones who have less than they do? No. The same can be said of us in the middle and lower classes too. How many people in our social class would even think of helping people from 3rd world countries? As you can see, not everyone is an altruist and not many end up becoming one. Not everyone thinks of the people suffering out there because they never see it first hand or never have the information exposed to them. I.e. Let's say there was a way to make a million dollars, but you did not know about it. Hence you do not become a millionaire. Similarly let's say you do not see others suffering, so you do not become an altruist. In SAO's case maybe people were too busy wallowing in depression and in their own suffering to help others. Keep in mind that at the beginning of the series there were players that did help the noobs by creating a guide for them.

Power is useless unless it's used in the correct way. Just because people have power doesn't mean they know how to use it. Not everyone automatically goes to thinking that they could help people with the power they have. I don't really think the MC or MCs are at fault here.
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SAO is about VR technology and how it effects the world not about the games that are used as settings...

so basically you dont like it because you want something different.. like Log Horizon where its about living in a game world.. This series will spawn a lot of young adults to want to go into bio engineering and neuroscience tho so full sensory type VR will come quicker..
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Episode 1-10

The rest is just ok


pretty sums it up for me
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I thoroughly enjoyed the romance in SAO. It felt genuine and real. Asuna and Kirito would have never even talked to each other in real life, but in SAO things are different and it brought two unlikely people together and they ended up being perfect matches for each other. Not a only that, but I loved how the romance developed and that it went beyond the first kiss, unlike many shounens.

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Hopefully one day they'll adapt SAO Progressive and we'll get the full details on the Aincrad arc and then we can really see Kirito and Asuna's relationship develop over a longer period of time.


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And I HATE it when people hate on the romance. I don't think they realized that SAO's event was two years. Asuna and Kirito fell in love over the course of two years, to us roughly 11 episodes. It may have seemed rush but most romance anime actually have the leads fall in love over the course of one school year, or even a semester. Kazuto and Asuna had plenty of time to be in love with each other as we see them in Fairy Dance and now Phantom Bullet.


I totally agree. I liked how it actually shows them become a couple. And I think a lot of people would be very happy if they adapt SAO Progressive because that would doss a lot of people's complaints about the first half of the series (I think).
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Sugu is wonderful. Sugu is love. Sugu is life.
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Sugu is wonderful. Sugu is love. Sugu is life.


Which end are you on? lol
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Rito2Ru wrote:

Sugu is wonderful. Sugu is love. Sugu is life.


Which end are you on? lol


Hopefully I'm the one doing the filling.

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Rito2Ru wrote:


AnimeKami wrote:


Rito2Ru wrote:

Sugu is wonderful. Sugu is love. Sugu is life.


Which end are you on? lol


Hopefully I'm the one doing the filling.



continuing on, the person who does the filling just smiles at the end and leaves.

somewhat of a dick move. somewhat. lol
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AnimeKami wrote:


Rito2Ru wrote:


AnimeKami wrote:


Rito2Ru wrote:

Sugu is wonderful. Sugu is love. Sugu is life.


Which end are you on? lol


Hopefully I'm the one doing the filling.



continuing on, the person who does the filling just smiles at the end and leaves.

somewhat of a dick move. somewhat. lol


"I'm sorry Sugu, the rest of the girls in my kingdom need me. Up up and away!" *flies out window*

*Just then Lucina breaks into the room with her sword* "WHERE THE HELL IS RITO!?"
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