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Posted 10/25/14 , edited 11/6/15
Because it's not worth the hype. Most anime isn't worth the hype. It's expecting anime to meet up to some perfect standard that it's placed on that makes it bad to people who don't expect something good and expect something perfect. When they don't get that perfection, they get asshurt beyond belief.
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Kirito is a giant Mary Sue. The rest of the characters are bland. The whole story is a giant, bland Mary Sue. It's not very unique or creative. It reminds me of things 14-year-olds write and get excited about.

...is my opinion.
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Really? What do people say? I've watched SAO but not SAO II yet, and I enjoyed it. I know the majority of people really enjoyed SAO but I have heard some people refer it to as 'kiddy' or a 'cartoon'.
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LEAVING ASIDE sexism issues and Kirito being a gigantic Mary Sue and stuff, all of which are perfectly valid criticisms but have been brought up loads of times already, I think SAO's biggest issue is that it's just a huge mess of wasted potential and poorly-handled ideas.

I think the cast of characters, more than anything else, really exemplifies this. There's clearly a "main group" that we're supposed to see as such, especially in the anime and promotional material, but how often do any of them actually do anything outside of Kirito and whoever his designated female companion at the moment is? The current Caliber story is pretty much the only time we've seen them all join up in a game to do anything remotely significant - and from what I've heard of the light novels, it will also pretty much be the last. Why couldn't they have been more useful in Phantom Bullet? Where were ANY of them in Fairy Dance, even though they all seemed to be friends with Asuna too and should have been interested in saving her??

I mean I guess Silica didn't really know her, but that brings me to another point - why is Silica there at all? She was never shown having any relation with the players on the front lines trying to clear SAO. She just went on an adventure with Kirito once, so once they're out of the game she's inexplicably part of THE GROUP. But we all know exactly why, I guess - because "the group" is basically just Kirito's harem plus Agil sometimes (yes, I'm counting Klein as part of the harem). All these characters revolve entirely around Kirito, and don't seem to do much beyond being attracted to him and talking about how awesome he is. And yet they can't even turn up to help the guy when he really needs it - once their little story is over, they're relegated to minor character status forever, and this has even happened to Asuna to some extent. The author just keeps churning out all these characters - many of which, like Lisbeth and Klein, have plenty of potential to be likeable and interesting - but then can't seem to think of anything for them to do except fawn over Kirito just like everyone else.

Honestly, I want to like SAO. I really do. That's why I'm still watching it. But from the end of the first arc onwards, it's just kept giving me nothing but garbage.
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Posted 10/25/14 , edited 11/22/14
I kinda liked it. I didn't like the incestuous route it kinda made, though nothing really happened. I also didn't like how powerless Asuna was towards the ALO arc, I mean, it wasn't her fault but it was like taking this bad ass girl and chaining her up, making her a typical damsel in distress. I'm not down with that. I haven't even watched the second season yet, though; I might get to it at some point.

Might I add: to not like something just because it's popular is so absurd, Christ almighty. Haven't we gotten past the hipstery era? When will they all just grow up? ;A;
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Posted 10/25/14 , edited 11/22/14

limeparadox wrote:

why is Silica there at all?


Every shit harem needs a loli. Duh.
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I mostly hate it because of pacing issues and lack of good character development/interactions. (did not consider Asuna being suddenly taken captive as and Kirito saving her as character development). Only character arcs that managed move me were Liz's and Yui's, the rest was full of random up and downs. Have to admit the whole DeathGun thing on GGO got to me for a while though.

metalshiflet96 wrote:

Kirito is too powerful. I love SAO, it's my fave anime, but I accept this as true. I think there is a logical reason he became so powerful, but he is too powerful. Tell me, would you rather watch Kirito or Klein as a main character?

Side-note- Am I wrong for loving Heathcliff as a character?


Klein please. Have a feeling I would love to see a series starring him.
and nope, Heathcliff was a good antagonist in my eyes as well. (If you liked Sogou's character though, not sure what to say.)
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People like to hate things to be cool.

SAO is a really fantastic read, you should give it a try sometime.

To make some points, SAO isn't about a game. It's about Kirito and his journey. So yes, some of his friends will be missing throughout the series. He did explicitly state that he didn't want his friends to be involved in the Death Gun incident because it was too dangerous. And none of the previous characters will appear after Mother's Rosario (bar Asuna cameos) because (LN spoilers)


As for ALO anime, I would have liked it if they included Jotunheimr in it. Asuna is trapped in a cage and really can't do too much. Hell, she actually does something instead of just sitting there and crying every day. Also, no SAO survivor would be insane enough to play another VRMMORPG again right after being freed, except for Kirito.

It's also good to know that the entire crew does party together quite often in the New Alfheim.

And it's technically not incest because they aren't real siblings.
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I agree with the criticisms everyone else has stated, so I won't pile on there. I will say that I don't think Asuna becoming the love interest was all that bad. She still kicked ass, she didn't take any crap from Kirito, her guards, or the guild in general. She does kind of fall apart when she thinks he has died, but I think that would have been her reaction anyway. Outside of Heathcliff they were the two most powerful characters in the game, and after they found each other again they spent a lot of time together clearing dungeons and whatnot, even if she hadn't become the love interest, she would have still been very shaken by his death. Having her cook for him, and the little scene with them in the bed and her changing definitely have sexist overtones, but being the love interest doesn't automatically make her character sexist. I won't speak for ALO, as I couldn't sit through more than three episodes.
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Posted 10/25/14 , edited 11/6/15
Everybody spreading this hate and slander against SAO, I suggest you try to read the light novels. Sometimes we complain so much yet understand so little. The anime was loosely based on the light novels. And for all of you complaining and saying that the writing was bad/bland/dumb etc, tell me, how many successful published works have you written lately to become such an expert on these things? The anime was intentionally made to be flashy, because flashy is what sells. But when you have only a text based medium, you understand a lot more about Kirito as a person rather than a total OP badass like everyone is throwing out there.

Kirito was simply a man on a mission. He completed his mission. Why all this hate? :/
Posted 10/25/14
It's very boring, for one.
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At best, I'm ambivalent to SAO. I have read several of the light novels, and they're no better than the anime - if you dislike the one you're not going to like the other. I dropped both a long while ago and am not interested in finishing either.

I found the story premise started fairly strong but quickly became a mess the further into the series you got. Since I still didn't care even slightly about any of the characters six novels in, it wasn't worth slogging through more in the hopes that it might improve later.
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Posted 10/25/14 , edited 11/2/14

Agent_Smith303 wrote:

I mean lets be honest, we all fell in love with Kirito and Asuna and their first adventure being trapped in a video game world. We fell for the environment, how they changed as characters who become attached to the very prison they were in. And then ever since the ALO story-arc they have been shitting on all of it.

From the creepy bad guys which doesnt fit with the light heartedness of the anime, or just the fact that its just another high school male harem focused anime now.... I think the better question is why do people still LIKE Sword Art Online.

On a side note I dont mind if you like it, but I do judge you a lil' bit.


I (and tons of japanese and western otaku) still like/love it, hell look at my avatar, because A) It looks great! the openings and mostly endings are sooo awesome/catchy! C) OMG Kirito in GGO is a cute smexy trap~!! D) Kirito is super overpowered awesome dude E) the fights are super cool and flashy F) so many cute girls as well, like in the latest episode where Kirito is boring again but we now have a kawaii blue catgirl and G) the whole thing with death gun in the last arc was exciting and H) it was so sweet how Kirito game to rescue Asuna in the second half of the first season~

Oh and I love myself some fanservice, pantsu, tentacles, boobies etc. in my animu, so there's that too~ the bed changing scene and the tentacles were awesome for that And I read 16.5 (you know, the word-story were they screw) and enjoyed it thoroughly. Asuna-chan is cute and sexy And still kind of badass~ Asuna best girl!

Basically, one of the reasons I love anime is because it has smexy harem shows and cute moeblobs, like one of the primary reasons, and much more fanservice and the like than modern usually boring western tv, and my other biggest hobby is playing video games. So off course I like it. :D

And no, if you wonder, I have never really cared what others thought about the anime or games or fanservice I like, my live, I'm free to do what I wanted. So I have no problem with you judging me, but at least make it funny, I don't know use a ace attorney picture or something.
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Too many people don't know the difference between rape and harassment
Posted 10/25/14
The start was good and I liked the concept of being stuck in a game and it was going well until...
it got all cringey and Kirito was just signing people up to his harem.

I found GGO really exciting and I actually looked forward to the episodes but now it seems everything is the same again and Kirito just threw Sinon to his harem and she's become a plain character.

It's not the worst anime I've watched but it's not good either.
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