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How Should I Approach SAO?
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I finally got into SAO and just watched up the episode 14 in the first season. After looking into the synopses of the next few episodes the story sounded like it was taking an odd turn and I went to google to look up if the next episodes were canon because after watching anime for some years, for the most part I can tell when content is canon or not. And it appears that the second part is not canon. Personally, I am not interested in most content that isn't canon when I watch a series which is why I generally stay away from filler, movies based on existing series, etc. so I was wondering what I should watch in the first and second season considering that I don't want to watch non canon arcs. Thank you for the help.
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It's Canon.
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The second part is as close to the LN as the first part is, but the story takes a different tone really.
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Unfortunately the second season is even worse than first seasons 2nd arc. So far anyways..
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Demimaelstrom wrote:

It's Canon.


I'd heard that the material after episode 14 is not canon and that Kirito never got out of the game as was shown at the end of episode 14. Is that incorrect?
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It's all canon. Every single ounce of it.

SAO is basically like Pokemon. You have Ash/Kirito, who has one main pokemon/girl, Pikachu/Asuna, and he continues on his journey to collect more pokemon/girls. Also he has a perverted best friend in Brock/Klein.

We all know that Ash's coolest Pokemon isn't Pikachu though, it's Charizard. Pikachu sucks.
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Posted 11/5/14 , edited 11/5/14

tadams9795 wrote:

I'd heard that the material after episode 14 is not canon and that Kirito never got out of the game as was shown at the end of episode 14. Is that incorrect?



Demimaelstrom wrote:

It's Canon.
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Posted 11/5/14

tadams9795 wrote:


Demimaelstrom wrote:

It's Canon.


I'd heard that the material after episode 14 is not canon and that Kirito never got out of the game as was shown at the end of episode 14. Is that incorrect?


Completely incorrect, he does indeed get out.
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Man_Of_Leisure wrote:

Unfortunately the second season is even worse than first seasons 2nd arc. So far anyways..


It's definitely not worse, they're not really comparable in many aspects. The first season is swords and loads of action. The second is guns and more character work (mainly in Sinon). I found that the second arc of the second season is really close to an actual MMO, but I haven't seen the newest episode.
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metalshiflet96 wrote:
It's definitely not worse, they're not really comparable in many aspects. The first season is swords and loads of action. The second is guns and more character work (mainly in Sinon). I found that the second arc of the second season is really close to an actual MMO, but I haven't seen the newest episode.


It is worse, and the makers seem to know this. That is why they are shoving Sinon's ass in your face every 5 minutes, while she de-evolves into Kirito's pet. It has some of the worst pacing I've ever encountered in anime.
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Posted 11/5/14

Demimaelstrom wrote:


tadams9795 wrote:


Demimaelstrom wrote:

It's Canon.


I'd heard that the material after episode 14 is not canon and that Kirito never got out of the game as was shown at the end of episode 14. Is that incorrect?


Completely incorrect, he does indeed get out.


Then it seems that I got some false information. Some red flags just went off in my head when I read the synopsis of a later episode that said that Kirito entered a new MMO centered around flying to find Asuna and it sounds completely random so I decided to ask here to see if what I was watching would be canon or not but if it's canon I'll continue watching to see if it's as random as it sounds.
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Posted 11/5/14

Man_Of_Leisure wrote:


metalshiflet96 wrote:
It's definitely not worse, they're not really comparable in many aspects. The first season is swords and loads of action. The second is guns and more character work (mainly in Sinon). I found that the second arc of the second season is really close to an actual MMO, but I haven't seen the newest episode.


It is worse, and the makers seem to know this. That is why they are shoving Sinon's ass in your face every 5 minutes, while she de-evolves into Kirito's pet. It has some of the worst pacing I've ever encountered in anime.


It's worse in regards to fanservice, definitely, but the story is better and the pacing is better than the first season. Try watching it again as a whole.
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tadams9795 wrote:

I finally got into SAO and just watched up the episode 14 in the first season. After looking into the synopses of the next few episodes the story sounded like it was taking an odd turn and I went to google to look up if the next episodes were canon because after watching anime for some years, for the most part I can tell when content is canon or not. And it appears that the second part is not canon. Personally, I am not interested in most content that isn't canon when I watch a series which is why I generally stay away from filler, movies based on existing series, etc. so I was wondering what I should watch in the first and second season considering that I don't want to watch non canon arcs. Thank you for the help.


The second arc is canon, however while I'd call the first arc a "tasteful" rendition of the novels in that they left a lot out and rearranged some stuff in order to make the anime adaption flow better, the second arc was... not as tasteful. They also left a lot out and made a bigger deal out of the Suguha/Kirito thing thing than it actually was in the LN's. (A-1 Pictures loves to add romantic drama that doesn't need to exist) A lot of people didn't like it for that reason as well as the less-serious tone. Personally I enjoyed it still but it's definitely the weakest entry in the series. Season 2 went back to being a more tasteful adaptation even though they simplified the story a lot there as well.
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tadams9795 wrote:

Then it seems that I got some false information. Some red flags just went off in my head when I read the synopsis of a later episode that said that Kirito entered a new MMO centered around flying to find Asuna and it sounds completely random so I decided to ask here to see if what I was watching would be canon or not but if it's canon I'll continue watching to see if it's as random as it sounds.


Yeah that's just the next arc, it's different for sure, mainly due to the nature of different MMO styles.
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Posted 11/5/14

xxJing wrote:

It's all canon. Every single ounce of it.

SAO is basically like Pokemon. You have Ash/Kirito, who has one main pokemon/girl, Pikachu/Asuna, and he continues on his journey to collect more pokemon/girls. Also he has a perverted best friend in Brock/Klein.

We all know that Ash's coolest Pokemon isn't Pikachu though, it's Charizard. Pikachu sucks.


That analogy needs to be viewed over and over again.
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