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yayume wrote:
The second game, elf/fairy theme, never held my interest....so I haven't really picked it up again. When I heard the premise of SOA 2, I was like so this game is exactly like SOA but with guns and some new characters...? Sorry not interested


GGO is absolutely nothing like SAO at all, dude. :/ The games are both so inherently different that it isn't even close. Not only that, but the whole arc in the new series is more about how to cope with the trauma and dealing with something dark from the past rearing its head once again. :/
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Terrans...
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Like the anime you like.

Hate the anime you hate.

Never have discussions as this only hinders the amount of time for you to watch more anime.

And for the love of God.... WATCH. MORE. ANIME.
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This last arc has been exceptionally good. Even though I am typically on the boat that criticizes SAO.

The rest of the show was paced waaay too fast and focused too much on a single point of view (Kirito's). It felt like fan fiction. Accel World wasn't written that badly (although I don't like how melodramatic the characters could get).
Posted 12/7/14
SAO fans were like Justin Bieber Fans.

by the way, Reki Kawahara`s brain has been replaced by the brain of Chimpanzee during his childhood years before he published SAO web novel in the internet.
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Zeta-Nu wrote:

SAO fans were like Justin Bieber Fans.

by the way, Reki Kawahara`s brain has been replaced by the brain of Chimpanzee during his childhood years before he published SAO web novel in the internet.


Clearly, anyone who bothers to like SAO enough to, say, know who the author of the original light novels is, or knows the story behind it's original publication, must have zero taste, and clearly we shouldn't be listening to them... oh, wait...
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*sigh* here we go again...

I will grant that SAO is inconsistent,

BUT, I also think that is one of its greatest strengths. Every arc is some new world to be explored, some new concept to think through... SAO has been exploring the social implications of VR technology very thoroughly (rather than the game itself) and that only continues with Alicization. There's something for everyone, but that also means theres parts some people will like and won't like. With this large of a fanbase, thats a lot of people.

Take Calibur for example. While it was airing, some people were like "Finally! Back to the action! Forget all that drama bullshit, THIS is why I watch SAO!" Ok fair enough... But then there was simultaneously another group of people who were like "Ugh not more of this ridiculous OP cheesy action bullcrap. God damn I thought we were done with that after the first arc. Where's all the character development? they need to slow down."

So you see, basically you guys are just impossible to please all at the same time. Normally when you dont like a show, you just drop it and move on and the fanbase is purified. Like for example, the only people watching LH right now are MMO gamers. There's no one watching LH hoping for a good romance arc anymore and they know it will never go there and thats fine. And so... conflict is avoided. Conversely, I think theres a bunch of people watching SAO even though they don't like where it is at that point hoping that what they are looking for shows up again. Why? Because you never know what this show will do or where it will go and that inconsistency/unpredictability is part of what makes this show special.


What's crazy is that the series has not even covered HALF of the source material yet. Having read it all, its my opinion that the best is yet to come. Alicization is wildly different that anything we've seen so far and I for one, am glad this show is not still stuck in Aincrad.
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*sigh* here we go again...

I will grant that SAO is inconsistent,

BUT, I also think that is one of its greatest strengths. Every arc is some new world to be explored, some new concept to think through... SAO has been exploring the social implications of VR technology very thoroughly (rather than the game itself) and that only continues with Alicization. There's something for everyone, but that also means theres parts some people will like and won't like. With this large of a fanbase, thats a lot of people.

Take Calibur for example. While it was airing, some people were like "Finally! Back to the action! Forget all that drama bullshit, THIS is why I watch SAO!" Ok fair enough... But then there was simultaneously another group of people who were like "Ugh not more of this ridiculous OP cheesy action bullcrap. God damn I thought we were done with that after the first arc. Where's all the character development? they need to slow down."

So you see, basically you guys are just impossible to please all at the same time. Normally when you dont like a show, you just drop it and move on and the fanbase is purified. Like for example, the only people watching LH right now are MMO gamers. There's no one watching LH hoping for a good romance arc anymore and they know it will never go there and thats fine. And so... conflict is avoided. Conversely, I think theres a bunch of people watching SAO even though they don't like where it is at that point hoping that what they are looking for shows up again. Why? Because you never know what this show will do or where it will go and that inconsistency/unpredictability is part of what makes this show special.


What's crazy is that the series has not even covered HALF of the source material yet. Having read it all, its my opinion that the best is yet to come. Alicization is wildly different that anything we've seen so far and I for one, am glad this show is not still stuck in Aincrad.


Finally someone that gets it. One of the reasons I like SAO is because it changes it up so much. Each arc is different from the others. Personally I like pretty much every genre so I've liked everything so far, including the fairy arc.

A lot of the time the complaints I see are for lack of character development and too much harem, both of which are because they only watch the anime and never read the books. That's fine, a lot of people don't like to read and would rather just watch the anime, but if they're going to hate on a series so much, I wish they would explore all it has to offer before judging it.

They made the harem stuff more prominent in the anime than it was in the books, and in adapting it from a book to an anime they took out a lot of the characters thoughts and feelings, like with Lizbeth when they went to the dragon mountain thing to get the ore for Kirito's sword. In the book it was really cool to be able to hear all of Lizbeth's thoughts and how she went from disliking him to falling in love with him. It was one of my favorite parts, but in the anime you got hardly any of that and it lost a lot of it's charm and impact.
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SAO is good in its own way, but I do agree with you that it is overrated...

If you want to watch something alternative, my only answer is to check out Accel World, another popular series by Reki Kawahara. And forgive me for being Captain Obvious here, but they practically take place in the same universe
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Posted 12/7/14

Zeta-Nu wrote:

SAO fans were like Justin Bieber Fans.

by the way, Reki Kawahara`s brain has been replaced by the brain of Chimpanzee during his childhood years before he published SAO web novel in the internet.


I knew it.
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Posted 12/7/14 , edited 12/7/14

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That being said, I really dislike the incest, sexual assault, and tentacle parts of Fairy Dance,


Yeah, the tentacles were unnecessary. I think the incest plot could have worked, if it was handled better. I justify it as that from Suguha's perspective, she lost her geeky brother with the strained relationship 2 years before, and then had a badass hero cousin sweep into her life, who is essentially a different person due to his experiences and trauma.


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Like for example, the only people watching LH right now are MMO gamers. There's no one watching LH hoping for a good romance arc anymore and they know it will never go there and thats fine.


I don't MMO. I'm in it for the economics and politics. But I'm weird.
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So far the common thing I have when reading SAO LNs is that every arc has a rapist or creepy characters.
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So far the common thing I have when reading SAO LNs is that every arc has a rapist or creepy characters.


Yeah. I hate those crutches in writing. While I love a few things about Type-Moon works, even they fall into the trap of using that trick to easier allow audiences to feel for some of their female characters.

Not that I read the LNs for SAO, but I shouted something like that during forced moments of the anime.
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well it's your opinion and you're entitled to it but...
at over 50 episodes i have to ask, "when does one choose to abandon a series?"
i mean i put up with 40+ episodes of Blood+ and Eureka seven only because i knew the end was near; otherwise i would have pulled the ejection handle. but SAO is on going. and i find strange to complain after 50+ episodes because we've made it this far. so either you rate it (or anything for that matter) on an episode by episode basis. or (like i do) commit to watch a series or not. I shall seek a thread about this topic later.
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Like most of these threads about anything, anywhere on the internet....

"STOP LIKING THINGS I DON'T LIKE"
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