Sword Art Online

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  • 15 out of 20 people found this review helpful:
    Don't bother with the second season
    So this show is pretty good. The first half is great 4/5 stars. But it's bogged down by the second half of the series which merits 2/5 stars. And here's why:

    The first half of the series is about people who are trapped in a game that they have to clear to escape. The catch is, if they die in game they die in real life. This makes for some compelling scenes. For one, it actually matters if ...
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  • 15 out of 20 people found this review helpful:
    Very good start, but lost its momentum in the middle.
    Pros:
    + Good action scenes.
    + Cool concept.
    Cons:
    - Only half the show was good, the next half became less interesting, and seemed to follow the old "Save the damsel in distress trope."
    - Not all the characters were interesting. Some died off way to quickly before even starting to like them..

    I was blown away from the beginning of this anime, it was so unique, and has the best fighting ...
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  • 10 out of 13 people found this review helpful:
    Was good, but had unused potential.
    This is my very first review.

    Setting: I did like the setting. The first three episodes were a good following to the plot, but after that, it went downhill ( In my opinion ). There was countless fillers, and the second half wasn't even necessary.

    Characters:
    I did like Kirito's character, but everything in SAO just went his way. Like the time where he almost died to Kuradeel, for ...
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  • 5 out of 5 people found this review helpful:
    Thoughts and reflections of an interesting online society
    So I've never actually been an avid anime enthusiast over a good portion of my life but I've been marathoning hundreds of hours of anime shows the past two weeks for a reason unbeknownst to me, maybe to induce myself into a depression or find the meaning of life. I do want to give my thoughts about Sword Art Online mostly because I feel it's message hit more at home with me. I've lived the ...
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  • 7 out of 9 people found this review helpful:
    Not as bad as it could have been
    The title says it all. Any novel-to-anime adaptation, if you're read the original text, is going to fall far short of the source in terms of story and detail. This doesn't doom a series, or no adaptation would ever come out - any half-competent writer and director can make the resulting product entertaining while stripping out parts that would not adapt well to a video/audio medium.

    In the ...
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  • 8 out of 11 people found this review helpful:
    This could have been the best show ever.
    SAO probably has my favorite first few episodes in any anime. It hooked me right from the start with excellent visuals and an awesome story that no gamer could resist. It continued being solid for the first 14 episodes. Then they moved to AO...
    I was kind of shocked honestly. The stakes aren't nearly as high, the villain is annoying, the character models aren't nearly as cool, and they took away ...
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  • 6 out of 7 people found this review helpful:
    It's good but not the best
    As many other reviewers point out, this show is good however it is overrated. Many who can relate or want to relate to the main character will find enjoyment in the show. However if you read any of the reviews out there that are not 5 stars you will get a better picture of what the anime has to offer. Now most of the faults that are in the anime are due to the limitations of a seasonal Anime, such ...
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  • 7 out of 10 people found this review helpful:
    Could of been better, should have been better
    First off this isn't the "BEST ANIME EVER", just to be clear.
    With that being said though, it is still a great anime.
    Sword Art Online, an adaptation of a short series manga worthy of being a recommendation on anyone's list. The anime revolves around Kirito, a teenage boy who is trapped in a virtual MMO game with 10'000 other players. The premise of the game is to ...
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  • 9 out of 14 people found this review helpful:
    The critic has been silenced.
    I spent the majority of this series with my mouth agape, my butt at the edge of my seat, and my eyes filled to the brim with tears. I'm usually very critical about action series that seemingly plug a romantic storyline in so it has unisex appeal, but every relationship and character interaction in SAO was as natural as reality itself. Not a single part of this series seemed repetitive, over done, ...
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  • 8 out of 12 people found this review helpful:
    A severely overrated anime. Read for the truth
    Sword Art Online had been named anime of 2012 by multiple review sites including this site. Is it? Well, let's just say that 2012 isn't the best year of animes.
    Plot: 7/10
    Too low for you? The plot of SAO is about thousands of players being trapped in a virtual reality mmorpg. The only way out is for someone to clear the game. With 14 episodes for the first story arc of the anime, it felt ...
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