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Why do people hate on Sword Art Online?

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Posted 11/9/14 , edited 11/9/14

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woah, woah, woah. I totally agree except,
it was Klein and Agil made SAO awesome.


Sorry, I haven't seen SAO 1 since its conclusion, lol, so it's not like I remember everything. xD I don't think they get much character development either though...


The little character development they received made me crave more.
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Well, I don't hate SAO, it just started feeling lackluster after the actual SAO (Aincrad) arc, and even close to the end of that it started feeling... ehh. Admittedly I've not watched SAO II at all, so.

For starters, Kirito becomes an increasingly bland protagonist as the series goes on. He's exceptionally gifted because he played the SAO beta? OK, I guess he knows the system better than new players. He's so good he can solo high-end content on his own? If you're nuts good, overleveled, and geared to the teeth, that's possible in an MMO... He's so good the system gives him an unlisted ability? Now we're pushing it... He's so insanely good the GM basically has to use God Mode to fight on-par with him? Now you're going too far... and then he keeps all his stats in the ALO arc, completely eliminating any real threat to him or Leafa/Suguha (outside the designed-to-be-unwinnable World Tree)? Yeah.

Then there's the fact that he doesn't seem to have much personality beyond "kind," so he increasingly becomes just an object for the female characters to throw affection onto. Really, anyone with a basic sense of decency and no real personality quirks is Kirito, and the villains he fights are so over-the-top as to be unrelatable (the SAO villain wanted to play God, the ALO villain was pretty much a caricature of villainy, the Laughing Coffin guild kills people for funsies, etc.) that it loses any sort of moral complexity. Kirito becomes just another paladin fighting against blackguards. Kirito just feels like a Marty Stu (a male Mary Sue) as the series goes on; he loses any real vulnerability and cool stuff just happens to him.

The SAO arc asks the question "What does it mean to live?" I don't feel the ALO arc had any real important theme to it; it was just Kazuto/Kirito trying to rescue Asuna from a deranged lunatic, while his cousin has to deal with the fact that she fell for him in a virtual game and he's in love with someone else in reality.

Don't even get me started on some of the in-game nonsense (why was Yui, a highly complex AI, coded if she was just going to be disabled in the full release? Why is the interior of the World Tree fully coded if it's designed to be unwinnable; wouldn't barring entrance altogether make more sense?).

Those are my main complaints. Then there's the hipsters who hate on it just because it's popular.
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Posted 11/9/14 , edited 11/10/14
I usually get a small chuckle when people demand some extra agenda from the show.

Creator "How about I try my hand at a story on how people's lives are affected by online game worlds?"
Some people: "You didn't address it's clear ties to gender agency and Greek literature! So bad!"

When Asuna got canned in ALO, it was bad because it wrecked her as a character, regardless of gender agenda. I know someone who never said a kind thing about the SAO, and then went on to praise Accel World for being so much better. Which is kinda more of the same that the author wrote later.

SAO has a lot of problems, yes/ and I would not trust a person who can't find anything good to say.
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Posted 11/9/14 , edited 11/9/14
I don't really hate SAO. And while it's fanbase and popularity can be annoying and very tiresome to see, my dislike for the series comes from
the same reasonas quite a few other people.
And that's because we grew up with .hack//; so when seeing SAO, it gives off the look and feel that it's just trying to live in .hack//'s shadow,
and when you get down to it, the game itself everyone is trapped in is just really,,,boring.
It's the most generic looking fantasy MMO with no real unique points to it, and the characters in it are really no better.
It doesn't FEEL like they're playing an MMORPG, and for a series about being in an online game that's supposed to be the most important thing for it.
Hell, Even Log Horizon does a better job at giving that feeling.
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Posted 11/9/14 , edited 11/10/14

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I notice that there is a lot of people that just don't like Sword Art Online and i don't exactly know why. I thought it might be the whole "it's to popular" but that's not really a good reason to hate any anime. Could someone tell me why there is so much hate towards S.A.O?


I LOVED SAO in season 1, season 2 was ok, and season 3 is just terrible. The story just isn't as intriguing as it was in season 1. There is nothing exciting now that we basically know the extent of the anime, the full-dive technology was super intriguing now it's boring and old.
The anime is being dragged on way too long, instead of being a short and sweet gem of the anime industry it's being dragged on as long as possible to get as much money out of it as possible. MapleStory (The popular korean uber grindy MMO.) did an event about a month ago that had season 1 SAO, and it was super fun.

This is just what I felt about it, I don't hate on anime for being super popular, if anything I love when they're super popular because there tends to be more people to chat about it with. So in my opinion the show is generally being hated on for the drop in story quality I guess. I personally stopped watching season 3 around episode 10 because I don't look forward to it every week. I look forward to anime weekly when I am super excited for the next chunk of plot, for example the latest Naruto ark is super intriguing and exciting, the same goes as well for One Piece.
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I liked SAO until real recently. So I just dropped it the other day. I didn't even bother watching this week's episode.
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Rohzek wrote:

I liked SAO until real recently. So I just dropped it the other day. I didn't even bother watching this week's episode.


Why? The best 2 arcs of SAO are the next ones.
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I liked SAO until real recently. So I just dropped it the other day. I didn't even bother watching this week's episode.


Why? The best 2 arcs of SAO are the next ones.


I'm just no feeling it. The characters have gotten stale. There really hasn't been any sort of development. Kirito's development in the Gun arc already felt forced. This last arc was sorta lame too. I don't feel the tension like I did with the first arc or even the second arc. If anything I think these last few arcs have pretty much exposed the anime as totally plot driven. And since the whole death scenario is gone, it has lost a lot of its push.
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I actually hate the hype revolving around this series than the show itself. The hype is the only thing that's so repulsive and irritating. It seems that most SAO fans that I talked to don't really watch a lot of anime at all or even know a lot of other anime.
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Posted 11/9/14 , edited 11/10/14
It's shit.
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The protagonist, Kirito, is awful, and has all the personality and depth of a wet paper bag.
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pathogen772 wrote:


Rohzek wrote:

I liked SAO until real recently. So I just dropped it the other day. I didn't even bother watching this week's episode.


Why? The best 2 arcs of SAO are the next ones.


I'm just no feeling it. The characters have gotten stale. There really hasn't been any sort of development. Kirito's development in the Gun arc already felt forced. This last arc was sorta lame too. I don't feel the tension like I did with the first arc or even the second arc. If anything I think these last few arcs have pretty much exposed the anime as totally plot driven. And since the whole death scenario is gone, it has lost a lot of its push.


Death is never gone.

You'll feel the full force of it soon.
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Posted 11/10/14 , edited 11/10/14
I don't see much people harping about how SAO is the bestest shit ever or even how good it is.
There are very few people talking about the good things of SAO.

But I always see people swarming around spreading hate on SAO.

Hype? What hype? Hate hype?
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Posted 11/10/14 , edited 11/10/14
Because it's popular to hate on it, obviously. Such a polarizing anime.

They hate the romance, but it's not like they added that exclusively for the Anime.
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Posted 11/10/14 , edited 1/31/17

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I actually hate the hype revolving around this series than the show itself. The hype is the only thing that's so repulsive and irritating. It seems that most SAO fans that I talked to don't really watch a lot of anime at all or even know a lot of other anime.


This is true, but I actually rarely see fans that won't admit the flaws of SAO, and the hype is not totally undeserved. It's an excellent anime to bring people into anime.
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