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Why do people hate on Sword Art Online?

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Posted 10/25/14 , edited 10/25/14
Cause haters live on Mars.



Honestly, while SAO isn't my favorite anime, I'm not gonna wail and whine about it either, cause its not a bad show.
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For me personlly I think that SAO stepped to far away from being about games and is now about character development, which I don't really mind anymore since there is Log Horizon.
I watch both animes for different reasons, lately Kiritos harem has been getting on my nerves just a little bit even though it has turned into some kind of meme at this point.

Also it feels wrong how they pushed Asuna aside, for gods sake she was his wife for like a year?! And now she is back to being just another female in Kiritos fanbase. It just makes me feel somewhat sad.

BUt all in all I still enjoy watching an anime, even if there are problems, the positive is still more than enough to keep me watching.
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Khaltazar wrote:
For example in my case I don't like One Piece at all because I just can't mix that comedy with sometimes serious in the same series. It's just not my cup of tea. It doesn't mean overall it's bad, it just means I personally don't like it. That doesn't change the fact that some people out there may consider One Piece the best series ever while I consider it to be one of the worst.


I think the main difference between your situation with One Piece and the SAO haters/fans is that you probably don't go into every One Piece thread you see on the internet for the sole purpose of regurgitating the same long rant everyone has against it. And I'm the same way. I absolutely detest One Piece to its core- but you'll never see me bothering the fans about it.

I've found since 2012 that there's literally nowhere I can go to enjoy SAO with fellow fans without it turning into a "OMG GARY STU" etc. rant fest. And if I call them on their bullshit, they'll come back at me with stuff like "IT'S NOT OUR FAULT THE FANS ARE SO RABID!" Which is often after wall to wall hater-only posts for pages on end.

I just don't get it at all. And I feel like I'm the only one who is seeing the huge disparity here. Maybe the fans are rabid on the show comments itself or something? I don't tend to read those. I know that on forum threads though it's the total opposite of what people keep saying.
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Posted 10/25/14 , edited 10/26/14
Mind breaker here:


SAO is not about being trapped in a game

SAO is about Kirito's journey.
I don't know how many times I got to say this.

And Asuna is in no way pushed to the side btw.
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I liked the original SAO so much! The Asuna and Kirito dynamic was the best I have ever seen between two characters. However, after a while, Asuna became a spectator along with Kirito's harem (that includes Klein). It just wasted so much of it's potential I think. Not to mention the episode structure of SAO II during GGO was the worst. It literally went as follows:

1. Some thing happened at the last 30 seconds of the last episode
2. They were able to escape
3. They talked about it for the rest of the episode
4. Something happens at the last 30 seconds of the episode
5. Repeat

I just didn't like it after they beat the original SAO.
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Because it is a bad anime.
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volbeatz wrote:

Because it is a bad anime.


Thank you for your life-changing explanation

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bobland wrote:

Mind breaker here:


SAO is not about being trapped in a game

SAO is about Kirito's journey.
I don't know how many times I got to say this.

And Asuna is in no way pushed to the side btw.



Ummm what journey was that again? Kirito is the best at every game he plays moments after entering that world, for literally no reason at all, and it is never explained how he is the best at literally everything he does. He doesn't grow, he doesn't change, nothing is ever at stake because of the amount of plot armor the main characters all wear, etc.
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CodyJJ wrote:

I liked the original SAO so much! The Asuna and Kirito dynamic was the best I have ever seen between two characters. However, after a while, Asuna became a spectator along with Kirito's harem (that includes Klein). It just wasted so much of it's potential I think. Not to mention the episode structure of SAO II during GGO was the worst. It literally went as follows:

1. Some thing happened at the last 30 seconds of the last episode
2. They were able to escape
3. They talked about it for the rest of the episode
4. Something happens at the last 30 seconds of the episode
5. Repeat

I just didn't like it after they beat the original SAO.


spoiler in case some people have not seen GGO

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volbeatz wrote:


bobland wrote:

Mind breaker here:


SAO is not about being trapped in a game

SAO is about Kirito's journey.
I don't know how many times I got to say this.

And Asuna is in no way pushed to the side btw.



Ummm what journey was that again? Kirito is the best at every game he plays moments after entering that world, for literally no reason at all, and it is never explained how he is the best at literally everything he does. He doesn't grow, he doesn't change, nothing is ever at stake because of the amount of plot armor the main characters all wear, etc.


1) Kirito is a gamer with no friends before SAO incident happened. His life is gaming. He pretty much spent every waking hour grinding or clearing back in SAO.

2) If you think he doesn't change, then we haven't been watching the same series. He changes from a weak kid who can't do shit to a confident guy who follows his heart.

3)A whole lot is in stake, most often his life. He's nearly been killed several times.
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SAO is an action adventure harem anime (yes guys its a harem deal with it)
The story reads like a 15 year old's day dreams. Kirito is a super overpowered character that all the girls love for no reason and he has a beautiful girlfriend.
And last the romance between kirito and asuna felt more forced than it felt real. It felt like the only reason they got together was so they could set up the story for ALO
The only redeeming factor it has is that A-1 pictures did an outstanding job animating the fight scenes.
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bobland wrote:


volbeatz wrote:


bobland wrote:

Mind breaker here:


SAO is not about being trapped in a game

SAO is about Kirito's journey.
I don't know how many times I got to say this.

And Asuna is in no way pushed to the side btw.



Ummm what journey was that again? Kirito is the best at every game he plays moments after entering that world, for literally no reason at all, and it is never explained how he is the best at literally everything he does. He doesn't grow, he doesn't change, nothing is ever at stake because of the amount of plot armor the main characters all wear, etc.


1) Kirito is a gamer with no friends before SAO incident happened. His life is gaming. He pretty much spent every waking hour grinding or clearing back in SAO.

2) If you think he doesn't change, then we haven't been watching the same series. He changes from a weak kid who can't do shit to a confident guy who follows his heart.

3)A whole lot is in stake, most often his life. He's nearly been killed several times.


1) Sure, that implies he is good at games that he has spent hours upon hours on. Then how come in GGO literally the first thing he does is beat a minigame that no one has beaten before, in a game he has never played before? Also in SAO during an encounter with the red players during the episode when he gets the flower to bring that chick's pet back to life he has like 3 players simultaneously attacking him and he is just so OP that his health regen is greater than 3 people DPSing him, with no explanation?

2) I don't remember Kirito ever being a weak kid. Ever since episode 1 of SAO he was instantly this badass loner kid that that was gonna solo his way to the final boss (which leads me to believe the writer of SAO has never actually played an MMORPG, because first of all raiding with parties is how you actually level up and get gear, and no matter how OP and broken Kirito is it is pretty much impossible to solo a raid boss by yourself, which he effectively does).

3) "Nearly" been killed. He and Asuna died to Heathcliff in SAO, but that didn't matter, they were actually fine. The only other time Kirito (or any other main character, for that matter) came anywhere close to death was when the psycho rapist dude tried injecting Kirito with the poison shit or whatever it was, but it was literally blocked by plot armor. I was laughing so violently when Sinon lifted up Kirito's shirt and showed that it was blocked by this perfect little circle left on him from the hospital....so laughable. At no point are any of the main characters ever in any real danger, I assure you.

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jack_the_ripper wrote:

SAO is an action adventure harem anime (yes guys its a harem deal with it)
The story reads like a 15 year old's day dreams. Kirito is a super overpowered character that all the girls love for no reason and he has a beautiful girlfriend.
And last the romance between kirito and asuna felt more forced than it felt real. It felt like the only reason they got together was so they could set up the story for ALO
The only redeeming factor it has is that A-1 pictures did an outstanding job animating the fight scenes.


^^^This.
Posted 10/25/14 , edited 10/25/14
This thread's description and title combination is moderately confusing. "Disliking" and "hating" aren't the same.

As for me, I don't even need to watch the series to know that it really isn't my cup of tea. It's just another show that I glance over, read about, and then continually pass over in favor of watching others. SAO fits in my Dislike that Bars on Neutrality box.
Posted 10/25/14 , edited 1/31/17
I can name alot of reasons.

It's inferior to .hack
It's main character and overall characters are annoying/boring/cliche (I like Sinon and Klein but I want Asuna to die)
It's lack almost all emotion except for a few parts. The storylines are horrible (ALO especially)
It had a pretty obvious and lame twist.
It felt like a chore to watch
The romance was so cheesy and sickening and forced, "Oh she took a nap under a tree next to him time BAM instalove."
The A.I. daughter was way too much sugar.
Kirito falls into the awful hero type of being GOD because he's just so damn amazing that he can't be beat add that to fact that he is unlikeable and you have one of the worst main characters around.
I don't care if it's popular but when so many people run around screaming it's the best anime ever and it's so good that it's groundbreaking without giving 1 legtimate reason is so annoying.

I could keep going but those are just a few reasons as to why I hate it.
Gun Gale was ok though it would have been better without Kirito.
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