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Why do people hate on Sword Art Online?

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Posted 3/30/19 , edited 3/31/19

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The author doesnt know how to write a coherent story.

Episode 23 of alicization threw my suspension of disbelief out of the window. Two things died for no reason, an a character morphed for no reason... out of nowhere... just like someone pulled it out of their butt and the entire ending pissed me off to the point of actually irritating me for wasting 24 episodes on this stupid story.

It like every other sao season starts off strong and then gets nonsensical and hackish the more you get into it. .


I don't hate SAO in fact I like parts of it quite a lot..but this is exactly my thought. It goes for the oddest deus ex machina type moments, and climbs up into it's own ass with pseudo-scientific mumbo jumbo too often.
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Posted 3/30/19 , edited 3/30/19
Frankly if it ended on season 1, I would have been fine with that. Despite the contrivance of whole second cour, the ending was sufficient.

This just comes off as another light novel story where the author didn't know where they were going with it, just trying to keep it going since the books are popular.
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Posted 3/30/19 , edited 3/31/19
Watch the ep 15 from the first season and you’ll understand why
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Posted 3/31/19 , edited 3/31/19
So even though the majority reason it's disliked is because of the sudden left-turn in the middle of season 1, I have to say the Phantom Bullet arc season 2 was pretty cool and it was an awkward adjustment at first, but then I got hooked again. SAO almost redeemed itself. With a strong lead in the similarly named Asuda, things were getting good once again and it had a great climax... then at the halfway point... nope. The episode with that white flying elephant thing made me furious. Now I'm watching Aliciazation and don't know what to think yet. Eugeo is a dullard and Kirito is doing the same sort of 'I'm a boss swordsman' stuff for the third time now and it feels a bit bland.
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Posted 3/31/19 , edited 4/13/19
I really enjoyed the Aincard Arc. Everything was cool and fun, and I enjoyed myself.

Everything since then has felt like it was trying to chase that success and falling short

The Fairy Dance Arc was never going to win me over because it wasn't what I had been enjoying and watching. It's like how I enjoy Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword because it was my first Fire Emblem game, and I don't like Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones because it isn't Blazing Sword. To make the comparison complete, both FE:SS and Fairy Dance have a weird relationship between a brother and a sister that makes me feel uncomfortable.
Fairy Dance was the first step into the weird SAO navel-gazing psuedoscience BS that they keep pulling too. The idea that a nefarious dude was going to use the full dive system to re-write people's brains was kind of weird, and everything about that villain felt slimy and gross. Too many things from that second arc made me feel icky, and it was just different enough from the first arc that I had trouble getting invested in it.

The GGO Arc was probably good. Getting back to a mystery of a game that kills people was cool, and that was what had kept me invested in Arc one. The real problem with GGO was that it was a murder mystery story, and the only thing I tend to remember from a murder mystery story is how they solved the mystery. I'm never going to watch it again, because I know how the magic trick works, and the only other things I remember about GGO are Shion's sad origin story, and Kirito brining a sword to a gun fight (which is objectively dumb). At this point I was starting to realize that Kirito being the magical Virtual Reality Jesus was kind of wearing thin for me.

That Fun Little Inbetween Arc That I Don't Know The Name Of was pretty good. Remember those like 2 episodes where our heroes were on a fun quest fighting monsters like they used to? Remember how we got to see Klein again and how much fun it was to not have him be a background character that everyone forgets exists? Ah, that sure was fun for those like 2 episodes that it was a thing.

The Mother's Rosario Arc was interesting. Those sick-kids with their tragic backstory tugged at the heart-strings, they had a big singular quest, which always helps to make a story feel solid. With Asuna being the main character this arc really shines a light on how the SAO world can be really fun, and how many interesting characters can exist inside of it. The catch to that is that it also reminds us that Kirito is a bland and empty shell of a character because he is a wish-fulfillment avatar.


At the end of Alicization I felt like I had watched 24 episodes and I wasn't sure why. With the other arcs being half the episode count, I didn't have time to say "This feels dumb" because the pace had to keep moving on. There were several times when I was watching Alicization where I said, out loud, to my TV "That was stupid and this show is bad."

There were a bunch of really interesting characters in Alicization. The problem was that none of them were our main two characters, so every time one came up we saw them for an episode, and then the show moved on, like it was teasing us with what it could be and then pulling it away when we went to reach for it.
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Posted 4/1/19 , edited 4/13/19
Just because people don't like things that are so popular. We can all agree that the series is great aside from the ALO ark.
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Posted 4/1/19 , edited 4/2/19
I like SAO but I really wasn't feeling Alicization all to much.

BTW is Alicization supposed to be the end of SAO or is there another arc after this?
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Posted 4/3/19 , edited 4/3/19

Huffm4n wrote:

Just because people don't like things that are so popular. We can all agree that the series is great aside from the ALO ark.


I liked the ALO arc better than Mothers Rosario. It was more entertaining to watch anyway, whereas Rosario was kind of boring.
The problem with it was that the first arc was cut short. If ALO had been the first half of season two, and GGO second half, that would have been much better.
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Posted 4/3/19 , edited 4/3/19

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BTW is Alicization supposed to be the end of SAO or is there another arc after this?

The manga appears to end with Alicization, but the light novels have volumes 19 & 20 with the title "Moon Cradle" and 21 with the title "Unital Ring" after the Alicization volumes (9-18).

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Posted 4/3/19 , edited 4/3/19
5 years later on a thread that was already 2 years late to the party when it was made.

I recently rewatched the whole series again up to the the end of Alicization since I hadn't seen the movie yet. And I still liked ALO as probably my second or maybe third favorite arc following Aincrad. I think the complaints about it are still a pretty massive over reaction.

What really shocked me the most was actually how much I enjoyed the movie. Had a way better time watching it then I ever thought I would, and they even tied parts of it into Alicization, which I appreciated.

What I didn't enjoy was GGO- wasn't a big fan watching it the first time around, nor is it my favorite novel. Not to say I hate it, but I do find lots of it to be pretty dull. And I didn't like Alicization nearly as much as I thought I would. It's been like 5 years since I read any novels, but I kind of remember liking its novelization slightly more than the anime turned out. I was also watching a lot of other isekai shows as I watched Alicization that I found far superior. So that peppered my opinion a bit as well.
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Posted 4/5/19 , edited 4/13/19

Balzack wrote:And I still liked ALO as probably my second or maybe third favorite arc following Aincrad. I think the complaints about it are still a pretty massive over reaction.


I wonder what you mean by the complaints being a massive overreaction. The degradation of the main female character from strong warrior to tentacle fodder is so massively bad that complaining about it is only natural. I'm happy to boycot, but it bears repeating every now and then: Turning your heroine into tentacle fodder is massively bad.
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Posted 4/5/19 , edited 4/13/19
SAO exploits a lot of disgusting and lazy tropes. You can either overlook that or you can’t.

As an example, no attempted rape scene in the series is meant to be a traumatic experience for the victim. If you notice, every single one is meant to make a male character feel powerless that he won’t be able to save a maiden from being defiled. As grotesque in its depiction as Goblin Slayer was, and despite the fact that it actually went further than SAO, the scene it portrayed was there specifically to make it a traumatic experience for the victim and not cuck porn fodder.

The movie was good though, I won’t knock it.
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Posted 4/5/19 , edited 4/5/19
It’s not that I HATE it per se, I’ve just never had the patience to see it all the way through to the end ^^
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Posted 4/12/19 , edited 4/13/19
I loved the first half of season 1 once they leave sword art though the dramatic tension is gone. At this point Kirito's deranged obsession with never dying seems silly theres no longer a consequence to death worse then respawning at the last respawn point. With all dramatic tension removed the second half of season 1 was dull. The first half of season 2 got better because once again there were real stakes. then they leave gun gale and go to save some...npcs... and once again I found myself just not caring about the outcome. Who cares about some npc giants? The sleeping knights story arc was touching. Plus theres Kirito himself who is such a walking anime trope I just cant root for him anymore.
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