Sword Art Online

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4.4
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  • 22 out of 37 people found this review helpful:
    Great start, decent arc
    This is currently my favorite anime. Excellent music, animation, and story line. it does lack a little on character depth though.
    i will say to not get your hopes up on the first arc, Alfhiem Online was good but not as good as SAO
    amazing anime, i recommend to everyone, a must watch.
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  • 9 out of 11 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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  • 21 out of 36 people found this review helpful:
    This is an Amazing, Addicting Anime.
    Best anime I've seen in a long time, let's hope they keep it up! When I first heard about the show, I thought it would be some Plot-less... Violent anime about a death-game... Oh, how wrong I was... The characters we're amazingly lifelike and the plot was believable, now I find myself as one of SAO's biggest fans! ^_^
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  • 35 out of 63 people found this review helpful:
    Beautiful Story That Makes You Want More
    Beautiful and engaging, this series makes you see and think what some might do if trapped in a world where life is safe only if you engage the dangers that surround you. The main characters in this story pull at your heart strings as they struggle to escape this trap of epic proportions. Action, suspense, life, death, and love, this story keeps you hanging on every plot twist and turn, making you ...
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  • 13 out of 20 people found this review helpful:
    Had amazing potential, but totally blew
    This was one of my very favorite anime up until the second half. The beginning was awesome and so much fun, but the plot changed half way and it became disappointing and difficult to watch.

    Significant flaws:
    -The biggest letdown for me was how Asuna, who was so awesome, powerful, and cool, became totally helpless and pathetic in the second half.
    -Towards the end it got really cheesy ...
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  • 9 out of 12 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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  • 8 out of 11 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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  • 6 out of 7 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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  • 10 out of 15 people found this review helpful:
    Soo much potential and came up short!!
    Its a shame. This one started off so good but man talk about turning to barely watchable I know a lot of people loved this but it just fell WAY to short to be called great. The animation was great and well done but the story was lacking. Its a shame really as the source material is better than this.

    Good for younger viewers and people with low expectations. 3/5
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  • 6 out of 7 people found this review helpful:
    Enjoyable, but yes, overrated.
    Overall:
    So first things first, I'm a fan of SAO and enjoyed what I saw of it (haven't read the light novel), but I do think that it's a bit overrated. All the praise SAO has been getting is a bit exaggerated in my opinion. Nonetheless, I still liked the show. I would actually give it a 3.5, but Crunchy doesn't allow that, so I guess I'll be generous.

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