I was liking it, even though it was cliched. Then Heatcliff or whatever said "He got the double wielding special ability? That only comes to the man with the fastest reaction times in the whole server!" or something along those lines and I stopped watching.
Petty, I know, but there's a point to how many cliches I can take.
>>138152936 I enjoyed it for what it was worth. It's not a fantastic anime nor does it have a particularly deep message but I found it entertaining and there were some interesting parts to it (at least in the first 12 episodes)
I watched the whole thing unfortunately. It's pretty ALRIGHT right up until the climax of the very first episode in which it goes to shit, and somehow manages to get worse and worse as the series continues. It's kind of cool how you keep telling yourself this is the lowest moment for anime and then are still somehow surprised when it becomes even worse.
In this regard you can consider it a form of modern art in that it ingeniously manages to offend you over and over again.
I just dropped it after the first season, because that felt like a good wrapup point and suddenly the whole "Oh no he's molestorz you're waifu" thing gave me a pretty bad vibe on where the general quality of the show was headed.
derp_commander is either posting without his trip OR will find this thread and post in it eventually. but putting that aside: season 1 was okay with some faults here and there. part 2 is just shameless money-grabbing bullshit.
>>138152936 I didn't hate it. It wasn't great, and fairy arc was pretty bad, but hate's a pretty strong word.
People like to say stuff is either utter shit or AOTY SAEVEING ANIMU because strong opinions seem like informed opinions, especially when they are in opposition to the popular trend. But most of these tunisian zoetropes, including SAO, are really just kind of meh.
>>138152936 First 12 eps were good. Then fairies appeared and things got weird. Rapey, incesty and weird. Then season 2 came around and kinda danced around the ending of season 1... Death Gun seemed cool but got dragged out with too much exposition and trying to make kirito seem relatable by giving him forced ptsd while also bumping up his harem count. Then the game went back to fairy land for side questing and i just stopped trying. A buddy says the last bit of season 2 covers Asuka and its good. Good for him.
/a/ may have shit taste but SAO shit its own pants.
>>138152936 I, like everyone else liked the beginning. It just got repetitive and unoriginal and frankly boring before it got plain irritating. If you like it through all of that then you have problems.
Honestly, past a certain point in time, seeing Kirito in action felt the same way as walking in on some other guy spanking off. It's especially bad in the post-Aincrad source arcs.
Kirito's kind of, sort of tolerable and potentially maybe even cool if the point of view remains firmly on him. But then the books make the mistake of going into the heads of characters like Suguha and Sinon, and you can practically witness their characters withering away and being replaced with variations of "I want a taste of Kirito-kun's manhood!"
I've marathoned it months after it was complete so I didn't have time to stop midway to think about what I saw and let it sink in much. I went from indifference to rage and frustration a couple of times when watching it though. It started ok but first arc ended kinda abruptly and then they started shoving way too much Asuna in your face. Then ALfheim shit happened. I actually mostly enjoyed the gun game arc and think it was the best. Last arc was crap too.
If a great ending synthesizes everything great and important in a show into one moment, then an impressively bad ending clearly must embrace all that is bad in one. And Sword Art Online's ending certainly accomplishes that, offering an almost staggering demonstration of every problem the show had. If I were to sum up a shortlist of Sword Art Online's major failings, it'd probably run something like “Kirito is a bland power fantasy, all the women are helpless damsels, the writing attempts to turn hack melodrama into emotional catharsis, and the villains are all ridiculous looney tunes.” The end of the series embodies every one of these lovely quirks, featuring a scene where Kirito rushes to save a woman who's spent a good dozen episodes in a cage as the villain cackles and licks tears off of her face. Then Kirito saves the girl, and the audience is expected to cheer as he actively tortures the villain. It's a tour de force of terrible writing and downright frightening writer psychology, a very special sequence that will live in my memory long after most of Sword Art Online's other qualities have faded. I mean, tear licking. The licking of tears.
>>138152936 I watched it before /a/ could taint my opinion of it, and didn't mind it really. They could have done things much much better, but it was still engaging enough to watch. ALO can piss off, though. 10/10 would watch only for the tentacles. I haven't bothered with GGO.
SAO is shit but it's just shit because it's so overrated.
"W W what are you t..t..talking about anon a v.v.villain who tries to ma..ma...marry a 16 year old in a co.....coma is a good story writing. F..Fuck yo..you i wa..tched like 13 animes i kno...know that stuff. I'm an Ot..aku baka."
>>138152936 I hate it for two reasons 1) It's so fucking popular, and it's massive success further encourages a shitty business model of spending years animating and producing a show with a shitty and/or unfinished script
2) It had honest to god potential to be a work of art, but it squandered all of said potential because the author chooses to write lowest common denominator garbage instead of a solid cohesive story
I didn't mind the fight scenes. They were at least well done enough that I could find enjoyment in them at least.
I dislike it because while the first 14 episodes at half decent, i.e. the actual death game, the real Sword Art Online, and it's interesting to watch. But it passes too fast, and the MC is too much of a, "lel plot armour break code, win the world". The rest of the show is just bullshit in other worlds with no real consequence.
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