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What's the anime connoisseur's opinion on Sword Art Online?
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kill it with fire
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Best anime ever. Hella epic fight scenes and Asuna a cute.
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I'd rather watch Eromanga Sensei
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>>159307945
I agree with you there, Asuna is A-OK
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>>159307865
I think Demolition D had the right opinion on it. It was okay up to the end of the first arc around epsiode ~14ish. The rest of the anime shouldn't have existed.
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Is this the montly threads mods make to public ban it to show that they still care about /a/?
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eugeo was best boy and will remain in our hearts forever
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>>159307865
Why the fuck would you even care. Watch it, if you like it, good for you, if you don't, move on.
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>>159307945
>>159308144
is this a meme?
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>>159307865
Argo is smug
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>>159307865
just this picture is choke-full of red flags.
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>>159308216
fuk off sao hater pedo
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>>159307865
Enjoyable action adventure
But its currently the boogeyman of the anime medium
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I enjoy the cute girls
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/a/ contrarian strike again.

>normalfags love it
>/a/ hate it
>normalfags are now hating it
>/a/ love it
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>>159308330
the AI daughteru is a shit
Asuna is a shit too in the end. she was only good when she was tsundere before their relationship started
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>>159307865
tolerably bad until the lovey dovey arc, which I thought was decent, then everything after that felt like a rushed descent into trash until I finally had to drop the show

looking back I can't even believe I made it to the fairy part
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>>159308405
She's a cute smug daughteru
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>>159307865
it deserves the hate mostly because of the trend it helped set, not because of how bad it is. by now almost every other ln adaptation is as bad or worse.
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>>159307865
its entertaining and fun
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>>159307865
ok. 2nd season was better.
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Needs more doujins
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It was shit but I kinda miss the feels the first arc gave me. >>159297865
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>>159308330
It had the most generic ecchi artstyle imaginable.
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>>159307865
6/10 asuna is a good waifu
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>>159309242
Agreed.
For such a mediocre series it's got some fantastic pornography.
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>>159308500
>>159308330
ONAHOLE
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Kirito is the true Black Swordsman, not a cuck like Guts.
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>>159310429
Same here, bro. I'd give quite a bit to fall in love with a girl in full dive VR and marry her without all the bullshit in real life
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>>159310580
Guts is the BLACKED Swordsman.
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>>159307865
What's the sommelier's opinion of old english 800?

It's for plebs, end of story. No need to directly critique the nuances or get into specifics.

It's like asking jacques cousteau how wet the ocean is.
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>>159307865
Tbf the first story of arc of SAO was alright.

It's just edgy manchildren who say otherwise.
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>>159308455
lol same
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It's amazing how the shit the show became desu.


The first noticable drop was around the 12th episode when they beat the game then after episode 26 the show lost all tension. Every arc was noticeably worse than the last one. I managed to watch it through Call of Duty arc as awful as it was, but I dropped it when the magical elf RPG started.


I'm not even the anime critic type but the show just had very low lowpoints and really should have ended after the first game.
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Didn't finish it. Clear enough for you?
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>>159310580
this
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>>159310864
fuck off
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>>159308053
this
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>>159311415
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHstigtbyGA
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>>159307865
It was my first anime since pokemon as a kid and had a good first arc.
The movie was a good follow up to the first arc.
The other arcs were shit but people exaggerate their hatred for it to an extreme.
Meh.
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It's bad, but in a bland and mediocre way rather than in a spectacular way. People who actively hate on it are just trying to show off and normally have taste that's just a step above SaO (i.e. probably into Boku no Hero or Hunter x Hunter or some shit).
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season 2 would be good if kirito actually became a cute girl and went on genderbender adventures
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>>159307865
I have a bit of an unpopular opinion. A lot of people like the first arc and dislike the rest, but my favorite part was actually the gun gale arc. Seeing as the premise of the show is set in a game, I thought it might be less 'anime' if you know what I mean. However, Kirito just breaks the game for shits and giggles most of the time. He's the chosen one and all that. In contrast I feel like the game mechanics of Gun Gale are followed really well though, even if those mechanics would be impossible to replicate in real life. I guess I just like that he doesn't use any hax to beat that game like he had to do with all the other arcs.

Is there cheesey shit all throughout every portion of that anime? Yeah, there is. I just thought they handled the whole 'game world' aspect of it much better in SAO II.
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I'm just waiting for the inevitable Season 3. I expect an announcement either at Anime Expo or Dengeki Fall Festival.

The movie teased it, so has the director and editor.
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>>159312363
It feels like just yesterday when all of /a/ ripped that guy into oblivion.
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>>159312235
GGO is my favorite as well
I liked the setting more than the generic fantasy one
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Generic isekai that could've been good. It fell apart when in the second arc when it switched genres 3 times.
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>>159311415
I'm sure he does a lot of Lonely Beating
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>>159312235
Aincrad and Ordinal Scale I really enjoyed. Fairy Dance was meh. Gun Gale was interesting but it seemed like a totally different unrelated side story.
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Wow, a great baithread.

Anyways, even tho i love to hate SAO, i must say that it does have some value as study material for everything you should NOT do while writing.

6/10 i would totally like to have a drink at all those cafes where they spend like 1/3 of the series.
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>>159311557
I can relate to this.
I liked it.
at fist.
then i read the novels.
And realized how shit it was.
Then rewatched the anime.
And realized how shit it was.

And now i hate on it but kinda passively, like if you ask me what i think of it i'll say "bullshit" but that's it.

Anyways i want to see ordinal scale just for the sake of memes.
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>>159307865
The star wars prequel trilogy of anime
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>>159307865
Waisted. Too few MMO stuff and grinding, too much friendship and shit.
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>>159307865

Just watch the better SAO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6kJKxvbgZ0&t=127s
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>>159313172
You're not wrong, but that's why I like it though. It was refreshing to me to see them do what I though they were going to do in the first arc, which is treat it like a game. The rules they esablished within the game were followed and that made me like it. And on another note, i don't care how absurdly difficult or impossible it would be, but I just think it's really cool when Kirito is cutting bullets out of the air. I've got a thing for sword dancing type combat so make of that what you will.
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Asuna stole the title of NTR Queen from Belldandy.
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>>159313896
Nah, most SAO doujins are still Kirito x Asuna vanilla. The amount of vanilla AMG doujins between MC and Belldandy can be counted with one hand.
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>>159307865
Dumb and needlessly long with an awful Gary Stu MC, but reasonably entertaining with animation quality ranging from solid to crap. Series could have stopped with MC walking up to the girl's door at the hospital and it would have been a much better story for it.
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>>159314536
They could have lowered the threat and then goofy VRMMORPG antics would be more reasonable.

Sorta like Log Horizon.
Also Lazy Princess was great.
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>>159314629
Sure, but the core of the first arc was "shit's super real and bad", and it gave the series its own sort of edge that I thought was at least interesting, although I would have preferred they committed to Kirito suffering and lean more Re;Zero in that regard. His immediate step up to 't3h ultimate badazz11!1' robs him of the chance to have a real character arc, and most of his development is too heavily keyed to Asuna, which would have held up more if the series didn't also tease the harem anime angle.

Log Horizon is consistently entertaining. It's not a great show, but it's got its own ideas as to what sort of series it wants to be, and sticks to it. Kind of like Overlord.
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>>159314781

What it really opens up with the death game angle is how the RPG aspect of the game was balanced. Unless the game was rigged against parties a group would drastically outperform a single player even if they only did EXP sharing.

Not that I really want to dive into SAO's game mechanics.
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>>159307865
7/10 it's ok. Has some problems but not as bad as people make it out to be.
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>>159312235
The first scene in Gun Gale with the sniper girl and her buddies going PKing was a hell of a lot more interesting than the rest of it. The tournament setting kinda sucked.
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I don't remember much of this, which is worse than hating it, in a way. So, that's good.
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Bds for movie when

>>159314182
sugu is thicc
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>>159307865
TWO YEARS
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This footjob scene was great
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Sugu is only hot as Leafa
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I unironically enjoyed the first 13-14 episodes (Aincrad arc?) and Asuna was a lovely and strong female mc, but after that everything went to shit, they killed Asuna as a character and the story was lame, then i droped it
So i guess i would tell that the first half of first season is ok (final episode is an asspull and the motives of the main villain were shit), then it's plain shit, so don't bother going further
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Well, Alicization is finished, can't wait for the inevitable S3 and threads.
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>>159307865
I thought it was a poorly written juvenile edge fantasy but the contrarian hipsters around me are pressuring me with their mob mentality into thinking it's good
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>>159307865
Never watched it, it looks way too generic.
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>>159307865
The Aincrad arc is ok. Definitely falls short in some parts but is overall good.

Everything after is the personification of what I hate in anime. It's especially heinous what this show does to Asuna. She goes from one of the most competent fighters the protagonist team has to literal damsel in distress, and not even for a good reason. At least Casca got mindbroken before she became basically useless.
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>>159308053
>It was okay up to the end of the first arc

No it wasn't
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>>159307865
It's a good radar for seeing who's a newfaggot
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>>159307865
Animation and sound design make it watchable. Story and lack of character development make it shit.
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>>159314781
>Sure, but the core of the first arc was "shit's super real and bad", and it gave the series its own sort of edge that I thought was at least interesting,

It's funny how comfy the reboot is when it's still set in the death game. Probably helps that only one person died on screen in 4 volumes.
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>>159307865
It was fine once it got abridged
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>>159316905
Meanwhile, Kawhara is still writing Cradle of the Moon (or just "Moon Cradle" now)
He's posting chapters semi-regularly on his website, but I don't really know what it's about.
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Presmise had it's limit, but the story could have gone far if it made any sense. Unfortunately neither of these points were realized.
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There were some times where I found Asuna and Sugu endearing but never found either really attractive. Leafa however...
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>>159307865
It's bad but no worse than other series of the same genre and the only reason it gets shit on so much is to counteract its unwarranted popularity.
I don't hate it because why the fuck would I? I certainly don't like it though.
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>>159320825
That's a very intelligent way of looking at it.
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>>159307865
The first episode was good. The first few episodes where it was an episodic adventure thing were okay. It all went to shit once the plot started.
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>>159321487
>The first episode was good.

No it wasn't
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Its one of my favourites. I've also come to realise that when talking to people about anime I have to say its my guilty pleasure. Anime.
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>>159307865
Plot was weak at best, animation was soulless, and once the stakes and sense of urgency or danger was removed in the 2nd season i dropped it entirely and never looked back. Like holy fuck why would anyone buy these games if the first one literally killed people?
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>Only one character in the entire franchise who can compete with Kirito without "cheating"
>They kill her off with fucking aids and Kirito goes back to being da best
Fuck this show
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>>159322292
But Heathclif could compare to him. The only reason he "cheated" in their first fight was because he underestimated him, and didn't want the "Immortal Object" sign to appear in a public place (which would have happened if his HP hit the 50% point) In their rematch at the end of the arc, Kirito was losing, and would have been killed if Asuna didn't save him.

Death Gun was also a challenge for him. Kirito could hardly land a hit on him, and needed Sinon to distract him, for Kirito to land even a single hit.


It's almost like people are conveniently ignoring that Kirito has struggled in any important fight, and has always needed someone to save him.
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>>159314009
I need to know the artist, anon.
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>>159317741
wew, why did Kirito pass this up
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>>159323424
Already married, normalfag parents, "sister".
But yeah, read the LN. In the accelworld arc, shit happens.
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Where the fuck is all the Lisbeth?
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>>159324919
Fourth, maybe fifth down the line.
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>>159307865
best anime of all time, without question. Kirito is one of the best anime characters to ever be written for an anime, there is literally zero reason to disagree with this, the entirety of Sword Art Online is a masterpiece and it is the greatest story ever to be told by man, 10/10 anime.
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>>159325133
0.2/10 Go away and preferably kill yourself with a rusty fork.
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>>159325228
y the hate tho. it is just a really good anime. lol
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Why do I see Reddit/social media normalfags hating on this so much lately? SaO was bad but it didn't seem much worse than other generic LNshit
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>>159325413
Because some YouTubers found out they could make money by talking about SAO, and getting people riled up about how bad they think it is.
This in turn led to more people talking about it, and claiming the series was now "dead", while proceeding to beat the dead horse—because again, more money.

Basically shitty bloggers looking for attention.
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SAO:Progressive manga is god tier.
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S1: 5/10, good for laughing at.

S2: 4/10, not good at all.

Movie: 8/10, unironically good.
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I want to grab her tail, also her butt
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>>159325617
Largely because of the artist. The plot is way above the original, which isn't saying much though.
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>>159325706
Worth getting face torn to shreds, though?
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>immediately grabbed his dick when he walked in
Great harem
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>>159325757
I dunno, that seems to be a normal greeting in SAOverse.
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Two years worth of semen made a glopping noise as it flowed endlessly into Asuna.
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>>159326600
Taken out of context, yeah it sounds stupid. Post the full thing.
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Homolust with Best Boy WHEN?
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>>159326696
Never. He ded.
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>>159326696
2018 probably
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>>159307865
Mediocre, but has some nice visuals to it.
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>>159307865
It gave us Progressive manga with Tawawas and smug agro. So it's not an irredeemable shit like the most pseudo-isekai shit.
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>>159328151
>Tawawas
You what? Even the elf wasn't all that big.
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>>159307945
Asuna shouldve been mc
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>>159322092
Because if you don't die it's fun as fuck
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Aincrad was fine until the daughter stuff.
Fairy's Dance shouldn't have existed but it has the best OP
GGO is fun the same way Bay's movies are.
Calibur was meh.
Mother's Rosario is above average but I really liked it
The movie could have been better.
The games are probably the best things that came out off of the franchise.
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>/a/ shiteaters getting into critic anime mode with SAO while shilling worse shows

Nice double standards hipsters
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>>159330246
Everyone becomes an expert anime critic when talking about SAO for some reason
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best
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>>159307865
A moderate entry level okay anime that got widely panned by critics for being so popular inspite being average ,but now attracts hatred it does'nt deserve because normalfags think its cool to hate it.
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>>159326696
>when
since a while ago
the games have been having a field day with the two
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>>159316458
>eating cucumbers, spinach, and tomatoes for breakfast
Do Japanese people seriously do this?
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>>159309242
she is so busty in the anime
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Did he use his fairy daughter as an onahole?
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>>159335236
thicc
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Watched it for Sinon.

Best girl.
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>>159335788
She is cute
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Honestly, it was an ok anime. What it got right was execution, and firing up the hype in the very moment - that's the kind of thing normalfags like
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>>159307865
Best 12 episode anime i ever saw.
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>>159313714
This.

It's the definitive way to experience the series.

My recommended way to watch is first SAO: an Analytical Diatribe, then watch Abridged.
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>>159313078
Underrated post
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>>159336283
ok digibuddy
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>>159308053
It was 6/10 during the first arc. Some cool concepts here and there but the fake child shit realy turned it into a cringe fest. Afterwards it pummeled into 2/10.
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>>159311557
>SAO was my first anime (...) as a kid
Newfag begone
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>>159330216
>Aincrad was fine

No it wasn't
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As soon as Episode 14 ends skip to episode 15-17 of SAO2 and you'll probably think SAO is actually pretty good. Just you know, it mostly gets shit for the Alfhiem arc not having anything of what people liked from the first arc and the GGO arc relies on flashbacks to things we were never shown ever or even implied up to now, GGO was kinda disappointing for most I guess? Also Sinon was borderline shafted for Kirito which made it low hanging fruit.
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>>159333401
Look at those two straight males
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>>159307865
it's shit
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>>159337301
>It was my first anime (since pokemon as a kid) ...
cmon m8 you can figure it out
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>>159326696
RIP
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I'm surprissed people actually liked this shit, the worst part is how many of them try to defend it calling it "average".
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>>159333401
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Asuna is cute.

The show is shit, tho.
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>>159340330
There were Asuna-like characters before SAO?
I'm pretty sure there, but nothing comes up to my mind.
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The first arc needed to be its own season. It felt rushed with terrible character development. The rest of it was ok, nothing to write home to but decent for what it was
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>>159341649
A-1 will apparently adapt all SAO novels, so it'll happen eventually. In a couple decades maybe when Kawahara focuses on Progressive.
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>>159307865
Aincrad was pretty fun when it was airing, one of the very few LN adaptations I enjoyed. It was actually pretty innovative coming out right before the revival of vr and ar with oculus and google glass. OS was even better, watching it in theatres was great.

Couldn't finish any of the other arcs, but it's no worse than any of the other mmo/isekai works that came after.
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How would they adapt Alicization? It's full of infodump. A1 is already bad as is, I can't see how they'd manage it
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>>159345406
Some of the info-dumps can be shortened. The manga kinda shortened the infodump at the cafe, for example.
They can do the same thing with Asuna's infiltration scene, cutting out redundant parts, and getting to the point.
The Library scene could be retold as a series of storybook-esque flashback, and then they're done with large info-dumps, and only have smaller exposition scenes that won't drag the story as much.
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Movie BD is coming out in 2 months
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>>159307865
Asuna is my waifu
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>>159345904
Sinon is my waifu
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>>159345406
With lots of backstory.
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>>159346096
Now that's a good way to do it.

Also, don't spoil me since I'm like 2 years late as I didn't have the time to keep reading Alicization, but was the ending actually satisfying?
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>>159346317
>was the ending actually satisfying?
The last volume of the arc hasn't been translated yet.
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>>159332866
He even has a cake nurse. Fucking Kirito, dammit.
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>>159346897
>remember, cup the balls
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>>159346897
You think while he was diving, did she check out his equipment?
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>>159347893
I'm sure she saw it back during his rehab.
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>>159307865
I'd rather drink bleach and eat shit than watch SAO. Only characters I like are Suguha and Shino, anyways.
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>>159347947
She has to keep checking it, from medical standpoint. If he gets a boner, it may indicate something's happening.
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>>159347993
You don't like Argo? Kill yourself.
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>>159348110
Argo hardly shows up in the anime at all, though
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>>159348593
Is she even there?
I only know she appears voiced in the games.
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>>159348696
She had a few line, for just a single scene.
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Which Integrity Knight has the most overpowered Not!Bankai and why is it Bercolli?
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SAO has produced some really neat AMV's

https://youtu.be/bd2ePH-4oGg
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>>159349160
Alice?
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>>159349187
You will never kiss your waifu goodbye for the last time, only to wake up in the real world and find out she's still trapped by the microwave helmet.
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>>159349160
Bercouli's is the most bullshit overpowered, if he's using it right, because he can slash at your unprotected past-self, 5 minutes prior. There's no way to defend against it, because it directly attacks the "past", and immediately kills you.

His stationary "future" slashes are also pretty strong, seeing as they seem to be able to stay there for hours, and so he could paint an entire battle field beforehand, with strokes in the air, and kill the first wave of an army (which is exactly what he did to kill the Dark Territory's dragons)


Then again, Sheyta's regular incarnation ability is pretty overpowered too, seeing as she can cut anything and everything with a single slash, to the point that no other Integrity Knight wants to spar her.
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>>159349194
Fragrant Olive Sword is shit anon, there is no way that

>Literally just Senbon Zakura

can match up to "I stab you in the future-past" or "I can cut anything" or "I freeze everything and HP drain it too" or "Fucking SUN LAZORS"

Alice is just strong because she can resist the taboo index and she's an incredibly talented swordswoman. Her sword and its releases aren't particularly impressive.
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>>159349339
>cutting the past and future versions of yourself
>laying a minefield of sword strikes frozen in time
i know this literally is anime we're talking about here, but that power is extremely anime
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>>159307865
SAO's problems are the same as any other amateurish japanese wn.
No real planning for the story, lots of blank filled with pointless character arcs just to add material, inconsistent quality and terrible pacing, sudden drop of plotlines and rushed ending.
Still I wouldn't call it shit, and it was pretty good at times, unfortunately everything past SAO is your generic omake with no real substance or progression.
And from what I've seen in alicization, the writer hasn't learned jack shit and it's repeating the same errors, but again considering this is printing money I wouldn't imagine why even care at this point.
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>>159349986
Alicization arc was a mistake.
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>>159350056
Everything past alfheim was a mistake.
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>>159349763
Her sword is quite strong, actually. The Fragrant Olive Sword is made of the oldest tree in the world, so it has a massive collective "memory", which gives it a high "priority". This makes the natural state of her sword already the strongest sword material.
It's just that her sword's release state isn't all that flashy compared to other releases, and requires more creativity to use, but I still think it's a pretty strong ability. I mean, one of the other guys just had flame bow, and Eldrie's turned into a snake, IIRC.
That said, it doesn't seem like she used it much during the war arc.

>>159349986
Technically, because it's a virtual world based on a game engine, he's actually attacking 5 minute old "Recordings" of yourself, that the system makes, which then confuses the system, and convinces it that you died already.
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>>159350056
I haven't read alicization and I don't want to based on the synopsis.. kirito lives hundreds (thousands?) of years in game time and grows distant from asuna? That just sounds fucking terrible
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>>159349986
Incarnation is a hell of a drug

Sometimes you crippled mentor uses it to telepathically move her wheelchair, and other times a 200 year old knight captain uses it to devastate and entire army and almost kill a god
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>>159350448
>and grows distant from asuna
As if Kawahara would ever do that. Kirito and Asuna are basically his favorite couple.
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>>159350165
Ordinal Scale was the tits
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>>159350448
Alicization is SAO2.0 with all the side characters removed because too lazy to actually start a whole new story.
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>>159313172
Mother's Rosario was the best part of SAO II
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>>159307865
I really enjoyed it. But then again, I have shit taste
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>>159350959
Nobody watching anime can ever claim to have anything but shit tastes.
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>>159307865
I find it enjoyable if rushed. I'd have preferred it to have a slower pacing and more character development, especially with the main villain. I still don't understand what the fuck his goal was. At least the Alfheim villain had an understandable objective, even if it was lame as hell.
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>>159350738
Alicization does end up bringing all those characters back though. In fact, some of the side-characters end up getting a lot more deban than they did in previous arcs (mostly cause Alicization is just really long)
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>>159348900
Wanted to see more of her
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So, what will Kawahara do for the next arc after Alicization? Speculate.
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>>159351872
You should definitely read Progressive then
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Does Sugu end up raping Kirito
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>>159351886
There is no next arc. He's gonna drop dead before that.
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>>159351886
I think he said in an interview that he wanted to write about his idea of a perfect MMO.
He was going to do that with Alicization, but he admits it ended up becoming too much like an isekai.
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>>159307865
>Shit
>Anime
>Onii-chan
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>>159307865
If it ended after the first arc I could have called it a guilty pleasure. I mean it was garbage, but it hard production value, great music and excellent animation. To say that you like this series or think that it's "good" after watching all three acts would be embarrassing, even among other Chinese cartoon connoisseurs. .
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>>159351927
Like this?
https://nhentai.net/g/199945/
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>>159351059
I don't think I have shit taste but it is possible I have no taste. I have watched close to a thousand titles and never seen a bad one. Just ok/good/very good/awesome

I guess I love anime so much that to me there is no such thing as bad anime

I take that back - flowers of evil was the shittiest thing I have ever seen
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I only watched SAO2 for the guns.
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>>159307865

They messed up when they blew through the Aincrad arc in no time at all.
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Where the fuck is DLC2?
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>>159352234
Ask bamco, seems like they care more about the crossover
i'm not even sure if it's worth buying the bundle as of now.
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>>159336283
>unironically watching neckbeard whose top 1 anime is k-on
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I actually wish sao stayed hidden gem for me. There is so much little details that resonate with me so hard especially in LN and almost noone else notices them. We'd probably be good friends with Reki
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>>159307865
Pretty bad, but I'm biased because the portrayal of how MMO's work in the series is incredibly irritating to me
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>>159351886
Kirito gets hit by a truck and is reincarnated into an actual isekai
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>>159352351
Too late.
I purchased the bundle because I wanted to run around as a maid.
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>>159307865
good anime.

overhated
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SAO was one of those anime that introduces tons of normalfags into anime, so, it sucks.
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>>159307865
>have a great premise with thousands of players stuck in a world, fighting for survival
>ruin it by waking everyone up after like 10 episodes with the exception of a bunch of unknowns and a qt who died because they sucked at games.
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>>159355385
But now normalfags hate it because of e-celeb "anime reviewers" on Youtube shitting on it constantly for clicks. So given the contrarian nature of 4chan I expect /a/ to start acting like it was never that bad all along. Its happening in this very thread.

I always thought the anime was a shitshow, but the LNs range from "pretty bad but not the worst thing I've read" to "actually enjoyable" so I've always had a soft spot for SAO. At least Kirito has the decency to only be a Sue within a video game as opposed to all the issekai and battle harem LN protagonists who get cheat skills and overpowered artifact weapons in the "reality" of their settings
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>>159355331
I'm just waiting for a sale.
Even if they sell here physical copies for 25 euro
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>>159355385
>it sucks because it's popular
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>>159318156
it was watchable but still bad until the after the arc. Then it went to turboshits ville
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>>159355764
I think the cringey internet relationship episodes were the worst. It felt like they just lifted some forum mom & dad roleplay bullshit and pasted it into the script.
Also that weird soldier rape episode? Where they're going to bully little kids who are still little kids somehow in an area they can't actually hurt them, but also they didn't know about the push back mechanic somehow; the only way they could've done anything.

But hey, it was better than watching Overlord do nothing for 10 episodes and never br challenged by anything.
Or be challenged by his Maid who was somehow on a comparable combat level of a max level character with some sort of top tier equipment
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>>159356353
>but also they didn't know about the push back mechanic somehow; the only way they could've done anything.

This is another example of the anime being shit at adaptation, though the LN explained it in a exposition dump so that's not much better.

Those guys did know about the push back, the difference is the severity of the push back is based on level gap. So what they had never experienced and what made them shit themselves is when someone in the high 80s stabs guys like them in the 20s or 30s it sends your ass flying. And thats scary as hell because since the players filter themselves out by level (i.e. why Kirito hid his level from Sachi and co.) so that the clearing group in the 70-90s ever even interact with first floor or even mid tier players. Those guys got spooked.
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>>159356669
Uh, they released ending cards when it was airing?
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>>159307865
Most plebs have realized that it's objective shit; however, they still think the "art is good" when the show looks like ever other shitty A1 pictures garbage
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>>159356933
>ever other shitty A1 pictures garbage
Yeah man, their three shows from last season all looked the same
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>>159355997
Basically this. Any other anime, and the people who weren't a fan would simply shrug it off and move to something else.
But SAO is hugely popular, so of course everyone on /a/ hates it with a passion.
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>>159354325
>the portrayal of how MMO's work in the series is incredibly irritating to me
Explain?
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How will I be able to take Alice seriously, when this is who will be voicing her?
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>>159357471
It's been some time since I've last seen it, but here's what I remember:

Kirito has the ability to dual-wield, which no-one else can have as an ability because he locked it off to other players.
He can also rewrite the code of the game for some reason
He can also deflect bullets with his sword, a skill no one else can do
Only one race can use magic, which is especially weird since magic is basically an item you use
Players can't customize their characters
Stats are weird, strength only increases carrying weight and dexterity makes you dodge 'better'

I haven't seen every episode of the entire series, so maybe some issues were explained or fixed.
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>>159359892
>Only one race can use magic, which is especially weird since magic is basically an item you use
I have literally no idea what you're talking about here.

>Stats are weird, strength only increases carrying weight and dexterity makes you dodge 'better'
If this is the gun game, why doesn't that make sense?
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>>159359892
>Kirito has the ability to dual-wield, which no-one else can have as an ability because he locked it off to other players.
If this was meant to be a fair and balanced game with millions of players, maybe I'd agree this is shitty game design. But Kayaba was clearly trying to craft a story here, and wanted around 10 heroes to go an fight him at the end of the game. Things just ended prematurely, and Kirito was the first (except for Kayaba) to get their Unique Skill.

>He can also rewrite the code of the game for some reason
What?

>Only one race can use magic, which is especially weird since magic is basically an item you use
What?

>Players can't customize their characters
Yeah, this is pretty stupid. In the first game it makes sense because it's supposed to remind people "this isn't a game", but in later games it's just stupid plot reasons.
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>>159350448
daijoubu

from the end of alicization:
Asuna took out a Amusphere as she decided there’s no time to go back to her home, and Kirito snarked she planned on logging in from here from the start. Asuna didn’t deny this accusation – much – and then pushed Kirito down onto the bed. Kirito hoped in the time they’re in UW the nurses won’t come by, as Asuna plans to dive in while lying right on top of him. Asuna and Kirito both put on their Amuspheres, and dived in.
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The Progressive LN are already a huge improvement over the main series. I just ask that Reki write at least one fight where Kirito doesn't get the freaking LA bonus or that Kirito and Asuna aren't the first ones to do everything.

Also, SAO Abridged was funny and far more entertaining than watching the anime was.

>>159360076
>but in later games it's just stupid plot reasons.
No, it's canonically because of microtransactions. What a dim future.
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>>159362999
Yeah, there's a canon reason, but the afterwords admits it was mostly to further the plot.
Then again, microtransactions for character customization does seem like something future games will do, and it fits into Kawahara's vaguely Orwellian future.
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>>159354997
>Alicization 2: Bankai Boogaloo
Please no.

>>159353279
There's a lot of bad writing in SAO (especially early on), though there are enough scenes that stand out that I forgive its many flaws. The scene at the end of volume 1 where they're just sitting in each other's arms,
watching the end of the world together was just perfect.
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Isn't this the anime with the trap dodging bullets?
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>>159359892
>Kirito has the ability to dual-wield, which no-one else can have as an ability because he locked it off to other players.

The "game" is a death trap made by a sociopath who wants to tell a story based on a bunch of heroes standing up to defeat him. That's why unique skills like that exist, at least in the first game

>He can also rewrite the code of the game for some reason

When does he do that in Aincrad?

>He can also deflect bullets with his sword, a skill no one else can do

He has reflexes they don't because the longer you play the faster you get, so "normal" players are way slower than SAO survivors. Kirito himself is slower than Yuuki since due to the medicuboid she has a another year on him of continuous fulldiving

>Only one race can use magic, which is especially weird since magic is basically an item you use

I have no idea what you are talking about

>Players can't customize their characters

Microtransations, you have to pay extra to customize. Truly it is the darkest timeline

>Stats are weird, strength only increases carrying weight and dexterity makes you dodge 'better'

You are talking about GGO? Well yeah, being strong in an FPS does not make the bullets hit harder anon. It does effect which guns you can use though
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