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View Poll Results: Critique of Episode 02
10 out of 10: Near Perfect... 36 19.78%
9 out of 10: Excellent... 49 26.92%
8 out of 10: Very Good... 43 23.63%
7 out of 10: Good... 32 17.58%
6 out of 10: Average... 16 8.79%
5 out of 10: Below Average... 1 0.55%
4 out of 10: Poor... 2 1.10%
3 out of 10: Bad... 1 0.55%
2 out of 10: Very Bad... 0 0%
1 out of 10: Torturous... 2 1.10%
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Old 2012-07-14, 12:31   Link #21
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They did a fair job of compressing everything into a single episode, though I wish we'd gotten more of Kirito and Asuna before the battle.

My big complaint is how badly the fight was handled -- not just in terms of animation, though they really cheaped out with the number of still shots, but that once Diabel died it seemed to become a melee with people charging in without a strategy.

Still loved the ending. Being Kirito is pain, but at least he's bad-ass in doing it.
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Old 2012-07-14, 12:35   Link #22
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Still loved the ending. Being Kirito is pain, but at least he's bad-ass in doing it.
Tempted to make a Meguca reference here lol.

But yeah, I'm starting to like the color black cuz of him. xD
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Old 2012-07-14, 12:43   Link #23
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That was a pretty enjoyable watch. A good bit of content was cut, but I'm completely fine with that. It was a fairly good choice to do so, if anything.

Honestly, I thought the pacing was good; I think it'll only be rushed for those who've read the L/Ns and know how long this arc was. I'm looking forward to see what other people think of it.

The action scenes were good (all the still shots didn't help) albeit not very impressive due to the fact that a lot of them have already been shown in the PVs and CMs. Kirito and Asuna's combo attack on the boss was still awesome, though.

It was a damn shame Diabel had to die; I like charismatic characters like him.

The ending was great, though. Kirito pulled off being evil and badass at the same time quite well. Oh, and he looks great in black.

I have to say, I'm not too impressed with the ED; I love the song, but the animation was.. disappointing. I was hoping for something cute akin to the last few seconds of the OP. Ah well; there's always OP and ED 2.

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Still pissed that Argo got the shaft
Well..

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Old 2012-07-14, 12:51   Link #24
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Episode 2 disappoints me. Its really rushed and some got changes A LOT character wise.
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Spoiler for A cute Asuna is CUTE:
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Old 2012-07-14, 12:59   Link #25
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Hmm, haven't seen it yet, but the comments on rushing are worrying. Perhaps it would have been best for the whole show to simply be Sword Art Online so as to get everything animated and have the characters developed fully. Then if it was successful we could have possibly seen the next story arc and further on.

But I'll see it for myself. Perhaps its these side stories that will be rushed while the main material will be largely intact.
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Old 2012-07-14, 13:04   Link #26
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Wow, that......was rather disappointing after last week's exceptional premier.
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And to top it off, the ED did not have any actual shred of KiriAsu in it and came off as bland and generic. Disappointment abounds on all ends.

*sigh* It wasn't a trainwreck episode, but the most I can get out of this rushing is that we'll get to the main story faster.

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But I'll see it for myself. Perhaps its these side stories that will be rushed while the main material will be largely intact.
I certainly hope so.
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Old 2012-07-14, 13:13   Link #27
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I certainly hope so.
It's disappointing either way though as some of those stories show contributions to the characters development. Quite worried about next episode and it being rushed as well.

Odd, they seemed to be taking a bit slower pace last episode just to ramp it up to get through this story fast.
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Old 2012-07-14, 13:13   Link #28
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I don't know if quoting post from other forum is allowed here ? If it isn't I will remove it

But I love this comment from /a/
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10 in episode and already 3/4 of the chapter have been wiped away
This episode sure has high casuaty rate
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Old 2012-07-14, 13:40   Link #29
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Sigh. Can we please keep /a/ comments away from ASuki? If I want to know what /a/ think or see the comments they make, I'll just go there (unlikely).

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Perhaps its these side stories that will be rushed while the main material will be largely intact.
Yeah, I hope so too. They're going to have to make up for going so quickly at some point in the story; better sooner than later, though.
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Old 2012-07-14, 13:43   Link #30
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What does this "/a/" or "/r/" thingy mean? Some sort of newage abbreviation like "lol" or "roflmao"?
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What does this "/a/" or "/r/" thingy mean? Some sort of newage abbreviation like "lol" or "roflmao"?
they're the names of sections on 4chan
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Old 2012-07-14, 13:45   Link #32
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What does this "/a/" or "/r/" thingy mean? Some sort of newage abbreviation like "lol" or "roflmao"?
If you don't know, then it's probably best to leave it that way.
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What does this "/a/" or "/r/" thingy mean? Some sort of newage abbreviation like "lol" or "roflmao"?
it's a channel or section in 4chan
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Old 2012-07-14, 13:57   Link #34
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Guys, if you keep making specific comparisons between books and series mods are going to start nuking posts.
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Old 2012-07-14, 14:06   Link #35
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Old 2012-07-14, 14:09   Link #36
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it wasn't as bad i thought but it did felt rush.

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it wasn't as bad i thought but it did felt rush.

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There's no way to add that in without expanding the story beyond the one episode allocated.
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Old 2012-07-14, 14:38   Link #38
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There's no way to add that in without expanding the story beyond the one episode allocated.
Which is exactly the problem; as many have already pointed out, this should have been 2 episodes and not just one.
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Old 2012-07-14, 14:46   Link #39
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But the problem is they did a great job at first episode so why they didn't expand this arc into at least 2 episode? they cut a lot of story development and specially the first impression of Kirito on Asuna's swordsmanship was but shafted.
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Which is exactly the problem; as many have already pointed out, this should have been 2 episodes and not just one.
For what is a relatively minor portion of the story? where does it stop? two episodes for this, two episodes for that, next thing you know we'd need 50+ episodes just to keep people happy.
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