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View Poll Results: Critique of Episode 04
10 out of 10: Near Perfect... 61 32.11%
9 out of 10: Excellent... 59 31.05%
8 out of 10: Very Good... 42 22.11%
7 out of 10: Good... 19 10.00%
6 out of 10: Average... 4 2.11%
5 out of 10: Below Average... 0 0%
4 out of 10: Poor... 4 2.11%
3 out of 10: Bad... 0 0%
2 out of 10: Very Bad... 0 0%
1 out of 10: Torturous... 1 0.53%
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Old 2012-07-28, 07:19   Link #1
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Sword Art Online - Episode 4 Discussion / Poll

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The Black Swordsman - 黒の剣士 ~ Kuro no Kenshi

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Old 2012-07-28, 07:27   Link #2
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oh is this close to coming out?

i like the eps name, definitely getting this ep
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Old 2012-07-28, 07:35   Link #3
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oh is this close to coming out?

i like the eps name, definitely getting this ep
Yep, 6 hours 24 minutes until the CR simulcast.
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Old 2012-07-28, 08:09   Link #4
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Start preparing for LN reader rage nao!
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Kyubey: Perhaps the same could be said of all religions.
Homura: Your words are as empty as your soul! Lolis ill-needs a savior such as you!
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Old 2012-07-28, 08:40   Link #5
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Old 2012-07-28, 09:11   Link #6
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Start preparing for LN reader rage nao!
Nah, the rage on this one would come from anime only viewers -- the story's very simple and straightforward so it should be easy to adapt, but it's very fillerish (and people were already complaining about last week's episode being filler).
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Old 2012-07-28, 10:50   Link #7
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Old 2012-07-28, 10:53   Link #8
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And so the Loli appears. I like this episode for the fan service heh.

But otherwise better paced I think. Has most of the SS lol "Kirito onii-chan"

Jeez such a sis-con lawlz.
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Old 2012-07-28, 11:03   Link #9
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Kirito is a walking hax regarding games and girls .

Sooooo yeah, there was loliservice this episode and that poor thing of a dragon .
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Old 2012-07-28, 11:46   Link #10
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Old 2012-07-28, 12:16   Link #11
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Nah, the rage on this one would come from anime only viewers -- the story's very simple and straightforward so it should be easy to adapt, but it's very fillerish (and people were already complaining about last week's episode being filler).
Well I *can* agree that this week is sorta lax paced and not-so-important which would lead people to think it's filler-ish.
But but but... how was last week's ep being filler-ish?

People's ability to find stuff to rage about is over 9000!
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Not too fond of the end card this time.

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People's ability to find stuff to rage about is over 9000!
People, or well, fans, don't need a reason to rage about stuff. P:

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Old 2012-07-28, 12:46   Link #13
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Great episode, they only skipped few very minor lines from novels. Fight scenes, with monsters and with Titan's hand were very good, especially when it was Silica doing it to those mobs.

Overall, it was just what I expected, great all around, and that dash at the end was nice touch, did not expect that, for me this episode is at same lvl than first one, voted 10.
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Old 2012-07-28, 13:12   Link #14
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Bit surprised by how harsh Silica's voice was at the beginning -- I expected something sweeter, but it worked.

Pleasant breather episode, but I'm not into loli fanservice. I'd much rather get half-naked Asuna.
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Old 2012-07-28, 13:28   Link #15
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It's nice that I've forgotten most of the details in the LN so it's a pretty cool episode to watch.
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Old 2012-07-28, 13:41   Link #16
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Nice episode after having someone died in the previous episode even though actually around two months had passed after the previous one...
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two episodes without Asuna...
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Old 2012-07-28, 13:42   Link #17
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Yes, they can't possibly screw up "Black Swordman" which is considered easy (if not easiest) to adapt and they didn't. The past two episodes are just an atempt to make impossible possible which they fail . But bad is bad and good is good, no complain about this episode .

I will save my rage for next Episode "Murder case in the Area" .
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that loli is so cute. Too bad her pet dragon died protecting her. I'm guessing the item Kirito helped her get was to revive the dragon.
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Old 2012-07-28, 14:10   Link #19
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The episode felt a little condensed, but unlike last week, the transitions and "tricks" used to bring the matter were handled in a much better fashion (or the original content was easier, whichever goes).
This episode establish yet another recurrent issue with online games, PK, which is even worse when you consider the nature of SOA. So having a full episode about that, with few more development for Kirito, and Silica, help a lot in the long run.

Of course, the way how AIC is handling things is a bit too linear, and it becomes obvious why the original writer made these as side stories to begin with, but at least it sure build the MMO environnment for the audience, even if the flow is a bit too segmented as result.
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Old 2012-07-28, 14:23   Link #20
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Great episode, nicely adapted when compared to the previous ones

This ep made me like Silica even more. Her sword skills were awesome.
Kirito did pretty good too, just standing there and showing the harsh reality of MMOs

And did anyone notice a certain pair during the ep? It seems they ended up as buddies

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