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View Poll Results: Critique of Episode 15
10 out of 10: Near Perfect... 45 25.00%
9 out of 10 : Excellent... 46 25.56%
8 out of 10 : Very Good... 49 27.22%
7 out of 10 : Good... 23 12.78%
6 out of 10 : Average... 6 3.33%
5 out of 10 : Below Average... 1 0.56%
4 out of 10 : Poor... 5 2.78%
3 out of 10 : Bad... 2 1.11%
2 out of 10 : Very Bad... 1 0.56%
1 out of 10 : Tortuous... 2 1.11%
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Old 2012-10-13, 11:42   Link #21
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Oh trust me, even the novel fanbase rages towards that particular guy
One of the popular reason for hating this arc
Kawahara sure had a thing for those, doesn't he?
Now that you mention it, I wonder if he knows how it feels.
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Old 2012-10-13, 11:47   Link #22
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This author seems to have a talent for creating a certain, specific sort of horrible jerk you love to hate, doesn't he?
It's the oldest cliche of the harem genre though,
to have an annoying fiancée pop up from nowhere and steal the girl

It works well though, it's always easy to hate this type for forcing his own feelings/wants on the heroine
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Old 2012-10-13, 11:56   Link #23
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Haven't seen the episode yet, but on the subject of Fiance cliche' in anime/manga/LN stories. I'm fine with them except for how they always seem to diminish the female character. Most of time I end up thinking it's the author doing everything he can to make you ignore the fact that none of this would be happening if the female character just stepped up and rejected the asshole fiance/blackmailing rapist/exboyfriend. All this angst is usually avoidable if the female would just be honest with the main character.

In this case, the way Asuna and Kirito were like a married couple it makes it hard to believe they could be split up by jealousy or insecurity. Thats why I worry about how they are going to try and pull it off.
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Old 2012-10-13, 12:02   Link #24
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Spoiler for Asuna's state:


Also, Takehito Koyasu is again doing the bad guy?
Nice! If he does half as good a job as JoJo's Dio, I'll be satisfied with the character (and hate his guts)
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Old 2012-10-13, 12:04   Link #25
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The OP is out

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Old 2012-10-13, 12:06   Link #26
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Wait she's held captive? Disregard everything I just blathered about then.
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Old 2012-10-13, 12:12   Link #27
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Kazuto thinking he really could take on Suguha in Kendo... well, past the 2 years issue and his obviously weakened body, his stance and style are just irrealistic and inefficient so I can relate why Suguha was laughing at him (I think any Kendo teacher would beat the crap out of him, considering how he literally screwed manners )

What bugged me a lot however is that: how Asuna's father would be fine to have his daughter married while she is UNCONSCIOUS? You can't be serious...?
Even if her parents didn't know Asuna hated that guy, it is far fetched they would give their conscent like that.
Meanwhile, color me a bit disappointed the author in the end pulled the "sister not related in blood making a triangle" plot line, as it just asking for more predictable issues...

Anyway, pacing was alright, although I would have liked more information about how the SAO incident had affected the real life and all.

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Old 2012-10-13, 12:17   Link #28
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Meanwhile, color me a bit disappointed the author in the end pulled the "sister not related in blood making a triangle" plot line, as it just asking for more predictable issues...
This arc is overall more generic than SAO, if that's possible. Now we have a more generic Villain, a damsel in distress to be rescued, and even a non-related imouto who wants into onii-chan's pants, etc.

SAO was unpolished due to being the first thing the author wrote, but in a way it was a lot more sincere than this, so to speak.
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Old 2012-10-13, 12:24   Link #29
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The OP is out

I like This Op better than 1st one. probably because the way they mixed IRL and MMO sequence

but both of them have different feeling thought. 1st Op is more like gritty action series while this is more light hearted adventure
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Old 2012-10-13, 12:27   Link #30
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What bugged me a lot however is that: how Asuna's father would be fine to have his daughter married while she is UNCONSCIOUS? You can't be serious...?
I'm more disturbed that it's apparently legal. I know feminism still has a ways to go in Japan, but come on.

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Even if her parents didn't know Asuna hated that guy, it is far fetched they would give their conscent like that.
Remember though, we only know Asuna the mighty warrior of Aincrad, not Asuna Oujo-sama. The 15 year old girl who entered SAO and spent the first week cowering in the Starting City may not've been the sort to voice disagreement with her father.
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Old 2012-10-13, 12:33   Link #31
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Asuna certainly has grown up a lot in the past 2 years.

I'd say this is probably one of the story's greatest THINGS, really. The first arc distinguished itself by actually ASKING the question 'How have I changed? Was it worth it?'
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Old 2012-10-13, 12:33   Link #32
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on other note i am happy that suguha is keeping that tight red sweater :3
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Old 2012-10-13, 12:50   Link #33
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Ending 2 is sweet too, IMHO even better than the OP
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Old 2012-10-13, 12:54   Link #34
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I'm more disturbed that it's apparently legal. I know feminism still has a ways to go in Japan, but come on.
I'm not sure it is legal, and not just the author failing at at doing the research.
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Ending 2 is sweet too, IMHO even better than the OP
hmm definitely miles better than 1st ed. which is not hard to beat
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Old 2012-10-13, 13:08   Link #36
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The pace of this ep. is good. I can't sense any rush in it, which is quite rare for this anime.

I like Kendo part. Somehow its tension is greater than 80% of in-game batte.

Lastly, Suguha, I want you to be my sister!!

Also, I love both of new OP and ED. (Suguha looks great in both of them)
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Old 2012-10-13, 13:10   Link #37
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This author seems to have a talent for creating a certain, specific sort of horrible jerk you love to hate, doesn't he?
You can say that again. Haaaaa~~~!
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Old 2012-10-13, 13:10   Link #38
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just the author failing at at doing the research.
I'm more inclined to believe he just doesn't care if it makes sense.
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Old 2012-10-13, 13:24   Link #39
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I'm more inclined to believe he just doesn't care if it makes sense.
The author's notes indicate that he has some trouble coming up with ways to create tension in his stories. So if this sort of threat seems kind of tacked on, maybe it is.
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Old 2012-10-13, 13:56   Link #40
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This author seems to have a talent for creating a certain, specific sort of horrible jerk you love to hate, doesn't he?
It's true, while he seem to be the standard cliché forced Fiancé with a touch of perv, he is the second bad guy this author wrote I just wanted to kill myself .
Talking about going sexual on a girl in coma probably flipped the "must die" switch .
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