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View Poll Results: Critique of Episode 21
10 out of 10 : Near Perfect... 12 12.63%
9 out of 10 : Excellent... 27 28.42%
8 out of 10 : Very Good... 22 23.16%
7 out of 10 : Good... 13 13.68%
6 out of 10 : Average... 9 9.47%
5 out of 10 : Below Average... 6 6.32%
4 out of 10 : Poor... 0 0%
3 out of 10 : Bad... 0 0%
2 out of 10 : Very Bad... 0 0%
1 out of 10 : Torturous... 6 6.32%
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Old 2012-11-25, 11:49   Link #141
LunaToned
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Why do people feel so bad for her o.o?

I mean i get that it sucks that she's in love but cant get him and all.. but they are siblings.. meaning I'm pretty thankful they won't be together.. cus that'll just be weird
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Old 2012-11-25, 11:53   Link #142
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I feel more bad for Leafas after Kirito just basically abandoned her in the middle of the city. rofl.
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Old 2012-11-25, 12:04   Link #143
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I don't fell bad for her at all. This fake love triangle thing is just overdramatized for the sake of absurd drama.
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Old 2012-11-25, 12:09   Link #144
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To be honest I don't like asuna but im kind of hoping that kirito and asuna and yui get back together soon and finish this. And where is silica? D; I want her back in lol :P
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Old 2012-11-25, 12:13   Link #145
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I don't fell bad for her at all. This fake love triangle thing is just overdramatized for the sake of absurd drama.
What's absurd about being in love with someone that you've been close friends with all your life and being sad that he loves someone else?
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Old 2012-11-25, 12:21   Link #146
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What's absurd about being in love with someone that you've been close friends with all your life and being sad that he loves someone else?
Nothing. She should just move on. And what i mean with that is, not to take some crush about a guy she barely knows and met in an online game seriously.

It's just they focus ao much on this pointless fake love triangle thing that i find absud and that is going on my nerves.
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Old 2012-11-25, 12:24   Link #147
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I don't think she has any special feelings for the ALO Kirito. It's the offline one that she was crying and heartbroken about.
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Old 2012-11-25, 12:27   Link #148
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Anyone who's been in her situation will know that moving on is hard, also she is attempting to do so.
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Old 2012-11-25, 12:37   Link #149
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I don't think she has any special feelings for the ALO Kirito. It's the offline one that she was crying and heartbroken about.
And it's still overdramatized for the sake of absurd drama. And I'm not talking just about this episode, but about this whole "poor poor girl that loves a guy that doesn't see her that way because he has already someone he loves" thing since the beginning of ALO und Suguha's introduction.


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Anyone who's been in her situation will know that moving on is hard, also she is attempting to do so.
Of course it's hard. Nonetheless, I find the focus on this "lovetriangle" thing just pointless and annoying. It leads just to nowhere but pointless and forced drama.
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Old 2012-11-25, 12:48   Link #150
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I agree. Suguha's role in the story feels kind of tacked on and doesn't really serve any purpose relative to the rest of the plot. It's just a sidestory, pure and simple. You could probably cut it out without changing anything else about the series. So if it doesn't stand on its own, there's no reason for it to be there. And maybe I'm just a heartless robot but I don't feel much sympathy for her at all.

What makes it even worse (to me), is that she's basically the perfect opportunity to develop the notion that SAO survivors have strained relationships with their families because of the lost time, but that quickly gets overshadowed by her "broken heart". I feel like making her a doomed love interest is a waste of her character.
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Old 2012-11-25, 13:03   Link #151
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They'll probably get her to fall for Kirito and then get heartbroken the second time...
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Old 2012-11-25, 13:11   Link #152
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That's what bugs me, I've seen a lot of people dismiss it as " oh more blatant siscon otaku pandering / oh look another member of Kirito's harem." When it's been obvious from the start the whole narrative point of her arc was tragic Dramatic Irony.

Of course it's handled with all the subtlety of a speeding cement truck, so I can understand why it might not appeal to someone.
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Old 2012-11-25, 13:27   Link #153
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I agree. Suguha's role in the story feels kind of tacked on and doesn't really serve any purpose relative to the rest of the plot. It's just a sidestory, pure and simple. You could probably cut it out without changing anything else about the series. So if it doesn't stand on its own, there's no reason for it to be there. And maybe I'm just a heartless robot but I don't feel much sympathy for her at all.
So... If you cut out Suguha, who will Kirito talk to while offline? Who will be helping Kirito while in the game?
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Old 2012-11-25, 13:34   Link #154
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So... If you cut out Suguha, who will Kirito talk to while offline? Who will be helping Kirito while in the game?
I mean cut out her romantic subplot. She can still be a character. Heck, she'd be a better character. She's more interesting as his sister than as a hopeless love interest being squeezed for drama.
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Old 2012-11-25, 13:37   Link #155
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But, you know, he should have been able to anticipate that Asuna would at least attempt to find the right combination and put her hours of boring captivity to use. He was arrogant and lax, leaving her with keypad access and no monitoring, no matter how small he thought the odds of her getting the combination were.
Well, that combination would be pretty darn hard to guess, and it's probable that failed attempts might set an alarm. Plus it was also setup such that she could not read the keypad by looking at it. So it *sounds* like a pretty smart torture device -- the keypad is right there, she knows it's the way out, and can see him typing it in, but can't read it. It's pretty cruel, actually. But the programmers never thought about the "mirror exploit". She couldn't look at the keypad and see it, but she could look through a mirror and see the reflection of the code entered. It's a bug, and actually a pretty reasonable one as far as these things go.

This is like how people tried the 5-person flight train thing and nearly got up to the top, and then they put the wall. Programmers don't always think of the crazy things people will try to break the limits they think are in place. So I can't really blame him for this one.

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That's what bugs me, I've seen a lot of people dismiss it as " oh more blatant siscon otaku pandering / oh look another member of Kirito's harem." When it's been obvious from the start the whole narrative point of her arc was tragic Dramatic Irony.

Of course it's handled with all the subtlety of a speeding cement truck, so I can understand why it might not appeal to someone.
I agree with you; there is a lot more to Suguha than "pandering", and her role is critical to this arc, not least of which because it helps emphasize Kazuto's feelings for Asuna. She serves as the bridge between the real world and the online world, and helps emphasize the things that have changed in him in the time since he was gone. It helps us to see Kirito from another perspective than his own (and other than Asuna's, whose we generally already saw). It's also valuable in that sense that she's someone who knew him both before and after, and whose love (and her very participation in ALO) may have been precipitated by his absence. Everything is very closely connected.

I too can understand why some might not like it, but I really strongly disagree with the suggestion that it's "tacked on and doesn't really serve any purpose". Couldn't be further from the truth, in my view.
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Old 2012-11-25, 13:47   Link #156
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So what are Kirito and Sugu's parents??? did I miss something.

This was an ok episode, the truth that we found out about alfheim was what we already knew, controlling peoples emotions, thoughts or just overall brain blah blah blah.

Why can't there just be more episodes with the fight scene levels of kirito & the almighty, fearsome, deadly......Eugene?

Seems to be fashionable trend these days the whole sister being in love with their brother scheme, first Dexter (in usa land) and now SAO (in anime land)
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Old 2012-11-25, 14:12   Link #157
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So what are Kirito and Sugu's parents??? did I miss something.
You already saw Suguha's mom in the earlier episodes, while both of Kazuto's parents died while he was still a toddler.
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Old 2012-11-25, 14:27   Link #158
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I agree with you; there is a lot more to Suguha than "pandering", and her role is critical to this arc, not least of which because it helps emphasize Kazuto's feelings for Asuna. She serves as the bridge between the real world and the online world, and helps emphasize the things that have changed in him in the time since he was gone. It helps us to see Kirito from another perspective than his own (and other than Asuna's, whose we generally already saw). It's also valuable in that sense that she's someone who knew him both before and after, and whose love (and her very participation in ALO) may have been precipitated by his absence. Everything is very closely connected.

I too can understand why some might not like it, but I really strongly disagree with the suggestion that it's "tacked on and doesn't really serve any purpose". Couldn't be further from the truth, in my view.
I don't think it's otaku pandering or a harem fantasy or anything like that, I'd call it melodrama for melodrama's sake. I mean, just as his sister she can still serve the same role of being affected by absence, starting to play ALO, etc etc. I don't think she's a useless character by any means. But the extremely specific "I fell in love with this person who loves someone else and now my heart is broken wah wah" bit seems to me like it could be surgically excised without affecting her important supporting role as Kirito's sister. Heck, you could even still have her falling in love with Kirito's avatar and have a similar heartbreak reveal in the end. It's just that her "I fell in love with my cousin while he was in a coma" doesn't really add anything to her family dynamic role, and arguably detracts from it.
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Old 2012-11-25, 14:31   Link #159
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So... If you cut out Suguha, who will Kirito talk to while offline? Who will be helping Kirito while in the game?
She's there because the author wants to be there. Otherwise, some girl will show up and guide Kirito. With the same logic, some fans joke that Asuna already beat the game. She's only waiting Kirito's "rescue".

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Old 2012-11-25, 15:52   Link #160
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I agree with you; there is a lot more to Suguha than "pandering", and her role is critical to this arc, not least of which because it helps emphasize Kazuto's feelings for Asuna. She serves as the bridge between the real world and the online world, and helps emphasize the things that have changed in him in the time since he was gone. It helps us to see Kirito from another perspective than his own (and other than Asuna's, whose we generally already saw). It's also valuable in that sense that she's someone who knew him both before and after, and whose love (and her very participation in ALO) may have been precipitated by his absence. Everything is very closely connected.

I too can understand why some might not like it, but I really strongly disagree with the suggestion that it's "tacked on and doesn't really serve any purpose". Couldn't be further from the truth, in my view.
While I do agree that Suguha's role is vital in seeing Kirito from a different perspective, I also believe that the removal of the romance would have been beneficial here. As it stands, the romance distracts from that very role of Suguha and it's removal would allow for more focus on how Kirito changed from Suguha's perspective.
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