|View Poll Results: Sword Art Online II - Total Season Rating|
|9 out of 10 : Excellent||17||39.53%|
|8 out of 10 : Very Good||10||23.26%|
|7 out of 10 : Good||8||18.60%|
|6 out of 10 : Average||2||4.65%|
|5 out of 10 : Below Average||0||0%|
|4 out of 10 : Poor||1||2.33%|
|3 out of 10 : Bad||0||0%|
|2 out of 10 : Very Bad||0||0%|
|1 out of 10 : Painful||0||0%|
|Voters: 43. You may not vote on this poll|
|2014-12-21, 00:44||Link #1|
Join Date: Apr 2006
Sword Art Online II - Overall Season Impressions & Total Season Rating
This thread is to be used for discussing the entire episodes of Sword Art Online II ... your thoughts about the show, overall impressions, expectations and hopes about Blu-Ray/DVD-exclusive footage etc.
A few subjects you might want to ramble on about:
And so on.
The poll represents your total series rating. In other words, how you would rate all the episodes combined (1-10)? If you'd rather rate the whole series by technical/artistic merits, you can do so. An example:
Animation Quality: 1-10
Voice Actors: 1-10
Emotional Involvement: 1-10
Average = Total Series Rating
Or a combination of the two. Or your general gut feeling.
Feel free to discuss and more importantly, have fun
P.S. If you wish, you could give separate ratings for each arc in your post, but the poll above is supposed to be an overall rating for the whole season that consisted of all three arcs (two major arcs and one minor one).
|2014-12-22, 14:37||Link #3|
Join Date: Dec 2013
The second season started really strong with the initial episodes of GGO, but the latter half of the arc really started to drag. Repeatedly playing the same scenes regarding Sinon's trauma and Kirito's flashback to the Laughing Coffin raid made them less effective. I didn't really like how Kirito's PTSD (or rather the rather quick appearance and disappearance) was handled either. Overall the story was not really developed to my expectations based on the premises laid out in the initial episodes. The pacing also seemed like it moved at a snail's pace.
Calibur was pretty much fluff, somewhat fun for the Thor transformation but overall didn't add much to the story.
Mother's Rosario is what saved this season for me. Asuna takes center stage and we get to ditch Kirito as a main and everything is better for it (Kirito works better as a side character anyways). The relationship between Asuna and Yuuki was extremely well done and the pacing and direction of the arc felt way better than Aincrad, ALO, and GGO.
Mother Rosario's inclusion and conclusion to S2 is what brings my score to a 8/10
|2014-12-22, 21:34||Link #4|
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: by your side
For me season 2 was good, it was a fun ride. I enjoyed Aincrad more, but It was still good. I never watched calibur though. GGO was enjoyable but I still have to use suspension of disbelief for some parts and reading anisuki reviews made me even aware of those. And for MR, the "feels" that people were talking about, I definitely felt it. But I wanted to see the other sleeping knights' backgrounds and more of yuuki's attachment to them(it felt like GGO again, kinda like a little too much focus on two MC's), because honestly, I didn't get attached to yuuki as much I got with Asuna and Kirito maybe because the arc wasn't long enough for me to. But I was really sad when she died, because I'm a sucker for those scenes. overall, it was good.
But I definitely enjoyed both arcs, so with that I'll give this season an 8/10
|2014-12-24, 00:57||Link #6|
Join Date: Jan 2012
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|2014-12-26, 11:48||Link #7|
Join Date: Aug 2014
I felt that GGO showed improvement from a writing style, as far as blending two point-of-view. And I quite enjoyed the last few episodes. However, it also had some disappointing weaknesses in the story telling IMO. It was still fairly fun arc.
Calibur was kind of "blah" for me, I just never felt that the story sold the premise of "if we don't stop it, the whole map will be destroyed". It had a few funny moments, but just didn't seem very important.
MR arc was good, very emotional. I felt that it could have used either maybe 1/2 an episode's worth of material to allow what started out to be a relatively large conflict between Asuna and her mother to reach a more natural feeling conclusion; either that or cut out the arranged marriage bit at the beginning so that the divide isn't so far.
|2015-01-04, 10:46||Link #10|
Animation Quality: 08
Pretty ok (if not excellent) animation... Some A-1 slip-ups, but it's A-1 after all.
Voice Actors: 08
Except for probably Yuuki (or was it Yuki?) whos male-ish voice screams ....... almost-no, okay, it wasn't that bad...
Mother's Rosario 11. GGO goes with 09. Probably because GGO missed a few details from the LN that caused the "suspension of disbelief" in some areas. Seeing more fleshed out characterizations and Asuna as MC was refreshing, even as I read the LN prior.
I don't want to judge soundtracks anymore, as I feel like my bias is coming in. SAO's OP/ED singers are always good (although, mind you, I like S1 OP1 better than S2 OP1). The other BGMs are also surprisingly good, but there ARE some reused BGMs form S1... -_-
Mother's Rosario 11. GGO goes with 08. Same reason as with the script really.
Despite all that, I give SAO an excellent ride from start to finish. Sure you might be fed off by "feels", or by "asada-san, asada-san, asada-san", but in the end GGO really gave VR Counter-Strike a real image and MMO-ish setting, which is always nice seeing. Calber and Rosario tooke me back to Alfhiem, which, if you forget about that Fairy Dance Arc, was also as refreshing (Bow class wut). I really hope that S3 comes, and I'm sure the guys managing this will go the train all the way... I hope. Like I said, forget Fairy Dance, and you'll enjoy S2 more, really!
Emotional Involvement: 09
What actually brought this down by a point was only my off-turning during the GGO arc (especially with Kirito), but as they say, YMMV. However, Mother's Rosario sold it for me, and Yuuki's death felt like Little Buster's finale. Sure it was only a couple of episodes, but I felt that it was like a train fast approaching...
Total (Average): 09 / 10 (would watch again)
|2015-01-10, 04:04||Link #13|
Join Date: Nov 2014
Mother Rosario: 9/10
Overall average: 7.333/10
GGO wasn't that bad, but it wasn't that nice either. Calibur sucked so much. Even worse than ALO. Mother Rosario I would say was just a bit lower than original SAO. Yuuki is my second fav character with kayaba, after kazuto. Death gun was a nice villian (by death gun I don't mean that perv shinkawa, I mean red eyed xaxa). Best arcs in order of best:
1. Original SAO
2. Mother Rosario
I wish we saw excalibur in action though. That and mjonir.....
|2015-01-10, 04:33||Link #14|
A random nobody
Join Date: Jul 2012
Sword Art Online series 2 for me was overall a big improvement over the first, major characters were given more emphasised and interesting development, the two main storylines were handled better than the first series, and the series lacked any kind of major achilles heel that its predecessor had. Breaking down my thoughts arc by arc:
The Phantom Bullet arc would rate about an eight out of ten for me. The storyline was good solid action movie stuff, the action was fairly exciting when it occurred, and the main characters were likable and Sinon was downright awesome. Death Gun made for something that the series had lacked up to this point in a genuinely threatening villain and the showdowns with him did their job well and had me on the edge of my seat. Sinon's character development while a little bumpy at around the middle point was ultimately satisfying to watch and came to a good conclusion.
The only drawbacks of the arc was the somewhat rushed handling of Kirito's ptsd and the over-reliance on a creepy wannabe rapist, the latter was especially unnecessary given Death Gun's performance as the main villain. Even then it at least wasn't as bad as Fairy Dance's main villain.
The Calibur arc was the low point of the series for me, scoring a six out of ten. Even then it wasn't unpleasant or anything, it just ultimately felt like pointless filler that served more as a reunion and fanservice of the non-eye-candy variety for fans of the show and older cast. Fortunately it was short and didn't overstay its welcome, and served as a nice sort of interlude that re-familiarized the viewer with ALO before the second main arc of the series.
Finally there was the Mother's Rosario arc which was for me easily the high point of the series in its entirety and gets a nine out of ten. Ditching Kirito and the action movie type plotlines we got a character driven arc focused on Asuna and the dilemmas she faced, something I'd wanted for a very long time. The biggest positive of the arc for me was that it didn't overplay and overdo its content, given the nature of the storyline involving Yuuki it would have been very easy to go full blown melodrama on the storyline, instead at times it felt like it was almost underplaying things and the effect was a far more moving story. It deserves a nine alone for getting a few tears out of my eyes.
Overall rating: 8.5 out of 10
It had its ups and its downs, but even at its worst the series was still entertaining, and at its best outright moving. The first series left me with a very mixed opinion of the series, this series not only dispelled my negative feelings for it but made me in to a fan, and I very much look forward to the next series if they make one.
|2015-05-14, 12:26||Link #15|
Join Date: May 2015
Location: A little (not) town in California
I have also read the light novel and I feel that the anime has kept out a lot of stuff I think about Sinon and somehow I always have a feeling that they're missing something for some reason when I watch the anime,whether it is the first or second season.
It does seem like a big improvement from the first season to me, which everyone was talking about it being bad. I agree that the first season was just okay, the Aincrad arc was very rushed and the ALO arc was weird and un..."polished" in some ways.
Anyways the GGO and Calibur arc were good also.
The GGO arc felt much better than the previous season, plus there was more action and more actual quotes and stuff that is actually in the book instead of "compressing" it to save money and time.
The Calibur arc, though, felt a little off, mainly because the boss fight was much shorter and I felt that they barely described anything in the first two episodes. I can't blame them though, it is only a "side story" with the other volumes.
I felt that they went more indepth on the characters and the world around them. Mother Rosario arc, though, left me feeling a bit empty.
I'm a bit dissapointed that what took up a whole volume was only described in 3 episodes, plus I felt that most of the emphasis was on Yuuki and not her teammates (same thing with the first season,when I read fanfics on Sachi I had no idea who the other guys were until I searched it up). Overall, though, it's a big improvement. I hope they read this and make the alicization arc better and at least taking the whole season and more seeing as it is like 4-6 volumes in already. Plus I hope that they don't get a new drawer and screw up the drawings for the main characters like many series have done.