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View Poll Results: Sword Art Online - Total Series Rating
Perfect 10 46 21.70%
9 out of 10 : Excellent 42 19.81%
8 out of 10 : Very Good 40 18.87%
7 out of 10 : Good 36 16.98%
6 out of 10 : Average 29 13.68%
5 out of 10 : Below Average 5 2.36%
4 out of 10 : Poor 7 3.30%
3 out of 10 : Bad 2 0.94%
2 out of 10 : Very Bad 3 1.42%
1 out of 10 : Painful 2 0.94%
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Old 2014-07-12, 22:39   Link #121
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Watched it all in one go, so my impression in the anime was great because the story about the two games ended the way i liked. Although I didn't expect that S.A.O. would end in floor 75 and for ALO, I was happy that Sugou got what he deserved. And it was great that the special episode lasted for 1hour and 40 minutes.

My only problem with the anime was, they progressed so fast in clearing floors that it made me feel like I missed one or two episode(s).

In all, I gave it a 7 over 10
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Old 2014-07-19, 20:15   Link #122
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Well, finished watching this series recently, so here are my words:

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Old 2014-08-19, 03:52   Link #123
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Watched the entire series in the course of pretty much a day, My impressions with it were, well, I have to say I loved the part that actually was Sword Art Online, but I had difficulty watching ALO, Mostly due to Sugou, call me sensitive, but the character disturbed me so much I found it difficult to watch, especially the bit at the end with what was pretty much molestation.

I give Sword Art online (episodes 1-14) 8/10, my main problems with it were pacing, the introduction of a character and then their death at the end of the same episode was an occurrence that happened too much. We never really saw most of the characters outside of their own episodes, such as Silica or Lisbeth, who only really had one episode of screen time. Really, If it had been 25 episodes in Sword art online, then that would have been better.

I don't know how many people would agree with me, but I loved the entire romance plotline, I really liked Yui as well, There were very few characters I wasn't a fan of in Sword Art Online, ALO is a different story...

I think if I rewatched the series, which I probably will, i'll watch episodes 1 to 14, maybe 25 for a bit of closure.

Might be a bit off-topic. But how's Sword art online II? Hopefully it revisits some old Characters (Not Sugou)
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Old 2014-08-29, 11:55   Link #124
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Overall Impressions

Stumbled on the first season on netflix a little while ago. Given how silly the summary they had sounded, I almost didn't watch, but I am quite glad that I did. There are lot's of issues with the story, especially the majority of the second arc as well as the anime version of the final battles. So, while I think there were problems, it was still a really enjoyable show.

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Old 2014-09-27, 05:15   Link #125
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Oh, my.

I remember watching this the first time "real-time," with the rest of the audience at Animesuki, enjoying the highs, the lows, the angry criticisms, and dodging more spoilers than Kirito dodged monsters and girls, until episode 15 when the shifting of the arcs and the introduction of the new villain lost my interest.

In preparation for jumping into SAO Season 2, I returned and semi-marathoned this show over the course of a week or so.

It is indeed one of those shows that are simply so much better when watched in long sessions. While you could say that with many anime, the benefits are strongest with series that are plot heavy, dramatic, and inconsistent with great highs and insufferable lows, i.e. SAO.

The lows are indeed many, and mentioned plenty of times in this thread. Inconsistencies, pacing issues, plot holes, missed opportunities, questionable romance and the harem aspect (though I like Sugu a lot), a worthless sociopathic rapist villain for the second arc (which I find utterly repulsive -- as the author no doubt intended -- but also poisonous to the overall quality of my enjoyment), and so on. So many stories untold, many say, so many chances to glimpse into human nature in such desperate straits, so many angles left unexplored. Ignoring what was or was not in the source material, the first arc has the kind of premise and flow that could have and perhaps should have been extended to twice the length with ease. From that standard, it could not have been anything but a disappointment.

However, I can easily agree with those who rate it highly, clearly not out of objectivity but for how much they enjoyed it. After all, I very much enjoyed it. From the palpable terror of the first episode to the deeply satisfying reunion of the last, there was much to savor. There were little vignettes of life in a virtual world, some with shocking emotional impact; there were great battles delivered to inspiring music, the kind that, in-story, leave behind legends; there were, yes, cute girls, and there were periods of rest, relaxation, and romance. There was a great villain in the enigmatic scientist and mass murderer. There was even a different world, a much more liberating than the first at first glance, with its own lively history and community which the hero steps into as a stranger with a mission, yet also, in the end, a broken, inferior world, put in place by people who did not care enough to craft its center (though apparently revived to its proper splendor in a later version). All of these adventures are delivered through the focus of a character who is clearly a fantasy fulfillment, but also a highly charismatic one in his melancholic way.

So yes, I agree, it could have been so much more. But what we have I just love.

This is an anime that got going, after all, with a very definitive statement: a magnificent scene where, having discovered the ruse and grasping with his mortality and the terror to come, the hero charged out of the first city in a frenzy, roaring for life. I will survive, his roar screamed. I will live. It doesn't matter where you are coming from as an audience, at that moment no one could possibly miss the point, or be at least a little moved. Or a lot.


Now I'm doubting myself whether I should join in the fun with SAO 2 or wait until it ends, given how much more I enjoyed the first season watching it at my own pace.

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Old 2014-09-27, 18:37   Link #126
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The first arc of season 2 should wrap up next week. You could always watch that en-mass and then wait for the rest to finish.

Overall, it's a really fun series, and I do think that it does work well watching the episodes en-mass.
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