An elemental workshop.


With 12 episodes of totally irrelevant side-story in between, Sword Art Online finishes the tale introduced within the first – and according to the man who created the game himself, the purpose of it all was nothing.

After Guilty Crown, one had to ask themselves “will there ever be another anime series this horrible?” – and apparently, yes, there certainly is.

This 14th atrocity initiates with an insulting mess – a legion of pathetic losers continue their efforts to kill a digital monster against whom they clearly stand no chance. And we’re not merely shown the usual one frame fight scene – we’re showered with an Armageddon of single still frames. It’s not even reminiscent to PowerPoint – rather, it’s a complete intercession of a PowerPoint presentation in the midst of the series, each with slashes of vivid color traveling across them as if intended to represent some kind of movement.

Save the ridicule and laughter for later however, the series is set to get hysterical.

Past the opening sequence, everyone is moping around – mortified by how their friends’ side-character status was not enough to shield them from death. Yet suddenly, the protagonist decides to run up to the red guild leader and make a jab at him with his blade. The fellow turns out to have been the game’s creator – and subsequently, goes into a lengthy monologue about the fun of an MMORPG and whatnot.

For a genius, the game’s creator is seemingly quite a fool for the obvious reason that based on this series alone, we would never know the fun of an MMO. If anything, Sword Art Online has merely gone to show that even social outcasts can successfully find love on the internet – and lonely middle-aged men can resort to mass-murder, or making themselves popular in a game, instead of simply finding something productive in reality.

Come to think of it however, this fellow who devised Sword Art Online has managed to do both – a true inspiration for all the children who turn giddy over this series.

After the meaningless jabber, it’s not even appropriate to keep referring to these scenes as “fights” any more – an exchange of single still frames occurs between the protagonist, and the game creator, the latter of whom effortlessly deflects all single frames of the former.

And while the game creator cast a spell on the whiny heroine to make her temporarily invincible by Kirito’s request so her worthless life kindles for a while longer, on top of the fact that he paralyzed everyone within the room, she apparently seems to have learned a lot from Kirito and utilizes her inner protagonist power – somehow breaking through both spells of the game master and jumping in front of Kirito as he was going to be slashed in half, dying in his place.

The protagonist breaks down – as now, the only person to ever love him, an assembly of pixels representing a girl equally as pitiful as himself, has perished. He loses the will to live – which aside from making the sacrifice of the female lead entirely vain and pointless as he begins dawdling his dual blades around like twigs before being stabbed to death, also shows that he’s some senile freak who believes the death of a videogame character is something to end his life over.

What ever happened to making a struggle to return to reality, or his evidently extraneous little sister he once mentioned? He’s seemingly forgot them all long ago.

Yet don’t forget, Kirito is a protagonist. As one will notice, unlike everyone else who vanishes immediately upon their defeat in Sword Art Online, protagonist class characters are resistant to death. The series gives no logical explanation whatsoever for any of this – though at least those who are earnestly curious behind what happens needn’t worry as one can be sure that a more desperate few fans of the light novel will be quick to wail about what the light novel says.

Nonetheless, the loser turns transparent, although still lives – he sticks around much longer than he should and stabs the game creator, at which point, all goes white. And at this point, it seems one may have seriously misjudged this series – protagonists aren’t resistant to death, they’re completely immune. In Sword Art Online, protagonists don’t die even when they’re killed.

Kirito and his harlot find themselves somewhere in the sky – and the game creator is there as well. Now although Kirito was enraged like a little kid earlier, furious at the game creator for allowing so many expendable side-character to die – Kirito seemingly forgets all of that once the game creator starts speaking. Don’t be too harsh on Kirito however, he’s not the only character of this series with a mental deficiency.

As it turns out, the game’s very creator doesn’t even know why he himself bothered pouring so much effort into making Sword Art Online – literally admitting himself he doesn’t know the reason behind why he made the game. And when asked of the 4000 or so who have been selfishly killed – they’re essentially labelled collateral damage.

In spite of the heavy emphasis on 10,000 people stranded in a virtual world within episode one, this 14th round of disgust confirms what we’ve seen over the course of the previous 12, there never was a point to any of it. The game creator didn’t even know why he did anything.

And with that, Kirito awakens back to reality – a frail reject who has at least gained something valuable during his time in Sword Art Online. From before, he had nothing – he had no friends, and he was lonely, a total discard of society. However now, Kirito’s life has changed entirely – he can get people to feel sorry for him once they learn he’s a refugee of an online videogame, going from the ranks of nobody, to a pitiable creature.

On top of that, he’ll be remembered forever – protagonist of the worst series of all-time.

146 Comments

  • Seven says:

    When he started flailing his swords around like a douchebag, it was better animated than any of the “fight” scenes.

    If anyone needs respite, here’s an actual fight scene, actually animated with sincere effort and legitimacy:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFvRgIR5re0

    Also, as is always necessary, this is a swordplay scene from the original Kenshin, which was released a decade or so ago, with better animation than Sword Art Online:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqHObo1yvyg

    Edit: This is a good chance to redirect to Samurai Champloo:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=XEiZBxpZDEc

    • trandaihung says:

      Its bad at the begining and now worst. What else can we expect !!

      • Seven says:

        It’s already worse than Guilty Crown at this point definitely, so I’m not sure.

        • Anonymous says:

          Guilty Crown wasn’t THAT bad. Guilty crown did the following things sword art online didn’t:

          Characters got to shine in Guilty Crown.

          Protagonist had interesting development and wasn’t boring.

          NO fillers in guilty crown (although there were some episodes where the bad guys struck and the good guys saved the day)

          Guilty crown was COMPLETELY focusing on it’s story.

          You know what, I think it may be for the best that we don’t compare guilty crown with SAO, since OBVIOUSLY guilty crown is 10 times more well-developed.

          • Seven says:

            “OBVIOUSLY guilty crown is 10 times more well-developed.”

            I don’t usually use profanity, but what you’re saying is the same as saying this shit isn’t as smelly as that shit in a pile of shit.

  • alexsaingxd says:

    This anime was very emotional. Especially the ending to where Asuna dashed in front of Kirito and got killed. Then when they finally disappeared as one up in the heavens (or whatever it is) Kirito made it back to the real world. (They both died, of course) I really hope Asuna gets back too.

    • Seven says:

      I wish they both died, I wish.

      • Anonymous says:

        Shitty review. If you hate SAO so much, drop it. I absolutely loved this episode, it stayed true to the novels and displayed spetacular animation. The reason Kirito and Asuna lived got pretty obvious once they talked to the creator, but it seems you didn’t quite understand that.

        I could argue with you on every sentence there, but I won’t waste my time. This is the last time I’m gonna read a SAO review from you. See ya.

        • Seven says:

          “I could argue with you on every sentence there, but I won’t waste my time.”

          You’ve already wasted your time making a “Shitty” comment – while simultaneously failing to prove any point.

          “displayed spetacular animation”

          I don’t know what “spetacular” is – although evidently, it must a term synonymous with “Shitty”, because that’s the quality of animation seen this episode. If anyone out there disagrees, feel free to try to make a legitimate counterargument.

          “Kirito and Asuna lived got pretty obvious once they talked to the creator”

          If it’s so obvious, why didn’t you mention it – or how about you try explaining it?

          “This is the last time I’m gonna read a SAO review from you. See ya.”

          I sure hope so if your comments are this “Shitty”.

          • triton6783 says:

            I guess it was spectacualar animation compared to the animation of other episodes in SAO.

            • Seven says:

              Assuming you call that “animation”.

            • Anonymous says:

              The most important elements of an anime that determine whether it sucks or not is the story, characters, narrating (but yeah, at least SAO had great animation). Sword art online never gave a chance for any other character to shine or get the spotlight. Throughout the whole thing, the only major character was Kirito. The main problem that ruined the anime’s story were the horrible fillers. But at least the narrating was never confusing.

              • Seven says:

                Incorrect, people have refuted your view in the past, so please search for the truth!

              • gargamesh says:

                GREAT ANIMATION HE SAYS.

                ONLY THE FILLERS HE SAYS.

                THE NARRATING WAS NEVER CONFUSING HE SAYS.

                AAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHHAHA!

                This guy obviously doesn’t read here.

        • gargamesh says:

          “it stayed true to the novels”

          true, because if not, then this would not turn out as horrible as it should, NO ORIGINALITY

          “displayed spetacular animation.”

          I Don’t know if you’ve been watching anime these past 3 or 5 years or even a decade ago, but i’m sure a lot of anime were better than this want me to give a list?

          “The reason Kirito and Asuna lived got pretty obvious once they talked to the creator, but it seems you didn’t quite understand that.”

          Oh, sure give a loophole to the main characters, while others die, yeah sure, great story

          “Shitty review. If you hate SAO so much, drop it. but I won’t waste my time. This is the last time I’m gonna read a SAO review from you. See ya.”

          You know if you hated these reviews so much, why did you bother to read them this far and like WASTE YOUR TIME?

        • Anonymous says:

          So Sword Art Online is basically the anime version of Twilight….well fuck me in the eye.

    • blaziken says:

      Where’s her sword when she needs it, huh.
      And don’t know about the LN, but the anime gave no explanation at all as to why she was able to come out of paralysis. No choice but to put it down to ‘because the plot needed her to’.

      • Seven says:

        “the anime gave no explanation at all as to why she was able to come out of paralysis.”

        What the heck are you talking about, it’s already obvious how she did it.

        She’s a protagonist of course.

  • Anonymous says:

    Ordinarily I correct people on what they say, but truly this “review” isn’t even worth it.

    All you’re saying is “it happened because protagonist; this is shitty and if you think it isn’t you’re wrong.”

    If you don’t like it, then drop the series. Not only are you spreading incorrect information, but your obvious hatred for the series is blinding you from making any sort of unbiased critique of it.

    The fight scene is just a bunch of frames? That’s what animation is: a bunch of frames strung together.

    • Seven says:

      “Ordinarily I correct people on what they say, but truly this “review” isn’t even worth it.”

      That’s what people often say when they can’t make a valid counterargument – your comment isn’t worth replying to in the slightest whatsoever, but I still reply to even the most poorly written comments, such as your own, in hopes that you may see your error and make an intelligible sentence of written statement in reply, if nothing more.

      “All you’re saying is ‘it happened because protagonist; this is shitty and if you think it isn’t you’re wrong.’”

      It looks that reading comprehension is not your greatest strength – or any strength of yours for that matter.

      “Not only are you spreading incorrect information, but your obvious hatred for the series is blinding you from making any sort of unbiased critique of it.”

      So unless someone loves this series, they’re spreading biased, incorrect information based around obvious hatred?

      “The fight scene is just a bunch of frames? That’s what animation is: a bunch of frames strung together.”

      Animation is when frames amount to movement – not slideshow transitions. Please go look up words you’re not familiar with before commenting next time.

      • avatar ka3dx says:

        You know why nobody can be bothered typing more than a couple of sentences? Because there’s no point in arguing with someone who can’t even validate his own arguments. Your review can literally be summarised as “main character status, emotional sequences I can’t comprehend, if you don’t agree you’re wrong” etc. etc. (Why are you even watching it ._.)
        But honestly you barely even tried. I mean you couldn’t even label Kayaba a psychopath, which would be a lazy conclusion but is fairly true, and IS a valid explanation scientifically as to why he would do all of this.
        But the thing I do want to comment on is the confrontation with Kayaba after Kirita and Asuna are killed by him (it’s likely he never intended to kill them). At first Kirito you could see Kirito was angry, I mean of course he would be, but then he went on to answer why he did everything. It might not make sense to you, but for me personally, someone who saw a lot of himself in Kayaba Akihiko, I understood why he created the world of SAO (Although obviously I’m not some psychopath who locks everyone in a virtual world so he can live in it, I’m pretty content with this world). Kirito and Asuna seemed to understand as well, and I think everyone else watching did as too. and well, the world is over, everyone had logged out, what’s the point of picking a fight with him at that point?

        I do agree on the note about the action, it only really looked cool during his spamming dual wield. But then again, this isn’t based on some action manga, it’s a light novel, just how well can you transition a fight from text to the screen? An action director or something wouldn’t have been a bad idea though.

        • Seven says:

          The fact you’re making imaginary quotes to back your fictional points are testament to the fact you are incorrect.

          “but is fairly true, and IS a valid explanation scientifically as to why he would do all of this.”

          Yes, being a psychopath is scientifically proven to make you capable of creating a colossal online dating game and being immune to law enforcement. That definitely makes sense…

          “But the thing…”

          That paragraph is an entire pile of assumptions and your own point of view on the series – which proves nothing. And if you want my opinion on what you think, which I will tell you anyways since you decided to comment, is silly and almost hilarious in how poorly it is thought out.

          “it’s likely he never intended to kill them”

          So when he aimlessly made this game to entrap 10,000 people, he decided “those with the name Kirito and Asuna will not be killed” and then set the plan in motion? Cause that’s what you’re saying.

          “I do agree on the note about the action…”

          Unfortunately, I don’t agree with anything you say in that paragraph – the phrase “really cool” is ambiguous, and based on my definition, it was certainly anything but. Secondly, it doesn’t matter what the series is based on whatsoever – although to show how ignorant you are, allow me to answer your question of:

          ” just how well can you transition a fight from text to the screen? ”

          Go watch Fate/Zero.

        • triton6783 says:

          Seeing as it says you only have one comment, and you haven’t written a comment in over month, did you seriously just make an account just so you could wrtie this. Why didn’t you bitch about this random crap as an anon.

    • Anonymous says:

      Omg its an anime anything happens and if your upset about a character becoming unparalyzed for no reason then don’t watch any anime because they do suit that doesn’t make sense ITS ANIME.

  • avatar flamestrike says:

    Wow, those “fights” if you can even call them that were godawful. Oh my god, I’m OK with stills when used in moderation, but FLASHING LIGHTS TO REPRESENT SWORD STRIKES?! That was just fucking lazy. There really was no tension or excitement at all. That second fight was no better. Yes there was more animation and few stills, but no good choreography. There was nothing to show the skills and thoughts of either side so you couldn’t know where the tide of the battle went. There are so many examples of good fights even in recent anime, and this just failed. Heck Accel World even did fights 100x better. Well Sunrise has been pretty damn good in the animation department lately. Still, those fights A-1 animated were just bad. *sigh* Way to screw up. I hope the fight scenes in ALO won’t be this fail, but considering what I’ve seen so far I’m not hedging my bets.

    Not too many complaints about the rest of the episode though. I can see why Seven disliked it and all his points are valid. Although I still enjoyed it for other reasons. How much you care about the characters derives a VERY large factor in how much you enjoy this anime. Since I’m already fully invested form reading and enjoying the novels my viewpoint is different from someone who takes the anime by itself. Although it’s a huge failure if an anime cannot stand alone.

    • Seven says:

      “FLASHING LIGHTS TO REPRESENT SWORD STRIKES?!”

      Defeated by aliens.

    • blaziken says:

      Finally someone mentions the battle choreography. Apart from the obvious still-frame and light-saber fight sequences, the choreography is also unimaginative as all hell, it’s like the animation director read the novel, think for 5 minutes and then tell his subordinates to draw what he just pictured in his head. It’s best shown in the 1-on-1 battles, like the one in Episode 9, 10 and the latest one. Kirito just slashes his two swords everywhere and hopes they hit the target, chanting ‘faster’ as he does it. He doesn’t even look like a berserker, he looks like a suicide case. Even that GM has more choreography than Kirito, but most of the time he’s only either blocking with his shield or parrying. Other characters have no battle scene long enough to have choreography. It’s like this is the laziest action anime I’ve seen. Because of it I currently have to pick all of the action anime of the Fall Season to rehabilitate myself.

      • Seven says:

        There practically isn’t any choreography to begin with – I wouldn’t call randomly slashing swords everywhere “choreography”.

        Choreography means physical movement which is precise, considered, and specific.

  • Anonymous says:

    Lawl the worst part of SAO is finally here. Oh btw seven I’m sure you don’t care but if you want to know how they are able to do any of these game breaking things…it’s the power of love as Asuna mentions in the light novel at some point. I think the directors of the show thought it was so stupid though that they were better off leaving it out and keeping it unexplainable.

  • Anonymous says:

    I’m calling for a reboot! If Seven can call this worse than Guilty Crown – while in actuality nothing is worse than Guilty Crown…NOTHING!!!! *shakes fits at the heavens* – then I demand that the rest of the series be canceled to make way for a reboot with a tone in the same vein as episode 1. Screw the source material!! If they can do it for Tenchi Muyo, then they sure as hell can do it here!

    • Seven says:

      I also used to enjoy trampling all over how horrible Guilty Crown is.. and I still very much do.

      However, Guilty Crown at least had redjuice artwork and Supercell sounds – alongside legitimate battle animation. Sword Art Online has nothing – unoriginal character design, zero plot, hideous overall, awful as a whole.

  • Anonymous says:

    the fight is decent in the 1st floor boss fight.
    and it got worse
    and worse…
    and worse…
    and worse…

    to the point it isn’t funny anymore.

    It feels like i’m looking to powerpoint presentation.

  • kamihimmel says:

    I dont expect it from the beginning….So I dont feel it is worse made.

  • Anonymous says:

    I had enough, this show is dropped…
    This episode was pitiful, I thought there will be a good boss fight today (they couldn’t even damage it last week), and now it is dead, laughable!
    What kind of story is this??? Also Kirito’s sudden realization oh you’re Heathcliff! Asuna SUDDENLY dies, when she CAN’t move, and after the games’s creator declared that people who died can’t be revived KIRITO SURVIVES!!!!
    OK, I shouldn’t even wasted my time to watch this shit so far…

    • Seven says:

      “I shouldn’t even wasted my time to watch this shit so far…”

    • Anonymous says:

      Hi, happened to pass by this post:
      Just correcting what you commented, they DID manage to deal some damage to the boss but it was just too little. So the fight with the boss probably took very very very long before they could actually kill it?
      Plus i dont really think that you would want to watch 1 whole episode on just them fighting with that boss, showing people dieing one by one and using the same old limited skills that they have.
      And i personally prefer to have an anime with the same story plot as the mangas or novels. I mean, whats the point of making SAO when its not SAO.

      • Seven says:

        “So the fight with the boss probably took very very very long before they could actually kill it?”

        If you have to guess, that means it was horribly presented.

        “Plus i dont really think that you would want to watch 1 whole episode on just them fighting with that boss, showing people dieing one by one and using the same old limited skills that they have.”

        That’s where something called “creativity” comes in.

        “And i personally prefer to have an anime with the same story plot as the mangas or novels. I mean, whats the point of making SAO when its not SAO.”

        If the light novels have the same exact story as the anime series, they must be terrible also.

      • gargamesh says:

        “Plus i dont really think that you would want to watch 1 whole episode on just them fighting with that boss, showing people dieing one by one and using the same old limited skills that they have.”

        As seven said, creativity comes in here, even i could think of a better scenario than destroying hype created by the last episode by showing a really strong boss only to have him defeated in seconds by guys who swing their swords mindlessly

    • Anonymous says:

      Its not like a person won’t get any form of entertainment from watching the 1st arc at least, despite how terrible it is. But I’d high reccomend to avoid the 2nd arc. While it is WAY more well developed when you think about it, it doesn’t have that kinda sense of danger like in the 1st arc.

      • gargamesh says:

        The second arc is about a group of people too obsessed in a game and treat it like their lives, learning nothing about their past experiences and still plays a game that almost killed their lives anyway.

  • avatar flamestrike says:

    Well, there actually is a legit reason for Kirito’s non-death and Asuna’s escaping paralysis, but that’s moot since it even in the novels you don’t find out until much later.

    Not that I’m defending the scene in the anime though. While the source material can be used to answer some questions left out by an adaption, it is not a justification for it being left out because an anime should be able to stand alone.

  • lucarion says:

    Eh, I’m still going to disagree with you on this…Nothing can be worse than Guilty Crown.

    NOTHING.

    • Seven says:

      Sometimes I wonder if the good music and visuals made Guilty Crown’s failure feel even more epic cause it’s like adding dramatic effect to the fail.

      • triton6783 says:

        No, if Guilty Crown had bad effects and bad music, then it would have had absolutely no redeeming qualities, making it so much worse. The only thing that bad visuals and music would have done is make Guilty Crown less of a shocking disappointment.

  • gargamesh says:

    Stupid things I noticed during the episode:

    1. As the anon above said, boss fights weren’t that exciting , impressive, or even decent, they were just messy

    2.they were so disappointed about losing 14 people, then why did they attack mindlessly?

    3.As many again said, how the hell did asuna move when akihiko had control of them being paralyzed? and as one said POWER OF LOVE? so laughable in it’s stupidity, if it’s really in the novel, love doesn’t apply to programs

    4.Akihiko said ” In any world, once you’re dead, you’re gone” the two died right? how are they alive, really stupid really…

    5. How the hell did he only notice that it was Heathcliff that was Akihiko just at that moment, when his reasoning is only that shallow?
    he could have noticed it when he was battling him during earlier episodes

    • Anonymous says:

      only 3 and 4
      3 : the power of love is everywhere, nothing to say about that. it’s more like everyone else said : becuase they’re the protagonists, and it should be like that, if they’re just some normal kids that can’t do anything at all then they can’t be called protagonists. goku can shoot kamehamehas that can destroy universes because HE IS goku. so there’s nothing wrong in being able to do impossible things just because they’re the protagonists, the most you can say is that this protagonist thing is used too much.

      4 : the side story of sachi showed that there’s a item that can resurrect people, but only is the dead target died at max 5 minuted before. this means that if you die in the game you don’t die in reality immediately. kirito and asuna both died, but they completed the game within 5 minutes, so they’re still alive.

      • blaziken says:

        Pretty sure the item was for 10 seconds, not 5 minutes.

        • triton6783 says:

          I thought they said 10 minutes. Well, nobody is going to bother to check, because then they would have to relive what is known as SAO

      • gargamesh says:

        about what you said on number 3,:

        Although i will repeat what i said eons ago that this is no a supernatural anime, and SAO is a reality based anime in a virtual world,in dragon ball, pretty much many people can do kamehameha, not only goku, and not only protagonists, but the show is revolves arounds powers and beams, and i can respect that, but SAO , they are in a program, except they are hackers, nothing can change,
        but i agree at what you said, because they are protagonist…

        but what you said at number 4 was really spot on, good reasoning i presume

  • lucarion says:

    Oh, but just one thing…I found it incredibly disappointing that they kinda ruined what they were supposedly leading to from last week: I expected a good boss fight. They skipped it. I didn’t like that.

    • Seven says:

      There’s a lot more to not like besides the boss fight.

      • gargamesh says:

        it’s just everything

      • lucarion says:

        Oh, I won’t argue with that: the inconsistent visuals, the lack of depth and humanity for the “mooks”, the obvious plot armor, the unrealistic reactions, and the fight scenes which would make anyone with a decent knowledge of swordplay smirk in embarrassment…there’s a LOT to not like about this.

        But after episode 4 my standards already dropped considerably: the only reason I specifically mentioned the boss fight was because it was the ONLY thing I expected from the anime right now…which I still didn’t get…I was already at the point where I just wanted something flashy and sparkly…

        And even I was denied that. Not surprised though-just annoyed.

        (Pretty much, the only reason why, for my particular standards, it remains above GC level is because I like Kirito more than Shu…though that’s not saying much. On another note: a part of me kinda wished that Kline was the MC instead: a somewhat mature yet also nerdy guy with enough good sense to know that people need help in this damn “deathgame” rather than bother people with their emobull and let it get in the way; also, despite actively clearing as a frontliner he has impressively never let even one his friends/guildmates die or lag behind. Sounds like good protag material to me and that achievement sounds infinitely more impressive than Kirito’s dual blade skill set. )

        • Anonymous says:

          I agree with you about Kline (Klein?). I wished that he had more screentime. After the first episode I kept hoping that he wouldn’t die. I was really glad that he’s still alive AND MANAGED to keep his original buddies alive.

  • Anonymous says:

    Honestly – as a person who didn’t read the LNs – when SAO’s first episode first aired, I thought it was going to be interesting. It was more or less well-done for a first episode; the premise was nothing I hadn’t seen before, but in my opinion it was well-executed.
    And then the second episode aired. The sheer stupidity towards at the end… Not only cliché, but also indicative of how the series was likely to progress. “Alright, I’ll wait for the third ep, give it another chance…”
    And the third. That rushed attempt at making me feel sad for a side-character (Who, by the way, died in an utterly stupid way. LONE CHEST AT THE CENTER OF AN EMPTY ROOM, SEEMS LEGIT.) pretty much cleared away my doubts.
    I have never seen something get bad so quickly. I dropped it halfway through episode four, and I must say I’m glad I did. Can’t understand why it’s getting such praise in certain places and why it’s selling when it’s so bad.
    Probably should have seen it coming from the threads on /a/. Very disappointing.

  • trandaihung says:

    If there is something called “twist” – its here.
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-s9iZBHN3Q80/UHFOZ0LEC0I/AAAAAAAA-TY/eM04WtEN78w/s0/sword-fart-online.png

  • nikolai131 says:

    A-1 Pictures handled the episode pretty well, I expected some filler end to the arc, but that god I wasn’t right xD

  • Anonymous says:

    this anime is shit i dropped it at first episode
    the plot is so fucking retarded and this shit is so fucking overrated
    “HURR U YOU ARE IN GAME ANIME”
    this thing makes it so fucking Overrated

  • Anonymous says:

    Guilty Crown is a masterpiec compared to the mess that is the SAO anime and i like the novel.

    And GC was never THAT bad.
    Watch some garbage like MD:Geist or Apocalypse Zero. Then you will know HOW SHITTY anime can be.

  • Anonymous says:

    Sense you don’t want a post saying “you are wrong about so many things”, here is a little play-by-play:

    “a legion of pathetic losers continue their efforts to kill a digital monster against whom they clearly stand no chance.”

    They had no choice in the matter once they entered the room. Doors are locked and crystals (Teleport, healling, etc.) do not work in the room. Also, it would be rather boring to watch the entire fight.

    I will agree that the anime could have spent a little more time showing the strategies/tactics that the characters used in general. I am particularly disappointed with the first boss fight in comparison to the novel.

    “each with slashes of vivid color traveling across them as if intended to represent some kind of movement.”

    How do you know a character is using a sword skill? By the light a skill is putting out. In other words, a normal observer from any distance would just see the flashes.

    “mortified by how their friends’ side-character status was not enough to shield them from death.”

    Ever hear the phrase “Everyone is the main character of their own story.”? Of coarse they would grieve for the people who they had spent 2 years fighting for their lives with. It is not like they see themselves as side characters.

    “For a genius, the game’s creator is seemingly quite a fool for the obvious reason that based on this series alone, we would never know the fun of an MMO.”

    Way to take the wrong meaning out of what they were talking about. Basically, Kirito was saying that he suspected that the game’s creator was playing the game as a character and not just watching everyone else play because just being an observer for two years would not be much fun. (I will agree that those lines could have come across better)

    @ the one-on-one fight in general:

    It was explained that Kirito didn’t want to use any techniques because the creator of the game would know all of them and be able to counter them. All he could do was use basic sword strikes. And yet he still accidentally used one out of shear muscle memory.

    “somehow breaking through both spells of the game master and jumping in front of Kirito as he was going to be slashed in half, dying in his place.”

    This has been hinted at a few times throughout the series: Because of the direct connection between the game and the player’s brains, a large amount of will-power can temporarily overwrite the system. This happens because the system changes to what the player’s brain says “should” be hapening. This explains why Asuna was able to save Kirito in a previous episode, Kirito focusing on being “faster” actually helps, and Asuna overcoming the Paralyze effect even though the creator did not program that possibility.

    Also, Asuna survived her death because she was an “immortal object” at the time. That actually IS a change (for the better) from the novel–it was not clearly stated that she was immortal at the time.

    @ Kirito’s death:

    It was stated earlier that it takes 10sec from the time a person’s hp reaches 0 for them to actually die. I will agree that the anime only shows protagonists and people with important things to say actually lasting that long. The reason he was able to move while dieing… Well, the novel ties that together with the “willpower/imagination” thing. I DO agree that it is a rather flimsy reason for being able to kill the creator, but it exists.

    Kirito then survived dieing because he “cleared the game” before his brain was fried.

    “Kirito seemingly forgets all of that once the game creator starts speaking”

    What should his actions be then? He just cleared the game, got reunited with his love, and saved the other players. If that didn’t calm him down, I don’t know what would. Anyway, it is not like there is anything else he can do but talk. Might as well find out “why” this all happened.

    And that is all I have to say. I’m not going to talk about “why so-and-so does not deserve the scathing remarks you apply to them” because that is pure opinion and not worth arguing over at this point. All I want to address is the mostly factual mistakes you made and provide details others seem to have missed.

    (Disclaimer/side-note: this is the first time I’ve come to this blog and I was a fan of the novels even before the anime started. If you wish to ignore everything I said because of this, that is your own prerogative.)

    • Seven says:

      “Also, it would be rather boring to watch the entire fight.”

      It was boring either way because of how lackluster the fight was portrayed.

      “How do you know a character is using a sword skill?”

      We don’t, because the animation portrayed the fights poorly.

      “By the light a skill is putting out. In other words, a normal observer from any distance would just see the flashes”

      We shouldn’t be in the sidelines, the action should be up-close and actually containing action – the flashes were just an excuse for budget animation, and given how there’s already numerous examples of the cheap action scenes, it’s unacceptable.

      “Ever hear the phrase “Everyone is the main character of their own story.”? Of coarse they would grieve for the people who they had spent 2 years fighting for their lives with. It is not like they see themselves as side characters.”

      My point is how it’s presented – the characters seemed insignificant specs getting killed off the previous episode, now all of sudden, they gain superpowers and defeat the boss.

      “Way to take the wrong meaning out of what they were talking about. Basically, Kirito was saying that he suspected that the game’s creator was playing the game as a character and not just watching everyone else play because just being an observer for two years would not be much fun. (I will agree that those lines could have come across better)”

      You took the wrong meaning out of what I said – their dialogue is weak because it doesn’t even hold substance to what the anime actually shows.

      “It was explained that Kirito didn’t want to use any techniques because the creator of the game would know all of them and be able to counter them. All he could do was use basic sword strikes. And yet he still accidentally used one out of shear muscle memory.”

      That doesn’t make any of it any less awfully presented, nor does it account for the single still frame fights, nor any of the problems with the battle animation from earlier “fights”.

      “This has been hinted at a few times throughout the series: Because of the direct connection between the game and the player’s brains, a large amount of will-power can temporarily overwrite the system. This happens because the system changes to what the player’s brain says “should” be hapening. This explains why Asuna was able to save Kirito in a previous episode, Kirito focusing on being “faster” actually helps, and Asuna overcoming the Paralyze effect even though the creator did not program that possibility.

      Also, Asuna survived her death because she was an “immortal object” at the time. That actually IS a change (for the better) from the novel–it was not clearly stated that she was immortal at the time.”

      And this all conveniently occurred just with our leading pair of protagonists? They couldn’t use that willpower to log-out? That explanation is flimsy and too inconsistent – not to say you’re wrong, but if that’s the series’ own explanation for the events, then it certainly doesn’t hold up.

      “It was stated earlier that it takes 10sec from the time a person’s hp reaches 0 for them to actually die. I will agree that the anime only shows protagonists and people with important things to say actually lasting that long. The reason he was able to move while dieing… Well, the novel ties that together with the “willpower/imagination” thing. I DO agree that it is a rather flimsy reason for being able to kill the creator, but it exists.”

      It doesn’t matter what the novel says because we’re talking about the animation. Also, having a reason doesn’t automatically make it acceptable.

      “What should his actions be then? He just cleared the game, got reunited with his love, and saved the other players. If that didn’t calm him down, I don’t know what would. Anyway, it is not like there is anything else he can do but talk. Might as well find out “why” this all happened.”

      And the creator of the game didn’t even know why it happened himself…

      “All I want to address is the mostly factual mistakes you made and provide details others seem to have missed.”

      Factual in what way? All you did was make pad explanations to cover gaps. If the series is horrible presented, then those explanations don’t matter because they’re not well-implemented – such as the pitiful “fight” scenes, or extended protagonist lifespan.

  • Anonymous says:

    That whole thing about her being able to move and him not dying even though he was killed (haha), was supposedly the power of their will, the NerveGear connects to their brains, so if their will is strong enough, they can even affect the laws of the world programmed around them. Seems like bullshit, but hey, it seems to be a fairly common anime element (kind of overused if you ask me, but some series do it right). As for why they survived instead of dying (for real), there’s a delay between dying in the game and dying in real life, if you remember the episode with Sachi, he found that revival item that worked for a little bit if you used it right after death, so there is definitely a delay in game and real life deaths. And the creator was probably like, “I don’t why I’m doing this anyway, and he beat the game, I’ll let them live as a reward” Or it,s just that once the game was cleared whatever programming sent the death signal to their brains was cut off anyway.

    You talk a lot about the animation being single still frames, so I just rewatched that fight against the creator, and he’s definitely, like, moving, I mean, it’s not fantastic animation by any means, but calling it all single still frames seems wrong.

    “In spite of the heavy emphasis on 10,000 people stranded in a virtual world within episode one, this 14th round of disgust confirms what we’ve seen over the course of the previous 12, there never was a point to any of it. The game creator didn’t even know why he did anything.”

    Why does there need to be a point? The guy’s just a fucking psychopath, and he’s done something awful, that’s the point. Having a point to the whole thing doesn’t make those 4000 guys any less dead, or the 6000 remaining any less traumatized. It doesn’t cheapen their ordeal or make their initial plight any less horrible just because the guy behind it all turned out to just be some psycho who forgot why he made the game.

  • supervamp78 says:

    I thought guilty crown was praised highly, besides the ending but alot of animes have rushed endings.

  • TheGoobKid says:

    EVIL CONSPIRACY INCOMING!!!

    But Guilty Crown has better CG than this….yeah that’s all the good things I have to say at all…..even then…nope, nuthin…

    But seriously over a long period of time I’ve come to realise that just about everything that Seven tends to direct a lot of attention to somehow flops. (Guilty Crown, Little Busters, this)

    Maybe because of the ridiculous amounts of marketing done by the studios, or maybe I get a chance to call it THE CURSE OF SEVEN…I mean how else did THIS

    http://seventhstyle.com/2011/10/13/guilty-crown-a-lost-paradise/
    turn into

    http://seventhstyle.com/2011/12/15/guilty-crown-struggling-to-deliver-excitement/
    and eventually turn into….well I won’t even bother…
    (on that note, where is Ryan Ashlight?)
    What other possible explanation apart from the evil conspiracy for some primate’s attempt to take over the world by first infiltrating the anime studios and causing them to waste so much time and money creating crap, thus destroying the economy and destroying civilization as we know it. inb4 planet of the apes…anime style…

    And NO it’s not Seven’s fault, it’s the monkey with ability to draw swords. (and the all the stuff for second half of guilty crown, but that’s probably traced)

    BECAUSE I WANT PEOPLE TO FOCUS ON SOMETHING ELSE INSTEAD OF THE WORD SHIT. Why suddenly so toxic, I was away for like a month during SAO release now this shit happened…

    • Seven says:

      I can foretell when a terrible anime series is approaching – I am the oracle.

      • TheGoobKid says:

        Which is why you write 5 articles per day on that series and then pretend to hype it up and then have everyone eventually spread the hate of the series because word of mouth is the best form of advertising.

        That’s brilliant yet devious at the same time. I like it.

        And why is your comments not over 5000 yet.

        And where is the guy who wrote the first article? Here I was thinking I did well enough staying away for like an entire month…he disappears without a trace!

        • Seven says:

          “And why is your comments not over 5000 yet.”

          My basis for responding to comments is summed up nicely by a mister “Martin Luther King Jr.”:

          “If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would have little time for anything other than such correspondence in the course of the day, and I would have no time for constructive work. But since I feel that you are men of genuine good will and that your criticisms are sincerely set forth, I want to try to answer your statement in what I hope will be patient and reasonable terms.”

          On another note, what first article?

          • TheGoobKid says:

            Yeah first one I linked. it’s a bit late for me to use proper structure whatever it was.

            http://seventhstyle.com/2011/10/13/guilty-crown-a-lost-paradise/

            This guy. He had some good stuff to say about a good amount of things. I couldn’t tell the difference between you and him sometimes. (Ryan Ashlight)

            He disappeared off the forums :(

            And in regards to MLK jr. You get your own secretary for this?

            • Seven says:

              There was a debate about religion in the chatbox, a now forbidden topic, and connection broke from that point forward.

              If the fellow were reading this, I’d certainly welcome him back assuming he wished to return.

              And no secretary yet, although since I believe everyone is capable of logic, I attempt to respond to all comments with what I believe to be patient and reasonable terms – albeit sometimes a bit fiery and harsh.

              • gargamesh says:

                “There was a debate about religion in the chatbox, a now forbidden topic, and connection broke from that point forward.”

                wow, a lot of things can happen in SeventhStyle

              • TheGoobKid says:

                ಠ_ಠ

                “…although since I believe everyone is capable of logic, I attempt to respond to all comments with what I believe to be patient and reasonable terms…”

                ಠ_ಠ

                You’ve been under the comfort of your own website for way too long. Well I see a bit of that stuff around here some times…And by that 5000 I meant the SAO arguments that just never ends….

              • Seven says:

                “You’ve been under the comfort of your own website for way too long.”

                Indeed, hoping everyone is capable of logic is likely being too optimistic.

  • Anonymous says:

    Although I agree with some of your points, which is true and is reasonable as what makes some of us series, I think your article is too biased and exaggerating “how bad it is” which it isn’t.

    Before I start, I’d like to imply that I did not read the novel, so you can be assured that I am not expressing what is “from the novel” while we judge the animation alone.

    I’d start my comments on the anime from the positive points first.

    First of all, regarding Kayaba Akihiko and why SAO is a death game,
    I think this point is rather clear as “why”, Kayaba Akihiko is simply what you would call “mad scientist”, I understand some of that point-of-view as why he would do that, I don’t know whether the “assumptions” from what I get is true or not, but here’s the reasoning I can come up with:

    Kayaba did not only want to simply create a game anyone can enter then leave; he want to create a “world” that he can admire (as he says in episode 1), and his way to achieve that is by creating it into the “deathgame” as in the SAO concept.

    After the game ends, Kayaba says that he “forgot” why he made it so, that does not mean that “he doesn’t even know why he do that” but more like “he used to know, but has forgotten why”. It has a similar but different meaning.
    2 years is a long time. Just like how people fights each other and continuing their cold war for months, while they actually already forgot why they are fighting in the first place.

    As for Kayaba’s attitude toward the 4000 who died, He can beg and say sorry, pray etc etc, but doing that would make him out-of-character in all honesty; He is a proud scientist and he keeps his pride to the end with his act. It is bad as attitude of a person, but that is how he is depicted anyway; a great man with twisted mind. Make him out-of-character and this show will go even worse than it is now.

    I’d admit that Kayaba and the game is actually a pretty good concept, it really shows how human minds are unpredictable and often unreasonable in nature.

    Now, regarding why Kirito is alive, I’m sure someone already stated that it is because the game is already cleared before his brain is fried. That is exactly what I get from the anime series. Here’s my elaboration:

    From last episode, it seems that after the people dies in the game, they don’t die immediately but are put on a place in a sky to wait for their death. It is possible that Kayaba made it for the “novelty”, for people to have some “last moments” time. Since I don’t read the novel, from the anime, I assume that Kayaba made that people wait there for more than 10 seconds (despite the ressurection item is only for people who dies within 10 sec) for the sake of novelty, explaining why Asuna still alive later on. (yes, I’ve read spoilers, its everywhere due to the over hype of the anime)

    ——————————–
    Now, the negative points, which more like “the points I agreed on with you”, since you pretty much said most of it!

    - Will power, love power, protagonists breaking the system rules etc etc
    my reason: They’re in a friggin program, a game with set of rules that everyone can’t break. Well, in this anime, except protagonists. Just like you say in a response to someone before, if sheer willpower can make someone to rewrite part of the system, they should’ve able to log out with that.

    This series could be a lot better if only they make it logically explainable rather than just say “its a miracle coz the protagonist has strong willpower/love power” which only makes this show cheesy and cliche.

    - The almighty protagonist
    Simply put; He’s solo player and claims that solos does not have efficient, fast way to get exp and he takes it easy sometimes like sleeping in meadows, yet he still overlevels most players, and still excels among frontliners, in which frontliners are “heavy and efficient grinders that aims to finish the game fast by becoming stronger fast”

    He and Asuna took 2 weeks break from front line too, and once back, they immediately go to the boss, defeat it, while other “frontliners” dies easily even though they grind 2 weeks more than Kirito and Asuna.

    - Lack of battle animations
    Some “small battle scene” like in episode 1, and episode 13 is actually not that bad, but that’s it. Only a few frames of excitement, continued with crap, like in episode 14 beginning, where the boss suddenly already at 1% health, and his death is zoomed-out view of the boss falling with yellow lights flashing in same place. So bad you can’t even say its a battle scene.

    -Concept of 2 year isolated in a digital world
    This concept is flawed in a way that anyone who enters SAO is either dead or lose their job or future prospects. 2 years of not working? 2 years of not receiving education? Its kinda too unrealistic.

    I’m not sure if it is the novel that did not think of that or that it is the anime that is not representing it, from what I watch, I can only say good luck catching up 2 years worth of school or getting a new job to the players, not to mention where did their medications and electricity comes from, which the anime only mentions its “hospital and companies support” which I think needs further elaboration.

    - Sequels in another online game
    Sequels is not bad if it is done properly. But SAO plot was too unrealistic to have sequel in another online game.

    In reality, after an incident like this, most people’s action would be:
    * Parents will not allow their kids play with nerve gear anytime soon
    * The victims (in this case, Kirito and friends) could probably busy trying to catch up their 2 years worth of education that they can’t even play games much
    * Game companies will consider before investing in “nerve gear games” since it is too risky to make one right after an incident of such game that causes 4000 people dies and 6000 isolated in the game for 2 years.

    - The overratedness
    Lets all be honest here; I’m sure the majority of people who hates SAO is due to how there are a lot of idiots who goes “OH GAWD SAO BEZT ANIMU EVA! <3 <3 <3" while we see that SAO is too mediocre to be rated that good, which causes us want to shout to them "BEST YOUR ASS, IT SUCKS, HERE IS WHY! THERE'S MANY ANIME BETTER THAN THAT".

    Guess that's all.

    All in all, I can at least give SAO 6/10. At the very least it manages to keeps me watching it up until now, despite how crappy it is. I usually drop crappy series fast, as fast as episode 1-4. I don't even continue watching Guilty Crown past episode 13, so I guess SAO is still better than GC to me.

    Also, there are a lot of other animes worse than this, so bad they don't even deserve to be called animes. Prolly those "trying to sound sophisticated but don't explain shits" and "fulltime-cockteasers" animes that I'll give around 0/10 to 4/10 score and usually dropped around episode 1 – 4.

    • Seven says:

      “but here’s the reasoning I can come up with:”

      That’s all your own speculation is the problem – and not only that, but you’re deriving it based on what? Two or three scenes? Because of the 14 episodes, there’s nearly no plot relevant scenes.

      The episode has failed to develop the characters – I shouldn’t have to tell you that after episode one, the series went into irrelevant harem side-stories or other meaningless ventures.

      “it really shows how human minds are unpredictable and often unreasonable in nature. ”

      No it doesn’t, because of the reason aforementioned – if it were in-depth like that, then the series would have actually gone in-depth, not into a cliched romance.

      “which causes us want to shout to them”

      Who is “us”? You’re the only one I’ve seen do that.

      • neodarksun says:

        “Who is us?”
        Unfortunately, I’m part of it . I go to an online game forum, there is the key word “online game”. In there, SAO is so wanked out, I would wan’t to burst. Generally I try to ignore SAO , beacause I didn’t like it and I dropped it. I don’t criticize something I haven’t finished yet, so my most viabe action was to ignore it. It’s hard ignoring it, if it’s as wanked up as SAO as it’s mentioned all the time.

        What I don’t like about the comment is, him using numbers to rate anime. I do agree however with SAO not being the worst, I’ve dropped shows on a worse note than it. But just because something is worse, doesn’t make it any less terrible.

        • Seven says:

          I believe there is a specific difference in showing disagreement – or joining ranks of ignorance. Interceding with poorly written all caps text is much different than simply going “I disagree, and here is why:” or similar.

          • neodarksun says:

            While it is true, I don’t specifically want to ignorantly post hate comments. I think his comment leans more on the fact; people overrating SAO may cause more hatred than intended. This may be true for me, seeing people post; “OH GAWD SAO BEZT ANIMU EVA! <3 <3 <3"(While not written like that, the idea is there) gets me riled up. And while it's true that, I will control my temper and try to make a valid statement. It might also be true that, part of my hate comes from it being overrated.

    • gargamesh says:

      I like how the negatives clearly outnumber the positives you mentioned in the anime

  • Anonymous says:

    Well I know one thing if an anime/manga has doujin coming out of the woodworks then it has a favorable chance to live. Don’t believe me just look up the anime doujin and see how many there r

  • Anonymous says:

    I agree with you that SAO is a really bad anime, but Guilty Crown wasn’t THAT bad.

  • Anonymous says:

    Love you, love your blog, everything you said about SAO is seriously true and it’s just how I felt (but you expressed it better)
    seriously, it’s annoying this is getting popular… why why why WHY???
    There’s so much more anime out there that is outstanding in one or many points than SAO
    yet people are screaming for it, yeesh….
    The anime adaptation was worse, it cut out so many details and made it even worse
    yeah, I’m still freakin’ annoyed by how Asuna could move and how Kirito could still move after death – not even explained, shit thing – -a
    and heck how Kabaya “forgots” why he made the game… oh right
    people have to read this blog … they are watching too less anime to judge that ooooh SAO is the AOTY! SAO is the BEST!!! you fwucgar – -** (damn I’m so annoyed that good animes are being overlooked << look at BTOOOM!)

  • Anonymous says:

    I think whether one likes sword art online or not is a matter of personal opinion.
    Perhaps the anime may not provide details, and one needs to read the light novel to get the full story, but it doesn’t mean it’s outright bad.

    Why is it popular?

    • Seven says:

      *I’m going to make a statement that disregards all these comments I didn’t read in the hopes they look incorrect*

      *asks question that has already been asked numerous times in hopes it sounds logical*

  • Anonymous says:

    I watched up to episode 15.. At the start the show had potential. Pretty cool idea, not extremely original but hey. Then came the side stories and the time skips.. Basically any character development happens off screen in this show or instantly for no real reason. There’s so much cliche romance bs in it. Most of the characters aren’t really interesting at all. It’s been said here that Klein would have made a better mc and I agree. About episode 14 and Asuna’s “power of love”, I was hoping maybe that the GM would have done something interesting like disable her paralisys knowing she would throw herself into the blade or something, but no we got bs that especially doesn’t work on this anime because this is software were talking about not a magic world. I’ll accept that kind of stuff in gurren Lagann because it was actually fun to watch though. The whole product lacked creativity. The enemy designs were boring and there was nothing special about any of the fights. Also being able so dual weild swords seems like something anyone should be able to do.. I could name a bunch of rpg’s that let you do it right off the bat. If I was playing the game myself I’d think it was pretty lame but whatever. And one more thing, normally side episodes make sense in a show with 100+ episodes and are used to introduce a character that will actually stay relevant but they wasted a great deal if the first arc introducing characters that never show up again instead of developing the plot or existing characters. Oh and I’m not even going to get into the second arc, I saw one episode of it and it was just awful.

  • Anonymous says:

    Oh and one more thing, I hate that none of the characters stop for a second to think about why Kabaya or w.e would make the game at all. No one wonders if there is some kind of motive or special reason for it. Also the ghost of that one woman in episode 6 I think, no one questioned that. Could their conscious be downloaded into the game when they die, trapped forever? No aperently. The characters never thought about it because the author never even thought about it, obviously Kabaya had no reason to make that game as we know. The author didn’t seem to put any effort into the plot, it only existed so he/she could write a love story about Kirito and Asuna.

    • gargamesh says:

      “The author didn’t seem to put any effort into the plot, it only existed so he/she could write a love story about Kirito and Asuna.”

      Exactly, many inconsistencies, events that don’t make any sense, no explanations for the most part, the author clearly (or the production of the anime) didn’t care for the story, the whole thing was set up for the cliche romance of Kirito and Asuna, and most recently, the incestual desires of his sister to him.

      • triton6783 says:

        Well, why would he bother putting in any effort when he could get a bunch of mindless idiots to buy his crappy series, which would make him rich.

      • Anonymous says:

        Oh man that pairing is terrible. The author tries to make it okay by saying “Hey it’s cool, there only cousins!” And then the whole soa community freaks out when you say it’s weird. It is weird, I don’t care if its okay they are cousins, they grew up together like brother and sister.

    • Seven says:

      He probably had a sister and he wanted to have incest with her, but unlike him, she was a successful person in life – so he decided to go this route instead.

      • Anonymous says:

        Exactly.

      • Anonymous says:

        1. Kirigaya’s family died when he was a little kid and so the only “sister” he got was Suguha
        2. Kirigaya found out they were just cousins when he was 10 and thus distanced himself from Suguha
        3. He decided after he returned from SAO that he would spend more time with Suguha
        4. As for your insecurity, relations between non-immediate family like cousins is not “weird” in Japanese culture. Even though Kirigaya has no romantic feelings for Suguha like she did for him

        • Seven says:

          I appreciate your irrelevant reply. If only it had more relevance to my comment, I’d give you a more relevant reply too.

  • Anonymous says:

    Also there seems to be no rhyme or reason as to why she loves Kirito, she just does because the author wants to have an incest pairing.

  • Anonymous says:

    1; Guilty Crown was F**KING awesome in my opinion..
    2; SAO was even F**KING better!

    I’d be sad if there wouldn’t be a season three, which prolly will be the case..

  • Anonymous says:

    “In spite of the heavy emphasis on 10,000 people stranded in a virtual world”
    You use the words “heavy emphasis”…I don’t think you know what it means….
    There was little even mention of them being stuck in the game.

    • Anonymous says:

      Well there should have been, because, oh, I don’t know, that was the ENTIRE PREMISE OF THE ANIME?

  • Anonymous says:

    Guilty Crown was a really good anime but it didnt really make sense.I ve seen anime’s far more worse than that.

  • Anonymous says:

    thats why its so popular right? coz its bad. you guys nailed it. Youre taking it too seriously. This anime was never meant to be a serious thought invoking anime, character heavy series. It was made simply to look pretty and be flashy which is has plenty of

  • Anonymous says:

    I’ve read each comment. I even agree with most, I really dont think they did a very good job developing the characters and it did bother me that Asuna had ABSOLUTELY no reason for falling in love with kirito! I also dont think they put much effort into why kirito was able to be a badass the whole show and when something needed beating he got through it with PURE RAGE (i will never understand). But most of these are just ignorant, “i hated it blah blah so bad, I could do so much better if III made an anime, why wasn’t it the most meaningful anime I’ve ever seen, so bad so bad, I know it was the most popular anime of 2012 but so bad.”

    • Seven says:

      *derp im gonna make up a quote no one actually said so i can prov my point herpchirp*

      The only people asserting anyone make their own anime are the people supporting this series.

  • Anonymous says:

    I didnt get past the 3rd episode and I’m not surprised to hear this anime is terrible.

    Now I have to hope that Attack on Titan stops spending 10mins per episode of characters just moping and 10 mins of flashbacks no one gives two shits about with onky 1min of actual plot. (I’ve read the manga so I already know Attack on Titan is an above average narrative but fuck me the anime slow)

    • Anonymous says:

      If dumbshits really want a show like SAO, then they could turn to the immensely less-shallow ‘Tower of Druaga’ which is essentially the same except its ‘real’ and not some mmo.

  • Anonymous says:

    Just to state if you slowed down the frame rate you would see that unlike with naruto or bleach the animation stays strong and instead of blurring during fight scenes they sped up frame rate something that is almost impossible to do correctly so when you say that the animation is crappy then you are also saying that the choppy animation done in naruto guilty crown bleach one piece fairy tail and almost all other anime is better than a smooth non choppy animation I believe you are either blind or being biased.

    • kawaidespair says:

      Of course, comparing Sword Art Online to anime you acknowledge as having bad animation makes SAO look good, i.e. comparing trash to utter rubbish makes the trash look better.

      Now try comparing SAO To Fate/Zero, Samurai Champloo- probably a hyperbole using these two examples-, heck, even Rurouni Kenshin has better animation than this and look at it’s date!!

  • Anonymous says:

    I also believe the reason kirito survives and beats SAO is not love but pure willpower stimulating his senses and allowing some few seconds where he is able to transcend the neural inhibitors placed in the nerve thus justifying the fact that sound science proven over and over again throughout human history was researched and used to help the planning of the novel and the anime reducing what you call the power of love to a sound principle to date that have been featured in article in the brain.

  • Anonymous says:

    I wont argue with some points because this is all opinion and everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but there are a few things in this that bothered me greatly. You more or less bash the main character for getting so depressed that the girl he loved died in the game and you called her just a character, when in reality she was a real person who he THOUGHT had died in real life. It was not some “virtual death” it was a real death. Yes we later find out she survived but there was no way of knowing at the time.

    I wont argue with your animation comments, but personally I thought they were amazing.

    I am not going to say you “misjudged the entire series due to your obvious hatred for it” but i will say you were wrong on a FEW things (just a few)

    for one, The bad guy explains why he did everything, they also explain in the show why kirito and asuna did not die, it was because the game had been beaten soon enough after their deaths, that the headsets they had did not yet gotten around to killing them.

    I cant remember if you are right OR wrong on this, but i am fairly certain that they explain why the lead female character was killed despite being “temporarily invincible” kirito asked that she be made invincible if/after he dies, and he was not yet dead. He asked her to be made invincible so she could not kill herself instantly after he died, so she had time to try and get over his death.

  • avatar drake says:

    People keep saying how “interesting” the world of SAO is and how creative it is, which is complete BS, because the show STEALS mythology from REAL MMORPGs, they think that guilds, trading, weapons, monsters, etc. is neat, EVEN though actual RPG’s already do that.

    That’s like me inventing some bi-cameral government consisting of a president, a supreme court, and congress, and it- Wait a minute, I’m just stealing from the real world, yes it’s very developed and cool but I’m taking my ideas from something that ALREADY exists.

    The environment of SAO is not a parallel to ANY of the themes within the show, the environment of Virtual reality ONLY exists to serve as a catalyst to overblow the entire idiotic romance between the two terrible characters. Clearly the author has pathetically drempt and fantasized about these two characters, but he wanted to take it to the next level so he put them in a virual reality game so it can create some facade that the relationship is in more trouble and peril thus artificially creating a cheap plastic catalyst that gives the illusion of a great couple. But people can smelll BS.

    When it comes to a Show I heavily admire like Oreimo, the character relationships are not overblown just because the author is untalented, relationships are established through dialogue, action, etc. NOT through mindless battles, cheap tricks that even soap operas would be embarrassed to see, and the “THREAT” of “DEATH”.

    To sum it up, Sword Art Online is fan fiction, fan fiction of what? Well, it may not be derived from original source material, but the show itself steals the essence of the whole middle-ages Game of Thrones environment.

    Another thing that blows my balls off is when ANYTIME someone criticizes the show, the fans ALWAYS say “Well yeah, Season 2 sucked, but season 1 was great” And I’ve seen that like a million times, I too stopped watching the show at episode 14, but I have seen snipets of the 2nd season and yes, they look MUCH worse than the first season true, but that’s like saying the shit I took today is worse than the shit I took yesterday. And the villain in season 2 really really boils my anger for this show, not because of how evil he is, but because of how EVIL he is. Confused? Most people who hate Sugou is because he’s a complete creep, I hate Sugou because the ONLY reason he exists is to rile up the idiot fans to create an object of PURE evil for Kirito to defeat and save his 1 dimensional princess. That is the basis of his entire existence and the author overblows Sugou’s evilness NOT because he’s a well written character, but ONCE AGAIN, to act as a catalyst to advance their worthles relationship. Compare that to Oreimo, when we had a great GOLDEN scene in episode 3 where Kyosuke confronts his father on Kirino’s Eroge, his father is not some unreasonable super evil douchebag, he’s a strict understanding loving tsundere of a father, You see? You don’t NEED villains to be a good show, you need HUMANS. – This is by the way 15% of the reason why I hate SAO, and I just want to say that you may be good at hating Sword Art Online, but please don’t forget who is the GOD of hating this show, which is me.

    I would say MUCH MUCH more about the show, but I intend to live the rest of my 80 years, rather than spend 50 years of it writting what’s wrong with this show. To sum it up PERFECTLY, it is the twilight of anime.

    To be honest though, I almost think SAO is a bit dangerous. What kind of idiotic morals is this author trying to push? Everyone sucks except for the main characters, when it comes to someone like Sugou Nobuyuki, it seems like the author wants people to believe that characters are just PLAIN evil with no real backstory or sense of humanity, real freakin brilliant. The world exists in black and white when it comes to the author, and he ALSO made a show about accel world, which is basically a fat dude who gets everything he wants….Yep put the pieces together now

    And let’s not forget the fact that the show COMPLETLY ignores the thousands of people who died, but celebrates happiness because thank god Asuna and Kirito are alright. Also, remember when Kirito said some stupid BS like “if Asuna is in danger, I’ll save her and only her and screw everyone else who has families” Not only is that totally morally reprehensible, the show TREATS it as a positive. That’s the kind of terrible emotion you keep DEEP DOWN INSIDE YOUR HEART, you don’t announce it proudly like some psychopath, and once again, I use the word catalyst, BECAUSE that piece of dialogue can be looked at in two ways:

    “KYAAA, he is so dreamy, putting Asuna’s life above everyone elses”

    or

    “Oh my God, what the hell is wrong with you? You sick human being?”

    And when people say generic BS like “Well that’s your opinion man” Well, there are good opinions and bad opinions. It seems like everyone who hates SAO can construct long well developed complex essays on why it’s bad and everyone who likes it usually has a horrible reason “THE MUSIC ROCKED! WOO!” or “VISUALS RULE! WOO!” Somehow Twilight is mocked and ridiculed, but SAO got a free pass simply because it’s “Anime” But I gurantee that Twilight should be in the same boat as SAO, but hell, I’ve read and seen Twilight and TBH, Twilight is actually better than SAO because it isn’t as NEARLY as pretentious as SAO, and I think that’s one of SAO’s biggest problems, it’s WAY too pretentious, I hate shows like Infinite Stratos and Boku WA Tomodachi ga haganai, but those shows are harem garbage that DON’T take themselves seriously, where as SAO does.

    And what is up with this BS about the animation? WHO THE HELL CARES HOW GOOD THE ANIMATION IS, this is the same kind of stupidity that came with people who liked Avatar. When did the magic of animation replace the magic of storytelling, that’s a VERY bad sign when people have to resort to using the show’s animation as a strong point rather than substantial things like plot, development, character, etc. This anime raked in fans in cheap and stupid ways. The first few episodes creating a facade that it was good, the animation, and the fact that it was in a time slot where there wasn’t much good anime out at the time. It’s not popular based off merit, I bet this should wouldn’t have ANY fans if the animation sucked.

    They are all 1 dimensional, the dialogue is terrible, the female heroine is unbelievably pathetic, God knows HOW many times she threatened to kill herself and there are two ways to take that, either people will go “Dude, lady, chill out and stop being a drama queen” and the other side will go “AWWWW ISN’T THAT SWEET?”

    I reached into the depths of my mind and pulled out a fraction of my criticism against this show

    I have been writing College Level Essays about how much I utterly despise SAO and call it the “Twilight of anime? I feel like I’m the only one who hated this show with passion, but if I dig enough, I’ll find other intelligent people who despise the show as much as I do, although I find the criticism to be dead-on, you have still missed like 90% of what’s wrong with this horrible POS show. But still, I’m glad I found this website.

    • Seven says:

      I’m not going to bother replying to everything you said cause you posted like 15 comments on the same article, but anyway.

      “And what is up with this BS about the animation? WHO THE HELL CARES HOW GOOD THE ANIMATION IS”

      You clearly don’t understand anything about animation. While you hate Sword Art Online, you haven’t the slightest reason why it’s a bad series on the technical level.

      ” you have still missed like 90% of what’s wrong with this horrible POS show”

      I think it’s more like you don’t understand 90% of what’s wrong with this horrible POS show.

      • avatar drake says:

        Pretty ironic of you to attack other people for making bad arguments yet you say that I don’t understand why this show is bad by stating ONE thing that you don’t agree with me on and then ignoring everything else I said. I made more comments because I saw more of your reviews and that just sparked more things for me to say.

        True or false: This show looks beautiful and much better than other anime? I don’t really see how anyone can refute the fact that this show’s animation looks great. And I’ve seen your comment about how bad the fighting scenes are (The fighting scenes that bored me to death) and if you think I’m referring to THAT, then you’re wrong. and even IF you don’t agree with me on how good the animation is, the POINT of that statement is that OTHER people find animation to be it’s strong point, and the point is that liking a show for mostly for animation is idiotic and desperate. It was a hypothetical statement, because even IF SAO’s animation was good, that still wouldn’t save the show at all, and most of my comment wasn’t even talking about the animation. And if you still have some deeper explanation as to why the animation sucks, it would have been nice to hear a coherent argument rather than empty statements implying how “I don’t understand and I will never get it”

        And when you say stuff like “I’m not gonna bother replying” simply off the basis that I made multiple comments rather than addressing the substance of those comments, To quote someone from this article: “That’s what people often say when they can’t make a valid counterargument”

  • Anonymous says:

    I swear the protagonist of this anime is just…ugh, who came up with this character?! The character is mostly generic, a completely badass with no explanation, with no flaws. The only time I know where this guy ACTUALLY had to struggle with making a decision, bringing out his, not-really-a-flaw, was when SPOILERS he had the choice to kill the bad guy in the 2nd arc but forced himself not to do it SPOILERS OVER Shu from guilty crown is a better character in every way: he develops, struggles, has flaws, like seriously? There’s no competition, Guilty Crown is better than this trash

    • cronosmu says:

      You can’t use the word “better” to compare Guilty Crown to anything, even if Sandwich Art Online is the object of that comparison. The expression you’re looking for is “just a little bit less horrible”.

  • Anonymous says:

    No one would’ve watched this fan fiction if it didn’t have the concept in it that it did.
    Just ’cause it’s an… erm… thing (god it hurts to call it an anime) about a MMO all the teenage gamers act like it automatically understands them.

    The fan base is probably the most annoying aspect of this franchise when they cram SAO down your throat and make irrational attacks on you if you have a negative opinion, and is probably people’s feul for ranting so heavily about this. The fanbase is like this because the hype curtains the show’s actual flaws that older viewers catch easier, but the larger younger fan base is oblivious to since deep down they insert themselves and what SAO brings to the table is all they need to keep on watching.

    It’s fun pointing out Sword Art Online’s flaws. All the ten year olds are all like “You don’t know jack.” Plus you feel good for proving yourself to the masses who actually idolize this show.

    I’m on the second arc and I’m going to finish it because I enjoy a good crap fest and this show is entertaining to make fun of. Plus I need to experience it to make respectable criticism. my only complaint is that I need to take around 5 breaks to finish an episode since at this point I’m finding the dialogue hard to watch.

    Not going to say that it’s the right thing to do since we basically release all our frustrations on them while trying to warn them at the same time.

    Not gonna go into any detail about the flaws. It’s been said enough.

    In a nutshell, SAO was a fan fiction masquerading as an anime so it could become more popular than possible for a fan fiction. Probably the creator had an insert fantasy they wanted to share with the masses and I guess a lot of other people enjoy daydreaming about insert fantasies. But you don’t do anime like this.

    Toonami won’t put on stuff like Fairy Tail or bring back Dragonball Z but they brought this back for the next generation of shounen to flame at. A damn shame. Just let the flame die. The only reason they added this to their list is because of the high ratings it doesn’t deserve. The flame was reborn in Toonami in a great ball of destruction, and from the ashes it rose like a pheonix.

  • Anonymous says:

    Thank you!

    I realized I didn’t even actually talk about your review and I agree with basically everything. And I admire that you stood by your review even though the hate comments started rolling in (a lot more here than I’ve seen on any other review that is negative to SAO).

    It was just a high budget fan fiction which is why it got enough exposure to become popular.

    I just wish they made the anime before the fan fiction instead of making the anime a fan fiction (the concept was just false advertising unintentional or not)
    And I agree about your point on the graphics, too. For God’s sake A-1, they paid you enough money to actually TRY.

    Watched the boss fight from episode 13 again. They still framed a decent amount, plus for a 30+ vs 1 they only really showed 5 characters–Klein, Kirito, Asuna, Heathcliff, and Agil.

    Anyway great review. Always like reading rants on SAO and this one was more valid than rage.

  • Anonymous says:

    guys, can someone explain about the one frame fight scene / single still frame thing. why do people say that the fight scenes are like watching powerpoint slides? I don’t really understand what it means. to me, the fights look no different than any fight in any other anime, really. though yes I agree SAO is highly overrated but the plot is actually a mess.

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