I have opinions! As much as I can share them with my fiancé, friend and brother-in-law-to-be.. they don't necessarily have a clue what I'm rambling about. So Sword Art Online.
Oh the potential. I should start with saying I haven't read the manga and have no real intention to, nor have I seen .hack or Accel World (yet). But I went ahead and started on SAO after hearing so many divided opinions and.. players get stuck in a virtual reality fantasy MMORPG. Okay, as an MMO player myself this is right up my street.
Loved it so much. 9/10.
There's humour, colour, an opening theme I liked (in a guilty pleasure kind of way), and a running storyline that had me intrigued. Why trap them in the game? How will they get to the end? Will they? Great.
My only complaints with this cour are how rushed it felt and the romance. These 14 episodes span over 2 years and I really felt the story could have been spread out so much better. There were so many more side stories they could have looked at that they just didn't, if the series was set purely in SAO with the ending being the defeat of the final boss, I would have thought it was a phenomenal little series with a few episodes of playing happy families to drive me a little mad but eh, why not?
Episodes 15+ (spoilers!)
Well.. I've only watched episodes 15 and 16 so far but I'm a little put off. 4/10.
First of all. Kirito's little sister, while he's stuck in SAO, discovers that they are in fact cousins, not brother and sister and she falls in love with him. ... Just because they aren't brother and sister by blood doesn't mean that the brother and sister bond is broken. *shudder* Just.. wrong.
Secondly, Mr. Rapey, as I like to call him. Wow is he a good bad guy I really do not like him.. he has Asuna trapped so that she can't reject his marriage proposal and he can be adopted into the family as her husband. *shudder* Kirito goes into a new game, ALfheim Online, ALO, to release her. This is a fairy game. You enter this world, which is basically SAO with fairies and magic, and ... meh.
I'm not feeling it anymore.
Does it get better? I'm likely to keep on watching now that I'm this far in but I'm seeing why so many drop it or outright refuse to watch it now. Shame. So much potential.
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