At first, Sword Art Online seemed like it would reach the heavens from all the potential it had. After first episode I was certain that it would be the best anime of this season. I mean, come on. Clearing the 100 floors with different bosses and each of them different, pretty complex looking MC with some already established skills and experience, and all the possible drama goodness revolving around survival… and what the fuck do I get? Nothing...
MC turned out to be yet another shallow badass without any context, but at the same time excellent whish fulfillment character to all no-lifer nerds out there. All female characters were so badly written that my feminine side was insulted, and I won’t even go over the amount of shitty characters that only served as one episode fanservice and had no significance to the story or the plot whatsoever (think of that pedo-bait loli that got tentacle’d in ep 3 or 4). Sword Art Online managed to remain undefined from the start. It never knew if it was shounen based on survival and clearing the dungeons or about solving mysteries about some shitty x y characters no one gives a flying fuck about, or just overblown rom-com with no plausibility or development.
As an action based shounen, it failed. There were too much time skips and we got around… 15 minutes of action all together, and the rest was about incoherent world building that happened off-screen and some really, really terrible and lazy drama and romance. I won’t even start with the transition to the other game, because it turned out shitty way before that, but even so, it got even worse as it went. Filled with ass-pulls, incoherence and terrible written drama, SAO had no redeeming qualities in my eyes.
I’d recommend avoiding this because ratings lie. Just because it’s among the top doesn’t mean flying fuck, and you know why is that? Because majority logic means shit, and if it was ever true, then Twilight would be the best book and Justin Beiber would be the best singer in existance. How plausible is that? Well, you decide. But don’t be fooled, avoid this.
Best girl: Klein (didn’t have that many screen time as the rest to turn as shitty)