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It baffles me how personally you're taking this. It's like I kicked your dog or something. You even unfriended me for it and have resulted in petty insults. Kinda sad.
Well, of course my enjoyment of a series isn't solely what I score it on. It's a component of the score, but not its entirety. Plot, pacing, character development, atmosphere, production values, etc, are all taken into consideration when I rate shows. Besides, I already told you that I thought the first 2 episodes of SAO were mediocre. They weren't that entertaining to me, but like I already said, anything can change. My scores for currently airing shows are tentative and are subject to change. I said it was overhyped to Juals as my guess for the bloated rating. Fans of the LN have been overhyping it. I never implied that was a bad thing. If I were a fan, I'd be doing the same thing. It happens to various shows every season.
We've been over this. I explained to you the problems I have with SAO in detail. Let's go over them again, shall we?
1) Based off of an endless LN series
We've already discussed this, but anime studios rarely try to make a conclusive ending for a source material that is still ongoing. Hopefully, they'll find a satisfactory place to end the series that isn't abrupt. In other words, hopefully it doesn't have a Sankarea ending.
2) Fanfiction-tier writing
This sort of encompasses everything- poorly written characters and a plot that ignores any inconvenient issues. Reki uses "out of sight, out of mind" with regards to story logic, plot hole, and misc continuity problems. If the problem is not mentioned, then there was no problem!
3) Plot Holes
I'll just touch on one of the more glaring ones for me in the first episode. So, there's ten thousand people in a coma. There is no civilized country in the planet with the infrastructure needed to suddenly hook 10,000 people on intensive care within TWO HOURS. The simple move to the hospital should have shaved off the game's population by at least half (if we're being idiotically optimistic) because no prefecture anywhere can receive a call to go fetch several thousand people and then hook them to intensive care within two measly hours and succeed, no matter how big the city is. Hospital wards are not Bags of Holding, least of all the intensive care units. Even spread over the country, the number of people who should have fallen through the cracks is mindboggling. I'm not even going to touch the helmet part and how they didn't EMP them.
Honestly, plot holes don't even bother me that much, as I've learned to stretch my suspension of disbelief when anime is concerned.
4) Uninspired MMO setting
Boring setting, no ranged weapons, linear progression, no lore, no skill trees, limited EXP/loot, small userbase, etc, etc. I guess it works as a VRMMO, but none of it translates to a fun experience for me.
5) Gary Stu MC
Both Kirito and Asuna lack any real character flaws, but Asuna may actually be the worst offender. At least Kirito is kind of a bitch at first.
So that's my TL;DR reiteration on why I think SAO is mediocre. I'll never understand why you're so insecure about this, or why I'm even wasting my time justifying why I find this title less than stellar. I'm done talking about it, unless you have something else you'd like to talk about, because it's just getting repetitive at this point. You can even keep bitching about my rating system if you want. It doesn't bother me.
...exaggerated how, exactly? I have reasons behind all my ratings. Just because you don't agree with them doesn't make them exaggerated.
Yeah, I see your point on the combat system. Still wish there some ranged weapons though. I'd be pretty sad if I was playing it.
Well, sounds like you aren't open to discussion on this topic. You still haven't given me any examples of Kirito's growth as a character, though I appreciate you reminding me of some of the finer details of the SAO combat system. It still doesn't have the charm that other MMO battles systems have, but one of the good things about adaptions is that things appeal to me more visually, so I'm sure I'll like the combat more after seeing it animated.
Errr... I appreciate your thoughts, even if you insulted my rating system and disregarded my opinions just because I don't agree with you about some cartoons. Just for future reference, for me a 2.5/5 is average. I know by your scale I'm giving things ridiculously low ratings, but it works for me since it's is the only logical way to represent an average score on a 5 point scale.
Also, on your bio you said you aren't a fan of VNs. Honestly, I'm not either... at all, but I enjoyed Saya no Uta quite a bit. Have you read it? It's in the horror/romance genre, and it's also quite short. There are 3 routes and completing all 3 shouldn't take more than 3-6 hours, iirc. It's also easy to find fully translated. Check it out if you want something to burn some time and creep you out.
I said in my comment that it was on the lower end of mediocre. Nothing amazing, but not without merit. The LN, on the other hand, I really couldn't stand, which is why I don't have high expectations for the show. I read the first volume a while ago and could hardly get through it. It seemed like the author couldn't write more than a few sentences without infodumping. It supposedly improves from there, but the concept didn't interest me enough to continue it anyway. An MMO setting without ranged weapons, magic, buffs, debuffs, or a job/class system doesn't seem very interesting to me. Might as well watch some .Hack or Druga instead. In terms of a story, I actually prefer engaging, well-developed, and amusing characters over a well-written plot. That's another gripe I have with SAO. Kirito is seemingly 'perfect' which consequently makes him bland, as he has little room for improvement or development as a character. I'm no fan of Accel world, but at least Haru grows through his adventure.
Why in the world would I purposely want a show to fail? Why especially would I want it to fail because it's popular? Doesn't make any sense to me. I love watching entertaining shows, even if they're not particularly well-written. Maybe SAO will surprise me and end up one of my favorites for the season. I doubt it, but it's still possible.
Next time, instead of telling me I'm mistaken, why don't you tell me why I'm mistaken? Saying I'm flat out wrong won't lead to any sort of engaging dialogue. Tell me what parts you think were well written, why you think the MMO setting is redeeming, or what developments Kirito undergoes that makes him more interesting as a character.
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