Sword Art Online – What went wrong?

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I have many opinions that are not necessarily popular ones. One of them is my dislike of Sword Art Online. This is a different post than what is typical for me, but I am a big anime fan, so it was only a matter of time before I ‘came out of the closet’ so to speak.

I would like to say that right now I am directing this post to my co-blogger Brandon. I know he LOVES Sword Art Online, so if he feels like countering me on this he’s more than welcome to.

When I first saw Sword Art Online I thought it would be a really cool anime. People trapped inside of a video game? Sounds fuckin’ rad.

And it was cool…at first. I enjoyed the first few episodes where the anime sets the setting of the video game universe, introduces the characters, and really sets up the story for an interesting plot as the goal is to reach the highest floor level in the game without dying. The underlying mystery of why they were trapped was compelling as well as it had you questioning if there was a hidden reason behind this malfunction in the game or not?

I think the anime started to go downhill for me when Asuna and Kirito’s relationship really took the focal point of the anime. Instead of a psychological thriller, where the people trapped inside of a game have to fight for their lives it became a shallow romance between two high-schoolers instead.

Don’t get me wrong. I love romance. But instead of an interesting perspective on humans and how they would react to being trapped inside of a video game where the consequences are real, and their lives are on the line it became a dating anime where the main male character meets cute girls in an exotic setting. Because it wasn’t just Asuna who fell in love with him. I slowly realized SAO was starting to take on some harem-like qualities as a lot of the characters other than Kirito were attractive young girls that were just there to fall for him or progress his character development.

And that’s just not my cup of tea.

That’s really my main issue I had with the anime. Other than that yeah, I liked Asuna. She’s cute. Kirito is a bad ass. But then they get married in game, and apparently have a child…uuuuhm what? You lost me.







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