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09-08-12, 10:36 PM

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I just have to ask this question, only 10 episodes in it and i hear mixed reviews from some of my friends bout watching the series, so why is this show so popular? Is their other medium forms of SAO that i am not aware of?

Is it like an online game? I do know its adapted from light novels.

In any case, i'll watch it after its finished. But i have to know how the hell did this series get so high ratings on MAL, when some people are actually complaining bout it.
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09-08-12, 10:39 PM

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same reason the sissy Justin Bieber, lame Twilight, Call of Duty are so popular
Isayama Hajime should be awarded The Manga with The Highest Inconsistencies of Characters' Appearances.
He keeps performing multiple plastic surgeries on those Shingeki No Kyojin characters in a SINGLE chapter.
Yes, I've read up to the latest chapter of Shingeki No Kyojin manga.
Forced myself to read through the kidsketching chapters after the anime's ended. At least from now on, I only have to go through the hell once a month.
Patiently awaiting SNK TV/movie/OVA anime-sequel.
The 2015 SNK live-action movie would probably suck.
 
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09-08-12, 10:40 PM

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People like to complain.

As for me, I love the animation. Very fluid from what I've seen. Coupled with the fact it's an adaptation of a popular light novel series (there hasn't been a game as of yet) it's one of the better series this season (not going to go so far as to say it's the best ever, but I'm enjoying it enough to rate it highly, and that's that.)

Also, I find the characters fairly relatable, so there's that.
 
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09-08-12, 10:41 PM

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Same reason why High School of the Dead, Steins;Gate, Code Geass and some other few high rated is popular.

It is absolutely mind blowing.

Or people are just fans of the LN and liked it too. Of course its only 10 episodes, so it generally will go down or go up hill depending how its done in the next 15 episodes.
 
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09-08-12, 10:50 PM

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Idk.. someone told me about it, hyping it up and whatnot. Episode 1 was great, but episodes 2-8 were shit. The anime redeemed itself with episode 9, so I'm going to continue watching it.
 
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09-08-12, 10:54 PM

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Deziah said:
Idk.. someone told me about it, hyping it up and whatnot. Episode 1 was great, but episodes 2-8 were shit. The anime redeemed itself with episode 9, so I'm going to continue watching it.


You should get to watching episode 10 then. I dont care much for it, but episode 10 was awesome.
 
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09-08-12, 10:55 PM

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A mixed Review? Most people have voted 8+, Therefore you got that very high score. As for Why, Many have been Light Novel readers and so am I. After reading the current volumes It's just amazing to see the story/action/dialogues come to life in a 2D entertainment show.
Obviously there are some parts that could be better, But just seeing the characters come to life is what captivated me on to the anime.

SAO Fan Club.- When it was just the Light Novel 200-300 members...
When It's announced and aired(2months)- 1100+ members...
 
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09-08-12, 10:56 PM

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5 replies in like 12 min lol, my point exactly.

I think their is more to it then that though. After doing some research, i noticed that it has similarities to the famous .hack franchise and i think why its so popular is maybe because fans thing its going to be another huge undertaking project like the .hack franchise. I mean after all it spawned like what, 4 anime series, a few movies, like 9 games, toys and apparel, etc.

I do hear recently that namco bandai is going to create a game based on the light novels. Which btw can i buy the light novels are they translated yet? Anyways this news has me really intrigued, i have got to see this anime series or at least read the novels, and then play the games when they come out.
It is absolutely a sin to be an anime fan and not at least experience "Akira" once in your life time.



 
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09-08-12, 10:56 PM

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Deziah said:
Idk.. someone told me about it, hyping it up and whatnot. Episode 1 was great, but episodes 2-8 were shit. The anime redeemed itself with episode 9, so I'm going to continue watching it.


I hope it redeems itself. Episodes 2-8 were so boring. If it doesn't get any better by episode 10 I'm dropping it. I'm about to start 9 now.

But I'm not too sure why SAO is so popular. It just looked to be the best show airing this season so I picked it up.
 
09-08-12, 10:59 PM

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I think people are expecting a lot out of it. I didn't read the LN and I still like it. People say episodes 2-8 were bad, they weren't that bad and definitely not bad enough to drop the anime. And even bad attention is attention, there are a lot of people talking about it both good and bad, so it's really popular.
 
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gatx375 said:
Deziah said:
Idk.. someone told me about it, hyping it up and whatnot. Episode 1 was great, but episodes 2-8 were shit. The anime redeemed itself with episode 9, so I'm going to continue watching it.


I hope it redeems itself. Episodes 2-8 were so boring. If it doesn't get any better by episode 10 I'm dropping it. I'm about to start 9 now.

But I'm not too sure why SAO is so popular. It just looked to be the best show airing this season so I picked it up.


But, it has to be more then looks, thier is plenty of series that look amazing on the cover pages, but end up being pretty generic, thier has to be something that is fueling the popularity of this series, and my guess is the light novels or the fact that the same company behind .hack is creating another great title, and everyone loved .hack. If you draw comparisons between SAO and .hack, i can see how it caters to quite alot of fans.
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09-08-12, 11:00 PM

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link9us said:
5 replies in like 12 min lol, my point exactly.

I think their is more to it then that though. After doing some research, i noticed that it has similarities to the famous .hack franchise and i think why its so popular is maybe because fans thing its going to be another huge undertaking project like the .hack franchise. I mean after all it spawned like what, 4 anime series, a few movies, like 9 games, toys and apparel, etc.

I do hear recently that namco bandai is going to create a game based on the light novels. Which btw can i buy the light novels are they translated yet? Anyways this news has me really intrigued, i have got to see this anime series or at least read the novels, and then play the games when they come out.


http://www.baka-tsuki.org/project/index.php?title=Sword_Art_Online
Excellent Translators, although not official you must read it before you watch SAO.
 
09-08-12, 11:02 PM

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DivisionG said:
link9us said:
5 replies in like 12 min lol, my point exactly.

I think their is more to it then that though. After doing some research, i noticed that it has similarities to the famous .hack franchise and i think why its so popular is maybe because fans thing its going to be another huge undertaking project like the .hack franchise. I mean after all it spawned like what, 4 anime series, a few movies, like 9 games, toys and apparel, etc.

I do hear recently that namco bandai is going to create a game based on the light novels. Which btw can i buy the light novels are they translated yet? Anyways this news has me really intrigued, i have got to see this anime series or at least read the novels, and then play the games when they come out.


http://www.baka-tsuki.org/project/index.php?title=Sword_Art_Online
Excellent Translators, although not official you must read it before you watch SAO.


Holy crap man is this finished? You just made my day. I am definitively going to read these.
It is absolutely a sin to be an anime fan and not at least experience "Akira" once in your life time.



 
09-08-12, 11:05 PM

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link9us said:
DivisionG said:
link9us said:
5 replies in like 12 min lol, my point exactly.

I think their is more to it then that though. After doing some research, i noticed that it has similarities to the famous .hack franchise and i think why its so popular is maybe because fans thing its going to be another huge undertaking project like the .hack franchise. I mean after all it spawned like what, 4 anime series, a few movies, like 9 games, toys and apparel, etc.

I do hear recently that namco bandai is going to create a game based on the light novels. Which btw can i buy the light novels are they translated yet? Anyways this news has me really intrigued, i have got to see this anime series or at least read the novels, and then play the games when they come out.


http://www.baka-tsuki.org/project/index.php?title=Sword_Art_Online
Excellent Translators, although not official you must read it before you watch SAO.


Holy crap man is this finished? You just made my day. I am definitively going to read these.


It's not finished yet, There is going to be around 16 Volumes. the latest one came out in early July. Also have you read/watching Accel World? The same Author wrote them, there is also some connections between them.
 
09-08-12, 11:07 PM

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EliteShadowMan said:
Deziah said:
Idk.. someone told me about it, hyping it up and whatnot. Episode 1 was great, but episodes 2-8 were shit. The anime redeemed itself with episode 9, so I'm going to continue watching it.


You should get to watching episode 10 then. I dont care much for it, but episode 10 was awesome.

*downloading episode 10 of SAO and episode 23 of Kuroko no Basket* :3
gatx375 said:
I hope it redeems itself. Episodes 2-8 were so boring. If it doesn't get any better by episode 10 I'm dropping it. I'm about to start 9 now.

But I'm not too sure why SAO is so popular. It just looked to be the best show airing this season so I picked it up.

Yeah, episode 9 was pretty damn good. It made the future of the series look more promising. Still doesn't completely get rid of the bad taste from the "captain save-a-hoe" side stories that came before it though.
 
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I think people are expecting a lot out of it. I didn't read the LN and I still like it. People say episodes 2-8 were bad, they weren't that bad and definitely not bad enough to drop the anime. And even bad attention is attention, there are a lot of people talking about it both good and bad, so it's really popular.


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09-08-12, 11:13 PM

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Jeddy017 said:
IntroverTurtle said:
I think people are expecting a lot out of it. I didn't read the LN and I still like it. People say episodes 2-8 were bad, they weren't that bad and definitely not bad enough to drop the anime. And even bad attention is attention, there are a lot of people talking about it both good and bad, so it's really popular.


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09-08-12, 11:29 PM

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It's a game about being trapped inside an MMORPG.

That, to us nerds (yes, I am one) is equivalent to what a prince arriving on a white horse is for a little girl - a dream we've always had.

It's about being stuck in a world far from the boring/cruel real world. Though in all honesty SAO is a bit more cruel than the real world. Ok, ok, much more cruel than the real world. But who cares - is there any young person who hasn't even once wondered how it would be if they lived inside a game? Maybe even WISHED to?

There you go. SAO's popularity is because it portrays the dream that people have of escaping from this world into another one. Just like shoujo anime portray the dream of girl meets white knight. Just like shounen anime portray the dream of young boys becoming powerful and popular. Just like harems... you see how it goes.
And for the time being, SAO enjoys a monopoly in the trapped-in-a-game genre, because the only other contender, .Hack, is less of a trapped-in-a-game and more like trapped-in-a-depressing-boredom-simulator.
 
09-08-12, 11:30 PM

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Well I think it's popular because it's by far one of the best new animes for this year. :)
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09-08-12, 11:31 PM

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hatahari said:
Well I think it's popular because it's by far one of the best new animes for this year. :)

That's not Space Bros.
 
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