If you know me, you know I'm a huge SAO fan. Despite its flaws, I still love it. I mean, I have a tattoo inspired by it, and I have, like, four wall scrolls.
Given that this season is in full bloom, I thought I'd give my first impressions on how the adaptation is doing compared to its source work.
Don't worry, I'm not over-analytical. I just like to point out little points that I notice, and praise or complain about it on the internet.
Ordinal Scale Incorporation
I think it's super cool that the anime is incorporating the Ordinal Scale movie. I mean, I fully expected them to, but it's still cool. Being a light novel reader, its cool to see the little twist that they put on the anime to include the Augma device.
Just the little things, like the group using the Augma when tracking down Kirito, and using it to communicate with Yui.
I'm curious to see if they are going to go a step further and implement it into the story line, because the general plot is about bottom-up AI and Ordinal Scale dealt with that in a way. Plus, Yuna is kind of in the intro, so, I'm sure she'll make an appearance later.
Also, Asuna is wearing the ring! Eek!
It's a small thing, but I really appreciate the inclusion of the supporting characters in the beginning of this arc. In the light novel, they were just sort of kicked to the side. I like Klein, and I want him to get as much screen time as possible, along with Agil.
Just for your information, if the anime hadn't included them early in the anime, they wouldn't make an appearance until nearly the end of the arc, which is crazy to me.
When writing, Reki isn't afraid to be gory and describe it in detail. During the fights, especially later, he talks about limbs flying and blood spraying. So far, it seems the anime isn't going to shy away from this.
It may not be as gory as say, Goblin Slayer, but they aren't shying away from it, which is great. I mean, it may not be a real world, but it feels real, so it should look it, right?
IT'S SO PRETTY OMG!
Okay, so I'm just going to summarize what I'm not liking about the anime thus far.
The pacing started out great, following the light novel pretty closely. Then after a few episodes, I noticed a few scenes cut out that I felt were significant. Still, no big deal.
Then episode 7 happened.
Episode 7 and after, in my opinion, turned into a pacing nightmare. They flew through so much, and summarized so much information, that it can't possibly do the novel justice. I can understand if they are trying to get to the more action packed scenes, but groundwork is important. You can't just fly through nearly a book's worth of information in one episode.
One other thing I noticed is that the anime is a little stuck on Kirito. The whole point of Eugeo is to split the perspectives up. The novel goes from his point of few quite a bit. The anime seems to want to mostly follow Kirito, to the point where they even cut 99% of Eugeo's interaction with his own mentor.
Also...why is Kirito's sword purple?! It's supposed to be black!!
Thick, or thin, I'm a fan. I'll survive.
In the end, this is just me ranting about stuff. I'm sure there is good reason for why they chose the route they are going.
I'm still greatly enjoying the series, and can not wait until they really get into the story of the arc. This is just the beginning people! It gets so good.
Also, I can't wait to see Integrity Knight Alice!!!
Fun fact: In the next, and final arc, of SAO, Unital Ring, Reki actually fully incorporated the events of Ordinal Scale. Ain't that cool?
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