I first stumbled upon SAO in 2012 when a friend of my sister recommended it to her, after a few months i found out it became wildly popular. After hearing from another friend i decided to watch it.
SAO is a story about a young boy Kirigaya Kazuto being stuck in a MMORPG. While the plot where "If you die in the game, you die in real life" was a interesting part in the series, I'd say SAO is more of a romance between kirito and asuna than an action series. The first half was pretty good however, the second half of the series
wasn't all that good. So don't expect too much from this series.
Art was good, they portrayed the game theme well.
The OP and ED was good, the voice acting was fine. This was a good point about the series as well.
The Characters for me were fine. During the time I was watching this series the only character that has succeeded in catching my eye was yui, other than that the characters didn't really interest me because (1) I couldn't care less about what happens to kirito (to me he's annoying) (2) to me asuna was just another type B tsundere who, in my opinion wasn't interesting enough.(3) the side characters didn't interest me. But the characters weren't really boring, they just failed to interest me.
I admit, I was disappointed in this series because I expected too much from it. However, SAO is still a enjoyable series, Its a fun watch.
Overall SAO is an enjoyable series, Sadly the romance in SAO failed to reach me, But it is still an enjoyable nonetheless.
If you are looking for an anime with Game, romance, and adventure, then you might like this series. If you are looking for an action battle anime series then this probably isn't what you're looking for. Again, don't expect too much from this series.