Alan Smithee

I Was Wrong About Sword Art Online

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I have a confession to make, I was very, very rude towards Sword Art Online’s fans for a while. I now hope to repent for those sins. Just a warning though, I will be talking up to the end of the first season so spoilers ahoy!

First things first, I apologize for being such a dick when it came to this show. I realize now that it’s just anime and there’s no reason for my bad behavior. This is a show, not a religion or deeply held belief…people are free to like or hate whatever they want, I was probably a bit too loud with my hate and I regret that.

I honestly thought that the show was amazing up to the middle of the season when they were still within the confines of Sword Art Online. When Kirito and Asuna are separated and the introduction of Alfheim Online happened, it was such a large change that it honestly was shocking. You’d be surprised how invested into certain storylines one gets until it’s suddenly ripped away from you with another show taking its place as many like me assumed.

It wasn’t until that I embraced that the real world is honestly where SAO was supposed to have its focus, not the virtual world that they want you to equate to the real world. That’s how sneaky and all-encompassing VR is in real life. Pardon me for going full English Professor reading into things, but from the onset I have to wonder if that was the intention of the creator Reki Kawahara.

The other item I had issues with was the fanservice they provided with Sugu, but I’m glad to say that they sincerely toned it down and developed her as a much larger character than we initially thought she would end up becoming, effectively becoming the third leg of a complex love-triangle that sells me on many anime and manga. My favorite anime of all time is Macross and there’s usually a love-triangle in there somewhere.

I get it, it’s a somewhat cheap device to emotionally invest people in the show but I’ll be damned if it doesn’t work on me everytime. I’m just glad that I took the time to finish the rest of the season (thanks Netflix) as I can now focus on the second season that’s airing right now in Japan. I can’t wait to catch up.

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