An analytical look at the baffling popularity of Sword Art Online.
Time-skips aren't "pacing". Pacing is about the show's pacing, as a show, as a piece of medium. It's not really an issue of pacing, that there are time-skips, but time-skips could /lead/ to pacing issues.
Same here, I stopped after ep 15.
Oh god, I hope I'm not killed for saying this. I'm not saying SAO was high-quality, but I will say I thought it was successful in it's goals. Think about it. At it's base SAO's plot literally SCREAMs high school melodrama. In fact, when we analyze what the actual plot elements were, this show seems to borrow many popular elements other shows that were, in fact, melodramas. In that sense, the fact it was successful is something I don't necessarily find to be a bad thing. For what it's worth, SAO is certainly a move away from the conventional melodrama we are used to seeing by this point. I don't like SAO myself, but I do think competition is a good thing for the market. To me, SAO is a good move for anime BACK into the right direction. That is, adventure based romances that will only get deeper as audiences continue to (hopefully) mature. Hopefully (This is what I'm hoping for) the end result is a new wave of -fantasy- classics similar to the wave of Sci-Fi classics we got ten years ago. (Which, by the way, I'd argue back then those shows were the culmination of a generation of anime-viewers maturing with their shows as well. It wasn't quite as bad, but there were definitely some growing pains back then.) Back on point, though. We're seeing high school dramas start to incorporate action/adventure elements. Anime, it seems, after its crash in 08 has to mature all over again with a -new- wave of viewers. That kind of sucks us mature viewers, but if we look at the progression of shows I'd say anime is starting to improve and move back to it's roots...slowly...I'd say the reason why all the new wave of shows the last couple years seems worse than older equivalents (Kill La Kill being worse than Gurren Lagann, Guilty Crown worse than Geass, Jormungand worse than Black Lagoon, Psycho Pass worse than GotS, Attack on Titan a worse Claymore/Beserk, ect.) is precisely because they ARE worse versions. However, I don't think it's unfair to say that Anime at least attempting to emulate past successes is not necessarily a bad thing. Please, feel free to express one's reasoning if they beg to differ- but that's just my opinion. Call me optimistic, but I feel (-eventually-) sooner or later one of these new shows is going to be the breakthrough us western vets are all waiting for. We KNOW it's going to happen, we feel it. We thought certain shows here could have been it; like AoT or Guilty Crown- but even though those shows didn't fulfill the prophecy I do think, one day, it's going to happen...and make all the waiting worth it. In the meantime, I don't pour my soul out for these shows but I do still find most of them enjoyable. Even SAO, in hindsight I don't think it was that great of a show and I was sorely disappointed by the missed opportunity they had going here- but I still remember that most new ventures, in real life, do in fact fail. So I try to find positive aspects about it and appreciate SAO for its own merits. Also, for those anime fans disappointed in the industry, I implore you to take another look back home in the meantime. Say what you will, but I thought the Clone Wars and The Legend of Korra were great shows.
I didnt like this anime i really tried to but couldnt get to it, log horizon to me was better. Now with the second season starting im really debating if i should finish the first one or just dont start the second season.
See once log got into the whole talk to the people of the land bs. Man it got so caught up in politics I could barely watch it.
I think log was more like spice and the wolf than action or adventure. Is not for everyone i know that, but it was more mature than SAO, and tried to build a functioning world instead of going: this is a game were are trapped here. At the end of log you understand where they really are and that they are not in a game anymore. The setting for that anime is really well developed. Characters are treated surprisingly well and seems to be going somewhere.
I personally didn't like the 2nd part.
If you are going to complain then you have to point out what is so good about another anime. That u think deserves as much praise as SAO gets. The time skips were only bad at some points for me and I thought it was a great representation of what it is like to be top in an mmo. Which I have experienced a lot of an its no joke but you get those moments where you got to regulate another guild an you get those moments when you an your squad and its the talk of the server for months. An yes the action that was there was some of the best fights I've seen in awhile. I'm open to suggestions.
I was in a Top guild in one of the mmos I played and I cannot relate to what happened in SAO. I've been playing MMOs for years and I have never seen a solo player rise above all other players like Kirito did. The players in the top guilds were always of a different bread in terms of power and experience when compared to the regular population and regular players could never even attempt to do dungeon runs because they were too weak. Another thing which works against the solo players is that if the top players were going to do a run for loot, they would never invite an outsider into the party to farm with them even if that outsider was stronger than them. I think Log Horizon does a much better job at representing what its like being in an mmo than any other anime out there.
"I was in a Top guild in one of the mmos I played and I cannot relate to what happened in SAO." Because your character did not perma die when killed once? In the anime / game world if people died, they died in real life. Not many were going out and exploring / questing or such. The top guilds were trying to do the dungeons, and he was a pug in most situations. All he did was solo level (which is easy in most MMOs) and he grinded like there was no tomorrow. And seeing as he was a beta player, he knew where to go to level up fast. In wow terms, think a level 80 clearing BRD. And seeing as Kirito hid his level from others, they didn't know they had a high level person helping them. Also, it's an anime. If you want better pacing, go read the light novel that it is based on. There is a ton of stuff omitted (and changed a few fights around, few characters / background stuff) from the anime since they only had so many episodes they could do. Else it would have been another 12 episodes at least of episodes if they didn't skip material from what arcs they used. Also, volume 14 of the light novel is coming out April 10th...
@rdgneoz3 Non of us really knows how people would react if they knew they would die in the real if they died in the game. Also based on my experience with mmos or atleast the more modern ones, even if you knew where all the places were to level up in the game, you still would not be able to get that far into the game let alone surpass everyone else including the GM. Pacing wasn't the only problem is SAO and I know A1 pictures often drops the ball when it comes to their anime adaptations. The other problems were the numerous plot holes that existed throughout the series, no character development, almost no hatred towards the guy that trapped them in the game, terrible romance. The above video pretty much sums up why it had as many fans as it did.
Its an anime.... do you think we are gonna see them grind dungeons over and over.... it has 2 be interesting... and personally I would do what he did which is grind A LOT by my self, In every game I play I try to never rely on people. A second season is coming so clearly you are in the minority, they don't get air time if its only a few viewers.
I love this series and while is true is rushed a lot it does offer a glimpse to the future by showing it's audience the thrill and the consequences of virtual reality. Not the best anime but is a fun romp more like a summer blockbuster (if you are a movie fan like myself you know what I mean) than a tour psychological force.
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