Sword Art Online has been enjoying the usual lively fan reception, with complaints of a certain seiyuu being discarded as a “sacrificial pawn” being aired amongst general viewers, and some concerns about the sheer speed at which the original light novel’s material is being expended being raised by finicky fans of the original…


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    Comment by Taylor
    08:44 23/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I knew there was going to be a cute but useless girl. Now the main characters going to be all emo.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:56 23/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    You're thrown into a game you can't get out of, your body is wasting away in the real world, with the only food you get is through a tube in your arm at the hospital, the longer you're in the game, the weaker your body becomes, and the higher your chance of dying. You know this, so you become attached quickly to those you've become friends with, then they all get slaughtered and you can't do anything about it. I dunno about you, but I'd be pretty Emo. He was already Emo though, he's anti-social basically, so when he gets friends, he becomes attached to them even faster, or tries to avoid them, acting all shy, and his emotions are higher.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:39 24/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sounds like my middle school through highschool days with ffxi. Minus the hospital part. Would spend up to 18 hours a day in that game.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:19 24/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Food doesn't go into your arm, stupid. IV fluid does. Food goes through a nasogastric tube, and a foley goes in your pee hole and is changed every week. Also, you're turned on your sides several times a day to prevent bed sores.

    These characters are doing okay in real life.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:10 24/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They're still crippled by the time they leave SAO. Their bodies are all atrophied(spelling?), and most of them take a few months of rehab just to regain full use of their bodies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:08 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    we found the first emo

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:01 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    The dude's right, you retard. So tough on the internet, sure you are.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:15 24/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The first sweet potato!?

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    Comment by Chen-04

    But what's the point to create a story around this type of person? Realism aside, it's no fun to watch. Emos should be Sidekicks that get punched by a gay mainchar.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:59 24/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Some people enjoy watching tragedy. I really like Evangelion.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:08 24/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Don't worry too much. If they follow the novels, which they look to be, Kirito'll come out of his shell around episode 10 or so. He'll be much more open by the time ALO comes around.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:49 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Probably because a lot of those who play MMOs are like that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:12 25/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You haven't been watching Batman

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:59 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The moment i saw smiling faces i knew they would all going to die.. happiness triggers death flag.. just too sad

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:21 24/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    please god no D':

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:22 24/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Aye.. And she wants him to make her die again and again and again...

    If you catch my drift..


    Comment by Anonymous

    Don't worry. She does die.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:19 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Totally agree. Staying emo is the only way to stay alive.
    That's why main characters are always emo whenever, wherever.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:03 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    He's not even close to being emo.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:04 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    thats how Haseo survived in R2

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:56 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    want to see more Conan like characters.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:49 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women"

    That Conan? They should just add a fat guy that wields a hammer, whenever he attacks he goes "Hulk Smash!"

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:02 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That conan was awesome, we dont see many characters like him often.

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    Comment by Dirty_Dingus008
    23:03 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    And ten minutes pass..(More like 20+) for reading and I now understand the third episode and why it was so effective. The writing was powerful, but how it was set would of expanded a 23 minute episode to 30 minutes. Not enough for even two eps.
    Yes; this chapter is good for a Single eps because the inner dialogue wasn't needed for anime. Cutting out the written text that bounces forward and backward, you already knew that kirito wanted to resurrect someone at the very Start! In the anime it rolls thru from start to finish without the needless jumping.
    Whiners be whiners and I very much doubt people coming in fresh without history will agree with them being me and most everyone else. Anyways: Thanks for the link too~

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:55 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    And if they'd padded things to make it two episodes.

    Then: a) folks would've been complaining about it being a filler (even more than already) or even that material not from the LN series was added, b) about there not being any action and that it was boring.

    So damned if you do, and damned if you don't.

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    Comment by Satonaka
    16:48 25/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not Only did I read this chapter, but I went back and read the entire AIncrad story, all the side stories, and have now reached the ALF first couple of chapters.

    In my opinion of reading all of those in the span of two days, I can say that one episode was perfect for this side story, which in my guess; all side stories from the second novel will be about one episode, maybe two for the slightly larger stories. The Black Swordsman will be about one episode as well, it can possibly work as two. Morning Dew girl, once the show get's that far (avoiding spoilers here, dont wanna be an asshole and do that like other people have done so already) sounds about right as a two episode story arc.

    The one with the blacksmith (warmth of the heart) to me sounds like a one episode deal for the first half, and parts of the second half in another episode folowed by the main story in the second half of same episode. Or heck if thats too confusing for them to write, just make it two episopdes from the get go. Then the very last part of the story at the end of the AIncrad story (for those that have read that Short Story, you'll know what I mean, it just fits)

    I like the way they're intergrating the second novel's side stories chronologically into the main story since, duh people, that's the proper order. For a Novel series it sorta worked writing it that way. But for an anime, the way the episodes are coming out now, is better for the viewer, whether or not they're read the LN's.

    One thing I do hate however is people continuously clamoring that "The main story will start real soon" these side stories are part of the main story because of chronological order, they aren't filler, remember that O_o

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    Comment by Chen-04
    16:53 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    10 minutes,... that's like half my life in internet-time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:26 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    so u're probably dead by now?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:13 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    So who was the seiyuu that they sacrificed? give some examples because chances are giving me just a name will be pretty meaningless to me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:23 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Hayami Saori. (Ikaros in Sora no Otoshimono; Miho [the seiyuu] in Bakuman; Saki in Eden of the East, etc.)

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:06 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Ayase from Oreimo

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:45 24/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ehh from those examples she doesn't seem like that big a deal

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    Comment by Zet@
    16:45 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yukimnua from Basara expy spotted!

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:37 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Two years worth of semen

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:22 24/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Let's prey for a hentai OVA :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:42 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    This episode was way too short to explain & express the relationship & friendship( or maybe love) between the clan and protagonist that i did not feel anything after they died.

    Did anyone have the same feeling with me?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:46 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, when the episode started I was like "saved them? I missed it, saved them from what? who are these people" It was all rushed, It makes me think it's just a 1 time run, there won't be anymore after the 25 episodes are done, then they will squeeze the whole story together, and there won't be room for the beach scene every anime has.

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    Comment by Jonas Hii
    08:56 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes EXACTLY! It is very weird because I almost felt nothing when Sachi and the rest died. At first i thought he was dreaming but he wasn't! They just died too easily...

    Comment by Anonymous

    Because they made the two-episode story as one...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:57 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Enter a room there's a treasure chest, Look up and now look down the room is full of monsters, Look at the left at your bitch now look right your friends are dying now look left again your bitch turned into diamonds.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:02 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not really, in most RPGs the chest is in a side room all by itself, specially if it's a hidden room.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:25 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    well except for Kirito :3

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:39 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I say, those guys are a bunch of RPG noobs. You enter empty room with a treasure chest and nothing else. Obviously it's a trap!

    Comment by Anonymous

    They cut out too much. For people like me who haven't read the light novel, I'm rather lost as to how he even ended up in the guild. They could have at least included a 30 second clip of him saving the guild or something... And that fight with the huge boss... Where did that go?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:16 24/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    the fight with the boss wasn't actually in the LN either. It pretty much just skipped to the end of the fight and said that he'd burned through almost all of his healing items. As for them cutting too much, all we can do is hope that the BDs will fix that. If not, oh well.

    Comment by Anonymous

    The novel's getting so super condensed that everything feels waaaay too rushed -_-

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:07 24/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    What? Am I the only one who feels that Hayami Saori's voice doesn't really fit Sachi???

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:22 24/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought she sounded perfect as Sachi.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:01 25/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Didn't even realize that it was the same seiyuu as Musubi from Sekirei.

    Reminded me more of Mamiko Noto as Oichi from Sengoku Basara.

    And I always did feel sorry for Oichi.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:26 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Holy sameface, Batman.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:15 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most LN to Anime adaptations usually are 3-4 volumes long adaptations per season, but I'm guessing SAO will only be the first 2 volumes, so if anything i bet they add more filler and slow things down more before the end.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:23 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    it'll run for 24 episodes so they should make it to the end of volume 4

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