That’s what he wants you think.
Sometimes you hang around with a person for so long, you tend to forget that said person is kind of a jerk. So imagine taking a vacation (any place), and then you come back two weeks later waiting for him to pick you up at the airport. But he doesn’t, so you take the taxi home. When he visits you the next day to apologize, all you can think of is: Wow, you’re a douche.
I think that sums up how I feel about Sword Art Online.
SAO: A Love Story
It’s not wholly detestable, but SAO has always threaded the thin line between good and mediocre. This episode falls into the latter category. There’s something to said about an episode that immediately skips to two years later and has one of the main characters pop up conveniently so she can get to cooking that Ragout Rabbit. It’s a poor way to set up what appears to be the main arc of the story.
Not to mention that the conflict in this episode could’ve been easily resolved if Asuna stood her ground against her stalker-ish escort. But that would mean Kirito having to step down and not take care of his women! What kind of protagonist would he be then?! I’m fine with Kirito meeting girls, I’m fine with said girls falling for Kirito (It’s not like he’s a bad guy or anything, boring probably but hey! We’re allowed to like boring people too!)– but this recent treatment of Asuna is disappointing.
I expected more from this series. It’d be understandable if she were a newbie who actually needed the guidance and protection, but when you’re vice commander of a big time league stuck playing this game for two whole damn years– there’s got to be tenacity in there somewhere. Was it unfair for me to expect this from SAO? I think not.
SAO: An Interpretative Dance
I don’t know what’s going on here.
I might be nitpicking but SAO’s fight choreography bothers me to no end. There’s little weight, gravity or friction in every blow and every step. Sure SAO is set in a virtual reality where the laws of physics need not apply, but there has to be a sense of realism to some extent. These fights feel like an excuse for characters to do ‘cool’ poses.
Dance Kirito, dance like nobody’s watching.
I do appreciate a series that touches on social themes, but SAO has yet to fully convince me that it can tell a great story. Protip: Spending nearly half of the episode on downgrading one of your female main characters is probably not the way to do it.