Deathtone wrote:I watched the first season dubbed. I could only find the other subbed. I didn't want to get used to other voice actors. Lol
Fair enough, though both seasons are dubbed so you should be able to find them somewhere.
Raging Light wrote:Because the plot was poorly written and filled to the brim with plot holes and inconsistencies. The characters were unrealistic and unlikable. Everything that provided valuable context to the first arc like Kirito leveling up, learning about the game, Asuna joining her guild, Kirito meeting his comrades that die because he lied about his strength level, the 72 floor boss fights out of 75 total, all of that happened off-screen due to the show's stupid time-skips. But we didn't time-skip past that whole episode about Kirito protecting some little girl who had a crush on him, or the episode about the blacksmith girl who had a crush on him, or the two episodes about the murder mystery in the safe zone, all of which were boring as fuck and completely irrelevant to the actual plot. I could go on but I'd be here for an hour. Which, coincidentally, is the length of the video that summarizes my thoughts quite well.
A couple weeks ago I went into a comic shop asking for one of the SAO light novels that the show was based on, as I do quite enjoy reading novelizations of my favourite movies/games to get more perspectives on the story (Though the novels came first in this instance). And the guy behind the counter told me that the show is really faithful to the novel and I should instead look into the SAO Progressive series. Apparently SAO was the authors first project, and as writers do, they get better and learn new ways to write. So seeing his original content being made into the anime and highlighting the various weakpoints you've mention, he went back and started rewriting the series. This time it's supposedly a lot slower paced (as in less time jumps) as instead of completing the whole Aincrad arc in one Novel, he's already written 5 quite large novels for the same time period. It's also from Asuna's point of view.
So yeah, SAO is definitely not a perfect series, especially with the giant holes in content that even the Author recognizes. But I still really love the setting, the interactions between the characters, and the overall heavy themes that the anime explores.
I didn't watch the video as I really don't have an hour to spare to watch it (I've got a big enough backlog of podcasts and youtube videos as it is :( )