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    April 16, 2022 @ 6:14 am

    First 12 ep of SAO is good and was my top romance/isekai type till i became a weeb.

  2. Ethan
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:14 am

    i can only hope someone will buy this franchise in 20 years and reboot it with a shonen style story where each floor is 2-3 episodes minimum and never exit the original world

  3. Captain Cooter
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:14 am

    I only recently watched the show and I can say that it’s not just rose tinted glasses. The first part is genuinely good. It just really starts to fall off towards the end of that season.

  4. blue
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:16 am

    It was quite good, and It brought about the first Game in which my little brother deleted 5 months of grinding in 2 seconds.

  5. hipjoe roflmto
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:16 am

    Aye like who invited this guy you bastard

  6. Ezekiel
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:23 am

    After watching the whole series and i really find the series missing something the Season 1 have so much time skip that made me angry like "bro WTF can’t we make every floor per episode fck" but still throughout the series i liked it, i find it interesting how the story will go after the shit happened in SAO so fck i watched it and it’s worth it thank god movie covered the first arc

  7. truska4life
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:24 am

    The first season was fantastic. Once they went into fairie land the show went to shit . I have so many girls at work who praise the show like its God and im like are you kidding ..

  8. Eric Barnes
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:25 am

    Yes, I am a grown man ugly crying because the nostalgia from 2012 makes me emotional.

  9. jchoneandonly
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:27 am

    I actually did enjoy the first season. It had some really good emotional moments

  10. Generally Sweet
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:29 am

    I loved the first season, and like some other comments I did defensed the first half of the first season… after it turned into a anime full of just r*pe scenes. I tried to watch the 3rd and forth seasons but couldnt finish them. They sucked. I have no clue why they needed so much random crap and r*pe scenes.

  11. Old Saint Nick
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:29 am

    I actually loved the nostalgia followed by "dont forget to grab a femboy maid outfiit"

  12. lucca firmeza
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:31 am


  13. Goku Drip
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:32 am

    It never was good I watched the first season without even liking it is just stupid SAO *WAS ALWAYS TRASH*

  14. DjVickySlick
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:32 am

    When SAO And AOT Both came out, god damn what a time for anime!

  15. Drew White
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:33 am

    I think Aincrad was good, but I stopped watching after that.

  16. Push Button88
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:34 am

    Its funny i watched SAO with my girlfreind at the time when it came out. And we enjoyed it her more than me but we wnt to a large anime convetion that year and i could tell you how many kirito and Asana cosplays there were.

  17. Marianne playing Uno
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:34 am

    As much as I dunk on SAO, i do appreciate it for getting me into anime

  18. Davethegamer
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:35 am

    I know he’s working on progressive but I do wonder if he’ll ever be interested in rewriting the series. SAO still to this day prints money, and I legitimately wouldn’t be surprised if they wanted to make another anime after they complete this story.

  19. Skrik
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:36 am

    Someone had to fucking say it, man, this video was cathartic. I’ve been so used to it getting memed to hell for years as the worst anime ever that I never got a chance to talk about how much I loved it at one point. Granted, I was 13 or 14 and it was the second anime I’d ever watched (excluding Pokemon and shit) after Death Note, but there was something about it that I still haven’t really felt since and this video described it so well. That feeling of wanting to just jump into this fantasy world and vicariously live another life. The inexplicably nostalgic, welcoming familiarity of the world and places in it, the sounds, the music, it all really captured your heart back then, as a young kid who spent way too much fucking time inside videogames. Even though I know it’s shit story and writing-wise now, I still get a bit emotional remembering the way it first made me feel when I’d never seen anything like it back then.

  20. Scraub
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:37 am

    What the fuck, I did not realize the beginnings of the show. That explains so god damn much. Might go a bit less hard on it from now on lmao.

  21. weglarz
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:38 am

    SAO suffered from “it’s popular, so we need to put it under the biggest microscope we can find” syndrome. Yeah, it’s got holes. But not everything is about having a perfect story. Sometimes the feel, atmosphere, characters, etc can carry a show.

  22. Lone Wolf
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:38 am

    Say what you want about sword art online but I think we can all agree that SAO abridged in an absolute masterpiece

  23. Mj Matiz
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:39 am

    Sao has a bad reputation (at least in my opinion) of having banger first halves of the season and the other being complete shit. Best example right now is season two-like what the hell?! Hopefully progressive (the movie not the insurance) will fix all my problems.👌

  24. Unwritten_Zephyr
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:41 am

    Dude this was seriously eye opening. I gained so much respect for Kawahara, it must be so hard to have your first go at a novel be your career defining piece of work. Even though his writing was not good, his imagination and world building were.

  25. Richard Gibney
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:41 am

    One thing that personally got me hooked on anime is the abridged version of sao, personally i believe it retells the plot of sao without it being too cheesy and adds alot of comedy to it. It also adds personality to each character further than the base anime

  26. DazedDamien
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:43 am

    Hey Madoka Magica is incredible no slander

  27. Red Hand
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:44 am

    You should give The .Hack Series a try, each entry is kinda it’s own thing in terms of plot and quality but overall it’s pretty good.

  28. Axaturdoor
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:45 am

    The first time I’ve heard of SAO, I’ve heard time and time again that it’s a great anime (mind you, I’ve never seen reviews of SAO being crap).

    I don’t know why I didn’t give it a chance back then. I think I did but then I got distracted and dropped the anime without even watching the 1st episode to its entirety. All this time I thought I was missing out but it really was that bad?

  29. Akira evanglion Ultimate alien
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:45 am

    I like how Eren has kirito’s dub voice

  30. Sweet Carrot
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:47 am

    I enjoyed SAO through and through. I just really liked it

  31. ImTheJaeger
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:50 am

    I get and agree with most of the criticisms but the nerve gear issue doesn’t make sense like bruh they were sucked into a fuckin rpg. What realisticness do u want from a helmet that can do that, it’s like saying I wanna know the science of magic ppl would be like tf

  32. KnuffKirby
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:50 am

    SAO isn’t a bad anime, it is perfectly okay. In fact, it is better than minimum 90% of all anime, these anime are just lesser known.

    Also, the first part of Alicization was just so insanely good, which made SAO into one my favorites actually.

    And criticism is good, when done right. Gigguk for example shows both positive and negative aspects and explains them. On the other hand, Mothers Basement is basically just milking it and saying: SAO bad

  33. Nobal Kain
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:52 am

    I STILL love Sword Art, yes it has flaws but its so much fun that I can let that go. I also still want more… please.

  34. Devin Martinez
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:54 am

    sometimes on a bright blue sky when the moon is out I go back and watch the first arc blissfully

  35. Aka60thChip
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:57 am

    For me it was the concept of an RPG becoming my life and goal. Like you put it, it’s the possibilities that really hooked me. The first arc was amazing but by the end I felt sorta cheated, it was amazing but why end it so abruptly? Then the second arc came and honestly I fell off of it. Watched the gun part a while later just cause I wanted to see where it was going. But then the Alice arc came and somehow I got hooked. Was it the new art style? Ehh, kind of? Was the story better? Ehh kind of? We’re the fights cooler? No. Well, at the end kind of, but then you get the big sword mecha and I was left thinking what the hell is this? The ending though with the IRL political and ethical usage of AI was interesting. While the concept isn’t entirely new, I just really got into it and died to see how it would turn, cause honestly, this shit could happen in my lifetime. And the possibilities this tech can bring both good and bad, really gets one thinking about the controversy values we might have to settle

  36. Wes Ellis
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:58 am

    I liked the first season and hated the second so much I started hating the 1st season

  37. Panda God
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:59 am

    the first part of the first season of sao is one of my favorite animes. just that part tho. oh and also gun gale online, but not the one in the main series, the spin off one is good.

  38. Gabriel Torres
    April 16, 2022 @ 6:59 am

    And this is why we have the SAO Progressive LN and Movie more stories of the Aincrad Arc, and what could be from start to finish

  39. Mario Tanglao
    April 16, 2022 @ 7:05 am


  40. Zeaxe
    April 16, 2022 @ 7:06 am

    fuck now I’m crying because everything was better in 2012

  41. Pegasus Maximillion
    April 16, 2022 @ 7:06 am

    Dude I agree 100% and it nice to see someone touch on the fondness we all had of season 1. One thing I don’t hear talked about much is the fucking soundtrack. I still listen to it how many years later? It gives me chills and this feeling of nostalgia.. like I’m actually in a RPG town just hoping to survive another day. Some serious .hack//sign vibes with the violins 🙂

  42. lucien
    April 16, 2022 @ 7:07 am

    I just wanted SOA for the first time. I actually really like it

  43. Centizo
    April 16, 2022 @ 7:07 am

    dragon ball better

  44. MoistureBoy
    April 16, 2022 @ 7:08 am

    I think the story is eh, and I can’t argue that. But it was such an immersive world. I don’t care what anyone says, everyone really vibed with Kirito. The art style, the fights, and even the world that was built were all just perfect to get absorbed into.

    SAO made me think playing MMORPGs would be fun. I tried WOW because of this show. I bought a VR headset because of this show. I think it’s wildly abused for no reason.

    I had no idea Accel World came before SAO either, even tho I watched them in reverse of release.

  45. Nelly Omega
    April 16, 2022 @ 7:08 am

    Honestly I enjoyed season 1, season 2 was trash. Season 3 was just okay. Haven’t watched season 4

  46. TheLostWarrior
    April 16, 2022 @ 7:10 am

    I will say though, GGO Was my favorite arc in Sword Art Online… SAO was the first anime I ever watched and was my favorite for a long time then I found Konosuba and Konosuba took over as my favorite

  47. Galactic Chicken
    April 16, 2022 @ 7:10 am

    And I am still isekai trash

  48. Frenzied Unicorn Productions
    April 16, 2022 @ 7:11 am

    I think Its funny how everyone Takes the SWE Adaptation as Just another huge dump on SAO, when in reality you have to Love this Show immensely to even Go and Put that much effort into creating an entirely new Plot for the whole Thing.
    Meaning to say: people also Like to Just See their own opinion reflected in something else. I Feel this is one of the Bigger reasons why Its so popular to hate on SAO nowadays.

  49. Crysi Crysis
    April 16, 2022 @ 7:12 am

    SAO season one was fantastic.

    GGO was acceptable, if you squinted.

    It’s not fantastic, looking back on it. But it’s alright. It’s okay enough, and sometimes that’s all a show needs to be.

    He’s not a writer, but the passion for the gaming side of it works well enough that better writers can parody it. SAO Abridged? Absolute banger, takes everything great about the original, makes the story better, and is the best version of the show by far.