History YMMV / SwordArtOnline

3rd Jan '17 8:56:06 AM XanderVJ
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* CriticalDissonance: The franchise was one of the biggest commercial hits of the early 2010s, and still has quite a big fan base. You wouldn't believe it from anime critics, though, who for the most part hate it to a degree comparable to how most film critics hate Creator/MichaelBay movies. Downplayed due to the fact that it also has a lot of detractors among audiences, in a LoveItOrHateIt fashion.
3rd Jan '17 8:53:11 AM XanderVJ
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3rd Jan '17 8:49:05 AM XanderVJ
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** The fact that even the at the next story arc, ''Phantom Bullet'', [[spoiler:Kirito survives a fatal syringe stab thanks to a fully providential and amazingly well placed PocketProtector]] also lifts many eyebrows in the suspension of disbelief field. The only thing that prevents this from being as bad as the two previous examples is that this doesn't really resolve the final climax. [[spoiler:It's Sinon's help, both inside GGO and in the real world courtesy of a stereo to the back of the final villain's head]].

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** The fact that even the at the next story arc, ''Phantom Bullet'', [[spoiler:Kirito Bullet'' was also partially guilty of this: First, [[spoiler:inside GGO, Kirito suddenly remembers Death Gun's true identity thanks to a borderline BatDeduction]]. Second, [[spoiler:in the real world, Kirito survives a fatal syringe stab thanks to a fully providential and amazingly well placed PocketProtector]] also lifts many eyebrows in the suspension of disbelief field. The only thing that prevents this from being PocketProtector]]. However, they are not as bad as in the two previous examples is that this doesn't really two arcs, since they're not what actually resolves either fight. [[spoiler:What does resolve the final climax. [[spoiler:It's them is Sinon's help, both inside GGO and in the real world courtesy world. In the first instance, Sinon uses the laser sight of her scope-less sniper rifle to distract Death Gun, leaving him wide open to Kirito's attack. In the second instance, she smashes a stereo to the back of the final villain's head]].
2nd Jan '17 5:23:56 PM XanderVJ
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* SnarkBait: By now, SAO has become one of the biggest ones in the entire anime community. It's particularly vicious among critics, where [=SAO=] is one of the biggest AcceptableTargets, and it's difficult to find one who doesn't loathe the franchise to some degree. The range goes from critics who throw occasional, but consistent jabs, like WebVideo/{{Arkada}} or The Anime Man (although they also acknowledge its strengths when they see it due and admit it's a perfectly good watch), to critics who absolutely despise it and dedicate lengthy, often also hateful essays about why the series sucks too much to warrant its ridiculous popularity, like WebVideo/{{Digibro}} or ''Mother's Basement''. There are a few ones like WebVideo/{{Gigguk}} who consider it SoOkayItsAverage, but they seem to be a minority (and even then, they like to mock it from time to time for comedic effect).

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* SnarkBait: By now, SAO has become one of the biggest ones in the entire anime community. community.
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It's particularly vicious among critics, where [=SAO=] is one of the biggest AcceptableTargets, and it's difficult to find one who doesn't loathe the franchise to some degree. The range goes from critics who throw occasional, but consistent jabs, like WebVideo/{{Arkada}} or The Anime Man (although they also acknowledge its strengths when they see it due and admit it's a perfectly good watch), to critics who absolutely despise it and dedicate lengthy, often also hateful essays about why the series sucks too much to warrant its ridiculous popularity, like WebVideo/{{Digibro}} or ''Mother's Basement''. Basement''.
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There are a few ones like WebVideo/{{Gigguk}} who consider it SoOkayItsAverage, but they seem to be a minority (and minority. And even then, they tend to like to mock it the franchise from time to time for comedic effect).effect, even if it's more to capitalize on the show's infamy rather than personal contempt.
** Hateful criticism to the franchise has become so popular at this point that there is no shortage of people who hate it with a burning passion, but kind of look forward to new installments just to watch this kind of critics to tear it apart.
31st Dec '16 1:55:12 PM Knightofbalance
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** Kirito is especially this to Berserk fans. To them, between his dark clothes, his title as a "Black Swordsman", the design of his sword in Alfhiem, seeing his girlfriend being (almost) raped by a vastly more powerful and his supposed "PTSD", he's a far far far inferior version of Guts.

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** Kirito is especially this to Berserk fans. To them, between his dark clothes, his title as a "Black Swordsman", the design of his sword in Alfhiem, seeing his girlfriend being (almost) raped by a vastly more powerful and his supposed "PTSD", he's he seems like a far far far inferior version of Guts.
31st Dec '16 1:53:36 PM Knightofbalance
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** ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' fans have also not taken well to the fact that "The Black Swordsman" is now more commonly associated with a 16 year old gamer instead of an adult who actually wields a sword.

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** ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' fans have also not taken well to the fact that "The Black Swordsman" is now more commonly associated with a 16 year old gamer instead of an adult who actually wields a sword. Not helping this the fact that Kirito's sword in Alfhiem is nigh-identical to teh Dragonslayer or that both series author's use rape a lot (partially [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in Berserk's case for being a Senin whereas SAO is NOT.)


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** Kirito is especially this to Berserk fans. To them, between his dark clothes, his title as a "Black Swordsman", the design of his sword in Alfhiem, seeing his girlfriend being (almost) raped by a vastly more powerful and his supposed "PTSD", he's a far far far inferior version of Guts.
27th Dec '16 9:20:51 AM Eagal
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*** A bit of FridgeBrilliance kicks in over ''Hollow Realization''... [[spoiler: About that DualWielding...]]
16th Dec '16 4:48:20 PM N8han11
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*** [[spoiler: Possibly balanced out by the fact that at several points later on, it is heavily hinted that Kirito was able to prolong his death by unknowingly activating the Incarnate System, a hidden mechanic originating from the LightNovel/AccelWorld series (and part of the same universe) and later further explored in the Underworld Arc]]. Which, of course, could be an AssPull in itself.
*** [[spoiler: However in the novels he didn't say outright that his avatar's disintegration was prolonged but just that it felt like it and allude the possibility of its delaying was possible due to his accelerated senses and just stabbed Kayaba right before completely disintegration of his avatar. Whether it was an asspull or misconception is up to the interpreter; he is an unreliable narrator after all.]]
8th Dec '16 11:00:34 AM HashiriyaR32
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*** ''Hollow Realization'' introduces a character with that moniker as a nickname who is much closer to its namesake.

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*** ''Hollow Realization'' introduces a character character, Genesis, with that moniker as a nickname who is much closer to its namesake.namesake. Ironically, HE is seen as the pretender in-universe, in exactly the same way that the fanbase saw Kirito as the pretender.
8th Dec '16 10:19:56 AM HashiriyaR32
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*** ''Hollow Realization'' introduces a character with that moniker as a nickname who is much closer to its namesake.
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