History YMMV / SwordArtOnline

27th Jun '17 10:57:22 AM Bugfragged
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** Klein struggling against the boar is played for laughs, but at the time, he and Kirito didn't know that dying in the game kills them in real life. If Kirito wasn't there to teach Klein, the latter would have died at the start of the game. Worse yet, Klein isn't the only one new to the game and not everyone had the good fortune of meeting a beta tester.
20th Jun '17 7:37:14 AM Piterpicher
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** In Episode 22 of Season 1, during [[spoiler:Kirito's first try to beat the World Tree battle. He starts having flashes of his memories with Asuna as he fights. Eventually, he starts [[SayMyName calling Asuna's name in his mind again and again]], sounding more and more desperate every time he pronounces it.]] Creator/YoshitsuguMatsuoka manages to turn this into a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming in the Japanese version with his performance. BrycePapenbrook in the English version, on the other hand, makes it unintentionally funny. Which is a shame, considering that, apart from this moment, Papenbrook ''nailed'' the rest of the scene.

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** In Episode 22 of Season 1, during [[spoiler:Kirito's first try to beat the World Tree battle. He starts having flashes of his memories with Asuna as he fights. Eventually, he starts [[SayMyName calling Asuna's name in his mind again and again]], sounding more and more desperate every time he pronounces it.]] Creator/YoshitsuguMatsuoka manages to turn this into a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming in the Japanese version with his performance. BrycePapenbrook Creator/BrycePapenbrook in the English version, on the other hand, makes it unintentionally funny. Which is a shame, considering that, apart from this moment, Papenbrook ''nailed'' the rest of the scene.
19th Jun '17 2:06:15 PM LittleBuster
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*** As for Asuna, she is either the most moe, badass and likable female character in TheNewTens anime history or another typical ShanaClone and run-of-the-mill Tsundere LoveInterest. The way Kawahara tends to put her in the background in arcs like ''Gun Gale Online'' despite being the female lead of the franchise also hurts her reputation among detractors. Her SpoiledSweet background is another point of debate, albeit to a lesser degree (to some people, it gives her more depth; to others, it makes her less relatable).

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*** As for Asuna, she is either one of the most moe, badass and likable female character in TheNewTens anime history or another typical ShanaClone and run-of-the-mill Tsundere LoveInterest. The way Kawahara tends to put her in the background in arcs like ''Gun Gale Online'' despite being the female lead of the franchise also hurts her reputation among detractors. Her SpoiledSweet background is another point of debate, albeit to a lesser degree (to some people, it gives her more depth; to others, it makes her less relatable).
6th Jun '17 8:36:52 PM Kalaong
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** This mostly touches on child-adult relations in Japan, rather than what Americans typically assume is some sort of gun issue. In Japanese society, children are viewed as relatively innocent, and dependent upon adults (which makes the events of SAO seem even harsher by Japanese standards). What is ''really'' at issue, is that to Japanese society, a child is thought to be incapable of killing - that Sinon is able seems to create the presumption that she has the mind set of a cold blooded killer (that her actions were in self defense being irrelevant). [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment Which does not excuse what happened to her]], merely better explain it.

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** This mostly touches on child-adult relations in Japan, rather than what Americans typically assume is some sort of gun issue.issue(which are admittedly intense in Japan - gun laws are so draconian that a firearm costs more than a luxury ''car''). In Japanese society, children are viewed as relatively innocent, and dependent upon adults (which makes the events of SAO seem even harsher by Japanese standards). What is ''really'' at issue, is that to Japanese society, a child is thought to be incapable of killing - that Sinon is able seems to create the presumption that she has the mind set of a cold blooded killer (that her actions were in self defense being irrelevant). [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment Which does not excuse what happened to her]], merely better explain it.
25th May '17 6:38:02 PM mega95gox
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%%** Suguha's feelings for Kirito/Kazuto in the second half. Getting past the [[KissingCousins Incestual]] ValuesDissonance, it can come across as unnecessary and only serves to drag the plot down. Specially considering that the audience already knows that, even if they weren't related, there's no way in hell Kirito would have chosen Suguha over Asuna after all they went through together in Aincrad.
* TheScrappy: Sugou; while it's obvious hating him was the IntendedAudienceReaction, his [[CardCarryingVillain over-the top cartoon evilness]], [[WhatAnIdiot stupidity]], and general lack of any sort of character other than being monstrously evil (which pretty much serves only to make [[CreatorsPet Kirito look better]]), most fans, instead of wanting to see him get what was coming to him, wanted to see him get the fuck off the screen and never come back...a rare example of XPacHeat outside of wrestling.

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%%** Suguha's feelings for Kirito/Kazuto in the second half. Getting past the [[KissingCousins Incestual]] ValuesDissonance, it can come across as unnecessary and only serves to drag the plot down. Specially considering that the audience already knows that, even if they weren't related, there's no way in hell Kirito would have chosen Suguha over Asuna after all they went through together in Aincrad.
* TheScrappy: Sugou; while it's obvious hating him was the IntendedAudienceReaction, his [[CardCarryingVillain over-the top cartoon evilness]], [[WhatAnIdiot stupidity]], and general lack of any sort of character other than being monstrously evil (which pretty much serves only to make [[CreatorsPet Kirito look better]]), good]]), most fans, instead of wanting to see him get what was coming to him, wanted to see him get the fuck off the screen and never come back...back... a rare example of XPacHeat outside of wrestling.
15th May '17 8:21:43 PM chucknormie
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* TheScrappy: Sugou; while it's obvious hating him was the IntendedAudienceReaction, his [[CardCarryingVillain over-the top cartoon evilness]], [[WhatAnIdiot stupidity]], and general lack of any sort of character other than being monstrously evil (which pretty much serves only to make [[CreatorsPet Kirito look better]]), most fans, instead of wanting to see him get what was coming to him, wanted to see him get the fuck off the screen and never come back...a rare example of XPacHeat outside of wrestling.
12th May '17 6:57:32 PM Redsplinter
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** The OfficialCouple Kirito and Asuna. Two of the most polarizing heroes TheNewTens anime history. On the broad strokes, some claim that both are a little bit too perfect, thus making them unrelatable, if not downright unlikable. To be more specific:

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** The OfficialCouple Kirito and Asuna. Two of the most polarizing heroes in TheNewTens anime history. On the broad strokes, some claim that both are a little bit too perfect, thus making them unrelatable, if not downright unlikable. To be more specific:
11th May '17 8:21:50 PM eschlowx
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** A bit between Asuna and Yuna in [[TheMovie Ordinal Scale]]. When Asuna wins the first Ordinal Scale event, Yuna gives her a kiss on the cheek, making her a little flustered. Then, during the next event, when Yuna approaches Kirito, Asuna, and the rest of their group, Asuna blushes and scurries away from her.
8th May '17 8:51:10 AM Snowy66
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** Yui's English dub voice is particularly cringey, which sounds immensely obvious like an older female trying to put on a child's voice, unlike her Japanese voice which sounds more like a natural child.
2nd May '17 12:50:22 AM gjjones
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** Kirito and Asuna's marriage in SAO when Creator/CheramiLeigh (Asuna's English VA) got married to Jon Christie in 2014.
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