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* AngstDissonance: Much like the source material, Kirito and Asuna's emotional breakdown when Yui almost gets deleted is a bit hard to swallow considering they've only known her for about a day. However, it's even worse in this version since abridged Kirito and Asuna are shown to be much more emotionally guarded, and only took Yui in as part of their game of relationship chicken. [[FridgeBrilliance However, given how Yui managed to get through their tough exteriors and how they both have crappy home lives in the real world, their reactions make more sense.]]

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* AngstDissonance: Much like the source material, Kirito and Asuna's emotional breakdown when Yui almost gets deleted is a bit hard to swallow considering they've only known her for about a day. However, it's even worse in this version since abridged Kirito and Asuna are shown to be much more emotionally guarded, and only took Yui in as part of their game of relationship chicken. [[FridgeBrilliance However, given how Yui managed to get through their tough exteriors and how they both have crappy home lives in the real world, their reactions make more sense.]]


* AngstDissonance: Much like the source material, Kirito and Asuna's emotional breakdown when Yui almost gets deleted is a bit hard to swallow considering they've only known her for about a day. However, it's even worse in this version since abridged Kirito and Asuna are shown to be much more emotionally guarded, and only took Yui in as part of their game of relationship chicken.

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* AngstDissonance: Much like the source material, Kirito and Asuna's emotional breakdown when Yui almost gets deleted is a bit hard to swallow considering they've only known her for about a day. However, it's even worse in this version since abridged Kirito and Asuna are shown to be much more emotionally guarded, and only took Yui in as part of their game of relationship chicken. [[FridgeBrilliance However, given how Yui managed to get through their tough exteriors and how they both have crappy home lives in the real world, their reactions make more sense.]]


* SpiritualSuccessor: Ironically, for its expansion of situations in the Aincrad arc, it makes for either an alternate take on ''Sword Art Online Progressive'''s own take on the inbetweens or the inevitable CulturalTranslation version that would be seen in Skydance Television's version of the arc.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: SpiritualAdaptation: Ironically, for its expansion of situations in the Aincrad arc, it makes for either an alternate take on ''Sword Art Online Progressive'''s own take on the inbetweens or the inevitable CulturalTranslation version that would be seen in Skydance Television's version of the arc.

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* AngstDissonance: Much like the source material, Kirito and Asuna's emotional breakdown when Yui almost gets deleted is a bit hard to swallow considering they've only known her for about a day. However, it's even worse in this version since abridged Kirito and Asuna are shown to be much more emotionally guarded, and only took Yui in as part of their game of relationship chicken.


** One defense of the difference of voice is that, since most (main) characters personalities are completely different from their source, having the VAs not try to replicate them strengthens the differences of the parody from the original. And where they're wildly different, it's simply to enhance the comedy aspect. Could also be considered an AssPull, regardless.
** Could also be a cause of working with what you got. Some voices changed over the course of the series (ex. Asuna, given the months/years between some eps or character usage). In Kirito's VA case, it might've been the been for the best, as whenever YamatoSFX voices a faceless background character, it is ''very'' obviously just Kirito's voice just pitched higher or lower.

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** One defense of the difference of voice is that, since most (main) characters personalities are completely different from their source, having the VAs [=VAs=] not try to replicate them strengthens the differences of the parody from the original. And where they're wildly different, it's simply to enhance the comedy aspect. Could also be considered an AssPull, regardless.
** Could also be a cause of working with what you got. Some voices changed over the course of the series (ex. Asuna, given the months/years between some eps or character usage). In Kirito's VA case, it might've been the been for the best, as whenever YamatoSFX [=YamatoSFX=] voices a faceless background character, it is ''very'' obviously just Kirito's voice just pitched higher or lower.

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* EpilepticTrees: During the stream premiering episode 14 the idea was floated that [[spoiler: [[CosmicPlaything Recon's]] Nerve Gear, which he got second-hand from the parents of a dead SAO player, belonged to Sacchi for maximum BlackComedy points, but the Somethingwitty gang shot it down since the people he bought it from were explicitly mentioned to have had a son, while also saying that if they had thought of that they would have changed the line to daughter and left the implication out there.]]


--->'''Asuna:''' Is that all?
--->'''Kirito:''' Um, yeah? You were asleep, what else would I have done?

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--->'''Asuna:''' Is that all?
--->'''Kirito:'''
all?\\
'''Kirito:'''
Um, yeah? You were asleep, what else would I have done?


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** Meta example: Remember how Schmitt had gotten death threats for [[EightPointEight giving Pokemon V&R a 7 out of 10]]? Well, Game Freak has been receiving death threats and obscenely toxic hatred from [[{{GIFT}} select parts of the fandom]] for slights in ''VideoGame/PokemonSwordAndShield''.


** Did Kirito not take advantage of [[DudeShesLikeInACOma a sleeping Asuna]] (instead drawing cat whiskers on her face) because [[EveryoneHasStandards even he has standards]]? Or did he not do it because he [[ChasteHero genuinely did not think of it]]? His reply to Asuna's demand of what he did to her sounds vaguely innocent-like.

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** Did Kirito not take advantage of [[DudeShesLikeInACOma a sleeping Asuna]] (instead drawing cat whiskers on her face) because [[EveryoneHasStandards even he has standards]]? Or did he not do it because he [[ChasteHero genuinely did not think of it]]? His reply When Asuna wakes up and demands to Asuna's demand of know what he Kirito did to her her, his reply sounds vaguely innocent-like.


** Did Kirito not take advantage of [[DudeShesLikeInACOma a sleeping Asuna]] (instead drawing cat whiskers) because [[EveryoneHasStandards even he has standards]]? Or did he not do it because he [[ChasteHero genuinely did not think of it]]? His reply to Asuna's demand of what he did to her sounds vaguely innocent-like.

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** Did Kirito not take advantage of [[DudeShesLikeInACOma a sleeping Asuna]] (instead drawing cat whiskers) whiskers on her face) because [[EveryoneHasStandards even he has standards]]? Or did he not do it because he [[ChasteHero genuinely did not think of it]]? His reply to Asuna's demand of what he did to her sounds vaguely innocent-like.


** Did Kirito not take advantage of [[DudeShesLikeInACOma a sleeping Asuna]] because [[EveryoneHasStandards even he has standards]]? Or did he not do it because he [[ChasteHero genuinely did not think of it]]? His reply to Asuna's demand of what he did to her sounds vaguely innocent-like.

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** Did Kirito not take advantage of [[DudeShesLikeInACOma a sleeping Asuna]] (instead drawing cat whiskers) because [[EveryoneHasStandards even he has standards]]? Or did he not do it because he [[ChasteHero genuinely did not think of it]]? His reply to Asuna's demand of what he did to her sounds vaguely innocent-like.

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** Did Kirito not take advantage of [[DudeShesLikeInACOma a sleeping Asuna]] because [[EveryoneHasStandards even he has standards]]? Or did he not do it because he [[ChasteHero genuinely did not think of it]]? His reply to Asuna's demand of what he did to her sounds vaguely innocent-like.
--->'''Asuna:''' Is that all?
--->'''Kirito:''' Um, yeah? You were asleep, what else would I have done?


* BaseBreakingCharacter: Leafa immediately came off as this. Some loved her BigSisterBully gimmick, while others found her extremely irritating, especially her unconvincing roleplaying within Alfheim Online.

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** The war that Alfheim players are having to see who can reach the top of the World Tree first? It's called [=#RaceWar=].


** Abridged Kirito's VA also did the voice of Abridged Shirou in WebVideo/FateStayNightUnlimitedBladeWorksAbridged. In the dub of the original shows, Kirito and Shirou were both portrayed by Creator/BrycePapenbrook.

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** Abridged Kirito's VA also did the voice of Abridged Shirou in WebVideo/FateStayNightUnlimitedBladeWorksAbridged.''WebVideo/FateStayNightUnlimitedBladeWorksAbridged''. In the dub of the original shows, Kirito and Shirou were both portrayed by Creator/BrycePapenbrook.


** There's also the fact that, at the end of the day, it's still a parody, so many of these people consider that trying to meaningfully compare the two at that level is a complete ''apples and oranges'' scenario. You can argue that the abridged series is better at what it does than what the original is at what it does, but you're not really getting a better version of the same type of experience from SAO because you're not getting the same type of experience to begin with.
** Some even claim this isn't even the best SAO abridged series out there and that this one merely got lucky with its early coverage and collaboration with Creator/TeamFourStar that led to its popularity exploding among the haters as they found more ammo to use to bash the original SAO.

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** There's also the fact that, at the end of the day, it's still a parody, so many of these people consider that trying to meaningfully compare the two at that level is a complete ''apples and oranges'' scenario. You can argue that the abridged series is better at what it does than what the original is at what it does, but you're not really getting a better version of the same type of experience from SAO ''SAO'' because you're not getting the same type of experience to begin with.
** Some even claim this isn't even the best SAO ''SAO'' abridged series out there and that this one merely got lucky with its early coverage and collaboration with Creator/TeamFourStar that led to its popularity exploding among the haters as they found more ammo to use to bash the original SAO.''SAO''.

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