ｷﾀ━━━━(ﾟ∀ﾟ)━━━━!!!! Asuna x Kirito first meeting IRL GET!
Wow, Sugou’s attack was done in less than 4 minutes. Kirito’s all like “fuck you, I gotta go see my soulmate first” at that part. Oh well, I think we’ve all had our fill of Sugou already. Still, the anime really overdid the “damage in virtual world affecting physical” aspect with Sugou’s eye, psychosomatic effects aren’t to be trifled with!
HNNNNNGH seifuku Asuna~
Grrrrrrr these two lovebirds really getting it on!
Finally! More DEBAN!
Aw yeah, the offline party. C’mon Kirito, don’t look so damn clueless like that w
As an aside, I’m glad these two finally met each other too www. Anime staff’s little in-joke sure went far hahaha.
Ahhh, the concert in a bottle scene. Kajiura really did well on this track, although it sure felt like it was meant more for a Kalafina track lol.
Floating Castle Aincrad revival ｷﾀ━━━━ヽ(｀∀´ )ﾉ━━━━!!!!
Undine Asuna! ヽ（´ー`）ノ
So the Undine-Spriggan Alliance is really true!
Finally, to cap it off…
Final end card by abec
>dat Heathcliff V-sign
It’s been a long half year, but finally we come to the end of Sword Art Online. While the anime never really brought out the charm of the original novels quite well enough, as evidenced by the popularity of the “anti-SAO” sentiments, it still did decently enough in my books where it mattered. Unfortunately, the anime amplified the flaws of the original as well, so the pluses and minuses pretty much cancelled each other out.
The music has been a highlight enough though, once Kajiura got out of the “recycle Fate/Zero tracks” phase at the beginning parts. It came to its own during the ALO arc, and remains a positive aspect of the series for me. Sure, I guess having the “theme” track (speculative title “swordland”) being repeatedly used might have been boring for some, and there were definitely some scenes where the use of it was puzzling (Oberon vs Kirito), but the track itself really lends the sense of grandeur the show needed, when the budget couldn’t keep up (笑). I’m looking forward to those OST’s when they come…. my only regret is that they are being bundled with the BD’s instead of having a standalone release.
Biggest gripe I do have with A-1 is the inconsistency of the production quality. While it never sunk quite low, it did have a lot of patchy spots and the action scenes were very noticeably short given how its supposed to sell on the action aspect. What I would have given for Sunrise to have done this instead of Accel World… but what’s done is done I guess.
After all that’s said and done though, SAO’s anime was a fun ride for me, but its too flawed to be anything above “decent” really. It’s still a damn good “gateway anime” though, but please no more SAO anime. Please.
(and of course that’s gonna be ignored ;_;)