2012 was probably the best year for anime in recent memory. That year so many good shows were released, most notably Sword Art Online and Attack on Titan. Out of the anime that were released that Year I personally liked SAO the most even though it had many flaws. The anime had two seasons that were broken into 5 arcs and a total of around 50 episodes.
The show had some major problems that were never really addressed or solved. The main being the fact that Asuna became more of a background character as the show progressed. She was such a damn badass when she was introduced, but the second she got down with Kirito she started to look more like a cheerleader as Kirito became the focus of the show. It wasn’t until the Mother’s Rosario arc that she was beginning to look like the old Asuna.
Sword Art Online also has a bit of a habit of sidelining characters. More specifically anyone who isn’t a Mr. Kirito. There are many examples of this but I think two good examples would be Klein and Sinon. Klein was the first player Kirito really connected with. So wouldn’t Klein play a larger role in the show? Nah of course not.
Klein only appears about 4 or 5 times in the entire first season. That’s pretty crazy considering that he’s pretty close to Kirito. Klein was in extra edition and made an appearance in the GGO arc albeit a very short appearance. The only time he was in a full arc was during the Caliber arc where he was in every episode and also provided a comedic relief.
Sinon’s situation is pretty similar to that of Asuna’s. Sinon was the main female character in the GGO arc, Sinon proved that she was an elite player and overall a pretty dope character, bUT your can’t be a dopen femailed in SAO for too long. After the GGO arc she was pretty much “put on the bench” and added to Kirito’s little harem. Even in the games she’s treated a bit like a 2nd class character who’s not very involved it even seemed as though the newer characters were more relevant than her.
A problem in many anime is the idea of “plot armor”. This problem is pretty much intensified when it comes to Kirito. A prime example is his battle against Heathcliff.
Everyone saw that Kirito and Asuna’s health was completely depleted, but somehow both managed to survive. Even more crazy is the fact that Kirito somehow managed to comeback to life and beat Heathcliff. Another instance of this unbeatable plot armor happened in GGO when Kirito somehow managed to slice Sinon’s bullet in half even though he’d never the game before. I get that his stats from SAO carry over to GGO but I still don’t that he’d be able to dodge bullets and cut them in half especially since a FPS and an MMORPG have drastically different controls, gameplay, and mechanics.
As much as I love this character I have to say that she was cancer for a whole arc. That’s right I’m talking about the wifey Suguha a.k.a Leafa. The biggest problem with her is that she basically wanted to fuck Kirito. Now I’d applaud Kirito if it wasn’t for the fact that Suguha is his cousin, like come on she’s pretty bad that’s why she’s wifey.
The last flaw that I want to address is the horrible pacing that was in the very first arc. The pacing was just so uneven and at times skipped over several months. I understand that no one wants to see the characters…I mean Kirito’s grind just to level up but it just seems like they skipped too much time. Luckily the pacing was much better throughout the rest of the show.
If you noticed any flaws with Sword Art Online then let me know by leaving a comment I’d be interested in hearing them.