I felt insulted watching this, and don't understand how any could like this show. I don't really want to go into too much depth, but I'd like to give an overview of the series and give my opinions it.If you haven't noticed yet there are many negative reviews out there for this anime, and while many of them bring up some pretty fair points, I think some people are being a bit too harsh on it. Yes it's a popular anime, yes it has flaws, no it's not perfect, but at the very least in my opinion it is enjoyable.1) Story - This is first major problem is the show. You're introduced to the main characters and it shows mmo style of play. The series wastes another 2 1/2 episodes on pointless filler garbage. He also solos MMO boss fights..wrap your head around that one.
So that concludes my issues with season 1, which the majority of SAO fans consider to be the best part.... Without going into spoilers, the 2nd part of the series takes place in a different setting, with a mostly new cast aside from our main hero. Asuna is introduced as a strong player who can stand on her own with Kirito, that is for the first couple episodes.
This part of the series probably deserves the award for most unnecessary story in the history of anime. Once she reappears she barely does anything other than cook for Kirito.
Pushing the negative aside, I found the overall theme and atmosphere of the series to be great, and being an avid lover the MMORPG genre obviously a lot of things in this series appealed to me.
I really enjoyed the idea of being stuck in a game that was impossible to escape from without winning and having real consequences, it really made everything much more dramatic and meaningful in the story.
Some are allies, while others are foes, like Asuna Yuuki, who commands the leading group attempting to escape from the ruthless game.