Top 10 Ways to Fix Sword Art Online

Even though I like it and say it's decent let's make it better then shall we

The Top Ten

1 Remove the fan service Remove the fan service

Remove it ASAP the top 3 characters that get the most amount of fan service are

Isn't it obvious she got raped, tentacles, that bath scene straight out of fairy tail


Panning ass cheeks - Hoxton

2 Tone down the Harem

Please do so. He's married and has a daughter. These women should be developing personalities rather than feelings for Kirito. Make them characters first and not cliches. - RoseRedFlower

Kirito doesn't have all of the other girls fall in love with him. I would really appreciate a strong friendship.

Does anyone even know what an ACTUAL harem is like? I would like to point out that Kirito is already with Asuna, Silica sees Kirito as an OLDER BROTHER, Lisbeth does have feelings for Kirito, but respect his and Asunas relationship, Leafa gets over her feelings for Kirito and Sinon NEVER had feelings for Kirito. An actual harem has to have at least 3 women fighting over him, which never happens. - Coreylordo

Just get rid of the harem altogether - remove Suguha, Sakuya, and Alicia (so we can skip the stupid ALO arc), and Sinon, Silica, Lisbeth, and even the annoying Yui, while you're at it. Seriously, they're utterly boring, and only exist for fan service. Instead, focus on Asuna's character and make her an EQUAL to Kirito, like in the Aincrad arc.

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3 Make Kirito less of a Gary Stu

Kirito is cool and all, but he's TOO cool. Kirito, at no point in the series, faces anything remotely resembling a character-changing event. He's the same "quiet, tall, dark, powerful cool dude" for the entire series. He should evolve as the story progresses. - Jackamalio

Yeah, and give him a consistent personality. Many people hate Eren Jaeger and Light Yagami, but they are 3 dimensional fleshed out characters, even if they aren't what many people want them to be. Same with Issei from High School dxd. He was consistent and simple, and I hated that, but I liked that I hated that. Kirito should at least be that. Not a skin for a viewer to wear.

He's lost a few fights and wasn't able to win some fights without help, he HAS depth, like feeling guilt over killing people as seen in the Gun Gale Online arc, people say he's PERFECT at everything when he's not. - Coreylordo

The biggest problem with Sword Art Online is it's ultra perfect, wish fulfillment protagonist. I can NOT take Kirito seriously because he has no real personality and is just too good at everything.

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4 Have a darker story Have a darker story

Make Sword Art Online gorier than Happy Tree Friends

The story is kinda childish and and lame, I swear - Crystalsnow

Thousands of people died in SAO but the people in the game aren't really worried. That fisherman didn't care that he was trapped in a game and none of the other characters seem to treat it that way. - RoseRedFlower

Yeah, they got used to it. People won't stay depressed about it forever. - Solacress

The anime looked so happy to the point they look like they're not even trapped in a game where they could die - MLPFan

5 Make Asuna Yuuki more badass

When I first saw her I was like "Hey, she might be a cool character! " But no. She had horrible character development. She could be been way cooler. Also, the relationship between her and Kirito was super rushed.

Then you have to like asuna, I mean no haters - Crystalsnow

Please do. There is so much potential in her character but she always relied on Kirito to save her. - RoseRedFlower

PLEASE! She's a Mary Sue. Rich, Gets all the guys, what. Anyways, legit all she says is, "KIRITO! I NEED HIM! I'M GOING TO DIE IF I DON'T HAVE HIM! MARRY ME! " Oh gosh. Asuna is annoying, and she turns all Ms. Perfect in the other episodes. I personally LIKED her before! But now, she's a Mary Sue and a Damsel-In-Ditress waiting for Kirito. I would LOVE it if she would get removed. But hey, respect my opinion.

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6 Remove some characters Remove some characters

Remove sugou! - Crystalsnow

Oh yes, I would REALLY love it if they removed Sugou. I despise that pedophile. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

REMOVE THAT DISGUSTINGLY USELESS LOLI SILICA! All she exists for is tentacles, flat chest jokes, and trying to prove anime fans are closet pedophiles!

Please remove Sugou, he sucks so bad, I even made a list of how much he sucks. The show would be better without this pervert.

7 Give characters that don't get much screen time more screen time

Sachi was one of my favorite cgaracter in SAO. She was too innocent to die and Kirito promiced her she wouldn´t. SHe died WAY too soon and wanted to know her better.

Klein was a pretty cool dude. They completely cut him out of the game to show us this Gary Stu - styLIShT

Agil anyone?! He is my personal favorite one lolol! - HeavyDonkeyKong

8 Don't reuse the princess rescue story

Plsss this story is so cliche

9 Have better pacing

I think this is a major issue with the first arc. It was confusing seeing Kirito jump through so many levels, with little development in between.

Yeah the pacing was all over the pace. Especially after the two year time skip in SAO. It makes me wonder why the government couldn't hack the game from the outside but Kirito could from the inside. - RoseRedFlower

The first arc could have and also should have lasted several seasons. - HeavyDonkeyKong

10 Get rid of the incest

The fairy dance arc was kind of good but I hated the incest. - HeavyDonkeyKong

The Contenders

11 Give it an author who isn't a horny teenager

Reki Kawahara was the worst person to do anything. He created this story just so he could add in a romance to completely steal the show's screentime from the plot, he added Suguha so he could entertain his creepy incest fantasies, he added that weird tentacle dude so he could attempt to rape Asuna to entertain more of his weird fetishes, he added Sugou to ACTUALLY rape Asuna, because he thought if he used rape as a PLOT DEVICE, he could increase shock value. That's just disgusting. Every female, upon introduction, is a very mysterious and interesting character, but then they just fall in love with Kirito, lose their independence, and be useless from then on forever. Also, once Reki Kawahara realized his "masterpiece" SUCKED, he added a girl who had AIDS as a plot device to make people sad and think it was actually good, even though that arc was just filler. So yeah. To fix Sword Art Online, all you need to do is start over from the very beginning. With a DIFFERENT AUTHOR.

12 Give Klein a girlfriend

Yeah! Let Klein date Sinon so she'll stop messing with Kirito. I love her character but I hate when she gets flirty with Kirito, he has Asuna.

Klein x Lisbeth - Coreylordo


Klein x Sinon please!

13 Use an actual writer from great developers

Give it to the people who made Abridged - TwilightKitsune

Yes, as SAO has the kind of excellent premise that would intrigue many writers, so they could easily find a quality writer for the anime - styLIShT

That would be great. There's too many plot holes.

14 Make the abridged series the new canon
15 Improve the looks of some characters

My god they need to improve Kirito's looks because there are 2 scenes I've seen that Kirito looks like someone else (In the extra edition he looks like Roy Mustang and in the Beater episode(episode 2) he looks like Eren Yeager making that creepy face - Hoxton

16 Give Kirito a male best friend

Well they're Eugeo - TheDarkOne_221b

No I don't mean Klein or Agil. Create another badass male character that can start as Kirito's rival, but then later becomes his best friend. Who knows? This guy can even make all the girls fight over him instead of Kirito.

17 Reveal what happened to Klein's pizza

Please, it's literally the most important part in the entire anime. Everything rests upon Klein's pizza.

I GOTS TO KNOW - HeavyDonkeyKong

18 Hire a game director to help

We need someone to make the gaming aspect better

Hire someone like Hideo Kojima or Hidetaka Miyazaki for this one - Hoxton

19 Talk about Kirito's parents and how they died

Yes! This needs explanation like how did they die and such - MLPFan

20 Remove the weird parts

So what I mean by "weird" parts are these naked scenes. It goes way too far at that point.

21 Redo it over again
22 Not make it an anime
23 End it when the game finishes
24 Give it a Crossover with Fortnite
25 Make it more bloody
26 Replace Yuki Kajiura with someone else

God no! - Coreylordo

Am I the only one who actually likes Yuki Kjiura? I haven't heard any of her compositions for SAO but she had done a wonderful job composing music for Le potrait de petitite Cossette. - ToukaKirishima

Replace someone more competent than her like Yuka Kitamura(I love her tracks she made for games i.e Soul of Cinder and Ludwig The Holy Blade)Simon Viklund (Gun Metal Grey 2015, Dead Man's Hand) or Motoi Sakuraba (Vordt Of The Boreal Valley) or someone else - Hoxton

27 Replace some voice actors
28 Remove Suguha

Suguhas awesome! - Coreylordo

29 Use elements from the video game

There are so many characters and different side quests that can make the show better and funnier

30 Make Sinon stop flirting with Kirito

Klenon needs to be a thing - styLIShT

Yeah, she needs to date Klein.

31 Have better animation
32 Remove Sinon
33 Have a Esports Arc

This would work really good in the story by adding new characters and developing old ones and making kirito and friends work as a proper team.

34 Remove The Filler
35 Let SAO start and end with Kirito

Kirito had his shining moments along with Asuna in SAO. But I'd have preferred Asuna and Kirito focus on school to end the first arc. Have Leafa and Recon be the MCs of the ALO arc and Sinon MC of the GGO arc. I just want Kirito to have his happy ending and keep it as such.

36 Do something with Yui


37 Have Governmental interference
38 Give Sinon more screen time
39 Give it a Crossover with BoBoiBoy Galaxy
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Top Remixes

1. Make Kirito less of a Gary Stu
2. Remove the fan service
3. Tone down the Harem
1. Remove the fan service
2. Tone down the Harem
3. Make Kirito less of a Gary Stu
1. Have a darker story
2. Remove some characters
3. Remove the fan service


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