Sword Art Online

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Sword Art Online is a series of Japanese light novels written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec. In 2012, it received an anime adaptation produced by A-1 Pictures and the SAO Project, and is directed by Tomohiko Ito . The first season is divided into two arcs known as "Aincrad" and "Fairy Dance". ...read more.

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Okay like seriously, I think I'm the only person on the entire planet who actually liked BOTH halves of the show. This is a show about love in the most dire conditions. I personally think that the show got that point across by having Kirito and Asuna's relationship grow in MULTIPLE environments, not just in SAO. Also, I'm a person who's drawn to an anime with amazing music and art, not just slice slice battle battle kill killing kill woo hoo. I understand that this anime had flaws but I think it was well-executed and very, very enjoyable. Anyway, that's my opinion.

I loved both halves and sword art online 2 ( even they didn't finish sword art online 2 ) it's my favorite anime plus I'm honestly surprised that this is 30 wow - lucario_ninetales

It's my favorite anime right now, too. You wouldn't believe that it was at 14th until I remixed the list to put this in dishonorable mentions. I'm glad it's no longer on the first page. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

The first three episodes of this show was interesting, but later on it was just romance. Why did the sao game ending at episode 12 so quickly. It just move on to faires and the arc was so terrible. I am pretty sure his cousin fell in love with him which is an awkward scene, but in this show his is a ladies man. Asuna was suppose to die. It would have been better so this stupid show could end. This show had a good idea about being trapped in a video game, but this show had more ideas of the main character and asuna getting married and having a child which is part of the video game and could never god damn leave. This show is horrible and it's still for another season.

Good for you that you like this show. But you can't ask if people are kidding if they don't - 906389

This show is horrible but the masses are too blind to see it. Great concept but atrocious execution and wasted potential. Kirito is one of the worst main characters in anime and every female in this show is just another part of his virtual harem. Every episode Kirito is hitting it off with some new 12 year old girl he meets online. Just an epic fail. The first half starts off solid but soon throws every redeeming qualities away. The second half is even worse. SAO is an epic fail at the highest level.

Why are good anime series like Naruto, Clannad, and Sword Art Online, along with many others on this list included?! You guys seriously need to watch more anime if you think those are the worst anime ever! Like with Attack on Titan, Sword Art Online may be kinda overrated, but it's still decent. And the haters are so biased as well. They only nitpick on the flaws of the series and think that it makes the series automatically bad. Just watch Sword Art Online for yourself instead of listening to blind haters. Everyone has DIFFERENT TASTES.

Woah, really?! This is only my opinion but this is one of my favorite animes! There are things that could disappoint people, I get it. After a while, the anime sort of gets swallowed up by romance, and to me I honestly really only cared for the first season. It is kind of overrated, but I still really like this anime. Everyone has different taste.

I really enjoyed the theme, being trapped in a virtual world and fight for your life for real, as a gamer myself it is a pretty cool theme to talk about, but the story itself is boring and I can't find Kirito a good protagonist, he has his badass moments but his personality is lame. The romance between Kirito and Asuna is kind of boring too... Not the worst anime but don't go with the general opinion, it's a popular anime but if you can't stand to boring romance and boring protagonist, don't watch.

IS THE PERSON WHO PUT THIS HERE INSANE?! This anime is ranked 12 on Greatest Anime of All Time. And it's above Cowboy Bebop. That's right. It's above one of the greatest masterpieces in all of anime, which proves its worth. How did this show and Cowboy Bebop end up here? They're ranked high on Greatest Anime of All Time, but then I get Sword Art Online on this list? Sigh. Typical haters of SAO, I guess. Sometimes, I wonder if this show is actually underrated rather than overrated. I personally find it better than Fairy Tail. SAO DOES NOT DESERVE TO BE HERE. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

I didn't even mention how Gun Gale Online was set up after all this mess without any governmental interference. - styLIShT

SAO was indeed bad. Yes. However, it can still be improved, but the only way to improve it is to remove the romance completely and make it a pure action anime. If that can't be done, I will have to lose faith in SAO. AS it stands, Log Horizon and Overlord are much better than Sword Art Online. - SelfDestruct

Won't be as much of a gem as Cowboy Bebop or Ghost in the Shell, but Sword Art Online still places itself higher than the Top 10 Worst Anime list. The only reason this is so high is because so many people hate it. In fact, it gets too much hate. Yes, I do know the anime has flaws, but it shouldn't be this high! In fact, there is no justice in the world because so many good anime are here! You think this anime is bad? Watch Boku no Pico and then we'll talk. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Honestly the first season was great and all, but theirs no point in giving it anymore seasons. I think this anime would've been better off without any of the romance. I honestly found Asuna very annoying, overall this anime would've been a great action anime not a romance. Sorry not sorry 5/10 Kirito was better off as a solo player.

All the girls fall in love with main character. Once you go into fairy world everything just goes downhill. This wouldn't be in this list if it ended with them escaping the game. Why'd they have to drag on the series where the title Sword Art Online becomes irrelevant. This show should be renamed to "Kirito's journey to finding online girls to date"

This deserves to be the worst anime of all time, it is the most overrated I have ever watched. People can't even argue why they like it outside of ' their relationship was so great' are you kidding me people? Up your standards the writing was terrible, the characters were static or completely changed in an illogical way. Please someone tell me something good about this anime? The only good thing about this anime it the opening song.

Overrated! Beginning was good, but it went so downhill. And Asuna especially irks me. She's such a boring cliche character! Just a bad anime.

How the hell is this anime on this list? Take this off the list, it's one of the best anime series I've ever seen. It's a hell of a lot better than Naruto (this series has more fillers than SAO itself), One Piece ( don't get me started on those ugly girls Nami and Boa Hancock and the other characters who are badly drawn in comparison to all the characters in SAO), and even Dragon Ball Z and Bleach ( you don't need a over 300 episodes or multiple movies and fight scenes just to make a good anime series). Sword Art Online only has 25 episodes in the first season and another 25 in the second season, so it's a pretty cool anime series. Although I still have yet to wait for Attack on Titan season 2. Also, Attack on Titan feels more boring to me than Sword Art Online, because there's actually more boring talk than actual Titan-killing in the anime itself.

This show has way too many flaws it makes me hard I seriously think that this entire series is just a blank joke. The characters are trash, everyone's just falling in love with kirito even his sister is. All cha rafters in this show are just stupid needs who waste their lives playing video games for 19 hours a day. This game literally defies logic in how video games are actually supposed to work. Watching this carp was painful and tons of people can agree with me on this topic. Th st make Kirito have no flaws and his personality is just blan. There isn't a single girl in this anime n who hasn't fallen in love with him. This anime just has way too many flaws that there is a video I want you to watch called everything wrong with sword art online and you will see.

Okay, why vote for this when the real culprit is Boku no Pico? Besides, Sword Art Online is not the worst anime ever. It's not the best, but it's not the worst either. It's just like with Naruto as well. I loved both halves of Sword Art Online and I loved all the arcs in Sword Art Online II (although Calibur was a bit boring, but it was faithful to the light novels, so there was no other way around).

Come one! If this show was bad, why did Toonami air this? Because Toonami and Sword Art Online rule! Why are there so many good shows on this list? Sword Art Online, Naruto, Clannad, One Piece, and Attack on Titan SHOULD NOT BE ON THIS LIST.

The first half was good, plummeting down the second half of the first season. But still I like their fighting scenes. Go figure.

The anime itself wasn't that bad, but let's be honest. If you're gonna make EVERY GIRL in the series fall in love with the main character, then give us a reason as to why we should love him! THE MAIN CHARACTER IS JUST AN AVERAGE MALE WHO THINKS IS BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE BECAUSE HE WAS A BETA TESTER! (maybe they should change the name of the anime to Kirito's fangirl club or something among those lines)

One of the best anime of all time. Plus the light novel's were #1 for a long time. If you hate it you're biased. And if you hated the romance, then think about what it would be like without it, the character development would have slowed down, the MC would be cold hearted, he probably wouldn't have beaten the game... Much better with the romance.

Trust me, this shouldn't be on a list with Boku no Pico or School Days. Not to mention this and other good anime like Naruto and One Piece shouldn't be on this list.

Oh my god, this should be No. 1 on this list! The beginning was kind of interesting until he met Asuna! It turned into a crappy romance anime with bland story lines, dull characters, and the arcs are just terrible. I used to like this, but now I can't stand it.

What the hell is this doing on the list the people here need to take this down please please please

The theme of the anime seemed pretty cool when I heard about it and I couldn't wait to watch it, but I was extremely disappointed. There's nothing I hate more in stories than bland characters.

It sucked I only liked the first half but only a little. hoping dor season 2 to be better

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