The anime call Sword art online, is a show that many people seem to absolutely love, or despise it. Looking at my rating, it isn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t difficult to understand what i think of this series. However i\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'ll review it on a professional level and try to keep my personal feelings out of it.
Episode 1: Lets start with the first episode. as an intro to an anime, it very quickly pulls anyone into the show with in a few minutes of watching it. Then at the very end it introduced the \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"if you die in the game, you die in real life.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" Many people think that this was just a rip-off of dot hack. This is False, Both works were released at roughly the same time, Dot hack being about a year earlier. They were both however being worked on at the same time so, again SAO is not a rip-off. They just have the same premise.
Now lets talk about the concept of \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"death\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" in this anime. As it was said in the first episode, if you die in-game you die IRL. This is one of the many points that the anime misses completely. Many deaths that happen, could have easily been avoided. The very first death in the series where a player receives a motal wound and his HP is slowly dropping. Kirito(Main) has a potion in hand and was about to heal the player, but the player instead of taking the potion, decides to tell Kirito something before he dies. This death in my opinion was completely...Stupid. There is no other way i could look at it. The Slowly dying player refused a chance to live just so the show had a dark moment.
This is a very common thing in SAO too. A girl that Kirito had sort of gotten smitten to, was introduced in one episode, and killed off only 15 minutes later. This makes in near impossible for anyone to feel an emotional attachment to her and be saddened by her death. Then came the \\\\\\\"daughter\\\\\\\" another character that i felt nothing for because i instantly knew she would \\\\\\\"die\\\\\\\" cause she was the cute mysterious character. The only thing she had going for her was that she was cute. That was not enough for me to care about her at all.
Now lets look at something that everyone seems to want to ignore. The \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"romance\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" aspect in the anime.
I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'m not going to argue the love Kirito and asuna have with each other. Its the other girls that fall in love with him that are the issue. At no point do any of these girls decide that they would rather be friends with Kirito, instead they all decide that within the span of a few minutes that they are in love with him.
This is probably my biggest issue with the show. If every female character hadn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t fallen in love with Kirito, i could believe the romance in this show, instead it only feels like a cheesy Harem.
The show is quite literally the definition of Harem too.
Alright, now that those points are gone Let me do quick list of other qualities and faults the show has.
Music: The music is amazing, The ost of the show is something you could listen to over and over again without being bored for a long while.
Artwork: Again beautiful and was one of the best things about the series.
Pacing: the pacing was terrible, the worst i\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'ve ever seen. There are so many time skips and random jumps that its hard to follow anything thats\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\' going on.
Final evaluation: The series had a lot of potential but because the anime creators decided to rush everything and squeeze two seasons into a series with less than 30 episodes is what doomed it. The anime would have been so much better if they made the first season the SAO arc, with about 20+ episodes to get everything done. THEN go into the ALO arc to continue the story.
Ranking: 2-5 stars for me. This series was decent but it isn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t something i\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'ll ever re-watch.
I would only recommend this show if you are just getting into anime.