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  1. RepentantSky

    Why SAO: Ordinal Scale makes no sense

    WARNING: There will be SPOILERS here, like crazy amount of them, it's the only way to explain the lacking plot and why the movie has issues, so if you haven't watched it yet, go and do that before reading this thread. So, Ordinal Scale is stupid, possibly the worst SAO has ever done in terms of trying to make a plot make sense. "Whatever do you mean," I hear fans saying, "I actually liked this movie, more than anything SAO has done in a while, what's wrong with it?" My answer is, pretty much everything. The plot doesn't add up at all, most of the fight scenes are pointless, the way Yuna dies makes no sense, how the game came to be doesn't work because it has too much government involvement to get away with anything, the stakes mean nothing because of when the movie takes place, and it's just basically filler for the sake of making an easy buck from fans who will accept TV quality style from a feature length film. I've been trying over the last year to be more positive about most things, but this thing that they've created, makes no sense at all on any film or story levels. For example, the stealing memory idea is interesting, even more so because it seems like the guy who stole them, wanted SAO survivors to forget their traumatic past, but that all turns out to be moot when he tries to kill them all later towards the end of the film. Also, people who are close to Kirito don't seem to lose enough memory for it to matter. Klein can still remember who broke his arm and what happened to him, and Asuna, despite losing her memories can still fight at about the same level as always, like losing her memories doesn't change her motivations or skills despite playing a reflex based game that would take memory to do properly. There's also the fact that everything up until the film decides to promote SAO video games, takes place in the real world, meaning people are moving faster than should be possible, even with some sort of enhancer helping one of them out, and jumping from heights that should kill, or at least hurt them severely. Speaking of, how the hell does Kirito do that? He starts off not liking the game because he's bad at it because he is somewhat out of shape from playing too many Nervegear games and not actually exercising. However, he gets good at the game in a week by fighting special bosses from SAO instead of actually working out or anything. Anyone who has played any game that has both an PvE and PvP modes knows that the skills you get while playing PvE don't translate very well to PvP, and yet because of Plot Armor, Kirito suddenly becomes the best at the game, not that it even matters, because again, the conclusion of this movie, advertises the actual existing SAO games instead of making sense. Speaking of, how did they get enemies for a government sanctioned video game and product, that actually killed people in real life? Japan is a country that banned Spyro: Year of the Dragon from being released on either PS1 or PS3 because it had marketing focusing on the Chinese Zodiac and a level that put Chinese culture in a positive light. However, monsters partly responsible for killing thousands of Japanese men and women of all ages, that's okay. Another thing, Kirito is a selfish asshole in this movie. Thousands of people lose their memories, including someone who I would think he considers his best friend, and all he cares about is getting Asuna's memory back. Who cares if Klein can remember why he respects Kirito, who cares if his other friends remember why they exercise some form of caution around MMO games, he loves Asuna, and screw the rest of them being motivation for him wanting to get their memories back, what's important is that Asuna remembers why she loves him, even if she still never shows any signs of not loving him. The argument against what I'm saying is of course "Well it's an anime, what do you expect?" My answer, not a lot, in a fictional world, but this one is supposed to take place in the real world, so I have to hold to at least some real world standards, even if the product itself doesn't do that for plot convenience. It'd be one thing if this took place in some alternate world of Japan, and that was made clear, but as far as we know, it doesn't, at all. This is supposed to be Japan, some 25 years before Excel Saga, which also seems to take place in pretty much the same universe, so any logic that applies there, should apply here, and it doesn't. I could go on, and on, and on about how many problems this movie has, but suffice it to say, that a movie that should be focused on me suspending my disbelief that fails to do so on every single level, is a bad movie. Sure, the animation is nice most of the time, but Your Name always looks better, and so does Tales of Zesteria the X if I'm being honest. I wanted this movie to be good, I even went into watching it with that expectation that maybe, for the first time since the first arc of season one ended, I could care about these characters again, because they had the possibility to be fairly interesting, but no, plot armor for everyone, even those without dialogue and at a time where none of it makes sense is what we got. I am washing my hands of SAO and hoping we get some for Dot Hack this year, because we need that saving grace, and SAO needs to die, as it should have after just a few episodes.
  2. In 2022, the world of virtual reality was upended by the arrival of a new invention from a genius programmer, Akihiko Kayaba, called NerveGear. It was the first full-dive system, and with it, came endless possibilities to VRMMORPGs. In 2026, a new machine called the Augma is developed to compete against the NerveGear and its successor, the Amusphere. A next-gen wearable device, the Augma doesn’t have a full-dive function like its predecessors. Instead, it uses Augmented Reality (AR) to get players into the game. It is safe, user-friendly and lets users play while they are conscious, making it an instant hit on the market. The most popular game on the system is “Ordinal Scale” (aka: OS), an ARMMORPG developed exclusively for the Augma. Asuna and the gang have already been playing OS for a while, by the time Kirito decides to join them. They’re about to find out that Ordinal Scale isn’t all fun and games… Source: Aniplex USA
  3. Optic

    Sword Art Online II

    A year after escaping Sword Art Online, Kazuto Kirigaya has been settling back into the real world. However, his peace is short-lived as a new incident occurs in a game called Gun Gale Online, where a player by the name of Death Gun appears to be killing people in the real world by shooting them in-game. Approached by officials to assist in investigating the murders, Kazuto assumes his persona of Kirito once again and logs into Gun Gale Online, intent on stopping the killer. Once inside, Kirito meets Sinon, a highly skilled sniper afflicted by a traumatic past. She is soon dragged in his chase after Death Gun, and together they enter the Bullet of Bullets, a tournament where their target is sure to appear. Uncertain of Death Gun’s real powers, Kirito and Sinon race to stop him before he has the chance to claim another life. Not everything goes smoothly, however, as scars from the past impede their progress. In a high-stakes game where the next victim could easily be one of them, Kirito puts his life on the line in the virtual world once more. Source: MyAnimeList
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