The Genius of Sword Art Online (Abridged): Fixing What’s Broken [Part 1]

*Ahem* Sword Art Online Sucks Thank you. Thank you click here to subscribe, follow me on Twitter. Leave a like and name your firstborn daughter after me. By now it’s no secret that Sword Art Online is terrible It is so terrible that the fact that the fact that it’s terrible is a meme is a meme, and that’s a real shame Because hunger games online with sword lasers is probably the best idea to come out of Japan Since ritually cannibalizing their enemies as an intimidation tactic during World War Two Look it up to those of you who are as disappointed as I was with Reki Kawahara shitty writing, awful pacing, bland characterization, ignorance of basic game design principles, misogyny, lack of attention to detail, complete disregard for internal consistence… (Three and a half hours later) Lack of knowledge of what made his narrative interesting in the first place and voyeuristic sexual exploitation of prepubescent girls have I got the anime for you! There’s this idea called ‘Percussive Maintenance’ where you take a broken electronic device and beat it into submission until it decides to work And that is exactly what Something Witty Entertainment did with Sword Art Online Abridged Criticism of SAO is nothing new but SAO Abridged Thrashes its source material so thoroughly that it loops right back around to becoming a loving reconstruction of everything that we all hoped SAO was going to be from the characters to the pacing to the animation SAO Abridged isn’t just a great parody, it’s a better show than Sword Art Online before we get into exactly how SAO Abridged fixes the innumerable flaws in its source material all while remaining one of the funniest abridged series on the market Let’s talk about names This is Kirito, Asuna and Klein They are the three most important characters and Sword Art Online And I’m going to have to talk about them a lot This is Kirito, Asuna and Klein they are the three most important characters in Sword Art Online Abridged And I’m going to have to talk about them a lot you see the problem here So in order to avoid confusion and to keep myself from having to say ‘Abridged Kirito’ 347 times let me introduce you to some new friends of mine Kurt, Ass and BallsDeep69 everybody see what I’m doing here? Yeah, ok? Ok. Ok? Ok! The most noteworthy and impactful change that SAO Abridged makes over the original Is that people aren’t stupid. So many of Sword Art Online conflicts could be avoided If the people involved didn’t have the mental capacities of a sleep-deprived cabbage take the Moonlit Black Cats for example, SAO attempts to justify Kirito’s badass lonerness by implying that he feels responsible for what happened to the Cats and doesn’t want to join any other guild to keep people safe This makes them incredibly important Sure is a shame they have the collective IQ of a coffee table “Hey, we have some time to kill, how about we make some extra cash fighting DEATH monsters in this DEATH dungeon where we could DIE? Nevermind that our guild leader is gone. We need CHAIRS.” not to mention the whole reason they all get killed is because Mr. MLG Pro here finds a treasure chest in an empty room and OPENS it and I feel like that’s all that needs to be said to show that this guy is about as smart as Bakug…OH GOD, WHAT HAVE I DONE?! But the cats aren’t out the hook let’s talk about Kirito Kirito hides his level from the Moonlit Black Cats because if they knew his real level they wouldn’t want him around WHY??? Are you forgetting that this is a death game? Why would ANYBODY not want to hang out with people who are GOOD at the death game Now, It’s never explicitly stated Why hanging out with someone at a much higher level than you is a liability Because Sword Art Online… Because Sword Art Online But as far as I can tell, Kirito being around makes higher-level Monsters spawn And if that’s the case then Kirito knows that getting into a combat situation with the Cats is a bad idea So why did he say NOTHING when he was suggested that they go into the dungeon? If he knew that his very presence would cause Trogdor to come in and burninate all his friends Then congratulations Kirito. You are so socially incompetent that you committed manslaughter. Bully for you The actions of these characters are Completely incongruous with a world in which people have both a fear of death and a basic knowledge of cause and effect Which is why Sword Art Online Abridged completely rewrites this entire plot line for starters not only does Kurt not hide his level from Keita Keita approaches him because he wants a higher level player in his guild which, you know, makes sense Why does Gary run right into the most obvious trap since THIS?? This because he’s an NPC set to auto loot and why are they in the dungeon in the first place? for chairs? NOPE. Because they’re in debt to the mob and have to find a replacement for the special item that Charisma Hat stole this slash-and-burn approach to adaptation is what allows Something Witty Entertainment to take Sword Art Online from a barely coherent mess of broken dreams and lost potential And turn it into a series that isn’t downright insulting to anybody who has a better critical eye than a trained eggplant In addition to the obvious benefit of LOGIC these massive changes result in more complex and meaningful character development that happens in SAO proper and not just among the main cast even the most minor of side characters are given unique personalities and quirks that tend to be entirely absent from the original series this allows Something Witty to turn totally forgettable generic non-characters like this Into real people with personalities that we actually care about in SAO Godfrey is… this guy’s name is Godfrey Is a plot device whose only purpose in the narrative is to get Kirito and Kuradeel Alone together and then get killed just so the viewer knows that This guy is CRAAAZY In Abridged, he’s Godfrey the role player the quirky endearing doof who badly quotes Shakespear and really seems to be trying to make everyone around him happy and when Kuradeel stabs him and he breaks character to start pleading for his life That’s a hilarious but still tragic moment that actually hits home and makes the viewer care about someone they didn’t even remember after watching the original series and then there’s Sachi In the original series Sachi is a tool her entire purpose is to die and give Kirito a reason to be a strong independent swordsman who don’t need no guild She has no outstanding character traits except for the ones that help her die sadder and the effect that she has on Kirito is straightforward linear logically suspect and poorly executed In Abridged she makes Kurt go through an entire emotional arc and back again and the psychological scars that he suffers after her death stick with him long into the series end game and have a profound effect on everything he does when Kirito talks with Sachi under the moping bridge She tells him that she’s afraid to die which is reasonable but also true of literally anybody else and does nothing to endear us to her character any more than we’re endeared to this guy Kirito answers that he WON’T LET HER DIE then she dies anyway and he is sad in the abridged series Sachi’s impact is much deeper and more nuanced than it is in the original when the whole guild gets wiped in the abridged series It’s not because some inhumanly idiotic disgrace to the species falls for an obvious trap It’s because Sachi sets an NPC to auto-loot because she thinks it will save time This is a multi-layered tragic moment that enhances our sympathy for two different characters First of all Sachi was terrified that she was going to be the one to get her friends killed But instead of it being an accident caused by her bad connection the deaths of her friends were entirely the result of an avoidable mistake that was completely under her control This is undercut a little bit since her party in abridged series consists entirely of NPCS But it’s still way more impactful than “I HID MY LEVEL AND NOW YOU’RE DEEEEEEEEAAD” her effect on Kurt is significantly deeper as well from the beginning of the abridged series Kurt has been a self-assured Overconfident dick bag with a superiority complex who sees the suffering of weaker players as a source of entertainment He says he doesn’t want to team up with other players because they’re a bunch of mouth-breathing neckbeards and Diabel praises him for being so wise when he goes on his rant about how lions don’t concern themselves with the opinions of sheep Reinforcing that he is right to see the people around him as useless inferior beings when Sachi tells him that she’s afraid her lag is going to get everyone she loves killed Kurt is confronted with something that he can’t find a way to mock which makes him question his cocksure attitude for the first time in the series the ensuing conversation makes kurt see the error of his ways and he resolves to stop being a sociopathic fuck muncher and give people a shot Sachi is Kurt’s way of giving humanity a chance to prove its worth He lets himself be vulnerable to one person one time and that vulnerability is Immediately and harshly kicked in the dick Sachi’s death reconfirms for Kurt’s that his former distance attitude was correct and that allowing people to get close to you won’t cause anything but pain This is further shown when he talks with Balls at the end of the episode Since they first met Kurt has always referred to Klein by his screen name BallsDeep69 as a way of having some small bit of power over him when he’s going after the item from the Christmas event Klein tells him that there’s a chance it can resurrect players and that knowledge gives Kurt just a little bit of hope that his vulnerability Towards Sachi wasn’t completely wasted as a result he responds Thank you, Klein Showing this other player a rare sign of respect After risking his life against smurf Santa to have a chance at saving Sachi Kurt is Rewarded with a hat for his trouble now his attempts to show faith in humanity have been foiled three times First when Sachi died Second when the hope at reviving her was taken from him And third when Klein betrayed him by giving him that hope in the first place even if Sword Art Online had accomplished what it set out to do with Sachi’s character Kirito wouldn’t have had an arc so much as a straight line going from a relatively nice sociable dude who’s a bit on the awkward side to his self-imposed pariah Who’s too afraid of getting other people killed to join up with them In Abridged, he starts with posturing and presenting himself as a total ass who doesn’t care about humanity at all while actually Really wanting people to like him, then he gets that point of view reaffirmed after the fight against Illfang Been questioned by Sachi then reaffirmed by Saachi then questioned by Balls then reaffirmed by Santa in an emotional cycle that beats him down so far into the dirt that he thanks balls for showing him that there was still a part of him that could love people because now that he knows where to find it. He can kill it forever This is normally the part in this video where I would really start delving into Kurt’s character But I’m not going to do that instead since there’s enough content about him Ass and Yui to make that its own video I’m going to make that its own video, for now Let’s go back to this whole thing about people not being stupid and talk about Kayaba Trivia question why does Kayaba Akihiko make Sword Art Online kill people? Don’t remember? Neither does he! Ain’t that some shit? I mean I get it man sometimes you just do things, no worries I’m sure that’ll hold up in Court. The lack of compelling motivation isn’t just stupid It turns, Akihiko from a potentially brilliant character into a plot contrivance acting as yet another sword in the back of SAOs potential. Thankfully, as usual, the Abridged series is here to save the day In SAO Abridged the first view SAO related deaths were the result of a glitch in the system that was caused by a rushed release and since Akihiko is crazy from having gone Three weeks without sleep to get the damn thing finished. He panics and locks everyone in the game so that he can pretend it’s all part of some master plan Until he finds a way to keep the cops off his back The writers of the abridged series realized that there was no Possible motivation that a sane man could have for doing all this so they needed to add some insanity to Kayaba’s character Problem is they’d already portrayed him as being ruthlessly competent when he’s playing the part of Heathcliff their reconciliation of these two portrayals of Akihiko both makes sense and play into his backstory as a game developer since nothing drives game developers insane like being overworked underslept and working on a deadline They know they can’t keep speaking of Heathcliff then there’s that whole “You fools, I was Kayaba the whole time” bit unless you’ve seen Sword Art Online there is no way to properly appreciate How jarring this scene is We all know that SAO has pacing problems, but there is a big difference between lingering on one scene a little bit too long and ENDING THE STORY 25 FLOORS EARLY BECAUSE THE WRITERS JUST GOT BORED? And the way this happens doesn’t even make sense There are two key pieces of evidence backing up Kirito’s shocking revelation that the leader of the Knights of the Blood Oath was actually Kayaba Akihiko in a pair of Groucho Marx glasses He moved really really fast one time And there’s nothing less fun than watching someone else play an RPG with the first part Kirito seems to forget that Sword Art Online is an irreparably broken game the unique skill system makes it so that there’s nothing stopping a player from being able to do pretty much anything Including moving lightning fast and blocking an otherwise perfectly placed attack As for watching someone else play an RPG I’m subscribed to this little channel called The GameGrumps who just finished a playthrough a Breath Of The Wild Give that a gander Kirito and tell me how boring it is watching people play RPGs After you vicariously experience Dan and Arin’s perfect friendship The kind of friendship that you know is absent from your own life Because you never develop social skills in high school and now you don’t know how to talk to people Because you’re a shut-in neet who spends every day writing YouTube videos about shitty anime While drinking raw Bailey’s at noon in your apartment in Belgium! The Abridged series plants the seeds of Kayaba’s true identity in the first episode when Final form floating personification of death Kayaba references Tron and Scanners After Heath is introduced those movie references continue These Allusions to Kayaba’s favorite films create a narrative through line That allows Kurt to turn a long series of individual events Into a strong case against the leader of the game’s strongest guild Or at least a stronger case than: “Nobody could beat me in a fight without cheating” And the movie references don’t only serve to make Kayaba’s alter ego makes sense They also create a connection between him and Kurt Kurt also constantly makes movie references throughout the series Which reflects the way in which he and Akihiko are similar They’re both massive nerds with no friends Who are tired of living in a world where everyone they know is intellectually beneath them And getting trapped in this game is probably the best thing that’s ever happened to both of them When Kayaba finds out that Kurt gets his movie references He is overjoyed at having finally found someone who understands him at his misanthropic tendencies, The problem is that Kurt has undergone a whole character arc at this point And has begun to legitimately care about humanity thus breaking the bond between him and Kayaba Which is represented when Kurt stabs Kaiba while quoting Mythbusters And Kaiba attributes the quote to Dungeon Master, a film that Kurt has never even heard of And if that wasn’t enough then during the last scene with Kurt and Ass When Kurt finally says “I love you” to her for the first time She says “I know” quoting Han Solo in Battlestar Galactica As his use of a movie reference here cements Kurt’s progress as a character showing now That he identifies more with ass than he could have with the genocidal Kayaba And the abridged series doesn’t just fix characterization issues either There are also subtle changes in pacing editing and animation that just make it POP For example: during the fight with Illfang in the original series right after the door opens We get this brief clip of the Kobold Lord sitting on his throne in the dark This subconsciously preps the viewer for a moment of tension where the army slowly walks forward with the boss Looming silently over them waiting to strike as they enter his domain INSTEAD He jumps through the air like an overstuffed Tube sock out of some Madman’s Laundry Cannon it starts cutting through people like that guy from too many cooks at Thanksgiving dinner Just cutting out that one shot of Illfang on his throne makes this whole scene flow 20 times better (I counted) And it’s not just subtle changes, SAO Abridged cuts out so much unnecessary bullshit That you could make a whole new bull out of the shit And this metaphor isn’t going quite the way I wanted to But the point is that the Aincrad arc in SAO proper is six hour long. In SAO Abridged it’s just over three and nothing of importance is lost. Do you remember when this guy from the fishing Arc talks about soy sauce? Do you remember this guy from the fishing Arc? Do you remember the fishing Arc? Neither does SAO Abridged and it’s better for it Then there’s the OP, my God does this series have a stellar OP? I mean Jeff isn’t going to want to fuck it But he’s also not going to want to Beat it hard enough to make small children Uncomfortable like he did with the OPs of SAO proper, If nothing else the OP is short and well edited with a fantastically chosen theme song that actually plays during the final fight against Kaiba I don’t know how SAO managed to fuck up the most obvious and badass anime trope of all time but there is NOTHING MORE HYPE Than hearing the first bars of the opening theme song Play while the main character And the big bad evil guy stare each other down, and then the way the music Abruptly cuts out when Kurt sword breaks on Kaiba’s Shield really sells his Desperation and the sense of defeat he feels that having finally been bested when so much was on the line But the most impressive change to me is the subtle edits made to animation in the series And I’m not talking about making characters roll their eyes or the addition of new characters I mean the minor tweaks that don’t do anything to make the episode funnier But that seriously improve the quality of the show overall The best example of this is the fight between Yui and this sentient Halloween costume When Yui summons her sword in SAO proper it’s a ‘little girl with big sword’ moment And that’s fine but the idea of an unstoppably badass 9 year old girl is kind of tired at this point And it doesn’t tell the viewer anything new about Yui Except that she can summon a big sword When this scene happens in the abridged series there’s this cool ‘Distortion’ effect That really sells the idea that she’s hacking into the system To gain access to powers that she shouldn’t be able to use It takes advantage of the setting and Yui’s identity as an AI While creating a link between this scene and the one where she Explains that the system is going to delete her code This animation tweak didn’t have to happen Nobody would have expected it to happen but they did it anyway because they knew it would improve the show And that’s the really special thing about SAO Abridged There are so many lazy abridged series out there trying to cash in on the popularity of the trope And almost none of them do anything to improve on their source material SAO Abridged clearly comes from a place of deep respect for what Sword Art Online could have been And the creators go above and Beyond to make good on all of the promise that Aincrad had and I’m glad they did Because I wanted to like Sword Art Online I think most of us wanted to like Sword Art Online And now thanks to Something Witty Entertainment I can Happy Twenty thousand Subscribers special everybody I opened a Twitter. You know I really want to do something cool for these subscriber milestones, But damn it you’re subscribing faster than I can celebrate Anyway about my next video I normally try to put something out every two weeks But the next video might be a bit later since I’m moving to a different house In a different country Across the ocean So I might be a bit too busy in the next few weeks to write 4,000 words about the beautiful disfunction That is Kurt and Ass’ relationship. 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  • agiar2000

    After writing this whole, monstrous wall of text, I realized that it would be much more consumable if I went back and broke it into paragraphs, but it was still so long, I figured numbering them and adding titles, like they're chapters, would make it better.
    (Better? Writing chapters to a YouTube comment? What am I doing with my life…)

    Ultimately, if you want the tl;dr version, you can just read the titles and ignore everything else!

    Alternatively, you can ignore the whole post! Have a great day!

    1. I Hate It!
    As someone who deeply enjoyed and was deeply emotionally moved by the original SAO, I quickly disliked this video once I started hearing the presenter speak so harshly of it and of anyone who liked it.

    2. Wait, Okay Now I Don't!
    However, I continued watching, and I was really pleased with pretty much everything else! The person making this video clearly put a lot of thought into all of these points, used effective edits and highlighted important pieces from the source material, and made excellent points about all of the ways that SAO Abridged improves upon the original, points with which I agree.

    3. Agree to Disagree
    Ultimately, I do not agree with every single point, nor is it important to me that I do, since ultimately, this is about "good" and "bad" writing, which, while partially based in a lot of objective patterns, is ultimately subjective, and my personal definition of "good" writing is "writing that makes me feel like saying 'Oh, wow, that was a good experience!'". SAO did that for me in a way it obviously did not for a lot of people, and when I watch criticism of it, I realize that they are right, in a sense. There are things that, if done differently, would have made SAO more appealing to more people, regardless of how much I enjoyed it anyway.

    4. Subjectivity
    Though I may disagree with statements of the form "X is bad because of Y, therefore people who like X are bad," I can internally translate them into statements with which I have no argument: "I disliked X because of Y, therefore I fail to understand why others enjoyed X."

    5. I Like It!
    After watching the end of the video, I changed my "dislike" to a "like".

    6. You're a Stand-Up Guy!
    I was also really pleased to see that the pinned top comment was actually a criticism of several points made in this video, to which the creator of the video responded, which I found nice!

    7. I Like Everything!
    I still like SAO, and I still love SAO Abridged, and I respect this creator.

    8. I Like Positivity!
    I guess I have a different outlook when it comes to the media that I consume. In general, regardless of any objective measure of quality, consistency, or complexity, I am more pleased by positive messages and praise of a thing than I am by criticism of it.

    9. Criticism is Okay
    I think that I understand the purpose of criticism. We all want to enjoy our entertainment. Entertainment that is well-crafted is more enjoyable, and carefully thought-out criticism helps to motivate and inform content creators of how not to do things. Reviews to people who have not seen a particular work may also help to inform them of what content best meets certain standards.

    10. I Have No Standards!
    My approach is different. I try to enjoy whatever I watch. I try to get into the mindset that the writer/director wanted me to be when they wrote something. I try to help them along when they stumble, and even invent head-canons to spackle over apparent plot-holes. I treat my fiction the way some religious people treat their sacred texts. "Oh, that part doesn't make sense? Hmmm, there must be an explanation that I haven't thought of, yet! Maybe this could explain it! Maybe this is what really happened!"

    11. Having No Standards Makes Me Happy!
    Perhaps this means that I am exposed to a generally lower quality of content, and perhaps this means that I have a poorer ability to precisely discern what constitutes "good" writing in a more objective sense, but I have done the internal cost-benefit analysis, and compared to the amount of negativity through to recognize flaws and to strive for excellence, simply re-tuning my tastes to fit what is handed to me actually leaves me happier! 🙂

  • Darrell Benbrook

    I ligitemintly lol'd at the "sleep deprived cabbage"

  • elonwhatever

    Wait, you're from Belgium? Me too 🙂

  • Hercule Pyro

    Hey, hands up if you like Sao!!……..

    Just me… okay then.

  • Anthony D

    On the topic of why he didn't want them to know his level is because of the whole beater thing so you didn't even pay attention like half-asleep attention to the show

  • Xarjet

    sees character introduction
    (klein is german for small)

  • Thomas Sumner

    SAO was looking to be a really good anime from episode 2….and then the rest of the series happened

  • SavageScavenger

    1:20 NO NO NO!! NEVER!

  • DRFowler

    So spent on hating SAO. Me thinks you secretly like it with the effort you put into the hate video.
    Lmao well these been funny to watch and entertaining.

  • Daniel Jimenez

    Loving the love for Game Grumps.

  • Mister Alias

    I worked as a counselor/mentor for years, while working on a couple of science degrees, so I have a bit of experience with psychology and logic. The author of this video doesn’t seem to have a keen grasp on human psychology beyond an introductory level (a genuine criticism, not at all an insult), making some substantial logical errors. I’ll simply point out 1 example of why I have arrived at this opinion.

    A young mind can be lulled into a false sense of security after experiencing an extended period of time in which that person is able to complete tasks easily. This type of attitude can be drastically exacerbated, especially if that person went from being in a group that had troubles with a task, to being in one that excelled at that task. In this specific case It would not be inaccurate make an analogous comparison of whiplash; cautiousness to over-confidence, which causes harm.

    If you introduce a young mind into this scenario, you very well may find that this person becomes more adventurous and begins to take what they think are small risks. On top of that, boss rooms with “anti-crystal zones” weren’t introduced on the lower floors, so traps such as this may have been uncommon, or non-existent on lower floors, or in most areas. Compounding unknowns take the risk from small to large rather quickly, without the person knowing it. This is ignorance and inexperience, not necessarily stupidity.

    Now, let’s add multiple boys that are competing for dominance and in a friendly way, coupled with the naivety of youthful play. Is it starting to make sense how this could happen in such a series of events? The players are higher level now, much more skilled at fighting, and inexperienced in life. This is a dangerous combination of circumstances in this particular environment. Where overconfidence is more of a problem in older people, rather than younger people, it is important to understand how bias can affect a mind of any age, especially those that are naive and immature.

    If you watch Sachi, her character stays reserved, so she doesn’t venture in until the main character does. This also makes sense. Sachi does not want to leave the side of the person she seems as the protector of the group, so she simply follows him in, not being given an order to remain outside. This behavior is rather typical in those that are co-dependent, walking into a situation without thinking because the person that protects them walks in first. All of these separate circumstances are psychologically accurate, given the right circumstances.

    After analyzing the events, it’s easy to see that the characters don’t have to follow the false dichotomy laid out by the content creator. Perfectly capable and intelligent people can do reckless things and pay a price for it. If the person survives, that information is incorporated into that person’s mind as wisdom.

    As for manslaughter, the creatures the group fought until that point were easily dispatched, causing no problems, so the culpability of the MC isn’t that high, especially seeing as he tried to stop them multiple times and until that point never hit a dangerous wall that wasn’t easily overcome. He was convinced by the party that it would be fine and previous circumstances had not contradicted that. I can be swayed about the MC’s culpability, but seeing as he always tried to remain cautious, while the others didn’t, it is possible this would have happened regardless.

    This is only one example of fallacious reasoning in this video. It’s not a bad critique, but it does seem a little too presumptuous. Just because one doesn’t like a series of events, does not mean that series of events is implausible. I have so many issues with SAO, but I can’t see how being so unfair is a proper response. I’m assuming it’s a healthy dose of bias from not liking the show. 😄


  • Eric Truax

    This is why I read manga so ppl cant complain about the dialogue

  • LordOfThe Flightless

    Wise feking words

  • logancrafter2 lc2

    Sorry but I disagree I love sao but I won’t hat on you for hating it

  • The Raven

    Besides Sao alternative called ggo a spin-off,the spin off called ggo was attcualy a good one,and the writing was more fascinating then Sao ever did,maybe until the 4th arc but attcualy 3rd if you don't count the rip off one

  • Ethan Townsley

    Fuck you bich

  • Shooter Kerry

    No you ficking suck like shit

  • Isaac Ferguson

    14:35 You sure Kiyaba is the genocidal one, everything I've learned about Ass tells me she's more insane and prone to acting on murderous tendencies.

  • Thomas Voight

    4:57 in video ( i feel like that's all that to be said o show that this guy is as smart as bakug … GOD WHAT HAVE I DONE) is the best line in this video

  • Nathan Clark

    This reminds me of when I watched Hellsing Ultimate: Abridged. I started doing something I haven't done in a long time. That being I cared about a show. The voices just fit the characters so well, and it would be great if you could review it or discuss why it's great. Unless you dislike it, which in that case just forget I ever said anything.

  • Ross Bradley

    People like you need to shut up. all u people do is complain about how somethings in anime or games r stupid for no reason than to argue with people who disagree ps not talking about wittys verison of it

  • Slauj

    Im loving the Steins gate characters added in the backround, best anime made.

  • TheBlankOne

    2:47 Well, unless the chairs cost $399, it ain’t worth it

  • ericstone 00

    "No need to look for your God I'm right here, And I'm fresh out of mercy! " That was by far one of my favorite scenes in the entire series.

  • Isekai is good fight me


  • Utopian Gaming

    Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo I like SAO

  • Colonel_Beast

    12:47 – 13:00 Whoa, dude, you ok? You wanna talk about it?


    Who's here after the new episode?

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  • The duck lord

    Yea no i never watched SAO proper but i watched the abridged series 2 times now and i feel it for the best i keep it this way. Also. Ep 14 release and its amaizing.

  • Jaquan, Tyrone's Older Brother

    he made so many references to lines from abridged.. you have earned a sub my good sir

  • Jesterton

    SAO is a dumpster fire.
    Let us pray to Something Witty Entertainment. Sermons going all day Friday and Saturday, because no one likes Sundays.

  • The Gamer Weeb

    ao is gud

  • Düellocu Aga

    honestly manga wasnt bad but the anime version is so dumb

  • Evernewb

    might want to do something on Hellsing Ultimate Abridged: the abridged version is absolutely the most faithful anime rendition of the source material…which as near as I can tell is because the manga is CONSTANTLY making fun of itself and everything in it while switching genres every few pages, which is awesome but REALLY hard to pitch to a tv producer when the sum total of what they want in a series is for it to be the exact same thing that made money for someone else, but not so blatantly the same thing that people figure it out in episode 1.

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  • john travis

    I liked sword art online

  • Dynasty Star

    There's nothing wrong with SAO though.

  • Kayden Keen

    I love the original show, it is one of my favorite anime’s ever, however, I have realized that everything you say in this video is true, but I still love the show. Thank you for your time.

  • MelloYello

    12:59 dont worry buddy you're my best friend

  • Lucas Liso

    Don't want to be that guy, but isn't SAO not even an original concept? The way I see it, SAO's idea is a ripoff of the .hack games/manga/anime/light novel series.

  • Stink simply stink

    The fact that the fact sword art online sucks is a meme is a meme.
    The fact that(The fact that sword art online sucks is a meme(Is a meme)) THAT TOOK WAYY TOO LONG TO FIGURE OUT

  • xblackdog

    I know this is hellishly old, but I just watched the rest of SAO abridged after stopping on ep 6, and I knew something was different with yui's fight, but until watching this I never realized what it was. You hit the nail on the head. That subtle effect really did sell the scene, and it did so almost without being noticed!

  • Chimera Storms365

    Roses are red
    Weed is what I smoke
    Kurt and Ass ruined Yui's joke

  • shadowtheimpure

    2.5 years later…158,000 subs.

  • Hunter Clewes

    Sword art online is amazing soooo dislike

  • Kirito be like.


  • Elle van Veelen

    Toen je Klein klein maakte was ik zo van. Huh. Spreekt deze gast Nederlands of is het een inside joke? En toen zei je dat je in België woont en ik was zo van hA I CALLED IT MWUHAHAHAAA

  • Aege

    Han solo battle star Galactica?

  • Koolmaqe


  • Ali Ince

    ..wait… did you just mistake Star Wars with Battle Star Galactica…

  • Wolfman7870

    You witty. Me laugh when watch video.

  • Marvin Hubregtse

    reading the manga of sao …. made me go so much potential and its wasted
    then i read tower of god …. my first taught huh wat sao should have been

  • Marvin Hubregtse

    3:20 it isnt its becaus he's a beta tester and they will probably be blamed for them getting stuck in the game … might make people group up and beat the shit out of him for misplaced hatred ….. sao still shit give a good reason

  • Artist Tota

    Sociopathic fuck muncher, yep thats my new word. Thanks.

  • Colin T. M.

    And no one expected them to have Yui say this was a joke.

  • Nolan Palma

    11:45 mother trucker, its starring into my soul

  • qater dargon

    We must save my family

  • Spectrum

    2:06 A recent example of characters not being stupid in Abridged is when Kurt tells Leafa he's Kirito and she immediately realises he's her brother/cousin.

  • Noah Probably

    I just realized, 1:42 , Klein means short in German. Either I’m looking to far into this or this guy knows his stuff

  • flying horse

    ok I have to corect you there . Wanting chairs is the only good reason to go to the death dungeon . ok ?
    still good video thow .

  • Heatwave619

    Have you seen the Kirito Is Always Right Foundation? Please donate so we can make the world smart again!

  • BUHE MP3

    bruh your opinion is invalid and terrible

  • Alexander Murphy

    4:51in the EP. Pls don't talk crap about sao, it's a opinion but your saying that like its a fact.

  • Split Shares

    Like actual SAO, but good.

  • Split Shares

    Not gonna mention the fact, that the hat he got specifically reminded him of the guy WHO KILLED HIMSELF because Sachi died, FURTHER reminding him of Sachi’s death after being given a sliver of hope by Klein just to be betrayed after risking his life fighting the most horrifying personification of Saint Nick the world has ever seen god help us all, can we take a moment to understand, that only someone will like thirty cigarettes in their mouth while chugging a bottle of vodka with tobacco clogging their throats could make something HALF as horrifying as that? Thank god we didn’t see any of its attacks, god help us all. I also really liked how in the abridged the moment he dropped down the Christmas Narrator guy was just like: what the fu- I laughed so hard when I heard that, the neighbors came over, not to complain, but to ask about my mental health, oh I’ve done it again. I always write my comments too long. See you later you microcephalic adipates!

  • GeckoGC

    Battlestar Galactica

  • Lord Helix Slayer

    Wait what YOU LIVE IN BELGIUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • solarflare1337

    Hold up you live in belguim i love in belguim spreek jij neederlands zoo ja lol

  • Michael Adewuyi

    how is sao even shit like do u even know what ur saying

  • eric stewart

    can i just note that at 14:26 you said quoting han solo from BATTLESTAR GALLACTICA

  • Olyvier Monteau

    a sleep deprived cabbage


  • hoobadooba master


  • Darth Stark

    im losing my shit 4 minutes in

  • Hunter Lunde

    Sword art online is a good anime 🙂

  • White Roses37

    Ha ok buddy

  • M.r Gaster gasterblaster

    Fuke you SAO is cool so fuke you

  • Philip Robertson

    12:48 That was… Frighteningly specific. You good?

  • chicken_person

    The fact that you made "Klein" smaller than everybody else killed me, I had to pause the video from laughing…

  • RenegadeElite101

    "quoting Han Solo from BattleStar Galatica"

    That really hurt lol.

  • Ezio Auditore

    wait you mean the sword didnt glitch in sao proper?

  • Fangsabre


    There is exactly THREE things more hype than hearing the opening theme play when the final fight starts.

    #3 hearing the Ultimate Battle theme from Dragon Ball Super

    #2 hearing You Say Run

    #1 Hearing the key change of All Mights hero theme during the United States of Smash. Not only is it hype, its hype that also makes me cry.

    Honorable mention: ichigos badass theme from Bleach.


  • Thomas Boland


  • Doctor D. Ph.D.

    Did you say battlestar galactica just to trigger people?

  • 66KevVv

    So yea i stopped watching after 4 minutes watching some lies in this video… kkthxbye =)

  • Dom Frei

    Fuq you bro

  • Dom Frei

    Youll Dye Vryin

  • denki the boi

    I loved the show but that's ME!^^

  • The Supreme Weeb

    Dumb video and it seems your memory is as good as a flea's,it was said why Kayaba made SAO a death game,arguing against this shit is a worthless endeavor but the adaptation could have been better with those small details and thr fishing episode was oof. The plot is fine you just have to enjoy the story and i could probably prove why SAO is good and the people who dont like it have shit taste.Sorry for responding to a 2yr old video but it just triggers me.

  • max mcintyre

    Sao is awesome especially with the music

  • Carthago Nova41

    don't judge the story for 12 yo by adults standards

  • Nikko F

    Thanks for turning me on to SAO:Abridged, I watched the first two minutes of your video then binge watched all 14 episodes and am now back to crack open some baileys and enjoy this. Subscribed.

  • Cherub K

    baileys is good tho…

  • Twila Goodman

    …I like both SAO and SAO abridged tho

  • Aakash Singh Kharayat

    I am just gonna say I loved abridged
    But give progressive a chance I does much better than the original!

  • Pepperidge Farm

    The animators for SAO are probably like, "So my life did have meaning after all."

  • Bryce Mellberg

    I love both original and abridged but I like this video too…I’m confusing ik

  • Andrew Glawson'

    “Charisma hat”

  • Andrew Glawson'


    That was a bit jarring

    Please tell me that was intentional

  • GoB TTVHorror



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