Meant to post this a couple days ago but I was a bit lazy about it. I’m pretty proud of this review. Sword Art Online really has no shortage of things to talk about, to say the least. It’s a series with all sorts of problematic elements, but it has the admirable sense of a series that wants to improve. I think Sword Art Online II is a respectable outcome of that motivation, and despite serious stumbles it truly delivers in the end. It might not be worth it for people who utterly hated the series to keep watching, but for fans and for anyone with just a little earnest love for SAO there’s a fair bit to be pleased with in this sequel series.
My Barakamon review for Funcurve is done, and you can expect it published soonish along with a blog post linking to it. It’s a little bit wordy, but I said all I wanted to say. Now I’m on to Sword Art Online II! If anything, I think Sword Art Online is fun and easy to write about. It’s a series with a particular charm to it that just makes me want to like it despite all the nasty stuff it does. Sword Art Online II is a legitimate improvement with slightly less nasty stuff, but not as much of one as I would like. After the break you’ll find a little snippet of the first part of my review. Hope you like it!