Sword Art Online Abridged
|Date(s):||Aug 19, 2013 – Jul 13, 2016|
|Fandom:||Sword Art Online|
|External Links:||SAO Abridged full playlist|
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The series more or less follows the plot of the original show, with less condensing than many abridged series (the Aincrad arc, which was 14 episodes in the original show, was condensed into eleven videos which range from 8 minutes to 36 minutes in length.
The Abridged series added references to many Western media properties, such as Scanners. The second episodes began with a parody of Bastion's opening narration.
The reception of SAO Abridged is generally much more favorable than that to the original anime it parodies. 
A FRIEND OF MINE STARTED SHOWING IT TO ME RECENTLY, AND IT HAD ME IN STITCHES.
And most impressively, they don’t change the plot at all. They only change the personalities. Making it a COMPLETELY watchable and loyal adaptation of SAO.LOVE SAO ABRIDGED.
If this sounds hilari-bad but you don’t want to invest the time to watch a show which is objectively garbage, it has an abridged series which is famously better than the show it’s parodying (i’m dead serious, people have character arcs, the getting married after one date thing is properly addressed, the mc has to deal with PTSD because of all his friends dying in epsidode 3, they don’t immediately follow the death of a child with an extended fishing montage, the villain has an actual plan). It’s mostly actually pretty good, but this is the internet and it’s an abridged series, so while there are a lot fewer yikes moments than most it still has enough that I’m not comfortable recommending it without the caveat. that said I still enjoyed it a lot, although possibly not at much as pointing and laughing at the garbage that is the actual show.
- The most tragic part about this is that they were probably reading each other's minds the whole time. 😞, Archived version, a Psychonauts animatic using audio from SAO Abridged by paperbagedhead
- The power of love is bullshit!, Archived version, fanart by sleepkita
- SAO Abridged Most Quoteable Lines, compilation edit by HoodieSticks
- sao-abridged-incorrectquotes on Tumblr
Links & Resources
- Sword Art Online Abridged on Tumblr (see also the SAO Abridge tag)
- SAO the Abridged Series tag on AO3, which is synned with the SAO fandom tag
- Kirito is Always Right Foundation, a video by Something Witty Entertainment that both expands on an in-series joke and announces SWE's patreon.
- The Genius of Sword Art Online (Abridged): Fixing What's Broken (Part 1), Jun 18, 2017
- Saw your review of SAO..., Archived version. Tumblr ask and review by phantomrose96. Accessed 29 January 2022.
- On a more possitive note, I’ve started watching Sword Art Online..., Archived version. Review by jupitermelichios. Accessed 29 January 2022.