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I don't think I've been polarized to one end or the other yet - I'm still just incredibly confused about what the hell SAO is attempting to be. Because honestly I don't even think it knows anymore. Or did it ever? I can't remember the last time I was genuinely confused about whether I should import a show or hate it. Normally, those two things should be leagues apart... Even when Shana III went batshit crazy in the last third after an utterly brilliant first two thirds, I didn't feel nearly this confused.
Well, it is a first novel so I wouldn't expect it to be a timeless classic. As far as importing goes, I'd wait for the next couple or 3 episodes which, I'm assuming, pick up the story at vol 3 of the novels. They will probably make the decision for you.