Unless that is just your personal opinion, how was it one of the weaker shows last summer when it was one of the top anime watched on crunchyroll at the time
That is indeed my opinion, but all you did there was restate the fact that it is popular. I'm not saying it's bad, just that plenty of stuff is better. --- The time is out of joint. O cursed spite, that ever I was born to set it right! http://i.imgur.com/pyvQmyz.gif
Problem is that it was the ultimate self-insert for teenage boys. Kind of like Twilight for teens. Kirito was a flawless, no-depth character with every single girl falling for him, drama was bad, the show began with about 7 friggin' side-stories and no progress on the actual dungeon-crawling stuff (70 out of the 75 floors were off-screen or so), no actual character development... and yeah it was bad.
The fight scenes we good, though. Too bad there were about 4 of them in the whole anime.