It's only of those in which you will only fully understand it if you play the game. But on the other hand possibly not judge it as harshly. Even so it's not that great until it hits the Tethe'alla Arc. Sylvarant is meh. Tethe is much better, and United Worlds is most definitely the best.
I'm procrastinating studying for my second PolSci test. Oh well-- it's easy crap.
As far as "taste" in anything goes, I hate the concept of good and bad taste. I'll joke about it, but rarely ever am I serious because "taste" is such a subjective thing 3:
My one qualm with SAO though is that it goes too fast to really make for enough emotion, except for the hatred of Sugou. He may die. Infinitely and unmercifully. But the rest of them, it's haaaard to really care except when they give you a concentrated dose (I'm looking at you, Yui.)
Sugou is pretty a pretty cool guy. Asuna to him is as Asuka is to Shinji.
Also he's got the same amount od dimensions as everyone else in the show.
Kirito - I am batman but more angsty and a teenager
Asuna - glop
Lis - I'm actually the only good character
yui - token loli
Sachi - batmans parents
Kuradeel - just as planned
Sugu - IMOUTO BOOBS!
Game creator - lel science
Agil - token black guy
If I like SAO enough by the time I catch up I might see about reading a bit of the LN and see if they are more third dimensional there. Guess it depends on how close the LN and the anime are to eachother.
Hyouka's novel didn't do much for me at all/give me any new information. Didn't help that the last volume that wasn't animated wasn't translated so i couldn't read. Thus why I'm wondering whether I should read it or not. More actual insight is always nice.