So I stuck with Sword Art Online through to the end.
I definitely gets better after the glacially paced first few episodes, and I'd say some of the stuff in the middle is genuinely entertaining, but then when it switches over to the new game world it drops off a cliff again and all just feels like filler until the last couple of episodes.
It all gets a bit too weird with the incest shit, two teenagers having a virtual daughter who can't be more like 7 or 8 years younger than them, and implied tentacle rape and whatnot. Turning Asuna into a full on damsel in distress for the second half of the show didn't sit at all right with me either.
So yeah, pretty middling on the whole. Not terrible, but a tough one to recommend.
Did quite enjoy the final battle being a knife fight in a car park, though.
Will make a start on either Durarara!! or Space Dandy this weekend. Hopefully they're a bit better.