Originally Posted by Henreh
Once you read the LN, you'l realize how much they rushed through in the anime.
The SAO LN is 11 volumes. That only gives roughly 2.5 episodes per volume. Since there's no such thing as 2.5 episodes, we have to round down to 2 episodes. 2 episodes per volume is not a lot to work with. Of course it's going to seem rushed, they took out the insignificant stuff.