Episode 1 Impressions: Sword Art Online II

e1swordartonlineiihdr

All aboard the hype train.  Our heroes are back after only a year of rest to take on a new threat that faces the gamers of a new world created by the Seed.  In the wake of the not so wonderful Alfheim Online arc, one would begin to doubt if this series can pick itself back up. Though after throwing some theories through my head for this Gun Gale Online arc, and avoiding spoilers, I’m starting to get really hyped.

e1swordartonlineii7Synopsis
Despite going through the trauma that he did, Kirito seems to be drawn right back into the dangerous world of life and death that he gladly left behind (or conquered if you prefer). He meets up with Kikuoka Seijirou, member of the Virtual Division, to discuss a matter that his superiors are uneasy about. Recently there have been 2 players from a Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online (VRMMO) game that have died due to heart attacks.

This wouldn’t be so strange since they were dedicated players and one of the two had not slept for 2 days. However there were reports of people seeing a man who called himself Death Gun who shouted claims of justice before firing a gun towards them. They were also both highly skilled players in a game that is heavily skill based and also is one of the few that grants game credits that can be exchanged for money. Some earning 300,000 yen a month from just playing the game.

e1swordartonlineii2After much hesitation from Kirito, and begging from Kikouka, Kirito finally decides to aid in contacting this man named Death Gun. Though contact can only be made in-game due to the agency having no way of gaining the suspect’s real identity and contact information.

Later Kirito meets up with Asuna in order to have a date at a nearby park. They get caught in a discussion about the differences between virtual and reality, seemingly still caught in the confusion caused by their long entrapment in the previous two VRMMOs. When Asuna questions Kirito on what he wishes to do after graduating, he claims he wants to be a creator. To design a way of bridging the gap between virtual and reality by increasing the ability to tap into senses. Asuna wishes for them to be more connected to Yui, their daughter from Sword Art Online.

e1swordartonlineii0Thoughts
I’m mixed on this episode. While I was very appreciative that we got some serious world building, I felt it was a bit too much too soon. It’s nice that Kirito didn’t jump to the task of helping the Virtual Division and put his life on the line; instead showing restraint and survival. That said, all of the dialog and food eating was a bit boring. At least they could have shown some acted out scenarios for the cases they were bringing up.

Despite my complaints about the information dump, I’m liking the new arc they are going with. We’re already seeing Kirito mention his limitations going into a skill based VRMMO. Judging by the outro video, he may end up using his skills in swords instead of a gun in a gun focused VRMMO. Which is going to be an awesome flavor than just a show with a bunch of cover shooting.

Also, is it just me or does Kirito’s new avatar for GGO look like Yuri from Tales of Vesperia? I’m alright with it!

Episode 1: Gun World

THUMBS UP!

THUMBS UP!

IMPRESSIONS VERDICT:
Promising!

Pros:

  • Good world building
  • Good presentation
  • Hype Hype Hype

Cons:

  • Too much dialog
  • Not very entertaining

Impressions are based on a single episode and don’t necessarily reflect the series as a whole. Unless dropped, we will continue to give updates on thoughts and impressions of the series as time goes by.

Share on Google+Share on LinkedInShare on RedditShare on TumblrTweet about this on TwitterShare on Facebook

Co-Founder of OtakuSpirit.com and Co-Host of the OtakuSpirit Animecast. A huge fan of anime since the early 1990s, consuming over 800 shows. While he's late to the collecting scene, he's found a lot of joy in filling his DVD/Blu-ray collection as well as collecting figures. Once a week, he posts unboxing and feature videos on anime goods to YouTube.