Episode 5 Impressions: Sword Art Online II

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While things have been pretty upbeat for Kirito during his first encounters in the world of GGO, it’s about to go real south as he enters the Bullet of Bullets competition and his identity comes under question.

ep5swordartonlineii1Synopsis
Right off the bat, Kirito is faced with a difficult decision during sign ups, the competition requires a player’s real name and other personal information.  Though this focus quickly shifts as he’s confronted by Sinon and the two head off to the preliminary chambers.  On the way, Kirito gets some insight into the workings of the GGO servers.  Falling under a gray zone due to most transactions being done within the game itself.

Once in their preparation chambers, Sinon is thrown quite a shock as Kirito reveals his true identity to her.  Though unfortunately this is done after she begins changing in front of him to prepare for the preliminary competition.

Now fuming, Sinon attempts to leave Kirito behind and refuses to speak to him ever again.  Having no one else to help him, Kirito follows her like a lost puppy in hopes to amend things.  After a run in with Sinon’s friend from the real world, Kirito is already sucked in to the competition to face his first challenger.

ep5swordartonlineii7Thoughts
Well, apparently in the world of GGO, players are required to strip in order to put on their battle gear.  Let’s face it, it’s a trope and the show felt the need to do it.  That aside, this episode was quite a waste of sorts.  We got a lot of somewhat useless information and a lot of build and aftermath to a trope situation.

What’s more sad is that the trope ended up making the once fun and interesting Sinon into an annoying character again.  Sadly she was much more enjoyable in episode 4, and now she’s back to being just straight annoying and off-putting.

With that said, things did manage to ramp up towards the end.  The obvious being Kirito’s new combat form being born in battle, but also that we finally meet the Death Gun.  Not only that but that he also seems to know Kirito.  The mind begins flooding with possibilities and it was awesome to have the b-roll of past characters to back it up.  Fairly awesome moment where the viewer’s mind matches the character’s.

Episode 1: Gun and Sword

NOT BAD, BUT NOT GREAT..

NOT BAD, BUT NOT GREAT..

IMPRESSIONS VERDICT:
So-So

Pros:

  • Good combat
  • Arrival of Death Gun

Cons:

  • A dragged out trope
  • Sinon becoming annoying again
  • Final blow drug out a bit..

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.

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