Episode 6 Impressions: Sword Art Online II

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Kirito is in utter shock after a recent realization of a possible threat. The return of what could possibly be the Sword Art Online murder guild Laughing Coffin.  Will he turn tail and run, or will he find reason to stay is a question only time will tell.

e6swordartonlineii1Synopsis
After eyeing the masked man’s emblem on his wrist which resembles one wore by player killers in the world of Sword Art Online, Kirito is filled with thousands of thoughts. Though before he can gather himself, the masked man claims that he will kill him and departs from Kirito’s sight.

Taking a seat, Kirito begins putting pieces together. The voice of the masked man resembles the audio recording of the “Death Gun.” He also recalls a moment during his time stuck in SAO where he along with a band of guild members infiltrated the Laughing Coffin’s headquarters and lost 10 people in a huge battle.

e6swordartonlineii3Recalling the two Laughing Coffin members he killed, his fears manifest in that he believes Death Gun could be one of them, though he quickly refutes that thought as death in SAO was death in the real world. A truth that only made the death of anyone there all the more grave. Though that in itself makes him sick in the stomach, that he too took the life of others.

Following this entire ordeal, Kirito is confronted by Sinon, who questions his grave appearance. Though she tries to brush him off, still being upset with him, she can’t help but realize that his eyes remind her of her own when she dealt with her fear of guns and the memory of killing someone.

e6swordartonlineii4Sadly, Kirito has no time to think on things as he’s thrown back into another BoB tournament fight. Once there, he is shot at which triggers him to go berserk and take down his opponent with ease, putting him at last into the semi-finals where he would face off against Sinon.

Thoughts
A very strong episode filled with some solid emotion. Seeing Kirito’s struggle with the Laughing Coffin and remembering the death involved in SAO was very well executed. I couldn’t help but be reminded of the same feelings I had while watching the first ark of SAO and how impactful it was.

e6swordartonlineii9This great writing only got better as the link between Sinon’s past and Kirito’s current struggle was meshed together. While I didn’t care too much for the emo-walk that Kirito did, the way everything wrapped up in the final moments was really well done. There was a great bond formed as Sinon struggled with her own feelings and Kirito regained himself.

I guess my only problem with this episode is rather obvious in reasoning. Why the hell didn’t Kirito just log off after this realization he came to? Why would he stay there after making all those connections and coming to grips with his possible demise? Oh well, it couldn’t be that easy right?

Episode 6: Duel in the Wastelands

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IMPRESSIONS VERDICT:
Great!

Pros:

  • Characters tied together well
  • Great drama and emotion
  • Good battles

Cons:

  • Why not log out?

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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