Episode 13 Impressions: Sword Art Online II

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The showdown against Death Gun is underway as Kirito goes toe to toe with the murderous avatar. But just who is Death Gun.. or who are the Death Gun is the real question.

The following will contain minor spoilers as the entire episode was riddled twists and turns that cannot be avoided. Though it will be kept to minimum.

e13swordartonline3Synopsis
As Kirito battles against Death Gun, it’s apparent that the masked murderer is much more equipped to fight in the world of GGO. His speed is unmatchable and it seems that only Sinon could help him survive the fight. However with her broken scope, she only has one choice.

While the fight comes to a conclusion, Kirito has a realization about the appearance of Death Gun’s red eyes and matches it to the charts of suspects during the SAO raid. Uttering his name causes Death Gun to come to a holt and gives both Kirito and Sinon the opportunity to strike.

Following the conclusion of the Bullet of Bullets, Sinon finds herself searching her home for signs of the partner Death Gun, though after a knock comes at her door, she can only fear the worst.

e13swordartonline9Thoughts
A great episode, outside of a few.. off-putting aspects. I REALLY loved how the BoB was concluded, and it really put a smile on my face but what comes after it was where things really started to get intense.

With Sinon finding herself in fear of what might await her outside the game, things really got intense. I enjoyed what happened, however I really didn’t like how a certain character acted. It just looked stupid and was off-putting. It seems the writers for SAO in general like to have their good guys overly good, and their bad guys overly psychotic. Really? Foaming at the mouth?

Despite that, really loved how things progressed. It’s always fun to see the SAO world mix virtual with reality in the way they do. Makes for a much more grounded and interesting storyline.

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IMPRESSIONS VERDICT:
Great

Pros:

  • Great tension
  • Great end to BoB
  • Decent twist

Cons:

  • Bit predictable
  • Terrible character transition
  • Foaming mouth

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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