It looks like Kirito has finally entered the game. They didn’t waste any time letting him show Sinon how godlike he is. Also, it turns out the sword is just a regular item in GGO, just an unused one. I guess it’s up to Kirito to prove everyone wrong. Given that most FPS games provide you with a melee weapon for free, it’s interesting to think about what would happen if you actually had to buy a melee weapon…I would still expect them to be pretty common.
Anyway, it looks like next week is the registration for BoB. I’m juggling a few possibilities for next steps. First, Kirito and Sinon could make it to the registration with just enough time for Kirito to register, but not Sinon…that could open some tension between the two. Second, they both register successfully, but Sinon is immediately attacked by Death Gun. Finally, they could just register and immediately enter the tournament. My preference is the third one, but I’m guessing the second one has the highest likelihood.
It looks like Kirito has finally logged in…although, most of this episode was devoted to introducing Asada Shino, the real-life version of Shinon. She freaks out at the sight of guns in real life because of an incident in her past, but seems to be able to handle them just fine in GGO. Presumably, her mind doesn’t make the same associations because Shinon isn’t technically her. It feels odd to explain it like that, though. It would have made more sense from a neuroscience perspective if she only had panic attacks when holding guns.
But that aside, it looks like Death Gun’s next target is Shinon. It’s possible he considers her acquisition of Hecate to be a cheat and wishes to punish her for it (is that even a good motive, though?). Or he just goes after strong players? That feels even worse. Either way, I guess that will be the reason for Kirito and Shinon to cooperate in game.
Well, I don’t know if Shinon is a good FPS player, but she hasn’t shown me any abilities as a sniper yet. She only hit two shots in this episode, one on an unaware target and the second at point-blank range. It’s almost like she’s being carried by her gun or something. But that aside, I’m surprised that Kirito hasn’t rushed into GGO yet. Is he actually frightened by Death Gun? Is this supposed to be hesitation spawned by his original time in SAO?
Presumably, next week is when Kirito finally enters the game and meets Shinon. There’s an interesting point in the opening song that has me curious. Shinon is shown in the real world reaching towards a boy that hasn’t been revealed yet. The boy is then engulfed in flames panning to a scene with Death Gun. Does this suggest that Shinon has some sort of relationship with Death Gun? Or maybe that’s something that will happen in this show soon?
So, let me get this straight…the main antagonist for this series is a man who wields a weapon he calls “Death Gun” that kills people with heart attacks? This seems somewhat familiar for some reason. Anyway, back with more Sword Art Online…Kirito has been called into another new game to save the world.
I certainly have my worries going into this show. These heart attacks can’t be explained away with magic…a focused pulse aimed at stopping the heart seems so wishy-washy. I guess ALO was the story taking a break from the doom and gloom death, so now we’re getting back to it? Then, there’s also the question of the antagonist’s motives…is he just going after arrogant pros? Or is he on a path of justice like a certain other character we won’t mention here? So far, my main suspect is Kikouka…I wouldn’t be surprised.
Just a random side note: Kirito mentions in this episode something about wanting to improve full dive technology by creating a man-machine interface. Could this be suggesting that he was involved in the creation of the Neuro Linker? Also, is there any particular reason Kirito is shown wielding a sword in a gun game? What are these lightsaber hacks? Anyway, we’ve got the prep…next week, Kirito enters the game.