This week’s episode was pretty awkward to me…they just cleaned up all of the irregular gates in an instant. It felt absurdly easy. As a result, Osamu gets promoted and ends up finally being useful in a fight against a Neighbor. Who knew he had it in him? Also, we’re finally introduced to Chika, Osamu’s childhood friend who seems to attract Neighbors.
Anyway, next week’s episode goes more into Chika, formally introducing her into the cast. This isn’t much of a spoiler, but if I remember correctly, her attracting Neighbors was just because of her ridiculous Trion level (which ends up making her more useful than Osamu, I would say). We’re getting to the point where the story shifts away from fending off the Neighbor invasion…we’ll see how it goes.
Most of this week’s episode was a big fancy meeting…not all that much to comment on. I will say this, though: Osamu must really want Jin-sempai to notice him if he got that excited just because Jin called him “Megane-kun”. He doesn’t even consider the possibility that Jin just calls people wearing glasses that by default and just assumes that Jin remembers him…
It looks like next week will introduce Chika Amatori to the cast (we’ve already seen her before, but now the focus will shift to her). Chika and Osamu know each other pretty well and she has a bit of a special ability. She’s also much more powerful that Osamu is, which is part of why this series just got harder to follow after this point. I still think she’s a good character, but I got tired of seeing Osamu just get beaten by everyone.
Back after a week’s break and the focus is Kitora Ai…probably one of my least-favorite characters in this show. But if I remember correctly, she doesn’t have that much of a role in the coming episodes, so it’s probably not a big deal. There really isn’t all that much to comment on in this episode…just more of Osamu being Osamu and a bit of display of ability for Ai.
From the preview, it looks like next week is the meeting with the Border higher-ups. Is it finally time for Yuma to reveal himself? Also, it looks like Jin will be making his appearance. The next episode should launch the next major piece of the series…the part that I didn’t really agree with. We’ll see how it ends up going…all I know is that there ends up being a lot of fights that I skimmed through the first time.
This is the part of the story where things got a bit weird for me. First off, the whole thing with the “Trion gland” was a bit facepalm-worthy. But I guess I have more of a problem with Osamu taking credit for fending off the attack on the school. It seemed to devalue him in the upcoming parts. He’s already weak as it is and now people have this unrealistic expectation of him…makes him seem even more useless than before.
Still, when watching the anime, the scene comes off more as Yuma trolling Osamu because he forced him to lay low as a Neighbor instead of just giving him the credit for free, which made the scene feel a bit better to me. Anyway, next week goes more into Ai Kitora, who was introduced this week…her character isn’t really all too interesting.
This week’s SAO is a recap episode, so I guess I’ll go with this instead. Unfortunately, this week’s episode isn’t super entertaining. It’s mostly meant to establish how strange Yuma is…which makes sense considering he’s from another world, but just doesn’t seem very interesting to watch. There’s probably an element of “gaining Osamu’s trust” in there as well, but whatever.
The action should start going again next week. After that, the story goes in a direction I didn’t fully agree with, which was the reason I didn’t stick with the manga too long. It’s not that I’m hoping the anime does it differently…it’s more like I’m wondering if I just wasn’t interpreting things correctly and the different medium will be able to keep my interest. I dunno…I just don’t feel like I have a lot of options this season…
This series interested me because of the few chapters of the manga I read. The story revolves around an invasion from another world by beings known as Neighbors, with the only defense being agents from an organization known as Border. The main character, Yuma Kuga, is one of these Neighbors who runs into a trainee in Border, Osamu Mikumo.
It always struck me as an interesting premise, but the manga ended up going in a completely different direction than what I was expecting and I found it hard to follow. I guess we’ll see how this one goes. I know I don’t notice animation stuff that much, but was it really necessary to have so much sparkling when the trigger was turned on? In comparison, Yuma’s transformation is vastly superior in my eyes because of its simplicity.
I’m pretty disappointed with the opening song…it got my hopes up with the way it starts, but then the music takes a completely pop-style turn that really annoyed me. That coupled with excessive autotune makes it a very sub-par song. The rest of the music in the show was really cool, though…Kawai Kenji was the composer for Gundam 00 as well and I really enjoy his soundtracks. I feel like I have a bit of a tough choice with series, but it’s likely I’ll keep covering it. The main reason it interested me was Osamu…I was always curious whether he would actually turn out to be a decent fighter or whether he would always be background noise.