Sword Art Online II Episode 11: More planning

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It looks like Kirito has pretty much figured out everything about Death Gun’s operation. That aside, most of this episode was more sitting around and talking. There was a lot of time devoted to the ALO group figuring out what Kirito is doing, which I don’t really understand. Why use up the time to show that? It would only be useful if going to Kirito’s hospital room is useful somehow, which shouldn’t be the case because the second Death Gun is standing over Sinon.

Either way, next week’s episode should be the big fight against Death Gun. It looks like the GGO arc will be concluding in the first half of this season. If Kirito knows how Death Gun operates, I highly doubt they would drag on this arc any further. This probably means we’re looking at a big reveal next week…

Sword Art Online II Episode 10: Preparations for another fight

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Not too much happened this week. As expected, Sinon is saved at the last second from being killed by Death Gun by Kirito. However, the rest of the episode just the two of them pouring their pasts on each other. I guess you could say Sinon has basically officially joined Team Kirito, but not much more happened this week…it was kind of a boring episode. No details were revealed and a lot of talking happens.

As for Sinon’s condition, I’m assuming the reality of dying caused her to “return the real world”, explaining her inability to shoot in the motorcycle chase. Not much more I could really say about that (I don’t even know why I try…I’m not a psychologist). Either way, I’m guessing this BoB tournament is going to end with the first half of this show, so we should be gearing up to some sort of “final encounter” in the next couple of episodes.

Sword Art Online II Episode 8: Death Gun strikes

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It looks like it’s about time for Sinon to learn about Death Gun…she and Kirito are about to witness an execution. This is a strange target, though. Pale Rider was one of the newer players that Kirito was following…why was he the target? I’m really curious about the logic behind Death Gun’s targets…are they simply SAO survivors? If that were the case, Kirito should already be dead.

One of two things happens next week: either Sinon fails to shoot Death Gun in time and we get more clues about the killing method or she does interrupt Death Gun and we learn more about the target, Pale Rider. Either way, we get should theoretically get some more information, so I guess I can’t complain.

Sword Art Online II Episode 7: The tournament begins

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Not much really happened this week…just a lot of preparation, I guess. Kirito just had a bit of a crisis of conscience after happened last week and recovered with the power of friendship nursing? Also, given how distracted Asuna is, I wonder if one of Kirito’s friends from ALO will decide to make a conversion just to help out. It seems fairly unlikely given the fact that they wouldn’t be much help as another noob with no god powers.

So Kirito and Sinon are getting their rematch already? It looks like Sinon will be eliminated from the tournament pretty early after all. Is she just going to take on the role of spectator from here on? Or maybe the tournament isn’t a simple single elimination bracket. If we suspend suspicion on Spiegel, there’s also the possibility that Death Gun interrupts the fight. Anyway, next week we get to see more sword vs. sniper rifle action. Because that’s so much fun…

Sword Art Online II Episode 4: Kirito got to show off pretty quickly

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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.

Sword Art Online II Episode 3: Game time

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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.