Spring 2018 Grab Bag Week 6: Some of the extras

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Since we’re halfway through the season, I figured I should take the chance to do some quick impressions on some of the shows I haven’t been talking about as much in the season.


I’m kinda fed up with this show. Every episode seems to focus on a random new character before the main characters somehow show up on the scene as if to validate the character’s existence. I don’t know if there’s some source material that explains things better, but the setup as portrayed in the anime continues to make little sense. The SCM just appears with an app and built-in functionality, and the characters just seem to know how everything works.

Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi

This series hasn’t been terrible, but it doesn’t really appeal to me. When I’m watching something folklore-based, I’m looking for interesting stories that relate well with the underlying folk tales. This series seems to focus more on using the stories as a setting while pushing its own characters. It’s not necessarily bad, but it’s not really my thing.

Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryuu to Odoru

I fell off with this show a while back because it didn’t feel worth watching. The story ended up taking some interesting turns, but the main villain really doesn’t really appeal to me so far. He seems a little too full of himself to the point of being annoying.

Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online

This show ended up being a lot more entertaining than I expected. It doesn’t have the overblown drama of the original, so it’s a lot easier to watch. Also, it seems to be genuinely interested in focusing on the game (it’s almost like watching a game of PUBG or something). The main character’s superpowers end up feeling a bit awkward, but it’s not a huge problem in my eyes.

Sword Art Online II Episode 14: On to the next one?

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Not much going on this week here…just epilogue. Shinon had her big moment when she could finally get over her gun issues. Presumably, she is now forever lost in Kirito’s harem, never to return to the spotlight, like the others. I can’t believe they pulled the whole “syringe hits exactly the spot where something can block it” stunt with Kirito…it seemed unnecessary and how much do they need to establish Kirito as a god character?

I guess next week’s episode is the start of new arc. I’m curious why there is an imbalance with the number of episodes devoted to each of these arcs…I guess the next arc isn’t quite as long. Am I supposed to take that as a bad omen about what’s coming next?

Sword Art Online II Episode 13: Kirito to save the day!

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So…someone explain to me why the name was important? Did Kirito really go through all of that trouble to remember Death Gun’s SAO name just to force that one moment of hesitation? I don’t even think that moment was helpful…it seemed like all he really needed was Sinon’s prediction line to end that fight. Also, there’s only one valid reason I can think of for Asuna to be at that hospital room: if she’s the one who told Kirito to go see Sinon. Otherwise that was pointless too.

It’s just these sorts of little moments that just seem like filler time to me. Anyway, the arc should basically be over. The friend, Spiegel, turns out to be one of Death Gun’s allies as predicted and he has his psycho moment right up to the end. Presumably, next week is going to wrap up everything. Will we get more information about Death Gun’s motives? Why the targets were chosen? I really hope that they didn’t kill Zexceed just because Spiegel was having a fit about what he said about agility-based characters…that’s just childish.

Sword Art Online II Episode 12: Bullet time

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Well, Death Gun’s avatar name was revealed by Asuna…was I supposed to draw something from that other than the relation to death? I feel like I was supposed to get something from his character name. Also, what role will Sinon play in this standoff between Kirito and Death Gun? Her gun’s scope was destroyed, but it should still be able to shoot from close range. Or will she not risk getting close enough to Death Gun to be shot?

It looks like this week’s episode isn’t quite the end of this arc. Next week should wrap everything up with the final battle with Death Gun and whatnot. There was a moment in this week’s episode where Death Gun mentioned that Kirito “wasn’t quite there” with his explanation of Death Gun’s mechanism. So was Kirito missing something? If so, how big is his blind spot?

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 9: Sinon’s turn?

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Well, the ending of this episode isn’t all too surprising given that we saw the scene where the mystery guy was looking at a screenshot of Sinon as a potential target. It looks like Death Gun has either taken an interest in Kirito or has been targeting Kirito all along. Maybe his first couple of targets were intentionally people that were well-known in GGO so that the incidents would get enough attention to draw Kirito in…or is that thinking too deeply into it? On a side note, poor Klein…he’s trying so hard to be useful, but he doesn’t remember the true identity of Death Gun either.

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Probably one of two things happens next week. Either Kirito shows up in the nick of time to save Sinon from being shot by Death Gun or the entire thing is an act and Sinon isn’t actually going to die to the gunshot. Either way, I see no indication that Sinon will actually die because I still think that she has a connection to Death Gun already. Also, it looked like Asuna was making a move too, so is she going to join Kirito in GGO as well? Hopefully she doesn’t end up being the hostage like ALO…

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 6: Sinon vs Kirito already?

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Finally, we have a scene where Spiegel and Death Gun are shown at the same time. It absolves him of a bit of suspicion, but not completely because his behavior is strange and Death Gun could be multiple people. It looks like Kirito participated in a raid on the Laughing Coffin HQ in SAO, which explains his connection with the guild despite not seeing them all too much in the first season.

The interesting question that was brought up here was whether Death Gun is a surviving member of the raid or a “killed” member. Another interesting point that was brought up this episode was Kirito’s comment to Sinon. He mentions that he doesn’t know if he was still able to kill someone in the real world to save someone he loved, as he did in the first season. Either that was just a way to connect with Sinon or it suggests that a situation will arise in this season where Kirito will once again be able to kill someone in the real world with his actions in the game.