Sword Art Online II – 01
OP: 「IGNITE」 by 藍井エイル (Aoi Eir)
「銃の世界」 (Jyuu no Sekai)
“World of Guns”
Whether you love it or hate it, the second season of Sword Art Online is finally here. Bringing back all the major players from before and tossing us a few curve balls — does the first episode of the sequel manage to hold up?
Being a huge fan of the first season I may be a bit biased when I say that I really liked the first episode of the second season. Keeping the introductions to a minimum (because really, you should have a good idea of what’s going on if you watched the first season) the story quickly thrusts Kirito into his new challenge — infiltrate the ranks of the upper echelon within the competitive online game known as Gun Gale Online and discover just who Death Gun is and figure out if his weapon has the ability to slay people in the real world.
If I were being honest, I don’t think this first episode really left the same impression on us as the first season’s did. While it did setup the premise fairly well and gave us a ton of Kirito and Asuna cuteness, I couldn’t help but feel that something was just missing. Maybe it was a lack of cool action scenes? Who knows!
A New Menace
Seeing how this week’s episode is the prime example of an “introduction” episode where not much happens except for laying the foundation for what’s to come later, something I found really interesting throughout the episode was just how crazy it is to think about virtual reality devices possibly endangering a person’s life in the future. Even though I am all for the day when we’re able to have 100% immersive gaming sessions with something as simple as a helmet on our head, the thought of someone with knowledge of the system being able to cause damage to your real body at a moments notice does make me shiver a bit. Putting all that together, you have to wonder what Death Gun’s motivation is for killing people in the real world — if that is what’s actually happening.
With the start of a new season slowly rising above the horizon, I have nothing but excitement for this show. With an MMO that focuses on professional level play, I can’t wait to see how Kirito handles enemies that are just as if not even more dedicated to a game than he is. On other hand, we should apparently be paying close attention to the relationship that Asuna and Kirito share. Based off of what the author of novels said during the short panel before the International Premiere of the first episode, it’s something “you want to watch out for”. Either ways, I can’t wait to see Kirito finally enter the world of GGO and start doing what he does best!
As usual, please remember to use spoiler tags if you’re going to talk about anything potential spoiler-y. I know there’s a lot of light novel readers out there and want to talk about the future but try to keep us anime-watchers in the dark, yeah? <3
P.S. Divine thought it was shame that Kamiya Hiroshi’s character was killed off within minutes. Such an amazing voice actor gone, right? ><