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「巨人の王」 (Kyojin no Ou)
“King of Giants”

Continuing off of last week’s momentum, the story continues to dive deeper as it makes us wonder just how intricate a MMORPG can really be.

Infinite Unique Quests

Compared to all the different arcs we’ve seen, I think this second trip back to ALO is quickly becoming my favorite. With the story focusing on the game and some of the intricate mechanics working behind the scenes, it finally feels like we’re watching something that deserves to be called Sword Art Online’s second season.

Starting with the infamous Cardinal System that governed the lives of thousands of players during the SAO incident, I thought it was cool to get a closer look at the thing. Something more than just code running as the backend to the game, who would have thought it had the AI to research, store, and customize different cultural elements from throughout the world to create an infinite amount of unique quests? However, the idea of a self serving AI also brings up a fairly scary question — how much control do the real life people in-charge actually have? You’d assume that the people in-charge of the servers would be able to manipulate things as they’d see fit, right? But based off of Yui’s spiel, it kind of feels like this AI seems to be manipulating things on its own. I mean, it can’t just be a coincidence that all of this is happening when the people who could stop it are on their day off, could it?

Not the Kirito Show

Another thing that I’ve been really enjoying is just how little Kirito seems to be doing throughout this arc. From Klein spitting out horrible one-liners to Sugu befriending giant floating octopuses, it really is a joy to see everyone show us just how capable they really are. And for me personally, I would love to see more of Liz and Silica. I mean, how cool is this shot!?

Giants, Quests, and Looking Ahead

With Kirito and company ready to fight the King of Giants, I can’t wait to see the fight that’s about to ensue. Even though I have this nagging feeling that something vital to the plot has been carefully hidden away from us, I’m sure everything will be revealed to us in due time. Anyways, see you next week!

P.S. Someone in the comments pointed this out to me last week but boy would I like to actually see what would happen in the event Kirito and company fail to complete the quest. Maybe down the road in an OVA or something? c:

October 26, 2014 at 6:38 pm
44 comments »
  • October 26, 2014 at 6:49 pmechykr

    Klein Best Girl

    Despite everyone going Admiral Ackbar, he sticks to his bushido code of chivalry. Besides, the chance to start his own harem independent from Kirito’s is just too great to resist, evenif she’s only an NPC. Lol

  • October 26, 2014 at 6:54 pmApa

    Oh hey, they finally play a game like a game. For once. Only took 16 episodes.

    • October 27, 2014 at 5:33 amL002

      For once, yes. If we considerd the time when SAO was a trap, along with the fact that Kirito had to got into a sick NTR situation later, and including the recently the Death Gun incident. The entire time, Kirito has finally “played a game” for real for the first time.

      ……..However, unless Japan has legalized polygamy, Kirito has yet to solve one problem reality contains for him; so he may go back to a “life and death” situation.

  • October 26, 2014 at 6:56 pmBubba

    It’s a trap.

    Definitely a Trap.

  • October 26, 2014 at 7:30 pmPtolemaios00

    This is definitely my favorite arc out of the entire series. However, the deja-vu scene was kind of subdued and felt phoned-in. Skill Connect is freaking OP. It’ll be pretty important in the current LN arc if they ever get to animating it.

    Also, I like how we get a pan of Sugu’s bewbs every time they check the time:
    http://randomc.net/image/Sword%20Art%20Online/Sword%20Art%20Online%20II%20-%2016%20-%20Large%2021.jpg

    • October 26, 2014 at 7:49 pmSynic

      Exactly what i was thinking! It happened a few times during the episode and each time i swear it was zooming in.

    • October 26, 2014 at 9:53 pmDafuq

      What time is it? It’s time for plot!

  • October 26, 2014 at 7:36 pmFSLightbringer

    Sinon doing that Legolas Stunt made me grin… :D

  • October 26, 2014 at 7:47 pmSynic

    http://imgur.com/Np5wmNJ
    No… it isn’t gonna happen….
    http://imgur.com/jAIMve2
    YES. OH MY GOD. SPOTLIGHT ON THE SAMURAI.
    http://imgur.com/svmnu0r
    FREAKIN SUGOOIIII!!!!!!!!!!

    I’ve waited for so long for Klein to do this. Hell, i’ve been waiting to see everyone besides Kirito do something awesome.

    http://randomc.net/image/Sword%20Art%20Online/Sword%20Art%20Online%20II%20-%2016%20-%20Large%2004.jpg
    Notice me, senpai…

    http://randomc.net/image/Sword%20Art%20Online/Sword%20Art%20Online%20II%20-%2016%20-%20Large%2010.jpg

    http://randomc.net/image/Sword%20Art%20Online/Sword%20Art%20Online%20II%20-%2016%20-%20Large%2011.jpg

    I wasn’t expecting what i saw from Silica. I was thinking that the Beast Tamer class was more mage style than like a thief. So a mage-thief hybrid with a pet….i like it.

    Did anyone else notice there was an abundance of Leafa “gem checking”? Or was that just me? >.>

    http://randomc.net/image/Sword%20Art%20Online/Sword%20Art%20Online%20II%20-%2016%20-%20Large%2021.jpg
    Pretty sure i saw this exact frame like 5 times during the episode. Each frame seemed to last a little longer than the last. Each with its own amount of zoom…

  • October 26, 2014 at 8:10 pmMasterDragonKnight

    http://randomc.net/image/Sword%20Art%20Online/Sword%20Art%20Online%20II%20-%2016%20-%20Large%2015.jpg

    I kind of wished they took a few more seconds to tease Asuna about being the Berserk Healer. But this little deja vu scene was nice too.

    http://randomc.net/image/Sword%20Art%20Online/Sword%20Art%20Online%20II%20-%2016%20-%20Large%2019.jpg

  • October 26, 2014 at 8:12 pmNoor

    To be honest, the MMO combat in this sucks compared to Log Horizon. It isn’t accurate to MMO’s, nor is it even interesting combat. Everything is centered over Kirito being magically OP because for some reason he is the only person who thinks of using 2 weapons instead of 1.

    • October 26, 2014 at 8:23 pmMasterDragonKnight

      It is not so much that no one else thinks of using more than one weapon, but that it requires more accurate timing to use, which makes it impractical for normal players.

      In truth, Skill Connect was not meant be used this way, but Kirito is forcing it to. Think of it like exploiting a glitch. To chain sword skills with Skill Connect, you have to time the next skill within a couple frames or milliseconds right as the previous skill ends, to override and cancel the forced cooldown time. In terms of real life games, it’s kind of like Wavedashing in Smash Bros Melee, completely unintended and cumbersome for the average player, but potentially broken in the hands of someone experienced.

      Kirito has actually tried to teach some of these abilities to the others in the group, but they quickly gave up.

      • October 26, 2014 at 8:45 pmKah

        Speaking of Log Horizon and Kirito
        Show Spoiler ▼

    • October 26, 2014 at 9:04 pmDan

      not related to MMO’s, but you know what a ‘Cancel’ is in a fighting game? (Street Fighter being the obvious example), that’s what kirito does.. just with sword skills

    • October 27, 2014 at 3:31 pmBlue

      Even if you want to use two weapons, it’s harder than it sounds. Ever do any LARPing or PVC fights? The chuunibyou in me wanted to go two-swords, but without working at it, my weaker hand just couldn’t keep up. It was far easier to go one weapon and shield, or a two-handed weapon.

  • October 26, 2014 at 8:43 pmKah

    Dragonrider Yui was great too! :D

  • October 26, 2014 at 9:15 pmVeal

    Solid episode. Nice to see the entire cast getting a chance to be in the spotlight for once.

  • October 26, 2014 at 10:16 pmBlue

    If it wasn’t for those breasts, I would have thought that it was Thor in disguise as in keeping with the original legend. It would be nice if Loki was sneaking around somewhere though.

    • October 26, 2014 at 11:06 pmstrik3agle

      Liking this.

    • October 26, 2014 at 11:50 pmSaburau

      Um, yeah the AI is so clever that they know how those breasts appeal to male players. But you know, Klein is there for comic relief. At the end of the day, things never…

  • October 27, 2014 at 12:00 amNitro

    wow, this arc is kind of boring. after seeing the kind of storytelling and worldbuilding that SAO is capable of in GGO, seeing them get back to plain MMO gameplay is a letdown.

    • October 28, 2014 at 12:53 pmLyfe

      I call it realism, they’re gamers, they love the world. Of course they will play the game during their downtime.

  • October 27, 2014 at 2:48 amCKCL4

    for me its funny how they try not to turn this anime (ONCE AGAIN) into a kirito show by showing the party members doing its share in chipping the boss’ HP but still fail because of the fact that its still kirito ALONE who has the spotlight and deals the most awesome , fancy (and biggest) damage.

    well it kinda makes me puke at such showing when you compare the details of party teamwork in log horizon where shiroe have the spotlight but his party members are also inside that spotlight. in short they equally share the glory.

  • October 27, 2014 at 5:35 amL002

    Does the light novel explains why that Minatour was just sitting there while his buddy was fighting?

    • October 27, 2014 at 9:27 amDan

      i think is because one was resistant to physical damage, and the other one to magic, if Kirito’s group were specialized in offensive magic (Asuna and leafa only have support spells), they would have to fight that one instead

    • October 27, 2014 at 10:14 amZnail

      Of course. The LN explains everything in detail. And if you have played any MMO boss fights so is it pretty common with stages and tricky details like this fight.

  • October 27, 2014 at 6:10 amSissy

    If anyone is on the up-and-up of Norse mythology, you’re definitely enjoying this arc. (No Odin tho! ;_;) And for anyone who perused over images when the Show Spoiler ▼

    movies came out, you’re most definitely enjoying having to remember the whole Show Spoiler ▼

    Ninja escape!

    Also, comparing SAO to LH is like comparing WoW to FF14. You just don’t do it because you’re only digging a hole for yourself. Unless you like that hole, in which case, dig away.

  • October 27, 2014 at 7:47 amYukie

    A pleasant surprise~to think the day would come where I did not find myself bored t/o an entire episode of SAO. Less Kirito-more Kirito’s harem really does the trick (yup I consider Klein part of ze harem). I hope they keep the humor going…it definitely helps in making Kirito slightly more likeable (even if barely).

  • October 27, 2014 at 8:05 amstarss

    Another villain with rapist tendencies!!

    WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THIS WRITER?!?!!?

    • October 27, 2014 at 11:18 pmRick Anime

      I’m a little confused what can an NPC do to another one? Hopefully that was just crazy banter the AIs cooked up. but yeah, the writer really got carried away on that one

  • October 27, 2014 at 8:06 amYanDaMan

    That awkward moment when you watch SAO actually playing an MMO like an MMO for once.

  • October 27, 2014 at 8:49 amewok40k

    It is nice to both see a game that is JUST A GAME, even if it is about to self-destruct… and Kirito not being lord and savior of everyone, bu just one of the players ina TEAM…
    though when it comes to emphasizing teamplay aspect, nothing beats Log Horizon – even relatively minor characters affect the game, and Magnificent Bastard Hero very much needs his competent friends…

    • October 28, 2014 at 6:58 pmRick Anime

      Well yeah the writing is super strong in Log Horizon.

  • October 29, 2014 at 1:11 amNavitron

    Loving this 2nd half of the season a lot better then the first.
    Oh and Yui is like there own personal DBM :P

  • October 30, 2014 at 9:14 pmNagakun

    Actually.. I like Klein part due to he wanting to save the NPC.. nice moment haha (=w= |||)