Sword Art Online II – 20
「スリーピング。ナイツ」 (Suriipingu Naitsu)
If you thought last week’s episode was good, just wait till you watch this one.
Balancing Games and Real Life
For anyone who’s ever invested time into any MMORPG, it should be clear just how much of a time sink games like those become. While it already takes a ton of time to grind out mobs trying to find the best gear for your character, toss in the time you need to spend with your in-game friends because they’re just as real as anyone in the real world and a few hours quickly turn into a handful. Repeat that cycle as the game gets you more and more immersed and that handful of hours literally start turning into days.
But does that mean a game that’s designed to immerse you is a bad thing? Sure we don’t currently have the technology available to go and do a full drive but at what point do you say enough is enough? And see, While I don’t want to give Asuna’s mom any credit for being a perfectly sane person, her argument this week against what Asuna’s doing didn’t really have any holes in it. Besides being ignorant of her daughter’s passions (which is pretty typical for some parents) as well as touching a very sensitive topic by comparing the Amusphere to the murder-you-in-your-sleep Nervegear, it feels like she simply doesn’t want Asuna
spending wasting her time on things that seem to have no return on their investment. Something which she’s completely entitled to as well as is probably right about on a certain level.
Either ways, what do you think? I’m a gamer at heart so its tough for me to let go of something especially after I’ve invested a good chunk of time into it — but I can totally see how all those hours could have been used for something else.
Kirigaya “Bad-ass Kirito” Kazuto
Throughout the entire second season I think this is the first time seeing Kirito has made my mouth completely fall to the floor — in a good way. Some may call him overpowered, but even if he is what better way to use it then being a complete bad-ass? I don’t know about you but the moment the camera panned over him hiding among the crowd was the moment I knew either something awesome or lame was about to go down. While it’s up to you to decide how you felt about what he did, I’ll come back and argue with you after I go re-watch that scene a few more times.
Dirty, Cheating, Mofos & Looking Ahead
Even though this version of Aincrad doesn’t have everyone literally fighting for their lives, it doesn’t change the fact that the larger guild that’s been using the Sleeping Knights for their own benefit are all a bunch of scumbags. I mean, how can you even look at the people you’ve effectively been stealing from without feeling even a bit of remorse? Ugh.
Anyways, as much as I wanted to see Kirito wreck an entire sea of people it seems that we’ll have to wait until next week to see the carnage. While it remains to be seen whether or not the 20 or so people standing in Asuna and Yuuki’s way will back down or not, I wouldn’t mind watching the Sleeping Knights kick some butt before facing the boss ahead. See you next week!