「氷の狙撃手」 (Koori no Sogekishu)
“Ice Cold Sniper”
With the story taking its sweet time to get rolling, this episode decided to focus solely on our brand new character — Sinon.
#1 Sniper in GGO
As the secondary lead who’s supposed to stand toe-to-toe with Kirito in a hyper-competitive gaming scene, Sinon did not disappoint. Exerting an overwhelming amount of coolness with her relaxed but stern attitude, this episode did a fantastic job of portraying just how serious she is about GGO or more specifically the game itself. Literally flipping out at her comrades when they almost lost all hope and channeling her inner Leeeroy Jenkins to secure the victory, I doubt there’s a soul out there who didn’t enjoy the battle. 360 noscope ftw! Seriously though, I came into the episode thinking I wouldn’t like Sinon and walked away wanting to see more. She’s a female lead whose words can inspire, has the skills to back it up, and when faced with a near impossible scenario doesn’t back down and makes the sickest plays. What more could you ask for?
That said, I am curious why she’s part of a group that goes around hunting other players. Maybe it’s because of how SAO trained my brain but for some reason seeing someone actively hunt others just comes off feeling like a bad thing. Also, if the ending sequence is any indication of how she behaves in the real world, it looks like there’s a stark difference between the two. Which makes you wonder if she has an actual reason for hunting people instead of monsters!
Back in ALO
After hearing all the hype about GGO and Kirito still bringing a sword to a gunfight before ALO started, I thought it was cool to see our main cast still living it up back in ALO. Honestly, I’ve been super curious about how Kirito would handle telling everyone (Asuna especially) about how he’d have to dive into a completely different game. Somehow I can’t picture it going all that smoothly.
If the post is a bit short it’s because, well, that’s all that really happened! While I’m sure more things are planned down the road, I guess I can live with each episode dedicating itself to a single thing. If there was one thing I wish this episode did show though, it would be the moment Kirito finally logs into GGO and creates his avatar — I’m dying to find out if he’s really playing as a girl or just a guy with long hair. Well that and the moment he finds Sinon and decides to pull out a saber-type weapon against a sniper!
Till next week!
ED: 「Startear」 by 春奈るな (Luna Haruna)