「鮮血の記憶」 (Senketsu no Kioku)
“Memories of Blood”
After last week’s episode introduced us to Sinon and just how serious she is about gaming, I was completely caught off guard when this week’s episode strove to show us just how she is IRL.
The Sinon Show
I’ll be honest here — I had a pretty tame childhood. Besides nearly cracking my forehead open once and getting into a small scuffle after someone knocked my glasses off with a five square ball (Yes, Five Square), the extent of any kind of debilitating trauma ended right before middle school. Which is why whenever I see an anime character dealing with some sort of fear that was induced because of some horrific accident in the past, it’s hard for me to make a connection since I’ve been lucky enough to avoid such horrible situations.
But in Sinon’s case, h-o-l-y crap. With nerves of steel to stand up to a nut job flailing a gun around like it was a toy, how can you not admire the way she kept her cool in such an intense situation? While I don’t know if it was necessarily the smartest thing to do at the time, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. Especially when a loved one is in danger. All of which boils down to a character with a childhood trauma story that I can really get behind. Sure some of Shino’s beliefs about what will help her overcome her past are a bit off and I really wish she got some revenge on those girls who were screwing with her but something about the buildup and execution of it really convinced me that “Wow, I can actually see this messing someone up.”
Kirito and The Others
While there isn’t too much to say here since the focus still seems to be on Sinon, I’m glad we finally got some progress on Kirito’s side. While I’m still a bit irked that we haven’t got to see him actually enter GGO and make that fabulous avatar of his, I’m really hoping that next week is when his fated encounter with Sinon occurs. Also, haters are going to hate but I wish Asuna would get some more screentime with actual dialogue. I’m slowly getting sick of seeing her simply smile or frown without throwing in some witty/tsuntsun dialogue.
While it’ll be one more week until we get some good GGO action, I’m still relatively happy with how things are going so far. Seeing how Sinon will be playing a large role throughout this arc, I’m glad we got a deep look at what fuels her passion for gaming. If I had one request though, it would probably be for the story to move a bit quicker. Maybe it’s because we need to know a lot about Sinon or maybe it’s because they’re trying to milk this show as hard as they can — all I know is that progress is super slow and I don’t particularly like it.