「銃と剣」 (Joo to Ken)
“Gun and Sword”
I’m at a loss for words. All I know is that things got real serious, real quickly this week.
In a world where all MMORPGs are fundamentally linked through the dispersion of the original program known as the SEED, you could say that each and every game could be considered its own country linked through the power of the internet. While you don’t have to worry about the typical headaches of immigrating to a new country, the ability to move your avatar around from place-to-place while retaining the important bits finally makes it possible for you to carry along all your “experience” to each and every game (I use experience in both the numerical and the literal term).
The reason why I’m even talking about this though, is when you think about Kirito’s interactions with Death Gun this week, it’s frankly really creepy thinking about how the baggage you carry with you from game-to-game could become troublesome. Even if you don’t consider the mental strain for people who’ve dealt with traumatic events, the whole problem with knowing someone’s identity becomes a serious problem when someone has the ability to hurt you in the real world from within the virtual one. So when you think about it, the enemies Kirito made back in SAO could come back to haunt him with the added threat his actual life could be in danger again.
Yeah sure, you could always just make new accounts and use avatars that don’t look entirely like you but where would the fun be if we had to watch Kirito level up every single time a new game started?
Sinon vs Shino
As if the ending sequence didn’t drill it home hard enough, I love how the show is giving us a clear and detailed look at just how different Sinon and Shino are. Two personalities of the same person that inhabit opposite sides of the spectrum, I love how Shino knows that Sinon is everything she wishes she could be but can’t become just yet. While it could be debated whether or not winning BoB would really give her the conviction she needs to find enough self-confidence to become more like Sinon in the real world, I know that we’ll have one hell of a time watching her get there.
After weeks of complaining about the pacing and wanting Kirito to kick some ass, the past two weeks have been a nice change of pace. With the foundation of the story set and Death Gun ready to wreak some havoc in the GGO world, all that’s left is for some awesome action scenes that involve Kirito destroying people in a shooter with a melee weapon.