「曠野の決闘」 (Kouya no Kettou)
“Duel In The Wastelands”
I’ll be honest, until the end of this week’s episode I just wasn’t feeling the SAO-vibe I was looking for from the first season. Luckily, a weird combination of things came together and reignited my passion for the show. Yes, I kind of understand why everyone loves Sinon so much now.
I’ve heard the stories of just how crazy PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can mess up your life depending on just how stressful the trauma was. Even with a negative stigma behind it because of a few bad apples who try to make fraudulent claims, I thought it was really cool how the writers are continuing to use the idea of death at more than face value. Seeing how the first season really drilled the value of life into our heads, it was a pleasant surprise to see that those same values are still playing an integral part of the story. From the villain to the main characters, there’s no questioning that there are definite consequences to killing another person and it looks like we’re on a journey to see how different individuals deal with it.
Now I know that there are people out there who probably found the pacing of the whole ordeal a bit too quick but if I had to pick, I think i’d prefer this style of quicker storytelling that gives the action a ton of space to do its thing. Sure it would have been nice to see Kirito get fleshed out a bit more since there hasn’t been a trace of these emotions up until now but you take what you can get right?
Sinon Is Chou Kawaii
Continuing with this “being honest” theme I started the post with, I didn’t like Sinon very much when we first met her. While her story did get the emotions rolling, something about her attitude toward life and how she decided to deal with the other crap in her life just didn’t rub me the right way. But from the moment that Kirito met her and subsequently revealed his true gender, I’ve been completely in love with her tsundere side. While I can’t put my finger on exactly what it is that makes me hnnng inside, something about letting Kirito hold her in a provocative position and gently forcing him away got me all flustered. In a good way!
With the qualifiers for BoB officially done, I’m getting excited thinking about what’s going to happen during the real thing. Besides hopefully getting to watch Sinon show off her cuter side, I can’t wait to see the eventual battle between Death Gun and Kirito. Because after that ominous shot of him at the end glaring at Kirito, I have a feeling he’ll be making a few changes to his hit list.
P.S. In my own personal rankings, I can’t help but feel that Asuna is in danger 😐