「バレット・オブ・バレッツ」 (Baretto Obu Burettsu)
“Bullet of Bullets”
After a couple episodes of setting the stage, this week’s episode finally kicks things off with a huge boom.
Unlike the previous antagonists we’ve had in this series, I’ve become fairly interested in this Death Gun fellow. Instead of being some omnipotent being who everyone including the bad guys want to bring down, Death Gun feels like the embodiment of both Kirito and Sinon’s struggles and fears. Essentially he’s both a constant reminder of the sins they’ve committed and someone they need to stop to really find peace with themselves. While it’s clear in Kirito’s case just why he needs to deal with Death Gun, I can’t wait to see how Sinon finds some meaning in defeating Death Gun. Who knows, maybe it’ll be Sinon who actually takes him down? In any case, it was cool to see Death Gun in action this week. With some superb skills to back up his death threats, it’ll be interesting to see whether or not that handgun of his really has the power to kill people.
Sinon Is Kawaii
After discovering just why everyone loves Sinon so much last week, this week was a fresh reminder that she’s a whole lot more than just a tsundere who has (had?) trouble dealing with guns. Besides being super cute when she’s being honest with herself and her feelings, I just love how she acknowledges not only her flaws but her strengths as well. As this episode highlighted, it looks like she’ll drop the stone cold face when the situation calls for it. All of which helps her give off an air of confidence without seeming cocky — the embodiment of a “cool beauty”.
Bullet of Bullets & Looking Ahead
I don’t know about you but I was super afraid that we’d have to wait until next week for the actual competition to start. Seeing how that wasn’t the case, I had a fantastic time watching the beginning of the competition play out. With the show remembering to show us some players besides the main three it helped the competition feel as grand as I thought it would be. That said I do hope the whole Death Gun issue gets hashed out pretty quickly. Seeing how the stage is set for an epic battle to go down, it’s hard to see Kirito losing with Sinon backing him up. But you know what? Wouldn’t it be hilarious if Sinon ended up sniping Death Gun straight out of the competition?
See you Next Week! Also I think this is my favorite shot of Sinon.