「デス・ガン」 (Desu Gan)
Do you remember the goose bumps you got when Kirito first busted out his dual-wielding skill? While it wasn’t exactly the same, this episode did a great job at bringing back some of those feelings as I watched Kirito be a total badass.
Death Gun Makes his Mark
After months of anticipation, Deathgun finally reveals himself and unleashes some bona fide terror onto Kirito and Sinon. Even though it remains to be seen whether or not that unique handgun of his can really take someone out in the real world, it doesn’t make it any less scary thinking about it. I mean, in a virtual MMO, aren’t you supposed to find strength in knowing that dying has no effect on you in the real world? Which then begs the question, what do you do when someone or something bridges the gap and puts your real life in danger?
Of the many reasons I come back each week to watch this show, Kirito just being there is definitely up there. Back when he was first introduced, he was just this kid that was skilled at playing MMORPGs. But as we traveled alongside him and watched him push through every physical and emotional obstacle that blocked his way, I think we all formed such a strong bond with him that we can’t help but root for his success even when stupid things happen.
Which is probably why I always get a rush of adrenaline and happiness whenever I see him enter badass mode. Something we really haven’t seen of late, my eyes were completely glued to the screen the moment he whipped out his beam saber and started deflecting bullets better than a trained Jedi.
On a side note, I know there are a lot of haters out there who hate anything related to Kirito (and just about every other character in the series) and I’ll agree that some of their arguments make perfect sense. But just like any other show, I see anime as a form of entertainment. So if a show is pandering to all the things that drew me to it in the first place, you bet I’ll enjoy it.
SINON NOOO and Looking Ahead
With Sinon in a rather sticky situation and Death Gun staring her dead in the eyes I don’t know what I’ll do if Sinon actually ends up getting shot here. While I’m inclined to believe the amount of plot armor surrounding her should be sufficient to keep her safe (you don’t go and kill a character you spent 3 or 4 episodes developing unless you’re like, Kamina or something.). Besides that, I’m interested in seeing just how much Asuna ends up finding out after she contacts Kirito’s “employer” since I’m sure she’s not going to appreciate Kirito keeping her in the dark. Anyways, I’ll see you next week!
P.S. If you watch Barakamon and were wondering where this week’s post was, apparently there’s no new episode this week.