「死の追撃者」 (Shi no Tsuigekisha)
“Pursuer of Death”
This week’s episode of SAO did a pretty good job at straddling the fine line between throwing too much or too little exposition at us by giving us just enough cool action scenes and fancy Sinon shots to make it all palatable. Unless you’re like me and enjoyed listening to Sinon finally open up, then yay!
Kirito Is the Man!
Somehow taking out the original target and securing her weapons before Death Gun even had the chance to point his illustrious handgun at Sinon, Kirito’s been completely on-point recently. While I still find it a little hard to believe that he’d be able to cover so much ground as quickly as he did, I’ll chalk this one up to his hardened battle skills from being stuck in so many sticky situations. Because out of all the fancy things he can do, facing and then defeating the impossible seems to be his forte.
Sinon vs Shino
Ever since Shino’s fear of guns and her plan to overcome it were revealed many moons ago, I’ve never been totally sold on it. Not only do I think it’s a little ridiculous to believe that being the best in a game that just happens to focus on shooting will help but the leap in logic that Sinon uses to justify her plan completely misses (avoids?) solving the underlying problem. Which is why I was happily surprised to see Sinon finally realize what that something important was after finally opening up to Kirito.
It isn’t and has never been about her real life persona versus her virtual one. As much as we’d like to fantasize about the freedom we’d have by not letting one side’s actions affect the other, you can’t change the fact that there’s only one person behind the screen. So as much as you’d like to favor one over the other, there’s no way to completely escape the burdens that either go through.
So yes, after episodes of ranting about Sinon’s misguided attempts at becoming a stronger version of herself by somehow becoming the strongest player in GGO, I can get behind the idea that she needs to accept her actions in real life but can try to move forward by proving herself in a different world where the stakes have suddenly become just as high.
With all the emotional baggage finally dealt with, I really hope this is the last time we’ll have to watch Kirito’s flashback of the battle with Laughing Coffin. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the throwback to simpler times but I can only take so much of this stuff before it gets old. And seeing how Kirito and Sinon seem to finally be back at 100%, I’m hoping this means we’ll instead get to see Death Gun get his face bashed in.
P.S. A Gift for the Sinon lovers c;