「小さな一歩」 (Chiisanaa Ippo)
Leaping straight back into the action, this week’s episode started with a fitting fight to close out all of Death Gun’s antics.
While it’s a little tough not to hate the younger brat for trying to rape Sinon and to a lesser extent kill Kirito with a cocktail of nasty drugs, Kyouji and his older brother Shouichi’s skewed view of reality brings up a really interesting question about the rapid advancement in technology. In our world, where passable VR is nearly within our reach, what do we do when the line between real life and virtual reality starts to blur? Among all the various health issues that could arise (I’m sure we’ve all heard the stories of people dying of exhaustion in internet cafes), what I want to know is how do you handle people who’ve basically devalued human life? Using Death Gun as an example, what started as a simple conversation spiraled into three people murdering innocent gamers in cold blood. The reason I bring all this up though is was anyone really able to sympathize with Sinon while she was talking with Kirito’s boss? Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a pretty positive guy and I like to see the best in people but when you go around killing people out of spite, you’ve crossed the line. And to watch Sinon somehow stick up for the guy who tried to feel her up with a death syringe pressed up against her just didn’t sit right in my book.
There’s Always a Brighter Side
Even though I’m awfully curious about how Kirito managed to escape Asuna’s clutches after logging out of GGO, I’ll put that curiosity aside as I try to figure out how I feel about that last few minutes of the episode. What I thought should have felt like a heartwarming dawww moment between Sinon and the OL she saved felt a little flat. The message behind all of it made complete sense but everything leading up to Sinon shedding tears of joy felt like it was shoved in as an afterthought. I mean, if I had the choice to move things around I’d say say the crowning moment would have been when Sinon confronted her bullies even after they pointed a BB gun straight at her. Not only just because she finally stood up for herself but for having the restraint not to smack the shit out of that lipstick wearing bitch.
With Kirito narrowly avoiding death again, two out of three Death Guns safely in police custody, and Sinon embarking on a new path it seems that the GGO arc has finally come to a close. While I’ve seen in the comments where the story might go from here (I haven’t read the novels though so they’re just names of possible arcs to me), I really do hope that this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Sinon. She’s been an amazing addition to the cast and it would be a shame if she didn’t show up again.
And that’s about it! See you next week c: