OP2: 「courage」 by 戸松遥 (Tomatsu Haruka)
「湖の女王」 (Mizuumi no Jyouu)
“Queen of the Lake”
As much as I enjoyed the GGO arc, the start of this arc and how this first episode played out was exactly what I
expected wanted from a second season of SAO. While I can’t put my finger on exactly what it was that sent chills down my back, you can bet I’m excited to see the show go back to its roots and focus on our main group (plus Sinon!) as they try to tackle their new quest.
Welcome Back to ALO
After Kirito’s short adventure to the steampunk inspired Gun Gale Online where he dominated the competition and became one of five people to be crowned the victor of GGO’s largest competitive event, it was nice to see the setting change back to the colorful world of Alfheim Online. While we’ve already seen a little of what the game has to offer, I personally can’t wait to see how deep the show goes as it tries to explain the mechanics behind the game. From hopefully filling in the gaps after saying things like “You just have to chant to use magic” to showing us just how many unique classes exist (Was there always a ranged class?), I really hope we get a better look at the game this time around.
Second Times the Charm?
While I did enjoy GGO arc for the most part, I probably wouldn’t choose it as my favorite arc. Sure it had a cool steampunk inspired world and more guns then you could shake a stick at, but without a doubt it was missing some of the that secret sauce that makes the show so fun to watch. Luckily, it seems that this arc has thrown any reservations out the window and has busted out more than more than enough secret sauce to douse us in. Leaving a lot of room for things to happen down the road, I love how the story’s starting small but leaving an impression that something even crazier is going on behind the scenes. By dropping little hints like sentient NPCs giving quests without human input to trick players into doing their bidding, it definitely feels like something’s a bit off.
I think this week’s episode has fully restored my faith in this show. Pulling out all the things that made me personally fall in love with the show, I think it’s clear everything works better when it’s all about the game. Sure the story will reel its head in anytime now but I for one am really happy with how this new arc opened up. Also, wasn’t that opening sequence freaking awesome? Anyways I’ll catch you all next week when we’ll hopefully see the entire party take on the King of Giants!
P.S. Also, am I the only one exhausted from staying up last night to watch Samsung White defeat Star Horn Royal Club? q_q #nosleep #sswwin
ED2: 「No More Time Machine」 by LiSA