「巨人の王」 (Kyojin no Ou)
“King of Giants”
Continuing off of last week’s momentum, the story continues to dive deeper as it makes us wonder just how intricate a MMORPG can really be.
Infinite Unique Quests
Compared to all the different arcs we’ve seen, I think this second trip back to ALO is quickly becoming my favorite. With the story focusing on the game and some of the intricate mechanics working behind the scenes, it finally feels like we’re watching something that deserves to be called Sword Art Online’s second season.
Starting with the infamous Cardinal System that governed the lives of thousands of players during the SAO incident, I thought it was cool to get a closer look at the thing. Something more than just code running as the backend to the game, who would have thought it had the AI to research, store, and customize different cultural elements from throughout the world to create an infinite amount of unique quests? However, the idea of a self serving AI also brings up a fairly scary question — how much control do the real life people in-charge actually have? You’d assume that the people in-charge of the servers would be able to manipulate things as they’d see fit, right? But based off of Yui’s spiel, it kind of feels like this AI seems to be manipulating things on its own. I mean, it can’t just be a coincidence that all of this is happening when the people who could stop it are on their day off, could it?
Not the Kirito Show
Another thing that I’ve been really enjoying is just how little Kirito seems to be doing throughout this arc. From Klein spitting out horrible one-liners to Sugu befriending giant floating octopuses, it really is a joy to see everyone show us just how capable they really are. And for me personally, I would love to see more of Liz and Silica. I mean, how cool is this shot!?
Giants, Quests, and Looking Ahead
With Kirito and company ready to fight the King of Giants, I can’t wait to see the fight that’s about to ensue. Even though I have this nagging feeling that something vital to the plot has been carefully hidden away from us, I’m sure everything will be revealed to us in due time. Anyways, see you next week!
P.S. Someone in the comments pointed this out to me last week but boy would I like to actually see what would happen in the event Kirito and company fail to complete the quest. Maybe down the road in an OVA or something? c: