I have a friend who I believe is the same height (or taller?) than Karen and I can say that they’ve complained to me about a lot of the same problems that Karen has.
After last week’s stellar episode, I knew it would be tough for the second episode to keep up. However, whatever this episode lacked in action was fully made up by the story taking a deep dive into Karen’s character. As a super tall girl who has experienced enough traumatizing moments that she’s super self conscious about her height, it was actually really cool to see her use VR as a means of being able to live her “dream” of being the complete opposite of herself. Now, I don’t want to get into a talk about self-image and how accepting yourself is important because as important as that point is, I don’t think now is the time to be talking about it (based on where we are in the story). Getting back to what I was talking about, it was strangely soothing to see Karen find just the right avatar for LLENN. Comparing it to the countless hours some of us spend when facing a detailed character creation screen, I was a little surprised just how happy I was for Karen to find the perfect avatar just for her.
That said, I think that joy may have also been related to the point I mentioned back in the excerpt. One of my good friends is pretty tall (6’1 or 6’2, based on how she’s feeling) and I can only imagine the struggles of dealing with being real tall. From the comments about being a giant to people poking fun at your shoe size, I’m sure someone like Karen would have had a tough time existing in Japan of all places.
Moving on from Karen’s personal struggles, I was also so happy that we got to meet Pitohui or Pito! As one of the coolest looking characters in all the promotional art who also makes some real interesting faces in the opening sequence, I’m glad to see that she’s more than just some FPS fanatic with a crazy bloodlust for lighting up other Players. That and, based on everything we saw this week, it makes you wonder just how much of the P in LLENN’s “P-Chan” is for P-90 or for Pito 🙂
All-in-all, a pretty decent second episode that really did a good job at establishing the key players in the show. As someone who had a little bit of knowledge of the beginning parts of SAO Alternative, I must say that the slight changes that have occurred so far have felt pretty good from a storytelling standpoint and I hope that the showrunners can keep on finding success in their decisions as we dive deeper and deeper into the story.
Anyways, I’ll catch you guys next week. See you then!
P.S. Good luck to all the other Tall Girls out there. Don’t let anyone rain on your parade and don’t forget there are always others who can see you for who you are past your size!