「セカンド・スクワッド・ジャム」 (Sekando • Sukuwaddo • Jyamu)
“Second Squad Jam”
After an episode of prep and build up, it’s finally time for Squad Jam 2 to start!
All things considered, this week’s episode was actually pretty good. With the focus on LLENN and Fuka, it was great to see that our pair works just as well in the virtual world as they do in real life. From a game play standpoint though, I definitely think I have some reservations about someone deciding to leap straight into things with two grenade launchers as their primary weapons. Assuming it was a fairly long reload time due to its inherent firepower as well as the possibility of splash damage because it shoots freaking grenades, the idea of wielding two of them at the same time doesn’t sound like a great idea. That said, if there’s something that the world of GGO has taught us, it’s that just about anything can be an effective weapon if the person wielding it has the skills. Be it a sword or a pair of grenade launchers, I can’t wait to see how the story decides to utilize the things since the surprise of seeing things used outside their normal use case is really what makes this show fun to watch.
Fun times with big explosions aside, I’ll admit that this week’s episode did a rather good job at convincing me that I should be concerned about Pito’s situation. For those of you who didn’t catch it last week, I was rather unpleased with the story’s decision to turn toward the infamous death game scenario we’re all so familiar with. However, after watching the idea of a death game get side lined in favor of LLENN focusing on taking out Pito and in turn hopefully giving her a metaphorical slap in the face, I was surprisingly on-board with the whole thing. It probably didn’t hurt that Fuka has such a strong personality (filling the hole that Pito left if you really think about it) and she takes things so whimsically that it’s just fun to watch her exist.
Overall, not too bad of a starting episode to kick off the second Squad Jam. With a good chunk of challengers for LLENN and Fuka to face, I’m really hoping we get some great battles this time around since I highly doubt the strategy LLENN and M utilized the first time around will work. Anyways, I’ll catch you guys next week where it sounds like things might go wrong straight from the start with the episode titled “Booby Trap”. See you then!