Sword Art Online II Ep. 1: We have to go back… to talking

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But still, the VRMMO world needs you, Kirito! Oh, you’re a girl now… And there’s another girl with you that isn’t Asuna. Hm. Hah, joke’s on the new girl, though. Why would you fight a swordsman up-close with a sniper rifle?

— Welp, let’s take a look at our new virtual world. I guess we’re going for a futuristic, dystopian feel this time around. At least it looks a little more complex than the first season’s generic, one-note cityscapes.

— Right off the bat, some guy on a stream declares, “The idea that agility is the only stat that matters is only an illusion.” I should hope so. Why would you play a game where only a single stat matters? That sounds pretty poorly balanced to me.

— Gun Gale Online. Yeah, that’s the name of the game. It’s not that swords are suddenly passe, though. It’s just that guns are cool, swords are cool, and a cool badass would naturally wield both, right? Right.

— So some mysterious guy gets up, shoots the image of the cocky asshole who’s been doing all the talking, and somehow, the cocky asshole looks ill before disconnecting from the MMO. Uhhhhhh, that sounds all mysterious and attention-grabbing, but really? Another game where people can die from actions in the virtual world? Or is there going to be a twist this time around?

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— So what does this evil guy call himself? Death Gun. Yeah, that sounds like something a five-year-old would come up with.

— We return to the real world where Asuna is awaiting someone, probably her boyfriend. She stares up into the sky and ponders, “What’s the difference between the real world and the virtual one?” That’s what you guys should have explored for the entire first season, but Gary Stu power fantasies were just too hard to ignore, I guess. Plus, the entire question went out of the window after the SAO arc. C’mon, they took away the gimmick that really mattered: dying in game meant that you’d also die in real life as well. ALO thus felt like nothing more than Kirito’s carefree romp through the faerie kingdom. Then after he was satisfied wasting time with his cousin, he finally decided to save his precious princess. He only dragged his ass for 13 or so episodes. In any case, at least the threat of death seems to be back with GGO… But meh, back to the original point, I doubt the bigger question of the efficacy of online worlds will be explored with any depth. The story never gave it much attention the first time around, so why would anything be different now?

— Our smart-ass Gary Stu finally makes his appearance with an overly simplistic answer to Asuna’s question: “The amount of information. That’s all.” But anyway, it has almost been a year since they last escaped from ALO? And she still calls him Kirito-kun? And he still doesn’t embrace her the second he sees her? What sort of couple is this? I mean, just look at this greeting:

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You guys had virtual sex, but you can’t even hug each other in the real world? Maybe they didn’t have sex, but she literally stripped down to her bra and panties when they were trapped within a game. And yet, their greeting is so cold and distant in the real world. Oh, I’m sure it’s all hazukashii~ as fuck to hug and kiss your girlfriend in real life. So there you go; there’s your difference right there that has nothing to do with “the amount of information.” Virtual worlds somehow lower our inhibitions. Virtual worlds somehow allow us to ignore the social mores of our culture.

— Asuna: “And I see you’re wearing a lot of black today.” Black is badass, yo.

— Don’t you think the palace is interesting? Why, what do you mean? Y’see, it’s 2 kilometers long and 1.5 kilometers wide… tatsuya Tatsuya, what are you doing here? Go back to your show! I’ll blog it later!

— So this place has its own closed network… that’s not as unlikely as you think, but whatever, man. I’m sure this is probably all foreshadowing, but still, Kirito is making a big deal out of nothing.

— Wow, this episode is putting me to sleep already. I realize it’s like “catching up with your ol’ buddies” for fans, but a walk through a park? Please, I just woke up and I already feel like tucking myself back in.

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— Kirito: “I think I’m going to go from a player to a creator.” Let me remind you that our Gary Stu came to admire and respect Kayaba, the asshole who trapped ten thousand people — from adults all the way down to young children — in his game, by the end of the first season.

— So what do you want to do, Asuna? Kirito just talked about his future aspirations. What are yours? Asuna says, “I want to stay with you forever, Kirito-kun.” Right, you just keep dreaming big, Asuna. Girls don’t need to have career. She adds, “It’d be great if Yui-chan could be with us here, too…” Oh, our virtual loli daughter. How could I forget.

— Man, one day, there’s going to be a breakthrough in technology, so that holding hands in a virtual world can feel the same as holding hands in the real world! Then you and I can stop holding hands in the real world like chumps and hold hands in the virtual world like badasses! Who’s with me? Eh? Eh? Here’s the thing that gets me about the virtual reality discussion in SAO. Yes, the amount of information isn’t the same, but why are we so focused on making things the same? We’ve already seen that the virtual world can be made fantastical. You’re fighting dragons. You’re a lame-ass faerie flying through the sky. You can fight off ten people by yourself (knowing SAO, however, Kirito can probably fight ten people in real life by himself too). The virtual world is unique because it’s unreal. And here we are, talking about how we can replicate the exact sensation of hand-holding. It just feels… small-minded and boring. What if you could use virtual reality technology to open up new modes of sensations that go beyond our five senses?

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What’s even sillier about it, however, is the attempt to bridge the gap between the real thing and a simulacrum. Even if holding hands in a virtual world feels the same as it would in the real world, at the end of the day, you still have to trust a machine to relay the correct information. And that alone creates that unbridgeable gap. You have to fool yourself into thinking that the intermediary — an intermediary that you may not necessarily have any control over — doesn’t exist. If you acknowledge the intermediary, then you acknowledge that any “personal contact” between two people within a virtual world is actually a threesome, so to speak. The machine becomes an undeniable entity, the “substance” between persons. There’s nothing like that in the real world. So again, the amount of information is a simplistic answer made pretentious by Kirito’s rather know-it-all attitude.

— We suddenly cut to a scene in which Kirito goes to meet some guy by the name of Seijirou. If you watched the terrible Extra Edition OVA, Kirito spent much of it recapping his experiences in SAO and ALO to Seijirou. Welp, I guess he is going to tempt our Gary Stu back into the dangerous worlds of VRMMOs. Sure enough, he brings Kirito’s attention to the guy who had been killed at the start of the episode. Apparently, the cause of death was “acute heart failure.” No signs of anyone breaking into the victim’s apartment, but eh, that could always be a red herring. There’s lots of ways to enter a person’s apartment without leaving behind any obvious clues. But y’know, maybe I’m giving the story too much credit. Maybe even after the SAO tragedy, these developers are dumb enough to create yet another headset that can kill people. But that just seems almost too dumb of them.

— Oh goodie, GGO is apparently a game with an e-sports scene. This is going to be good.

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— The guy who died at the start of the episode isn’t the only victim. It seems as though someone is going around killing VRMMO nerds. Not only that, both victims mentioned so far appear to have been shut-ins with messy apartments. SAO can’t even pretend that VRMMO players are well-adjusted individuals… besides, y’know, our badass Gary Stu who even has a girlfriend in real life! Maybe that’s why he wants to move their relationship to the online world so badly. So he can rub it into everyone’s faces that he has the real thing, but he’s going to now fuck her virtually.

— It’s hilarious. A bunch of women nearby gives the two of them death stares because, well, who wants to hear about dead bodies and shit when you’re eating pastries? In fact, why did Seijirou invite Kirito here of all places? Well-adjusted individuals, indeed…

— So according to Seijirou, the Amusphere is supposed to have preventative measures to prevent people from dying! Something must have gone wrong somewhere. Even so, let me just ask this kid, who’s neither a scientist, a doctor, nor a game developer, if he thinks a bullet fired in a virtual world could possibly stop the heart of a person in the real world. Surely, Kirito is such a Gary Stu, he would know. Look man, he beat two MMOs. TWO! He’s therefore an expert on this shit.

— The two of them both come to the conclusion that it isn’t possible for the a virtual bullet to kill someone. And that is why Kirito should log into GGO and make contact with this Death Gun! I mean, I know you’ve already been through two dangerous MMO experiences. Not only that, this latest situation will definitely endanger you as well. but… you’re the hero, aren’t you?

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Won’t you, Gary Stu, go back down the rabbit hole? Seriously, though, can Seijirou not hire anyone else to do the job? Does he really have to rely on a kid? Yes, yes he does. This is anime, where only kids can save the day.

— Y’see, Death Gun only targets high-level PVPers. And hey, who would be such a badass that he would instantly become GGO’s best PVPer as soon as he joined the game? Only Kirito!

— Kirito’s right! He can’t just log into GGO and instantly match-up against people who are making a living out of this. But then he’s wrong, because logic only applies to the real world and not a Gary Stu fantasy like SAO. As a result, you just know for sure he will log into GGO and instantly match-up against people who are making a living out of this.

— Seijirou’s solution is to make Kirito a pro, basically. He’ll pay the kid to dive into GGO. Goodie. I wonder if our wholesome boyfriend, however, will discuss this with Asuna. Sure, sure, he ultimately gets to decide what to do with his life. But at the same time, when you enter into a relationship with someone, you take on certain responsibilities. And I’d like to think one of those responsibilities is to not unilaterally decide to endanger your life in yet another fucking VRMMO. Plus, it’s not just Asuna he should be worried about. What about his aunt who had sheltered and cared for him when he was stuck in a vegetative state for god only knows how long? What about his disgusting, incestuous cousin/sister? Surely her feelings matter as well!

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— Right, GGO’s main company is in the United States, and their contact info is thus confidential. Those irresponsible Americans! I highly doubt any company out there has that much pull, but oh well. That’s fiction for you.

— Will you go, Kirito? Will you go back? We have to go back! We just have to!

— Alright, we’re back to Kirito’s date with Asuna. Okay then. They start talking about space and time and I just… I just can’t.

— Asuna: “And a certain person made it explode midway. Without waiting to see the end.” Yeah, Kirito, you inconsiderate jerk! The other 6000 survivors wanted to see the end!

— Kirito looks as if he’s about to say something important to Asuna. Gosh, it wouldn’t have anything to do with his potential dive into GGO, would it? Kirito then quickly changes the subject. Yeah, she doesn’t need to know, responsibilities be damned.

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— We then cut to a badass sniper in GGO by the name of Shinon, but how badass can she really be when the camera lingers on her crotch? Literally, the camera can’t tear itself away. It’s ridiculous. The saddest thing, however, is that they can’t even get her ass to look right. In fact, she looks like she has no right buttock. They made sure to render the curvature of her mound (I’m sure there’s a better term for what we’re seeing, but I’m not trying to be technical here), but then her right ass is nonexistent. Makes sense. Anyway, she’s just going to fall in love with Kirito so whatever.

— She then takes a shot, and then the episode comes to an end. Welp, that’s the first episode for you. We sat there and watched Kirito sit and talk to people for the majority of it with only scant bits of action to bracket those riveting discussions. Sword Art Online II has come right out of the gates with… a leisurely saunter. Oh man, I’m sleepy.

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46 thoughts on “Sword Art Online II Ep. 1: We have to go back… to talking”

  1. Why does SAO always insist that all avatars have to be rugged old men? They all look the same, except our lord and saviour and of course, his harem of pure japanese maidens.

  2. This entire episode just left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Boring, boring, boring, boring. And all the talk about the only thing separating the real world from the virtual is utter bull crap. You’ve done it again, Reki Kawahara. You’ve shown the world that you are the best wish fulfilling fanfic author ever.

  3. “Anyway, she’s just going to fall in love with Kirito anyway.”

    But she won’t even do so knowing Kirito is a guy! So, either she’s all, “Uguu, but we are both girls, uguuuu.” or when she finds out it’ll be, “But I don’t like guys! Eww! …but I guess you’re different than all the other guys, uguuuu….”. Yippee!

    1. “But I don’t like guys! Eww! …but I guess you’re different than all the other guys, uguuuu….”. Yippee!

      Supposedly, she has a fear of guns, so she’s playing this game to overcome it. So yeah…

  4. Let’s see if html tags work here… I wish there were a preview button

    So what does this evil guy call himself? Death Gun. Yeah, that sounds like something a five-year-old would come up with.

    Totally, and that’s how most FPS’ers behave too. Haha. Stupid in stupid out. Internal consistency yo.

    but you can’t even hug each other in the real world?
    I blame japanese culture for their strict no pdas and suppression of emotions.

    GGO’s main company is in the United States, and their contact info is thus confidential. I highly doubt any company out there has that much pull, but oh well. That’s fiction for you.

    Old fiction too, especially given the premise of stats not changing in, but still relevant. What’s more interesting is the current fight for information rights, not only on a citizen corporation level, but taken to a meta battle between governments, jurisdiction and spies.

    However, I can see how a US based server / company blowing off requests from a Japanese government especially if they have no direct business in Japan. Why jeopardize your incoming supply by pissing off your customer base? If privacy is what keeps your business running, you don’t give away.

    so, let me just ask this kid, who’s neither . . .

    Haha. I never for once thought he was being serious about Kazuto’s opinion, rather it was a rhetorical question to lead him on to the next subject. Meta game, not straightforward. Typical interrogation tactic / conversation.

    Don’t get me wrong, I am enjoying the rip on the SAO show. It is amusing. I didn’t catch see the rips myself as I see fairly reasonable explanations for them on first watch/read.

    A bunch of women nearby gives the two of them death stares because, well, who wants to hear about dead bodies and shit when you’re eating pastries?

    hahahahah. I read the light novel, didn’t remember this, and the studio could’ve easily not animate the nearby women at all– but it is golden. Possibly even fourth wall self aware meta humour poking fun at itself. I imagined a private booth in my head, but being overheard like that almost screams the animators saying, “we know this situation is silly, bear with us and have a laugh”.

    1. Totally, and that’s how most FPS’ers behave too. Haha. Stupid in stupid out. Internal consistency yo.

      If he had given himself a less lame-sounding name, would anyone have complained that we weren’t being “internally consistent?” Probably not.

      However, I can see how a US based server / company blowing off requests from a Japanese government especially if they have no direct business in Japan.

      That’s a far cry from their contact info being completely confidential.

      I blame japanese culture for their strict no pdas and suppression of emotions.

      Which I hinted at myself: “Oh, I’m sure it’s all hazukashii~ as fuck to hug and kiss your girlfriend in real life. So there you go; there’s your difference right there that has nothing to do with “the amount of information.” Virtual worlds somehow lower our inhibitions. Virtual worlds somehow allow us to ignore the social mores of our culture.”

      Haha. I never for once thought he was being serious about Kazuto’s opinion

      Doesn’t look that way to me.

      1. would anyone have complained
        “lame name” is relative to the culture and individual preference involved (let’s laugh at all the horrible engrish and asian character tattoos on both east/west sides for funny examples), but let’s not kid ourselves. People don’t need prompting to complain.

        The point of bringing up internal consistency is that the name is appropriate for his world, the story/plot, and the marketed audience– which is likely not tailored specifically toward your tastes but you’re having fun ripping on it either way.

        Disclaimer: I have no idea what the name in japanese actually is, nor the cultural context specific to Japan.

        “Death Gun” seems pretty universal however, and I’m hard pressed to find a better way to convey the meaning without being lost in translation / miscommunication. Sometimes simple just works, even though it’ll sound ‘stupid’.

        That’s a far cry from their contact info being completely confidential.
        Some people care about privacy. Here in SAO, such privacy is a plot device, but it is rooted in the real world. Not too long ago, the secure email business Lavabit decided to shut down operations rather than cave to government demands for their user database.

        http://lavabit.com/

        1. “lame name” is relative to the culture and individual preference involved

          Obviously. Were you under the impression that the views expressed in the post above were objective fact and not subjective opinions of a blogger?

          People don’t need prompting to complain.

          Are you saying that all names would have been equal in this instance? Yes, I agree that no matter what, someone out there would complain about something. But some things are complained about more than others. And a less lame-sounding name would have been less of an offense. I don’t think that’s a stretch to conclude.

          The point of bringing up internal consistency is that the name is appropriate for his world, the story/plot, and the marketed audience–

          What’s funny here is I never even said anything about Death Gun’s lack of appropriateness or consistency. They could have named him the Japanese equivalent to xxsephirothxx and it would’ve totally been appropriate and consistent. Nevertheless, I would have still called it a lame name because — here’s the shocker — I think it’s a lame name. I think if you have the opportunity to give your villain a better name, you should take it! So you know what? I don’t really get your point, bro. You’re being awfully defensive about a stupid moniker.

          which is likely not tailored specifically toward your tastes but you’re having fun ripping on it either way.

          Twilight isn’t specifically tailored to the tastes of its detractors either. What’s your point?

          Here in SAO, such privacy is a plot device, but it is rooted in the real world. Not too long ago, the secure email business Lavabit decided to shut down operations rather than cave to government demands for their user database.

          Again, this is a far cry from contact info being completely confidential. I’m not sure why you keep glossing over that. Yes, companies have secrets! No one’s denying that. But you’ve taken that logic and ridden it down the slippery slope of “PRIVACY IS IMPORTANT. EVEN CONTACT INFO WILL NOT BE SHARED.” I’ve taken an exception with the contact info being confidential. I didn’t say anything about how the creators of GGO should be receptive to the inquiries of the Japanese government.

    2. I mainly play fps and fighting games and I have never seen a name as lame as death gun. Lame names are not part of the fps gaming culture either dude.

  5. Its me or lately a lots of vomit inducing shows (IMO as always, drop your Shiro dakimakura) are based on LN?:

    -Mahouka : incest imouto+ edgy + “gary stu”+ you’re a shunned-for-your-awesomeness misunderstood special individual
    -Black bullet : edgy loli harem
    -No game no life : incest imouto genius sexualised loli (combo) + chuunibyou harem + “gary stu” +you’re a shunned-for-your-awesomeness misunderstood special individual + pseudo-intellectual + shut-in gamer glorification + the world should work to my liking
    -Highschool dxd : edgy chuunibyou harem
    -Sword art online : incest + “gary stu” + harem + male power fantasy + shut-in gamer glorification
    -Bakemonogatari : edgy chuunibyou harem + loli molestation + incest +pseudo-intellectual

    They all have a huge following somehow, but the surprising part it’s that fans of these shows personally feel offended when you point out these things.
    I never said you were a shitty person if you enjoy these shows, it’s fine if you need escapism from your daily life and I will certainly not dictate how to use your free time, but please don’t tell me they are deep thought-provoking clever plot-with-no-flaws anime.

    Feels good to rant in a place somehow exempt of incest/pedo/self-insert/wishfull-thinking glorification (like MAL).

    1. but the surprising part it’s that fans of these shows personally feel offended when you point out these things.

      Is it that surprising though? People identify with their favorite movies, songs, artists, books, etc. It should be no different with anime. By insulting the shows they like, you’re also insulting their tastes even if this isn’t what you intended. I acknowledge that my posts might offend these shows’ fans. I just don’t care that they’re offended.

      1. I guess you’re right, perhaps I’m just different from most anime fans when it comes to taking criticism about shows I like.
        For example, I enjoyed Shingeki no kyojin and Kill la Kill, but if you tell me that they are the epitome of edginess, that they have a simple plot, bland characters, etc, it won’t bother me one bit because I know it’s true.

        Compared to anime I dislike, I think I’m annoyed mostly by shows :
        – pretending to be more intelligent that they really are (and people buying that shit)
        – with implied incest (I cringed so hard during de circular breathing scene in episode 6 of ngnl, it’s not how it works at all, it was just to justify a mouth to mouth kiss between the siblings while appearing clever. Also, don’t they teach about the damn lithosphere in highschool?)
        – with sexualised lolis.

        1. Oh my god please get off your skyscraper sized high horse. Your moral high ground approach to criticizing anime is lame plain and simple. It’s almost offensive seeing how little you must know about Japanese culture in general. Also how can you say that shingeki no kyojin has an overly simplistic plot when you have no hope of writing anything comparable.

        2. (Reply to David)
          Sensitive much? xD
          I am not criticizing, perhaps it was not obvious enough, but I’m insulting and bashing these anime for how shitty I think they are, deal with it.
          Japanese culture, where did I talk about that? xD
          Simple =/= Bad.
          And popular anime like Shingeki attract the most obnoxious fans eh?
          Even though I said that I liked it, you personally attacked me, mature a bit, your arguments are laughable.

    2. I know that feeling. You can’t enjoy a highly recommended “groundbreaking” show & even point a logical reason at them(or in case of these animes several). All of a sudden you are either a hipster who look down on other’s taste or a troll who wants to get attention by “hating” a popular show. If a show can’t meet your expectation or look downright stupid then how can you praise it?

      1. All the hipster/troll/hater etiquette you’re given as soon you point out a single thing is getting obnoxious.
        They are no more than buzzwords at this point.

        I think that’s a side effect to the increasing easiness to access the latest anime and the increasing number of anime watchers, mainly in the younger audience.

    3. > -Bakemonogatari : edgy chuunibyou harem + loli molestation + incest +pseudo-intellectual

      Oh god, don’t even get me started. Bakemonogatari lovers make up among the most obnoxious fanbases in anime. You won’t believe how offended they get when I point out what you just said about their show. And like you point out, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying Bakemonogatari, but don’t pretend as if there is something high-minded about the content of these shows. It really pisses me off when people claim that this show is “highbrow.”

      1. Yep me too!
        Lately, I have seen a few Monogatari fans using their favorite show as counter example to ngnl in order to bash it and acting all smug over it. They don’t realise how the two of them are similar in the fetish and not-so-clever-dialogues department.

        The perfect example of pseudo-intellectualism in anime.

  6. @e.minor i agree with you death gun is realy lame name i ever heard for a user i also think they could choose better name to the main villain. by the way are you going to try the new sailor moon even if it not your type of thing to see how is it?

  7. I’ve been waiting a long time for this.

    Not for SAO 2, but for your write-up of it. It’s all the more exciting because of Mahouka airing on the same day, which means that every Saturday for the next 20-or-so weeks will be Gary Stu day.

    I reckon that you’re going to need a lot of beer or painkillers (not both at the same time, obviously!) to get through these next few Saturdays, at least until you’ve increased your ability to mentally numb yourself from this dual onslaught of Gary Stu.

    1. If only blogging anime was a money-maker, then I certainly would get myself hammered every weekend. But alas, even soju would wreck my wallet.

  8. And thus with the appearance of the best LN/Anime Adaption of all time, world hunger has been seized. All the diseases are cured. All wars have been stopped. Crime rate becomes invisible. Men and Women get their respective partners. We have acheived a new age of Enlightmenment.

    For Gamer Jesus, the savior of anime, has returned.

    Sarcasm aside… Damn the first episode just wants me to stab Kirito with a knife to the eye.

    There’s your difference right there that has nothing to do with “the amount of information.” Virtual worlds somehow lower our inhibitions. Virtual worlds somehow allow us to ignore the social mores of our culture.

    That would have been quite an interesting theme that should have been greatly tackled in postmodern cyberpunk stories. Like what if because of the anonymity of the virtual world becomes a cesspool for all hidden underground crime while behind the monitor they got their own two-faced tactics and mind games. I mean, aside from Vidya-game based cybercrime, there’s not a lot to tackle involving social norm differences and virtual relationships in this anime rather than “they banged ingame and they don’t irl.” The internet (and MMO games) are not exactly paragons of virtual interaction.

    Plus if anything, I actually hated the pseudo-intellectual “what’s the difference between virtual and irl” talk in the episode because there wasn’t even a BASIS for it other than saying “This is still SAO. WE ARE STILL GONNA SPRINKLE YOU WITH HOW BEING A GAMER IS THE BEST!

    Asuna says, “I want to stay with you forever, Kirito-kun.”
    2030: Where Female Waifu Standards are Still High and Strong in Japan.

    I think the problem with Kirito and Asuna as a couple that that I NEVER believed once that they were a couple. There was no true basis, no true intimacy… just two people together talking about how much they wanna get married and have the babies together with no problem nor obstacle. They don’t even ARGUE or Struggle like a couple (rather than in GGO, but spoiler alert, Asuna forgives Kirito for not talking about his GGO escapades anyway. Such an understanding waifu.) so why would I believe that they are a good, perfect, model, romanric couple anyway?

    If anything… I can actually summarize what Kirito is to Asuna: She’s his cosmetic “ultra-rare item.” Like when you have an avatar and you obtain a legendary item that looks really pretty and whenever you run with it around your back, it shoots rainbows and sparkles wherever you went and every single gamer just WANTS that item.

    Welp, I guess he is going to tempt our Gary Stu back into the dangerous worlds of VRMMOs. Sure enough, he brings Kirito’s attention to the guy who had been killed at the start of the episode.
    Kirito technically has a job to be sorta like a gamer detective for a police force. Especially with his leet Gamer Jesus Skillz, we will know how that outcome goes.

    Y’see, Death Gun only targets high-level PVPers. And hey, who would be such a badass that he would instantly become GGO’s best PVPer as soon as he joined the game?
    Yes. The answer is yes.

    But at the same time, when you enter into a relationship with someone, you take on certain responsibilities. And I’d like to think one of those responsibilities is to not unilaterally decide to endanger your life in yet another fucking VRMMO. Plus, it’s not just Asuna he should be worried about. What about his aunt who had sheltered and cared for him when he was stuck in a vegetative state for god only knows how long? What about his disgusting, incestuous cousin/sister? Surely her feelings matter as well!
    Aunt supports Kirito’s habit because she used to be a gamer like Kirito. Asuna’s the perfect waifu, so she has no qualms to bitch and worry like an actual character. Suguha? Well, she’s the imouto… so… doesn’t matter either? Kirito’s a ego-centric douche that way.

    Alright, we’re back to Kirito’s date with Asuna. Okay then. They start talking about space and time and I just… I just can’t.
    I’m sorry, Cecil and Carlos. I shouldn’t have doubted your relationship. You both are wonderful as is.

    Right, GGO’s main company is in the United States, and their contact info is thus confidential. Those irresponsible Americans!
    I know that GGO is sorta meat to be based on Western Shooter games ala CoD and Counterstrike and all, but one thing that irked me about GGO was that they still have to put crappy JRPG fantasy elements in there. If anything, Western Shooters are more based on practicality and accuracy thus their outfits will matter in the battlefield. tl;dr: Sinon Camelcrack outfit is stupidly out of place for a Western-based shooter game. Even for an MMO.

    I’m Back, bitches.

    1. why would I believe that they are a good, perfect, model, romanric couple anyway?

      I also like how we actually have a couple in an anime series, and of course, she’s written out of the story. First, she becomes the damsel-in-distress, and now? KIRITO IS GOING UNDERCOVER! IT’S TOO DANGEROUS TO INVOLVE HER.

      Aunt supports Kirito’s habit because she used to be a gamer like Kirito.

      I hope you’re joking with this, and this isn’t actually the case.

      I know that GGO is sorta meat to be based on Western Shooter games ala CoD and Counterstrike and all, but one thing that irked me about GGO was that they still have to put crappy JRPG fantasy elements in there.

      Plus, if anything, western shooters are more inclined to whine that including female avatars to play would take too much time and money.

      1. I also like how we actually have a couple in an anime series, and of course, she’s written out of the story. First, she becomes the damsel-in-distress, and now? KIRITO IS GOING UNDERCOVER! IT’S TOO DANGEROUS TO INVOLVE HER.
        Wait until you get to see Asuna in the Alicization Arc where just just went to the base where Kirito is captured into ANOTHER MMO (which he is the only player, apparently) and does nothing about the situation.

        I hope you’re joking with this, and this isn’t actually the case.
        It’s explicitly said in the SAO Wiki that Kirito’s aunt used to be a VRMMO gamer until work and famiry took over.

        She adopted Kazuto in 2008, after her sister’s death, and kept it a secret from the two children until Kazuto discovered the erased documents in the National registry in 2018. She herself also played virtual games like Kazuto, yet never reached the level of seriousness that Kazuto had.

        Such responsible parenting, letting his nephew risk his life for VRMMO Death Traps without a say or care. X3

        Plus, if anything, western shooters are more inclined to whine that including female avatars to play would take too much time and money.
        Then again, Western shooters don’t really put any obvious boobs and buttginatoe shots to make a point on sniping either.

        1. She herself also played virtual games like Kazuto, yet never reached the level of seriousness that Kazuto had.

          Well that’s just about the dumbest thing I’ve heard today.

  9. It’s shame that I was busy on weekends and haven’t got to watch this show,
    but I was really happy that I got to read your writing.
    Because just llike last season, your writings is more entertaining that the anime itself.
    It seems that A1 Pictures has totally decided to make spice up SAO sexually, compared to it’s light novel.
    In last season, there were at least decent screenshots of butt cracks,
    Now, they step up the game, and show a fine shape of the main girl’s vulva.
    God…

    1. don forget boobies and other fan service, lord knows that each episode have to have at least a few mins of that, esp for this, you probably see female kritio giving weird boners to everyone who watches this show.

    2. Now, they step up the game, and show a fine shape of the main girl’s vulva.

      And it’s just the first episode! Imagine what we’ll soon see over the course of the season.

  10. When they beat Kayaba last season then asked him why he did this and he literally said “I don’t know” I realized that sao was just a teenage boys power fantasy pretending to be something it’s not.

    I also find the moral of sao really screwed up. why deal with the Troubles of the real world when you can just use video games for escapism from reality where you’ll become a hero and get a harem..

    1. Yeah, the whole : “I won’t bother to try to better myself and fit in the real world, I will just jump in my idealised virtual fantasy life where everything is tuned to my liking.”

      1. Achoo NGNL burp qqweliveinrealityandwecantdealwithit fart lifesuckswereanemoincestcouple cough.

        I think escapism is in this season guys. Oh wait never mind that’s always been the case with anime.

        Why does nobody ever say they wanna make cool drugs and bust crap like in Breaking Bad? That’s racist.

  11. >So what do you want to do, Asuna? Kirito just talked about his future aspirations. What are >yours? Asuna says, “I want to stay with you forever, Kirito-kun.” Right, you just keep dreaming >big, Asuna. Girls don’t need to have career. She adds, “It’d be great if Yui-chan could be with >us here, too…” Oh, our virtual loli daughter. How could I forget.

    I gave up halfway on SAO after the terrible fishing monster side quest and I honestly never understood why some guys I spoke to like Asuna. I mean, Saber isn’t the most unique char but she had … you know self-motivation and personal ideals. Asuna always felt more like a generic NPC Girlfriend than a person who Kirito met in-game.

    OK, she likes you, great, then what? Aren’t we going to explore her separate thoughts on her situation or life? How about how she copes with the ideal of death IRL? Anything other than how devoted she is to Kirito who she met like 3 episodes ago? Any other friends?!

    Instead let’s just her walk around in background and glorify Kirito to the audience :v

    I know someone told me the original LN were better but I can’t imagine it can get better unless Asuna was secretly the MC and/or Kirito dies in the 1st chapter.

    1. I honestly never understood why some guys I spoke to like Asuna.

      Oh, I’m sure we all understand why. It’s just a stupid why.

      I mean, Saber isn’t the most unique char but she had … you know self-motivation and personal ideals.

      The thing is, for a lot of immature people, these qualities you’ve mentioned are just icing on the cake for them. So they’re not going to think Asuna is a flawed person. As long as the girl’s sweet, cute, and devoted, y’know?

    2. I gave up halfway on SAO after the terrible fishing monster side quest and I honestly never understood why some guys I spoke to like Asuna. I mean, Saber isn’t the most unique char but she had … you know self-motivation and personal ideals. Asuna always felt more like a generic NPC Girlfriend than a person who Kirito met in-game.

      Same reason why gamer nerds love and praise Felicia Day: Asuna is a hot popular rich gamer girl that Kirito dates for gamer ego status. Only thing is that Asuna is also the perfect waifu who doesn’t complain or doesn’t speak her mind, or oppose since you know… that’s not what waifus do.

      If anything, I am suspicious of Kirito keeping Asuna around his penis despite them not feeling too close… Asuna’s the daughter of the former CEO of the most popular VRMMO electronics company. Kirito wants to be a VRMMO Creator…so… Wow. Way to use Asuna’s background status, man.

      OK, she likes you, great, then what? Aren’t we going to explore her separate thoughts on her situation or life? How about how she copes with the ideal of death IRL? Anything other than how devoted she is to Kirito who she met like 3 episodes ago? Any other friends?!

      There is Mother’s Rosario… where Asuna goes dramatic over OMG MY MOM IS A TOTAL BITCH BECAUSE SHE DOESNT WANT ME TO MARRY KIRITO AND OMG I MET A HOT GIRL MORE POWERFUL THAN KIRITO AND SHE IS AWESOME AND OMG SHE IS GOING TO DIE BECAUSE SHE HAS AIDS SINCE BIRTH WE MUST LET HER BE REMEMBERED. Which the former is QUICKLY resolved by making the mom use her VRMMO game and OMG MOM IS OKAY WITH VRMMOS AND SHE ALLOWS ME TO MARRY KIRITO AGAIN! And the latter involves the girl living like a regular person with Kirito’s invention until she dies (From having AIDS SINCE BIRTH), but her “Medical VRMMO works so MORE sick dying patients can be magically cured while playing vidya games! VRMMO sure is awesome!”

      No. Seriously. That’s the summary of what happened. Deep Cheap emotion shit.

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