Sword Art Online – 04 Review
SAO II 04 – It’s Kirito being Kirito… Again
Is there anyone out there that isn’t completely sick of Kirito? <sound of crickets> Okay, I thought so. Unfortunately, Kirito is a major part of SAO, and he’s back. He’ll probably play a huge role in every episode from now on, so the only thing we can do is resign ourselves to the stupidity and try to make the best of it.
Kirito logs into GGO, and happens to run into Sinon there. She (and everyone else) thinks he is a girl due to his very feminine avatar, and Kirito does not disillusion her. As Kirito has no money, he plays an in-game gambling game and wins. He is apparently the only person in the history of GGO to win the game, of course. Sinon and Kirito take his newly made fortune shopping to get him equipped for GGO – he buys a lightsaber and a handgun. Sinon and Kirito realize that the deadline for entering the Ballet of Bullets is only 5 minutes away; Kirito saves the day by renting a trike-motorcycle, which normal people can’t drive.
What can I really say about this episode? It’s Kirito being Kirito… He can do everything better than anyone else, instantly. It’s absurd. I mean, he’s never played the game before and has no idea how it works, but he is able to beat the gambling game easily on the first try.
Screw you, Kirito.
Of course, Kirito manages to come up with some “new” way of playing GGO; he anticipates the prediction lines before they appear. Seems obvious, right? Then why the hell hasn’t any other player out of the thousands across the globe ever thought of that?!?!
And then the bit with the motorcycle… He just hops on and drives it perfectly. Because he’s “played racing games before”. Like none of the other GGO players have ever played a racing game in their entire lives? It’s honestly just gross how enamored Sinon is with Kirito after spending an hour or two with him. Sinon isn’t acting like an idiot yet, but I’m sure she will as soon as she finds out he has a penis.
At least Kirito can’t shoot worth damn. But it doesn’t matter, since he’s got his lightsaber. Should I even bother to mention that fighting snipers with a sword is ridiculous? This is SAO, so I’m sure that Kirito will figure out some way to do that. Actually, when they remarked at how expensive the lightsabers were, I immediately thought that the lightsaber will have some special distance-killing property… If it’s used by someone with the right stats, or, rather, if it’s used by Kirito.
This episode was mostly world-building filler, and that’s okay. I would have preferred for it to move a little faster and be related to the overall plot a bit more, but I didn’t hate the episode. I like the cyber-punk look of world of GGO, but I wish the backgrounds had more detail instead of being whitewashed and blurry.
I think the fact that Kirito’s avatar looks like a girl was supposed to be a bigger surprise or have more effect on the viewers than it did. Honestly, I don’t really care that Kirito looks like a girl. It could probably make for some very interesting commentary about female-gamer stereotypes, but it’s highly unlikely that SAO will ever say anything intelligent about gender. For a moment, I enjoyed that Kirito was being sexually harassed – I thought, “Serves him right, maybe he will be less of a patronizing bastard after this.” Then I realized that the point of all that was probably just to reinforce the fact that Kirito is the only male in the entire gaming universe that treats women nicely.
One thing I was wondering about. Last week, Asuna mentioned that converting your character to a new game resets your items. I guess it doesn’t reset your stats though? Like your experience points or whatever? (I’m not a gamer, so bear with me.) When Kirito started playing ALO, I know his stats were supposed to reset, but there was a bug in the system (due to Yui, I think) that made it so he could keep everything. I’m confused. Does anyone know what the deal is with this? Please don’t spoiler us though! 🙂
All in all, the episode was fine. If it weren’t for me sighing and being annoyed about the infinite Gary Stu-ness of Kirito, I would give it a better rating. The episode showed us more about how GGO works, it rules, and its limitations, and that is a positive thing. Showing the details of each game are part of what make SAO unique, and it’s one of the things I appreciate about the show. Unfortunately, I feel like the only reason SAO makes such a big point of outlining a game’s rules is just so that we can be awestruck at how many times Kirito breaks them.
Can I enjoy SAO even though I’m totally sick of Kirito? I don’t know. I’m going to do my best to take SAO II for what it is, without letting SAO I cloud my judgment. I’ve been enjoying it so far, and I think I will continue to do so, as long as the plot stays strong, the action is good, and Sinon continues to be a multidimensional character.
Episode Rating: 7.0/10.0
Did any of you have thoughts about this episode? Is Kirito’s “awesomeness” just too much for you? Do you like the world of GGO better than SAO or ALO?
Posted on July 28, 2014, in Anime, Reviews, Sword Art Online and tagged anime review, SAO, SAO 2, SAO II, Sword Art Online, Sword Art Online 2, Sword Art Online II. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.