I’m pressing B, but it won’t stop evolving!!!
|I was pretty concerned when I heard that this was the “pedobear” episode of SAO, thanks to the introduction of a certain young girl. Lolis and I just don’t tend to mix well. Whether or not my concerns were valid…well…only time will tell. That is, if you define time as you reading our post.|
|Another week of great anime which means more SWORD ART ONLINE! So is everyone over the die-o-rama of the previous episode? I hope so because I really want to move on from the loss of Sachi, but are we going to see a pattern of Kirito meeting people only to watch them die later?! I want some stronger side characters…anyway I hope things shift soon from all the sad drama moments.|
Silica-chan the Epic Beast Tamer!?
Foshizzel // When I heard the phrase beast tamer I instantly thought of World of Warcraft’s Hunter class which also uses creatures and animals you can tame to fight with you. Yes, they even die and you can resurrect them after they fall in battle; however in the Sword Art Online apparently if your pet happens to get owned and dies, you lose it forever? WHAT THE HELL MAN!? I guess the programmers wanted to troll the players that got the rare beast tamer class. So anyway what happened to Silica’s pet? During a huge fight when she decided to go solo after her current group leader turned out to be a big jerk! So she went off and almost died to a group of monsters that attacked her, but her pet Pina jumped in the way and sacrificed herself saving Silica’s life. Thankfully Kirito was around the corner because he wiped out the monsters and he agreed to help this new girl on a quest to revive Pina! That and he told this girl she reminded him of his little sister back in the real world by giving her all this free stuff…see girls get all the free upgrades in any MMORPG! Just kidding because they are usually guys right?
Sibling quality time…with tentacles, panty-flashing, and head pats. Is this how siblings usually bond?
Overcooled // WHO IS IMOUTO? Okay, now that I’ve got that obvious reference out of the way, let’s talk about Kirito and Silica. Considering that Kirito spent the tail end of last week’s episode in complete despair, it was nice to see some good fortune smile down on him. He was able to protect Silica, and he brought down his iron hammer of justice on Rosalia. He also looks a lot happier! It’s cute, but I prefer him when he’s brooding in between good deeds and acting more socially awkward. Otherwise, he’s just like a typical male lead who is nice to every girl he meets. As a result, this episode really was just a sugary chaser to the bitter tragedies from last week. Less substance, but more fanservice and sweetness.
However, we do get to hear a bit about Kirito’s family life. Finally learning a bit about Kirito and his relationship with his sister, for example, was nice. Although he was using Silica as bait the entire time, I think he really does see a connection between her and his sister. I don’t have any siblings, but I still thought the way he protected and took care of Silica was sweet. I’m not sure how I feel about Silica calling Kirito a big brother given her huge crush on him though <_< Like..please pick one…big brother or potential boyfriend. NOT BOTH. My guess is Silica is either an only child, or has siblings that don’t really pay any attention to her, so having Kirito dote on her was a special treat.
Cutest Side Character Ever in Sword Art Online?
Foshizzel // Last week introduced Sachi who was a bit on the dull side as far as personality goes, but hey, I understand she had issues with death and being trapped in a game world! That is fine and all but personally this week we meet the adorable Silica; however I know most people out there are like “Fosh she is just the generic moe character.” While those people are 90% right I still feel that Silica brings something fun to SAO, but I can’t really deny the fact that she is cute! Then again the character designer has done some stepped up their game with all the facial expressions this week. Oh and how about those random rape plants; however when dealing with female characters and fantasy based anime you always have the chance for attempted tentacle rape. So what do you think about this character? Is she just another generic moe twin-tail girl or does she make things exciting for Sword Art Online? Also d’awwww that line she said at the end that she might have found an older brother, but does that confirm her as a possible bro-con? Either way I am happy to have a character that gets embarrassed and smiles all the time.
Overcooled // Piece by piece, we’re learning more about SAO – which is my favourite part of the series so far. You can move up and down the levels, there’s a garden for reviving pets, your senses are dulled unless you level up certain skills, and players who commit crimes have specially-coloured player markers. Being the baddy is kind of a sensible strategy when you toss morals out the window. Why work hard when you can let other people work hard and then reap the benefits yourself, right? It’s a sound method, especially for those who are ruthless enough to not care about leaving other players defenseless in a game where every single item is needed to stay afloat. I had assumed anyone adopting that strategy would be the merciless type in real life, but Kirito brought up something I forgot about completely. He mentioned that people often adopt different identities when online. You would think retaining your own body in the game and all the death warnings would make acting a lot harder to do, but it seems like it still happens. Rosalia is able to be cruel so easily because she still thinks this is a game.
In a way, you could say that Rosalia’s way of coping with a situation where every death is real and no one can escape is to just deny everything. She’s a victim of this just as much as Kirito, Klein and Silica. By ignoring the consequences, she can take more risks and shrug off the responsibility of killing and stealing from players. If it’s “just a game” to her, she can resume acting as a scheming bitch to get what she wants. She adopts this viewpoint because it’s the most convenient. She says no one dies in this game because she is afraid of dying. That’s probably why she never takes up the front lines (as Silica accuses her of earlier in the episode) and steals instead of training. There’s a much lower chance of dying that way. I kind of feel bad for some of the orange and red players because they are going so far just to escape the game and survive. Some of them may be rotten to the core, even in real life, but that doesn’t mean they deserve to be stuck in this situation.
Players versus the Player Killers
Foshizzel // This week Sword Art Online mentioned one important thing about player killers in an online game but this is nothing brand new to fans of something like .hack//SIGN right? In this series they turn the tables on us because player killers or Pkers icons turn red or orange signaling to everyone around them to stay away from them at all costs sure sounds simple right? I would think so, but of course those types of players love to hide in the shadows or in this shows case behind trees? Yeah…great…hiding spot dudes…anyway other than the mention of pkers we got to see some of the various skills found in SAO like tracking, listening, stealth and crazy battle healing regeneration which automatically heals him whenever he takes a hit. Oh and what level is Kirito now? He is level 78 with a massive 14, 500 HP! Good god bro you suddenly became godlike against everyone else! I loved the reactions from those side characters and that redhead? PRICELESS and yes I know Kirito has officially reached epic BAMF status as the overpowered main character.
Well, I know THESE guys weren’t happy about episode 4. Were you?
Overcooled // This was better than last week’s episode, but I’m getting a bit concerned with the decision to go over all of these side stories one after the other. On one hand, I’m learning some interesting things about SAO in the process, but the story doesn’t seem to flow from episode to episode. The jump from story to story makes me feel like I have to constantly recalibrate myself for each new episode, instead of fluidly going through a sequence of escalating events. Whether it would have made more sense to make these OVAs – I do not know. Maybe these things become very important in the future, and maybe we don’t learn about guilds and red players anywhere else. Kirito skipping to the high seventies was fine (he’s a beast at any level anyways), but the switch from “BAWWW SACHIII” to getting an eyeful of loli panties every couple of minutes with a smile on his face was weird. I can see how the event made him the type to seek justice and try very hard to protect people from dying, but his attitude changes so much it’s like he’s another person.
Aside from the continuity issues, this episode was kind of okay. Again, completely average – but at least it felt less rushed, and I felt rather attached to Silica by the end of the episode. This is a great feat since I found her sobbing over Pina (mm..pina coladas…) to be nauseating. After that, she just grew on me. Yes, a typical tentacle-bait loli won my favour. She’s cute and rather capable, so I can’t help it! It’s a bit of a shame that Kirito is a solo player and is going to ditch her next week for a new character-of-the-week but eh…It was fun while it lasted.
Foshizzel // Overall this was a huge improvement to the previous sad and depressing episode! For once we have a character that smiles and isn’t freaking out every time you see them, but I know Sicila isn’t completely perfect. I mean she lost her pet really fast and practically everyone knows her…I wonder how she became so popular though? Maybe her cute character design pushed her to idol status in Sword Art Online? Either that or her twin-tails give her extra powers while in a group? Also did anyone cry for the loss of Pina? DAMN THAT CUTE DRAGON! Thankfully she resurrected her pet at the end. So what else happened? Oh right Kirito became a total bad ass this week; however he kind of just stood there taking hit after hit from those random dudes and he was boasting about his HP regeneration which turns him into a basic shounen jump hero. So do you support Kirito x Sicila? Or no way in hell! Just kidding I think we all know he is going to be with Asuna whenever she DECIDES to show up! So I wonder what level she is right now maybe around 100? Anyway this was a great episode this week thanks to the introduction of a cute new character.