You think he’d be nice enough to kill him with a weapon that doesn’t have holes in it. The nerve of people these days.
|Six episodes in so far and it seems like we have our first continuation episode! Last week we played CSI for a bit with Asuna and Kirito playing detective. I really hope this episode finally wraps up the whole mysterious case of random player killing inside the city walls? I know I am having a blast with this series so far and I can’t wait for more! Anyway what about you Overcooled what are your thoughts?|
|I’ve been getting into the real SAO spirit by throwing away hours of my life into gaming like a child throws tarnished pennies into a fountain. My friends are joining me, and one of them is even reading the SAO novels and drip-feeding me non-spoiler info. I’m tempted to read it too, but I like going into the anime without any knowledge. Kind of like a newborn babe filled with awe and wonder at everything, you know? Plus, you guys have been good at filling in the gaps with non-spoiler info in the comments section, which is really great! Fosh and I appreciate it.|
Getting the Last Laugh
Overcooled // Murder is a crime. Murder carried out through virtual methods apparently isn’t. Perhaps it’s because there is no “police” guild running around and keeping tabs on which players are the ones committing crimes and trying to condemn them. We learned there was a prison, but I doubt it’s very full. With no real punishment to deter criminals, things will naturally become quite hectic. Maybe the creators of SAO are monitoring everything – but for now, there’s really not much that can happen to you aside from your little diamond turning red. You’re already stuck in a game that might kill you any second, which is probably already worse than jail. As a result, the pros of PKing can outweigh the bad as long as you have a certain emotional detachment from the act of taking a life. Once you get over the moral aspect, there’s nothing else to stop them without a strong justice system in place. This…is rather terrifying.
While I got the impression that Rosalia was PKing to get ahead without any remorse, The Laughing Coffin ostensibly does it for kicks. Some people go to a bar with their buddies and some people like slicing a knife through a poor sap’s bowels for a lark. Oh sure, the assassins will loot and take money for their finished job, but that’s almost like dessert after the main course. SAO is gradually showing us the darker sides of this game, and I love seeing all the sides of the moral spectrum from the pure white to the grey area to the pitch black zone of homicidal maniacs. While the game changes people like Grimlock and his wife, I think The Laughing Coffin has members that were a little bit off-kilter to begin with. I hope to see more of these assassins appear again, because there’s nothing like cold-blooded murder to spice things up!
Damn overpowered items!
Foshizzel // Most of us love our video games and this week Asuna asked Kirito an important question about rare items and drops: “What would you do if you got a legendary item to drop?”. That answer was kind of tough for Kirito to answer because he prefers to play solo so he doesn’t run into that tough decision often. However if you are a member of Asuna’s guild they have certain rules about players that obtain certain items because they belong to the player who found it, which seems fair. So what about you? What would you do with a rare item? Honestly I think it depends on your play style in those types of games. If I was a solo player like Kirito in Sword Art Online I would probably end up using that item, but I can also respect Asuna’s view on things and I completely agree with her guild’s rules on items. It sounds fair, right? My experience with that kind of rule can be positive and negative at the same time because in most World of Warcraft guilds you usually have at least twenty-five or even ten players fighting (aka “raiding”) the same monster resulting in a kill. However, afterwards we end up rolling on that item just to see who officially wins the item. Sadly this usually causes in guild drama between raiders if they feel that maybe the winner doesn’t really deserve that drop sometimes, but solo playing is pretty much free for all on rare items.
A Mystery Solved Faster Than A Phi Brain Puzzle
Overcooled // The underlying message of this episode seems to be “SAO is a fair game, it’s just the players that are douches!” The murders weren’t carried out due to a loophole or glitch in the system, because no murders took place at all. It was a rather elegant solution, and it definitely had me tricked. I’m not a big “mystery” fan, so I’m quite grateful things were wrapped up so soon after just a bit of serendipitous discovery and hard thinking. Kirito – who has faith in SAO – came to the conclusion of a faux-murder more easily because he couldn’t accept that deaths in a town would be allowed. Thanks to this, he saved 3 people from getting PKed. The moral of the story is that even though it is unfair that everyone was thrown into this brutal battle royale, at least the rules are fair. While some people seem to see Aincrad as a virtual prison, Kirito praises it constantly. It seems that living as if Aincrad is the real world has been nothing but beneficial to Kirito…I’ll keep that in mind if I’m ever tossed into an MMORPG dungeon.
Foshizzel // So how did detective Kirito solve this complex murder mystery anyway? Simple answer my friends! I think he started to piece things together near the end of the episode, but of course we all knew he would somehow solve the case right? So those dead players used some special weapons created by Grimlock that could inflict small amounts of damage to their armour over time. When the armour was destroyed, the “destruction” animation gave the illusion of the player dying just like the sandwich that hit the ground! That is some clever stuff from Mr. Grimlock, but of course Kirito is a professional “beater” and he is obviously the main character so he wins right there. Thankfully this is an action series so I don’t think he will play the role of master detective anytime soon…then again I can see some random mystery popping up for him to solve later on with Asuna lending a hand to help him on the case!
Super extreme love?
Foshizzel // This week in the world of Sword Art Online we discovered if you get married to another player in the game world you gain access to their item storage which prevents you from hiding anything from them! That is a cool idea, but we learned it can also prove to be very tricky for some players like Grimlock and Griselda’s marriage. I would like to think that somewhere in this crazy episode it had some overall message about love beneath the whole murder mystery event this week, but after I heard their story I was left to shout something like “WHY THE HELL DID HE KILL HER DUDE!” I originally thought oh well that ring is valuable and this guy is just really greedy? Of course he wasn’t really interested in the money and he hired those random player killers to take care of her instead. Honestly I think he was just extremely jealous over her new found fame in Sword Art Online, but not to mention her personality changed…and leave it to Asuna to push the final button on Grimlock with her declaration towards him of “It was a feeling of possession.” Oh snap! Hooray for main girl’s professional detective work this week! At least she didn’t completely leave everything for Kirito to solve. So what do you think the remaining guild members did to him afterwards? On second thought maybe I don’t want to know…it probably involved some kicking and possible jail time? Are there even police stations in Sword Art Online for such things?
Having a two-part mini arc was actually really helpful to set a more flowing story for SAO. It just felt so nice to get an accumulation of ideas and events piling up into a more complex (albeit only slightly) story. I liked hearing the full explanation of how they carried out the hoax, as Kirito and Asuna calmly reasoned everything out. It was a stretch that they could solve the entire case because of a sandwich and a few loose facts, but it was cool enough for me to not care. The catching of the culprit, however, was pretty dumb and anti-climactic. For one thing, the assassins just kind of PEACE OUT and go on their merry way. Then you have Grimlock, who has a really lame conversation with Asuna and his ex-guild mates. It essentially boils down to him yelling “I KILLED HER BECAUSE SHE WAS TOO HAPPY AND THAT WAS TOTALLY RIGHT!” and Asuna simply saying “no.” He caves in immediately and agrees, without putting up any fight whatsoever. If it was that easy to dissuade him, he wouldn’t have done it in the first place <_< SAO is still off to a shaky start telling its story, but it seems to be getting better at it. I have to admit that my undying love for the setting and all the cute nuances – such as hitting a wall and it registering as an immortal object – really excite the dorky gamer in me.
YAY!!! THE CASE IS CLOSED! Thankfully they did not pull three or even four episodes together just to solve that murder mystery and hey it did proved something entertaining and it was great to watch Asuna and Kirito work as a team for a while, but I have a feeling next week things will jump back to solo adventures with the main dude. I said last week there are still two more “important” characters in the opening we still have yet to officially meet, but of course Asuna could end up tagging along for those stories. Did anyone go D’awwwwwwwwwww at the end of the episode?! Asuna is practically begging for Kirito to ask her to marry him DO IT FOR GREAT JUSTICE and for the increased bank space right? Anyway this was really fun to watch Asuna and Kirito play detective to save the day! Oh and THEY FINALLY BECAME FRIENDS at the end of the episode.
Dive right into next week’s episode! We’ll be waiting~