Kirito’s so hot, he’ll make your panties drop as fast as your mana! OOOHHHH!
|The epic elf quest continues with Leafa, Yui and Kirito on their crazy adventures! So last week she almost discovered Kirito’s MMORPG playing secret, but of course she respects his privacy, but if the genders were reversed we all know that would not happen right? Anyway, what are you thinking about OC? I heard there was going to be some action in this episode so we can look forward to that hopefully.|
|I’m thinking about how I saw “Leefa” while taking screencaps for the post, but really can’t be bothered to switch from calling her “Leafa” since it looks better. But that’s a minor thing. The action is definitely an exciting thing, because it means Kirito has slightly less time to make Leafa blush madly and deny her undying love for him. Bring on the fighting!|
Stuck in the SAO Mindset
Overcooled // After spending 2 whole years living in Aincrad, it’s no wonder Kirito plays ALO like he’s still in SAO. The memories are strongly engraved and very recent, which is exactly why he constantly refers to these experiences in SAO as a guide for how to act now. There are little things such as his insistence on using quick swordplay when magic-users clearly have an advantage. This is more like a play-style preference, and Kirito could have been this stubborn if he had played a normal MMO before this that relied on physical strength and not a deathtrap that slowly killed everyone he knew. The real scars from his past are shown in his insistence on protecting party members from dying. His choice of words and almost irrational levels of blinding rage are totally out of sync with the gravity of the situation. Leafa suggests just giving up, but Kirito still thinks that dying in the game means dying in real life. Or rather, he knows there is no death in this game, but he has been strongly conditioned to protect his comrades to the bitter end and sees surrender as an inexcusable weakness.
We don’t get to see much afterwards about how Kirito’s experiences in SAO made him feel in real life. After living in a game for so long, I’m sure he’d have some stress about it and act a little differently than before his time in SAO. We don’t really get to see much of that, and he seems to be pretty normal despite going through so much. I know this sounds mean, but I’m glad Kirito still has some ghosts haunting him from his time in SAO. He clearly still feels horrible for the death of Sachi and his guildmates, as well as all of the other people he’s fought alongside in boss fights. He went berserk out of desperation to protect Leafa, however I didn’t ever feel like he was out of control or going too far. Afterwards, he didn’t even seem alarmed (neither did Leafa or Yui) so it doesn’t seem to be anything to worry about. He just really takes his games seriously as if they were like SAO.
I don’t think it’s such a bad thing to take games that seriously. Kirito maintains his moral code in games, instead of seeing it as a separate world just for him to go nuts. You know the type. They’re super nice in real life, and as soon as they pick up a controller they see this open world as the perfect place to destroy things because they think it doesn’t matter. However, it does. You’re still the one behind the actions, even if they’re on “fake” people in a “fake” setting. It’s not such an issue in one player games, but people ho go on MMOs and suddenly become trolls, PKers and scammers are still bad people even if they just do it in the game. That sort of thing really does change your personality in real life, because you are still hurting other people who are real. I tend to get a little too involved in my games, so I also take my chosen actions in video games very seriously. If I wouldn’t do it in real life, I wouldn’t do it in the game. I wasn’t as touched as Leafa, of course, but I quite enjoyed that little speech Kirito gave!
Magic versus Melee
Foshizzel // I think I have talked about this subject before; however now we really can discuss magic themes because in the world of ALfhiem Online players can finally shoot magic. When I typically play any new MMORPG I always go for the ranged caster themed class and in this game Leafa explains to Kirito that you HAVE to use magic eventually instead of running around swinging your weapon. Then again does our main hero even need to learn lots of different spells? No not really because we all know he is soooooo talented at video games! I kind of love the idea of having the players actually say their spell out loud in order to cast it, but in the heat of a hardcore battle would you be able to calmly get a spell off before getting owned in the face? Maybe if you ask the monster or boss nicely to wait five minutes you can look at your spells and choose the correct one? I can’t imagine how hard that would be for non-English speaking players! That has to suck, but I am sure the in game fairy language is no walk in the park to remember.
So what was the best magic spell so far? Leafa’s healing spells so far have been quite effective there is no question there because healing is important and her I loved her awesome bubble she used this week to protect Kirito from the barrage of fireballs; however the illusion spell that transformed Kirito into that familiar monster was so OVERPOWERED and I just had to face-palm because that is not an illusion! Sure it transformed him to look “different” but they should have called it a monster spell, but of course that is a minor thing and honestly I could tell that Kirito was having the time of his life kicking ass, until he ate those players which was a bit insane and the hilarious moment when Leafa asked him what they tasted like and then Kirito took a bite out of her hand? Smooth move there bro.
This Means War
Recon isn’t very good at..recon.
Overcooled // Such a gentleman, that Kirito. Fending off 12 dudes and then offering to help Leafa despite his race against the clock to save Asuna. It’s still a little too good to be true (especially since he placed an experienced player like Leafa as SUPPORT) but whatever, I won’t stop believing in Kirito’s game-breaking perfection now since it’s nothing new. Besides, it’s nice to see him help Leafa with the race war. It’s also pretty interesting since we’ve never seen this sort of war-like conflict before. I’m excited to see how this pans out, although it kind of sucks that we haven’t got to meet the other races yet. Furthermore, there hasn’t been a lot done to show the differences between them. They all look pretty much the same to me aside from adopting different colour schemes. So far, only the petite and cat-like Cait Siths seem to have their own unique features. Furthermore, I don’t get the feeling that any one class can do something that another class can’t. Kirito can still move faster than Leafa despite her being a Sylph, and Leafa uses Spriggan-like illusion magic to hide them behind a fake wall. Why would you even need a party of different races to get to the top if they’re all so similar? Maybe I’m expecting wild differences from games where you need one specific party member to reach an item or advance through a certain area, but so far everyone looks the same and seems like they use the same playing style. I’d love for the brewing war to shake things up and show us the differences between all the races though. Maybe things will get Sengoku Basara levels of crazy where every faction goes all out and attacks each other. OYAKATA-SAAAMMMAAAA!!!
Friendship is a Tough Faction
Foshizzel // This episode this week introduced some of the other factions and how they come into play. The only faction based MMO I have played was World of Warcraft, Guild Wars 2 RVR and Warhammer? Those are the only games I can think of right now, but I am sure there are tons out there right now. Usually when you deal with various factions in those kinds of games you usually align yourself with certain group and most of the time you gain a different benefits or rewards from them. In Alfhiem online if you can manage to kill the leader of any other faction you gain access to their land, money and you take over their city! While that is very interesting and cool I got kind of annoyed how Kirito wants to help Leafa? Yeah I know that is just how that guy operates because of the whole shounen lead character syndrome, but COME ON DUDE! He still has to find time to save Asuna before creepy guy in real life marries her; however we all know he will clear the world tree in one or two episodes and save his princess and defeat the main villain with one swing of his epic sword.
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Ahhh, fighting-based episodes make me happy. The magic system is simple (say words – magic happens) but different enough from SAO combat to spice things up. Most of the fights in SAO were extremely close-ranged affairs, while ALO gives players more options. The Salamander players attacking Kirito and Leafa were actually able to set up a battle formation with walls in the front to protect the mages and allow them to cast spells uninterrupted. It’s the simplest of strategies, but it’s a change from the usual, mindless hack ‘n slash. Nothing wrong with some head-on violence, but changing things up is good every now and then. I’m actually a bit surprised Kirito didn’t try and take out the mages first, but maybe he’s not quite used to the game or simply couldn’t get around them without killing them first. All in all, a pretty cool battle with the nice added touch of Kirito transforming into a beast and going on a rampage. I must say, I’m really enjoying the magic since there are near endless possibilities. Whoever said Illusion Magic was useless in battle? I’d say that was pretty damn effective!
While this was a kick ass episode thanks to less chatter and a bit more sword swinging and magical spells flying all over the place! Sadly all of the faction on faction war brewing stuff was really dull for me because I only care about Kirito saving Asuna and defeating the main boss, but everything so far has been a bit to filler-ish? Then again I have seen worse fillers in Bleach, One piece, Fairy tail and the king of all terrible filler Naruto. Aside from the random faction themed stuff I guess it was nice to see other races instead of more fairies and random elf themed characters, oh and of course Yui being her cute self all over again! I have noticed her and Leafa getting some funny moments in at Kirito’s expense. What did you like the most the new factions? Magic spells? Or the mushy friendship moments between Leafa and Kirito?
A nice, heartfelt note to end on, don’t you think?