So, tailing Sailor Moon’s release, Sword Art Online II came out today, at least on Crunchyroll (better renew your subscriptions!) The new series takes place in highly competitive MMO Gun Gale Online, apparently the only game with Japanese pros (guess LoL, DotA and MOBAs don’t exist in SAO)
Taking place almost a year after the events of SAO, SAO II begins with a bit of exposition. Well, a LOT of exposition. Episode 1 is pretty much JUST exposition. It starts in a bar in GGO (which is an acronym I LOVE), and sets up the main antagonist “Death Gun.” Personal opinion, terrible name; thought it was a hacked gun for a second. Turns out the dude can kill players by shooting them with his in-game gun. Yeah, I don’t get it, but it should be explained later.
Following this, we get to be third wheels in Kirito and Asuna’s date. Now, I love this couple, so I was OK with this. Turns out Kirito wants to evolve from gamer to creator, but not a game developer. He wants to develop technology. Asuna approves, so long as he makes something Yui can get into, something, I’m guessing, like Google Glass.
Cut to Kirito talking to the detective from the movie, I think. Probably him. 70% sure. Anyway, they start talking about the case, and it turns out there’s another dude that got killed. Him, I kind of remember, mostly because of his name. “Slightly Salted” Tarako. I don’t know if that’s his name, if it’s a bad translation or what, but it kept popping up and I’m calling him that.
Turns out Detective dude wants Kirito in GGO. To get shot. By the guy that can kill people. I know. Kirito, smartly and like a normal person, says “Psh, you cray” and starts to leave. Dude ends up offering money, and I think Kirito doesn’t take it. He probably does, though, since if he doesn’t, there’s no plot. Or it might become a slice of life show, you never know with anime!
Anyway, Kirito snaps out of his flashback and he and Asuna decide to go out with friends.
Cut to sexy sniper chick Shinon taking out a dude in GGO with a sniper rifle. So that was cool. Cut to black, and credits.
Overall, I enjoyed it, but it was pretty exposition heavy. I’d rate it a 8/10, would watch again. Did you watch SAO? How about SAO II? Read the light novels? Don’t spoil it for us, yeah? Leave us a comment down below with your thoughts, or tweet us @NerdworkTweets!