Anime Club: Sword Art Online II

Hello everybody! Back again for this week’s anime club we rejoin Kirito in his adventures in GGO with Sword Art Online II. Check out my review here for Sword Art Online.

SWORD ART ONLINE II

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CREATED BY:  Reki Kawahara

NO. OF EPISODES: 24

GENRE: Science Fantasy

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY:  Japan

After putting an end to the SAO incident in 2024 and rescuing Asuna in Alfheim Online (ALO), Kazuto Kirigaya finally returned to the real world to resume a normal life with his friends once more. However, when a string of deaths begin occurring in connection to a virtual realitygame called “Gun Gale Online” (GGO), Kikuoka Seijiro of the Ministry of Internal Affairs enlists Kazuto to once again don his character “Kirito” and enter the virtual world to investigate the cause of the deaths. While meeting new allies, Kirito may be faced with his most dangerous challenge yet—a player known only as “Death Gun” with the ability to kill a person in the real world by killing their virtual avatar.

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Let’s start off by saying that Sword Art Online II is split up into two different stories, each taking up a select half of the season. I will be focusing on Gun Gale Online, episodes 1-14, as I extremely hate ALO. I really like the new character, Sinon. Her back story is tragic, yet it is particularly awesome still. Her and Kazuto have extreme character development that furthers the story perfectly. I was actually interested in the “Death Gun” arc, as I was actively trying to figure out how he/she was killing people from the virtual world. Amazing.

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My biggest peeve with SAO II is what happens after episode 14. They go back to Alfheim Online (ALO from season 2 of SAO) and focus entirely on Asuna for the rest of the season! Yes there is plenty of character development for her as well as some of the other characters and is very sad, but I really don’t like Asuna one bit. They could have extended the storyline in Gun Gale Online much longer, it was an interesting world that we didn’t get to explore entirely.

PROS:

  •  Interesting plot.
  • Gun Gale Online universe.
  • Sinon is an awesome character.
  • Character development.
  • Kirito proves swords beats guns.

CONS:

  •  Too little time in GGO.
  • Back to ALO.
  • Asuna.

SCORE: 8.0 / 10 (9 not including ALO)

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