Well, if you haven’t taken a shine to Sinon yet, I hope you do soon, as she certainly doesn’t seem to be going anywhere (although the opening and ending credits should probably have given that away). Even this episode was mostly focused on her, although we did get a little Kirito action this time around. This time around, we get to find out some of Sinon’s back story, and it’s pretty intense. Honestly, though, if we pull out of the suspension of disbelief, it is kind of a hard-to-believe situation, but then again we are watching a show about games that allow you to fully immerse yourself in them, so I guess we can give Sinon’s backstory a pass. I won’t give away details, since I try to avoid spoilers as much as possible. What I will say, though, is that if graphically violent scenes disturb you, then you may want to read a synopsis of Sinon’s backstory, or ask a friend who knows about it…
I previously stated that this season felt like it would be much slower in pacing compared to the previous one, and this episode seems to reinforce that notion all the more. As of the end of this episode, Kirito has just entered GGO, without even a glance at what he looks like inside the game (although it’s pretty easy to figure out if you sit through the opening credits). So, how will these two characters come together—and let’s be real here, we know Kirito and Sinon will be involved with each other? Well, we get at least some idea of that this time around with a non-descriptive shot of Death Gun, but we’ll have to wait for any more information.
A Christian Perspective:
Who among us hasn’t done something that we regret, something that may have just impacted us for a moment or that may continue to carry negative ramifications as we go about our lives? While it may not be fair to say that Sinon regrets what happened in her past (I don’t see any indication of that), she is certainly suffering ongoing ramifications for her actions. As Christians, we also face the same things. When we came to Christ, we were ultimately broken, lost in sin, and spiritually dirty. We know that we are forgiven of our past sins but our enemy, Satan, will still try to hold us down. Have you ever been assaulted by a mistake your made in the past? What about feeling as if you were defined by a mistake? Remember that you have been forgiven, and that your past no longer defines you or has any hold on you!
If you have never come to know Jesus, then you should know that there is forgiveness waiting. Do you think you cannot be forgiven? Do you feel like you’ve just messed up too much to be saved? You should know that such thoughts are lies from hell! Mark 3: 28-29 reads: Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.” As you can see, there is forgiveness and salvation awaiting you in Jesus. The alternative is to live with the sins of your past hovering over you, which will ultimately lead to eternal suffering in hell.
Language: 1 “j**z”, 1 “c**p”
Alcohol/Drug Use: None
Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Sinon (in real life) is shown removing her skirt–however, you see nothing more than her bare legs (8:47 – 8:50); there is another brief shot of Sinon’s legs; Sinon’s legs again 12:48 – 12:50; Okay, they show images of Sinon just wearing her white shirt quite a bit (basically, you see her bare legs a lot); a nurse touches Kirito’s butt; there is a brief shot of the nurse’s cleavage as she reaches into her pocket for a piece of paper; shirtless Kirito starting around 18:19; Sinon (real life) is shown naked from the waist up, but her arms are covering her chest so you don’t see anything overly explicit (20:04 – 20:16)
Violence: A game character is shown being shot in the chest; a flashback shows a man robbing a bank(?)–he throws a woman to the ground and eventually shoots a man, a scuffle breaks out between him and a child (the child bites his hand, and ultimately gets his gun, shooting him three times during the struggle)
Blood/Gore: A scene is shown where a girl has blood on her legs and a man has blood on his head; during the struggle between the child and burglar, blood can be seen coming from the man’s gunshot wounds and there is also some on the child; blood is also shown pooling on the ground; Sinon sees an image of a man with blood on his head
Other: The nurse in the hospital tells Kirito to take off his clothes, and she comments that she saw everything anyway, which prompts Kirito to cover/grab at his groin