Review: Sword Art Online II, Episode 4: GGO

Review:

Four episodes in, and Kirito has finally entered the world of Gun Gale Online. Don’t expect the bullets to start flying yet, though—the boy has to figure out how this game works first, and that’s kind of what we see happening this time around. First off, as you may have gathered from the intro, the character with long black hair is indeed Kirito, and no, he is not a girl in this game. Apparently, he has gained a rare avatar. I’m not quite sure what, exactly, makes it rare, but right off the bat another player tries to offer Kirito what I assume to be a large sum of money for his character. Also, if you mistook Kirito for a girl, don’t feel bad… most of the players in GGO seem to make that mistake up to and including Sinon, whom Kirito befriends and ultimately relies on to get a solid footing in the game.

Now, one criticism that could be made is that, yet again, the writer makes it all too easy for Kirito to get off the ground. While the stats carrying over from character conversion make sense, Kirito is given a quick out for his lack of income within the game. Instead of actually having to work to get started (for a change), Kirito is introduced to a mini-game where, if he reaches the gunman, he will earn all of the money people have spent trying to beat it. This comes out to more than 300,000 credits. After a small explanation from Sinon and watching a single failed attempt, Kirito figures the game out, beats it, and gets the money he needs to buy equipment. Honestly, if any arc could have pulled off making Kirito work for his cash, it would have been this one, since we’ve been moving slowly from the get go. Of course, while watching the episode this criticism didn’t hit me. I was all for Kirito getting in there and owning that game, but in retrospect it does kind of keep coming back to Kirito overcoming the system in some way. At the end of it all, though, he still has a long way to go in learning to shoot a gun, so he doesn’t exactly have it made within the world of GGO.

I guess what we do have to consider, too, is the character’s motivation. Kirito is pretty much trying to get in, figure out the whole Death Gun thing, and get out, so of course he would be searching for the quickest method to achieve his goal. Whether such an outcome is realistic or not, I don’t know (since we don’t exactly have full dive technology to test it out), but at least that thinking pulls the idea together. All-in-all, it wasn’t a very eventful episode, but it was fun and, as usual, it went by fast. At least now Kirito and Sinon have met, so perhaps we’ll see more of our main hero. It will also be interesting to see what happens when Sinon finally figures out that Kirito isn’t a girl…

A Christian Perspective:

Let’s all just take a lesson from Sinon here. Kirito was quite clearly a newb in GGO, converted account or not. It would have been very easy for Sinon to just let him go on his way, but instead she went out of her way to help him get started. From advising him on what type of weaponry to use, to showing him how to earn money, and even to helping him get some practice in, she pretty much provided as much help as she possibly could—and, in the end, it was to her own detriment, as she realized that she only had ten minutes left to register for the BoB. Much like Sinon did for Kirito, we should do for others. As Christians, we are supposed to help others. Just consider the following two Scriptures:

Matthew 25: 35 – 36: For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

Hebrews 13: 2: Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it

From the words of Scripture, we should be willing to help those in need and to show hospitality to strangers. Whether it be a brief pause to give someone directions, giving food to a hungry person, inviting a stranded person into your home, or any other example of being hospitable that you can think of, we should do it.

Content Guide:

Language: 1 “h*ll”, 1 “cr*p”, 1 “d**n”

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Shirtless Kirito in the pre-intro flashback; in-game girls are shown modeling guns

Violence: A game character is shot by an NPC; mainly just the NPC character that shoots at players

Blood/Gore: None, unless you count the red circles that appear on players who get shot

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