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This seems totally relevant in light of today’s episode. I wasn’t as down on it as some of the fans have been, but I honestly think it highlights the issues I have with the series. And it bothers me because when this show clicks for me, it REALLY clicks for me. And I think there are some really interesting ideas, and from what I’ve seen of the translations of the first two light novels, they get developed a little more in there. Anyhow… my rambling thoughts on it all under the cut for spoilers…
So I’m currently working my way through the second Sword Art Online novel that was released in English(I would have been done already, except work has enjoyed keeping me there 10-12+ hours a night, so there hasn’t been a lot of free time). The translations are pretty good, and I’m enjoying seeing the side stories I first saw in the anime. I’ve come to appreciate Lisbeth even more, and really wish she’d have a bigger role in the later story arcs. She’s got a lot of potential, and it would be fun to see that explored somewhere. I’d honestly recommend checking both the novels out, as they give a little more of the characters.
And of course, I can’t mention SAO without talking about how much I’m really enjoying the new Sword Art Online 2. Sinon’s a really good character, and some of the stuff with Kirito in his new avatar is pretty funny. The Death Gun plot is pretty intriguing and I really can’t wait to see the new episode. And they’ve done an AMAZING job of setting up some great cliffhangers. The last couple episodes have been positively Sleepy Hollow-esque(and that’s a really high compliment in my book).
I’m also glad I avoided some of the fan translations of the GGO novels, as it’s fun to watch this story unfold. I’m also glad that, despite the fact she’s not in GGO, they’re giving Asuna more to do than just sit around and watch. And most of all for me, being such a fan of the Aincrad arc, it was really fun to step back into that world, albeit briefly. I wouldn’t be opposed to more flashbacks like that, for sure.
I really hope the whole season holds up, because thus far, I’ve been pretty impressed.