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Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 7

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Crisis averted?

Yikes. I never expected to be concerned about Sword Art Online II’s well-being. While there was a bit of hope for A-1 to get back on track, things are taking a slight turn for the worse with the way how they followed up on the show’s latest conflict. From the looks of it, the SAO II might be in a grim state until things pick up again.

It’s quite obvious that this episode was being used to expand on the recent dilemmas that plague our main heroes. Sadly, it’s still difficult to find Kirito’s trauma to be believable, as it wasn’t properly implied during the anime adaptation of the Aincrad and Fairy Dance Arc. Due to the fact that A-1 didn’t cover Kazuto’s monologues from the original light novel’s first two sagas, the show’s recent events felt like it came from the left field. Hell, these elements have prevented the people who haven’t read the source material (including myself) from feeling emotional over the guy’s inner conflicts, which resulted in weakening the chapter's main purpose.

Even though it was silly to witness Shino’s afterthoughts from her battle against Kirito, the slight development from this scene showed some signs of character progression. In fact, the girl's segment implied that she’s slowly learning to overcome the finger gun that brought her down a few episodes back, which is one of the few positive moments that occurred recently. However, this segment wasn't enough to boost the episode’s overall quality, since it was a short scene.

While the episode was set in the real world, there were a few action scenes that occurred as well; however, they were below average, as the battle lacked any dynamic elements to make it fun or breathtaking. While the segment’s purpose was to show SAO II’s viewers who’s going to root for Kirito in the upcoming match, a simple conversation or a cheering scene during the actual Bullet of Bullets tournament could’ve done a better job at expressing this message.

At the end of the day, the sad truth about SAO II’s most recent segment is that this could’ve been a great time to get its viewers to feel emotional towards the show’s main characters. Instead, A-1’s methods on how they handled Sword Art Online’s first season are starting to affect how they’re handling the new series. That being said, Kazuto’s issues are currently holding the series back, and it’s going to take some miracle to turn the show around-- unless if A-1's previous decisions begin to haunt them again.

If anything, the next episode will be the one that’ll determine whether A-1 can restore the Sword Art Online II’s quality or not. Hopefully, the studio'll unleash their big guns when they animate the upcoming battles; otherwise, SAO II might head into a downward spiral. Then again, the next episode might have a fun twist that could turn things around, so there’s a chance that this adaptation series won't end up as a total disaster.

[Experience Sword Art Online II's dilemma at Crunchyroll and Daisuki

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