Things are really starting to hit crisis point in Sword Art Online II in episode 9. Death Gun has made an appearance in BoB, killing one player before disappearing.
One of the noticeable things about this episode is that, for a supposedly high action episode, there is a lot of talking and not all that much action. The episode quickly become about finding and stopping Death Gun before he kills anyone else. However, getting from the bridge to the city in which Death Gun is located takes the whole episode- what’s the problem with that you ask? Well in amongst this travelling is some talking amongst Kirito’s SAO friends about how bad Death Gun probably is, Sinon having a bit of break down about the possibility of dying and Kirito himself becoming so ridiculously OP in what comes across as showing off in front of Sinon.
That isn’t to say this isn’t an enjoyable Sword Art Online episode. The artwork and animation is as crisp as usual, and that over powered sword fighting I mentioned from Kirito, it is pretty cool. Sinon’s ongoing fear of the incident in her childhood is managed reasonably well and works really well with the cliffhanger at the end of the episode.
For fans of the show this is a pretty decent episode. The problem is it won’t be converting anyone who dislikes the series: the significant plot development in this episode could have been dealt with in about 3 or 4 minutes, but instead a lot of fluff was included as well to bulk out the episode.
Trying to be critical aside, I’m a big fan of the show and I did enjoy the episode, it’s just a shame we couldn’t have something a bit extra beyond just another episode of SAO.
Sword Art Online II is shown on Adult Swim’s Toonami at 01:00 (EST).