Sword Art Online II Episode 4

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This was a little bit better than the last two episodes and I hope it can venture into this direction more often!  Kirito hooks up to GGO only to act like a girl where he befriends Sinon.  Well that was quick!  This series is going to be 2-cour and they at least could have developed the world he’d just arrived in much better.  The city towards the end of the episode was very detailed and its a shame we did not see more of it here.  It’s good that there was a long-running joke of Sinon thinking Kirito is a girl because this felt pretty stale in the first five minutes.  When I saw the promo artwork I was afraid this series was going to gender-swap Kirito in the virtual world- glad to know that was not the case here.

The fluid animation during that laser shooting gun game was pulled off nicely!  Funny how everyone stands there blankly confused, without any kind of interrogation towards Kirito possibly cheating.  A beam sword?  It is sensible for Kirito but he should at least try something different!

OVERALL IMPRESSION: 5/10

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