Sword Art Online 04
Sorry for the delay on this one guys. I had to move back from home to Oxford and the lazy beggers decided to take 2 days to reactivate my internet here. So I have only just seen the episode myself. Anywho this episode has certainly alleviated most if all not all of my concerns about the episodes being rushed. In fact I have an even stronger belief that episode 3 should have been two episodes now than before.
With this episode though I’m beginning to sense a pattern, which is that Kirito is just drawn to the damsels in distress and just has to help them and end up travelling with them. This being the second time he’s done so. I like the fact that he does everything he can to stave of his reputation as a beater even if that drags him away from the front lines like it did this week. Who knows what 5 days equates to in terms of EXP for Kirito, it’s a pretty big sacrifice to help someone you didn’t even have to.
I know he only really met Silica as a side effect of hunting down the PK Guild ‘Titan’s Hand’ and in some sense he used her to get to them which is still purely coincidental, everything he did was still as much for her sake as tracking down the PKers. His motivations for wanting to imprison then are pretty obvious. Their status as player killers within a world where death in the game is equal to death in real life, thus making them murderers if that isn’t enough reason, then there are still some scars from Sachi’s death bleeding through.
What I don’t understand this episode is the PKers motivation. Claiming that there is no proof that people are dying as a result of you killing them is not justification for your actions. In fact would you even want to take that risk. I personally only see a couple of outcomes if Titans Hand hadn’t been stopped. The first is that when the game is cleared and the game had any logs to show how everyone died then they would be arrested for murder. Assuming they survived until completion. Number two if Kirito hadn’t stopped them it’s feasible that another player could had killed them for a high enough price. There has to be mercenaries in this game and finally if they ever did make it to the higher floors I can’t see people helping them in time of need, so they would end up dead anyway… I just don’t see why you would be a dick, or in this context a murderer when 90% of the outcomes end badly for you. Even if there is no proof and besides surely the fact you can’t log out is proof enough that something isn’t quite right.
Well I’m really starting to like how this is building up for the main bulk of the story. I find seeing how Kirito is choosing to level up quite interesting, first his detection skill and then his auto-health regeneration. He really has planned for just about everything that can happen or go wrong. Now for bonus points, which of these two was the girl in episode one?