Well, it’s finally time for the Bullet of Bullets. Remember how I kept commenting that this season was moving slower at the beginning? I guess it’s time to eat my words, ha! At any rate, though, things are at least civil between Kirito and Sinon again, with the two of them set on fighting each other on the battlefield as per their agreement. Granted, I suppose this doesn’t necessarily mean the GGO arc is wrapping up. We still have to actually see the two of them fight, and the whole issue of Death Gun has yet to be resolved. Our villain inevitably makes an appearance in this episode, although we’ll have to wait until the ninth episode in order to see how the whole situation resolves.
In reflection, though, this season of SAO isn’t really heavy on plot. The premise is basically Kirito checking on a rumor within GGO. That’s it. Then again, I guess SAO has never been as much about the plot as it is about the characters. I mean, sure, each season has had its general plot line, but in a way it’s kind of been about the journey more than the destination. Plus, the show does a pretty decent job at being eye candy. So if you feel that the plot isn’t really engaging you, perhaps try looking at how the events have—and are—impacting the characters.
A Christian Perspective:
There’s a lesson to be learned here: do not trust someone based on external appearances. I didn’t mention it in my review, but Death Gun is shown preparing to kill an opponent. Before he does, though, I’m pretty sure he “crosses” himself, as seen within the Catholic church. By itself, this outward appearance of religiosity might lead some to believe that he holds Christian beliefs, but since we know the whole of his character, we can definitively say that’s not true. Not only is he going through GGO killing people in real life (in some, as-yet-undisclosed, manner), but he’s also a member of Laughing Coffin. For those out of the loop, Laughing Coffin was a player-killing guild in Sword Art Online. Remember that the premise of SAO was “die in the game, die in real life”, which effectively made the players in Laughing Coffin legitimate murderers. So here you have a man who grouped up with a bunch of murderers, and who is still killing people, yet he performs this symbol of religious ritual. Clearly, it’s all external.
We can encounter people like this in real life, too. The scary part about it is that we don’t have access to all the details of their lives like we do Death Gun’s. Jesus warns us, ‘“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.” (Matthew 7: 15-20)
I don’t think I need to expand upon this too much; it’s pretty straight forward. People will come forth claiming to be Christians (or prophets, from Jesus’ words), but we will be able to determine the truth of the matter from their fruit. Perhaps we cannot obtain that determination immediately—after all, who can take one look at a person and make an entire inventory of their character (outside of God)? The answer is: none of us. However, if we get to know this person, and we see an absence of good fruit in their life, then we can begin to draw the conclusion that everything may not be as they say it is, and perhaps it would be wise to separate ourselves from such a person.
Language: 1 “h*ll”, 1 “p*ss”, 3 “d**n”, 1 “cr*p”
Alcohol/Drug Use: None
Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: The top of Sinon’s butt can be seen sticking out from her shorts–her top also shows some cleavage; a female announcer within GGO is shown wearing an outfit that reveals her stomach; Kirito (in GGO) is shown swimming naked
Violence: Another SAO flashback to Kirito fighting other players; characters are shown shooting at each other and getting shot
Blood/Gore: Just the digital effects of a player being hit, as usual