What’s the show? Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online, Episode 2.
So how are things in episode 2? Episode 1 ended with the show revealing the IRL identity of the diminutive LLENN. Who despite being a cute and very short girl in the game, is in fact in reality a very tall (but still cute) girl. It continues from there, or rather it flashes back to how LLENN—real name Karen—got into VR games in the first place, you see she uses it as an escape from her ‘tall girl’ lifestyle and all the hangups associated with being a ‘tall girl’ in Japan.
You keep saying ‘tall girl’, how tall is she? 183cm, or 6 feet for our readers in the US (and other countries using the imperial system).
That’s pretty tall. Indeed, especially for a girl living in Japan, we get to see a bit of her daily interactions with people who kind of stare up at her in awe which causes her a lot of anxiety and discomfort. And so after trying many games—which assign random in-game character avatars—she finally finds herself in the body of a short (under 150cm) cute girl in the violent, action packed game of Gun Gale Online!
Is being ‘tall’ that big of a deal though? It doesn’t matter if you don’t think it’s a big deal because it’s her hang-up and she has to deal with it, it might seem minor to the outsider but if you have enough empathy you shouldn’t have a problem sympathising with her plight.
Fair enough. And from there? From there we get to see LLENN go through the tutorial, with the genuinely amusing drill sergeant character as she learns the basics of the game and gunplay and then after gaining notoriety for her prowess in PvP in the desert levels (where her trademark pink outfit blends in with the similarly coloured sands—or maybe it’s the sky that’s pink?). She meets Pitohui, a fellow female gamer who she quickly forms a strong friendship with.
Not many other women in this game then? Apparently not, Pito mentions that she’s sick of getting hit on by men in the game and she’s glad to see another girl, which I don’t know if that means not many women play this game or not many women play with female avatars.
So what’s their relationship like? As much as I enjoyed all the stuff before we met Pito, which helps build the world and LLENN’s connection to it, the scenes with Pito are just great, I love the fact that this is a show about a violent shooter that has such a strong emphasis on female friendship. I’m so glad this isn’t a harem.
I thought you liked harem’s? I do, I just didn’t want one here, online harem’s while a bit more realistic than irl harem’s really don’t have appeal to me, at least in terms of watching one.
Fair enough, anything else to add? Oh, don’t wiki this show, massive spoiler about Pito’s irl identity just right out there in the character description.
Thanks for the heads up, I suppose. So still a show worth watching? Has your opinion changed from last week? I was enjoying the show for what it was in the first episode, but this episode was so much better, it’s turning into exactly the kind of show I was hoping it would and I can’t wait for the next one!
Categories: Spring 2018 Anime