What’s the show? Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online, Episode 9.
Squad Jam 2 continues? Yup and will do so for a couple more episodes yet.
So is it good? It’s great—but unusual—but great!
“Unusual”? How so? Well… the action in the Squad Jam is among the best this show has done. Pito’s ’10 minute massacre’ of the episode’s title is unbelievably cool as well as terrifying and hilarious in equal measure. I could watch a full season of Pito killing people in GGO and I’m not sure what that says about me. The “unusual” part was how there seemed to be a recurrent theme through this episode of random men saying and doing ‘inappropriate’, ‘sexist’ and downright ‘rape-y’ things to and about LLENN and Fuka.
And I’m guessing that’s “unusual” because the show hasn’t done that before? It was vaguely hinted at in a couple of very fleeting moments in a couple of previous episodes but having the moments more ‘in your face’ and having multiple of them in a single episode means they were obviously wanting to highlight something.
And what’s that? That even in an online VR shooter, women have to deal with creeps. Not a revelatory thing for sure but I’m glad the show decided to address the issue, and that Fuka got to beat her would-be molester to death with a machine-gun—I enjoyed that.
Wow. Brutal. So, uh, what happens in the episode? Well aside from the centrepiece ’10 minute massacre’ I mentioned earlier, LLENN has something of her own massacre in the savannah dome. I love the contrast between the exuberant and flashy—almost god-like powers that Pito exhibits compared to the raw practicality and strategy that LLENN employs to despatch 17 people. Now that I think of it the episode title probably refers to both massacre’s and now I feel silly for not having come to that conclusion ’til now.
Don’t worry, I forgive you. Tch.
So anything else of note happen? Actually yes, LLENN and Fuka have an ~odd~ encounter with an androgynous woman named Clarence in the dome. They have her dead to rights, but LLENN notices they carry the same ammo and having used much of hers in the previous battle she instructs her to hand it over. Clarence, being bi-sexual and a fan of cute-girls, requests that in exchange for the ammo she receives a kiss. Surprisingly LLENN obliges and gives her a peck on the cheek, much to the odd woman’s joy.
Right… and so what purpose did the scene serve? It’s a very odd scene, though it comes after an intense battle so it’s comedic sensibilities and lightheartedness are appreciated even if Clarence is a very strange character. But I did like the fact that there’s a bi-sexual character in this show, and it’s interesting that she mentioned “wanting to meet up in real life” after the Squad Jam. If that does come to pass makes me wonder if it’ll be a way of Karen (the real life LLENN) in exploring her own sexuality as her in real life persona strikes me as possibly being queer.
Sure, why not. So how’s this episode fare among the others? Probably my second favourite after Episode 7, the action is pretty much flawless in this episode and it had a great current of humour throughout, while also exploring some of the darker personality traits of their fellow online gamers. Recently, after every episode I’m just left feeling like I want to watch more and more so that’s high praise if I do say so myself!
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