Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online Episode 9 – Anime QandA Review

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!

Pink mist.

“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.

He’s talking about what he could do to her dead body in game.

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.

You show that perv who’s boss, Fuka!

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.

Pito. Is. Crazy.

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 on, girl!

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.

Yes.

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!

I just love this image so much!

Previous Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online Reviews:

Episode 1 Review
Episode 2 Review
Episode 3 Review
Episode 4 Review
Episode 5 Review
Episode 5.5 Review
Episode 6 Review
Episode 7 Review
Episode 8 Review


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6 comments

  1. I like that the show has dispensed with the idea that every fight has to have some tension. Does it make it seem like it’s kind of a railroad job to get Pito and LLENN to fight? Yeah, but it’s been that the whole time. If you’re going to do that anyway, don’t waste emotional capital on disposing of mooks. Just have fun getting that cannon fodder out of the way and get us to at least our semi-finals – LM and MMTM and PM4 vs SHINC. Or maybe they’ll make LM fight both MMTM and SHINC. And holy cow those are some bad team names.

    I’m kind of on the “not so good” side about Clarence. The good is putting an out bi character in. The bad is making them kind of a creep. So it’s kind of two steps forward, 1.9 steps back.

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    1. Yeah that’s a good point about Clarence, I did think of that but considering how eccentric a lot of the cast is I figured they wouldn’t lean into it too heavily if/when they appear again. To me it was more “we need to quickly establish this character so let’s amp up the crazy from the get-go” rather than “bi-people are creepy”. But then again I’m not in the writers head so who knows what they were going for.

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  2. I need to really get back to this one. I am a huge Sword Art Online fan, and I really liked the first two episodes of this new series, but then stuff happened and I kind of let it go. Reading this post gives me enough motivation to get back to it…ugh…I really need that one year sabbatical. That would be so nice 😊😊

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  3. I really like this episode, I like how it was set and how it show the difference in fighting style of the two favorite.
    Looking forward the next episode, MMTM team made be really curious and their leader is kind of cute… 😅

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