Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online Episode 12 – Anime QandA Review

What’s the show? Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online, Episode 12.

Here we are end of Squad Jam 2 and end of Gun Gale Online. It all happened so fast, I don’t know how to feel!

What did, the episode? No, the episode is perfectly paced—I meant the series in general, feels like it was just yesterday we were meeting cute little LLENN-chan!

Right… that’s enough strolling down memory lane, how’s the finale, how much of it is taken up by the conclusion to Squad Jam since the previous episode ended on a cliffhanger? Mercifully little, not to say that I didn’t enjoy Squad Jam 2 but by this point in the series I needed this finale to focus on the scenes set irl and boy oh boy does this episode deliver on that!

Now kiss! (Guess I’ll have to wait for later for that).

I know you’re frothing to talk about the “irl scenes” but please, focus on the episode in chronological order, who wins Squad Jam 2?! Well it’s a tough one-on-one battle between LLENN and Pito, things get dirty, things get violent, there’s neck stabbings and face punching and hands being cut off—it’s positively visceral! But in the end, it’s the power of trust and teamwork that gives LLENN and co the upper hand. With all weapons out of reach, the two are face-to-face and on the ground, both on minimal life, LLENN reminds Pito of her promise, that if she ever won that they’d meet in real life. Pito calms a little and LLENN tears Pito’s throat out, claiming her kill.

Wow… brutal… I’ll say.

So LLENN and Fuka win? Nope, there was a third team on the map that were lying in wait and proceed to mow down LLENN and Fuka in a matter of seconds.

Nobody likes this team… whoever they are…

Oh, kind of anti-climactic, no? Not at all! I would have been annoyed if it had kept going, it was ~just~ the right length for me, besides it was never about winning Squad Jam, it was about LLENN “saving” Pito by killing her in the game—and by that definition, mission accomplished!

Hard to hold hands when you have no hands.

Right, I know you’ve been eagerly waiting to talk about the scenes set outside the game. Go on now, have your fun. Arigato! So it’s kind of hard to put into words how much I prefer the show’s scenes set in real life, first we get to see the adorable team SHINC having their sweets and tea with Karen and it’s exactly the amount of adorable I was craving, like the anime equivalent of a sugar rush! Then Karen and Miyu (the irl Fuka) go to meet with irl M (Goshi) who’s going to take them both to meet the real life Pito—whose identity is still a mystery!

I loved their reactions during this scene, nobody likes a stalker!

If I recall from an earlier review, this ‘Goshi’ character is a little ~obsessed~ with real life Pito, to a troubling degree, do they explain any of that? Yup, and it’s as hilarious and twisted as I was hoping—turns out in his teenage years Goshi was an overweight stalker(!) and one day while following her, she confronts him, invites her back to her hotel room, strips him, beats him and takes incriminating photos basically ensuring that he’ll be her manservant for life.

Eek!

Umm… I don’t know who’s worse him for stalking her or her for treating him like that. An essay could be written about how deeply “problematic” that whole thing is, but the way I see it is that they’re too screwed up people who probably deserve each other—nothing come from trying to dissect and discuss the validity of their “relationship”.

Naww?

I guess that’s your way of saying, ‘we’re moving on’, yeah? Moving on… They arrive at their destination a secret Elsa Kanzaki concert! (Elsa Kanzaki is both Karen and Miyu’s favourite artist) they watch the petite singer’s performance with joyful tears in their eye and then backstage we finally meet the irl Pito… Goshi tries to make out that real life Pito is the owner of the club but Karen’s smart enough to know what’s going on…

Well who is it? Turns out Pito has been Elsa Kanzaki all along, that’s right the bloodthirsty, borderline insane master of GGO was a petite pop-star with a cutesy image! And I love her so much!

Excuse me? Elsa Kanzaki is best girl; also she’s bisexual… which Karen finds out as she plants a big kiss on the lips of the blushing tall-girl!

Swoon!

Sounds like Elsa’s got some issues with consent… Maybe, I don’t care, talk about how it’s problematic that a bisexual character is presented as sexually promiscuous all you want in the comments but right now I’m just content to sit and bask in the afterglow of this season finale that was pretty much everything I love about this show in one 25 minute package! I’m going to miss this show a lot, it was an unexpected treat of the season and even if it never gets a second season I’m incredibly satisfied.

Can we get a second season that’s just these two please? Oh and the gymnastic girls too.

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
Episode 9 Review
Episode 10 Review
Episode 11 Review


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8 comments

  1. I’m hearing so many different opinions on this series. Having only seen the first two episodes so far I can’t judge it for myself yet, but I do plan on finishing it soon. Glad to also finally see a postive post on the show! Me being a huge SOA fan, despite hearing many negative buzz surroundig it, I’m still looking forward to seeing it 😊

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    1. I think a lot of people are just being negative in general this season about a lot of things without any real reason, but whatever people are allowed to like and dislike what they want. As long as something is fun and entertaining I’m all for it, every anime doesn’t have to be deep and meaningful and dramatic heavily story driven.

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      1. I completely agree. I can have just as much fun with a simple but action packed anime than with a deep and well thought out one. But that’s pretty much how I go about watching my “normal” movies as well, sometimes I can just enjoy a good B-movie as much as an Oscar award winning film.
        I hope to catch up on SOA this week. Will let you know my thoughts on it ASAP 😊

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  2. I normally wait to have seen to episode before reading your post but I had to made an exception for this one since I have no clue when I will be able to watch it…
    It seems like it give the final I wanted.

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  3. Worst kept secret ever. They even tried the audience misdirection by having Youko Hikasa voice the venue owner to throw us off, but it didn’t have any chance of working.

    In the end, it was about like a SAO series. They’re definitely better at 13 episodes than 2 cours. Pito was not as bad a villain as most of them have, which is good. The “5 minutes of exposition” in the car could have been done better, but eh. And “Stalkers lose their right to refuse anything” is a common theme in Japanese media. It’s not a great thing, but the fact that there’s RL stalkers in the first place is probably overall worse in my opinion.

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