SAO IS ACTUALLY A GOOD SHOW NOW, GUYS! Gun Gale Online: Alternative Episode 1

Let me start off by saying I do not care for SAO. I liked it during Aincrad, HATED Alfheim, and was pretty meh on GGO and Ordinal Scale.

The biggest problem of the series to me was always resident Marty Stu/Jesus-kun Kirito himself who is THANKFULLY not present here.

Except for a short cameo as number 21 on the rankings

Now that we are free from the overpowered garbage and unnecessary sexualization of every single waifu in Kirito’s harem, I can finally like SAO again without feeling dirty.

The first episode of GGO puts forth an underused concept to SAO, actual strategy and tactics. Our protagonists, M and LLEN, are immediately likeable and competent, with their own strengths and weaknesses. LLEN is a short, bright pink, loli who holds a P90 she has adorably dubbed “P-chan”.

While some may argue this takes you out of the action, need I remind ya’ll this is an online shooter, and much gaudier things actually exist in real life games.

Keep in mind this is in a game where everything around you is drab gray

LLEN is naturally skilled, but also a newbie and very nervous. M is the seasoned player, who knows the game and is reasonably competent in a lot of areas.

Most of the episode is observing enemies and thinking of how to deal with them. The biggest threat is a squad of policemen using the game as training. The way M and LLEN beat them is by taking advantage of that fact. The policemen forget that this is still a videogame, and so, unorthodox methods were used.

SUITCASE
LOLI
AMBUSH

To great effect:

Omae wa mo shinderou………

And of course, in true online gamer fashion, the avatar is far from looking like her real life self.

T A L L

After some research, the reason why this is so different from regular SAO is that it’s not only a spinoff, but also written by a completely different author. Man, that is a relief.

Overall, I really liked this first episode, and am very excited to watch the rest. Here’s to better SAO!

3 thoughts on “SAO IS ACTUALLY A GOOD SHOW NOW, GUYS! Gun Gale Online: Alternative Episode 1

  1. I read this whole thing thinking this was you’re re-imagining of SAO and thought completely changing nearly everything was a good solution but quite over the top. It sucks but there are easier ways.

    So was this a fan project or an actual A-1 Pictures episode? Either way I feel like I should google it to get the full experience for myself. It sounds better so hopefully this episode will give SAO fans better standards for anime!

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  2. I had no idea that it was written by someone else. The first episode was a lot of fun, so I hope it continues on that note. If anything, it taught me that I’d probably be a horrible GGO player, because I wanted to start shooting a lot of the times LLEN said to.

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