Sword Art Online’s second episode is available for early examination by means of pre-release imagery – a set of stills showing the progress and adaption achieved by the digital civilization being held hostage.
Within the images below, one can see how the pixel based populace has spread across the map of a false reality – even perhaps having developed to the point of establishing player-to-player exchange and trade, assuming that the stalls are not run by non-player characters. Although in any case, it doesn’t appear our protagonist is much involved with anything of that sort.
It’s not a surprise to see that battles will make the predominance of the coming episode – though interesting is how it appears a variety of individuals will be stepping up. One can notice that aside from our protagonist, and the poorly disguised heroine, there’s an assortment of others who are emphasized by the camera – though it is questionable simply what level of prominence they will have. Being a “survival game” sort of series, characters can drop like flies – and thus, it may not be worth keeping track of the side-characters as of yet.
Now aside from the fact the hero will meet the heroine, an event made clear by the earlier released second episode PV – it remains mentionable that she’ll apparently be enthusiastically joining in on some conveniently arising action. A colosseum stands, and the many individuals trapped by death look to be stepping up to challenge whatever faces them within – the heroine being one, and the leading male likely to be another.
Given the sights, and the previous episode, it seems this second arrival will be just as thrilling.