A preview clip highlighting Sword Art Online’s upcoming third episode is now available – the main highlight being the introduction of a female character who looks quite identical to a generic iDOLM@STER character.
Within the next episode, it appears our protagonist experiences the hospitality of a guild – and while they treat him quite kind for a while, it seems the call of battle manages to cut everything short as one should already anticipate. Conflict is inevitable in this case, and it’s not a shock to see it arise within the guild – rather, the interest comes in the response, whatever that may prove to be. One must also wonder if the iDOLM@STER girl will have a role greater than side-character as she seems to be emphasized more than others.
As Sword Art Online is apparently going the route of episodic short stories, it also be quite a thrill to see how these all ultimately tie together at the end as certain characters are bound to reappear – and the progress of an episode will have to be shown off eventually through a more multi-tiered concern, meaning something will either start bubbling up in the background, or perhaps, a foe will be faced who simply cannot be beaten.
Yet that all comes later, as for now, the main point to note is character development in regards to the protagonist – it’s likely that each of these escapades are altering and expressing parts of him, and by the time the aforementioned calamity in the center of it all comes, his character will be one shining quite brilliantly.
However, that is assuming this series manages to achieve proper character development – otherwise, it would merely end up a poorly done series with no impact or factor of captivation. Much like Accel World, the episodes would all feel terribly pointless at that point – although unlike Accel World, the promise seems highly prevalent in this third episode, as well as onward in any future chapters.
And on that note, it’s only a few days of wait till one can see this digital harem grow.