Rather than “pre-release imagery”, the early debuting stills of Sword Art Online’s upcoming episode 12 seem more so a warning sign for the impeding debacle to ensue – informing of the toxic levels of awful present.
Seeing as Sword Art Online actually happens to deliver full scenes in single still frames, these images are less of a slight sample of what to anticipate and more of a blatant spoiler of what is to come – with 12 more visuals, for a total of 22, we’d have the entire episode, a whole one frame per second at a time. To be fair however, this series is so predictable, no hints of any kind are truly necessary to have the plot foreseen in advance.
In any case, Sword Art Online seems to be trying the tactic of when all else fails, shove loli face into the camera – unfortunately for the series however, this technique is not particularly effective when the loli character in question is merely a spin-off an already and earlier utilized character design, now given an even flatter chest and made to look more toddler-like.
Yet if it’s any consolation for those seeking more than merely meaningless drivel on-screen, pre-release image number eight happens to not just confirm, but fully contain the entire battle to be seen next episode – the beginning, climax, and conclusion of the brawl are all seen within that one still frame as is further evidenced by the episode PV.
At least when compared to being assaulted by insects, this series doesn’t seem so bad.