According to Sword Art Online, an action RPG isn’t about action – and to bother fighting for your life whilst twiddling on the edge of death is vain and pointless when you can enjoy virtual fishing with your internet wife.
After 13 episodes in, it has become clear now, if not earlier, that Sword Art Online isn’t about making a heroic struggle for survival in a world where all odds are against you – despite that being exactly what the first episode explicitly introduced itself as. Instead, Sword Art Online is actually a series in which a loser of reality, “Kirito”, finds respite in that he no longer must put forth any effort to make friends through social interactions, or the likes, as all the time he spent drowning away his misery on online fantasy games pays off.
Now the latest adventure of this failure’s life is seemingly so dull, the pre-release images don’t even show much more than what the episode PV provided. Some entirely worthless scenes, like the moronic protagonist glaring intently at a fishing rod as if suffering from some mental ailment which never allowed him to learn what this fascinating object is in kindergarten, are mixed amongst a pair of blatantly recycled frames – specifically, the two showing an up-close look at the visage of the tramp heroine who gives away her virginity online.
In fact, those matching elements within the two identical frames aren’t copied and pasted – rather, they’re both separately drawn, which only further goes to show simply how poorly designed the characters are, and what little effort went into this series. Even given that the animator drew separate frames showing the heroine smiling, they both look to be precise carbon copies – a testament to the lack of detail and individuality the characters have.
Now if the production staff were respectable, they would have caught this and made the effort to solve it – yet as one can see, that certainly didn’t occur here.
Unsurprisingly, the fishing segment looks to be followed-up with some completely irrelevant transition to who knows what – and with that, after ensuring the episode is at a random stopping point with no relevance to anything else presented within, the spectacle concludes and the end sequence roles.