Karen Kohiruimaki always felt out of place in the real world. Due to her extreme height, she found it hard to make friends with other girls her age. Everything changes when she's introduced to VR and Gun Gale Online. In GGO, Karen is free to play the cute, chibi avatar of her dreams! Can Karen find friendship in this bullet-ridden MMO...?
If you ever wanted an SAO WITHOUT Kirito, Asuna, and all that melodrama of the original, this is it. Welcome to SAO Alternate: GGO (based on SAO Season 2, without the likes of Kirito, Sinon and other stuff).
For starters, a lot of people will love and hate SAO with a flaming passion, for how overhyped it was, even with the proceeding seasons and the Ordinal Scale movie (which was just another alternate world with SAO-like capabilities). So, who to call? Sigsawa Keiichi, the author of Kino's Journey, with an extreme fascination of poetry and guns, to develop an SAO that's finally worth talking about.
GGO brings us the story of Karen Kohiruimaki, an above-average extreme tall girl who's finding trouble fitting into society. And just nice: "Hey look! It's the AmuSphere, which can teleport me into the VR world!" And no other than GGO can she ever fit with her chibi-sized self , playing as it should be.
If you know the studio behind it, Studio 3Hz has always been something of a weird yet solid mix, creating original anime such as Sora no Method, Dimension W, then came Flip Flappers, Princess Principal (one of my top 2017 favourites), and now this. The studio is literally the masters of knowing how to showcase their cool styles and making unique shows that blend well into the mix, and as always, their work shines here.
That's why the art, animation and sound departments are fluid yet solid with the usual 3Hz flare that I have gotten so used to it that I have accepted how and what it is. The way that the studio has done so much here might turn some heads off, but it fits.
For now, those who have wandered off the SAO track, give this a go, you *might* like it...?
From Sigsawa Keiichi comes the New-New Testament of anime. This time our apostle, Kirito, the First of His Name, The Unburnt, Khaleesi of the Hoes, the Grinder and the First Women, King of Online, Bro of the Great Swag Sea, Protector of the Harem, Regnant of the Seven Servers, Breaker of Relationships and King of Lolis - is not even around. What is the point of this series, then? After 4 episodes, I have absolutely no idea.
At this point, it should be mentioned that this series has not been written by the author of Sword Art Online, but by the guy who did Kino no
Tabi. Talk about weird choice. It's like GRR Martin writing a sequel to Twilight.
The story centers around this girl called *googles her name* Karen. Apparently she is self-conscious about her height in real life so she turns into a loli in the game because apparently being a midget is not a thing that can make someone self-conscious. It's pretty tragic, but I managed to hold my tears. There is also the possibility that I can't simply comprehend such a deep character. I will acknowledge this possibility and still bravely call her a bad excuse for a main character.
The actual events are pretty much any shooter game. Characters wait in a lobby to access a match and then proceed with caution, wearing the best plot armors the game's loot system can offer, and start shooting npc's and enemies in an alternative way, much like the title suggests. It's basically Fortnite where some cool kid used his parents' shekels to buy the most anime loli skin in the game because microtransactions are such a neat way to support the industry. Her character design feels very out of place is what I mean to say. Ever heard of camouflage? She hasn't. Half ot the series focuses on our tall girl's personal life, which is pretty slice of life in the 'Lucky Star' kind of sence. Meaning eating bread and talking about issues, such as how to eat the given bread. I don't personally find it very interesting.
When it comes to voice acting, it really makes the anime seem like an anime istead of an actual CS match because no one is speaking Russian with 8kbps bitrate captured by a mic made from a metal strainer. The voice acting is the best part of the show. Our loli really sounds like a loli instead of the 7 feet tall girl who she is in real life. The villains sound literally evil and some of the soldiers actully do a pretty good job convinging that they actually know what they are doing. If the series offers any immersion, it is coming from the talented seiyuu work. The OST is also well picked. It's not exactly as atmospheric as in Metro franchise nor as badass as in Pay Day 2, but overall does a decent job being an fps wob, only a bit more Japanese. Overall the execution of these given games offers some entertainment, meaning it is all decent.
The art an animation aren't really worth of talking about. It's the kind of mediocrity you would expect, but not something that could ruin the series if it was otherwise worth of watching. If Kirito was controlling the loli, this would obviously be a masterpiece.. or at least an enjoyable series to view ironically. Shame. People who like the characters will most likely enjoy this show far better than I myself.
I've never touch this series before but after watching this show aswell reading what other people thinks about this show, it gave me an idea just a bit about the plot. But either way, I haven't seen any plot development. What I was trying to say is, the story is still shallow, empty. I wasn't mad about that, but considering this is a 12-episode adaptation, 4 episode with no development for the story was kind of a risky move.
Art Style, well, the only thing that I like the most is the guns but that aswell wasn't unique. Nonetheless, I got no problem with the Art
Style,Animation and anything related with it.
Sounds/Music was also had no difference. They are the same for those show that using gun sounds. But the Opening was pretty good if you ask me.
Characters are also facing the same problem similar to the plot. Both lack something. I feel the characthers are still shallow, empty. Due to the fact I still got the same information about the characthers. They are just playing a virtual game to escape reality. Farming stuff, shooting stuff, what so ever you can do with a gun...
The thing that enjoy is, of course, the guns. Yes, I like guns but don't give a damn about their info. If it shoots, cool, I'll take it. The first episode was fun to watch but I also disappointed as our MC is pretty much OP as hell. Its not about her gun which is the P-90, or P-chan which our MC calls it. She just got a tiny legs that she can use to run faster before you can see her.
My ratings seem to be kind of low to this one, but either way I give it a overall score of 9. You might get confused after I just said every flaws this show had. Those flaws doesn't bother me that makes me hate it. The scores I gave for the shows I watch wasn't labeled by its flaws or perfection but my enjoyment. If I enjoy it then expect me to give you a good score. I can't say that this show for you after I say those problems and considering the hate this series were given, but if you are the kind of person that watch a show base of his enjoyment or feelings then give this show a try.
Now this is what the original SAO should have been like taking all the ideas Reki Kawahara had and giving them to a more capable writer. SAO Alternative may not be a major improvement over the previous series but definitely an improvement nonetheless.
Oh and if you didn't know this is a side story to the original SAO storyline.
The story is surprisingly well written when in the original I felt that many lines were a bit off and made me cringe sometimes by how badly it developed it's side characters, SAO Alternative isn't some masterpiece of writing but at least is a more
streamlined take on the story which is much better paced. The side characters are developed a lot better in this version and they even added more elements reminiscent of actual esports video games which I will get more into later.
It has nothing groundbreaking in terms of animation but still but very good nonetheless the art style is very simplistic which is another thing I didn't like because I wanted to see a more distinct style than classic A-1 yes the studio is different but it hasn't really evolved since SAO season 2 but leaving all that aside it's action sequences are very well animated and I particularly enjoyed the sense of strategy the fights had other than just overpowered Kirito, each fight takes some inspiration from actual esports in shooters like fortnite or pubg which is pretty cool to watch for a gamer.
Both the op and the ed are really good especially the ed but the ost that plays during the action sequences is definitely one of the main reasons why the action is pretty good and even the light music that plays during the character interactions or moments of suspense add to the quality of those scenes.
The character designs are definitely really good but other the main character I didn't think the other supporting cast were so well detailed don't get me wrong they are good designs but I felt they could have been done a lot better anyway it at least develops the side characters well but it does a better job in making you sympathise with the main character, she is a person who has been neglected by society because of her height she might not be relatable but this series does a good job to make you understand her situation which is one of the things I really liked about it. Overall it at least develops the characters well it's definitely nothing amazing but still good.
If you enjoyed the original SAO even a little bit you will definitely enjoy this but if you thought it was shit then this is still worth checking out I would recommend you watch the first episode and see if you like it.
I have a feeling I might increase this score if the series has a satisfying ending but for now it's a 7 anyway if you want to watch this series watching it weekly might actually be a good thing in this case because if you binged it your brain would always be used to it's feel if that makes sense and your opinion of it would decrease,I at least recommend giving this show a try it might not be for everyone but you might just end up liking it.
In these opening weeks of the Spring 2018 anime season, Steins;Gate 0 starts off as the by far highest rated anime, although Megalo Box is the new heavy hitter if we look past sequels. This and more in the opening edition of The Seasonal Quarterly.