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Apr 22, 2018 4:50 AM

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Aww man I really liked this episode. Especially the part where M was getting an Idea on LLenns abilities. This made it feel like an actual Video Game. This anime has been doing a really good job with that.

Pretty sure Pito is Elsa all the signs are pointing that way. Now who is M??? Hmm

Also I'm pretty sure this takes place after the Death Game incident. Pito mentions being taken out by a Sniper and how there were two people who worked together in BoB...but the title of the next episode makes me reconsider that thought process. If Pito was taken out by Sinon though then thats pretty awesome.

I love Karen more and more each week.
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Apr 22, 2018 5:20 AM
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SoraSenpai said:
Aww man I really liked this episode. Especially the part where M was getting an Idea on LLenns abilities. This made it feel like an actual Video Game. This anime has been doing a really good job with that.

Pretty sure Pito is Elsa all the signs are pointing that way. Now who is M??? Hmm

Also I'm pretty sure this takes place after the Death Game incident. Pito mentions being taken out by a Sniper and how there were two people who worked together in BoB...but the title of the next episode makes me reconsider that thought process. If Pito was taken out by Sinon though then thats pretty awesome.

I love Karen more and more each week.


Icant wait to see karen meeting pitou irl.
I bet pitou would be like, "whoa LLENN, you're so huge..
soo cool! (hugging karen)"
 
Apr 22, 2018 5:52 AM
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so is this completely different from the original sao?

It is what the title states - an alternative story, a spin-off, if you like. It happens in the same world after the Death Gun incident Kirito solved, it is just the story is taking another direction from villains and heroes and approaches social struggle instead.
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Apr 22, 2018 6:19 AM

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Im sure kanzaki elsa is pito, and M is a irl professional.
And about the fan letter LMAO
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also, who the fuck writes fan letters like that? "today i played cs:go and killed some nubs from p50, i really like the recoil of that gun and my sticker of dickbutt on it"
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Apr 22, 2018 6:37 AM

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I like the pacing on how their preparation for SJ was condensed in this episode, I almost thought they'll exclude the knife lesson.

They didn't reference Sinon name, mentioned directly (in LN it is), they just referred her as the sniper who fight along with another player, which is probably kirito.

lol that author 4th wall break, gun freak and novelist
 
Apr 22, 2018 7:08 AM
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I can relate to Karen aka LLENN for being tall. Sometimes being short is just better because you don’t stand out as much.
M sure knows a lot on how to kill. Like his detailed explanations irl it would be something a bodyguard would do if presented with danger.

 
Apr 22, 2018 8:03 AM

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Anybody else was disturbed by the knife scene? Teaching LLENN how to use it is one thing, but M goes on very specific details like slashing the neck and stabbing the eye feels a bit creepy.
 
Apr 22, 2018 10:00 AM

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nina444 said:
SoraSenpai said:
Aww man I really liked this episode. Especially the part where M was getting an Idea on LLenns abilities. This made it feel like an actual Video Game. This anime has been doing a really good job with that.

Pretty sure Pito is Elsa all the signs are pointing that way. Now who is M??? Hmm

Also I'm pretty sure this takes place after the Death Game incident. Pito mentions being taken out by a Sniper and how there were two people who worked together in BoB...but the title of the next episode makes me reconsider that thought process. If Pito was taken out by Sinon though then thats pretty awesome.

I love Karen more and more each week.


Icant wait to see karen meeting pitou irl.
I bet pitou would be like, "whoa LLENN, you're so huge..
soo cool! (hugging karen)"


Well if Pito does end up being Elsa I dont even think she will bring up her height. Because she knows that it's the reason why she's on GGO.

I think they'll just hug it out and it will be freaking adorable.

They have to meet IRL.
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Apr 22, 2018 10:16 AM
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guys ... i think i found best girl again. im still a zero two lover but this girl could be a contender for her spot.



 
 
Apr 22, 2018 11:45 AM
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none of the exposition was unnecessary, but this episode was a little talky, and self-explainy. That fan letter LLENN wrote was weird, I've never written a fan letter, but it seemed more like an excuse to explain herself. I don't feel like we know Pito enough for characters to say, "that seems like her".
 
Apr 22, 2018 12:16 PM

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that's it, I can't take it anymore, this is boring, this is a too large buildup. it is going and explaining every little detail, next episode think gonna drop this if it doesn't start already.
 
Apr 22, 2018 12:27 PM

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Nice reference to Sinon and Kirito both wining the same BoB Pito participated in.

In all honesty, I prefer the real life Karen over LLENN. She's so pretty!

Quite a bit of information dump this episode and seems we wil lcontinue with the action next week with where we left of after EP 1.

Pito is a really interesting character and I am already wondering what her real life identity is.
 
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Something something Splatoon joke... Squid Jam... Bunch of squid kids jammed in a small room... squishy sounds... I don't know where this is going at all... Battle Royal... Fortnite... OMG YALL SPLATOON IS GETTING A BATTLE ROYAL MODE!... I'd play that...

Anyway those kids immediately upset me because all of them were talking at the same time, and I'm just sittin here thinking about how annoying that would be in real life. And we got an explanation on the rules for the tournament, some good training for Llenn, and an introduction to M. I now also know a bit more about fighting with knives... Hope I'll never have to use that in real life. Good episode.
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Apr 22, 2018 12:49 PM
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a saw her write the letter and was thinking what if she cant come because she is the singer of that consert just asking a know the aswer
 
Apr 22, 2018 12:51 PM
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SoraSenpai said:
nina444 said:


Icant wait to see karen meeting pitou irl.
I bet pitou would be like, "whoa LLENN, you're so huge..
soo cool! (hugging karen)"


Well if Pito does end up being Elsa I dont even think she will bring up her height. Because she knows that it's the reason why she's on GGO.

I think they'll just hug it out and it will be freaking adorable.

They have to meet IRL.
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Apr 22, 2018 4:17 PM

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Another good episode.

So did the author write himself into the story? And did he get to voice that character? I heard he's a gun nut, so that would be pretty cool.

yeah, I'm curious to know if it was actually him that voiced, uh, himself


It is him for sure.

 
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SoraSenpai said:
nina444 said:


Icant wait to see karen meeting pitou irl.
I bet pitou would be like, "whoa LLENN, you're so huge..
soo cool! (hugging karen)"


Well if Pito does end up being Elsa I dont even think she will bring up her height. Because she knows that it's the reason why she's on GGO.

I think they'll just hug it out and it will be freaking adorable.

They have to meet IRL.


pitou: whoa LLENN.. you're huger than I expected! you're so huggable (hugging karen) XD
she would be surprised either way imo lol

about that fan letter tho,
most likely it would take at least 1-2 months until it reached her personally. Imean she must've been very busy u know, tbh this thought based on Eminem song - Stan XD

if kanzaki n pitou really are the same person. Im pretty sure after she read that fan letter, she would definitely at least self-conscious over it. which obviously mean her attitude towards LLENN would change. I can't wait for that to happen lol
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nina444 said:
SoraSenpai said:


Well if Pito does end up being Elsa I dont even think she will bring up her height. Because she knows that it's the reason why she's on GGO.

I think they'll just hug it out and it will be freaking adorable.

They have to meet IRL.


pitou: whoa LLENN.. you're huger than I expected! you're so huggable (hugging karen) XD
she would be surprised either way imo lol

about that fan letter tho,
most likely it would take at least 1-2 months until it reached her personally. Imean she must've been very busy u know, tbh this thought based on Eminem song - Stan XD

if kanzaki n pitou really are the same person. Im pretty sure after she read that fan letter, she would definitely at least self-conscious over it. which obviously mean her attitude towards LLENN would change. I can't wait for that to happen lol
Interesting, because she did mention being kawaii kawaii, and she's the only kawaii kawaii girl in GGO.

Overall, I think this is going to be a happy ending and I think its going to give Karen the opportunity to realise how her height is an advantage and nothing to be ashamed of, hopefully allowing her to be happy irl.
 
Apr 22, 2018 5:33 PM

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hitomila said:
so is this completely different from the original sao?

It is what the title states - an alternative story, a spin-off, if you like. It happens in the same world after the Death Gun incident Kirito solved, it is just the story is taking another direction from villains and heroes and approaches social struggle instead.

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hitomila said:
so is this completely different from the original sao?


Yeah. Just uses one of the game worlds.


okay great, thanks
 
 
Apr 22, 2018 6:04 PM

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I wouldn't be surprised at all if Pito is that singer in real life.
Because it's way too big to be a coincidence xD She has a wedding on 1 of February, and the concert is on the same day.

As i may assume, the next episode will continue where the 1st one ended, can't wait to see more battle royale fights.
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Apr 22, 2018 6:26 PM

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This episode was okay. It kind of slowed down a bit. Still, I enjoyed when LLENN and M were talking about guns. Let's see what happens in the next episode.
 
Apr 22, 2018 7:30 PM

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Damn, I'm still cracking at the author inserting himself and having his characters diss him. Sooo meta xD
 
Apr 22, 2018 11:48 PM

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lol at the Kino's Journey author cameo. Dude's such a gun otaku.
 
Apr 23, 2018 12:43 AM

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Definitely love the rather laid-back atmosphere compared to the original series. It's really able to capture the mood of playing a game. The characters are all quite fun to watch and chill with.

If Pito is Elsa, she will now know LLENN's real-life identity. I highly suspect "M" is for Elsa's manager.

 
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Gorgeous girl doesn't like to stand out so she enters a game where she is a Loli, wears pink and hangs out with two weirdos Anime Logic.

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Well, I'm actually enjoying this anime.
It has guns, I like guns; using games as escape; cute characters, and not cute characters than can be interesting too; real life events and no edgy threat like in SAO.

I'll expand a bit more.
I like guns, I play many games with guns and to be honest my favorite arc in SAO was the GGO arc. Not just because of Sinon but the actual game. Removing Kirito from all this was a great choice.

Using games (or anime, or anything) as escape? We all do. The difference lies in what each one of us chooses (and is able to) to escape from "reality". Some people chooses drugs, some others alcohol, some others women, some other people choose videogames. I like the scene in which Pitohui said "I'm doing the same" as it made me realize of something so trivial and obvious that I ignored. Everyone has a reason to be there. Who is she really? What is she there? Not just to have fun, really, why? If you can't do it in real life better do it here, and make a lot of noise.

Cute characters? Well of course! Cute characters sell, let's not deny it but the contrast of cuteness and badassery in this show is kinda cool. Llenn all super pink, yet she yells "I'm gonna kill everyone" hahaha or Pito, well, she goes around looking hot and killing everything (also getting shot by Sinon). M is the only not cute-girl character but I expect him to be good. I mean, I think there's a reason they didn't make him into a pretty boy (let alone making a second Kirito)

And finally, NO EDGY DEATH SENTENCE PLOT! Just ordinary people dealing with real life problems using videogames. Wonderful.


Woo, this comment ended up being longer than I expected it to be. I hope someone reads it all xD


They bashed SAO when they showed them dealing with life and at least they had motives to try to forget their problems even inside the game
 
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Lmao so many tallfags in this thread like gtfo you're in the wrong place.
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Apr 23, 2018 7:46 AM

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So this episode is where Pito Introduced LLENN the big mountain dude sniper...who is expert at knife combat.
His primary equipment is M14-EBR and secondary is HK45. Cool!
Frustrated cuz her only school friend wasn't able to get a hold of concert tickets? and then put all your frustrations and disappointments to that VR game!
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Ah you guys keep repeating each other, yes, Pito is most likely Kanzaki! And M is most likely her bodyguard (good guess on that one, @Draconix814 ). The real question there is I keep expecting this show to steer towards some kind of IRL drama... could it be that Karen will get involved in a plot on Kanzaki's life? Maybe Karen will become Kanzaki's new bodyguard! Hahah that would be great..!

Also curious, is how Pito will react to the letter if she is indeed Kanzaki (which she almost certainly is), since Karen basically revealed herself entirely in the letter. So now Pito/Kanzaki has all the cards... so much for that promised IRL meeting! Maybe she'll be nice and surprise her with front row tickets to one of her concerts ;-)

As far as Karen being beautiful IRL, you're totally right. But, its true that a beautiful person can pretty easily think of themselves as ugly; a sad situation whenever it occurs, but it does occur. These people, Karen, Pito, M, they're not quite mentally stable. But that makes them more interesting, I think.
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SoraSenpai said:
Pito mentions being taken out by a Sniper and how there were two people who worked together in BoB...but the title of the next episode makes me reconsider that thought process. If Pito was taken out by Sinon though then thats pretty awesome.


Yeah, I loved this idea too. Would be super cool if Pito had a cameo somewhere in SAOII! But, I suspect if that had happened someone here would have mentioned it already... :-(

At any rate I liked them referencing SAOII, but I find it a bit odd that Pito just glazed over the fact that people involved with that were getting murdered IRL...
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After seeing this episode the questions in my head have increased, but only one is the one I'm most interested in knowing after seeing the photograph of the idol: perhaps the thing that in a certain sense binds Llenn and Pito, is due to their height and at their age. The narration, despite tracing certain scenes seen in the first episode, is still interesting because those same scenes are integrated with further knowledge on the field of weapons and fighting techniques; I'm not a fanatic, but I love learning new things.
 
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Enjoying the characters here, can't wait for the tournament.

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Apr 23, 2018 10:02 AM
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pretty much obvious at this point that the singer girl is pito. also, who the fuck writes fan letters like that? "today i played cs:go and killed some nubs from p50, i really like the recoil of that gun and my sticker of dickbutt on it"

and she said "it hurts" when pito patted her on the shoulders, then what is the feeling of getting shot? u can feel pain in this game? mmmm, sadisctic


that and it bothers me that the setting of the show is in the future but sending letters and mailboxes are still a thing, then a modern looking car passing by afterwards lol
 
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uninstallthegame said:
pretty much obvious at this point that the singer girl is pito. also, who the fuck writes fan letters like that? "today i played cs:go and killed some nubs from p50, i really like the recoil of that gun and my sticker of dickbutt on it"

and she said "it hurts" when pito patted her on the shoulders, then what is the feeling of getting shot? u can feel pain in this game? mmmm, sadisctic


that and it bothers me that the setting of the show is in the future but sending letters and mailboxes are still a thing, then a modern looking car passing by afterwards lol


Letters (particularly fan letters) are still a thing today Japan, and probably won't go away in a decade or so. And AGGO is only like what? 8 years from now?
 
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Did anyone elts feel like this episode fell back on some of the canon series main problems? I feel like there's a lot of extra dialogue in there that we did not need as an audience, and they repeated alot of info we already knew from previous episodes.
 
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Theory time: Pito is possibly the singer that Llenn listens to? That would explain why she cant participate in the tournament...because she is performing the concert. And she got M to participate with Llenn because she couldnt. She knows him irl so he must be her manager or something? Feel like they are mentioning the singer so much it cant just be for show. Shes gotta be in here somewhere and I think Pito being her fits. Thoughts?
 
 
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i love the moment when our mc writes the letter.... so calm and love the voice and music
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Referencing Kirito and Sinon because of their victory in BOB was a little neat thing, and how Squad Jam even became a thing in the first place.
I'm glad that they threw the little training montage in, so we know how much M knows about LLENN in terms of battle states
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Apr 24, 2018 5:41 AM

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It's baffling how many people still aren't convinced Pito and that singer are one and the same. This series is as predictable as can be.

 
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Just a theory, which I got by watching this episode. I haven't read the mangas.

I've not read the source material myself, but I can almost confirm Pito is Elsa. The fan letter was way too damn specific, it wouldn't take a genius to connect the dots.

Besides, the episode is entirely pointless if this isn't the case. Literally the only important part is that it establishes is Elsa's concert (which Karen was unable to go) is the same day as SJ. Most of the episode is just rehashing character traits that could be inferred from the first 2 episodes and vaguely explaining SJ, with the only new info being what I mentioned above, Pito knowing M irl and Pito introducing M to LLENN.

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OR, maybe, M is Elsa Kanzaki and that would be a di-sas-tah.
Nah M is free to play SJ on the concert day.

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pretty much obvious at this point that the singer girl is pito. also, who the fuck writes fan letters like that? "today i played cs:go and killed some nubs from p50, i really like the recoil of that gun and my sticker of dickbutt on it"
To be fair you might be expecting a little too much of the writing, this is the anime that thought it OK to leave literal immortal objects on the field every time a player dies for a FPS game.

They even had the cheek to explain it this episode that it sticks around for 10 minutes.
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M14 EBR. Modern Warfare 2 players know.
 
Apr 24, 2018 8:41 PM
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I'm calling it right now, M is actually small and insecure about it in real life.
 
 
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I wonder if the anime will make us wait until episode 12 to reveal the glaringly obvious fact that Pito is the singer LLENN likes...

Also wow...these past couple episodes are like 90 percent exposition. I really hope it gets a bit more interesting now that the game is starting.
 
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What's the title of the song/ost played when she's writing a letter?
 
Apr 25, 2018 11:19 PM

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The back story is finished, finally time for some action in the next few eps~ I actually like Karen's design more than the LLENN form lol.
 
Apr 27, 2018 4:19 AM

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Really enjoying this, although, the non-linear sequencing is starting to get to me...

Oh, I got a giggle out of M's little knife lesson.

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What's the title of the song/ost played when she's writing a letter?


If no one knows, remember to check the credits on the English dub when it's released.
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Liked the reference to the LN author in this episode. At least I think that's what it was. Other than that kind of a boring episode tbh.
 
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I am sure (suspect) that the "friend-girl" is in truth the Idol, Elsa!!!!


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Lol gun otaku author cameo. It's bit slow but lots of info & game mechanics (& guns). The character introspection with Karen & the others were good, kino no tabi ish, and totally different plot feel than usual sao & this peculiar author quite explains it. Design's cute both irl & in game.
M being robotic & awkward kinda hints at some military nut (or criminal) who might be tiny & weak irl. More of training arc always welcome, it's quite specific & good tactics, tho the knife use seems overkill for games.
 
 
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Episode 3 really hyped me up for something I already saw in Episode 1. Should I re-watch it now?
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