In the sixth episode of Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online, Karen gets an unexpected visitor who requests her help.
The episode begins with LLENN acquiring a new gun, and she soon bumps into a familiar face: Eva. Back in real life, the rhythmic gymnastics high school club go over to Karen’s place.
This group of girls didn’t really gel well as a team to begin with, which was why they ended up getting into Gun Gale Online. They thought they could use it to build their teamwork, and sure enough, they did. Seems that they’re more focused on improving at Gun Gale Online rather than their rhythmic gymnastics, though…
Next up, Karen goes to karaoke with Miyu. They talk a little about Karen’s performance during Squad Jam; Miyu is very impressed.
After that, as Karen makes her way home, she gets a message on her phone. There will be a second Squad Jam. Karen doesn’t seem particularly keen on entering it.
When she gets home, she has a surprise waiting for her.
M has tracked down Karen, as he wants her to participate in the next second Squad Jam. The reason for this is that people could potentially die – more specifically, he may die, as too will Pitohui.
According to Goushi, Pitohui is obsessed with death. She was a beta tester of SAO, but ended up missing out on being part of the SAO incident due to having something come up in real life.
However, she was obsessed with the death game, and became something of a death seeker herself.
Pito and M will be participating in the next Squad Jam. However, Pito threatens to kill both M and herself in real life if they end up losing.
Goushi says that he loves Pito, and that is the reason he has come to Karen for her help. He wants Karen to fight Pito in GGO, as he is convinced that having LLENN defeat her will resolve everything.
Karen recalls what Pito said to her before, and agrees to it. First, however, she will need a partner. Nobody immediately comes to mind, but then Karen realises there is one other person she can rely on.
Karen turns to her friend Miyu for help. After explaining the situation, Miyu is excited at the prospect of going wild in GGO as her avatar, Fukaziroh.
That brings this episode to an end, and I am certainly looking forward to seeing LLENN and Fukaziroh tearing the place up in the second Squad Jam.
As for this episode… well, it set up the next part of the plot. There wasn’t really much else going for it, though.
I suppose it did reveal a bit more of Pitohui’s character, though I totally agree with Karen when she said that Goushi should have gone to the police or a psychiatrist after he explained what’s going on.
Goushi doesn’t show much sense, either – apparently he refuses to do those things because that’s not what Pitohui wants. Surely if he cared about Pitohui that much, he would actually consider one of those options.
Also, since Pitohui has threatened to kill him twice now, I’m not sure those feelings are mutual…
A showdown between LLENN and Pitohui is inevitable, I just think there might have been a better way to set it up. Well, no matter – the gun fights have proven to be entertaining so far, I imagine that will be consistent regardless of the reasons for them.