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For prior conversation in anticipation of the show see /forumtopic-1002135/sword-art-online-alternative-gun-gale-online




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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...?


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Type: TV
Episodes: Unknown
Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Apr 8, 2018 to ?
Premiered: Spring 2018
Broadcast: Sundays at 00:00 (JST)
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: Studio 3Hz
Source: Light novel
Genres: Action, Fantasy, Game, Military, Sci-Fi
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Apparently listed as 12 episodes. (I just saw it on TV)

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Another cash cow
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ronchester44 wrote:

Another cash cow


If it's a well-done cash cow, then I certainly will welcome it. In any case, the first episode is now up: http://www.crunchyroll.com/sword-art-online-alternative-gun-gale-online/episode-1-squad-jam-769019
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Do I need to watch the previous Sword Art Online shows before watching Alternative Gun Gale?
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Austershalin wrote:

Do I need to watch the previous Sword Art Online shows before watching Alternative Gun Gale?


No. This is a spinoff. You can watch it without reading, playing, or watching any of the previous series.
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Episode 1

And it begins with a campaign in GGO as LLENN and M are up against some pretty elite players that includes a JSDF squad using GGO to train. M's strategy is really something, all while LLENN sure is passionate about the game. LLENN and M make quite a team there as M's strategy combined with LLENN's quickness makes them formidable. While nothing that will challenge SAO contentwise (at least the Aincrad arc), it certainly is fun to watch all the action and drama going down within the game seeing that Reki Kawahara doesn't have any involvement in this production.
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stark700 wrote:
No. This is a spinoff. You can watch it without reading, playing, or watching any of the previous series.

Nice. Thanks for the info!
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Episode 1

The show begins with the retelling of the SAO incident and how VR games took a hit but with seed left by Kayaba Akihiko more games where made and one of them is GGO. In the first episode we are introduced to LLENN who participates in Squad Jam with M since she couldn't score tickets to some concert. This game mode matches them against other teams and is pretty much like Bullet of Bullets with the last team standing. We get to see how fast LLENN is and this could be because she is really fast in IRL as M mentions her speed. When it comes to team work M really knows his stuff as he gives LLENN advice while hiding waiting for the right moment. Seeing that they are up against even pro's he advice to stay back and let the other team take each other out. With the pros being the last team it was time to strike and what better way than use her small stature to hide and surprise the opponent. Combine with her speed the enemy was no match and they resign the match making LLENN and M the winners. Seeing that Reki Kawahara isn't involved in this we can expect something great and the usual harem BS we get.



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I actually quite enjoyed a lot of what was going on here, but I'm a little worried as well. I hope it was just because this was the first episode, but they did WAY too much explaining of everything. I mean, anyone who's played or even been slightly aware of shooters, especially in the current era of Battle Royale games, didn't need any of that strategic exposition. It also didn't end up playing well in regards to LLENN given that she was portrayed as both this well known player but also a complete idiot who didn't understand the basic game rules or strategy. And that's my other concern, LLENN. I liked a lot about her personality and design but especially given this series penchant for OP Mary Sue MCs it already feels like LLENN is clearly on that track as well, and that's not a good thing.
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meh Not too bad but not too good either just meh
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Hmmm am I supposed to know why LLENN is the only one so fast in the game? I didn't really get that and it was nice that they pointed it out but still didn't really explain why someone would wear such a garish outfit that makes them stand out so much in a game where stealth is so important.
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ronchester44 wrote:
Another cash cow


Yep. I like that it even opens with what is basically "Hey you remember that other show you watched with the stuff that happened?! Well this show is totally related to that!"

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kkmenchi wrote:

Hmmm am I supposed to know why LLENN is the only one so fast in the game? I didn't really get that and it was nice that they pointed it out but still didn't really explain why someone would wear such a garish outfit that makes them stand out so much in a game where stealth is so important.


In the summaries I've seen around, LLENN wears a pink outfit (and is so "cute") in the game because she's sort of tall, awkward and boyish in the real world. It's a way for her to explore being her "real self" I guess you could say. I'm guessing we'll see that addressed in the show soon enough. Does it detract from the game? Yeah, definitely, but from what I can tell the Battle Royale stuff is not necessarily the mode the game is usually played in so in those other modes the stealth element may not be as important. *shrug* I'm sure someone who watched other SAO Gun Gale Online stuff might know for sure but it does feel a bit odd they started the series on this story beat given the obvious problems and questions it puts forward right out of the gate. My assumption is that they did it this way because right now Battle Royale shooters are so hot, so starting with a Battle Royale game would be the quickest ticket to extra hype.

As for why she's so fast? It's probably an ability/skill she learned in the game (just like the Rappelling skill that was talked about) but she's also a SAO MC so why not just give her OP powers anyway?

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