Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online Episode 3: And We Reach The Beginning?

At the end of episode 3, we reached the beginning of episode 1. Okay then. What next?

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 I get we sometimes start a story in the middle and then find out how we got there. Sometimes that’s to ensure it grabs our attention early on or it makes us interested in something that we need to learn later on. GGO doesn’t seem to have done that. This anime dropped us into a decontextualised battle royale with characters we knew nothing about. We then spent two episodes seeing how the pink bunny girl got there and it wasn’t exactly a thrilling tale.

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About the only point of interest is that they are strongly implying that Pito is the singer that LLENN likes and that letter LLENN sent seems like it would be a sure give-away. Whether that ends up being the case or not, I don’t think I care. From next week I’m going to swap out these episode reviews for something else. I might watch a bit more of this, but I’m not interested in reviewing it at the moment.

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Karandi James

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13 thoughts on “Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online Episode 3: And We Reach The Beginning?

  1. “About the only point of interest is that they are strongly implying that Pito is the singer that LLENN likes and that letter LLENN sent seems like it would be a sure give-away.”

    Yeah they make it /really/ obvious. That’s literally the whole point of this episode by the way, so they can reveal that later. Other than that it just shows that LLENN isn’t a veteran of team fights in episode 1 (if you somehow couldn’t pick up on that).

    Still a fine episode, I enjoyed it, but it was the weakest one so far.

    1. I was kind of hoping they were making it so obvious they were faking us out and there is another twist but that is probably giving them a little too much credit. Given I haven’t really liked this from the start, and if asked, I still couldn’t tell you what the show was about other than girl in pink playing gun game, I’m going to just have to deal with the fact that this is another franchise spin-off that hasn’t worked for me.

      1. I’ll let you know if it picks up or not (if you drop). I’m going to stick with but that’s just because I enjoy LLENN. That said, I’ve had the whole manga spoiled for me so… :/

        1. LLENN hasn’t really done much for me at all. Other than her obsession with short and cute I’m not really getting much from her so far. Maybe she’ll grow on me but right now I just don’t see me caring about her much.

    1. As a huge fan of the original this isn’t even close. That said, I can understand why some people who didn’t like the original might enjoy this given it is giving off strong slice of life vibes.

  2. Yea, I admit it wasn’t exactly an amazing backstory but I personally think it was at least a decent set up. The show is ranked at 5 or 6 for me on my queue of things to watch this season so I understand when you say it’s not keeping your interest.

    1. The anime just feels so aimless right at the moment. Maybe it will pick up, but really at three episodes in they’ve given us very little in terms of direction for the show.

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