A Great Spin-off Series That is Anything BUT Sword Art Online
The Sword Art Online franchise has always been a divisive one in the anime community. While many people genuinely enjoy the series, there are just as many who love to hate it. Wherever you fall on the spectrum though, its standalone spin-off series Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online, or GGO for short, is sure to be a winner. Rather than just review the series, I’ll be doing a step-by-step walkthrough on how to properly review the series.
First you must insert an uncreative comment about how the main character is not Kirito because apparently LLENN can’t just be talked about as a well-written character without this obligatory mention. Further more, who cares about her character nuance as she is not only an interesting character, but used to further flesh out the SAO universe in a cannon way. Who cares though? I mean, she’s not Kirito, right?
This is the most important step. If you don’t do this then people might get confused that you’re actually reviewing GGO and not SAO. We wouldn’t want that now would we? While it would be nearly impossible not to throw back to the original series, it is by far more interesting to spend a majority of your review focusing on Sword Art Online instead of the show we are supposedly talking about.
At this point it may be wise to win over any holdouts who have doubts about how great and wonderful this series is by mentioning all the cute loli girls. Who doesn’t love legal loli girls? Nobody, that’s right. This show even has TWO of them! That is sure to get any reader’s attention and distract them from creating any counter arguments to your position regarding GGO.
If there’s another thing you don’t want to forget to fail to mention is how much better the writing is in GGO. Naturally this is because this series isn’t written by Reki Kawahara, who we all know is a terrible writer who has never seen improvement throughout his entire career. Instead, this series is written by the far superior Keiichi Sigsawa and definitely didn’t have any involvement from lame ol’ Reki Kawahara.
Characters have great chemistry and banter between each other. They never exposit information in the middle of combat or anything like that. Each moment is tense because characters have absolutely no plot armor or fall victim to common troupes like they do in SAO. It’s simply so incredible I can hardly believe it!
To score a few bonus points while writing your 100% original review of GGO then be sure to point out that even though this series is just as silly, if not more so than SAO, that’s all totally forgivable because poor Keiichi is just following the rules of the SAO universe and in no way has ever written anything silly himself. I mean, sure, there might be a talking P-90 in this series, but at least there aren’t any talking motorcycles, right?
The last step is to give a personal antidote on how much of a gamer you are and, therefore, you know that GGO’s game design is really good. You want to give yourself an air of credibility but you have to be careful because you can’t mention how character generation works in this world, advantages to getting smaller characters, or any of those small details that really aren’t all that important.
Not a lot of SAO fans seemed to give this show a watch so it is your job to go out in the world and evangelize why this series is better. Joey the Anime Man even said, and I’m paraphrasing a bit:
Maybe the reason people who liked SAO aren’t watching this is because the storytelling is more in the realm of a show like Log Horizon.
If you carefully follow these steps you’ll be on your way to writing a grade A review of Sword Art Online…. Alternative: Gun Gale Online. Before you head off to write your own review, I do want to warn you of some things to avoid doing at all costs:
- Don’t mention the recap episode and how terrible it was.
- Be sure to avoid exploring the sexual orientation of several characters and their portrayal within this series, at least in detail, you could mention it if you want.
- Avoid talking about how creepy M and Pitohui’s relationship is.
- Omit that the animation is just average, does its job.
- Fail to discuss how this series is pretty predictable, especially the BIG twist at the end.
- Under no circumstance should you admit that you like any facet of SAO, or heaven forbid, its entirety.
I really enjoyed Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online and had a really fun time with it. Sure, it wasn’t a ten-out-of-ten masterpiece but anything beats SAO which this is anything but. Hopefully you gleamed some valuable information from this review and howto article while you were here, and as always, thanks for reading.
In case this was unclear, somehow, I like SAO so I don’t want to hear anything about me not liking it in the comments. I watched every major GGO video and read several reviews/articles related to it to come up with this. Wow, people are really creative, let me tell you. I hope you enjoyed my salty meta-commentary on how a lot of people chose to talk about SAO rather than GGO while discussing this series.
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