“Murder? Who dunnit?!”
(Hazy summer, dream within a virtual dream..)
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Genre: Game, MMO, Fantasy, Sc-Fi, Age: 13+
Released: 6th July 2012 – onwards
From the previous episode, Kirito is having a relaxing afternoon with Asuna, who is now the head of a guild. The characters have developed well from when they first met, but their relationship is still testy.
To pay him back for looking out for her, Asuna treats Kirito to a meal. The viewer learns out about the dark technique of Sleep Player Kills.
Warning! May contain spoilers!
On floor 57, a person is brutally murdered in a town. This is made sinister by the fact that players can’t be killed in a Safe Zone. Someone’s managed to get around this rule, which is supposed to protect towns people.
(“I have a sword in my chest? You don’t say…”)
The man’s companion, Yoruko, is from the same guild. They were only separated for a moment when he killed. She doesn’t know who’s behind this, and Asuna and Kirito want to help find out.
(Silence for a first on-screen cry…)
Agil, friend of both Kirito, and Asuna, checks the weapon for the name of the owner. The Guilty Thorn sword is made by someone called Grimrock.
(Agil identifies the weapon as a Christmas tree for midgets)
Yoruko identifies Grimrock as a person from her guild. His wife was killed over an item, he might be out hunting members of his guild for revenge.
(Yoruko and Kains’ guild is run by ghosts)
Schmit is identified as the next victim, and all three hurry to warn him. Despite being a strong player, he’s worried that he’ll be murdered for something that happened months ago.
(Schmit’s worst fear is dying on the toilet)
Just as the characters are reaching some sort of plan, Yoruko is killed with a thrown knife to the back.
(Yoruko is so shocked that Kirito has a future-girlfriend, Asuna, that she commits suicide.)
Grimrock, or whoever is the murder, is still out there. Is Schmit next? What about Kirito and Asuna?
The episode ends on a cliffhanger.
Overall, this episode takes a tangent from boss-fighting, and goes for a classic murder-mystery. Players are dropping one-by-one by an unseen force.
We already had player-killers in the previous episode. It’s hard to believe that people will start killing off their comrades that have come so far in the game.
Kirito and Asuna working together is a nice touch, even though their afternoon nap was strange. Asuna feels like the only tangible girl in this series, because the others disappear after one episode, or die..
Rated – 3.5/5 Interesting murder tangent, though characters don’t last long enough to make an impression.