Anime: Sword Art Online – Episode 6 Summary + Review

“Food expires in a virtual world…”

(Kirito’s foray into the superhero world was short lived)

Studio: A-1 Pictures

Genre: Game, MMO, Fantasy, Sc-Fi, Age: 13+

Released: 6th July 2012 – onwards

From the previous episode, Kirito chases down the person that has just killed Yuruko in a safe zone. The person teleports away, leaving Kirito to wonder where they’ve gone.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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After letting Schimitt go, Kirito and Asuna hang out in a town eating sandwiches.

Kirito realises that the laws of Sword Art hasn’t changed. Players can’t be killed in a safe zone, so the murders are some sort of trick.

He realises that Kains and Yuruko faked their own death for a reason, and now he tracks Yuruko down.

(Cooking a sandwich is only possible in Sword Art. Order now guys…)

Kains and Yuruko confront Shmitt as he confesses over Griselda’s tombstone. Grimlock gave them the weapons so they could distract Schmitt, while they got closer to him.

Schmitt says that he was given orders by someone else to steal the item from Griselda but he doesn’t know who.

(Schmitt gets mugged for his clothes)

The player killers of the Laughing Coffin Guild show up to finish the three members, but Kirito comes to threaten them off.

It’s eventually found out that Grimlock probably gave Schmitt orders, and killed off his wife. He then went along with Kains and Yuruko’s plan to throw suspicion off himself.

(Robin Hood comes to Sword Art, but Kirito’s not playing)

Grimlock is hanging around near them, and Asuna finds him.

He confesses to killing his wife because she had become a changed person in Sword Art. She had become more confident, while he was becoming more depressed and weak.

(Sword Art jail is full, so Asuna carries out an execution)

Grimlock if left to the justice of his Guild members, and Kirito and Asuna decide to go on their way after adding each other as friends.

Kirito points out the ghost of Yuuko, a.k.a. Griselda, that was watching this drama. When Asuna and Kirito look back, the ghosts has disappeared.

(Griselda chose the most boring haunting place)

Overall, this episode reveals the conclusion to the murder. It wasn’t done in the best way, and every character sort of got muddled in the plot. It felt like they had a genuine dilemma, which turned out to be wimpy and false.

Sword Art has habit of making up rules to suit it’s purposes. Just because it’s in a flashback, doesn’t make it okay for the audience.

Kirito in particular is a regular genius when coming up with theories, even though I wouldn’t say his intelligence is more than average.

Maybe everyone else in Sword Art is just stupid? Or maybe the writers just want to make up rules as they go along…

How did they see a ghost? This is a virtual game. How can you have virtual ghosts…?

I assume the player died in the real world, so their ghosts would also be in the real world. If they didn’t die, then Sword Art no longer has a noose dangling in front of the players. Confusing stuff.

Rated – 2.5/5 Staged murders lost impact, characters struggled to build conclusions. We never get to see Grimlock punished.

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4 Comments

  1. Mitch

     /  April 1, 2013

    I think worse than not seeing Grimrock punished is the fact that after one character points out he considered his wife as “property” rather than a person, Grimrock falls to his knees. It’s like he never considered such a thing could ever be the case. It really felt like they spent so much time on everything else that they didn’t have time to show the resolution of the plot. The whole episode was weak in my opinion, but that part at the end was the coup de grace.

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  2. Anomonous

     /  January 10, 2014

    i know this is a bit late but i agree with timeoftheday when it comes to the writers decisions on this episode, why would you be seeing a ghost in the game, if they went into more detail like say, the memories of dead players are stored in the games interface, like the creators are when they clear the game, it would make much more sense, but i see how this could not work as well.

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  3. Jaquan

     /  July 27, 2014

    Wrong. At the end kirito was pointing out the sunrise. He did not see griselda, only asuna did. She nodded at asuna then she looked at kirito. Then when she looked back she was gone and noticed what kirito was looking at, which was the sunrise.

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