Monday, 20 August 2018

Manga: SAO Alternative Gun Gale Online 2



Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online Vol 2
Rating: 3/5
Buy or Borrow: Buy
Source: Copy courtesy of the publisher! 

Karen is living her best life, getting to play as her cute chibi avatar Llenn in the VR game Gun Gale Online. She becomes fast friends with mysterious woman Pitohui, who invites her to an in-game event called the Squad Jam. But Karen won't be teamed up with her new friend-instead she gets paired with the stern and silent M. Not 10 minutes into the event, they get surrounded by a hail of gunfire! Will they be able to hold their own as a two-man team against squads with actual military training...? Hey, wasn't this supposed to be just a game?! 
We rejoin the story in the Squad Jam. Llenn and M make quit the brilliantly strategic team. He has all the tactics and experience...particularly real world experience, and she's not exactly an idiot either. I find it interesting to see how they'll strategise their way out of various different sticky situations. They really do work well together. 
There's plenty of action and tension in this volume as they face off with a team of professionals as well as a second team out of the three remaining. The volume has a fast pace as we see them face down both teams before about to have the final showdown with the remaining team. At present the only story we're focusing on is the Squad Jam and Llenn and M hopefully winning it, but there isn't really much else to this series so far and I'm not sure how long it can go on with nothing else to pique your interest. I know there's a bit of a mystery around Llenn's other friend but we're yet to see that. So far we're just seeing Llenn and M dispatching various opponents, and while the volume is pacey...at the same time it does seem a bit too easy. 
This volume has plenty of action to keep the plot moving forward, and the gun fight scenes are excellently drawn. The tactics are brilliant and it's not even just limited to Llenn and M, but the other teams as well. But there's not really much else I can say about this volume. 

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