Whoa! This was unexpected, but this episode was actually really good!
First of all, the artwork is gorgeous. This virtual game looks better than real life in most anime.
Second, this show is not boring. Now, I hate MMOs. In my opinion, killing the same monsters and pressing the same buttons over and over again with no discernible plot is simply not too exciting. There’s the online camaraderie, sure, but if I wanted to play games with other people I would choose a game that’s— you know— fun.
What makes this show more interesting than other shows about MMOs, like .Hack/Sign? For me, it’s the fact that there’s a clear-cut goal and an actual threat. We aren’t just sitting around killing monsters for fun. If you die, you die in real life. And there is a clear-cut way to escape. So these people’s encounters and fights matter. It’s not like if you die you can just log back in and try again.