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Trails of Cold Steel II

First, read my thoughts on the first chapter if you haven’t already, because not too much has changed. The school setup kind of limits things with all the themes you usually find in those kind of shows, but it still has some superb characters and an interesting story. The shipping isn’t that great (Fie is best girl) because it’s essentially a harem. Leading to a complete waste of most of the characters romantically, as you can only pick one for the protagonist. Although Jusis x Machias is a good gay ship.

What Happened?

Not much. Which was the main problem with this installment. It felt like a waste, especially compared to Trails of Cold Steel I, which never had a dull moment and was full of twists and turns and exploring new places. In Cold Steel II, you revisit all the places from the first game, and see how things have changed after a few months. The second half of the game especially felt like a slog, when you have to visit all these dungeons and complete random quests. It didn’t have the strong narrative structure of the first game.

And Yet…

I think they’ve set it up for an amazing concluding chapter. A reckoning is coming. Throughout this chapter, the class has talked about accepting the responsibility for their actions. And yet… they have quite conspicuously failed to do so, in all but the most trivial of ways. They claim they are fighting for their friends. But in reality, they are fighting for the maintenance and extension of empire. This episode focuses on a civil war, in which the students claim to be “neutral”. But they are most decidedly not “neutral”. One side has orders out for their arrest, and they effectively serve as a branch of the other’s military. Their only claim to neutrality is they only intervene to protect innocents, yet somehow this always involves fighting the same single opposing army. This being the side supporting the recent chancellor, who has expanded the empire through invasions, conquest and violence. At the end of this episode, the protagonist ends up being the deciding factor in invading yet another country. Despite this, he claims what he does is just because he fights war to end war as quickly as possible, preventing further bloodshed. We all know how well that always turns out… In short, the protagonists are a band of raging hypocrites. They think they’ve grown up, yet they haven’t realized this most obvious truth.

So yeah, the ending should be good. But for this episode, more plot development happened in the last 30 seconds and the epilogue than in the entire remainder of the game.

Combat

Also, the game was way too easy. For the last half of the game, most of the bosses never dealt a single point of damage to me. They never even got a turn. My Rean was equipped with lots of delaying equipment and speed up equipment, he used the attack that delays, just spammed that over and over again, and no one could attack me. On the off chance they did attack, I’d put Fie in front, who would evade their physical attacks with 100% probability. Then Laura and Emma did shitloads of damage as I sat back and relaxed. For the occasional boss who could actually damage me I’d bring in Alisa to heal everyone’s CP and unload on S-crafts. Then using the overloads, lost arts, the robot and rean’s beast powers just felt like cheating. Oh well, I guess it’s not like I was playing this game for the combat anyway.

Conclusion

Looking forward to the final chapter! But yeah, trails in the sky is so much better than this. Especially the writing and translation. This is just nowhere near as funny.

Sword Art Online Hollow Realization 08 — Get Some Tea Ceremony Going

This is part 48 of my SAO summary / fanfiction, and you can start from the beginning here.

Kirito couldn’t figure out what to do next with Premiere’s quest. So the only thing left to do was cheat beat the game by finding an admin console and using his daughter’s access credentials, which carried across to all video games. Because mental health is important, and the only way to keep everyone from killing themselves is with highly sexualized lolis.

“Look, I have found room hidden back there.” pointed out Premiere excitedly.

Kirito searched the small room for over an hour. “Wait… look at that glowing keyboard shaped rock… could it be?!!!” Continue reading Sword Art Online Hollow Realization 08 — Get Some Tea Ceremony Going

Sword Art Online Hollow Realization 07 — Kirito’s Mighty Rod

This is part 47 of my SAO summary / fanfiction, and you can start from the beginning here.

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“Up until now, barring the whole SAO thing (in which thousands of people were killed), VR has shown only incredible and positive potential for the world!” Dr. Kirito, Ph.D., ended his lecture in a climax, after presenting the exciting results from his latest invention, the bi-directional communication probe, also known as a USB camera he had plugged into his computer. Continue reading Sword Art Online Hollow Realization 07 — Kirito’s Mighty Rod

Sword Art Online Hollow Realization 06 — Kirito and Klein Discover Three Swords are Better Than One

This is part 46 of my SAO summary / fanfiction, and you can start from the beginning here.

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Kirito gazed longingly at Klein’s firm and glistening sword.

“Hey man, nice sowrd,” said Kirito.

“Really?” asked Klein. “It doesn’t compare at all to your amazing dual blades.” Continue reading Sword Art Online Hollow Realization 06 — Kirito and Klein Discover Three Swords are Better Than One

Sword Art Online Hollow Realization 04 — Everyone Enjoys Kirito’s Weapon

This is part 44 of my SAO summary / fanfiction, and you can start from the beginning here.

“Hey, Kirito-kun!”

“Oh, if it isn’t my favorite daughter! What was your name again?”

“Haha, you’re so funny daddy! But that’s what Strea loves about you!”

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“Daddy, you like meat, right?”

“Damn straight.”

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“Yup, yup! Strea has lots of meat. And with this gracious gift, I can comfort people with a big sword and a side of charm!”

“Daddy… can Strea comfort your big sword with her meat?”

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Strea’s idea of comforting usually involved physical assault and prolonged boob hugs, thought Kirito. “We’re family so we should get to know each other better. I’d love to let Strea comfort my big sword. But let’s hurry and finish before Mommy comes home.”

Several hours later…

Kirito and Sinon headed back to the inn after turning in their quest.

“Sinon, what are you planning to do next?”

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“I was thinking it would be best to do some leveling. I wouldn’t want to fall behind.”

“I wouldn’t mind if you fell behind.” Kirito patted Sinon’s behind.

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“That’s not fair, Kirito! Pardon me, can I see that weapon hanging behind you? That amazing weapon of mASS destruction?”

“Kirito, Sinon, what are you up to?” asked Asuna cheerfully, walking up behind them.

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“Hehe. We were talking about THAT kinda stuff. You are more than welcome to join us.”

Asuna blushed.

“Daddy!!! Mommy!!! Yui and Strea want to play with daddy’s weapon too!” said Yui.

“I’m not sure this is appropriate for children…” suggested Sinon.

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“Maybe you’re right. I’ll look into it where I can, but unfortunately I only have the access of a tutorial character.”

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“The system won’t let me into anything confidential or secures, but I can search fast and I think that’s a plus. Hehe.”

“Ok, I’ll show you my weapon, but are you all sure you can handle it?” asked Kirito. “It’s pretty amazing.”

“It really is,” added Sinon.

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“Yeah, man, we’ll be fine,” Agil interjected. The party was getting larger and larger. “And in case you’ve gone and forgotten, no one here is a pushover. We’ve saved your ass a fair few times.”

Everyone saved Kirito’s ass again. Kirito enjoyed it.

To be continued…