Well, I suppose not everyone can get a name as intimidating as “Terror of Death.” Black Swordsman sounds pretty bland in comparison. Then again, if Kirito was like Haseo, then we’d probably have some problems because Haseo’s not the most fun character in the world. At least Kirito is still a nice guy (despite all the crap that happens to him…see episode 3). But yeah…we see more of Kirito’s journeys as a legendary solo player before he ends up getting roped by Asuna (you know it’s gonna happen).
So is Silica supposed to be a recurring character in this show after all of this introductory stuff is done? Because I think she was in character art before the show was released…but she’s shown at about the same time as Sachi in the opening. Healing dragon is always nice to have, after all. Also, I’m surprised that Sword Art Online actually has a system that reveals player killers and such.
What surprised me even more was that there are people who believe that you don’t truly die in the real world if you die in the game. I suppose you could think of it similarly to the idea of the afterlife. Someone has implanted this idea that dying in the game will mean true death, but there is no real way to prove it unless you actually die. Of course in this situation, the answer to the question “why not kill yourself if you think that it won’t kill you for real?” is answered with a simple “I find the game fun and I want to play as long as possible before dying and never getting to come back.”
Anyway, hopefully next week, the actual story starts. But then again, not all characters in the opening have been shown yet, so it’s possible there’s still more background story to be shown.