ASADA-SAN ASADA-SAN ASADA-SAN
That was as creepy as fuck.
I’m still wondering how I managed to forget about this scene from the novels, even though I’ve read Phantom Bullet in the past. I mean, I knew it happened, just not that it was this bad. Why is it that all the villains in this show have to be such creeps? First it was Sugou, and now there’s this fucktwat. Thinking back, Heathcliff was a complete gentleman in comparison – after losing, he let Asuna live and held true to his promise. He even had that little talk with them in the sunset before dying. But now, it’s all rape this and rape that. In fact, I think this scene was more painful to sit through than the Sugou one, not least of all because it’s in real life and because Sinon is actually a really insecure person when she’s not… Sinon.
What really got me wasn’t so much Sinon’s terrified screaming or what Shinkawa was doing to her, although those were pretty bad too. Rather, it was the shit he was spouting, along with all those close-ups of his crazy, manic face. A classic yandere, except there was no dere. As in, I’m sure a lot of us realized that there was something off about this guy -I remember writing a couple weeks ago that his parents ran a hospital- especially as there would be very little reason to keep a character like him in prominence otherwise. But even if you thought he was Death Gun or someone related to him, I bet you didn’t think he’d be talking about dying and being reborn in some other world after Zexceed made him fuck up his stats – advocating AGI over STR and saying the exact opposite a year later, I think it was. I’m sure it’s not great for the real-life publicity of the gaming population at large, either – nor for any perceptions of people who like vidya. I won’t deny there exist individuals with tendencies not completely unlike Shinkawa, but this overkill is making me nope the hell out.
The person worst off is Sinon, by far. For her, this must be like r/Nosleep come true. I’ve said I don’t like Sinon x Kirito, but I’ll still take that any day over Sinon x Fucktwat. It must have been devastating to realize it was all someone so close to her whom she trusted – whom she relied on for protection against “Death Gun”. Just look how happy she initially was when she heard his voice on the other side of the door! And the kick in the nuts is that this bastard loves her exactly because she’s killed someone – and he goes on about her having the “strength” to do so when her trauma over it has been a focus of this arc. That must have been the Boku no Pico to her Glasslip. Actually, I’m a bit iffy about calling it love in the first place… as opposed to a possessive stalker-like obsession, that is. But seriously, those creepy expressions freak me out. It’s like all of Slaine’s pent-up suffering and anguish was given to this needy psycho.
In other news, Kirito beat Death Gun -real name Red-Eyed XaXa- with the help of Sinon’s prediction line, creating the titular “phantom” bullet. They really should have compressed that into the end of the previous episode, because while both were important scenes, I’m only really feeling the whole attempted rape thing at the moment.
I just hope that, when it’s all over, Kirito doesn’t decide to call her Asada-san.