I had exactly zero intentions to watch this. Mostly because it has the most generic description a person could think of, but also because I didn´t know Whitefox could make anime that isn´t actually inherently full of shit. Needless to say, I was shocked. Everyone, watch this show.
From the very first second we are surprised with a scene executed so well that most of us are catched off guard immediately – this was the smartest thing they could do, because while the next twenty minutes of this fourty minute episode are pretty typical – if not self aware and critical – the very first scene still lingers on our mind, and with that, the second half of the episode begins. Probably catching you, your father, your mother, your roommate and your dog on a complete and utter loop.
If you have seen the first half and didn´t think you´d be interesting enough in the second. Stop reading this, watch it. If you haven´t seen the first episode, period, stop reading this, watch it. If you think reality-turns-videogame with pretty girls and fantasy isn´t for you, stop reading this, it isn´t for me either, but go watch this, right now.
With that out of the way. Man, they did it so smartly. As for the background animation we could easily bitch about, later on it made sense to me since they´re in a videogame after all (even though it´s probably just laziness, they could play it off like they did it intentionally) the self-aware comedy reminds us that this isn´t going to be what we are expecting it to be and, finally, we´re hit with the plotwist. The main character dies. The pretty girl dies. Everyone dies and he goes back in time. Again. And again. And again.
I have no idea what is going on, all I doknow is that I never thought I´d see a SAO x Erased hybrid. Ever. And yet here it is. I don´t know how far it´s going to take the reset, or whether it´s going to turn out to be an edgefest or whether it´s going to stay level-headed or not. I don´t even know what kind of source material this has, and to be honest, I´d rather keep it that way in case I´m setting myself up for dissapointment. Basically, I´d love to bitch about it like I usually do, but I don´t want to keep you all from giving this a chance.