Sword Art Online: Girls’ Ops, Vol. 7 by Neko Nekobyou
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
How long’s it been since the last volume? (Long enough I needed a refresher on the plotline) No disrespect to Kawahara-san, but these gaps are murder on a reader!
The blending of Norse mythology into the ALO/SAO stories works differently with this branching of the world. No, it isn’t the first time Kawahara-san combined the two but suggesting a “ghost” element of the old player data adds a level of intrigue. (One that, ironically, lends itself to the Alicization story arc. You have to wonder if it was done intentionally)
And, of course, who doesn’t love getting to see Argo? She’s one of the best “secondary” characters created in the world – one who doesn’t receive nearly enough focus. It’ll be interesting to see where the next volume leads. Assuming, of course, it doesn’t take another year for the book to hit the shelves. (I understand the need for translations, but Japanese isn’t THAT difficult!)
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