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Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online is a Light Novel series written by Keiichi Sigsawa with illustrations done by Kouhaku Kuroboshi under supervision by Reki Kawahara. A spinoff from Sword Art Online, existing in the same Shared Universe but taking place in the virtual world of Gun Gale Online. It centers on a Tokyo university student named Karen Kohiruimaki, who's insecure about her height and an introvert. One day, she decides to join GGO on the advice of a friend in order to improve her self-esteem, using the name LLENN. Along the way, she makes friends as she plays the game with other GGO players and fight against hostile players aka PKers and monsters.

It consists of a light novel series, published by Dengeki Bunko, with a manga adaptation by Tadadi Tamori under ASCII Media Works and serialized in Dengeki Maoh, which started in 2015 and an anime television series adaptation by studio 3Hz, which premiered on April 8, 2018 in Japan under Tokyo MX, BS11, GYT, GTV, MBS, TVA and CS NTV Plus. The first two are licensed by Yen Press (the LN under the Yen On label) for English-speaking countries. For the anime, Aniplex is releasing it for North America, Spanish-speaking countries and Poland. French and German-speaking countries can watch this under Wakanim.tv.

The show is also available in Crunchyroll and Hulu for legal streaming in some territories.


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  • Acceptable Breaks from Reality: Discussed. Pitohui comments that the system assist makes it easier to hit long-range and difficult shots without a lot of aiming skill. If Gun Gale Online were completely realistic with its bullet physics, attacking from a distance would result in a lot of missed shots, and it wouldn't be as fun. But such a break acts as a double-edged sword to experienced marksmen, as the assist is a crutch that might tempt them to neglect their real-life aiming skills.
  • Action Prologue:
    • The manga opens up with LLENN and Pitohui in the desert going up against some squadrons who had joined forces to identify LLENN due to getting sick of her PKing.
    • The anime's first episode turns out to be a Flash Forward to the first Squad Jam tournament.
  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • The manga is the only version of the story that shows LLENN and Pito fighting bounty hunters in the desert: the light novel mentioned there were players teaming up to hunt down the Pink Devil and claim a bounty on her head but that was the extent of this subplot. The anime didn't cover it at all.
    • The anime expands a lot more on LLENN taking the tutorial in Gun Gale Online, showing us why she sucks with pistols and sniper rifles. It was a very brief affair in the light novel, which didn't even describe what the trainer NPC looked like, and was skipped over almost completely in the manga.
  • Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole:
    • The anime omits a crucial bit during Squad Jam 2. Were you wondering where Pitohui got that segment of starship plating to use as a handheld shield? In the novels, M used two sections of what was left of his deployable shield to carry her into the log house. This was omitted in the anime.
    • Another detail about SJ2 that is omitted is how LLENN and Fuka are able to communicate with Boss, given that the previous SJ had established radios only work with members of your own team. The light novel detailed that the three of them scavenged radios from one of the enemy teams LLENN killed in the grasslands dome, and since those radios are hard-coded to work with each other, the three of them can still use those radios even though they're from different teams.
  • After the End: Gun Gale Online is set on a dystopic Earth in a Bad Future ravaged by war involving futuristic technology.
  • All Men Are Perverts: GGO is full of male players, with many of them being perverts who show their less pleasing side when alone with females. Hilariously lampshaded by Fukaziroh in Squad Jam 2 when after she and LLENN had the bad luck of running into two such examples in a row (and the 2nd one turned out to be a girl), she bluntly asks LLENN "Do only lechers play this game?"
  • An Arm and a Leg: GGO features non-visceral dismemberment, as seen in previous titles. As per game rules and gratuitous use of in-game medical healing supplies, limbs regenerate after 2 minutes.
    • Fukaziroh loses both her legs early on in SJ2 from a mine and was unable to move for a short period of time.
    • Later on, she gets all of her limbs sniped off by Pitohui.
    • LLENN herself has her hands cut off by Fuka upon her request, so she can be freed from Pitohui's grasp and be able to attack her.
  • And the Adventure Continues: In Episode 12, Pitohui is defeated in-game by LLENN which ceased her attempt to end her own life, they meet up in real life as promised, then afterwards LLENN and Pitohui are back in GGO questing like they had always done where they see their boobytrap got triggered and they charge into battle against more enemy players.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: The LN explains that as more and more teams get eliminated in Squad Jam, the game will start randomly generating vehicles at a higher rate, as the SJ maps are huge and the time intervals for players to encounter each other when there are only a few teams left would be unacceptably high if everyone could only run on foot.
  • Arms and Armor Theme Naming: The GGO lobby/city SBC Glocken. You can guess who/what the city's named after.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • It looked like Squad Jam 2 would end with LLENN's climactic defeat of Pitohui. However Team T-S, the last remaining team arrive out of nowhere and shoot LLENN and Fuka dead.
    • Upon meeting in real life, Goshi attempted a ruse to make it look like the music club owner Rei Satou was Pitohui. However Karen sees right through the act and realizes Elsa Kanzaki who was sitting nearby was the real Pitohui.
  • Bulletproof Human Shield:
    • During the first Squad Jam, when LLENN ambushes Team Narrows, she uses one of their dead bodies as cover from which to shoot from, which also forces the survivors to get up and close to have even a chance of hitting her. (Spoiler alert: They don't even hit her).
    • During the second Squad Jam, this happens numerous times, from LLENN once again using a recently killed player as hard cover, to Pitohui outright throwing a corpse into the line of fire. It later reaches its peak when team SHINC exploits this by deliberately TK'ing one of their squad members... after said member took a PTRD anti-tank rifle out of her inventory. The purpose here was that another member would not only use the dead teammate's body as a rest for the very heavy rifle, but also use them as a shield to protect them from return fire.
  • Bullet Time: A couple of instances in the first Squad Jam — time slows down so we can see LLENN ducking as bullets pass overhead.
  • Call-Back:
    • The purple "Immortal Object" popup is the same one that was used throughout SAO.
    • Satellite Scan Terminals that were first introduced in the BoB make a return in the Squad Jam tournament. However a change from BoB is that it only displays the Squad leader's position rather than each individual player. Another change is that their depiction in the AGGO anime, that of a ruggerized smartphone, is more in-line with the description of the item taken from the novels for the Phantom Bullet.
    • Episode 6 reveals Pitohui is an "SAO loser", a beta tester for SAO but was a day late on logging in on launch day due to real-life obligations and caused her to be left out. Pito being obsessed with life-threatening challenges hit the Despair Event Horizon having lost this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
    • Episode 10 reveals Pitohui owns a Photon Sword much like Kirito did back in Sword Art Online.
    • Episode 11:
      • Sentient P-chan makes its return to assist LLENN by shielding her from bullets.
      • Water causes slow continuous damage to a player's health, just as it did to Kirito when he tried swimming in the Phantom Bullet arc.
    • Episode 12:
      • LLENN tells Pitohui that M had informed her about Pito's past and being left out of SAO when they met in real life in Episode 6.
      • LLENN reminding Pitohui of the promise they made to meet in real life from Episode 2.
      • Miyu does indeed propose to the real life M, just as she said she would in Episode 7.
      • Karen remembers the fan letter she sent to Elsa Kanzaki, figuring out that was how M knew her identity and that Pitohui was really Elsa Kanzaki.
      • Elsa reveals she saw the video of LLENN kissing Clarence in Episode 9.
  • The Cameo:
    • During LLENN's explanation of BoB, a brief shot of Dyne is seen in flashbacks.
    • In Episode 10, a silhouette of Kirito's GGO avatar can be seen, where he's shown wielding his purple photon sword.
  • Cartridges in Flight: Averted much like in Sword Art Online, where the bullets are fired off without their casing.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • During M's assessment of LLENN's skills prior to the first Squad Jam, he shows her how his own sidearm, a Heckler & Koch HK45, runs a mag through it, and shows her where the pistol's safety lever is and how it's used. This knowledge saves LLENN from being betrayed by M during the latter half of the tournament as she manages to put the pistol back on safe without M noticing while being held at gunpoint by the latter.
    • When LLENN decides to continue on during the first Squad Jam alone, she places the satellite scan terminal in the left breast pocket of her uniform. As later noted in Pocket Protector, the SST ends up saving her when she's downed and at Eva's mercy, as when the latter dumps the rest of her pistol's magazine into LLENN's upper torso, most of the shots were stopped by the SST due to it being an "Immortal Object".
    • M's lesson on how to use a knife proves valuable after all. With P-chan destroyed, LLENN draws the knife M gave to her and fights Eva with it, succeeding in killing her.
    • The trench knife Fuka uses to pin her hair up seems like it's just a decorative piece for most of Squad Jam 2. She uses it in the final fight to free her hands from the duct tape that kept in bound, before cutting off LLENN's hands at the wrists to free her from Pitohui's grasp and kicking LLENN into Pito.
  • Clip Show: Episode 5.5 of the anime involves M describing to Pito the events of Squad Jam.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • In Karen's origin story, the "SAO Incident" is seen on the news with a visual of Aincrad.
    • The first game LLENN tried was ALfheim Online, where she had a Sylph avatar that basically looked like a taller Leafa.
    • LLENN mentions that she can eat all she likes in GGO without having to worry about getting fat; it was previously brought up in SAO and ALO that players can't get fat in VR since their real life selves are not actually eating.
    • Pito actually participated in the previous BoB during the Phantom Bullet arc. However she was eliminated in the second round of the preliminaries by a sniper.
    • Squad Jam only came into existence because a certain gun otaku novelist enjoyed seeing Kirito and Sinon tag teaming in the Bo B, so he begged the creators to make a new event specifically involving teams (large cash "donations" also played a part). In the anime, Pito only mentions two unnamed players who worked together as a team, however it's very obvious who she's talking about.
    • When M states if he died in the game he would die in real life, LLENN replies that "this isn't Sword Art Online."
    • While Karen is back home in Hokkaido for her spring break in February 2026, Miyu reveals to her about how she got beaten in Alfheim Online by a super-strong player named Zekken, which is the moniker for Yuuki.note 
    • M/Goshi mentions "Player Killers" from Sword Art Online, with the most notable group being Laughing Coffin.
    • When Fukaziroh joins the game with her short, blonde avatar, the same guy who asked to buy Kirito's effeminate avatar asks to buy hers.
    • In Episode 9, Sinon finally gets mentioned by name when some players are talking about anti-materiel rifles and remember Sinon used one in the previous BoB.
    • The Harassment Codenote  which was first implemented in SAO appears to be present in all games connected to The Seed, including GGO.
    • Kirito is mentioned when Team MMTM get taken out by a Photon Sword that belongs to Pitohui. His name isn't brought up, but a silhouette of his GGO avatar is seen as well as a description of him being a new player in the previous BoB.
  • Continuity Snarl: LLENN was unable to find any girly clothes in GGO, which led her to customize her gear pink as a compromise. This is in direct contrast to Sword Art Online where female GGO players like Sinon and Musketeer-X were seen with clothes designed for their gender. Justified in the light novel because she was specifically looking for frilly dresses and goth clothing.
  • Creator Thumbprint: LLENN tries to give herself a Rousing Speech in her head when battling Team SHINC, and ends up projecting her inner voice to her gun. The author of this story is certainly known for gun-toting heroines accompanied by a talking inanimate object.
  • Crisis Catch And Carry: After LLENN gets non-fatally shot by a sniper, M picks her up and flees to a hovercraft where they get away from their attacker.
  • Death Is Cheap: Deconstructed. Unlike Sword Art Online, death in Gun Gale Online isn't permanent. However, Pitohui turns it back into a death game by putting the risk of killing her teammates for real if they die in the game. So while death isn't permanent in-game, it's still very much consequential.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Played with. Due to most of the main cast being female and the majority of GGO being inhabited by male players, on the rare occasion LLENN comes across a female enemy the fights tend to be more drawn out and difficult for her, as opposed to her typical fodderising of other teams.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: Back in the Phantom Bullet arc it was mentioned that AGI builds were no longer the best avatar to have. So by the time of the first Squad Jam, LLENN (who is a pure AGI build) is actually using an avatar with a sub-optimal build. However that doesn't stop her from being a force to be reckoned with, compensating for her lack of heavy firepower with her incredible speed to keep herself from being hit.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The anime's ED, "To see the future", is performed by Karen/LLENN's voice actress, Tomori Kusunoki.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: The tutorial NPC for GGO is one of these. She spends the duration of the tutorial yelling at LLENN, calling her a "dung beetle", and constantly remarking how LLENN was a goner who would quickly die, all the while instructing her on how the game works and assessing her play style.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • In Episode 9, several teams form an alliance to go up against Team PM4 who hold the mountain. Their allegiance is so strong that one player holds onto another guy and keeps him from falling off a cliff, even though they belong to different teams.
    • In Episode 10, LLENN join forces with her rivals, Team SHINC, who agree to help after hearing about Pitohui's life being at risk. Eva devises a pincer strategy of attacking from the south as a distraction, willing to let her while team go down if needed, while LLENN attacks from the north.
  • Fire Forged Friendship: LLENN and Pitohui's first meeting in the anime had Pito holding a gun to LLENN's head, but almost immediately afterwards the two hit it off as friends due to both of them being girls.
  • Flash Forward:
    • Episode 1 of the anime "Squad Jam" is a Flash Forward to nine months after the real start of the series in Episode 2.
    • Furthermore, the ending of Episode 1 with Team SHINC watching in-game footage of LLENN is actually the start of Episode 6 and taking place after the first Squad Jam.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • In Episode 5.5, M revealing he's a fan of Elsa Kanzaki and finding her beautiful is a major clue to both the real identities of M and Pito. Further clues are given by Goshi (M's real life self) who reveals he's in love with Pito.
    • Also from Episode 5.5, Pito muses about how she'd like to sponsor another Squad Jam tournament. The next episode then reveals the second SJ's sponsor is not the same as the first one.
  • Four Is Death: The trope is discussed with the name of Pito & M's team in Squad Jam 2, "PM4" as its alternative meaning could also be "Pitohui & M's Death." Squad Jam 2 also takes place on 04/04/2026, an appropriate date for a tournament about teams gunning each other down.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
  • "Friends" Rent Control: Karen's apartment in Tokyo is huge for Japanese standards. Her living room has a big-screen TV and an entire home theater setup, and there is more than enough space for her and all 6 members of Team SHINC to sit, talk, and eat comfortably with room to spare. In addition to that, her bedroom is also quite spacious and her mattress looks to be queen-sized, with plenty of room for her to walk around. Since she also flew home first class, she's probably got very rich parents.
  • Gratuitous English: The series frequently makes use of snippets of English words in dialogue, which is fitting considering Gun Gale Online is an international game with lots of Western elements thrown in.
  • Groin Attack: More brutal than the usual. In SJ2, LLENN slides between a male player's legs, and uses her knife to slash at his vulnerabilities. Men in the audience are disturbed.
  • History Repeats: Happens in Squad Jam 2, with LLENN's first battle involving her gunning down a team by overwhelming them with her Super Speed and using a corpse as a Bulletproof Human Shield. Then later as she goes up against the Final Boss she sacrifices P-chan as a shield against gunfire.
  • Improbably Female Cast:
    • Despite Gun Gale Online being a male-dominated game where females are a rare sight, three out of the four main characters are female.
    • Team SHINC is an Amazon Brigade comprised entirely of females.
  • In Medias Res: The anime begins with LLENN & M entering Squad Jam. The manga begins a few weeks before Squad Jam with LLENN & Pitohui fighting a squad of players who are fed up with LLENN's constant PK'ing antics and have teamed up to hunt her down.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: During the final showdown between LLENN and Pitohui, the latter says:
    Pitohui: That's my LLENN-chan! You're so irresistible! So irresistible... I wanna kill you!
  • Killed Mid-Sentence:
    • A guy named Lucas is wiped out by another team during the first Squad Jam while he was lamenting how he's the last survivor of his team in "Squad Jam".
    • In the second squad jam, one team member in the dome responds to the pink smoke with "Its Her! the Pink Dev-" DEAD.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: After witnessing how LLENN wiped out four members of the pro team, the remaining two survivors resign from the first Squad Jam.
  • Lampshade Hanging: LLENN is as disbelieving as the audience when Eva catches a thrown pistol magazine with her pistol.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Several of these from episode 5.5.
    • While M is downloading footage of the first Squad Jam, he tells Pito she should probably listen to some music while waiting and asks for requests on what to pick. Pito tells him to go with some music that burns with passion and makes you feel the thrill of battle. The opening sequence immediately starts playing as if that was the music chosen for Pito.
    • The fact that Pito and M are watching footage from the Squad Jam and the footage is identical to the actual footage that the viewers watching the anime sees. So Pito and M are essentially watching as viewers about a show with them in it.
    • Pito makes another request for M to play music, to which he picks an Elsa Kanzaki song (which was the same one already playing as background music for that scene).
    • The post-credit scene is supposed to be an In-Universe Breaking the Fourth Wall as a joke done by the in-universe Sigsawa, however it really veers close to actual fourth wall breaking with some of the dialogue. Especially the one where the theme song starts playing in-universe and LLENN complains it shouldn't be used for others since she was the main character.
  • Lighter and Softer: The spin-off is far more light-hearted than the Phantom Bullet arc of Sword Art Online, given that GGO can now be shown off in its full glory without the constant threat of a psychotic Serial Killer on the loose.
  • Little Useless Gun: The pistol class in GGO gets a pretty poor showing in general. Numerous instances of pistols are used throughout the Squad Jam tournaments, but the only time a pistol is actually shown killing someone is when the shooter took them by total surprise and got them In the Back. This is lampshaded by Pitohui during Squad Jam 2 when she shoots an enemy player hanging onto another player on a cliff with a stolen M1911A1 but despite taking almost half a dozen bullets, he is still not dead and she whines about how weak pistols are.
  • Lock and Load Montage: LLENN is shown doing this in the opening sequence. She and her teammates also do so before the start of every Squad Jam.
    • For the first part of SJ2, Pito mainly uses weapons taken from her enemies. However, once the field has narrowed to just a few teams, she equips a number of powerful weapons from her inventory.
  • Logical Weakness:
    • As mentioned on the main page, lightsaber users in GGO are reliant on being able see the prediction lines, or even being able to predict where the prediction lines will appear. So what does this mean for weapons that don't get free concealed first shots, or for snipers unable to break contact after firing their first free shot? They're not completely out of luck. Following Kirito's exploits during his BoB run, players have found another method for those scenarios, and is something even sniper rifles can benefit from: Line-less shooting.note  This concept is first explained and demonstrated against regular gun-toting players during the first Squad Jam by M (as he uses this technique with his Mk14 EBR to engage enemy players with reduced risk of retaliation), but it's during the second one where we read about this in action and learn how effective it is against lightsaber wielders. During the prelims, Team KKHC, a team made entirely of hunters living on Hokkaido, were matched against an enemy team that decided to activate their lightsabers and charge at them. As all the members of KKHC had extensive firearms experience, and did not rely on the bullet circle for aiming, the opposing team crumpled within one or two shots from each member, which the saber-wielders couldn't deflect or even dodge because there weren't any bullet lines generated by the line-less shooting.
    • As explained in the tutorial, optical guns have energy-based ammunition which fire straight and without any environmental factors influencing speed, however they can be easily blocked with deflector shields. Live-ammunition guns use bullets with mass, but the trajectory and speed will be influenced by the wind. For this reason optical guns are more suited to monsters, while live-ammunition guns are better for PvP.
  • Loophole Abuse: In the Squad Jam tournament, M tells LLENN that players who are killed during battle linger on the battlefield for about ten minutes, during which time they're also immune to all damage. He tells her to use the dead body of one of the pro team as cover after her initial ambush attack. Due to her small size, she is able to completely hide behind the body, and kills the other two members.
  • Man Bites Man: At the climax of Squad Jam 2, with all her weapons gone and her arms sliced off, LLENN defeats Pitohui by ripping her throat open with her teeth.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In the light novel, Sinon is mentioned as having been approached by at least two people introduced in this spinoff and asked about her rifle. Pitohui wanted to buy it off her, while team SHINC wanted to know how she got it in the first place.
    • M mentions that he's not surprised if GGO is used as a special forces training tool. It's been mentioned a lot in SAO novels that governments around the world are considering the use of MMORPGs as a new training tool, and one major character that is explicitly noted as using GGO as such is Gabriel Miller, CEO of Glowgen Defense Systems.
    • M telling LLENN to shoot and she doesn't have to hit them so long as she distracts them, mirrors Kirito's dialogue to Sinon when they're being chased by Death Gun on the highway.
    • In the conclusion of the first Squad Jam tournament, M and the last member of Team SHINC fire their sniper rifles at each other simultaneously. The bullets in flight pass each other in a Slow-Motion Pass-By identical to how Sinon and Death Gun's sniper duel went in the climax of Phantom Bullet.
    • Team Narrows are revealed to actually be working for Kikuoka Seijirou to assess GGO's potential on being used as a military training tool.
  • No Antagonist: One of the most notable departures from the main Sword Art Online; there is no villain menacing the heroes. It's all about LLENN learning to play GGO, befriending Pitohui, and competing in Squad Jam as part of a team. The closest we get to antagonists are opposing players, but they don't count as actual villains. Pitohui also veers close to being an antagonist due to the Death Game stakes she set for the tournament, but ultimately she's still a main character and not a true villain.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: In Squad Jam 2, the seven leaders of the allied teams are essentially anime versions of The Expendables.
  • Obvious Rule Patch: In light of LLENN's inadvertent use of the Satellite Scan Terminal as a shield during the climax of the first Squad Jam, the item had its "Immortal Object" attribute removed for the second SJ to prevent a repeat of such a tactic.
  • Pocket Protector:
    • During the first Squad Jam, LLENN is saved from certain death when she went up against the leader of team SHINC. When said leader, Eva, opens up on LLENN with her Arsenal Strike One pistol, all of her initial shots hit the Satellite Scan Terminal that LLENN was carrying in one of her chest pockets. As the device was considered an "Immortal Object", it effectively no-selled the kill-shot.
    • Earlier than that, LLENN was saved from a sniper shot when the bullet struck one of her P90's magazines instead, which caused her to lose a full 50 rounds of ammo when it broke and sent the cartridges flying everywhere.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • M's portable shield, made of starship plating, might be able to stop a wide variety of ordinance, but since the whole things was meant to be carried in compacted form and then deployed when used, it's still composed of multiple sections of starship plating, and the hinges that link each piece to each other serve as weak points. One of PM4's hired muscle learns this the hard way when team SHINC specifically targets these joints and hinges with their PTRD-41 anti-tank rifle, when one of them eventually fails and the residual kinetic force from the 14.5mm round causes a section of the shield to fly off and strike him right in the face for an instant kill.
    • Firing a weapon without System Assist (thus not generating a Bullet Circle or Bullet Line) leaves players at the mercy of realistic ballistics in the game. This is really the only way a skilled gunfighter in reality could play GGO without putting their real-life skills at risk of atrophy from using the assist. Those that do master weapon use without relying on the assists... well just look at M (an experienced gunfighter in reality) and team KKHC and how effective they are in game.
    • Played straight in a surprising way during the first Squad Jam; while it's true that in the real world, Team Narrows would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, for one person to take down, but GGO is NOT the real world, and LLENN is easily able to take down four of them utilizing GGO's own game mechanics (her agility build means she runs far faster than any human could in real life, and corpses are immune to damage, unlike in the real world, which makes them good shields). The two survivors seem to have realized this and resign without firing a shot at her.
    • Fuka has much less luck in finding a melee weapon in GGO than Kirito did, with her favored swords, lances, and axes nowhere to be seen so she's forced to purchase firearms like everyone else. She does acquire a trench knife that she uses as a hair clip.
  • Real Place Background: The battlefields for Squad Jam tournaments are randomly generated and are more concerned with being a fun gaming experience instead of realism, but two of the locations in SJ2 are based off of Yosemite National Park: the waterfall cliffsides and the field of geysers.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Played for laughs. After P-chan is destroyed in the first Squad Jam tournament, LLENN scours the gun markets until she finds another P90 for sale and buys it. As she's leaving with it, she wonders what to call it, such as P-chan II or P-chan the Second, but just settles on P-chan again.
  • Sealed Orders: In the first Squad Jam, M is carrying a letter to be read after the first hour. It was a letter from Pitohui telling him that if he's killed during the tourney, she'll kill him in real life. However, nowhere in the letter did it mention anything about resigning. This leads him to draw his pistol on LLENN and trying to betray her in hopes that the squad leader status would be passed onto him, which he would use to resign from the tourney and save himself.
  • Shout-Out: Has a page of it's own.
  • Self-Insert Fic: The gun enthusiast novelist who helped create and funded the Squad Jam tournament is basically Sigsawa himself. The character even appears in the anime voiced by the real life Sigsawa.
  • Shared Universe: Exists within the Sword Art Online universe, but focusing on a new set of characters completely unrelated to Kirito and his adventures. Although there are numerous nods to characters and events from the main Sword Art Online.
    • Sinon has been name-dropped in the light novels and the anime, and even met Team SHINC offscreen sometime before Squad Jam 2, although she has yet to appear in person.
    • Kirito has been referenced through his Photon Sword wielding and teaming up with Sinon in the previous BoB.
    • Yuuki is referred to as Zekken, and has encountered Fuka in ALO.
    • Team Narrows is under the command of Kikuoka Seijirou.
  • Shown Their Work: Keiichi Sigsawa is a major Gun Nut. Every detail about the firearms in the show is spot-on accurate.
    • As a whole, the show avoids You Always Hear the Bullet. When a character is shown to be on the receiving end of sniper fire, the bullet's impact occurs a split second before the gunshot is heard. And when we're on the sniper's perspective, the gunshot is done normally.
    • The P90 is an absolutely perfect weapon for LLENN to use. It is an incredibly light firearm, even with half a dozen fully loaded magazines on her person, and its compact shape and the 5.7mm round's very soft recoil allow her physically weak avatar to use it effectively while giving her the extra punch that the CZ Skorpion's much weaker .32 ACP rounds lack.
    • During the Training Montage when LLENN was new to GGO, she absolutely stinks at using pistols and sniper rifles. The latter is easy to explain as those weapons are meant for a high STR build, but the pistols are bad for her because her grip is terrible. She holds the grip too low and her support hand is in the wrong position entirely. If someone were to give her proper instruction, she could probably use pistols effectively.
    • The HK45 is a very appropriate sidearm for M to use. A guy who is of that size and strength would easily be able to handle the harder recoil of the .45 ACP round instead of the more standard 9mm sidearm most real-life shooters use, and it is much more common and cheaper than the legendary Mark 23 pistol (which he could also easily use).
    • While Fukaziroh is buying her weapons, everything the salesman in the store says about the Milkor MGL-140 is spot-on accurate and may as well have been read verbatim off of Milkor USA's website.
    • When Eva is sniping enemies in Squad Jam 2 across the train tracks, she aims very high above the target. This is accurate to real life physics, as sniping across long distances requires the sniper to account for windage, the curve of the Earth, weather effects, and other factors, sometimes resulting in some very odd points of aim. It's practically the real life version of curving bullets.
    • Clarence's description of her AR-57 rifle is a pretty spot-on description of its components.
  • Simultaneous Arcs: The events of AGGO overlap with its parent series. Episode 2-3 takes place in the background of Phantom Bullet, with Pitohui even competing in the BoB. Squad Jams 1 and 2 take place during Mother's Rosario, with SJ2 occurring on the final day of that arc. Meanwhile, Squad Jam 3 takes place shortly after Ordinal Scale while Squad Jam 4 begins around the time that Alicization is ending.
  • Talking Weapon: In LLENN's Imagine Spot, P-chan sprouts eyes and starts talking to her! LLENN freaks out.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: During the Episode 5.5 post-credit scenes, the Theme Song starts playing In-Universe for the Team ZEMAL. LLENN berates them for playing cool music for someone else as she was the main character.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: In Episode 4, M has just sniped out an entire enemy team riding hovercrafts, until there's just one guy left. M throws a grenade at him and blows him out of the water. Still alive on the shore, LLENN unloads several magazines into him to finish him off. The light novel explains that she had to make sure the guy didn't trigger a grenade.
  • Training Montage:
    • When LLENN takes the tutorial for GGO, she tries out a variety of guns and performs poorly at most of them until she finds a sub-machine gun which the tutorial NPC says works best for her.
    • After meeting M for the first time, he puts LLENN through a more intense training regiment in preparation for the Squad Jam tournament that focuses on teaching her about movement, reloads, and rapidly switching between semi- and full-auto fire.
    • A much more informal training session occurs when Fukaziroh enters the game, as LLENN takes her out to the desert to hunt monsters and get Fuka acclimated to GGO and her new grenade launchers.
  • Truth in Television:
    • LLENN's pink outfit ends up camouflaging her perfectly in the desert and is undetectable to other players until she has killed them off. In real life, the British SAS used pink land rovers for desert ops.
    • One elite squadron is an actual combat group using GGO for training. Real life militaries have subsidized the development of FPS games for use as training tools, such as America's Army and China's Glorious Mission.
  • Unflinching Walk: M, Pitohui, and two of their hired muscle do this, walking away from an explosion after Pito blows up the final two survivors with a grenade.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: In the first Squad Jam, LLENN asks M what his plan is for dealing with the pro team. "All right. First...." [Draws his knife. ...And cut.]
  • Urban Warfare: Some of the stages in GGO take place in bombed cities, subdivisions and towns.
  • Wall Pin of Love: Amusingly subverted. Karen is the recipient, but
    Karen: My first "wall-slamming"... and it's to hear someone confessing their love for another person.
  • You Are the New Trend: Kirito's time in GGO started a trend of players taking up Photon Swords in an attempt to parry bullets.

Alternative Title(s): Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online

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