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The Second Squad Jam (セカンド・スクワッド・ジャム, Sekando Sukuwaddo Jamu?) is the seventh episode of the Sword Art Online Alternative "Gun Gale Online" anime adaptation, as well as the second episode of the 2nd Squad Jam story. It aired on May 26, 2018.
Plot[edit | edit source]
On March 17, 2026, Shinohara Miyu converted her avatar Fukaziroh from ALfheim Online to Gun Gale Online in order to assist LLENN. While Fukaziroh's avatar had significantly high stats due to the conversion, she was not able to convert her items or money and thus did not have enough funds to purchase proper gear. Under Fukaziroh's proposal, Karen contacted Asougi Goushi, who agreed to provide some money in the form of a dead drop to avoid leaving any logs about the transaction.
Having retrieved an unexpectedly large amount of credits from the dead drop, the girls went to a general weapon store to purchase Fukaziroh's gear. As the golden-haired girl was very particular about the appearance of her weapons, LLENN decided to lead her friend to a rare item store instead, in the hopes of satisfying her needs. To her shock, however, Fukaziroh impulsively bought not one but two expensive MGL-140 grenade launchers before LLENN was even able to protest.
After acquiring the rest of Fukaziroh's gear, including a set of armour, a side arm, and a knife hairpin, the two girls began training against monsters in the field. Several days later, on March 24, 2026, after dispatching a group of armadillo-like monsters with Fukaziroh's help and just before registering their team for the tournament, LLENN informed her partner about having created a new tactic for them to use during the tournament.
The next day, while getting dressed at their school's locker room, the members of SHINC held a strategy meeting regarding their need to acquire a strong weapon to counter M's shield during the second Squad Jam. Just as the meeting was concluded, the girls were excited to learn from a notification that LLENN had entered the tournament.
Several days later, on April 3, while the preliminaries for the non-seeded teams of the Squad Jam was underway, Fukaziroh and LLENN reviewed the rules for the tournament, as well as a change from the previous tournament that would allow them to identify specific teams during a satellite scan, making it easier to find Pitohui's team, named PM4. Upon finishing their strategy meeting, LLENN shared her doubts about being capable of defeating Pitohui with Fukaziroh. Being comforted by her partner not to worry ahead of time, LLENN thanked her friend for her help and offered to return the favour as best as she could.
The next day, as team after team gathered for the tournament, PM4 arrived at the venue with four mercenaries that filled the empty slots in their team. While observing the Pitohui, MMTM's leader David recalled his time in a team with her at the beginning of Gun Gale Online, explaining to his team that Pitohui was as dangerous to her allies as to her enemies, as she had no qualms with using her teammates as shields and endangering their lives by using grenades next to them, which is why he distanced himself from her. Warning his comrades to regard PM4 as the most unpredictable team, David added that Pitohui's name came from the name of a bird that was so poisonous that merely touching it could kill people, which, he believed, perfectly described the woman using such a name.
Meanwhile, as Miyu was afflicted with a case of diarrhea due to eating too much ice cream moments before logging in, Fukaziroh and LLENN barely managed to reach the venue in time for the event. Just before the players were teleported to their waiting rooms, LLENN was approached by Pitohui, who congratulated the girl on her previous victory. In response, LLENN declared that she would do her best during the upcoming battles and thus expected Pitohui to keep the promise the two of them had made in the past, before the two parted. Moments later, having been teleported to the waiting room, Fukaziroh and LLENN equipped their gear and prepared for the upcoming battle.
Locations[edit | edit source]
- Gun Gale Online
- SBC Glocken
- Starting point
- SBC Glocken
Adaptation Notes[edit | edit source]
- Adapted from Gun Gale Online Volume 2, SECT.4 - SECT.5
- The scene of Miyu telling her guildmates in ALfheim Online about converting her account to Gun Gale Online to participate in a tournament with a friend.
- Multiple instances of Fukaziroh accidentally referring to LLENN by her real world nickname, as well as Fukaziroh becoming confused which name she should use when talking about real world money, were omitted throughout the episode.
- Fukaziroh's dialogue with the avatar broker was shortened, omitting Fukaziroh's question on how much her avatar would be worth.
- A comparison between LLENN's and Fukaziroh's stats was omitted.
- In the novel, the origin of Fukaziroh's name was explained in narration in an earlier part of the story when Karen and Miyu met in Hokkaido, rather than LLENN asking about it in Gun Gale Online. Instead, during their conversation in GGO, LLENN complained about the difficulty in pronouncing Fukaziroh's name, thus Fukaziroh proposed to be called Fuka for short.
- A comparison between the colourfulness of the world of Gun Gale Online and ALfheim Online was omitted.
- The scene of Karen contacting Goushi for funds, as well as the explanation that Goushi used an item box to transfer the funds, instead of doing so directly, to avoid leaving any records of the transaction were omitted.
- The origin of the two MGL-140s was omitted.
- The explanation that an MGL-140 could use more than just explosive grenades was omitted.
- Fukaziroh did not mention the source of her funds when purchasing her grenade launchers in the novel.
- In the novel, the shop assistant's offer to remove the sights from Fukaziroh's grenade launchers was mentioned in a flashback while Fukaziroh and LLENN were practising in the fields.
- The shop assistant's remark that Fukaziroh's purchase would be enough to support his living expenses the following month was omitted.
- In the novel, Fukaziroh only bought her other equipment, including the knife that she uses to tie her hair, after purchasing her grenade launchers.
- Fukaziroh's acquisition of a Smith & Wesson M&P as a side arm was omitted from the anime.
- In the novel, Fukaziroh let LLENN test one of her grenade launchers to see how Bullet Circles worked. At that point, LLENN realised that it would be impossible for her to wield one of the grenade launchers in one hand effectively due to the heaviness of the gun.
- Fukaziroh's comparison of grenade launchers with long-incantation magic in ALfheim Online, as well as her regret at not being able to soar the skies in Gun Gale Online and LLENN's retort that Gun Gale Online was not the home of fairies, were omitted.
- In the novel, LLENN did not mention registering for the tournament when telling Fukaziroh about a new strategy she wanted to test.
- The anime does not mention Karen developing sleeping issues and headaches, as well as earning concern from her elder sister, due to spending a lot of her time in the game to prepare for the tournament. The anime also does not mention that Fukaziroh, in contrast, could always already be found in-game whenever LLENN logged in.
- The scene of SHINC members conducting intensive training sessions in Gun Gale Online was omitted. Additionally, the members learnt about Karen's participation while attempting to acquire a new weapon from a dungeon, rather than in a dressing room at school, some time after they had their strategy meeting about needing a new weapon.
- ZEMAL's reference to Narrow was omitted.
- A comparison of the prizes of the first and second Squad Jam, as well as the fact that the revelation of the prizes for the second tournament caused a surge in interest in the event, were omitted.
- A reference to LLENN's love for snacks when Fukaziroh ordered drinks that came with complementary beef jerky was omitted.
- In the anime, LLENN acquiring some camouflage ponchos in preparation for the different terrain during the Squad Jam tournament was skipped.
- Fukaziroh's joke that PM4 could be a reference to a time for snacks was omitted.
- In the novel, LLENN also specifically mentioned MMTM as one of the teams they had to be wary of.