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As always, light spoilers ahead!
Itsuki begins to develop some social skills, in both real and virtual worlds.
This episode goes hard on the social/power dynamics within the student council (always a fun anime trope). Itsuki shares some responsibility with a struggling member of the council, but then makes it all weird.
Meanwhile, he learns a valuable gaming terminology lesson.
While this discussion serves a story purpose for both the characters and viewer, there’s a touch of rumination on the way people show up in virtual spaces.
There’s a bit of “hurt people hurt people” here, and it plays out in a predictable, but resonate way.
It’s cool seeing a show like this approach topics like these, even if the resolution feels a bit convenient.
You can watch Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation on Crunchyroll or buy the Blu-ray set from Sentai, Right Stuf, or Amazon.