Daniel of PopCults.com writes "Memories of Fresh Blood really picks things up for SAO II in terms of quality storytelling. Combining Shino’s trauma to the reason she plays GGO was brilliant. She’s not obsessed over being the best because she wants pride or glory, but to overcome her real life fear. While SAO Series One used the anonymity of internet gaming against the players, Series Two is using it as a form of therapy. It’s starting to go further into exploring reasons for gaming that aren’t just 'for fun'."