Hey baby, how about I explore YOUR dungeon~?
|Wooot! Time for the epic adventures of Kirito and Asuna to continue, but I am extra excited because of the big duel that pops up in this episode! Are you excited to finally see him go all out in a fight against another player? What about you Overcooled excited to see the big duel? In other news I am still leveling up my Guild Wars2 character who just hit 40 a few days ago which means 40 more levels to go…anyway it is time for your weekly Sword Art Online post from Metanorn|
|I think we were all looking forward to the big duel this week because 1) a lot is riding on the outcome and 2) SEXY ACTION SCENES. The duel is only a fragment of what happens in episode 10 though, as most of it is about our dear Kirito and his lady friend Asuna. It’s quite a surprising episode for many reasons, and I can’t stand being vague in this introduction any longer. On with the show!|
Revenge Tastes Like Chicken
Foshizzel // AHHHHHHH! My predictions came true in the form of Kuradeel planning out some cleaver revenge plot after Kirito was forced to join the Knights of Blood Oath and can I just say white and red does not look good on him! I prefer the dark knight outfit a lot more. So not only did Kuradeel plot out to take out his new arch rival he had to also plan out a way to get rid of another guy named Godfrey who looks just like Rider from Fate/Zero! I KNEW THAT DUDE LOVED VIDEO GAMES! Sadly that guy had to suffer a slow and painful death after getting stabbed over and over again…wow…Kuradeel you are such a bastard and to make matters worse he almost got to kill off Kirito? WHOA NOT EVEN COOL BRO! Thankfully Asuna was just around the corner to kick his ass; however she almost got herself killed in the process. Did anyone else freak out when Kirito lost his hand? I thought for sure it would not grow back…I guess you could say *puts glasses on* he got “OH-MA-SHUED” yes I know! FOSH YOU SHOULD FEEL BAD and trust me I would give my right hand to be as badass like Kirito.
Overcooled // I’m sure that wasn’t the sort of comeback Kuradeel was hoping for, but it certainly paved his way to infamy. Too bad he’s rather dead at the moment and can’t revel in his evil deeds. After being utterly humiliated by Kirito in a duel (if you can even call the pathetic, one-sided scuffle a duel), he had to step down from being Asuna’s escort. Perhaps he would have been content to loom around Asuna and control her if things had continued, but that loss really triggered something big inside of him. His instability before and the big push from his loss made him seek revenge by double-dipping with the Knights of Blood Oath and the Laughing Coffin.
Now, I really like villains like this: the lowly, pathetic scum who can only get the upper-hand on others using the dirtiest tricks in the book. Some villains have a threatening presence, but Kuradeel just reeks of desperation. He’s hungry for power and control (hence his over-vigilant watch over Asuna), but can’t quite seem to get it. The only way for him to beat anyone and satisfy his megalomania is to paralyze people and then slowly torture them, or to lie in order to lower their guard. Anyone who has to go to these lengths to make themselves feel good is off their rocker, although I doubt you need me to tell you that. Kuradeel’s stint as one of those outright lunatics who shoot right past the moral gray area into the pitch black zone was a nice little addition to the world of SAO. This show has been lacking true villains that Kirito can actually interact with, so hopefully more vicious killers like Kuradeel show themselves soon. I’m looking at you, Laughing Coffin!
Tank and spank dueling
Foshizzel // Just about everyone that has played any type of MMORPG out there probably knows what the phrase tanking means right? If you do not know basically it is a class that is pretty much built to take a beating while keeping a boss or monster focused on them while everyone else works on their dps. So why am I talking about tanking anyway? Well most of the tanks that I knew usually carry around a massive shield just like Heathcliff’s that he used during his epic duel against Kirito; however would you actually consider Heathcliff to be some kind of tank class? I would like to think so because his unique ability reminded me of similar warrior spell in WoW called a Shield wall or maybe it acts more like a defensive Stance? Then again I think it the actual skill in Sword Art Online is slightly different in a few ways of course. I just really want to know what he used at the very end of the duel that helped him win the duel! Does his shield have some type of mechanic built in that triggers a boost in reaction time or is that just natural talent from being a high leveled guild leader? Either way I can’t wait to see more from that character, but I have a feeling we probably will not see him for a long time.
Murder Served With A Smile
No, this does not mean Kirito is an electric type Pokemon.
Overcooled // The Laughing Coffin is definitely a Guild to be feared, and I’m sure they have tons more who are just as merciless. The paralysis technique seems to be like their calling card (we saw it before with that murder mystery mini arc), as it lasts a ludicrously long time and seems to affect all players equally, regardless of level. Limb severing isn’t exactly what Laughing Coffin members (or any PKer) aims for, but it’s an interesting status effect we get to see for the first time. I was terrified that Kirito would spend the rest of the game with one arm until I saw the neat little symbol by his HP bar saying that it was a temporary status ailment. It’s kinda like how you can get a broken bone or a crushed arm in Dragon Age as a status ailment and it just sort of goes away after a while. How convenient! Whatever Laughing Coffin does, they’re damn good at finding ways to kill players as smoothly and easily as possible. The fact that Kuradeel managed to parlay with PKers and not be noticed speaks volumes of the problems facing Knights of Blood Oath increase in inductees. If Laughing Coffin members can slip in there, they could infiltrate just about anywhere. There might even be more hidden among the ranks…
Kirito and Asuna are Team Awesome
Foshizzel // So were you like me when we finally got to see Asuna and Kirito kissed? I was like ITS ABOUT DAMN TIME YO! Yeah I might have screamed at my monitor, but usually I do not care for all that mushy related stuff in my anime; however it worked for these two because I think everyone wanted them to kiss and get it over with! Now can the producers lay off the harem building and focus on these two only? Then again I know a little bit about the next character to appear and I am predicting something random as in Kirito x Asuna = spawning of a child through various “heroic instances” or if you want some fun I recommend you stop over at Draggle’s Anime Blog for one hilarious blog in the form of fan fiction it is slightly NSWF so careful! YOU WILL DIE LAUGHING! I know I did. So what else? Ah yes after spending the night together Kirito asked Asuna to marry him…clearly it is just for the extra bank space right? I mean we always need extra room to store our crap in MMORPGS…unlike the bank system in Guild Wars2 which has a very limited amount of room to store your junk, maybe I just need to find a wife for my character! Then I can be super cool like these two.
Overcooled // Holy mackerel, things certainly moved quickly between Asuna and Kirito! Wow! It technically makes sense for things to escalate quickly since there’s a lot of time going by not shown on screen and because life-or-death situations cause people to quickly latch onto others for comfort. However, the anime makes it seem like they went from amiable bickering straight to getting married. I would have been okay if they left it at the kiss, but the way things snowballed into an (almost) sex scene and then marriage was just bizarre. I can rationalize why they’d get hitched immediately after, but it still doesn’t feel right. That whole part where Kirito stayed at Asuna’s house was just weird, and felt like it was part of an entirely different show. Keep in mind I’m not a big fan of romance in my anime (unless it’s yaoi, hurhurrhurrr) so I’m easily jarred by these sorts of developments.
Otherwise, Kirito and Asuna getting together is a good thing. It means Kirito can finally start moving past his Guild-related trauma and move on. The last time Kirito woke up with one 1HP from Gleam Eyes, he saw Sachi first because that’s who he was thinking of. This week he sees Asuna immediately when he regains consciousness. His mind has shifted from worrying about his past failures to thinking about his future with Asuna – which is apparent by his drive to live in order to stay with her. She’s what he lives for. As for Asuna, this is the second time she has requested a break from the Frontlines to stay with Kirito, which makes me think she’s wanted to just sit back and cook yummy food for quite a while. She only fought out of duty, but she’s not a fan of it.
Their love will be highly therapeutic on both ends, which should mean big things for their character growth. The only thing is…they seem to be perfectly happy now, and that’s boring when we’re only halfway. The only real trouble I can see still plaguing them is that they killed another player in self-defense – but they never mentioned it again afterwards. Will this happiness be shattered in the episodes to come? As Metanorn’s number one sadist, I always have to ask this question whenever things seem too good to be true.
I actually really enjoyed this episode up until Asuna started her striptease. The duel was exciting and makes Kirito seem a little less overpowered since there’s someone else with a unique ability just as good as his. The Guild outing was also also great, because Kuradeel being outrageously evil and sneaky was pure fun. I knew he was going to betray Kirito somehow when they announced he was on the mission, but I thought it would be during a fight. Asuna appearing to save the day was also expected, but it was still a glorious entrance. Seeing the two get together is great, but if things get too sappy then expect a lot more angry comments. Really though…MARRIAGE!! *sighs* At least girls will stop hitting on Kirito as much.
DAAAAYUMMM this really was one exciting episode! I mean first off we had that duel between Kirito and Heathcliff in the arena and how about that animation? THAT ANIMATION WAS SO AWESOME! I think whenever there is any new fight scene in Sword Art Online because they continue to impress me, but I kind of wanted to see that duel last a bit longer! Ah well I guess we will have to wait for more fighting later on? I think the next set of episodes follow the final girl in the opening which tells me things might be calm for the next few episodes? I could be wrong of course! Who knows maybe another giant boss monster will show up to cause Kirito and Asuna to kick some ass and then a make out session afterwards as his reward? Anyway I am happy with the progression so far and I didn’t really find much to be disappointed with so GOOD JOB SWORD ART you deserve a high five this week.
I think we should leave these two alone…at least until next week…seeya!