…with a side of heart attacks and moe-induced comas.
|Welcome back readers! You are just in time for some epic online adventures with Kirito and Asuna, but I have to be honest with you and say I was not really looking forward to this episode; however I usually find something to talk about and who knows maybe it will be entertaining? I can just imagine the look on OC’s face right now…|
|Yeaaaaah, Fosh and I aren’t so big on romance as much as we are on jumping on the back of a dragon and ripping its wings out while screeching. At least, that’s how I see it. If you want more Metanorn coverage of SAO to make up for all the lovey-dovey shenanigans this week, look no further than our most recent podcast episode or my post on homemade versions of Asuna’s cooking. You get to hear Sushi’s voice for the first time if you listen to the podcast!|
Cute time with Asuna and Kirito
Foshizzel // So this week we join the happily married couple on their virtual honeymoon together after they asked Mr. Heathcliff for some time off, but he mentioned seeing them both on the frontlines very soon! Damn guild leader getting in the way of the “extra-special-leveling” between our two main characters! I didn’t really mind the short clips of them holding hands or lying in bed together because hey those scenes were cute and quite short, but on the other hand they didn’t really do much for me because I haven’t been in those types of situations so yeah the romantic stuff was just filler moments to me. I did laugh when Asuna thought Kirito was younger than her? Wow Asuna you are crazy! Oh and her I want to live with you forever line she gave to Kirito while he slept what was that? Honestly it seems like she has her mind set on staying in Sword Art Online FOREVER; however with the sudden appearance of Yui I think Asuna might change her tune on that subject because she wants to save her. Speaking of Yui for a moment I kind of wished she had purple hair I mean she looks just like Yamada from Working! Oh man I really want some type of Working x Sword Art Online crossover stuffs and I know there already is some fan-art out there for that and I could always do my own right? Oh and why doesn’t Asuna know where Kirito lives? You would think after TWO YEARS together they would have exchanged that information…
Overcooled // Kirito and Asuna…have become a really boring couple. Things moved so fast from confessing to getting hitched that everything they do feels fake. I don’t care about them being together. I want them to ditch the casual clothes (Asuna especially…because she really doesn’t need size XXXXL) and go back to armour and stabbing things more often! I’m relieved that Heathcliff is forcing these two to return to the Frontlines once their fun is up, because I can only watch these two snuggle up to each other for so long. It’s like public displays of affection on the subway – I don’t want to see it! It doesn’t make things any more natural when Asuna is keeping up the tsun act and getting embarrassed at little things despite the fact the two of them have had sex (It’s heavily implied the two of them have got down and dirty, so I’m just going to acknowledge it as fact.)
The arrival of Yui just made things even more domestic and less like an MMO. I found it to be incredibly offputting when Yui called Asuna her mom. My immediate thought was “Oh dear God, someone needs to set this kid right…” This was followed by Asuna getting carried away and adopting the role of her mother to make this poor girl happy for the moment, even though she might have real parents out there somewhere. That is not sweet, that is just creepy. It also accentuates that Asuna and Kirito are married to such a painful extent that I don’t know how long I can tolerate such cutesy antics if it continues.
Children in DANGER YO!
Foshizzel // Now that Yui is in the picture it springs up more questions for me! Like why are there suddenly all these kids playing Sword Art Online? I thought I read that SAO was age restricted or was my mind playing tricks on me. I know Asuna made that comment about the children possibly playing with their parents which isn’t completely crazy because I play lots of MMORPGS with my family! Yeah I know my family is really crazy huh? Maybe these kids are like the next generation super beaters and Kirito and Asuna are going to adopt them and train them. Can you imagine an army of duel wielding children? Doesn’t that just sound fantastic? I mean they can form their own bad ass guild, but fun side note I heard Akarin’s voice from Yuru Yuri she was one of those random kids that they saved! I bet her special power is like invisbility or something like that? So apparently those players wanted to take the children and turn them into workers because they really can’t fight on the frontlines…unless someone trains them? I was still shocked that someone like Yui managed to survive for what two years in the game.
Overcooled // The one topic that interested me the most this episode was a very brief exchange between Kirito and Asuna about the state of their marriage. Kirito tentatively asks Asuna is their relationship will carry over to the real world, and Asuna tells him that’s not even something he should have to ask. They love each other, and the fact that this is a “game” doesn’t matter in the slightest. Their feelings are real. SAO is a very special game though. Most online relationships tend to be very fragile and shaky. People might not even live in the same area, not know what their partner actually looks like and feel doubt about whether their partner is being loyal or not. Most games are just games, so online relationships tend to be taken just as lightly. SAO is special because it is more immersive, you can see the player’s actual appearance, and you get to fight to the actual death alongside them. It is a real world in of itself, so the bonds formed (even among friends) are a lot stronger. That’s not to say that all online friendships and relationships can’t be beautiful, life-enduring things, but it’s a lot more rare.
It makes me wonder what else will carry over when everyone wakes up from SAO and takes off their NerveGear. Will people simply forget the game and suppress all their memories, even the good ones? Will people be plagued by nightmares of their friends dying? Will they try and find their old Guildmates and lovers to stay in touch? I don’t know if SAO has an afterstory, but going back to a normal life after being in a virtual world for that long is not going to be easy. How do you just go back to school or work after killing monsters every day of your life for years? Everyone may be gunning to get out, but things aren’t going to be instantly rosy and beautiful once they wake up. With all this muscle atrophy going on, everyone’s going to need both emotional and physical rehabilitation before they’re on their feet again (literally and figuratively).
Who is Yui?
“Kirito, can we keep her?!” “Sure, I love more harem mem- I mean, uh, sure. Right. Daughter.”
Overcooled // Dearest LN readers, feel free to laugh at my confusion and feeble attempt to work out the answer to the pivotal question “who and what is Yui?”. Laugh, but don’t tell us the answer or if we’re wrong/right! She’s not quite a player and she’s not quite an NPC either. She seems to be some sort of anomaly in the game along the lines of what Aura is to the .hack universe. Like Aura, I’m guessing that she is highly sophisticated game A.I. that can learn and evolve. I think part of why she doesn’t remember anything is that there’s actually nothing for her to remember – she was simply created in her current state. Yui might not even be her actual name. If she can’t pronounce Asuna or Kirito, then her name might be missing a syllable or two as well.
She acts like a baby because these are her first experiences in the world, not because she has retrograde amnesia. Part of what makes her so suspicious is her lack of a cursor and how she says this is the first time she’s been at the Town of Beginnings, which I take to mean that she wasn’t there for that huge talk where all the players learned the horrible truth about their situation. Her mini spasm at the end that triggered some distortion in the surroundings seemed to be a result of her accessing data in the game somehow. She’s unaware of her origins, so she only carries out functions like this by accident. If she really is part of the game, she can probably do a lot of game-breaking things like Aura could and interact with Aincrad unlike any player ever could.
Foshizzel // While Asuna saved those children from danger Yui started to hear some strange voice in her head that caused her to reach to the sky, but it looked like everyone on the first floor heard something similar. I have a sneaky feeling that SAO is going to introduce some cheesy AI storyline that is extremely popular in the .hack\\SIGN universe, but I really hope Yui is not like a collection of data that magically spawned after Asuna and Kirito got together. I also thought the voice Yui heard might be people from the outside world trying to contact her? Like her real family, but of course I still think Yui might be the main game designer’s daughter? I know what you are thinking right now…Fosh…that idea…sounds completely CRAAZZZY! Still the sudden appearance of Yui or any of these children gets your mind going! I really hope we get the answers to this mystery soon with the next few episodes.
This was a pretty painful episode to watch, since it all but abandons the feeling of an MMO setting. It’s just Kirito and Asuna being affectionate and adopting a little girl for an added dose of adorable. Romance is fine when it is not saturated heavily into one episode to the point of bursting. I’m not very fond about Kirito getting married and I have…mixed feelings about Yui. I dislike how she seems to be there just to spark some touching moments between Kirito and Asuna (which my stony heart doesn’t even register as touching), but I do agree that she’s really goddamned cute. I’m also convinced that she is more than just a handy little plot-device to make our lead couple do funny things like adopt a child – haha so witty and cute waow – and actually play her own role in the story. That last static-y scene was very promising.
That was not as dull as I originally thought after seeing the preview! Yeah the whole “I want to stay with you forever.” thing was a bit of a *yawn* moment was a bit uh like we already know that they obviously end up together? Thankfully they didn’t spend the entire episode focused on the romantic moments! If they did I would have been so annoyed, but I understand some of you out there really enjoy those touching scenes…so what about you readers? Did you like the romance stuff and what did you think of the adorable Yui voiced by one of my favorite voice actors Kanae Itou! She is quickly winning the award for cutest character besides Silica of course, right Skylion? Anyway I can’t wait to see what happens next week because I really need some monster fighting instead of afternoon romance with Kirito and Asuna…that and Heathcliff did say I will see them very soon or will they try to run away together? I think next week will give us a new opening and maybe a new ED as well?
What kind of reveals will be get next week? Some more thighs would be fine with me…