The most popular date spot in SAO…for those who can teleport into the sky.
|So here we are folks…fourteen episodes in and Kirito and Asuna are still fighting big ass raid monsters, but I hope our band of heroes win some phat loots this week! In other MMORPG related news my horde guild on WoW finally downed the first two raid bosses in The Mogu’shan Vaults, but we still have four more to go…anyway it is time to talk about this episode of Sword Art Online with Overcooled!|
|Good luck with that, Fosh~ I’ve been getting through my own raid, battling a giant turkey with my stomach. This is part of why I’m posting so late. I had not one, but two thanksgiving dinners! One with my boyfriend and another at my friend’s house. My own family didn’t actually do anything. :/ So, Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who live where it’s that lovely time of year! If you don’t, well, there’s always SAO to celebrate with.|
Time to D-D-D-D-D-D-D-DUEL!
Oh God Oh God It’s still alive DELETE DELETE DELETE DELETE
Overcooled // All this time, Akihiko has been draping himself in the garb of a normal player while secretly watching his trapped subjects from up close. He adopted the role of a player named Heathcliff and fought on the front lines with Asuna’s Guild so that he could get a front row seat, since just laying low wasn’t enough. As a creator, he loves the world he’s made and couldn’t resist admiring his work. The only thing he seems to show a passion for is Sword Art Online. He doesn’t care if players die or not, or even what he’s doing by trapping players in SAO, apparently. He was awfully cruel to Kirito for someone whose motive wasn’t to make people suffer. He went from ruffling Kirito’s feathers and toying with him to saying “well, I have no clue why I did any of that.”
Still, the revelation that he was Heathcliff all this time didn’t fail to surprise me. It was a nice turnaround, since the bosses couldn’t possibly get any more horrifying and difficult to defeat that the one they just fought against. Kirito fighting against Akihiko was pretty cool though. Asuna conveniently sacrificing herself was cheesy and so was Kirito’s last minute death stab, but hey, I’m willing to buy it. This is hardly the first time Kirito survived miraculously with just a sliver of health. This time he just survived with zero health. …And people still say he isn’t overpowered.
Game Over, Man!
Foshizzel // Thanks to Asuna sacrificing herself to save Kirito he managed to pull out a successful win and “defeated” the all-powerful Akihiko or did he? Dun dun duuun! Of course not because that lame game designer is probably still alive and kicking in the real world somewhere. So was anyone else laughing at Akihiko’s main motivation for trapping everyone in Sword Art Online? Maybe laughing really isn’t the correct word and maybe we should use confused instead? I know Akihiko probably wasn’t really doing wrong when he first started developing his game because he was just trying to act out some personal dreams of a flying castle in the sky right? However he really didn’t have any right to screw up player’s lives after all his actions caused a lot of real world deaths. Now if the design team came out weeks later and said hey! There were no real world deaths caused by the game I wouldn’t call Akihiko evil anymore; however I don’t think anyone could simply look past the random mental and physical trauma caused by the game. So now what? With Sword Art Online finished what is going to happen to Kirito? I assume he takes a few months to recover and he probably decides to check out other MMORPGS to search for his OTP? I have some ideas about the rest of the story, but I will wait to see what happens next! I just hope the next game Kirito signs up for does not have some ultimate death penalty if you die…
Overcooled // YEAH, WHAT A DICK. I second everything Fosh said about Akihiko. I’ve been waiting all this time to find out the reason behind trapping helpless players only to learn that there was no reason. The explanatory monologue never came. Thousands of players risked their life for a reason that was forgotten by the grand schemer. Kirito and Asuna just blankly accept it as if his babbling about castles makes any sense, but I find it very hard to take. Part of what makes the reveal so disappointing is that I was expecting Akihiko to explain some vision about why he thought forcing people to play SAO in this manner was morally right. I wanted him to try and justify his methods, only to be shut down in the end by Kirito and Asuna. Akihiko – the big mystery villain – did absolutely nothing, and had no real goals to speak of. I hope he gets arrested for hurting so many people for the dumbest reason ever…because he had no reason.
Raids and Surprise Appearances
Foshizzel // Ohhhhh man…what…the…hell is going on this week!? After successfully working as a team to defeat that creepy skeleton looking monster Kirito discovers something very shocking in the form of Heathcliff being revealed as wait for it…Akihiko Kayaba aka the original game designer the whole time! Were you shocked like me when they revealed that key plot point? I certainly had to stop and think about it for a moment; however I did have to face-palm afterwards because HOW DID KIRITO figure out it was him in the first place? I guess he used his other special character ability called script reading. Just kidding I know he started to piece everything together just based off Heathcliff’s expressionless face after defeating a really hardcore boss, but I think the whole immortal object thing gave him away anyway! At least Mr. Heathcliff err Akihiko gave Kirito the chance to finish the game for good and he was not about to turn down that opportunity!
Now for some other dumb moments like Asuna throwing herself between Kirito and Akihiko during the duel? That was really dumb for me, first of all wasn’t she paralyzed at the time? I mean no one else just magically stood up and moved around to help Kirito? I suppose the power of love gave her the strength to stand and protect her husband, but hey it was still an interesting scene even though it just caused me to get a bit annoyed because it doesn’t really add up and I think Kirito “died” and somehow got saved again? Maybe Yui saved him at the last minute…
Overcooled // Instead of getting his brain scrambled by high-powered microwaves, Kirito is let off the hook despite his HP depleting to zero and given a chance to live. Likewise with Asuna (I would presume). Kirito wakes up in a hospital bed after two years of lying there in what was essentially a coma. I know SAO isn’t exactly aiming for the realistic approach here, but I find it to be annoying how Kirito hardly had any life-sustaining devices (such as a feeding tube, or medical ventilator). He also just stood up and started to walk, which should be impossible for anyone who has laid in bed for that long. They show him as skin and bones as if to say “yeah, we know his muscles are atrophied” and yet he’s able to limp around as if he just slept in for too long and is a little shaky on his feet. I’m no expert, but I think rehabilitation to real life should be a little more difficult than just waltzing out of your hospital bed in search of your waifu.
Sword Art Online can be polarizing. Not just amongst anime fans, but just in one person as well. I have very mixed feelings about this episode that range from exasperation to enjoyment. While sitting there casually on my couch as I relax and watch SAO each week, I could easily say that this show is fun. It’s got lots of action, it’s eventful, and I love the MMO setting. However, it starts to stretch at the seams a bit when I start to think about it. Akihiko not even bothering to recall why he made SAO this way (and not even caring enough to stop what he was doing at that point) was a really horrible outcome for the arc. All that build-up for nothing. What’s going to happen now? They go into another MMO? I really don’t see why this series should keep going, because I can’t think of a single good reason why Kirito and Asuna would ever want to set foot in another MMO. They were so desperate to get married and settle down too. If the rest of the series are the real life adventures of the lovely couple Kirito and Asuna then…*shudder*…I dare not think of it. All in all, SAO didn’t end the arc very well and I have no idea how the hell they think they’re going to start a new one.
This episode was so INTENSE! Seriously from start to finish it kept me hanging on especially with the reveal of Heathcliff’s true identity as Akihiko and I bet the light novel readers are probably laughing, but I have to say thank you for not leaking that bit of information and I bet it was hard to keep a straight face during Kirito’s big duel against Heathcliff huh? I think we all just want to know what happens next to Kirito and Asuna! Thankfully they gave each other their real names, but I would have been asking for addresses and phone numbers? Then again I guess there really wasn’t enough time to do everything at once. Maybe they should have just exchanged emails instead? I think I saw some cover artwork of the next arc for Sword Art Online and honestly I must say it seems to be boring to me or does the next arc pump new life into this series to help it become awesome? I just don’t want a rinse and repeat type of storyline with Kirito playing all of these random MMORPGS and somehow gets stuck inside them over and over again! However I assume the days of “death games” is over for good…hopefully…
Hey, you never know. See you for episode 15~