She’s got a lot of loot in her treasure chest, if you know what I mean.
|Woop woop time to start your epic questing adventures with Kirito, Yui and Leafa because the team is assembled and ready to pwn some noobs! Just kidding a certain little sister/cousin has to figure out if she is suffering from the feels about Mr. Kirito…oh god…she is going to be so angry…anyway Overcooled are you prepared for this episode?|
|So prepared. My reading week just started today, so I have enough free time to (hopefully) catch up on anime, video games, and blog faster than the speed of sound. My posts will create a sonic boom of grandeur and amazement! …Or maybe I’ll actually work ahead on my neurobiology assignment. Balance is key.|
Exploration Fun with Leafa
Foshizzel // Just like Suguha I had a similar first start in the amazing world of MMORPG gaming after watching and hearing about them from my dad and brother but for some reason I always thought they were so dull and boring, until I gave it a shot and became quite addicted to them even now. So what drove Suguha to explore the virtual world? I think that answer is quite simple because she just wanted to share the experience just like Kirito without the fear of getting trapped in some random video game. I think siblings in general want to do whatever their older or younger siblings do or as my mom and dad used to say monkey see monkey do…yes…my parents were strange! So I know from personal experience my little sister would always get so jealous of me and my brother for riding a bus to school when she had to walk to her elementary school; however her school was like fifty steps from our house! But when she got the chance to ride a bus to her middle school she was like well that was kind of lame. Can you remember any events in your past or even now where you wanted to do similar things like your siblings, cousins or friends because they had fun with it or were you a super cool lone wolf who discovered new and exciting things on your own? Part of me wants Suguha to keep her virtual identity a secret forever; however I that Shinichi Nagata “Recon” will spill the beans after he discovers her brother is really the hero Kirito from Sword Art Online or will he keep it a secret? I guess we will have to wait and find out if he decides to investigate it because I have a feeling he knows the name Kirito.
Anything for My Onii-chan
Overcooled // Without so much as a moment’s hesitation, Suguha drops her connection to her party and forsakes her position as a non-renegade player just to help Kirito. She’s just met him and knows next to nothing about him, yet she still finds the decision an easy one to make. It’s like a repeat of SAO where Asuna’s guild shackled her to her duties and freaked out as soon as she tried to exert even a little bit of freedom. I don’t know why there always has to be a possessive guild or party that can’t tolerate members leaving and has extreme reactions to everything. It’s irritating because I just know this means the party is going to face off with Leafa again and Kirito will end up saving her somehow. Everything always revolves around him. Seeing so many narrow-minded, selfish people who want to hog members to themselves is also pretty dumb. Why would you even party with someone like that in the first place? It’s not like you need to fight to escape back to the real world! JUST CHILL!
It’s great that Suguha does her own thing, but it all seems to come back around to relate to Kirito. She plays ALFO herself, but that’s because of her brother. Likewise, she quits her party and goes to the World Tree just for him (although she doesn’t know it’s for him). She’s a go-getter, but the story is framing everything so that is (unfortunately) revolves around Mr. Harem-magnet. The conversations or monologues about Suguha fawning over him couldn’t have been any more boring. Girl, you shoulda just left the party on your own time and partied it up =A=
Asuna Still In Danger
Foshizzel // Yes Asuna is still stuck dealing with the dumb ass main boss character that has two things on his mind! Taking over the virtual world by altering and stealing memories and the thought of getting “closer” to Asuna! So what is she going to do? Simple for now she just has to play hard to get until Kirito breaks through the cage to save his princess, but how long can she really distract Sugou? I bet she has no idea what he does to her in the real world. Not that any of us really want to know how far his creeper powers go; however there probably is a chapter in the light novel for all your NSFW needs right? While that was annoying and creepy to watch I did grin and cheer when Asuna used the mirror to watch Sugou use his access code for the cage because as we saw in the previous episode her vision was blurry and now we have to wait and see if she even tries to use the code to escape, but I don’t think that will happen because she wants Kirito so save her and to kick the lame Fairy King from his tower of doom.
Overcooled // I didn’t really care much for the sections with Suguha and Kirito this week (*yawns dramatically*) but Asuna dealing with the sleazy advances of Sugou are always fun! Sugou gets even creepier this week, even pulling a maniacal laugh/face combo as he taunts Asuna about their future wedding and how Kirito will be invited. This saddens Asuna, but it also gives her hope to know Kirito is actually alive. Sugou forgot about that little detail. He also fails to notice that mirrors disable whatever sort of visual barrier he had to block Asuna from seeing the passcode to the cage. Now, she’ll have to time her escape properly for it to have any effect, so she’s not home free yet. Her mind is still stuck there, so escape does absolutely nothing for her. Sugou could just snatch her and stuff her back into the cage, and then alter her memories. In fact, I doubt he even needs to re-capture her. He could make her willingly flutter back to him and claim her undying love at his feet if he wanted to. So Asuna will have to be careful with this knowledge. I’m not even sure how Kirito can save Asuna since defeating him in the game does nothing. He would have to gather evidence of Sugou’s secret experiments in order to get people to investigate the issue and free the minds of the players. So far I have no idea how dicking around inside the actual game could achieve that unless Yui does some pretty insane hacking.
Foshizzel // During the episode after Leafa hooks up Kirito with a really GIANT FREAKING sword they start their pre adventure fun, but not before what I assume is her guild leader Sigurd showing up basically acting like WHOA GIRL WHERE YOU GOING? YOU CAN’T LEAVE! I swear that scene made me get so damn irritated because we have seen this before; like seriously Asuna had to deal with her guild letting her go away with Kirito and now Leafa is dealing with the same garbage? I mean sure it isn’t entirely the same, but I guess girls are ultra-rate in ALfheim Online huh? I already know Kirito will be the bamf of this arc and he will save everyone and sadly I think Leafa’s main role right now is just around to provide fanservice in the game world and real world thanks to a shower scene and random undressing events in the real world. Even though Leafa doesn’t really do anything for me personally as a character I still enjoyed watching her interact with Kirito and Yui which showed off some crazy expressions and over the top reactions about loveeeee and liking someone.
In theory, a show that balanced the real world with the virtual world was something that I wanted. Seeing how deeply the game affected people in real life and switching between the two settings for variety sounded great. However, almost all of the time spent “offline” is dedicated to one-sided romance stories involving Suguha, and this woeful use of the real world has me in despair. Why focus on the useless friend who just so happens to like her? Why must every thought Suguha have revolve around Kirito or her love for her cousin (which is the same thing)? The worst part about it is that we don’t even have a 1% of believing all this fawning is going to have any effect on Kirito, because he’s with Asuna. It’s a giant waste of time to put Suguha’s love in the spotlight. Perhaps some of you like it as a tragic story of unrequited love, but it really turns me off. Can we please, please just have more exploring and magic and less of Suguha taking showers while thinking about you-know-who? Those parts are good! It’s just about everything else that has me rolling my eyes until they tumble out of my skull.
Not the best episode ever for me because there really is not a whole lot going on right now with Sword Art Online err I mean fairy incest art online, but there were plenty of good things for plot development all over the place! Like the sneaky red dudes at the end of the episode; however I wasn’t really blown away by that reveal. Will those dudes ever learn? I guess they really like getting owned by Kirito every time they challenge him huh? Aside from the lame ending I enjoyed all the random reactions from Leafa this week because she spazzes out over the littlest things like Yui almost revealing that she likes Kirito? That and her reaction to the pixie stick thing. At this point in the series I just want them to get to the mission of saving Asuna and move onto Kirito versus Sugou in an epic showdown, but I know we have to endure these “building up” episodes with Suguha fighting her feelings for Kirito.
What happens when you max it out? Will the censor mist disappear? TUNE IN NEXT WEEK TO FIND OUT!