Never tell a gamer that it’s “just a game.”
|Oh hey look only two episodes left! What will we do without this series? Just kidding I am sure we will see a second season of this strange series in the future, anyway what is on your mind this time Overcooled?|
|With such a devoted fanbase, I wouldn’t be surprised if this got another season later on either. As for now, I just need to focus on the current moment. If I start thinking about all the exams I have to write, I’m going to explode. I need to take this one day – and one episode – at a time.|
Invisible Walls of Failure
Foshizzel // Ah, the plague of any open world video game! Those damned invisible walls! But what purpose do they serve other than keeping players out of forbidden zones? I don’t know much about programming in video games but most of the time invisible walls protect us from glitches. However in the world of ALfhiem Online the wall is placed around the tree to prevent cheaters or people that wish to exploit certain in-game mechanics like the idea of using other players backs as a springboard to save your flight timer. While that sounds perfectly normal to everyone else playing this game, Kirito on the other hand simply sees the wall as a barrier that is keeping him and Yui away from Asuna! While I was watching our hero bash his head against that wall over and over again part of me was waiting for Yui to simply hack into the game code and create a small opening for Kirito. Thankfully that did not happen even though Asuna was able to drop a random keycard through that wall…yeah…how was that possible? Honestly at this point I don’t really care, but I suppose you could just say it was the power of mushy Loveeeee or some other special feeling that allowed for such things to happen.
His left hand is just equipped with “badass”
Overcooled // If you couldn’t tell by now – I’m all about the action in SAO. Whenever we’re spoiled rotten with gorgeous fight scenes, I feel my heart swell with warm fuzzies (which may or may not be a fatal condition inhibiting my blood flow). Kirito’s attempt to fly to the top f the World Tree was undoubtably my favourite action sequence of the entire series. Fighting while flying actually looks incredibly badass, I must say. Even watching Leafa flit around to dodge arrows was exciting. What really sealed the deal was Kirito once again entering his berserk mindset where he puts blinders on to everything else aside from saving Asuna. In the end, that was probably his downfall. He’d have been better off dual-wielding than using schoolyard bully techniques such as crude punches and clumsy throws. This is a game where you have magic (MAGIC!!!) yet it is woefully underutilized in battles. I know Spriggan’s aren’t known for spells that make them great at combat, but that “transform into a giant monster” spell might have done some damage, no? Don’t they have defensive spells to block arrows, either? I think if Kirito takes the time to plan his attack, he’ll be fine. But the dude was literally bashing his head on the ceiling to get to his ladyfriend minutes before, so the concussive damage didn’t really help him. I’m actually a bit glad they didn’t pull a “but he lives with 1hp!” BS stunt. This should give him some time to rethink things, and maybe wait up for that raid party the Caith Siths and Sylphs promised to send. …They’re still coming, right?
Fight the Power, Mr. Kirito
Foshizzel // With the realization that Asuna is within our heroes reach he dashes off to save his princess, but there is just one issue with that mission! Kirito has to fight his way through several dozen waves of “raid” level NPCS before he can clear the first floor of the world tree. Sword Art Online gets a lot of hate because of the dull storyline and boring characters, but when it comes down to animation A-1 Pictures pulls out all the stops and knocks out some cool action scenes even though most of the time we only see Kirito kicking ass every week! So does our hero successfully clear the first floor of the world tree? Yes and no because he gets really close to the finish line only to be shot by several arrows and stabbed by lots of sharp freaking swords. I know that was completely shocking huh? Usually he is able to defeat any monster that tries to challenge him. Normally I would laugh at his failure, but I know the creators just want us to feel bad for him right now. That said I don’t really feel bad for him because hey I know he will figure a way to save Asuna with or without some cheap tactic.
Overcooled // I thought I would dread the moment Sugu would hear the bad news about being dumped twice in a row, but I actually liked how it played out. Fancy that! It was extremely dramatic, but I think I needed to see Suguha really express her feelings outwardly some more instead of just bottling it all up. I’m kind of impressed that she had the strength to confess everything to her brother all at once, even though she knew it wouldn’t help the situation. Confessing is reaaallly hard in of itself…let alone confessing after you’ve essentially been pre-emptively rejected. I guess I prefer the incest storyline when they take it seriously instead of it just being in there so Leafa can blush and perform cliche after cliche of fawning over her precious onii-chan. It feels less like something thrown in for pandering and more like a decent plot element. I genuinely felt bad for Suguha! I even felt some sympathy towards Kirito! He didn’t even know his sister felt this way, and he’s just had a torrent of emotions unleashed on him in the midst of his own struggles trying to save Asuna. So now he feels like a huge dick for being oblivious to his sister’s feelings all this time and just focusing on Asuna Asuna Asuna. Which isn’t pleasant, because now he has to question himself when he’s been doing the right thing all this time. I have no idea how these two are going to make up with this much of a rift between them now, or how Kirito will be able to focus on saving Asuna without feeling at least a bit guilty.
Foshizzel // Finally the moment we have been waiting for Sugu learning the truth that Kirito is really her cousin! Dun dun duuun! While that was nice to finally get out in the open, I know most of you out there probably feel really bad for her right now because she had her heart crushed before our eyes, but if you have been watching Sword Art Online you had to know that was going to happen eventually right? I mean time after time all these random girls have either fallen in love with Kirito or had some type of feelings towards like friendship or seeing him as a possible older brother type? Yeah I know I knock on this series a lot week after week, but part of me does feel bad for her while the other half is kind of shrugging because I knew this was going to happen anyway…so what would you say if Kirito forgot about Asuna and went for Sugu? I mean would you be fine if they went full on incest route? Personally I don’t really care too much for incest based in anime because it is everywhere and most of us are used to that theme with every season, but I know some real cultures out there have no issues with cousins getting married.
Go figure, I really liked this week’s episode! It had plenty of jaw-dropping fighting combined with some romance drama that I actually didn’t mind seeing. Maybe it’s because Suguha and Kirito were moving further OUT of a relationship. That means no more useful fawning. As Fosh said…we all knew this would happen eventually. It was only a matter of time. It’s very relieving now that it’s actually happened! It leaves a lot of questions for next week such as whether Kirito will stop and comfort Sugu or keep going for Asuna and if Sugu will eventually come around and get over her heartbreak (at least on the surface in order to help him). Asuna will most likely be saved at the very end, but will she create an awkward situation with Sugu when that happens? Anyways, I’d better not get too far ahead of myself. Kirito still has some work to do before he can bust his way to the top of the World Tree.
That was certainly a crazy episode, we had some intense action as we watched Kirito fight several waves of high level NPCS and then he got totally owned in a matter of minutes!? Good god I thought he had that in the bag! I mean, sure we need to have that happen to our main hero every once in an awhile, but I can only count a few times that Kirito actually got owned. At least Leafa was around to save him and or he would have lost lots of items in the process, but I was reading somewhere that if he waited for the full timer he probably wouldn’t resurrect near the world tree? Besides the cool action provided by A-1 Pictures we got the dramatic moment with Leafa hearing the name Asuna which of course triggered Sugu to instantly put things together about Kirito…yeah…poor Sugu suffered the same fate as lots of other SAO girls! Falling in love or having certain feelings for the main character! Damn it Kirito stop breaking every heart. I think he should start shaking hands and say “Hi there, my name is Kirito and I have a girlfriend so don’t develop any feelings for me k thx bye.” Maybe that will work? So how long will it take for Sugu to snap out of her funk and help her brother save Asuna? She only has two episodes to decide! GO GO GO!
Now you can buy allll the Asuna tentacle rape doujins you want! See you next week~