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|Well folks, we have finally reached the end of the ever popular Sword Art Online, but did the final episode leave the door open for a possible second season? Judging by the fan reactions on the interwebs it appears it might be happening because there is still one more vidya game world for Kirito and his friends to explore. What are your thoughts going into this episode Overcooled? I think we can agree that we are so ready for this end~|
|I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect other than a heap of fluffy romance since almost everything was resolved in episode 24. I was mostly just eager to see this series to the end so I could cross it off the list and just forget about it. It is time for SAO to end…at least for now.|
Dangerous Real World Bosses
Foshizzel // After saving Asuna from the evil fairy king Oberon our hero Kirito headed straight to the hospital to pay Asuna a visit; however there was someone else waiting for him to arrive, Mr. Sugou himself! Which I so called in our last review, but why in the world did he bring a tiny freaking knife? I would think he would use a gun or did he pull a Kuradeel card and desired to give Kirito a slow and painful death, maybe he just did not want his fingerprints all over the murder weapon? So did Sugou even stand a chance against Kirito? NOPE sorry buddy you might be taller in the real world, but you can’t possibly stop the hero of Sword Art Online with a weak ass knife. Did anyone notice how badly scared his face was and one of his eyes was all also screwed up, I guess the pain he felt from the ALfhiem Online was so intense that it traveled to his real body! Good thing because he totally missed the killing blow thanks to being blind in one of his eyes…one last thing to mention did his hair turn solid white when he was being interrogated at the police station or was that just my imagination? At least he was arrested so good work Jr. detective Kirito.
IRL Waifu Meet-up
Overcooled // Kirito has a loving reunion with his in-game wife, Asuna, which is a lot less mushy than I thought it would be. Since the two of them spend so much time meeting up with other SAO players, there’s not a lot of time to be lovey-dovey. Still, we get a small glimpse at how the two act in real life. It’s pretty much the same as their relationship in SAO except they don’t have a daughter and Asuna isn’t used to using Kirito’s real name. To her, he will always be the Kirito she met in Aincrad and took care of Yui with. As they continue to play MMOs together, they will most likely maintain that bond as both online and real life partners. I wonder if holding hands, hugging and kissing feels really strange in comparison to how it felt while in the game. Those were only simulated sensations, so it probably feels a bit more real.
However, while these two are reunited and happily dating, Sugu is left in quite the predicament. She’s not even close to being over her brother’s relationship. Not even close! She puts on a brave face, but she still loves him deep down inside. I don’t blame her for not immediately changing her feelings – that’s just not something that’s possible – but it’s kind of sad that she’s left yearning for her brother. It seems like her resolution to slowly get used to them dating has been broken when she asks Kirito to dance with her. She does it because she wants to have a private moment with her brother. She also gets excited to clear Aincrad with him, as if squeezing in more time with him will be a substitute for actually having him as a boyfriend. Poor Sugu is still madly in love with her brother, and it’s a shame the series ends with her still clinging to his cape as if she still has a chance.
Video Game School is Awesome
Foshizzel // I am not sure how much time passed in the official timeline of Sword art online, but I think a year has passed since Sugou was arrested and the world found out about his experiments in ALfhiem Online, sadly all that has given the whole VRMMORPG a bad reputation! Thankfully all of the 300 players that were stuck in ALfhiem Online because of the brain washing experiment have woken up. Now for some fun stuff about this episode! I really enjoyed seeing all the old familiar faces at the special school for the Sword Art Online survivors like Liz and Silica? While it was cool to see them I couldn’t help but facepalm because Liz still LIKES Kirito? COME ON STOP THAT! I swear are there any other “good” guys in this universe besides the main character? I still find it hard to believe…anyway we also saw Yoruko, Kains, Sasha, Yulier, Thinker and my other favorite Klein hanging out at Agil’s bar to have a little celebration for Kirito for beating Alfhiem Online. I wish I could have some big party in the real world with my guild mates for beating video games, sadly there is one person who is not so happy at the party *cough* crybaby Suguha *cough* honestly I don’t think she will ever be happy as long as Asuna is clinging to Kirito…
Overcooled //Although I’m pretty much done with SAO, I would actually potentially be interested in seeing a mini arc about the players getting re-adjusted to society. For one thing, there would probably be a number with varying degrees of post-traumatic stress ranging from mild to severe. Even those who are mentally stable would have to go back to a world that had forgotten them for the most part. They will be coming back to friends who have been changing and moving forward over the last 2 years without them, and might feel uncomfortable talking to a revived ghost from their past. 2 years is a long time and a lot of things change. The SAO players may only be able to form friendships with fellow players since they’re the only ones who they can talk to about the event. Normal people just wouldn’t understand. It’s nice to see them all gathering as friends, but I wonder if these are the only friends they have now. Of course, not everyone is flaky enough to abandon their friends, but for the most part I would imagine that socializing becomes a lot harder. A lot changes in two years.
We did it! We survived to the end! You (reader), Fosh and I did it! *cheers* SAO has been quite the bumpy ride over the past 25 episodes. The first arc wasn’t too bad, as it was packed with a lot of amazing battles and intense showdowns. The fact that all deaths were permanent made every action have weight to it. It didn’t take long for players to die in front of Kirito and change him forever. Sachi’s death in particular hit him hard, and showed how brutal this video game world was. It was an interesting concept, but it got bogged down by girl after girl after girl falling for Kirito or just tagging along with him on various missions. The main story was often ignored for romance, and that never pleased me. Although the fights got more exciting when Kirito showed us his dual-wielding skills, things also got more…cheap. Kirito was so strong that he survived almost every situation with ease. It was ridiculous.
After that mixed first cour, the ALO arc started and really turned me off. While the SAO arc was mediocre overall, the ALO arc was downright bad. With no death penalty in place and only Kirito and his little sister as the main characters, it was a dull rinse and repeat of season 1 with all of the good parts cut out. The only good battle occurred at the very end, and everything else was filled with an incest melodrama that we all knew would end in tragedy given Kirito’s undying love for Asuna. The ALO arc was basically annoying fairy characters blabbering incessantly and waiting for Kirito to do everything for them. We basically sat through the same thing twice, which makes me wonder why the hell they made this 25 episodes. I’m told there’s even another arc, and I can only imagine that this is gonna be deja-vu yet again if I attempt to watch it.
At the very least, this episode ended things nicely. Sugu may still have the hots for her brother, but I don’t think that will ever really be resolved given Kirito’s line to her about deciding his feelings once he got Asuna back. Ugh. However, everything else wraps up nicely. Sugou is arrested, everyone goes to school, and the old gang meets up again for some MMO adventures in Aincrad 2.0! Part of what made SAO a little annoying was the come-and-go nature of the side characters. They never stayed long enough to make you like them, and their side stories just felt like a waste of time as a result. If Kirito travels with a party this time (kinda like in Slayers) then things could be more interesting. Then again, if they’re just clearing the same goddamned dungeons again then ugghhhh why???
Well that was certainly entertaining and yeah I know I usually give this series a hard time, but I actually enjoyed this final ride with Asuna and Kirito who I admit looked really cute together in the real world even though it was kind of setting us up for another adventure especially at the end when the giant floating castle from Sword Art Online appeared? I guess Kirito basically combined both game worlds into one! I wouldn’t mind seeing how fast everyone clears all the floors. Speaking of everyone! I loved seeing how everyone showed up at the end sporting those fancy fairy wings?! I couldn’t help but grin seeing both Silica and Klein flying around! Oh and Asuna adopting a brand new look complete with alternate hair colors.
So what about that egg thing? That part was probably the most interesting besides all the old characters coming back, but what does it mean? For me it just screams possible video game world inspired spinoffs we might get? That program gives anyone out there the power to create their own VRMMORPG. I wonder if that is how Accel World got started in the future, but I know that idea is nothing new to us right now because there are several sandbox type games that allow you to create content and share it with others.
Now for the terrible stuff which made me laugh like Sugu spinning and holding hands with Kirito? What was that? Was it just the creator beating a dead horse? Do they have to really drill in the thought of Sugu getting with her cousin into our skulls? My biggest complaint about ALfhiem online is just that Sugu falling for her cousin! Why would you create a character that loves him so much only to have her fail in the end because he already has someone? I just can’t wrap my mind around that still! Anyway while this series was not the most fun for me this season I still enjoy the concept of Sword Art Online from a gamer perspective, but as an anime it just did not do it for me! Sure the music is fantastic and the animation was amazing it suffers just like Guilty Crown for having a fail story with overpowered characters.
Thanks for reading and I hope you had fun debating and discussing Sword Art Online on Metanorn and before I forget I have to say a huge thank you to Overcooled for sticking with me on this oddball anime series because I had a lot of fun working together!
One last dance for the Fairy Dance arc?