Dec 26, 2012

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Sword Art Online episode 25

It’s too bad that I didn’t watch this episode after this week’s Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun, because it might’ve cured the disappointment. This is how an ending should be, people! It’s absolutely no wonder that Sword Art Online managed to get itself on the list of top forty  anime of all time within just a couple of episodes.

[HorribleSubs] Sword Art Online - 25 [720p].mkv_snapshot_04.55_[2012.12.25_20.35.17]This episode was to take care of everything. It was supposed to leave no stone unturned, no crack in the story left unfilled and no mystery left unsolved. I think it’s safe to say that they succeeded beyond their wildest dreams? I for one have no more questions. This one episode answered it all. Now that’s what I call an amazing ending!

I was kind of surprised when psycho virgin waited on the hospital’s parking lot to ambush Kazuto. I did not see that coming. I guess he didn’t like to be defeated by Kazuto, a mere player, when he was supposed to be the game admin. Kazuto disarmed him, beat him up and left him there. Wut? I would’ve beat him half to death, tied him up and called the police to pick him up. Kazuto only defended himself, after all…

[HorribleSubs] Sword Art Online - 25 [720p].mkv_snapshot_13.59_[2012.12.25_20.35.50]It was quite moving when Kazuto walked into Asuna’s hospital room. She had finally been freed from her virtual prison after all those years… It was quite moving to see those two meet face to face in the ‘real’ world for the very first time. It was absolutely perfect! The balance between romance and drama was just right, as can only be expected of Sword Art Online.

Everything ended. The remaining players were freed, Kazuto found a purpose to use “The Seed” and his relationship with his sister is still holding strong. It’s too bad that I didn’t get to see an x-amount of years later scene, but that’s not important. What’s important is that they explained everything. Sword Art Online is truly a must-buy anime. No more need be said. Happy Christmas!

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Dec 20, 2012

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Sword Art Online episode 24

What the hell is going on with Sword Art Online? The story’s pace was slow until now, so why did it suddenly break the sound barrier? This is what I was afraid of. Too much happened in one episode, and I believe that it happened too fast.

[HorribleSubs] Sword Art Online - 24 [720p].mkv_snapshot_03.57_[2012.12.19_22.04.43]We spent the past few episodes watching Kazuto and his little sister play this new game, a game where the player actually flies for a brief period of time before having to recharge that ability. He made some new friends, defeated a few enemies and actually farmed enough gold to save two classes from being defeated by another, invading class of players.

Do you get the picture now? Kazuto did all that during the past few weeks, yet how did he, in one single episode, find the correct key, allow his fairy friend to decrypt and use it, walk up to the final stage and meet up with Asuna, the girl he fell in love with, only to end up defeating Oberon, that psychotic nerd that actually tried to virtual-rape Asuna infront of Kazuto.

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I’m not saying that it wasn’t fun when Kazuto suddenly overpowered him. Even I wouldn’t have thought about the possibility of Akihiko leaving Kazuto will all of his administrative powers. It makes sense; Akihiko came to like Kazuto after he was defeated by him, and ALfheim Online is practically the same as Sword Art Online, which explains why Kazuto had all of his old gear and skills when he first started.

It’s a shame that it came to this, but I have high hopes for the final episode. Asuna has finally logged out after all those years, and Kazuto is probably going to the hospital lickety f*ckin’ split. It’ll be quite touching when he kisses her in real life for the very first time. Part of me wishes that both her father and psycho geek are there when (and if) that happens.

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Dec 13, 2012

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Sword Art Online episode 23

Good episode, but I start to get the feeling that the end is going to be affected by how slow the pace has gotten. Sword Art Online has made a huge impact, and it would be a terrible waste if they messed up the ending by suddenly going too fast. The ending needs time, it needs the right combination of drama and romance.

I could say many things about this episode, but Suguha surprised me the most. I thought that she would’ve given up on her brother’s mission to save Asuna from the clutches of that evil virgin. And yes, the guy’s a virgin. Why else would he want to have virtual sex with Asuna? He could’ve just let her wake up, have actual sex with her and put her back in the game after he finishes.

All jokes aside, I don’t see how Suguha can continue to look her brother in the eyes. She openly confessed to him, yet she continues to help him. I’m not saying that she doesn’t like him anymore, because she does. Why else would she turned down her school friend’s confession? She’s probably still clinging to the idea of dating her brother.

That’s one part of it though. The other part, the part that should stand in the spotlight, would be the fact that Kazuto, with the help of all his friends in ALfheim Online, took another shot at clearing that quest. Only then could people tell that the game wasn’t created for people to finish it, but for them to play it endlessly.

Now, I have wondered why Asuna specifically dropped that black access card item. I didn’t make sense at the time. Never could I have imagined that it was to be used to allow Kazuto to pass through that gate, a gate that wasn’t ever going to open on its own. I had come up with a different theory where Kazuto (or his fairy friend) would obtain GM rights to make the fight between him and ‘Mr. Virgin’ a fair one. How interesting…

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Dec 5, 2012

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Sword Art Online episode 22

We’re here! After weeks of waiting, were finally here! I was starting to think that they were planning to wait till the last two episodes before Kazuto and Suguha became aware of the fact that they were actually playing the game with one another.

The first half consisted of Kazuto’s stubborn attempt to reach the top of the tree by participating in that quest. A quest where the player has to reach the top alive. This sounds easy enough, right? Think again. You have to pass an army hundreds of enemies, both close range and long range, before you can actually reach the end. Do the math; one hard-core gamer versus hundreds of well-coordinated enemies. It’s that Suguga, his little sister, followed him in to get him out in time. She had very little time to revive him, otherwise he would’ve had to start all over again.

That’s when it became clear to them that they were playing with each other, not with some unknown person from god only knows where. Suguha took it the worst. Not only the she find out that her brother, someone just came out a long, game-induced coma, has started playing again, but she also found out that she’s actually in love with him (I think?).

She appears to be clinging to the fact that they aren’t actually related by blood. She thinks of that as an excuse to date, even though it’s probably still more than just frowned upon. She is torn between her feelings for Kazuto and about his feelings for Asuna, whom he is trying to save right now. I hope she will continue to help him in his quest to free Asuna, although the chances of that are very small.

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Nov 29, 2012

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Sword Art Online episode 21

Oh, oh… My hope levels are rising again! I was slowly starting to lose faith in Sword Art Online, as it felt as though we were back where we started. But, although it still seems that way, I’m starting to get hopeful once more. It was the kind of episode that makes you want to see more and more straight away.

We all know Asuna, a feisty girl that doesn’t have any problems with speaking her mind. She almost managed to escape and log out of that dreadful game. She would’ve succeeded if it weren’t for those two staff members. That’s when I started to get a little hopeful. Sure, I was down again when she failed to escape, but I’m sure that she’ll get another opportunity like that if she keeps trying.

Kazuto even ended up taking his little sister to the hospital to see Asuna. That time could’ve been better spent on levelling and finding a way to reach the top of that tree, but I suppose this is fine too. Besides, Kazuto didn’t even know for sure that Asuna was at the very top of that tree. He was just assuming based on the picture he saw.

However, his assumptions were soon turned into reality when his virtual fairy daughter detected Asuna’s presence. Kazuto, probably more motivated than ever before, will now have to find a way to reach the top. I’m looking forward to that, but I’m also looking forward to the moment where brother and sister finally realize that they have been playing that game with each other all this time. That should prove to be quite the amusing scene. Kazuto will probably be fine, but his little sister, a girl that has fallen in love with the character Kirito, her brother’s character, will probably be so embarrassed that she won’t be able to look him in the eyes.

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Nov 22, 2012

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Sword Art Online episode 20

It’s been twenty weeks already, huh? Twenty awesome weeks filled with Sword Art Online. It’s strange that Bakuman, a show that does even better in ratings than Sword Art Online, gets realised so irregularly. I guess we just can’t have it all…

I had a feeling that it would turn out like this. Kazuto isn’t the type of person that would abandon his friends. He proved that when he was still stuck inside Sword Art Online. So, I knew that he would help out Suguha’s friends against the invading Salamander forces. I didn’t know that he would lie to them though, despite the fact that it didn’t work out in the end.

It seemed quite unfair that Kazuto, having started the game only a few days ago (their time, not ours), managed to defeat their general with his amateur gear. I did expect to see him dual wield two swords again though. After all, it’s a skill that made him so known in Sword Art Online. Authors don’t usually drop something as important like that. They usually bring it back later on.

Anyway, Kazuto defeated their general, stopped the invasion and ensured that justice was brought down upon the traitor that was responsible for all of this. Not bad for a day’s work. It was pretty funny when everyone suddenly wanted Kazuto to join them. They even tried to persuade him through their digital bodies. What kind of person would be persuaded by a pair of big, digital breasts? I wouldn’t (seriously). They must’ve thought that he was some kind of hard-core NEET that never gets out to meet any girls. Poor guy… At least he’ll get Asuna back, providing she actually manages to escape.

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Nov 15, 2012

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Sword Art Online episode 19

Why do things always take a weird turn in Sword Art Online? It went from weird to bizarre. Why? I honestly don’t get it, but the fact that there are few episodes remaining is what worries me most. I’ve been hearing a lot of bad remarks about the ending…

This episode continued with Kazuto and Suguha’s guest to reach that almighty tree. Their journey soon came to a temporary standstill when they found out they were being followed by a group of players looking to kill them, a group known as “Salamanders”. So far so good, except for that strange pet that tracks other players. It’s an interesting idea, I suppose, but I’m not a big fan of it. I did like the ability where a player like Suguha can make herself invisible for as long as she (and other players) remain quiet. Very interesting indeed.

Also, what’s up with Kazuto’s new transformation ability? I am well aware that in many games like World of Warcraft, Conquer Online, Lineage II and many others, that a player can transform into an animal after sacrificing quite a few Mana points (MP). But come on, what was up with that form? I thought that Kazuto’s class wasn’t meant for fighting? That was a little bit unexpected.

I’m looking forward to the next episode. I want to know more about that transformation and about why they were attacked. What’s the point in one side cooperating with another? There’s only one side that can win in the end.

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Nov 8, 2012

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Sword Art Online episode 18

Hey guys, is it just me or is Sword Art Online becoming more aggressive? Or rather… It’s making me, the viewer, a bit more aggressive. It’s been eighteen weeks now since the start, yet we keep seeing the exact same result, even though it’s a new chapter (for lack of a better word).

It’s nice that Kazuto hasn’t given up hope on his girlfriend, Asuna. I completely agree. That character should be like that, but to start a new game like this? I don’t know. It doesn’t get us anywhere. We have only a few episodes left and Kazuto has started all over again. He may have his levels and some skills, but he as to acquire all the information he can about that new game in order to save Asuna.

Basically, what I’m trying to say is; it’s pointless. I like the fact that his in-game character can fly now. I like the fact that he is playing with his sister right now, even though both of them aren’t aware of it yet. I like most of it. Yet… I can’t seem to like the fact that Asuna is still being held captive inside another game.

Anyway, what’s done is done. I didn’t make it. Hell, I couldn’t even think of such an incredible story, let alone put it on paper. It just feels that we have started all over again, that’s all. I would’ve change the in-game part. I would’ve let Asuna wake up. I would’ve let Kazuto fight for her in the real world, instead of sending that character straight into a new game. Think about it; how great would it be if those two lovebirds, two people that were both stuck inside a game for ages, eloped to some place, just so that they could be together? That would’ve been one hell of an ending.

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