Nov 1, 2012

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Sword Art Online episode 17

This particular episode really makes one want kill people. Oh well, at least it’s pretty fast paced right now. No more levelling, guilds or fights between people with special abilities. I hope things stay that way. Sword Art Online didn’t get popular because of all that.

Kazuto handed in his dual wielding ability or a pair of magical wings, we know that much now. But what about the consequences? It’s only a matter of time before that old man finds out that Kazuto, the boy that finished Sword Art Online, is now playing his game as well. But hey, we’ll get to that later. Let us focus on the fact that Kazuto started playing yet another evil game. Let us focus on the fact that met a young female player that decided to help him reach that castle. Let us focus on the fact that that young female player is none other than his little sister. There’s just so much to talk about…

Let’s quickly focus on that four-eyed bastard. He currently runs the company behind this new game, the game that uses Sword Art Online’s engine and coding. He had the audacity to visit Asuna in the hospital and confront Kazuto, when he’s actually the one keeping her imprisoned inside this new game. It’s still a bit complicated and I might have made a mistake or two, but I’m pretty sure that he doesn’t want Asuna’s father to find out what’s really going on.

That is probably where Kazuto comes in… It’s only a matter of time before he figures out how things are. He doesn’t strike me as the type that will run towards Asuna’s father to tell him what’s going on with his daughter. Besides, her old man wouldn’t believe him anyway.

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Oct 25, 2012

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Sword Art Online episode 16

I’m shocked. I’m completely and utterly shocked. I knew that it was safe to expect a lot of drama, but this… This was beyond my expectations. I hate to say it, I really do, but I’m not too sure I’m happy about it all. This could either go very well or end up very badly.

I can’t believe that Kazuto, after having been stuck inside that dreadful game for over two years, dove right into another, yet very similar game. The games are similar because both of them use the same engine and coding. The setting is the only thing that’s different. This time it’s an adventure game where the characters are flying fairies and whatnot.

So yeah, Kazuto started playing the game. However, he soon realized that his character data from Sword Art Online was still intact. In fact, his entire character remained the same, except for his items and dual wielding skill. His fighting skills, defending skills and all his other stats remained the same. That part I liked! I don’t want to see him start from level one again. We passed that point long ago.

It is a ridiculous decision he made. But, even though I hate to say it, he had good reason to do so. Asuna may or may not be inside that game. We all know she’s still in a coma. But she’s not dead. Not yet. A player supposedly died in the real world as soon as he/she was killed in Sword Art Online, which proves that she’s still alive. Chances are that’s she’s inside that new game alright, seeing as it uses the same system and all. Hell, even their “daughter”, an A.I. from Sword Art Online, was restored as soon as Kazuto pulled her out of his inventory. It’s safe to assume that we are about to embark upon a new journey throughout a new people-killing game. Yay…

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Oct 18, 2012

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Sword Art Online episode 15

So I watched this episode very carefully, but what am I supposed to say about it? It was pretty interesting and good, but by no means one of the best. Problem after problem keeps appearing before Kazuto. It’s only a matter of time before he goes nuts.

Asuna is still unconscious. My guess that she had survived Sword Art Online in time was wrong, unfortunately. She was still in the hospital. Kazuto visited her a lot, until he got to hear that she was to be married to some guy, Kazuto’s new enemy. He didn’t care much for her wellbeing. He just wanted to get his hands on her father’s company, probably. A bit too obvious, but I’ll just go with it.

Kazuto, known as the hero nowadays, tried very hard to resume his life. He spent some time with his family, worked on personal issues and even continued his school life (from what I understood). Frankly, the only thing we have to focus on is Asuna’s current situation and Kazuto’s quest to save her before that horrible man gets his hands on her.

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Oct 11, 2012

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Sword Art Online episode 14

This was the most dreadful, yet most amazing episode so far! I cannot believe how Sword Art Online keeps blowing away my expectations. I sat the bar sky high, but Sword Art Online launches itself into space. I know we’re just halfway, but I had to make sure. This episode felt as though the end was near, but no… It clearly says that Sword Art Online has twenty-five episodes.

The episode continued with their fight against that boss. Sure, they defeated it after having sacrificed a lot of people, but it didn’t end there. Kazuto has always been suspicious of his guild leader, ever since he did that one on one, so he decided to attack him head-on, only to find out that he’s a GM (game master) and the creator of the entire game. He is the one behind Sword Art Online. I could now believe I saw that. I could not believe that Kazuto ended up fighting him with everyone’s lives at stake. Hell, I couldn’t even believe he ended up winning against him, thereby setting everyone free.

This is where things take a turn for the worse. Asuna took a fatal blow when she tried to save Kazuto from being killed. She may have spent her last moments with Kazuto, but I don’t know whether or not she survived in the end. She ‘disappeared’ and I don’t know whether or not she passed away in the ‘real’ world too or if Sword Art Online logged everyone out in time for her to be saved.

Also, I thought it was pretty cool to see Kazuto wake up. He’s been in the hospital for a long time, so it was pretty cool to get that feel of realism when I saw that long hair of his. I know realism doesn’t exactly spell out Sword Art Online, but still… I was moved and I love it, and that’s all that really matters here. Now we just have to wait for the next episode.

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Oct 4, 2012

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Sword Art Online episode 13

Oh boy, I’m probably going to piss off a few fan boys with this post, but no guts no glory. I just can’t help but feel disappointed after watching this episode. It doesn’t really affect my opinion about Sword Art Online in general, but still…

The episode starts out pretty strangely. Kazuto is honing his fishing skills, when suddenly he meets an elderly man. The old man catches the fish, unlike Kazuto, so Kazuto decided to invite him to his ‘house’, so that Asuna-chan can prepare a nice meal. The hungry man was all too happy to accept, after which a messed up friendship unfolded. What is up with that? I don’t want to watch a scene where Kazuto and Asuna team up to catch a four-legged fish. Not after hearing that dramatic story about how that man gave up on his real life and about how all the players will die eventually without real food, as they are probably all in hospitals right now.

It was really lame. They started out with an easy-going first half, only to surprising us with an action-filled second half. Both Kazuto and Asuna are once again fighting for their lives, even though it’s not out of free will this time. Sure, both of them may want to go home, and that can only be accomplished by completing the game, but we mustn’t forget that they are just taking orders from their guild leader.

I wish they had started right away with the action. Start with that story about how the players are in hospitals and will probably die without any real food soon, after which you start that whole boss scene. That would’ve been so much better. The kind of strange comedy that we’ve seen this week doesn’t suit Sword Art Online very well. Maybe that’s just me though…

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Sep 27, 2012

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Sword Art Online episode 12

I’m afraid my posts will be very short for the next few days, as I have hurt one of my arms, rendering me unable to type properly. It’s really too bad, because there’s a lot that I want to say about this episode.

This episode made my week. I didn’t like it when Asuna and Kazuto gained a child like that. Be serious for once. I was especially happy when that girl turned out to be a malfunctioning program of Sword Art Online. It was a good thing too, as both their lives were saved thanks to her. It was a shame that she was deleted, but I’m pretty sure that it was for the best. I really didn’t like the thought of those two raising a virtual child. This type of story doesn’t allow for it. It’s supposed to stay interesting, dramatic and adventurous. That’s the way I know Sword Art Online.

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Sep 20, 2012

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Sword Art Online episode 11

Say whatever you want, but this was one strange episode. It’s more like I couldn’t grasp the meaning behind it. Boy and girl like one another. Boy and girl form a couple. Couple go out for a walk in the woods. Couple finds lost, unconscious girl in woods. Couple takes girl with them. That is seriously some strange stuff.

Let me just start this off by saying that I’m pretty happy about the way things are going right now. The relationship between Asuna and Kazuto is progressing nicely and their trouble with the guild seems to be over for the time being. It’s too bad that they actually had to ask for that guy’s permission. The idea of asking someone for temporary freedom is strange in general.

Since when do you have to ask for permission when leaving a guild? Since when do you have to ask for permission when you want to do your own thing in the game? Granted, I haven’t played that many MMORPG’s, but the ones that I have played are pretty different from what I’ve been seeing for the past few weeks.

Anyway, Asuna and Kazuto brought that girl with them. Is it a coincidence that they, out of thousands of remaining players, were the ones to find that girl, a girl with no cursor and strange abilities? I doubt it. I will say this though; I don’t like the idea of Asuna and Kazuto becoming virtual parents. I believe that there’s a firm limit to how ‘unique’ you can make these things.

Oh, and I would also like to mention that things are getting out of hand too. The players in Sword Art Online seem to be getting very possessive. They are trying to obtain money, items and god only knows what by force. The strangest thing is, is that they are doing it in safe areas. Quite the interesting turn of events.

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Sep 13, 2012

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Sword Art Online episode 10

I never thought that I would say this about Sword Art Online, but what a disappointing episode. I just don’t understand it. This episode could have been the best one yet. The relationship between Asuna and Kazuto has finally reached a new level, yet Kazuto is tied to that guild right now.

I was hyped beyond belief after last week’s episode. Kazuto would have to face Asuna’s guild leader in a one-on-one match. Win and Asuna goes with you, lose and you join our guild. Those were the stakes. Kazuto gave it his all, used that dual wielding ability of his and still ended up as the loser.  I’m not saying there was foul play, although there was something strange about that guy’s abilities. I’m just saying that I cannot accept the fact that both Kazuto and Asuna are being forced to stay part of that guild without the ability to leave whenever they see fit. I know that I’ve made it very clear in the past that I hate it when the protagonist keeps winning all the time, but I wouldn’t have minded this time.

Anyway, I’m going to skip over that whole team killing thing where Kazuto almost died. That creep attacked him, Asuna saved him and Kazuto ended up taking his life. Nicely done, Kazuto. No, I just want to skip straight to the point where their relationship reached that wonderful new level.

It started out as a simple case of miscommunication. Asuna was under the impression that Kazuto wanted to have sex straight away, even though he only wanted to stay at her place for the night. That was pretty funny and interested, as Asuna showed that she was up for it. No, Kazuto just wanted to make it very clear how he feels about her (before it’s too late). That was the only good thing about this week’s episode. It would’ve been perfect would Kazuto not have lost like that. Still, I’m once again hyped up about next week’s episode, so it’s all good!

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