“Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!”
(This isn’t the best time to mention the guild’s poor pension plan)
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Genre: Game, MMO, Fantasy, Sc-Fi, Age: 13+
Released: 6th July 2012 – onwards
From the previous episode, Kirito duels Heathcliff to allow Asuna to leave the guild. A lot is on the line: if he loses, he and Asuna will have to stay with the Knights of the Blood Oath.
Warning! May contain spoilers!
After a difficult duel, where Healthcliff’s defense was unapproachable, Kirito loses. He joins the guild, and leaves his position as a solo player.
Asuna is glad that he won’t have to be alone while he fights, although they both have to stay.
(Kirito realises that Asuna and him must save hard for their future)
One of the senior members of the guild asks Kirito and Kuradeel to join him in a mission. Kuradeel apologises to Kirito for his earlier behavior.
(“Hey… isn’t Asuna rich?”)
During the mission however, not all is as it seems wen the group’s water is poisoned. They can’t move and are slowly losing HP. Kuradeel reveals his true colours when he starts harming Godfrey.
(Kuradeel turns on the creep mode to psycho…)
His true traget is Kirito, but to ensure that he doesn’t have any witnesses to his crime, he kills Godfrey too.
Sadistally, he enjoys harming and eventually killing Godfrey by stabbing him continuously.
(“Look at the pretty shiny glittery blood…”)
Turning his attention to Kirito, Kuradeel starts harming him as well, and Kirio’s life become severely low. There’s nothing he can do to retaliste, except hope that the poison wears off soon.
(Asuna will be his, even if he has to kill every last player in Sword Art!)
Just as Kirito’s about to reach critcal HP, Asuna leaps out and rescues him. Kuradeel attacks her as well, and Kirito jumps up in time to stop her being harmed, and eventually kills him.
(Rich fighting girls are rare, and Asuna’s worth losing a limb or two over)
Both Kirito and Asuna realise their feelings for each other, and decide to spend the night together. Kirito promises that they will leave the fighting behind and live somewhere peaceful.
(“I’m glad my arm grew back, or it would have been awkward with dual-sword thing..”)
Overall, I felt really disturbed by Kuradeel’s actions. Maybe the betrayal and killing part was expected, but the episode lingers with his murder of Godfrey, especially the stabbing over, and over and over…
The episode was actually good for making some changes that had been hanging around for a while. Kirito’s no longer a lone wolf, and can rely on people. He didn’t lose his macho-ness, and got the girl too.
Kirito and Asuna are now officially a couple, although maybe this just gives Kirito an even better excuse, to stop dangerous things from harming her. As strong as she is, I don’t think I’ve seen Asuna make an active kill… Well, they’re going to retire anyway…
Rated – 3.5/5 Disturbing and strangely deadening episode.