Sword Art Online (Part 2)

Type: Alfheim Online

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Synopsis: Two months after getting stuck in an MMO, but not taking place in another season for some reason, video game nerddddd Kirito signs up for another monthly subscription to save his online girlfriend from a date rapist. This new MMO has a bunch of flying elves, which is…cool? Elves were in Lord Of the Rings, so I think that makes them cool. Kirito basically has a week to save the love of his life and prevent a totally legal marriage while she’s in a coma. Plus, he gets to fly around with a really busty blondy that may or may not be his incestuous sister. Anime everybody!

Pros: You know, the idea of Sword Art taking place in other MMO worlds is cool, and it would have been cooler if the show just bit the bullet and made Ep.15-25 another season. It’s nitpicky, but it would have made it simpler to separate both halves. The show still keeps its quality action scenes and gaming jargon, and I liked that Kirito got a Navi-like figure. Very Legend of Zelda. I also liked Leafa, in that I liked that Kirito traveled with another person for the majority of his time in Alfein Online.

Cons: First off, the incestuous sister story troupe needs to stop. None of this “technically not related” bullshit can make up for the gross factor. Second, I didn’t feel as emotionally invested in the Alfein Online storyline as I did with Sword Art. Kirito can’t actually die in this game, and you know Asuna will be rescued. Speaking of that, why did they have to marginalize Asuna so much? She went from bad-ass fighter to damsel in distress, in the worst possible way. She’s stuck in a bird cage, cries for Kirito to save her, and worst of all, she gets sexually harassed and constantly threatened with assault in almost every scene she shows up in. For a minute, it looks like she was going to escape and maybe work her way down the fortress while Kirito works his way up, but nope. Instead she’s attacked my tenticle monsters. For reals, that’s a thing that happens. The bad guy in this is also just the worst kind of slime. Also, for only having a week, Kirito seemed in no hurry and screwed around a whole lot.

Watch it?: Everyone lives. There, now you don’t have to watch it. (3/5)

MVP: Yui

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“Daddy” was annoying, but she was very helpful when you think about it.

Best Episode: Ep. 19 “The Lugru Corridor” (Giant Summon)

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