THEN DON’T WATCH IT! Unless you are being compelled too by magic. In that case I forgive you!
I don’t know how I feel about this episode to be completely honest. Sure it gives Asuna and Kirito some time to develop their relationship in more normal fashion, but at times this outing feels boring. The two have decent chemistry together, so its a bit off putting to see them really do nothing together. Sure there is the whole bit where they find a girl lost in the woods who forcibly makes the pair her adoptive parents, but none of that quite piques my interest.
Ultimately I feel that Yui won’t actually move the plot forward. The progression of this story lies in the front lines. The more time Kirito and Asuna spend away from it, I think the show will be less enjoying. That’s where all the action and drama is! Understandably the honeymoon is a step that two needed to take. I just hope the series doesn’t preoccupy itself with this hiatus with too many episodes. Two would be the optimal amount.
My biggest complaint would have to be Asuna’s character arc. Her narrative begins with her as a brooding individual that eventual becomes and strong and competent leader. I saw the before and after, but most say it’s the journey that’s most important. Not seeing her mature as a person makes me feel a bit detached from her. Considering that this series has taken a turn for romance, its important to be able to connect with both parties of the relationship.
All things considered, this was an underwhelming outing, but I know #SAO has the chops to deliver something great so I am not too worried. Until next week!