Welcome to another week of the Hype Machine! Sword Art Online finally finished it’s first arc of the Aincrad Saga with a fistful of tears! There was action, drama and suspense! What was not to love? More on that later after we take a look at what the Twitterverse thought!
I really don’t know how I feel about this episode. While I did say that there was action, drama and suspense, it was definitely heavily in favor of the drama. Kirito actually cried! But in all honesty I really didn’t care for it too much. Much of it felt overwrought and suffocated the other aspects of the show that I liked. I mean there was hardly any action in it! Most of the sequences were trimmed down to about a minute, if even that. You would expect that the final battle would at least be a bit more epic.
I understand that a lot of the action is there to only heighten the tension. The series wants us to see how dire each of these conflicts are and in a brief moment you could lose fourteen comrades. That doesn’t mean that the sequences can’t be a bit more grueling and intensive! Maybe I just want to have my cake and eat it to.
With all my negative thoughts aside though, this was a fine end for the arc. It isn’t the finale but it certainly did feel like one. After spending so much time in Aincrad I was a bit sad to see it go. Hell, I think I’m more afraid to see Kirito try and assimilate back into the real world. Too much gaming could do that to you.
Moving forward the show foreshadows a search for Asuna. Considering there are about ten episodes left, I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s what the show preoccupied itself with. I’ve read some of the spoilers just like everybody else and know that there is another game coming up. I hope that the series takes some time away from the game to focus on the two characters in real life. I think it would add an interesting layer to the show and make it that much more engrossing.