Sword Art Online II – 22
「旅路の果て」 (Tabiji no Hate)
Well then! Let me go find my box of tissues…
Traversing The Line Between Realities
Before getting into how the episode itself didn’t get me tearing up until the very end and how that makes me very mad at both myself and the creative team behind the episode, let’s have some real talk about this arc as a whole and some of the harsh realities it decided to highlight. Yeah, I know that the arc itself hasn’t come to a close just yet but I can’t help but think next week is going to be even sadder. And by then I might be too busy wiping my face.
From the very beginning of the Mother Rosario arc, it’s been extremely clear that Asuna’s been the main heroine. Taking the spotlight straight from Kirito’s hands (for the most part), it’s been a pleasure seeing the story from a different perspective. While it’s a bit of a departure from the game-focused material that I personally love, there have been constant reminders that you can’t run from real life no matter how hard you try. From Asuna’s overbearing mother with a wicked tongue but honest intentions to Yuuki and the Medicuboid that’s literally keeping her alive, it’s never been clearer that an important and rather harsh world exist outside the game.
And while I don’t expect to see any of our beloved characters have a life changing realization about how they view the worlds they’re a part of, I’m really hoping that we get to see some growth out of some of them. As small or insignificant as it might be, things like watching Kirito strive to bridge the gap between the virtual world and the real one gives me hope that we’re heading down the right path. Because at the end of the day, as much as I want to believe that you can make a living and become a better person through playing games — I’m slowly getting old enough to realize it ain’t happening.
The Medicuboid and Yuuki
I don’t know why I’ve never thought about it but after listening to the theory behind the machine that keeps Yuuki alive, the idea of using Full Dive(TM) technology to aide all types of patients sounds like a dream come true. Giving someone the ability to do the things they used to be able to do is literally the embodiment of nothing less than a miracle. A miracle that I hope one day surfaces on our side of the screen.
Anyways, and I can’t really put my finger on it, but I didn’t start feeling the feels until the very end of the episode. Maybe it was because I was expecting too much from last week’s comments or maybe it’s because hearing a baby getting infected with AIDS in a developed nation was just too much of a shock — but it all wasn’t clicking until they revealed that Yuuki somehow lost all of her family within the past few years. At that point the story started unfairly tossing in extra emotions and thoughts that didn’t need to and well, I’m sure we all know what happened from there! I mean, who wouldn’t get emotional by the time the show was done unleashing all of that on us!?
With only a few episodes remaining, I can’t wait to see what’ll happen from here on out. While it might be a little obvious what Asuna’s plan is for Yuuki to attend school, I’m willing to bet there’s going to be some feels hidden amongst whatever’s about to happen — and I’m ready to face them! Until then, make sure your tissues are ready and I’ll see you next week!
P.S. Isn’t a nice change of pace to actually see a doctor who’s not only cool but not some sort of creep?