Sword Art Online II – 23
「夢の始まり」 (Yume no Hajimari)
“Beginning Of A Dream”
While last week’s episode didn’t hit my feels in quite nearly the same way, this week’s was so spot on that I can barely make out the screen right now. -Goes to wipe face-
Speaking Your Heart
Ever since she was introduced as the sharp tongued mom who was a bit heavy handed in both her actions and words, Asuna’s mom has been a bit of a mystery to me. With the aura of a powerful and busy businesswoman surrounding her, it didn’t feel all the strange to see her focused on Asuna’s future without much regard to her feelings about it. The thing is, even after watching her go about things in her own way there was always a feeling that kept tugging at the back of my heart — why would she be so focused on trying to improve her daughter’s future unless she really cared about her? Fast forward a few episodes later where the relationship between them kept getting more and more venomous and you’d think that by the end of the arc the two would completely blow up at each other. Blow up in a way that would create an impassable rift that separates so many parents and their beloved children.
Luckily, this show out of the handful of others that seem to miss the mark managed to do something different about it. Jumping to week’s episode, you have something that was crafted so well that I couldn’t help but let the tears come flowing as I watched. In a matter of minutes the story masterfully gave Asuna’s mom the depth she needed to explain why she was such a witch before. Coming up from nothing and becoming her parents most prized treasure, how could she not want the same if not more for her own flesh and blood? And seeing how she obtained everything she had from nothing, it’s not hard to assume the stress and responsibilities both at home and at work could easily dry up whatever patience she had left.
Anyways, while I can’t help but feel like I’m in the minority with this one, I really do appreciate what the last half of this episode did for both Asuna and her mom. Instead of giving us some thrilling scene that involved the two locked in battle, I appreciate getting to see both of them express their thoughts and come to a mutual understanding that in the end saved their relationship with one another.
All that said, I doubt my emotions would have been primed and ready had it not been for the extremely bittersweet scene that came courtesy of Yuuki and her tear-jerking situation. While I’m sure we’ve all said our piece during last week’s episode, it didn’t make listening to her situation and just how much she misses the real world any less heartbreaking.
Changing pace for a short paragraph before I end this post, something that Yuuki said rubbed me in a weird way. Maybe it was meant to be taken as a joke but the way she mentioned how Kirito seems to also be living outside reality felt like an ominous prediction of the future to me. Maybe it’s because everything for the past few episodes have been extremely sad but a statement like that isn’t made for no reason.
There isn’t much to say here — and for good reason. I have no idea if the show is going to actually show us Yuuki’s death and I don’t think my emotions could handle it with the way they’ve handled everything up to this point. While I might be asking for a bit much since that seems like it’d be what we’d expect as a finisher, one can hope right? If anything, I really hope that next week finally explains to us why this arc is called Mother Rosario. Seeing how it’s the title and all, I hope it doesn’t disappoint!