Sword Art Online II – 24 (END)
「マザーズ・ロザリオ」 (Mazaazu Rozario)
While I typically like to leap straight into the final impressions for a show (especially a two-cour one), how can I not blab a bit about this final episode?
I don’t remember anything exhilarating from the first season’s ending but GOD DAMN did the second season do a great job at providing us a rather open ending for a possible third season while giving us the closure we needed. While I thought it was a little cheesy how Asuna somewhat forced the doctor into plugging Yuuki back into the medicuboid, every single moment afterwards had me bawling like a little baby. Specifically, I couldn’t hold back the tears the moment Nori came in and tried to be act tough only to have the tears start rolling down her cheeks. Hands down it was the most perfect sudden transition from a clear and tough voice to complete babbling. Mind you by this point everything was a bit blurry but I thought I was going to make it until I officially tapped out after watching all those players come and pay tribute to Yuuki. Anyways, let’s get into the final impressions!
After I managed to claw away this show from the other writers (aka no one wanted to do it because they’re all haters sans Cherrie), I wasn’t really sure what to expect. The second half of the first season had a lukewarm response (I personally loved it though) and you know something’s up when almost no one on the staff wants to cover a popular show. That said, even though what we got wasn’t perfect, I think SAO’s second season had way more high points than low points.
Things might have started off slow as we were getting re-acclimated to the story and its characters but as time went on I can honestly say it just got better and better. We were introduced to the world of Gun Gale Online, which housed Sinon and her traumatic childhood experiences. Together with Kirito she managed to not only find peace with her past but through all the trials she faced she managed to discover the true meaning of strength. Then there was the return to ALO and the Excalibur mini-arc that reminded us the show can be flashy and full of MMO-esque elements when needed (I could have done without the super trap turning into a huge and manly version of Thor though!). Finally to round things out we had the absolutely stunning Mother’s Rosario arc that managed to blend everything that the previous arcs brought and gave us something that was chock full of all the stuff that made the first season such a blast to watch.
So yeah, I would say this show was pretty damn good. I’ll admit that there was a handful of times where I wished the story would have moved a bit faster but I’ll just chalk it up to the studio trying to fill up all 24 episodes. Anyways, I think this second season was everything any fan could have asked for. We got to see more of the world that originally captured our attention while getting a harsh glimpse at the realities that exist outside of our fantasies, we met new characters that could give either Kirito or Asuna a run for their money, and the story as a whole was just as good if not better than before. I mean, what more could you ask for!?
While it’s a little sad to see that it’s actually over, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who’s been keeping up with the posts. It’s typically fun reading the comments and I’ll catch you guys around in the winter!
P.S. Is there a show that’s airing in the winter that you think I should cover? I’m going to have an extra space now that SAO’s done :(