「Kurenai no Kioku」 (Kurenai no Kioku)
After a few weeks of almost nonstop action, it would make sense that we would get an episode to slow the tempo down a bit to build up some different types of tension. Also, you know what blew my mind? I can’t believe only one day has passed in the anime.
Real Life Woes
After bringing it up a few episodes ago, it finally feels like the show is trying to drive Kirito’s PTSD home. With the symptoms ranging from recurring nightmares to deteriorated performance during high intensity situations, there’s no doubt that Kirito is going to have to find some way to come to terms with what he’s done. And while I whole heartily believe a hot and compassionate nurse is definitely the way to get the ball rolling, the comments from the previous two episodes made me rethink how I felt about how the show is handling all of this.
At least, it made me rethink the way they’re using it in an attempt to make Kirito’s character more whole. In the comments someone mentioned how introducing flaws into the nearly perfect Kirito is one of the ways you increase the longevity of a character. Something about how being too perfect can be almost as bad as being too derp — and I kind of agree at least in principle. I say in principle because for such a big show like SAO I think it’s best to take what you can get since I know there are a ton of even worse ways to flesh out a character. At the same time I don’t really watch anime with a very critical eye so I can’t say much.
On the other hand even though it was short and sweet, I really enjoyed how Kirito’s nurse handled his biggest outbreak to date. While I can’t remember exactly when she was introduced to us, her first appearance this season rubbed me the wrong way. Due to her actions I assumed she was doing her job more for entertainment than actually helping others — and I couldn’t have been more wrong. If there was an MVP for this episode, it most definitely would be her.
Angry Sinon and Looking Ahead
It still blows me away that in the show only one single day has passed — but I suppose that’s the power of playing online games am I right? Anyways, I for one am excited for the BoB tournament to finally start. Not only is Sinon hopefully going to kick some butt while opening up to us but I can’t wait to see how Kirito actually fares with the top players of GGO gunning him down. Sure he may have plot armor thick enough to shield him from the highest caliber of rifles but with his PTSD flaring up it would be interesting to see him falter a bit.
‘Till next week!