I mean, what do you think of when you hear hammer and mythical gods?
I originally wrote a couple paragraphs trying to talk about the awkward appearance of Thor and how he played the role of a trap perfectly (did you see how shocked Klein was?) but every time I tried to close it out I couldn’t help but think about how useless this whole arc feels. In terms of contributing to the story as a whole, nothing felt all that substantial. Which made me feel a little confused since there were so many big things going on throughout the whole darn thing. While I’m sure the original story of Frejya and how Thor dressed up as her is fun and all, the execution of it all just felt really lackluster.
Then again, maybe I’m focusing on the wrong things here. Maybe this whole arc is supposed to be how it highlights all the other characters who we haven’t seen much of since the very first arc. With characters like Klein, Silica, and Liz finally getting the opportunity to really look cool in their own right and bigger names like Asuna or Sugu still getting a chance to get a line in here and there, maybe it was all a ploy to remind us that there are actually characters besides Kirito and Yui in this show.
MMO-Anime or Fantasy With MMO?
I talked a little about this with Stilts and Cherrie during our most recent podcast but when I thought about it, I don’t think I’ve ever thought of this anime as a traditional MMO anime (Log Horizon or Accel World would probably be a better example of that) but more of fantasy one with a splash of MMO themes to ground it closer to reality. I’m sure I’ve made the mistake of calling it an MMO anime, but I honestly think SAO hits a decent balance between traversing the fine line that separate the two genres. However, I also think that the past two arcs haven’t been the best. That said, I’m really hoping that it was just a case of the show getting back on its feet after a long break and what’s over the horizon will blow our socks off.
With this short arc done and Tonkii’s around the world safe from extinction, it looks like the show is ready to move forward. While this does make me wonder if we’ll get another new opening sequence since everything in our current one has become obsolete, all I can say is that I hope whatever is coming brings back some of the secret sauce that made the previous season so fun to watch.
Catch you guys next week!