「森の家」 (Mori no Ie)
“House In the Woods”
While I feel like it’s a huge copout that the show is using the same opening sequence for this next arc, I must admit that returning back to Aincrad felt a lot better than I thought it would.
Welcome Back Asuna!
After taking the backseat ever since Kirito defeated Heathcliff and subsequently logged everyone out of SAO, it’s been quite some time since Asuna got the chance to really strut her stuff. Sure we’ve seen her every now and then but as the series self-proclaimed “main” girl (we can agree that the one dating Kirito has to be considered “main” right?) she really hasn’t played an instrumental part in much. Not to mention that in that time we’ve had characters like Sinon appear who could definitely give her a run for her money.
Luckily though, it seems that she’s about to take her rightful spot back as Kirito’s waifu. Not afraid to unleash some more PDA than usual and revealing a little more about her ojou-sama life back in the real world, I’m really hoping that this Mother Rosario arc is the one that gives one of my favorite girls a chance to remind me just why I think she’s so awesome.
While Kirito has never been the best at winning duels since things outside of his control tend to push the odds out of his favor, I couldn’t have been happier when the show finally revealed someone who he couldn’t beat. Even though it remains to be seen whether or not there’s some funny mechanics working in the background, I want to believe that this Zekken person is someone who’s just invested a lot of time into games in general and is using their abilities to break past the established norms.
After Zekken’s rather long introduction where we didn’t really learn too much about him except that he beat everyone besides Asuna, it looks like our main girl is going to take a stab at beating the unbeatable. While I have no doubts that Asuna will win her upcoming duel with Zekken, I’d like to believe that we’ll get an awesome sequence that involves growing and developing her character. And even though I have no idea how you could do that without it feeling like a cop out, the ending sequence seems to feature a new girl who we haven’t seen yet and lots of crying. Can you imagine if Zekken ended up being that shoujo looking girl? 😮
See you next week!
ED3: 「シルシ」」 (Shirushi) by LiSA