OP2.5: 「courage」 by 戸松遥 (Tomatsu Haruka)
I think this was my favorite episode of Sword Art Online yet — yes even more than the one when Kirito decided it was okay to finally use TWO SWORDS AT THE SAME TIME. Also good on the A-1 for giving us a new opening sequence to match the new arc.
Real Life Problems
Something that I think always gets done horribly wrong in any show focused on games is the depiction of a gamer’s real life. Typically, its woefully exaggerated on either end of the spectrum with the parents/guardians just being another villain in the way of the protagonist’s struggle to be the best gamer ever. But in this show’s case, I don’t think I’ve ever been so split between wanting to root for the gamer while mostly agreeing with the parent. Don’t get me wrong, Asuna’s mom fits the definition of a cold bitch all the way down to the stupid hand gestures she made and if I was basing my opinion on just that, I’d want to see her get smacked right in the temple. But honestly I kind of don’t want to see that because if you just listen to what she’s saying, even just for face value, it sounds like a mom wanting success for her daughter. Apparently coming up from nothing, it’s hard to see what’s wrong with wanting your only daughter to find success in life through a combination of hard work and being around the right people.
On the other hand, you have to give mad props for Asuna for not lashing out and losing face in-front of her mom. As much as her mom made sense in terms of #value, the way she went about it as well as her tone of voice would of had me smacking her straight in the temple the moment she mentioned she looked up Kirito behind Asuna’s back. Luckily we get to have our cake and eat it since Asuna managed to slip in some venomous words right as she walked away — and she didn’t even look back to see the damage!
Side note here, but am I the only who only just realized Asuna came from a family rolling in money? I remember they talked about her father owning a hospital when they introduced that creepy guy from ALO but I never got the sense that she was super rich until recently.
LOL. The face that Asuna made when she realized her opponent wasn’t some stocking brute but a cute and tiny girl was priceless. While this begs the question why people don’t take cute and tiny girls for the terror that they are, it feels like Yuuki could give Asuna a run for her money. Now, while I take this opportunity to warn you not to look up how to spell Konno Yuuki’s name because of the dangerous spoilers you could possibly see (I only read one sentence and almost got completely wrekd by accident), you can bet that I’ll take as much Yuuki Aoi as I can get. Because come on, who doesn’t like that unique voice of hers that only gets more moe when she’s yelling!? Oh, and I suppose she looks like she’ll be a fun character too~
This is solely based off of my interpretation about what Kirito said but when I hear that someone is the product of a certain technology, it sounds like that they’re probably immersed in it so deeply that it becomes a part of them. In terms of a VMMORPG, I would say it’s akin to someone who literally plays 24/7. While this doesn’t answer whether or not this is by choice or because of some outside force, my guess is heavily influenced by the fact that the ending sequence doesn’t show any scenes of Asuna or Yuuki together outside of the game even though it looks like they’re (eventually) going to become buddies. Anyways, it looks like we’ll have to wait and see what this is all about next week. Judging off of the episode preview though, it looks like Sleeping Knights is a guild name — so maybe they need Asuna to fill the last spot? XD