「ラストバトルは私に」 (Rasuto Batoru wa Watashi ni)
“Leave the Last Battle to Me”
Boy, what an episode.
Man, I’ve been really curious how the story was going to get to a situation like we see in the Opening Sequence. Between LLENN and Pito duking it out (at least it looks like it) and a handful of other characters all trading fire, it felt like an impossible scenario that we’d never see by the time the series came to a close. Except, with how quickly things have been moving, it looks like it may become a reality a lot sooner than I thought. Anyways, let’s dive into that after talking a bit about this week’s episode.
So, looking back at it, I think this was the episode we all wanted last week — a huge firefight that involved LLENN doing LLENN things and a little bit of conflict thrown in to raise the stakes. Something that I think this week’s episode did a fantastic job doing by being such a damn good recreation of a certain Battle Royale from Korea that’s revitalized the genre. Honestly, I’m sure we’ve all been there where the odds are stacked against us, but with victory within grasp we’ve gained the confidence to go out there and give it our all. Win or lose, there’s this sense of accomplishment you can only feel when you’ve been through this specific type of scenario and seeing it recreated in anime form felt really good.
That said, what may have been the coolest plot twist was how the story integrated those five short girls who always managed to inadvertently trigger Karen’s height-complex. As another group of individuals who feel out of place with the results of the genetic lottery, I was actually really happy to discover all of them can understand each other on a higher level than just being “gamers”. While I’ll hold off comments on Karen so suddenly being able to overcome the issues with her height since a single one hour tournament seems a little too convenient of a reason, I hope this means that we’ll get to see some more of real life Karen finally being able to enjoy the cards life has dealt her.
Overall a pretty darn good payoff for this first arc of the series — especially when you factor in all the twists and turns that led up to this point. As with any show though, you’ll never know what you’re getting until you watch it, but I have confidence that Sword Art Online Alternative will be able to continue being a fun watch as we dive deeper into the world it’s trying to create.
Anyways, I’ll catch you guys next week. See you then!