「アンダーワールド」 (Andaa Waarudo)
What a way to kick off the season with a nearly hour-long episode.
If there was any show that was going to kick off the season with an abnormally long episode, it would be Sword Art Online. That said, who would have thought that it would have kicked things off in a totally different universe where all the characters (minus Kirito) we know and love have mysteriously disappeared? Or rather, didn’t exist? Luckily, I think this whole new world known as the Underworld is going to be one of the best things we’ve seen thus far.
Among all obvious fact that we’re going to have a whole new set of characters to meet and grow with, I’m sure that watching a totally different Kirito live out his life in a totally different way is going to be a blast. Not only do all the Kirito haters have nothing to hate on, but it feels good knowing that we’re going to get to watch Kirito progress from “level one”. However, I would be lying if I didn’t express how much I loved the Underworld and how it really sold the episode for me. As a completely new area that we’ve never seen before, I loved how the setting managed to grab me so quickly. As a world based in medieval times with an archaic system of rules and taboos that also embraces magic and mythical creatures, it truly felt like a great dystopian world where Kirito would have the perfect reason to get off his butt.
All that said, I couldn’t help but feel a little concerned about the whole thing after Kirito explained it all back in the real world. As a new technology that’s literally messing around with the neurons firing around in your brain, it sounds like an awfully easy way for someone to implant fake memories into your head. That and you have to wonder just what in the world that error message on Eugeo’s eye was. Besides making him totally look like an NPC (or AI?), it raises the question of whether or not everyone who Kirito is interacting with is real or not.
Luckily, it looks like we won’t have to wait long for questions since next week’s episode is probably going to be one hell of a rollercoaster with Kirito in a real bad spot. Last I checked, getting injected with the good ol’ Death Gun syringe isn’t necessarily an instant death but I remember it being real bad for you. In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week. See you then!
OP: 「ADAMAS」 by LiSA