「果ての山脈」 (Hate no Samyaku)
Even as slow as this episode was, I was still double checking the timestamp frequently in fear that the episode was going to end.
Boy, am I excited for things next week. However this week isn’t next week so let’s continue to talk about all the setup that this week’s episode did.
Based on everything that we’ve seen and all that we’ve heard from Eugeo as he’s explained the Underworld to Kirito, I’m surprised that there are still so many questions that both I (and presumably Kirito) still have. As a virtual world that has both game elements and hyper-advanced artificial arclight intelligence deeply integrated into it, we still have absolutely no idea why it exists the way it does. What we do know is that it’s a new type of technology that has connections to Kirito’s governmental contact — which would make you question what purpose arclight technology has to some of the most powerful people in the country. Toss in that artificial arclight intelligence has an obvious “governor” built into it to prevent it from breaking the rules and it all sounds like that the Underworld might be a place to create, test, and reiterate on this new form of artificial intelligence. If I were to use a real life example to compare it to, it sounds a lot like how the neural networks we use right now work. Which, if that were the case, means the possibility of anomalies is totally possible.
I bring up anomalies since there’s absolutely no reason the first episode would have put so much emphasis on Eugeo’s eye when he tried breaking protocol. Akin to another anime that has its characters in a similar world, I’m really hoping that we get a proper arc for Eugeo that dives into him becoming a truly unique character in a world full of advanced artificial intelligence that are bound to a particular set of rules.
Anyways, after all that’s said and done, it looks like next week is going to be a fantastic one. With a big climax on the way, I can’t wait to see just what happens during Kirito and Eugeo’s first real battle. Hopefully, and I mean this in the best way possible, we’ll get to see both of them kick ass and look cool while doing it.
See you guys next week!