「オーシャン・タートル」 (Ooshan Taatoru)
While I’m a little disappointed we didn’t get to see the story progress in the Underworld, I’ll admit that this episode did a good job at reminding me about the existence of the “real” world.
Overall, I thought that this week’s episode was decent even with the lack of any big key moments. With Asuna and her passion to find Kirito at the forefront, it was nice to see her take the initiative on things. Especially since it’s been quite some time since we last saw her right in the mix of things. That said, I’ll admit that I wish things (and by things I mean the pace) could pick things up a bit. I know that we have a lot of time for the Alicization arc, but boy did things feel slow as everyone tried searching for Kirito.
I bring that up because I was a little disappointed how little impact Asuna’s new sense of courage was when it came to staying dedicated to finding Kirito. I completely understood what the story was going for, but it was a damn shame that it really didn’t have the effect I think we all wanted. Not only is Asuna strong character (if you didn’t believe it during the first two SAO arcs, Mother’s Roselia should have done it), but she’s proven time and time again that she truly cares about Kirito and this would have been a great time for the show to really unload some heavy feelings.
Minor gripes aside, I’m sure we were all feeling real good by the end of this week’s episode. Between Asuna pulling a straight up spy move on Kikuoka and looking like she was about to punch the shit out of him, I can’t wait to see just what’s going on with all of this Arclight technology as well as why a facility like the Ocean Turtle was made for it. Luckily next week’s episode title sounds like we’re about to get a huge exposition dump on Project Alicization and I for one can’t wait. See you guys then!