「貴族の責務」 (Kizoku no Sekimu)
Was I the only one who felt a sense of impending doom the entire time?
All things considered, this week’s episode felt rather slow — especially when you consider what kind of impact all of this will have in the long run. That said, I guess I can see the importance of creating some drama for Kirito and Eugeo since things have been going pretty well for them. And seeing how Kirito had a small mini-arc over the past few weeks, it makes sense that it’d be Eugeo’s turn. If I were to draw a small comparison between Eugeo and Youger Kirito (SAO and ALO), it’s been nice to see a character go through some of the more common struggles that the show has all but forgotten about since it’s not all that needed. Be it dealing with self-doubt about your skills to managing a couple asshats who really need to be put in their place, I’d dare say it’s almost like a breath of fresh air since it’s not Kirito who’s going through all of it.
If there was one thing I’d hope to see though, it would be Eugeo discovering just what it is that “empowers” his weapon. Because just in-case you haven’t noticed, the show has really been emphasizing the additional power going into everyone’s weapon. Or rather, how the power of “imagination” or what you truly believe in being able to bend the rules of the Underworld. In Eugeo’s case though, I’m wondering if something special will happen since he’ll probably be using Alice as his motivation to get through whatever tough situation he ends up facing. That and seeing how Alice (or at least who I’m assuming is Alice) is shown off as what looks to be an Integrity Knight, I wonder how all of this will tie together since there’s a lot of ambiguity going on right now.
Besides that I don’t think there’s all that much to talk about since it looks like we’re waiting for something big to happen based on all of Eugeo’s actions. While it remains to be seen whether or not those two asshat nobles will be exerting their “power” to make things tough for everyone, I’m really hoping that they’ll get what’s coming to them sooner rather than later. In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week. See you then!
P.S. I forgot to include this thought in the original post, but I’m actually really liking the whole Nobility/Commoner dynamic that’s been going on. I’ll dive into more detail later, but just wanted to touch on it!