「禁忌目録」 (Kinki Mokuroku)
Well then — that escalated quickly.
Boy, where do I even start with this one? I guess to tackle the elephant in the room, let’s all get it out of our system that a genuine bon a fide rape almost occurred. Amongst it all, I think the part that really grinded my gears was how those two pieces of noble scum were using various in-game laws and protocols to literally force Eugeo to his knees. Thinking back to the moment where he was trying to get off his knees to draw his sword, I remember almost seeing red from just how frustrated I was with how the whole thing was going. Thankfully Eugeo was able to break past the programming that was inhibiting his ability to ignore the rules of the Underworld and was able to save both apprentices from having their “honor” stripped from them. That and I hope I wasn’t the only one who was cheering a bit when Kirito showed up in just the nick of time to really send the message to the remaining scumbag noble about what can happen if you think you’re above common morality.
That all said, what I think I might have enjoyed more than watching the two asshats get their comeuppance was seeing the programming of the Underworld breaking down with Kirito there to witness it. Seeing how he hasn’t learned about what happens to a fluctlight when their psyche experiences too much trauma, I really hope that the story will get an opportunity to really flesh out some of the specifics of the way the Underworld truly works.
Overall, I think you could say this was more of a “feel good, pay things off” episode. In terms of actual content there wasn’t all that much there, but what we did get was absolutely amazing. With little hints being dropped here and there and characters outside of the main cast revealing that they also know of some system preventing them from doing things, I was loving how the façade of the Underworld was slowly starting to break down when push came to shove. That and who would have thought that after all of this we’d get to see Alice of all people?! Hopefully we’ll get some more answers next week but until then, be safe and I’ll see you guys when then next episode airs!