「図書室の賢者」 (Toshoshitsu no Kenja)
“The Sage of the Library”
This week’s episode was exactly what I’ve been waiting for from Alicization.
Gosh, where do I even start with this one? There was so much world building going on this week that I feel like you could literally write a novel with the huge info dump that was dropped on us — the biggest of which would have to be what the hell are the actual Underworld administrators (the people in the real world) doing?! In any case, I guess it would make sense to go in chronological order so let’s start things off with the really creepy way that Integrity Knights are made.
Okay so, I wasn’t the only one who saw that big ass crystal come jutting out Eldrie’s head, right? Looking back at it after-the-fact though, these crystals seem like a very interesting way at creating very obedient soldiers. Especially when you consider what happens when a fluclight’s psyche gets a little too out of hand and decides to implode on itself. However with all that in mind there’s an even bigger question — how do people not already know how Integrity Knights are created? It’s not like other peoples’ memories are affected when someone gets a crystal jammed in their head and you’d think that one of these knights would have family who would be concerned about someone straight up disappearing. In any case, I hope we get to watch Kirito return the favor to the knight that got an arrow lodged into his foot.
Moving on to the central library, boy was this a moment have I been waiting for. Ever since I saw Cardinal in the opening sequence, I was curious just what kind of role she’d play in the story. Luckily, she served the best role of widening the world of the Underworld by bringing back some real life elements into the mix of things. The best of which was when she effectively let Kirito start talking about the real world. In terms of what was brought up, I’ll admit that I wasn’t too surprised to hear that the “perfect” Underworld was far from it. What I was surprised to hear though was just how complex the fluclight who become the “Administator” was. Thinking back to that specific fluclight’s motivations, it’s tough to fault them for wanting to cement their status in the world. Seeing how the world itself is relatively new and they were able to figure out the status quo a lot quicker than anyone else, it’s tough to really find fault in what they did. At this point though, I hope we get to see more of the Administrator and just what it is they want now that they’ve obtained literal near-god status.
Overall a fun episode! With things ramping up a lot quicker than I expected, hopefully we’ll continue to get bombarded with even cooler things down the road. In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week. See you then!