OP2: 「RESISTER」 by ASCA
「紅蓮の騎士」 (Guren no Kishi)
After last week’s lengthy exposition drop, I was excited to finally see some action! Also, sorry for the late post everyone! I was at Anime Los Angeles over the weekend and my body and liver have only just recovered. That said, let’s just dive straight into it!
For an episode that focused on combat, how can you not love how much empathy and characterization they provided to the Red Knight that’s been plaguing our characters for quite some time now? Looking back at the episode with fresh eyes, you have to love just how honorable Deusolbert was after being totally and undeniably defeated. As someone who was likely just as awesome before being converted into an Integrity Knight, I really hope that we’ll get to see more from him in the future. Besides it being a damn shame to lose a character that’s literally been here since the first episode, I’d love it if the story managed to utilize him in some surprise way that somehow catches Administrator off guard. So while it remains to be seen just what purpose he’ll serve in the future, I’m hopeful that something good will happen from Kirito and Eugeo leaving him alive.
Besides the (somewhat) quick battle, there wasn’t all that much new that happened this week. In lieu of that, I’m going to dive into a little bit of conjecture about Integrity Knights. Building off of what I’m hoping Deusolbert will do in the future, it starts to make you sick thinking about just how Integrity Knights are chosen. Considering how Administrator is doing everything in her power to prevent anyone from being able to overcome her power, I think it’s pretty safe to assume that she keeps an eye out for any powerful beings and converts them before they become a problem. For that matter, it wouldn’t surprise me if she has that creepy shadow head keeping track of things besides breaking the Taboo Index.
In any case, it looks like we’ll have to wait until next week before getting any solid leads. With two young girls (who are probably Integrity Knights or something similar) ready to take on our two leads, I’m hoping it’ll lead to Kirito and Eugeo gaining more information over whatever is going on within the halls of the central cathedral. See you guys next week!
ED2: 「forget-me-not」 by ReoNa