「伝説の英雄」 (Densetsu no Eiyuu)
“The Legendary Hero”
This week’s episode was exactly what I’ve been wanting from the moment Kirito and Eugueo defeated the first Integrity Knight.
After getting a tiny taste of what’s to come, I was blown away with happiness to see Bercouli embody everything I wanted from this “climb the tower” arc. As the strongest (or at least most senior) Integrity Knight, I loved that his honor and way of life took precedence over being an Integrity Knight. Without spouting any sort of nonsense about the honor of the Axiom Church or the integrity of those tasked with protecting it, he went about everything with a very open and understanding attitude. And as if that wasn’t enough, you had to love how he earnestly went against Eugeo and even admitted how Eugeo’s ability to utilize the battlefield effectively overcame their difference in skill. So, even though the battle itself may not have been the flashiest, I don’t think I’ve enjoyed watching a battle this much since the Mother Rosario arc.
That said, it takes more than a good fight to get my blood pumping and the story wasn’t slacking this week either. With the highest Integrity Knight effectively out of the picture, I was real curious just where things would go from here. Kirito and Alice are stuck outside the tower and Eugeo literally froze himself in order to take out Bercouli — both acting as a great example of just how much more our protagonists need to power up in order to take on the Pontifont at the top of the tower. Lo and behold we meet a new character who not only looks evil, but busted out some real low level commands which would lead me to believe he’s someone pretty high up there. However, his comments about Eugeo are what really got me thinking since I never once imagined Eugeo somehow being turned into Kirito’s enemy. At this point it’s been quite some time since Kirito has experienced some sort of big fall (not literally) and can you imagine how crazy it’d be if he somehow got Alice on his side while Eugeo became the enemy?!
What a great episode! Man, I’d been feeling kind of negative toward SAO:A recently since the pacing has felt a little funky, but this week’s episode brought things back up to speed while preparing for whatever’s coming next. In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week. See you then!