「右目の封印」 (Migime no Fuuin)
“The Seal of the Right Eye”
I didn’t think that they’d actually do it, but if Alicization has taught me anything, it’s that anything can happen in the Underworld.
After last week’s explosive ending (or rather, two weeks ago), I had an ominous feeling for what was coming this week. However, I never thought the story would make a full 180 and flip Alice and Eugeo’s roles. Looking back at it though, I suppose I shouldn’t have been as surprised as I was since it makes complete sense from the plot’s perspective. At this point, Kirito and Eugeo have been a totally undefeatable pair and there are way too many episodes left for them to reach the top of the tower this early. Along their way up the Central Cathedral, it’s clear that they’ve been able to influence the Integrity Knights they’ve encountered thus far and based on all of Kirito’s ramblings it sounds like they might have encountered a good chunk of all the knights that exist. So, what better way to change things up than have an Integrity Knight flip sides and have someone on team Kirito-Eugeo end up unable to fight? In hindsight I should have realized it sooner since I couldn’t have been the only one who was hoping that one of the knights would listen to reason and raise their weapons for Kirito and Eugeo’s cause. It didn’t necessarily have to be Alice, but it makes a lot of sense for it to be her. (Personally speaking, I thought it would have been cool to see Bercouli or the bow wielding knight to flip)
On the flip side of things, I also loved how the story finally addressed Eugeo’s insecurities. As someone who’s had no time to deal with such a wide range of thoughts and emotions, I was always really curious how we’d tackle Eugeo’s problems. Because if we’re being honest here, I think we’d all be a little pissed if Eugeo managed to save the world and rescue the damsel in distress without taking care of his own issues. Sure there’s something to be said about how nasty the Administrator is for using all of his insecurities against him, but here’s to me hoping that it all becomes a great learning experience for him.
Dang, what an episode! With that status quo changing and the stakes rising even higher, it looks like Kirito and Alice will have a lot to deal with now that the Administrator is awake and has Eugeo under her control. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to see what’ll happen since everyone seems to all be relatively close to one another. In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week where we hopefully won’t get thrown back to the real world since I’m too invested in the main story. See you then!