OP2: 「RESISTER」 by ASCA
「三十二番目の騎士」 (Sanjyuunibanme no Kishi)
“The 32nd Knight”
「剣の巨人」 (Ken no Kyojin)
“The Sword Giant”
After a three episode hiatus due to a two week vacation in Japan, we’re back with some Alicization goodness! Also, if you didn’t know, Sega Arcades in Japan are doing a Alicization promotion with some cool swag.
God, I can’t imagine how frustrated I’d be if I had to wait a week in-between each episode. Luckily I had the pleasure of getting to watch episodes 20, 21, and 22 one after another and it was just a blast.
Starting with the first big thing that comes to mind, who would have thought that Eugeo’s mini arc as a Integrity Knight would have been so short? Thinking back to the moment when Quinella was able to play to his insecurities and get him to drop his core protection, I can’t be the only person who thought that it would be a pretty big struggle for Kirito to get his best friend back. That and if you think about how Eugeo’s been struggling with his emotions throughout his entire trek up the god damn tower, it wouldn’t be too hard to believe that his psyche was broken to the point where he truly didn’t care about anything anymore. But in good ol’ Sword Art Online fashion, we got to instead see the power of love and friendship triumph which finally gave Eugeo a moment to look real damn cool.
On that note though, it’s tough to ignore just how lucky Eugeo was when it came to where Quinella placed the Piety Module. Sure the power of love and friendship was enough to jostle his memories enough for him to snap back to reality, but the sheer luck of having the actual Administrators leave a convenient gap in his memories that Kirito could exploit was pretty damn good once you think about it. I guess this could truly be a literal case of plot armor since this has been in the works since episode one…
Getting back to the story, can we talk about how cool it was to see Kirito blast the crap out of Chudelkin? Besides showing off just how far that new sword of his can really go, there was something insanely cool about seeing him in his classic Black Swordsman outfit back from the Aincrad arc. But by insanely cool, I’m referring to the fact that if the code for his outfit exists, the possibility of something going crazy and unleashing all of his skills/power from the Aincrad days might be there too.
Crazy theories aside, I can’t believe we’re finally at the point where Kirito, Eugeo, and Alice (and Cardinal) are facing off against Quinella. As the “final” boss of the Underworld, it makes me wonder just what’s going to happen in the next few weeks since there are still a ton of episodes still left. That said, I’m not crazy enough to think that Kirito and team will be able to defeat her without pulling out something ridiculously powerful and I can’t help but believe they don’t have it just yet.
In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week at our regularly scheduled time. See you then!