「ぼくの英雄」 (Boku no Eiyuu)
What in the world IS GOING ON HERE?
Before we dive into this week’s episode, don’t forget that Sword Art Online: Alicization will be a split-cour show that will resume later this year in October! Unfortunately, that means it’ll be a while before we get to see the kick off to the next arc called War of Underworld.
Anyways, what a way to mark the halfway point of the season! With everything building up to this point, who would have thought things would have went the way that they did? Eugeo’s gone, old Alice is gone (presumably since her memory fragment also disappeared when Eugeo did), and things in the real world look like they’ve gone to shit. If I’m being honest, I’m rather impressed just how many things happened in a single Sword Art Online episode.
Kicking things off with Eugeo, I have to admit that I was really surprised that the plot ended killing him off. As one of the main characters who’s been there since episode one, his passing definitely had a bigger effect on me than I expected. Not only did it help give all of his prior actions legitimacy, but something about Kirito having to deal with the realities of death just felt so appropriate that even all the cheesy lines weren’t enough to break me away from the emotions that the scene was trying to convey. If I had one tiny complaint about Eugeo’s final scene though, it’d probably be just how little time the story gave to dealing with Alice’s old memories. Assuming we’d just accept things at face value, it would have been nice if there had been a little more time given to Kirito and Eugeo’s struggles about which Alice should exist. That said, the whole thing ended up resolving itself rather quickly since it looks like Eugeo and the young Alice get to live in peace while Kirito and the current Alice get to deal with the present.
Super minor side point, but I thought Quinella’s last scene was real inappropriate and not necessary. Deep down I don’t think she was an “evil” character (evil is really only determined by the victors am I right) and having to see that nasty burnt slave of hers “integrate” himself with her just felt wrong. I get that it’d be nice to see Quinella get what’s coming to her, but I don’t think that was necessarily the way to do it.
Fast forwarding to the end of the episode, I have to ask, was I the only who was kind of shocked that a military-style attack was going on in the real world? That and with tons of bullets flying around, wasn’t it kind of odd to see just how (relatively) calm Higa and Kikuoka were? God, just how crazy can things get from here? In any case, I’ll catch you guys later on once Alicization returns. Stay safe until then!