OP: 「Resolution」 by 戸松遥
「北の地にて」 (Kita no Ji Nite)
“In The Far North”
If only you could have seen my face throughout the entire episode.
After its short hiatus since the showrunners are probably the biggest tease in bed, Sword Art Online makes it triumphant return with Alicization – War of Underworld! With a new arc comes new challenges but boy am I not ready for the one that I’m sure all of us were surprised to see.
So, seeing how Kirito is essentially the main protagonist to end all other protagonists, it was very odd to see him in such a strange state and not have a proper explanation behind what’s going on. Based on what happened at the end of the last arc and what little we know about fluctlights, I would have been willing to bet money that the power surge that hit the medicuboid was going to for a lack of better words, kill Kirito. Luckily, it looks like the shock to the system didn’t completely obliterate Kirito’s fluctlight but I’m not sure if being in a near-vegetative state is much better. Sure the pessimists will say that this leaves the door open for some crazy dues ex machina to come in and bring Kirito back, but I for one hope that Kirito manages to come back sooner rather than later. That and on a much smaller note, I like how the show gently reminded us that Kirito is still missing his right arm.
Getting back to the actual story, it’s crazy just how much is going on right now. With the threat of the dark territory invading looming over the Integrity Knights as well as whatever the hell is (presumably) still going on within the Ocean Turtle, I was a little disappointed that we didn’t really get all that much information on any of it. If I were to pick a single thing that I had a huge question about though, I’m real curious just how the story will explain just what and who the driving force is that attacked the Ocean Turtle. Seeing how the existence of the base is rather important for the Underworld to actually exist, I hope the story sheds some light on that soon.
Overall, not the biggest impact episode, but fair when you consider the previous episode was a huge battle that ended a giant arc that took 24 episodes to complete. In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week where we’ll hopefully get some more answers about just what the heck is going on and what everyone’s supposed to be doing. That and it would be fantastic if Asuna and friends actually made their way into the Underworld.