Now that’s what I’m freaking talking about!
After last week’s rather slow start to the new season, this week’s episode was exactly what I wanted to see (especially after re-watching the latter half of the first season out of boredom/preparation for War of Underworld). A mix of action, cool badass moments, and just enough exposition to answer some of the huge questions — what more can you ask for?
Starting with my favorite part, I absolutely loved how Alice managed to put everyone in their place when all hell was breaking loose. With a quick flip of her cloak and a gentle tap from her hilt straight into the ground, it felt so damn good to watch everyone just shut up and listen. Pair that with the less than positive feelings from last week’s episode and I dare say the entire scene felt euphoric. That said, I’m curious if Alice’s dad knew that Alice was an Integrity Knight. His little hint about needing to abide to Imperial Law felt a wee bit out of place as if he were looking for someone to exercise their authority to overrule the ridiculous order that had been put into place. Sure, it could have just been him covering his butt about ignoring a logical suggestion from his daughter, but I dare say you have to be pretty dumb to ignore the fact that Alice literally came crashing in from the sky. Last I checked, the laws of physics still apply to the Underworld and I’m pretty sure most people are still affected by the detrimental effects of falling at terminal velocity.
Moving on to the other half of the episode, I’m elated to see that Asuna may finally get a larger role in this whole Alicization storyline. As the other major player who inadvertently was the trigger that lead the story down this path, it’s been a damn shame that she hasn’t had an opportunity to do something cool. I’ll settle for her nearly strangling Kikuoka out of rage, but I know that we all want to see her dive into the Underworld to help bring back Kirito. Something that I don’t think would be all that crazy when you consider what went wrong with Kirito’s fluctlight. Imagine trying to stimulate him back to life with a two-pronged attack from Alice and Asuna!
Man, what an episode. There are so many different things going on and it looks like it’s only going to get messier from here. Anyways, I’ll catch you guys next week where we’ll hopefully get a little more information on the group that infiltrated the Ocean Turtle since I couldn’t for the life of me recognize any of them.
ED: 「unlasting」 by LiSA