「騎士たちの戦い」 (Kishitachi no Tatakai)
“Battle of Knights”
Who would have guessed fluctlights can mess with other fluctlights?
Ever since that one general who turned into the avatar appeared, it feels like the story has been hamfisting anything related to fluctlights and the power they can exert within the Underworld. Yes, I do remember that one’s ability to imagine and believe in them self can drastically affect their power output, but the recent examples we’ve seen seem kind of bonkers. Using the leader of the giants as an example, I thought his fluctlight was going to breakdown and just self destruct based on how much mental stress it was going through. But instead of the plot following the already established rule, we instead saw the fluctlight forcibly not implode on itself but it went and messed with a fluctlight that wasn’t even near it! Maybe I missed something, but everything that went down this week just felt a little too crazy even for me.
Awkward breaks in the plot aside, I have to hand it to the show runners for making such a thrilling episode. Most of the larger fights in Alicization haven’t really felt all that great which is why I was really happy to see that the final load test has been amped up significantly. Maybe it’s because there are characters dying left and right, or maybe it’s because we’re seeing characters get brutally wrecked, but the action thus far has been absolutely fantastic. My personal favorite being the moment when Dakira leapt straight into the face of danger and protected Dakira from getting completely obliterated. Not only was the scene beautifully animated, but seeing how much damage Dakira took in order to stop the attack was insane.
Man what a start to the war! With all hands on deck it looks like the Integrity Knights and their forces are doing a decent job at preventing the enemy from making it past the crucial choke point. However, it remains to be seen just what the rest of their forces are planning since there’s thousands of enemy troops just waiting for their opportunity to leap into battle. If I’m being frank though, I’m kind of sad that neither Kirito nor Asuna have had an opportunity to leap into the fray. I can get that their presence is probably being saved for later when things are looking bleak, but it’s rough not seeing any mainstay characters (minus Alice) do anything.
In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week where we’ll hopefully find out just what the heck Alice is doing with that giant ball above her. See you then!
Editor’s note: Takaii will be out of town from 11/24-12/2, so coverage of episodes 07 & 08 will be delayed until he returns.