「創世神ステイシア」 (Souseishin Suteishia)
“The Goddess of Creation Stacia”
The moment we’ve all been waiting for has FINALLY COME.
After weeks upon weeks of teasing us, this week’s episode finally delivered on the promise of showing us Asuna in the Underworld. God, can you imagine how much easier things could have been had they just thrown Asuna in sooner? [/sarcasm]
In all seriousness though, I’m really happy to see the story finally shift away from the ongoing war between the Dark Territory and the Axiom Church. I’m not sure if the source material spent more time fleshing out both sides, but this whole “Final Load Test” has felt a little rushed with a ton of high value players just getting forcefully shoved into the story to create tension. Sure, it was cool getting to see some new Integrity Knights, but their introductions were done so quickly that you barely had any time to really learn anything about them. That said, I do have to give it up for how the story handled Sheyta’s introduction and subsequent battle. You know in retrospect, it would have made more sense to give more time to the two new Integrity Knights seeing how we’ve seen the rest in battle before.
Not one to cry over spilled milk though, let’s dive into the episode itself. First off, let me just say that Asuna did enter the Underworld with the administrator account that had the name of the goddess that the people worship. So while she may not have been a literal “goddess”, I dare say the ability to manipulate the landscape puts her one step over the rest of the population. Anyways, who would have thought that Asuna and Alice would be able to nip things in the bud so quickly? I figured after the chatter in the comments last week that we’d be in for some good ol’ bickering over Kirito but I never thought it’d turn into everyone just gushing over the guy. Because if I’m being honest, I really do miss hearing Kirito and watching him in action so if this is the closest we’ll get to seeing Kirito again, I’m all in!
At this point it feels like the story will need to make a big decision soon. The war between the Church and the Dark Territory feels pretty moot at this point. I think both sides realize that common ground can exist and that an all out war may not be the best way to decide things. So with the war out of the way, it looks like we either have to deal with the crazy psychopath who wants to eat Alice’s soul or figure out who the mole inside Rath is that’s been trying to sabotage the whole fluctlight plan. The thing is though, with Asuna inside of the Underworld, it feels like we won’t have or get enough time to find out just what the person who created Code 871 is aiming to achieve.
In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week where we’ll hopefully get to see a bunch of cool Kirito flashbacks. See you then!