「一筋の光」 (Hitosuji no Hikari)
“Ray of Light”
A little late due to the holidays, but god damn what a cliffhanger.
With Alicization getting its story split into two cours, this (last week’s) episode marked the finale until the show resumes later in 2020. So without further ado, let’s talk about this week’s episode and where things might go in the future.
Man, what a way to close out the season. And by that I mean it both in a positive and negative way. Starting on the positive side of things, I really liked that the story finally kicked it into gear with the addition of a new threat — the surprise American army. Honestly, up until this point it felt like the Dark Territory was inevitably going to get its butt handed to it with how well the Axiom Church was doing. Even with a HUGE advantage in numbers, it was tough not to feel bad for the Dark Territory as we watched their armies get mowed down. Wave after wave it felt like they had absolutely nothing on their side to get around the power of the Integrity Knights.
That said, with a little assistance from the outside world, the tide of the battle quickly started to balance out as tens of thousands of American players started to flood into the Underworld. What’s kind of funny about this though is it’s almost the same thing that the Dark Territory did in the beginning — try to win with numbers. Except in this case I guess the power of good ol’ America came into play which managed to give them the ability to overcome just about anything.
If I had something to nitpick though, it’d have to be just how quickly things progressed. It felt like we were finally building up enough momentum for something fun to happen only for Alice to get herself captured which then lead all the key players away from the war and into a rat race to save her. That and it feels so out of character for Alice to just get taken like that — she’s essentially the strongest Integrity Knight and I’m willing to bet that it takes more than just a simple spell to knock her out. I guess what makes it somewhat worth it is Sinon making a grand entrance and taking out a bunch of American NPCs, but I really wish the war part of War of Underworld wasn’t taken so lightly.
In any case, it looks like we’ll be on a short break as we wait for SAO’s triumphant return later this year. Hopefully it’ll all be worth it by the end!