OP2: 「ANIMA」by ReoNa
「アンダーワールド大戦」 (Andaawaarudo Taisen)
“The Great Underworld War”
Love it or hate it, Sword Art Online has returned once again. For the reference, I’m an ardent Sword Art Online apologist. And we kick off from where the series left off.
War of the Underworld
Kirito is still in a comatose state – and Sinonon logging in under the god account of Solus descends to save the day. And proceeds to immediately check up on him afterwards. Can’t say I’ve been her fan – but the girl has guts to kiss Kirito’s cheek right in front of Asuna of all people. Nevertheless, it was powerful to see how sad and difficult it is for everyone to see their beloved and reliable friend be absolutely devoid of life. That said – everyone still has the utmost faith in him. They’re quick to wipe away the tears and iterate their confidence in the fact that Kirito will show up when it matters most. In his stead within this episode, Klein shows up in Asuna’s hour of need – descending from the skies to fend off those accursed Americajins. While it’s heartbreaking to see the fluctlights lose their lives – especially since that’s it for them compared to the humans who can just respawn and log in, this seems like it will be a fairer fight with Japanese reinforcements getting involved.
Not This Shit Again
Now to address the big fat elephant in the room. *sigh*. Reki, what is it with you and rape insinuating scenes. Once, I could begrudgingly excuse as a plot device. Twice and I’m beginning to rule out the chances of it being a coincidence. The third time, awful but I’d allow it because Eugeo breaking the code made for an awesome moment. The fourth time was heartbreaking – the way Eugeo got mentally and physically broken by unadulterated evil. But this particular instance was absolutely indefensible. And the way Leafa could have actually broken out of her confinement at anytime to make quick work of DIL by using her god account rubbed me the wrong way. Sure, fluctlights are essentially souls – so killing one is pretty damn close to actually killing a person. But DIL was so obviously evil. And the way Leafa stayed there and passively allowed herself to be violated by tentacles – only acting when another life was in danger… I hope that’s the last time it happens. Though it’s pretty much par for the course. I wouldn’t be surprised if Vector tried to do unsavoury things with Alice. Please no.
Bercouli’s Last Stand?
Speaking of Vector, his attempt to make away with Alice doesn’t go off so smoothly. Bercouli ends up in hot pursuit – and catches up thanks to his Time Splitting Blade technique, which allowed him to cut Vector’s dragon out of the sky. And after a brief skirmish – where it seems like these two combatants might be evenly matched, Vector reveals the ability to erase willpower temporarily incapacitates Bercouli – allowing Vector to cut off the Knight’s arm. But it will take way more than that to stop Bercouli, who is willing to put his life on the line because he views Alice as a surrogate daughter. He might not have been her father. But he sure was her daddy. And though Bercouli is at a significant disadvantage with only one arm left, this is panning out to be an epic fight for the ages.
Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading this post – and see you next week to see whether Bercouli can overcome his handicap to defeat the Underworld’s literal god of darkness.
ED2: 「I will…」by Eir Aoi