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Fall Anime Rundown part 1

I’m just going to mention the shows that are not continuing on in the next season. So just shows that started and finished in the fall seasons, or finished in the fall season.

Amagi Brillant Park – stopped watching, but not sure why

I think I watched three-four episodes of this and then never went back to it again. I don’t think anything was wrong with it, but it didn’t really do anything for me. Maybe I’ll get back to it and finish it one of these days, but for now it’s on hold.

Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai – Will eventually finish it

I watched until episode seven and while I was interested in the mystery aspect, I never got around to finishing this anime. Whenever I’d see a new episode, I’d acknowledge it but then do something else. I do only have a few episodes left though, so I’ll probably finish this within the next few days and then update my thoughts on it.

Denki-Gai no Honya-san – DNF

I thought I’d like this one a lot, especially since the characters are an eccentric bunch that work at a manga shop, but didn’t like this at all. Some parts are funny, but a lot of the jokes seemed forced.

Donten ni Warau – Now that it’s done, I guess it’s time to watch it

I still haven’t seen this one yet, mainly because I didn’t want to wait a week to see what happened next. Now that it’s done, it’s time to buckle down and watch it. I’m looking forward to it. Will update this once I’ve finished watching everything.

Gugure! Kokkuri-san – top pick of the fall season

Definitely part of my top three fall anime shows. I love that it doesn’t take itself so seriously and the characters were always fun to watch. Plus, I’ve developed such a crush on Shigaraki. He may be an alcoholic deadbeat, but he’s awesome. I kind of wish we got to see more of Tengu, since he was shown in the promotional photo, but considering how he’s a proud pedo I guess it’s okay that they confined him into such a small role.

Loved this show though. It hit all the right notes and I was never disappointed. If only there were more episodes!

Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de – the synopsis and promo picture lied to me

Here’s my problem with this show. If the synopsis and promo picture didn’t emphasis the superpower aspect of the show, I think I might have enjoyed this more. But they did, and so I kept expecting something awesome and it never really happened. In the end, it was just your generic run of the mill club room slice of life show. The powers that they got served no purpose, so much so that if you removed it from the plot only two, maybe three episodes would take a hit. Plus, my favourite girl got pushed to the side when she seemed like someone with huge potential. The harem takeover was a bit much, but I did enjoy it enough to finish it. Hatoko’s freak out is definitely a must watch though.

Ore, Twintail ni Narimasu. – a parody show that understands that it’s a parody show

A parody show about fetishes. I shouldn’t like it and yet I did, even when the animation took a nose dive for episodes 8 and 9. The show doesn’t take itself seriously and some of the moments are just too silly that I can’t help but like it. The fact that Souji had a conversation with his twintail, who sounds like an old man, and regained his confidence after that pep talk was hilarious. It’s a fun show, as long as you don’t think too hard about it.

Psycho-Pass 2 – a disappointing sequel

As a standalone series, it was fine. But as a sequel, it fails to live up to its potential. By the time I finished this I was left feeling disappointed. I think the problem here is that a lot of the stuff that was established in the first seasons gets thrown out the window for reasons unknown. The Sybil system always had its issues, we knew that from when it failed to kill Makishima, but at least it was rational. For the most part. Here, it just seemed overly evil just to prove Kamui’s point. Only, what was his point exactly?

It doesn’t matter anymore, since the ending did a hard reset just in time for the movie release. Hopefully Gin actually has something to do there, because he did nothing here. There was one moment that I did find it funny. In the last episode Akane said, “You’re under arrest” to two people and they both ended up dying.

Selector Spread WIXOSS – a great addition to the series

Fantastic! This is what a sequel should be like. There are some plot holes, but I still loved every moment of this show.

Sword Art Online II – GGO, good. Calibur, meh. Mother’s Rosario, needed more episodes

I quite liked GGO and the character of Sinon. The idea of players from SAO’s murder guild coming back and killing people in real life actually makes a lot of sense. It does say something that they never got therapy, but what can you do. The Calibur arc was okay. Mother’s Rosario could have been better. Some of it was good, but some of it really needed more episodes to develop its story. After complaining that she got shafted since the second arc of the series, I was glad that Asuna actually had her own storyline.

Terra Formars – the manga is good

I wanted to like this a lot more than I did. The manga is so good, so when I heard that this would get an anime I was all for it. Only, the studio decided to focus more on action than the characters and plot. The Adolf arc was the turning point though and it was brilliant. Even though the animation took a hit, the emotions and story that Adolf shared was great to watch. The last episode was lazy though. Overall, it was just okay. Definitely read the manga though. It is amazing!

Sword Art Online II episode 24 – Goodbye Yuuki

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The episode starts with a montage and then another one and then another one. It kind of seems like something you’d see at the end of a season and not at the start of the final episode, so it’s a bit weird to watch it like this.

Two minutes of montage of Yuuki and Asuna having fun. I did like that we got to see Recon again, but he’s shoved in the back. There’s another scene of Yuuki and Kirito having a duel. She uses her insane combo, but just as Kirito is about to follow up with his attack the time runs out and she wins.

The montages stop once she gets a text message telling her to come to the hospital since Yuuki’s health has gotten worse. Asuna rushes to the hospital and walks into Yuuki’s room. There, she finds Yuuki’s doctor and two nurses. Since she’s allowed into the room, even though it’s meant to be a sterilized environment, I’m guessing that this means Yuuki is either dead or in the process of dying.

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Sword Art Online II episode 23 – Yuuki Yuuki

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Kirito helps Asuna help Yuuki go to school by using the same equipment that programs that he used for Yui, Yuuki can now see the world through a small camera that’s attached to Asuna’s shoulder.

At school, Yuuki is a hit with Asuna’s classmates and even gets a chance to be an actual pupil when the teacher asks her to read from the book. The students’ remark on Yuuki’s reading skills by saying things like, “You read so well,” which is kind of an insensitive to say when you think about it.

After school is over, Asuna asks Yuuk if there’s one more thing that she’d like to see. For some strange reason I had a flashback of Migi from Parasyte when he- you know what, I’m not going to even go there either.

Yuuki just wants to see her old home, so Asuna takes her there and the two girls have a heart to heart. The conversation between them was pretty standard girl talk. They talk about life their future and about boys. Yuuki doesn’t have anyone, so she asks Asuna to marry her. There’s only one condition though, Asuna has to be the wife because Yuuki doesn’t want to change her name to Yuuki Yuuki.

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Sword Art Online II episode 22 – Get ready for the feels

The boss battle is done, so now it’s time for the emotional stuff!

Asuna has been trying to reach Yuuki for the past three days! Three days…For three days she hasn’t been online and Asuna is freaking out. It’s not like she died or anything or is super sick, so I don’t get why she’s so over wrought about not being able to speak to Yuuki. I mean, it’s been three days. Sometimes online friends go MIA for longer, so this is normal.

I know they ended at a bad note, but still.

Siune comes and tells Asuna that Yuuki probably doesn’t want to see her ever again for her sake. Asuna is fine with accepting that the Sleeping Knights and Yuuki not wanting to see her ever again, but she doesn’t understand why it’s for her sake. Was she the only one who cherished their friendship? Siune tells her that this isn’t the cause. In fact they all thank Asuna for helping them create “that last wonderful memory in this world.”

Sleeping Knights seem like they’ll be sleeping for good soon.

Then like Yuuki, she logs off without telling Asuna anything. Seems kind of unreasonable doesn’t it? Siune tells Asuna to forget about the Sleeping Knights, but why can’t she just tell her the truth. Don’t let Asuna’s last moments with you be one of sadness and anger.

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Since the virtual world is too sad at the moment, Asuna heads back to real life, which doesn’t bring much joy either. Well, unless Kirito is around. She goes to school like usual and finds Liz and Silica who ask her about the new guild that she joined. I’m confused here though. How long did she know Yuuki for and how long has she been with the Sleeping Knights? Did she neglect her older friends for the sake of her newer ones? Kirito and Klein knew what was happening, but I wonder why Liz and Silica were left in the dark? Especially Liz, since she’s Asuna’s best friend.

Kirito calls her over and gives her the place where she’ll find Yuuki. He doesn’t tell her everything, but it’s clear that he knows what’s wrong with Yuuki. The hospital address is the only place in Japan doing clinical trials for Medicuboid. I wonder how he knew about that though. Did Yuuki tell him what’s going on? She did say he figured out her secret, but there has to be something more here.

Yuuki thanks him and heads to the hospital to meet Yuuki. Only, she doesn’t know her real name or age, but knows that she might be using Medicuboid. The first nurses that she talks to can’t really help, but one of them seems to know who Asuna is and rushes to find Yuuki’s doctor so he can speak to Asuna. Personally, I found the scene to be kind of funny.

Even though she’s been playing games for a long time, it seems like Asuna still assumes that some players use their real names for their game ones. It may seem illogical for Asuna to go to the nurses’ station and ask for a girl who may or may not be named Yuuki and may or may not be around 15 years old, but it is in character.

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The doctor mentions that Yuuki talks about Asuna all the time, but always cries right after. I think at this point Asuna should realize that hospital + doctor + Medicuboid trials = terminal illness, but she still asks the doctor why she can’t see Yuuki. Again, it may seem illogical that she hasn’t figured things out yet, but it’s still in character. This may seem like I’m saying that Asuna is dumb, but I’m not. Asuna seems like the type of person who has a very shallow view of the world and wants everything to remain the same. That’s why she has such a bad relationship with her mother, because her mom wants her to stop standing still and actually do something with her life. Asuna, on the other hand, wants things to remain the same. I think this is also the reason why she doesn’t care about Kirito’s harem, because if she said something she might lose Kirito and her friends. I’m just speculating on the last part though.

Anyways, the doctor tells her what Medicuboid is. It’s a clinical trial that uses an Amusphere like system to create a medical full-dive system. That means it can temporary paralyze the nerves so that it can function as an anesthesia for patients. The one used for games can’t cancel major pains, but the Medicuboid can so it’s a perfect tool for terminal patients to use. Not going to lie, this seems like a great thing for those who are truly suffering.

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At the same time, it’s kind of scary how the Amusphere does the same thing as the Medicuboid, but in a smaller scale. If you’re that far gone, then I could easily imagine people dying without even realizing it because they’re way too into the game. We have people who die already from playing video games for too long and ignoring their bodily needs. So Imagine how many people would die if Amusphere is used without some sort of kick out method in place.

You may be wondering why Yuuki’s doctor is telling Asuna all this, because you know patient confidentiality and stuff, but Yuuki said that if Asuna ever came to the hospital that he could tell her everything. And so, the doctor does just that.

Due to a faulty blood transfusion, Yuuki’s mom was infected with AIDs. The blood was given to her after she just delivered Yuuki, but by the time the hospital found out what happened it was already too late. Everyone in Yuuki’s family contracted the virus.

Even if Yuuki’s family was infected, AIDs isn’t a death sentence anymore. Many people who have the virus are still able to lead happy lives. Seeing as SAO takes place in the future, it should theoretically be even better for those suffering from it. Only, the virus Yuuki was infected with was a drug resistant one. Her family tried their best to make her life a good one, but in fourth grade her symptoms started and she’s been in the hospital ever since.

This is all the fault of the hospital, so I hope they’re the ones paying for everything, because something like this can’t be free.

When the trials for Medicuboid happened, Yuuki jumped at the chance. For the past three years, she’s been in the virtual world and hasn’t come back to the real one since. Seeing as how her parents and twin sister passed away, I can definitely understand why she agreed to the trial and why she’s happier there. She is terminal though, so she’s pretty much waiting to die now.

Just like how Yui is able to interact with the world due to Kirito’s help, Yuuki is able to do the same thing using the Medicuboid. So she asks Asuna to jump into ALO so they can talk. The Sleeping Knights use to have nine people, including Yuuki’s twin sister, but three of them passed away which is why they decided that when one of them is close to death that they’d disband. Two of the members were told that they have at most three months left, which is why they decided to do one final thing so they could at least be remembered, even when they eventually pass away.

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There’s only one thing Yuuki wants to do now and that’s go to school. I guess this is why Asuna has the camera on her shoulder during the ED. It all makes sense now. Kirito will use make another camera thing for Yuuki so she can go to school with Asuna.

It’s interesting that Yuuki wanted a chance at life, so she readily accepted the Medicuboid, while Asuna seems to hate it and jumps at any chance to strap on her Amusphere and go into the virtual world. I’m guess that by the end of this arc, Asuna will appreciate the life she’s been blessed with and not try to spend every moment in the virtual world. And hopefully, she’s able to patch things up with her mother.

Even though the feels were heavy in this episode, which I’m told is just the beginning of the waterworks, I didn’t cry or get teary eyed at all while watching this. It’s kind of weird, because even though I don’t like admitting it, I cry very easily and sometimes for no reason at all.

That doesn’t mean the episode is bad, it wasn’t, but it just didn’t hit me the same way it did for others. I do feel bad for Yuuki and what happened to her and her family, I just didn’t get too emotionally invested yet. Maybe if this was a longer arc, I’d be able to feel something more. But like I said, I’ve been told that this is just the beginning of the feels fest.

This episode was good, but I do have one burning question. How on earth did Kirito find out the truth behind Yuuki, when Yuuki said that she didn’t tell Asuna (and I’m assuming Kirito) anything about her? I wish that was explained more, because it feels like Kirito was there just to lead Asuna to her destination and then go back to being a father to Yui.

Sword Art Online II episode 21

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The Sleeping Knights have to fight their way through the crowd in order to fight the boss. Kirito comes in to help and defends their back. Sleeping Knights on one side, Kirito on the other, so which side will Asuna choose to help?

Kirito does a good job against the attack. So good that everyone stands in awe at his awesome playing skills. He tells Asuna that he’ll buy her 3 minutes so she should use that time to go into the boss room. He’s not alone though. Klein is there to help him out too.

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But no one from the harem showed up….

Now the Sleeping Knights have to just fight off the enemies out in front and they easily win thanks to Asuna. Nothing is left but the dead souls of all of the fallen players. If those guild players were smart, they would have swarmed each player. Even if they’re not as strong as the Sleeping Knights, they had 20 some members.

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With the players dead, the Sleeping Knights now head out to take on the boss. If you are wondering about Kirito, he’s doing okay.

The boss fight goes the way you expected it to go. They fight. They realize the boss’ weak point, which was kind of sad that it took them so long to figure it out. Whenever you see something like that, isn’t that the first place that you aim for? Oh well. What do I know. They figure out the weakness, then win and then have a party at Asuna’s place. They bring food over, but surprisngly there’s already a feast waiting for them.

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For some reason, I feel like Asuna is going to be late for dinner again with her mom. This means her NerveGear will be confiscated and she won’t be able to hang out with Yuuki or Kirito.

It doesn’t matter though, because the Sleeping Knights won!

Since they’ve now won, Asuna’s contract has technically ended with the Sleeping Knights. They promised to give her something that the boss dropped, but Asuna says that they don’t have to do that. Instead, she wants to talk to Yuuki more and let her join the Sleeping Knights.

She instantly killed the mood though, because the Sleeping Knights are going to disband before spring. Yuuki feels bad though, because she can’t accept Asuna’s offer. Before they can explain why, Asuna changes the subject and says that they should go to the swordsman memorial instead.

Their names are all up there, but I wonder what those symbols next to the names means? If it’s represents one guild, then why was everyone shocked that only a group of seven could defeat a boss?

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I mean, look at floor 13. Isn’t that all one group? And a fairly recent one at that.

They take a picture and everything seems to be going better, but when Asuna and Yuuki talk again Yuuki starts crying and logs out.

I know this recap seems like nothing happened in the episode, but that’s mainly because there was a lot of fighting. The Sleeping Knights vs. the other guild. The Sleeping Knights vs. the boss. And then the party/plot happened near the end.

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Not sure what’s going on with Yuuki though, but I’m sensing something emotional will take place in the remaining episodes. I wonder if someone’s going to die in the real world which is why Yuuki is acting this way. Maybe Yuuki or her real sister will be the ones who don’t have much time left?

I’m wondering if the next episode will have Asuna fight with her mother once her gear gets taken away. If she learns the truth about Yuuki and if it’s connected to what I think will happen, then she’s going to lose her only chance to met her.

I guess the remaining episodes will focus on the drama surrounding Yuuki and Asuna’s mom in the real world. Maybe Asuna will realize the importance of real world contact and learn that you don’t need a game to connect with people.

Sword Art Online II episode 20

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Last time, Yuuki/Zekken flied Asuna away from everyone and asks for her help. It sounds like something important, but the episode ended so I guess it’s time for us to find out what Yuuki wanted.

Before telling Asuna what she needs, Yuuki first introduces her to the Sleeping Knights which is her guild. I wonder if that name is symbolic to the state all of these characters are in? The guild includes: Jun, a fiery red head who seems like the type who is always ready for battle, Talken, who is shy and socially awkward when it comes to females, Nori, who isn’t afraid of speaking her mind, Siune, who seems like the quiet type, and Tecchi, who seems like the big silent teddy bear type. And to round up the group is guild leader Yuuki.

All of these descriptions could be wrong though, since I’m only going by their introduction. They’re all pretty powerful though if the HP stats from the OP is what we are going by.  The reason why Yuuki brought Asuna to the Sleeping Knights is because she wants her help to defeat a floor boss. Instead of going with the norm of having seven parties of seven, so forty nine people all together, Yuuki only wants her group of seven to go at it.

Asuna is confused, but Yuuki, along with the five others, have already gone on boss fights before but were beaten to the punch by another guild. They’re all strong and have good reason to do something reckless like this. They have until spring before they have to go back to their old lives, so before that happens they want to make a memory that they’d never be able to forget. Plus, if they defeat the boss then their names will appear in the Swordsman’s Memorial on the first floor.

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If the forty nine people go out to fight the boss, then only the party leaders are named. I suppose they could simply rotate their party leaders, so that way everyone would eventually be named. I think Asuna’s crew does this, because on the wall you see Klein (floor 14), Leafa (floor 16), Kirito (floor 17) and Asuna’s (floor 18) name on it. But the Sleeping Knights are different. They don’t want to do things this way. Instead, they want their group of seven to all be displayed together, but they need one more person to help them which is why they got Yuuki to do those duels. Their goal was to find someone who was as strong as Yuuki and then ask them to join their guild, so they have a better shot of making this dream a reality.

Asuna thinks. Asuna reflects. Asuna sees her old self in her glass and then agrees to join the Sleeping Knights. Yay!

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Now that she’s agreed, Asuna asks Yuuki what she’s been wondering for awhile now. If they were looking for strong people, why didn’t they go with Kirito? Yuuki agrees that he was strong, but feels like he wouldn’t fit with the group since he knew her secret.

The group agree to meet again tomorrow at 1 and Asuna leaves happy and content with the way things turned out. I think we can all agree that she’s been in a bit of a rut, so this is the best thing for her to do to get out of her funk. The happy moment doesn’t last long, because as she’s walking she’s forcefully disconnected from the game.

Her mother took out the cable, because Asuna is late for dinner once again. Even though this isn’t the NerveGear, I still got a bit worried when she just removed the cable like that. I guess it’s safe to do that, but after what happened in the first arc of SAO I’d still be worried about touching it like this.

Asuna apologizes, which I think her mother appreciates, so instead of taking the game she gives her another warning that if she’s late again Asuna will lose her game. It didn’t seem malicious when she said it, but Asuna’s heart breaks as she hears these words. She doesn’t even want to have dinner anymore and goes out on a walk instead so she can be alone.

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Both sides are not in the wrong here, it’s just that they lack proper communication skills to come to some sort of compromise. Asuna finds happiness in the virtual world, because she feels like the real world is too restrictive and suffocating. Her mother, simply doesn’t understand why someone who spent two years trapped in the virtual world would want to spend all of their time there and not embrace life.

Asuna doesn’t get her mother and her mother doesn’t get her. It’s normal kids and parents stuff. If they talked, things would be a lot better. I feel like the mother tries a little bit to get her point across, but Asuna simply shuts down, runs away, or acts in a passive aggressive way.

That doesn’t mean she’s a bad person, just human.

The next day, Asuna assigns the Sleeping Knights roles and they go check out the boss and do some planning for when they’ll actually fight him. Getting thrre is surprisingly easy and Asuna starts to question why she was even brought in if they’re all so good already. She gets to show her skills though, when they encounter some players who could potentially go after them. Siune seems excited at the prospect of a PvP fight and is pumped up and ready to do some damage. With that, she’s now my favourite person in the guild.

The three players don’t do anything though, so the Sleeping Knights go into the boss room.

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This isn’t the real deal though. They’ll try their hardest to fight, but they won’t use their expensive heals or leave after they die. The point of this exercise is to look at the attacks and study them so that the next time they fight they’ll be ready to take on the boss. They lose, but Asuna mentions that the three players that they encountered before are information gathers for a guild that only takes on bosses. They watch players fight bosses, so they can then take that information back to their guild and beat the boss by themselves.

This is third time that the Sleeping Knights’ have fallen into those player’s hands. Since Asuna knows how that group works, she tells tells the Sleeping Knights that they should regroup and try again in thirty minutes.

One problem though, even though the boss fighting guilds would take an hour to get ready there are already some men there waiting for the rest of the seven groups to show up. Their job is to block the door and not allow anyone to come in until everyone else arrives. Asuna argues that they should let them go through, but it doesn’t seem to be working. So Yuuki walks up and challenges them to a fight.

Yuuki has gotten some guts to her. She’s the guild leader, but it seems like Asuna took ovrt and planned everything so I was wondering what she was going to do as the main leader. When Asuna wonders why Yuuki is doing all this, she simply responds with:

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“There are things you can only share with someone by fighting. For instance, how serious you are.”

Her words get through to Asuna too, who thinks of her mom. Maybe she’ll actually start talking to her now, instead of running away and being passive aggressive? If so, then I’d be happy to see that. In any case, she sets aside her wand and grabs her sword because it’s time to go after some stubborn players and show them whose boss.

Asuna is serious.

Good time too, because the rest of the boss fighting guild members comes running in. This causes the Sleeping Knights to be caught in the middle, but that’s okay because they’re all incredibly strong fighters.

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Lucky for Asuna, one of those running with the boss fighting guild members is Kirito who jumps ahead of everyone to protect Asuna’s back. I have a feeling that this might annoy some people, because Kirito is back to save the day again, but it makes sense for him to be there. If a guild is going to clear a boss level then he’d definitely be there to help out. We already know that Asuna’s crew would help clear boss levels, since their names are on the wall, so Kirito showing up is fine and actually makes sense for the plot. I mean, if he just came running and didn’t do anything while his waifu is getting attacked, then he’d be a pretty bad husband, right?

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Overall, I quite liked this episode. I still find Asuna to be a bit immature when it comes to her mom, but I like that the issue won’t take too long to be resolved. At first, I was bummed that the Mother’s Rosario arc was only going to get a few episodes, but I’m actually happy for it. If Asuna spent 15 some episodes acting this way with her mom I think I might start hating her and I don’t want to hate Asuna.

I also like how the show isn’t making her mom out to be some sort of monster. Her words do make sense, it’s just that Asuna and her don’t have the greatest relationship in the world. So Asuna sounds bratty to the mother and the mother sounds cold and distant to Asuna.

I’m finding it interesting that during this arc, there’s been a lot of scenes of Asuna looking into a cup and seeing her reflection from it.

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Anywhoozie, twas a good episode.

 

Sword Art Online II episode 19

Time for some more Asuna!

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Asuna tells the girls of the harem that she’ll meet them at the log cabin at 2:30; once they meet up they’ll all head out to floor 24 so she can challenge Zekken. She says bye to them, but just looks at Kirito.

Back to the real world and it is super cold in Asuna’s room, so much so that she’s shivering and you can see her breath. As someone who is from Canada it seems kind of dangerous to sleep in a room that cold, especially when she’s not moving. Cold rooms are great to sleep in, but when you’re playing a game I think you need to be somewhat conscious. I could be wrong though. I’ve never let my room ever get that cold.

Asuna is late for dinner, her mother chastises her for it and I have to say the room her mother is in is very gloomy. Why would you want to eat in a place like that? Maybe it’s a rich person thing? I dunno, but it’s a very dark and gloomy room and not only do their faces suffer because of it, but the conversation does too.

Asuna’s mom wants her to stop playing video games and actually do homework at a desk. This is actually reasonable. Even if the NerveGear is high tech and you can do homework there it is much too distracting.

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She then reminds Asuna that she’s two years behind and that she needs to work harder in school. Even though Asuna’s grades are high, Asuna’s mom wants her to go to a proper high school and not a makeshift one with all the other survivors of SAO. This is kind of reasonable too. Not so much because the other school is better, which it is since it has a credit system so Asuna would be able to graduate quickly and then start college right away. It’s because the makeshift one should have some sort of therapy class for the survivors, but it’s clear that they don’t. Since they are not offering something special then I can understand Asuna’s mom’s point.

Her mom also correctly assumes that the makeshift school isn’t really anything special and more like a prison. The teachers are simply there to monitor the children who survived SAO. So if they are monitoring the students, then why are they not providing therapy classes or group sessions or something? Waiting for someone to break and then doing something seems illogical.

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Asuna wants to stay at the school though and doesn’t really care about college, but her mom is having none of it. If I have to guess, I think Asuna just wants to live a life where she’s Kirito’s bride and is happy to get married after high school and do just that and there’s nothing wrong with that. But you do need a backup plan. Not even a backup one, but something. Kirito may have all the answers in the virtual world, but he can’t really support her in the real one at this time.

Asuna’s mother wants her to have a career that she’s proud about, which is also reasonable. Every parent wants to see their child be better than them in life.

So far, I don’t think Asuna’s mom is unreasonable. She just speaks in a harsh manner so it sounds wrong, but she isn’t saying anything out of place or out of the norm. The place she lost me is that she doesn’t want her daughter to marry a poor person and marry someone who will set Asuna for life. This is stupid, not so much for the discrimination towards poor people, but because Asuna’s family have horrible taste in men.

Just look at them. One tried to rape Asuna and the others look like they want to do the same thing. If I was Asuna, I’d be against the marriage proposals too. When Asuna says that she’ll pick whoever she wants, the mom actually agrees with her. She’s fine with whoever Asuna chooses, as long as it isn’t Kirito. I guess this means Klein has a chance? He may not be ‘married’ or have a kid with Asuna, but he’s not from the school.

Asuna isn’t happy with this though, so she leaves but not before saying something that she knows will get her mother angry and then walking away. You know the type of person who doesn’t that kind of thing. Children and immature people.

I get why she did that though, but it also doesn’t really help her case. I also don’t know why her parents are so against Kirito. He is the one who saved their daughter from Mr. Rapey, who is voiced by Mr. Amazing. That should have warranted a few points with them, right? And it’s not like he’s poor, his house is nice and he’s able to afford techy stuff.

Sword Art Online - Kirito's harem of Liz, Suguha/Leafa, and Silicia

Kirito and Asuna talk like a couple and the other harem members are not pleased by this. They say it’s because they’re running late to meet Zekken, but I think we all know the truth.

Zekken is female and named Yuuki. Once Asuna hears that, she looks at Kirito and wonders if he went easy on her. That’s what she says, but I think we all know what her first thought was when she found out Yuuki was female.

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If the duel always says Yuuki vs whoever, why does everyone call her Zekken?

The two start fighting and they seem to be evenly matched. The animation here is great and I love that Asuna is finally showing her skills. She’s been in the background for way too long, so it’s nice to see her do something like this. I also like that Kirito is looking on with a smile on his face, while everyone else is worried.

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Asuna does well enough to get Yuuki to admit defeat. Even though the fight could still keep going and that Asuna looked like she was about to die, Yuuki is fine with this amount of fighting. She was looking for someone just like Asuna, so now that they’ve fought she’s content with the outcome. Yuuki then takes Asuna by the hand and flies her away to the sky. Once alone, Yuuki asks Asuna for help.

The episode ends there. Overall, it was a good episode and definitely better than last week. I beginning wasn’t really my cup of tea, because even though it was drama and provided some conflict for Asuna….when you compare it to Suguha and Shino, it seems kind of childish. The only thing of note is that her parents have bad taste in men, but they’re fine with whoever Asuna picks as long as the guy proves himself to them. They may not like Kirito right now, but all he has to say is, “I saved your daughter from being raped.” And they would instantly agree.

But when you compare her problems with Suguha, who had to deal with finding out that Kirito is actually her cousin and that the guy she likes is involved with someone else. So when she falls in love with another guy and finds out that it’s Kirito, then that’s proper angst. And Shino, who is absent once again, killed someone as a kid and suffered from PSTD.

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That isn’t to say that Asuna’s problems are smaller compared to theirs. I think everyone goes through what they’re able to handle and some go through worse things, but from a viewing standpoint it’s a bit weak. Thankfully, the second half made up for it. I loved that Asuna finally got out and fought. It feels like ages since she was out on the field and actually doing something. If she wanted to stay in the background, then I have no probelm with it. It just felt sad that someone so strong was pushed aside for other members of a harem that really shouldn’t be there.

Now that Yuuki is asking for help, I guess we’re going to see some sort of quest or something. I wonder if the others are allowed to help or if Asuna has to do this alone.

Side note: I looked at the ED, I normally skip OP and ED, and saw this picture there.

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Why is Asuna the only one with a camera on her shoulder? Is this for Yui? Even if it is, that’s kind of awkward don’t you think. The school wouldn’t allow her into the washroom or change rooms with that on.

 

Sword Art Online II episode 18

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It’s time for a new arc, a new day, a new song…actually there isn’t a new song, I just have Michael Bublé’s song stuck in my head. BUT! There is a new end animation, so that’s something… Now that the Calibur Arc is done, the much anticipated and hyped arc is set to take over. Mother’s Rosario and unlike the previous arcs, this one is all about Asuna. About time! Home girl has been getting the shaft for awhile now, so it’s nice to see her take center stage for a change.

The episode starts with the girls, minus Shino, doing their homework in ALO. They start feeling falling asleep though, especially after they look at Kirito’s sleeping face.

After showing up and never talking, it seems like Agil actually gets a chance to speak. Considering the fact that he allowed a highschooler to mess around with his bar/cafe, it only makes sense that he can talk again. So he does and he tells us the story of how he met his wife. Like Asuna and Kirito, he met her in a MMO game.

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I guess there is hope for Klein now. Maybe he learned about finding a mate through Agil and that’s why he was so thirsty in the last arc.

Turns out that Agil and his wife were both going to play SAO, but they could only reserve on NerveGear. After playing a game to see who would play first, Agil won and the rest is history. His desire to return home kept him sane in the game. Kirito agrees, but Asuna didn’t feel the same way. There were times when she even forgot why she was fighting because she doesn’t really like her family.

But Kirito gave her a home and then forgot about it for the following two arcs. I guess in this sense, it’s understandable to see why she’s so attached to Kirito and is able to overlook his flirting. She has nothing else but him.

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Agil tells them about an updating and Asuna and Kirito, along with the others go out to fight in order to unlock the floors. If they beat the boss and get to floor 22, then Asuna and Kirito might be able to see the Log Cabin that they had in Sword Art Online.

So everyone fights the boss and the Asuna’s log cabin is still there. Asuna then wakes up, making me think that this was all a dream but it turns out it wasn’t. They’re all at the cabin. Liz then tells Asuna about a major player that’s rising through the ranks named Zekken. Asuna hasn’t heard of them though because she’s in Kyoto with her dad I’m assuming. She meets some rapey looking guys there, but has to keep up appearances so she’s nice to them.

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I’m assuming they’re guys who want to marry her or something, but since this is SAO and they are looking at Asuna then that probably means that they want to rape her. It might sound bad, but you can’t take your chances with other male characters on this show. Unless they’re Kirito approved they’re bound to try to rape someone sooner or later.

Anyways, Zekken seems to be like Kirito and had their skill points converted to this game even though they are a newcomer. Unlike Kirito, they brazenly told everyone that they’re strong and challenged everyone to a duel. People come in droves to duel with them and put the newcomer in their place, but everyone loses in the end.

Silica didn’t challenge them, but Leafa and Liz did and failed miserably. Instead of wondering whether she should go out and fight, Asuna mentions that Kirito should go out since she’s a good wife and wants him to get all the glory. Too bad for her Kirito already tried and failed. Zekken and Kirito did say something to each other, but we don’t know what it is.

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Since everyone lost to Zekken, Asuna finally decides that it’s her time to shine and that she’ll go out and fight. But after hearing about how Zekken is so strong and that Kirito said something to him, she wonders if Zekken might be a former Sword Art Online player. We get a flashback to Death Gun, which would actually be pretty interesting if the last member of the game killers was in ALO challenging everyone.

Since it’s a crime to kill, you might as well duel players and get your kicks that way. But Liz shoots that theory down. According to Kirito, if Zekken was in Sword Art Online then they would have gotten the double sword skill. This shocks Asuna that there could be someone better than Kirito.

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Overall, I’m glad we’re seeing more from Asuna. I do find it very interesting that this episode didn’t really show Shino at the Log Cabin scenes. She’s there for the boss fight, but even then she’s not shown in an awesome way like everyone else. I’m probably reading into this a bit much, but maybe Shino still doesn’t know that Asuna is Kirito’s girlfriend and if she saw them together, acting normal and stuff, she’d freak out. That, or the creators probably didn’t want Asuna to have any proper competition when it comes to Kirito.

To be completely honest, I find Shino to be a more compelling character than Asuna even though they both have very similar character arcs on the show. Both went into a game in order to get strong, both met Kirito and became second fiddle to him despite being a strong player in their own right, both ended up falling for him, and both were almost raped before Kirito stopped that from happening.

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The only difference is that we know Shino’s background, so we’re able to sympathize with her a lot more. We don’t know what Asuna’s back story is, even though she’s been there since the beginning. Instead of letting us know bits and pieces, Asuna got shoved to the background and became the wife instead of Kirito’s equal. Unfortunately, the show established that Shino is his equal. I guess for that reason, it was better for her to not show up here and have Asuna reclaim her role.

So she got the most screen time here and was the one who delivered the finishing blow to the boss. Not only did she do some magic, but got out her sword and actually fought as well. I was actually happy to see this and see the show remind us that Asuna and Kirito are a couple, but despite this I feel like this episode didn’t really win her any favours.

In fact, I found myself kind of bored. I’ve heard this arc is absolute mathematical though, so I’m assuming that it will get better once Asuna and Zekken fight.

Sword Art Online II ep 17

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Kirito and his harem (plus Klein) continue their assault on the Boss King.

Even though they’re able to get in some attacks here and there they’re no match for the giant King. So Frejya asks Kirito to find her family’s hidden treasure. That will be the only way they can defeat the King. The hidden treasure is a golden hammer. Kind of like Thor?

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Turns out it is from Thor. Once Kirito finds it and hands it off to Frejya, she becomes Thor. Poor Klein. She also becomes a giant and starts fighting against the Boss King. This proves to be a major asset, because soon enough the team is able to beat the King. But Thor’s not done yet! He gives Klein the legendary hammer, which is nice since Klein was the only one who wanted to save Freyja to begin with. Unfortunately for him, he has no skill points with hammers. And unfortunately for Klein, it still doesn’t get rid of the fact that Freyja became a man.

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The quest is not done quite yet, since the team still has to go get Excalibur. Like the legend, Kirito has to pull it from its seal. With some muscle, he pulls the sword out and the team clear the mission!

Suguha hugs him and everyone is happy, only the dungeon is falling. For some reason Kirito throws away Excalibur, since he won’t get it until the mission ends. Sinon, being the awesome girl that she is, uses her magic and shooting skills to bring it back to him. Kirito thanks her and Sinon says that she’ll let him have Excalibur back on one condition. Every time he uses the legendary sword he has to think of her in his heart. He agrees.

Openly flirting in front of the girlfriend…not cool Sinon.

The guys ride on Tonkii and watch as the lower region of ALO becomes green and lush once again. Since the mission is now complete, the lady from before shows up to declare this as fact. She also introduces her sisters, as they want to say thank you as well.

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One of them is Klein’s type, so he asks for her contact information. Kind of a bold move to say to an AI, but whatever. Skuld, the sister he likes, just smiles and gives him fairy dust instead. He hugs it and everyone looks at him with a new found respect.

I like Klein, but I found it sad that he’s this desperate for love that he has to ask a computer sprite for it. Then again, it’s not like he can ask Kirito for help. Kirito only knows high school girls and that would get Klein in jail, so I guess this is the only thing he can do.

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Anyways, With the mission complete, the crew head back to the real world. There, we learn that Kirito built some sort of system that allows Yui to see their real world without actually being there. It would have been a nice moment for Asuna to see, since she’s the mom, but instead it’s Kirito with Sinon and Suguha.

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Again, I’m confused by Sword Art Online. If Kirito and Asuna are a couple and love each other, why does it seem like the show wants us to ship him with Sinon or Suguha? The amount of times Kirito had scenes with Sinon was fine, but she says things like, “Remember me in your heart when you use it.” And instead of just Asuna getting annoyed, everyone does, which makes her seem like she’s part of the harem when she should be at the head of it.

sword art online ii - Kirito's Harem

Even in the fights, she hardly did anything. Sure, she did heal everyone at one point and used her sword, but when you think of the fight you don’t really remember her.

I don’t even like ships, but if Kirito and Asuna are the main couple, why does she constantly get pushed to the side once other girls show up? I get that Kirito doesn’t have feelings for the others girls and only has eyes for Asuna, but it does seem right to me that this keeps happening to her. With ALO, I understood why he was with Suguha/Leafa all the time. Asuna wasn’t there. And in GGO, he was always with Sinon. That’s fine too, because Asuna wasn’t there. But here she’s right in front of him.

Even back in the real world, Sinon is beside Kirito and Suguha is in front. I know it sounds like I only want Kirito and Asuna to have scenes together, but I don’t. I actually like Sinon and Suguha, and I don’t want a lot of extra scene with Kirito & Asuna acting lovey-dovey together. All I want is just some acknowledgement that she’s his number one. Other than the end card, I don’t think there was any moment in this episode where she was beside him or even across from him. It’s just weird to do this to an established couple. Maybe they’re super comfortable with each other that they don’t need to be together all the time, but why not just have one scene?

I don’t get it.

Anyways, the episode ends with the guys having a feast at Agil’s restaurant and we get to see him in the background for a brief moment.

sword art online ii - Agil, Silicia & Liz

Thankfully, this arc is done. It felt rushed, but the fights were cool to watch. The next arc will be all about Asuna, which is good. Also, Kirito is hardly in it from what I’ve heard. This is good, because Suguha and Sinon both have some depth to their characterization while Asuna doesn’t really have anything. She’s just the love interest that is never there. Hopefully Mother’s Rosario will be good for her character.

 

Recap: Sword Art Online II ep 16

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In the last episode, Kirito and his band of merry woman, plus Klein, made their way to ALO so they could retrieve the legendary sword Calibur. While there, they received the quest for it.

I mentioned before that I don’t think this arc would work for some people, mainly because it’s about a quest for a sword. Unlike SAO, this had real life implications, ALO, which had rape and privacy issue implications, and GGO, which had a serial murder, Calibur isn’t that big of a deal.

For their part, the quest did try to make everything a bit bigger than it really is. Apparently, if the giants from below take over, then ALO will lose a map and there would be chaos. As a gamer, this actually sounds good. Imagine having everyone join up together to take down a common enemy and save your hometown. It would be so much fun.

Enough about that though, let’s just talk about what went down in this episode.

Kirito and his harem, plus Klein, fight some giants. I did find it weird that Asuna didn’t seem to be fighting with them. I guess she’s a healer type, but considering how awesome she was in SAO, I wonder why she’s not fighting as much anymore.

Maybe due to the stress of SAO she simply wanted to stay in the background and help others instead of fighting or something? Maybe she just doesn’t like fighting anymore? Maybe, she likes magic but didn’t have time to learn any offense type ones? I don’t know, but to me, it seems kind of harsh that everyone is shown more than her.

Asuna

I mean, she was one of the stronger characters in SAO and is more than capable of handling herself and yet she’s left in the background…much like every other time Kirito is surrounded by the other girls. She did save Kirito in the end, but everyone else fought first.

So the giant monster thing is defeated and Kirito explains how even though he used both of his swords, he didn’t use his duel sword technique from SAO.

The crew quickly defeat a few more boss battles until they only have one more to go. As they’re running towards there, they see a fallen maiden in an ice like prison. My first thought when I saw this was that this kind of reminds me of the dungeon in Zelda where you rescue a girl, but she seems creepy and afraid of the light. She then ends up being the boss for that level.

Freyja

Everyone has the same thought as me and feels like it is a trap. Even if it was, I’d still save her. The others don’t want to except Klein, because she’s attractive and also because even if it’s a trap he can’t leave someone who asks for help.

Kirito then gives everyone the plan for the final battle. It’s mostly him telling the girls that he’ll fight first then tell them when to attack.

Before they enter the door, Asuna does some magic for them, but the new girl, Freyja, quickly shows her up by increasing the HP for everyone. The crew quickly remark that they’ve never seen magic like that before. Poor Asuna.

The final boss shows up and he’s huge! It turns out that the boss wanted Freyja to be his wife, but after she was sneaking around the treasure vaults, he had her locked up.

Thyrm

Kirito tells everyone to listen to what Yui says and begin the fight by dodging. Now that I think about it, having Yui around is such a horrible cheat. Would I use it if I had the chance? Absolutely, but it’s clearly not fair that she is able to help them so much when no one else has someone like her. I think if I was a boss in this game, I’d attack her first. Or increase my evilness, like Ganon, and make it so she can’t get near me and know what’s going on.

Ah, I just got flashbacks of Navi. The only time I wanted her help and she can’t do anything.

Anyways, the episode ends just as the giant is about to strike first.

So next week is the last episode for this arc and then Asuna will get her chance to shine with the following one. I, for one, am looking forward to that arc. Asuna keeps getting pushed to the sidelines and not doing anything. It just makes me pity her, because Kirito goes off to find another girl to add to the harem and as he’s sending them mixed signals, she’s talking to her kid about how much she loves daddy.

It’s kind of depressing.

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As for the episode, it was okay. It’s definitely a lot more low key compared to everything else that we’ve seen before. And even though this episode made me feel bad for Asuna, I did like seeing the fights. Everything did seem to happen very quickly though. It took half of the episode to beat the first boss, by the end, they’re already at the last one. It doesn’t really give you enough time to get fully invested in this arc or the situation surrounding it.

Oh well, only one more episode for this arc!