October 07, 2012
You're telling US!?
There's a lot to like about this episode. It touches on several interesting ideas.
Assuming similar casualties on the remaining levels they're looking at 6-8 hundred more people dying before they can even FACE the final boss. 4 THOUSAND have died already and only a small percentage of the six thousand survivors are even participating in clearing the upper levels...most have given up and have settled down into the second life aspect of the game. The heroes take a moment to contemplate these cold facts which do not bode well at all.
Kirito's comments to his comrades just before everything turns higgly piggly bring home the fact that he and Asuna are not the only heroes, everyone there is an exceptional individual and for several of them their time in the game has been at least as impressive and heroic as the two the show has focused on.
Of course, Asuna continues to be transcendentally awesome. Multiple times, in multiple ways..
...and she can cook!
And the surprises were, well, they were surprising.
Kirito's decision towards the end of the episode is certainly heroic but it's eminently practical too. I also like the fact that the show acknowledges that even the finest hero, with the noblest cause can be outmatched.
At no point did anyone say "I've been holding back on my true power, and now the battle REALLY begins!"
Instead there was genuine drama and pathos.
There was also a surprisingly satisfying conclusion.
There is considerable annoyance in the comments that the write-up was exceedingly coy, which is certainly true.
However, I was aiming the spoiler tags mainly at those who had seen this episode and wanted to discuss it. Additionally, the main reason this episode worked for me was that there were some unexpected elements, so if anyone was considering picking up the show I didn't want to spoil it.
Here is a quick RDV.of the series thus far and this ep in particular.
As for Asuna's surprise:
Posted by: J Greely at Sun Oct 7 17:01:52 2012 (2XtN5)
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sun Oct 7 18:17:12 2012 (e9h6K)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Mon Oct 8 06:31:31 2012 (+rSRq)
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Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Mon Oct 8 11:10:42 2012 (+rSRq)
What did the author come up with to continue his standalone story when offered a contract for sequels?
Posted by: J Greely at Mon Oct 8 15:42:00 2012 (fpXGN)
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Mon Oct 8 17:06:03 2012 (e9h6K)
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