So was the second arc of SAO really that terrible? If you’re comparing it to the first arc of SAO, then not really, but if you compare it almost every other anime, then yes. I mean most of the plot was copied over from the first arc anyway. For this reason, I wrote down my reactions of my first time watching it to share in my agitation of why they didn’t fix this broken anime. I will be accompanying each reaction with its fan service gifs because as we all know boob-shots is the only way to keep the anime watcher’s attentions EVERY god damn episode.
Episode 15 – First off, Kirito really should have laughed at Sugou’s bullshit threats straight off the bat, but no, Broody Mc’Broodskin needed to brood. What’s with Sword Art Online inconsistent morals around adoption anyway? Assuming Sugou’s being adopted into a family is akin to marrying Asuna is like saying that Kirito is already married to Suguha. And shouldn’t have there been security cameras or supervision on those patients? Wouldn’t Kirito have requested it considering Mr. Molester’s actions?
Episode 16 – So the goal of ALfheim is to get to the top of the tree like getting to the top of the tower in Aincrad? Well, I would say don’t fix what’s not broken but it’s clear that the first game was definitely broken. Some A.I. ex Machina with Yui showing up and even Kirito admits to his white knighting this damsel in distress was cliche, not to mention it making no fucking sense when comparing how long they’ve been the game for! Pretty music and animation doesn’t redeem bad!
Episode 17 – It doesn’t matter if Kirito’s skills passed over, he shouldn’t be good enough to take down a high level group in the first five minutes of playing if he can’t fly properly! Count the amount of times in SAO when there’s exposition given in a cafe or restaurant, this is not a good thing, especially when half of the shots are directed at the Leafa’s tits. Did Oberon make it so Asuna’s abilities didn’t pass over? Is that why she’s a pathetic damsel who cries ‘Kirito, please save me?’ in this arc of the anime? Does Oberon think his memory manipulation will stop Asuna from telling her dad about his plans? Why is none of this even suggested in the series?
Episode 18 – Wait, Suguha started playing a virtual game even after Kirito got stuck in one? What a fucking moron! Leafa being pressured to stay in a party and Kirito fighting on a girl’s behalf, this seems familiar. Oh, that’s right, because the exact same thing happened in arc one! With the young characters, mix of colors, bright tones and rapey scenes, this anime’s audience demographic is totally fucked. Wait, avatars need guarding while logged off? WTF kind of game mechanic is that? How does that even work if you’re not in a multi-national group? Does someone have to stay up all night?
Episode 19 – Learning the magic seems more like a chore than a game but don’t worry, like with DBZ, screaming gives the main characters more power in this episode. I have the feeling that Kirito’s ‘will’ is going to break the game for no reason again… and now he’s a demon for no reason… and he doesn’t remember why… MOM! The game broke again! How convenient for this fight and I’m sure this demon transformation ability will come in very useful when he uses it again later on, right?… RIGHT!?
Episode 20 – “Running away from a fight isn’t really my style” –Yeah, especially when your girlfriend’s freedom is on the line as time is slipping by. WHY is Kirito wasting time taking the lead in something he has nothing to do with? Has he read the script to find out these people are going to assist him later on? Was this exploding bad guy even a character before now? And WAIT! He dual wields in this match! WTF! I thought that wasn’t an option! Yup, who cares about rules the anime creates?
Episode 21 – Listen, when you have colorful kiddy atmosphere in a colorful game with young looking characters, but also tentacle rape, something is very wrong with your intended audience. Is this supposed to be funny? Welcome to ALfheim where the creators wanted everyone to know their hentai fetishes.
Episode 22 – Now I have used the word ‘contrived’ a lot when describing a lot of the emotion in
SAO. This episode is a perfect example. Why is it that not until Leafa has fallen for Kirito that he says Asuna’s name? It makes no sense that in all the time they had spend before that that either she wouldn’t ask who this “mommy” was or he would never tell her. It was put in there for the very sake of this effect, but it doesn’t fit unless he knew who she was all along and wanted to hide his identity. And why was Suguha so ashamed? It’s not like they did anything, her reaction is more telling than anything they did in the game!
Episode 23 – Wait, Kirito’s method of closing the gap between him and his sister was by escaping back into another game and playing with someone who he thinks is some random gamer? Why is he screwing about fighting her? And after all that, he’s still leading his sister on by saying the jury’s still out on their relationship even with a long term girlfriend? Oh, more dual wielding and the gate of the final dungeon can’t be accessed by a player? Screw the rules I have an animation budget!
Episode 24 – Why is Kirito running up a spiraling path when he can fly? Oh, I know, because fuck SAO, that’s why. He’s actually shocked Sugou is behind this, even after what he admitted to him in the first episode? I always hear that Oberon is a bad villain because he’s an ‘attempted’ rapist and put pain reception in his game, but at least he has a clear motive unlike Akihaba who literally caused the deaths of thousands of people and forgot the reason why. But no, now this mass murderer is a good guy and immortal for helping Kirito stop him and get Asuna out. Which, you know, means nothing when he could have done it from the beginning!
Episode 25 – Now I remember why the end of SAO II seemed so familiar. Butt hurt bad guy comes to attack girl gamer IRL. Did Kirito cut the guy’s throat? Nope, so maybe instead of “I fought the final boss” it should have been, “The guy who wants to marry you just knifed me but I let him go.”
Then the police conveniently show up without anyone calling them and the first of many of Kirito’s spurn women’s club is held before Kirito once again leads on his sister in front of everyone. And they all live haremly ever after.