Aw man, the feels were strong in this episode. which easily makes this the best episode yet for SAO (aside from the first episode). The logic in this episode was pretty crap (the rather careless placement of the GM console within the game, Kirito/Asuna’s supremacy of happiness within a sea of hundreds being added to their plot armor, Kirito’s inhuman programming ability that allowed him to poof a game object within seconds, etc. which are all probably explained in the light novels), but I don’t care.
Yui’s heart is still alive and I’m happy. 😀 Just when I was preparing a rant in my mind about how suspiciously similar Yui is to .hack‘s Aura (with that giant sword of hax and being the ultimate human-like AI that oversees the players of the game), they went and “killed” her off in a spectacular fashion that wrecked the daddy in me.
There was some good sentimentality in this episode – hopefully the next batch of episodes aren’t about the
glopfest lovey-dovey marriage between Kirito and Asuna. The high standard that the first episode set kind of makes all the wish-fulfillment appeal extremely obvious in later episodes. I usually don’t mind such things in small doses, but it gets rather obnoxious when it gets shoved down the viewer’s throat all at once. And I like the pairing, which makes it even more annoying because if they don’t tune it down a notch, they’ll ruin it. Seriously, I’d like to learn a little bit more about the character themselves before I see them sleep in the same bed…