Eugeo’s tactics blew my mind in this very steamy episode of Sword Art Online: Alicization. While Eugeo is having a very private moment with Bercouli in a steamed onsen and is probably taken under the control of the enemy, Kirito and Alice share some steamed buns. Do you see the irony here?
Japanese Original Episode Title: 伝説の英雄
Eugeo confronts Bercouli Synthesis One, and after witnessing his Time Splitting sword, he comes up with a plan to defeat him which ends up trapping both of them in an ice spell that slowly drains their lives out of them. Eugeo is certain that he can outlive him. As the spell is taking effect, Eugeo realizes that Bercouli is the legendary knight who was the previous owner of the Blue Rose sword before he got brainwashed by the Administrator and turned into an Integrity Knight. As he is trying to make him understand that he has been deceived by the Axiom Church, suddenly, Prime Senator Chudelkin appears, freezes Bercoulli and captures Eugeo. Meanwhile, Kirito and Alice are resting before they continue climbing the wall, and as they were eating some steamed buns Kirito mentions Alice’s sister which convinces her to sit down and hear his story about the truth behind her past.
Bercouli should have stayed naked: Okay, first scene into the episode and I am already super disappointed that Papa Bercouli put a robe and pants on. But nevertheless, after thinking about it for a moment, I realized that Eugeo must have watched him get out of the onsen NAKED, put his clothes on, and then had the conversation that we saw, which made me giggle. Just imagine the awkwardness of waiting for your enemy to get dressed in order to fight. Also, after the whole apprentice conversation and seeing that he was worried about Fanatio, it is safe to assume that she had the hots for him, right? And who can really blame that poor girl, Bercouli is stunningly handsome!
Everything in a battlefield can be used as a weapon or a trap: Kirito did a good job raising this boy. Eugeo came up with an amazing strategy to beat Bercouli in just a few seconds while remaining cool and badass. I was at a loss for words by the amazingness of that fighting scene: not only the great tactics, use of the surroundings and overall skills of Eugeo’s swordsmanship, but also the amazing sound effects and animation really blew my mind. Every time Eugeo drew his sword, the ‘ice smoke’ effect that came with it, was absolutely beautiful plus the time clocking effects from Bercouli’s sword were equally well placed and produced. Outstanding scene.
Prime Senator Chudelkin: Who the hell is this annoying clown ball that DARED to ruin the bromance between Eugeo and Bercouli? Despite the fact that he looks and sounds so annoying, he ruined the moment between the two, froze Bercouli, and captured Eugeo. I hope he will get brutally slaughtered by someone in the future.
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Animation error: Did you notice that there was an animation error in the steamed buns scene? When Alice reaches out to take the buns from Kirito and warms them up, one of the frames is actually wrong and both of them hold two buns each, looking like there are actually four buns instead of two. If you missed it or have no idea what I am talking about, you can have a look here.
*Alice’s tummy growls*, *Kirito laughs*, *His life is in danger*. I have to admit that the dynamic between Alice and Kirito entertains me greatly. I can’t imagine Kirito’s reaction when he learns that as he was sharing good laughs and a ‘nice’ meal with Alice, Eugeo was being brainwashed by the enemy. Also, can I just mention the fact that Alice had STEAMED BUNS on her bloody hands and didn’t even feel hot? This is even more outrageous than the last episode’s physics.
After I slash you, who will show up to avenge you?
The next episode is probably going to be a recap of everything that has happened so far, so it will take us a little more time than expected to see Alice and Kirito reach the inside of the tower once more. I highly believe that we will get to see an intense fight between Alice and Eugeo (I don’t know if Kirito is going to be involved) where Alice will have part of her memories back and then ironically Eugeo will be the one that has forgotten everything, highlighting the drama of the story and their overall relationship.
NEXT TIME: ‘Recollection’
Sword Art Online: Alicization
Winter 2019 | Anime Info | Similar Anime | Season 1 Review | Season 2 Review