Kirito is once again trapped in a virtual world and this time he is more confused than ever. One thing is for sure: he still has crazy swordsman skills that will definitely help him move forward.
Japanese Original Episode Title: 悪魔の樹
Kirito awakens in a forest of the virtual world of Underworld with no much recollection of how he got there and with his memories all fuzzy. As he realizes that he is neither in the real world nor in a game, he walks through the forest meeting Eugeo, but they don’t seem to remember each other. After telling him that he is lost, Eugeo agrees to help him if he waits for him to finish his tasks for the day aka his ‘Calling’. Eugeo tells him about his childhood friend Alice and a little bit of lore about the world, its laws, and the way it functions. Kirito tries to help him cut down the Demon Tree, a huge tree that the habitants of the Underworld have tried to cut down or more than 300 years, as much as he can and then they head to Eugeo’s village, where he discovers that he still can use his swordsman skills. Eugeo helps him find shelter at the local church and before going to bed Kirito decides that he must learn more about this virtual world before looking for a way to return to the actual real world.
He can’t log out: I don’t know about you, but if I was in Kirito’s place and had gone through all that drama with Sword Art Online, if I couldn’t log out once again from a virtual world I would have shitted my pants.
The axe scene: I am glad that Kirito embarrassed himself when he tried to cut down that tree. If he was super powerful and gifted in every aspect of the world, it would have been a lame repetition of the previous stories. At least now, he looks like a more relatable character, I mean don’t get me wrong, it’s still super obvious that he is going to be a badass swordsman in this as well, but at least now he shows some flaws and I think that’s kind of refreshing.
Kirito and the lamp: It was quite funny to see him struggling to turn off the lamp. I am looking forward to see more awkward scenes like this in the future, where he won’t know how to use a variety of other items of the virtual world.
Themes & Trivia
In case you don’t know: Sword Art Online: Alicization is going to be a 4-cour split, which means it will be running for a whole year non-stop! I think that the pacing is going to be great since they will be covering 12 books in so many episodes. This is certainly a great gift for all the fans out there.
Gigas Cedar: Literally meaning Gigantic Tree. The word Cedar or Cedrus is a genus of coniferous trees in the plant family Pinaceae (subfamily Abietoideae). They are native to the mountains of the western Himalayas and the Mediterranean region.
So as I was watching the episode I had two mind-blowing realizations that made me feel kind of proud about myself, even though they might be utter bullshit. First of all, the name Eugeo reminded me greatly of Yu-gi-oh! and yes, I know this might sound ridiculous but what if they actually have the same meaning but there are just stylized differently? ‘Yugi-oh’ means the ‘king of games’ in Japanese. Does that mean that Eugeo might be very badass as well and his whole eye programming situation? Can he probably control the mechanics of the world? I think I am thinking about this way too hard.
Also, I was thinking: is Kirito dying? Is this the reason why he was plugged in to the new technology, because somehow it can keep him alive without the poison killing him completely? Or they just plugged him there until they can find out a way to cure him? OR IS HE DEAD AND THIS IS PURGATORY? Okay, I will stop now…
Command – Log Out
So far this season has been great and honestly, I have no complaints about it. Visuals are great, story seems nice, Eugeo seems like a good guy and everything just flows really well. For once, it seems to be going very slow and I just love it. Watching this show makes me feel happy, like I am watching an isekai version of the Sword Art Online franchise or something.
NEXT TIME: The End Mountains
Sword Art Online – Alicization Arc
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