Kirito got his new toy sword and finally we are back in the Underworld to see some action! The previous episodes have been very informative but now it’s time for some Kirito’s badassery.
Japanese Original Episode Title: 剣の学び舎
Two years have passed since Kirito and Eugeo left the village. After their long journey they have arrived at the capital city of Centoria where they have enrolled in the Swordcraft Academy. The boys have been improving their sword skills and have been training in order to become Integral Knights and have also managed to become the ‘Page’ of the most powerful upperclassmen. Kirito’s mentor, Sortiliena, the second best in the academy is sparing with Kirito a few days before she graduates and she says to him that she would like to see all the skills that he might have been hiding from her all this time. Kirito agrees to show her the next day after he takes his new sword that has been crafted by the wood of the Gigas Cedar. When he acquires his new sword he goes to the Academy to train, but as he was practicing, he threw some dirt on the Levantein, the best swordsman at school, who challenges him to a duel after witnessing his skills.
Time flies: I am actually surprised that they decided to skip some content and cut right to the chase. You would think that with the series running for a whole year they would include every single arc they could but Zakkaria didn’t make it after all. I am not complaining of course, I am actually quite glad to see them closer to their original target than just see them working on a farm and battling into a tournament that doesn’t really matter. I just hope that they didn’t skip anything important.
Kirito is into flowers? Since when is Kirito into anything else other than virtual reality video games and sword stuff? We are talking about the guy that was eating pasta every day because he couldn’t be bothered making anything else, and now suddenly he is into growing flowers? You know how much patience it needs to properly maintain a garden and grow flowers? What happened to him during these two years? Also, I don’t think Asuna would be very happy knowing that he went through all this trouble just to give flowers that he has grown himself as a graduation gift for Sortiliena. He is a naughty one.
The new sword: It looks rather similar with his previous sword but again, you can sense that this is a powerful weapon that will make him stand out from the crowd. I can’t wait to see him dueling Levantien with it and hopefully kicking his ignorant ass.
Themes & Trivia
The Sword fighting tournament: So the name of the tournament is actually Norlangarth North Area Swordsmanship Competition also known as the Zakkaria Sword Arts Tournament. It is a sword competition which is held in the town of Zakkaria and any guard of the surrounding villages as well as apprentice guards of Zakkaria have the right to participate in the tournament. The winners from each block are selected to become guards of Zakkaria and, if they prove their worth as guards, they are given a recommendation letter from the Zakkarian chief guard that would allow them to take part in the entrance exam of the Sword Mastery Academy. So that’s how the boys managed to get into the Swordcraft Academy.
Okay even if I still question Kirito’s new hobbies, if these two shitheads mess up with his garden or something I am going to be absolutely furious.
There is a very interesting quote in this episode where Kirito mentions: ‘If you can imagine yourself to be more powerful than anyone, it gives you the potential to rewrite the laws of the world.’ It’s not something mind-blowing if we take into consideration all the previous seasons of Sword Art Online and how Kirito and Asuna were constantly breaking the ‘rules’ of the game, but it is an interesting concept. The fact that anyone can use it, even the bad guys is going to influence the plot greatly in the future.
Kirito got the master sword.
Now we are talking! The sword design in this season is just absolutely beautiful. I am SO looking forward to see Kirito work his magic with the new sword (that doesn’t have a badass name yet) and I really hope that he will crush this idiot so the lovely Sortiliena, can become the number one student of the Academy before she graduates.
NEXT TIME: Swordsman’s pride
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