Kirito fights another guy over Asuna. This time, it’s the leader of her guild, Heathcliff. Heathcliff wins and Kirito joins the guild. He even has to wear their not-black uniform. But there’s a traitor in their midst (the bodyguard guy who fought Kirito over Asuna in the earlier episode), and he’s trying to kill Kirito. Asuna and Kirito take him down. Kirito and Asuna take time off, get married, pick up a stray kid. Mindnumbing.
Said stray kid, Yui, dies in episode 12, but not before giving Kirito some interesting information about Sword Art Online’s program. Her grieving “parents” manage to save her core data before she’s fully deleted, and hope to re-create her later.
Kirito goes fishing. Then Kirito and Asuna get summoned to a big boss battle. After the battle, Kirito takes a chance and figures out the in-game identity of SAO’s mastermind. They fight. Kirito and Asuna die. Except they don’t die. Of course.
Although there are plenty, plenty of things I could gripe about, in all fairness, these 2 episodes are not bad. There’s fighting! There’s action! Things happen! Best of all, Sword Art Online ends! Well, at least the game is over.
Regrettably, SWORD ART ONLINE, the anime, is not over.
Now, we’re being introduced to an extreme one-dimensional villain as a romantic rival for Kirito (I laughed at the stupidity). First, there’s the absurdity that they are fighting over who gets to marry a comatose girl. Then, Asuna X Kirito is already so well established that I don’t think there’s any risk that anyone would root for the other guy, even if he was flawless; there’s just no need to make him such an unbelievable dick. I guess I should give the character designers some credit for making his appearance not completely butt-ugly.
But that’s not all. It turns out Kirito’s own sister is in love with him (I facepalmed so hard). The show goes to great lengths to emphasize that they are actually cousins, not brother and sister. Of course.
Lately, it seems as if there’s one or two new imouto/onii-ai (ie, incest) anime series every season. God knows why. Anyway, SAO wasn’t shitty enough already, it had to get on the imouto-fetish bandwagon too.
I won’t be watching this anymore. Stick a fork in me; I’m done.