Oh? Maybe that'll up my chances since I only entered once.
I really don't have issue with them using some mini-games to wind down, there were some amusing moments.
I think the bigger issue here is the pacing once again felt all over the place and the show continues to be the evidence that telling instead of showing can really weaken a story.
Of course we have to wait a week for the rest of that battle and the conclusion of Aincrad.
Also, humans are very adaptable people. I'm sure Asuna misses her family, but the whole point of her speech was to say that she's realized that she can still make life worth living even in their unusual circumstances. And Kirito is a big part of the reason for that obviously. Now again, if you don't like them as characters, I can understand if you dismiss it, but the logic isn't flawed.
It's not so much that I'm dismissing it, but her whole speech rubbed me the wrong way for multiple reasons. It was just another huge example of the show doing much more telling than showing, which highlights one of its main writing problems in general, and it did feel like she was just glorifying Kirito. Yes, he is a big part of the reason that she could make life worth living even in their current situation, but it just recapped to the audience what we already knew and made Kirito look a lot more special than I think he is. Not to mention the lack of passion/emotion in their relationship really makes it difficult to find her speech compelling on that level. Plus, the tone of that scene kind of gave me the impression that she was a bit too happy in her current situation and made me question why they're bothering trying to clear the game. They clearly love each other, they value each others' safety more than anything else, to the point where Asuna would commit suicide if Kirito was killed instead of trying to live on in order to see her family again, and they seemed perfectly content with living in their little house in the woods. So, why even bother trying to clear the game at this point when it just puts them in life threatening danger? This probably wouldn't be a problem if the show had made the effort to highlight their relationships outside of the game so that there would be more of a personal reason to get out besides not wanting to die. Outside of Kirito mentioning his cousin in I think the fourth episode and maybe a brief mention of Asuna's family once we got into the episodes that covered first novel, I don't think that they've mentioned their families or friends outside of the game, so it's kind of hard for me to believe that they'd want to see their families and loved ones again when they value each other so much and seem perfectly content living in the game. Or at the very least, it weakens that motivation for me.Originally Posted by WickedChild
An okay episode. I actually thought that the fishing sequence was kinda fun, and well-animated. The second half got down to the nitty-gritty, but the cliff-hanger annoyed me for some reason.
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"I have sacrificed much to achieve peace. So too must a new generation sacrifice to maintain that peace. Responsibility! Duty! Honour! These are not mere virtues to which we must aspire! They are essential to every soldier, to every king!"
- Odin, Thor
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