Warning Spoilers Ahead
Sword Art Online is one of the best anime of the summer (so far). So it was an easy choice for one of my weekly “Micro-Review” slots. You can read my thoughts on the first three episodes here (scroll to the bottom). Now, let’s talk about “The Black Swordsman”.
On this episode Kirito helps a loli-idol revive her dead pet. I found this strange at first – why does he keep helping damsels in distress? Seriously, it seems like ¾ of the episodes so far are about him helping out a cute girl.
Don’t get me wrong; I loved the comedy and lightheartedness, but things were starting to feel too familiar. Luckily there was more to the story, and once his true intentions were revealed I was absolutely hooked.
Although, this did bring up another potential problem – it seems like most of Kirito’s battling/leveling is taking place off-screen. This makes things feel a bit rushed; hopefully this doesn’t become standard practice. Still, this was an exceptional episode. (Rating: 8.5/10)