Minor Spoilers Ahead
This arc has Kirito and Asuna solving a murder mystery. It’s a nice break from the earlier episodes. While it could be looked at as another side story, calling it one just seems wrong. These are easily the best two episodes of SAO so far.
Without going into too much detail, the reason I found these two episodes enjoyable were thanks to their many twists and turns. Just when you think you’ve figured it all out – you’re hit with an unexpected twist. SAO has already proven it can bring the action, but it’s nice to know it’s also packing tons of substance. (Rating: 9.5/10)