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Sword Art Online Episode 8 Micro-Review

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SAO jumps ahead two years — goodbye side stories. I enjoyed the last few episodes, but the jump comes at the right time. On this episode Kirito and Asuna join forces once again, but an overprotective escort ruins some of the fun.

Kirito and Asuna’s scenes are cute and their characters play well off of each other. Asuna’s lackey was annoying and something tells me we haven’t seen the last of him. But he may be the least of team KA’s problems. They’re being watched by one of those “red players” and they’re in for one epic boss battle.

Overall this was a solid episode with some good action. It was slow at times, but this is the first episode in a multi-episode arc so it comes with the territory. (Rating: 7.5/10)

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  • Some serious meetings must have been going down at Aniplex, or something, because these last 2 episodes have done a WAAAAY better job of adapting the source material in a way that doesn’t feel to abridged or rushed.

    On the other hand, I think the time skips have been a real weak point for the show. Watching, you’re given about 5 seconds at the beginning of every episode to look at the date it gives you, try to remember what it was last week, and calculate the difference in time. There are countless other, better ways that couldn’t been handled

    • Yeah, I think they’ll slow down with all the time jumps now since we’re finally getting to the main plot. But the time jumps could lead to a few cool twist that only non-linear stories can pull off. Like they could show something mind-blowing in a flash back that makes us look at a character in a new light. LOST did some cool things with all the time jumps.