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)