Warning Major Spoilers Ahead
This is easily the best anime episode of the summer (so far). Yes, it’s not just the best episode of SAO – it tops everything I’ve seen this season. It’s Avant-garde; other series should aspire to be this bold. The plot goes there — it’s absolutely relentless in its assault and leaves little room for a breather.
First off Kirito lost the battle and had to join the Knights of the Blood Oath. The weirdness doesn’t end there, next thing you know he’s out in the middle of nowhere one step away from heavens gate. I knew that creepy guard would comeback, and it was predictable when Asuna came to Kirito’s rescue.
Things became truly awesome when Kirito got his hand cut off and killed the creep, though, thus saving Asuna. Wow, you weren’t expecting that were you? It’s rare to see an anime protagonist actually kill someone, no matter the circumstances. 8/10 times we’re treated to some holier than thou conclusion, boring (the villain is jailed or spared).
But wait – theres more. Next thing you know Kirito and Asuna are sharing a passionate kiss, then she’s getting undressed, Krito tells Asuna she has the wrong idea (LOL), Asuna goes into tsundere mode, and boom – Kirito say’s “let’s get married”. That’s a lot of ground to cover in one episode, but SAO pulls it off brilliantly.
I’m done; now check out this perfect score (Rating: 10/10).