Minor Spoilers Ahead
The last two episodes of SAO were great, although, I’d be lying if I didn’t say the pace has slowed down a little. This one starts off with more slice of life goodness in the forest, but our pair gets brought back to the frontlines.
This really had everything; the first half was fun and relaxed. And while I enjoyed this half it would have been a waste to dedicate an entire episode to fishing. The boss battle was hectic and SAO really shines once the swords are out and lives are on the line.
One thing has been bothering me since this anime began, how are their bodies doing in the real world? They’ve been in the game for two years, it’s a wonder their families haven’t just pulled the plug. So I was happy when this was finally addressed (because it’s a potential plot hole). Overall this was a great episode. (Rating: 8/10)