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Sword Art Online Episode 13 Micro-Review

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)

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  • I’m actually mildly confused about the show right now, and… I can’t tell you why. What I CAN tell you, however, is that I think this episode was handled quite well.

    Some readers were hoping they’d skip the fishing episode altogether, and get on to the boss battle, but It was actually given an appropriate amount of time in the show, and made quite enjoyable to watch! I do love watching Aniplex depict the fight scenes most of all, however, and I’m glad we were able to get a bit of that before the episode ended. If they do this next episode right, well… You’ll be impressed, That’s for sure!

    • You may be confused because at times SAO doesn’t know what it wants to be. It’s a romance, action, comedy, and drama anime. Plus it seems like most of the series has taken place away from the front lines. That may be its only real problem — it’s all over the place.

      • Oh, no, I meant I actually CAN’T tell you why without major spoilers of the plot!

        I do agree on the anime’s apparent lack of focus, though. The first novel was a straightforward action-romance with Kirito and Asuna. Aniplex should have put more focus and time into those aspects of it earlier.