There are two huge moments in this episode that will please SAO fans, but the plot remains uninteresting. Kirito gets entangled in a political struggle in his quest to get to the world tree. This may sound interesting, but once again I find myself bored with ALfheim and its inhabitants.
Kirito duel wielding again, and Asuna’s escape are the only two things that saved this episode from being a total wash. All of the political stuff felt like padding, the fanservice was unwelcomed, and Leafa is just setting herself up for the ultimate rejection. Plus the fights feel less epic because they aren’t fights to the death. Oh you killed me – I’ll just respawn later. (Rating: 7/10)