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Sword Art Online – 24


Best character.

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Can’t think of anything constructive and non-spoilerish to say about this episode, so I’ll just leave it at that and go back to cramming.

You’ll either love this episode or hate it. I’ll remain silent as to which one applies to me.

89 Thoughts on “Sword Art Online – 24

  1. Thank you guys~~

  2. While watching/reading the whole “it’s okay now, imma log out/it’s over, let’s hug” scenes, the only thought I really had was “move your ass damn it, Sugou has logged out too and who knows where he logged in from? While you’re spreading fluff with your daughter / imouto he might be already trying to rape Asuna irl…”

  3. Revelations on December 16, 2012 at 10:53 pm said:

    @Soukyuu

    Sugou did say that any pain absorber level below 3 would affect you in rl, and Kirito turned that down to 0. Now, he had is arm chopped off, his body severed into 2 at the waist and his face stabbed through by a giant greatsword I don’t think he’s in any position to be raping anybody

  4. Well, even taking this into account, [spoiler]Sugou was “healthy” enough to almost kill Kirito when he came to the hospital. If he has enough strength to fight against Kirito, he’d have no problems having his way with Asuna who just woke up after over 2 years.[/spoiler]

  5. loved it ALOT!

  6. @Revelations:
    It’s not that the pain absorber being set below 3 lets wounds inflicted in the game magically appear on your real body. It merely means that the pain would be strong enough to remain there even after he logs out. But then again, the pain of losing one’s own hand and then being sliced to pieces would make most people lose consciousness, even if it’s just pain (in fact, that’s what happens with people who “die on the spot” when shot – due to the shock from the pain-caused trauma, they lose consciousness a moment after they are shot) and the body is fine.

    So he is in condition to rape someone because he could move, but he isn’t in condition to fight because his reactions are slowed down due to constantly feeling pain.
    [spoiler]Which is what will allow Kirito to kick his ass again even though Kirito’s body still isn’t in top form and even though Suguou had a knife.[/spoiler]

  7. Ashandarei on December 17, 2012 at 4:17 am said:

    Wait, people think that Oberon/Sugou getting beaten [spoiler]getting hacked in half, then having his upper torso flung into the air, only to be impaled THROUGH THE EYE on Kirito’s huge-ass sword[/spoiler] is LESS satisfying than the the way it happened in the LN…? Refresh my memory, but wasn’t it just a Link-putting-the-Master-Sword-back-into-the-rock downstroke [spoiler]through that a-hole’s eye[/spoiler] in the LN?

  8. Ashandarei on December 17, 2012 at 4:18 am said:

    Wow, Spoiler brackets always generate a gap like that…? Now my comment is kinda hard to read the way I’d intended it to…

  9. Thanks for the episode,

    really hope we’ll get to see more of SOA novel animated…

  10. SapphireFlame on December 17, 2012 at 6:54 am said:

    Wow I don’t think I’ve ever hated an antagonist as much as Sugou, not even AW’s Noumi. Great episode, watching Sugou get run through like that was strangely satisfying… O_o

  11. to any linuxisists out there on December 17, 2012 at 7:25 am said:

    biches gone root

  12. lolipedofin on December 17, 2012 at 8:19 am said:

    Yaaayy…. boobies…. a little NTR-ish, but still…. boobiess……. Hopefully they show even more in the BD…. or made the chapter 16.5 into OVA…. nishishishi….

    All in all, great episode…. The frist time I can say in SAO that the animation of the scene in the anime is better than the narration in the novel… Thanks for the great ep, guys!

    A bit correction tho, Isn’t the sword supposed to be “ExcalibEr”?

  13. So, since Nekomonogatari Black probably won’t get simulcasted, do you guys have any plans of doing it. Just asking cause you were planning on doing Nise before it got announced by CR.

  14. @Ashandarei: It probably has to do with how they imagined it happened while reading the LN vs. how it was animated. I’m not satisfied neither with the LN nor the anime. That bastard got away too lightly, but that’s because Kirito is a “good guy”. If it were me…

  15. For a moment there, i thought Yui had Kirito’s face

  16. cave_guard on December 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm said:

    To be honest, SAO was a LOT better than ALO…the setting of “dying in-game = dying IRL” is much more intense. I could remember when Kuradeel tried to kill Kirito…when he plunges his sword into Kirito’s body, shit was real. Heck, just trying to keep as many ppl alive as possible was hard enough. That whole arc had pressure to it which made it good.

    In ALO…doesn’t matter if u die, just respawn…the only limit was time left until Asuna gets raped…and this episode, this “fight” with Sugou was a pretty big let-down to all that build-up…all Kirito had to do was yell a few words and the fight’s over, didn’t even get to show his mad sword skills or anything….

    Hope 2nd season be better than ALO…

  17. @cave_guard:
    It is (or at least it is supposed to be) better, courtesy of the following two names:
    [spoiler]XaXa and Johnny Black, “former” members of Laughing Coffin[/spoiler]
    Because apparently VR was not enough for what they were doing…

  18. littleogre on December 17, 2012 at 4:29 pm said:

    @Kazeto: People can die from pain. It is called shock.

  19. littleogre on December 17, 2012 at 4:30 pm said:

    @Kazeto: Sorry. I saw you had mentioned it already.

  20. will you do the BD’S?

  21. Ashandarei on December 17, 2012 at 6:01 pm said:

    @ Soukyuu: WORD.

  22. SHADOW-ZER0 on December 17, 2012 at 7:53 pm said:

    Any word on GGO / Season 3 yet? (Every time I Google it, all I get is crap about ALO because apparently IT was season 2.)

  23. @SHADOW-ZER0:
    GGO will be season 2. Not season 3, some people are just retarded enough to believe that 0,5 + 0,5 = 2.

    And no, outside of “it will happen” we know nothing about season 2.

  24. Revelations on December 18, 2012 at 12:21 am said:

    are u guys going to sub dusk maiden of amnesia ep 12 directors cut and the unaired 13th episode?

  25. lolipedofin on December 18, 2012 at 4:54 am said:

    @cave_guard: The admin chant by Kirito was only to level the playing field with Sugou, he didn’t set any advantages to himself. He simply took Sugou’s GM right, even gave him the best sword the game can offer, and then proceed to slice him by sheer skill….

    I agree with you though that Fairy Dance is the weakest arc out of all the main arcs (therefore not including Mother Rosario, which I find worse than Fairy Dance). But it does gave a proper closure to SAO, and established ALO as the main world for the characters.

    Trust Kazeto, it’s going to get better with GGO and Alicization, not to mention there’s progressive.

  26. Well, the major part why some people consider “Mother’s Rosario” to be weak as well is that, after witnessing Kirito wreck people with sheer skill (the only “beater bonus” he gets in GGO is an avatar of questionable masculinity with no bonus to stats, though it is certain the avatar did help him because “people help girls in MMO games” [the whole thing was actually rather amusing]) and him going against an antagonist who is also doing his things with just skill (no GM privileges or anything of the sort), they see him relegated to the role of supportive character while Asuna helps someone with their goal. Considering that said sheer skill of his was enough to make it viable for him to use lightsabres in a gun-based game and do things like evading nigh-impossible to evade shots by “predicting where the bullet prediction beam will appear”, yeah…

    And there’s also this bit:
    [spoiler]The player Asuna is helping is someone who defeated Kirito in a straight fight (a player, with nothing special but really high reaction speed), and who Kirito admitted was better than him to the point where she would be the one to get Dual Wielding had she played SAO. The fact that she only defeated Kirito because he wasn’t dual wielding (because his second sword is Excaliber and he swore not to use it lightly) only adds to the flame.[/spoiler]
    But then again, getting “Mother’s Rosario” means we likely will get “Caliber” as well, which is a great sub-arc (in my opinion at least, but woe is those who don’t like the “Catgirl Legolas”, aka. Shino). And it also means we’ll get to see Klein and Kirito fight off a 50-person army by themselves (while bickering with each other, no less).

  27. littleogre on December 18, 2012 at 5:56 pm said:

    I disagree. The main reason people consider “Mother Rosario” to be weak is because it is a depressive and overemotional story, with very little besides that. There is no plot, no mystery, no antagonist. Consider that it came just after GGO, which has a very interesting plot with a lot of action and mystery, and that gets even worse.

  28. @littleogre:
    Various people have various reasons. The one I wrote about is the one I heard people use the most (I might have just met the wrong complainers), but then there are also people like you who have different reasons. And there is nothing wrong with that, in fact it is better that there are various reasons, because that means it’s not just a single element created by the author making it worse, but rather the fandom wanting the story to remain serious – a notion of which the point I can see and even sympathise with, but something that just isn’t possible if the author wanted to keep the story “realistic” without breaking the main characters (then again, both Asuna and Kazuto were broken plenty in the past, so it’s more like “without breaking them again unnecessarily).

    Personally I don’t mind the whole thing being “overly emotional” (got through a few really emotional stories, both light novels and visual novels, in addition to various events happening in real life, so I’m already immune; though honestly I didn’t really see Yuuki’s quest as that depressing, more like proud in a way – again, a matter of opinion) nor do I mind one arc not really having an antagonist (it is supposed to be something akin to an interlude between the GGO arc and the Alicization arc, after all, both of which are heavy enough on that; and because it is fan-service of the “fights and stuff” instead of generic erotica you usually see as interludes nowadays, I don’t mind it that much).
    [spoiler]If anything, I guess the difference in opinions comes from me being an amateur novel writer and thus knowing the author’s side somewhat better because I faced similar problems with some arcs in my stories. No novel writer can really keep consistent level of seriousness (and thus also consistent “quality”, due to people who want the story to remain serious not liking the less serious elements) in serious stories because there have to be breathers for characters unless the whole plot takes place in just a few days so that the negative changes in characters won’t have time to manifest.[/spoiler]

  29. littleogre on December 18, 2012 at 7:56 pm said:

    Neither of US have enough data to really say why the majority of people disliked Mother Rosario, but my own anecdotal evidence, among my friends, points to the main motives being as I described.

    In the absence of data, I can just speculate, but, that said, I see the lack of an antagonist as a grave flaw to most stories, especially adventure oriented stories like this. And I don’t see the predominantly male fanbase of this series as overly joyous about emotional oriented stories.

  30. @Escude

    Depends on whether we can get enough staff together to do it or not, being right on new years.

  31. I found Mother’s Rosario to be a pretty good story. It’s a chance for Asuna to shine after being a bit left out in the preceding volumes, by demonstrating the leadership skills that landed her the 2nd rung in Aincrad’s top guild. An animated version would have lots of great fight scenes, and provide some technological foundation for the Alicization premise. I hope to see it, emotional content and all.

  32. Moe Moe Kyun on December 19, 2012 at 2:28 am said:

    Better thank the staff of Unlimited Translation Works and GotWoot fansubs. The world might end on 12/21/12 LOLs. But seriously, THANK YOU for bringing us another great anime. UTW doesn’t really disappoint when it comes to anime. A job well done guys! Here’s to looking forward to more anime releases from you. Keep up the good job. 😀 DOMO ARIGATOOOOO! ♥.♥

  33. I thought Mother’s Rosario to be a very important part of the story. After Aincrad we almost forget about Asuna, and went on a character development spree with two other girl characters and Kirito. Mother’s Rosario brings us back to Asuna and really fills in the blanks as it describes not only her virtual life but her real life struggles as well. The whole Yuuki dying thing was weird, but MR served its purpose of developing Asuna.

  34. HIS IMPERIAL BURRITO on December 20, 2012 at 2:13 am said:

    @ Moe Moe Kyun; Right… And maybe A1 will animate chapter 16.5 as a bonus feature for the Blue Rays…

  35. it remind me of accel world final episode

  36. @HIS IMPERIAL BURRITO:
    Wait, by chapter 16.5, do you really mean the bit where Asuna turns off the censor filter and then various activities with no in-game proficiency skill ensue? Because I doubt they would animate that, not in Japan where their desired customers would start the cries of “she’s unpure now” and such.

  37. Ashandarei on December 20, 2012 at 8:23 pm said:

    @ Kazeto: I think he was responding to the remark about the world ending tomorrow by saying it was more likely that Studio A-1 would animate chapter 16.5. (His Imperial Burrito seemed to miss the sarcasm in Moe Moe Kyun’s post.)

    Anyway, Preview time! And, as an added bonus (?), it’s subbed en Espanol.

  38. ep 25 soon xD

  39. The Horrible Subs version of Ep 25 is out, but I’m waiting for the UTW release, since the subs are better and the files actually have chapter markers. I’m excited to finally see the ending!

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