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Sword Art Online Episode 20: Kirito Sucks at Crossing Swords

It may be too late for most of you folks, but for the love of whatever entity you may or may not believe in, DO NOT FUCKING WATCH THIS. There is nothing redeemable in these 23 minutes of Kirito getting virtual fairy tail and absolutely fuck else of worth happening. Just when you think it can’t get stupider, it does. It somehow reaches a point where Kirito stabs a guy so hard and so often that he fucking explodes, before every woman jumps all over him, complimenting him on the swordsmanship that’s clearly a metaphor for insecurity regarding social impotence. In any other show this would be corny in the best possible way, but the fact that it’s the result of Kirito showing off his mad dual wielding skills (which only resurface in time for the battle with the strongest player, of course) makes it insufferable. That should never happen in a show where people explode just by being stabbed repeatedly.

There’s nothing that I’ve said before that doesn’t apply here, so I’m going to have to conclude by saying that to whoever’s seen this episode, I understand what you’re going through. And to those that haven’t, try to keep it that way. Yeah, the content of this post is kind of sparse, but in that way it perfectly mirrors Sword Art Online’s complexity and depth. This is so irredeemably horrible in the most insipid way, the worst of the worst specifically because it’s such blatant, poorly written wish fulfillment; if the last few episodes pressed that point, this really beat that dead, half-rotten horse to the point of being unidentifiable. Fuck this property for being so inexplicably profitable. On that note, can’t wait for the next episode.

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  1. matrixEXO
    Posted November 20, 2012 at 3:55 am | Permalink

    For something you (almost always) keep commenting on as a dead fly with maggots all over it, you seem to want to find more ugly pests to feast on it huh? Ref to -> “Can’t wait for the next episode.” after the whole short synopsis of the episode.

    On that note, I can’t wait for the next episode. Just to finish the whole series off since I have watched this far already.

    • Lucky-7
      Posted November 20, 2012 at 4:22 am | Permalink

      These SAO reviews are getting trite. We all know how you feel about it, just move on and cover something interesting already.

      • Inushinde
        Posted November 20, 2012 at 8:58 am | Permalink

        Shinsekai coming up tomorrow, other good material in a few weeks once this ends. I’ll stop blogging it once it’s over.

  2. Mike
    Posted November 20, 2012 at 6:26 am | Permalink

    You know, I would enjoy SAO if they examined why Kirito is making these nonsensical choices. Why is he taking time off his quest to save his sorta-wife who is in a coma just waiting to be bartered into a real marriage with rapey childhood friend-kun by her parents? Is it because Kirito is so warped by his time trapped in SAO that he can only relate to virtual/fantasy worlds and has no interest in the real world he actually inhabits anymore? Is he just some lonely dude who didn’t really care for Asuna and wants any female attention he can get? Oh…wait, it’s just cool that he can beat up bad dudes via his poorly defined powers and he’ll totally just solve every single person’s problem. Never mind.

    • Inushinde
      Posted November 20, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

      If it had the least bit of self awareness, that’d make all the difference in how tolerable the cliches are. I mean cliches by themselves aren’t necessarily bad in silly shows, but there is nothing acknowledged here.

  3. eternia
    Posted November 20, 2012 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    Short is fine. Because this post of yours is late. Other bloggers/people have pointed all the shitty-ness already. But it’s too late to stop watching now. It’s just four episode to go! By the end of this anime / this arc / this season, we are going to double facepalm so hard, and sulk in the bottom of a well, lamenting on humanity and our wasted time, ha ha.

    People who have already stopped watching, good for you~

    • Inushinde
      Posted November 20, 2012 at 8:56 am | Permalink

      This is the first time that I’ve actually been at a loss of words while watching. Hooray for only a few episodes left though, even if it’s bound to somehow get worse!

  4. elior1
    Posted November 20, 2012 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    @Permalink well you will be in loss of words more after you will see the last battle in this alo also kirito was sucks in this battle becouse if he didnt got leafea sword he was lost to the general for sure since he dont have that skill in this new sword

  5. fathomlessblue
    Posted November 20, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    Why do you keep mentioning the final battle on so many sites? It’s not like that, in itself, will turn the series around? A show is kept alive & exciting by the characters, story, setting, & the overall emotional response. Sword Art Online has completely failed on all these fronts, so ultimately it doesn’t matter how great the final battle may or may not be; when everything before it is this shambolic, who honestly cares?

  6. fathomlessblue
    Posted November 20, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    I’m really torn over this particular ep. On one hand it was probably the worst yet, on the other, catgirls automatically make anything awesome, even in straight up harem mode! I just can’t separate one perspective from the other! This is a paradox I like to call Schrödinger’s catgirl.

    • Inushinde
      Posted November 20, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

      The catgirls were the high point of the episode, which is saying a lot. I don’t know how it somehow keeps getting worse though, it’s one of those shows that keeps defying expectations in the most unintentionally hilarious way.

  7. R1CK_D0M
    Posted November 20, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    Yo what really killed my suspension of disbelief was the fact that Kirito turned down catgirl’s offer. Three squares and a nap? Yo that shit is gold.

  8. Posted November 20, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    Hey, at least the animation was good and the two guild leaders were cute, that’s worth something, isn’t it?

  9. Posted November 21, 2012 at 2:00 am | Permalink

    Only like 5 more episodes and a special (I think??) left! HANG IN THERE INUSHINDE!

    I will be cheering for you from the “dropped SAO before it was cool to drop SAO” sidelines.

  10. Posted November 21, 2012 at 5:05 am | Permalink

    This episode was so vomit-inducing and absolutely abysmal that it was almost indescribable… and somehow, it was still tens of times better than episode 14. I, for one, fully welcome Sword Art Online’s descent into full blown awfulness!

  11. anon
    Posted November 21, 2012 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    can you please blog about girls and panzer instead? lol.

    • Inushinde
      Posted November 21, 2012 at 6:31 am | Permalink

      Maybe I’ll start blogging it alongside SAO and Shinsekai, but I’m not going to give up on this crap when I’ve managed 80% of the way.

  12. elior1
    Posted November 21, 2012 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    can you please blog the show little busters?

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