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.