The two main characters are back. Perhaps we’re finally going to start our adventure.
The episode started rather abruptly. Asuna is now the assistant leader of a guild, and she is tsundere for Kirito. Great.
A mystery begins when a man is murdered in town. Nothing screams “TERRIBLE AND MYSTERIOUS DEATH” like a lingering ass shot of the witness as she recounts her story. What could have possibly led to this death?!!!
Later, we discuss who the culprit could be as we stare at
Asuna’s ass the murder weapon. There seems to be a theme here. Who could the murderer be? I am dying to know.
Suddenly the witness gets big eyes, goes crazy, and gets stabbed in the back. Mysterious and riveting.
No, seriously, come on. I am all for crazy Higurashi eyes, but this was awful and cringe worthy. What makes the eyes in Higurashi succeed is how they slowly notch up the tension. Slowly the characters grow more and more suspicious until they reach a breaking point. Here the crazy eyes just came out of nowhere. Just like the entire story. I sincerely hope that Sword Art Online can establish a firm direction and a cohesive narrative. That seems to be its major problem at the moment.