The Monument of Swordsmen – 剣士の碑
Thanks to Kirito’s timely appearance, Asuna and the Sleeping Knights were able to defeat the boss of Floor 27 and got their names carved onto the Monument of Swordsmen. However, Yuuki started to behave weirdly and she burst into tears before logging out, after Asuna pointed out that she’s been calling Asuna “sister”. Our first cliffhanger for this arc and a really good one too.
I feel really happy that we’re finally onto the real story here, and we have to because SAO II is ending in 3 episodes’ time. At the start, we got to see cool Kirito swordsmanship before we switched over to Asuna’s gang. While I didn’t appreciate her fighting style much during her duel with Asuna, I thought Yuuki fought very gracefully and it was a pleasure to watch her defeat player after player with such agility and amazing skills. Within the boss room, Asuna played the key role in figuring out how to defeat the demonic two-headed monster and Yuuki dealt the finishing blow (I wonder what rare item she got for getting the final hit bonus). Finally, their goal has been accomplished and Asuna’s role is over. I was expecting the boss fight to be cut very short – to the point where they almost skip it, since it obviously wasn’t the main point of this arc. However, we spent slightly longer than expected time on defeating the boss in my opinion, which was a good sign I suppose? At least we don’t seem that pressed for time even though the end is nearing.
For anyone who hasn’t noticed that Yuuki’s story is the main thing here, the hints they’re dropping couldn’t get stronger throughout this episode. Asuna kept talking about wanting to know Yuuki better, to talk to her and to hear her story. Meanwhile, Yuuki had started to act a little strangely – getting quiet when Asuna invited them over to her log cabin, tearing up when she realised that she had been calling Asuna “sister” unconsciously and logging out immediately… So she has/had a sister whom Asuna resembles? Why are the Sleeping Knights disbanding before spring and what was Siune trying to tell Asuna? Argh, first Yuuki stopped her, then Asuna stopped her from telling us the truth. Tell us the truth! What and why? How is Yuuki someone who’s born from the system? I noticed that Asuna’s full name is Yuuki Asuna, not sure if that means that she is in any way linked to Yuuki but I’m sure we’ll get the answers next episode, and spend the remaining episodes helping Yuuki solve her problems but I can’t really bear the wait. It’s really heartbreaking to see the usually cheerful and fun-loving Yuuki looking so down, lost and even crying.
For the first time during this season, I’m getting interested in the story. Well, better late than never.