Beginning of a Dream – 夢の始まり
Asuna finally musters her courage to confront her mother, go Asuna!
It was Yuuki’s dream to be able to go to school again and it’s Asuna’s mission to fulfill that dream. With the help of Kirito and his mechatronics classmates, they fixed a camera with various sensors and speakers on Asuna’s shoulder and connected it to Yuuki. To think people walking around talking to someone else via the use of earphones were still given weird looks just over a decade ago, is this our future? Asuna gave Yuuki a tour of the school grounds and even brought the new student into the faculty room to introduce Yuuki to the teachers. During Yuuki’s first class, I knew that she would be involved in some way but seriously, calling her up to read a passage during her first class? Perhaps Asuna didn’t explain Yuuki’s circumstances properly to the teachers – I’m sure nobody knows that Yuuki is terminally ill and that coming to school was her last wish, but don’t they know that she hasn’t been to school in a long time? In any case, I was half wondering if the teacher meant well at all but Yuuki was able to read the passage very well, earning her the admiration of the entire class.
After a fun-filled day at school, Yuuki had one last request, which was to see her home one last time. It always feels sad when we look at an empty and abandoned house which was once filled with happy people, who are all gone from this world now. After her day with Yuuki, Asuna finally mustered up her courage to have a proper talk with her mother and in order to do that, she invited her mother into the log cabin home in the virtual world. Although she was faced with some resistance at first, her mother eventually gave in and put on the Amusphere. It makes me think that no matter how harsh every parent is, they will always have a soft spot for their own children.
I thought that Asuna was going to sweep her mother off her feet with some amazing scenery, but they went into a storeroom/pantry and looked out of the window into a snowy forest. Nothing too amazing about that, except that it was reminiscent of Asuna’s grandparents’ house in Miyagi. I zoned out during the next part but in general, Asuna told her mother about how the grandparents thought of their daughter with pride, and about how they wanted the house at Miyagi to be a place where mama Yuuki can always return to when she’s tired. Similarly, Asuna hopes to protect her own place of respite (or something like that). Asuna’s plan worked and her mother conceded to not making her transfer schools, on the condition that she has to go to university. Hm… what about the arranged marriage?
Anyway, all ended well and for once, I wasn’t that unhappy about Kirito’s absence from this episode. I wonder what’s going to happen during the next episode, are we wrapping up Yuuki’s case? Till next week!