Sword Art Online Episode 14: The End of the World


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  1. Train says:

    TOTALLY UNEXPECTED… Not just Heathcliff, the arc ending here as well.
    I knew it, he somehow cheated on their first fight, otherwise he would have lost. He offered Kirito a chance to defeat him at that point, maybe because he was pissed about their first fight, i mean, in a fair fight 1v1, he lost against him as he had to use the overassist system to dodge his attack. Or maybe he was just bored at that point or whatever, did they state a reason in the novels? Anyway, when Asuna disappeared i was shocked but then i thought ” Oh well, Klein probably has that revive item Kirito gave him a year ago, it’s k.”, but then again that didn’t go like that. ;; Kirito fighting like that after Asuna disappeared was sad to see, but i guess, in the end, he overcame the system of SAO itself and defeated Heathcliff/Kayaba.
    I expected a more “complete” reason for Kayaba Akihiko, but in the end his reason for doing all that was just to achieve his dream, which probably he had since his childhood. Altought his methods( in the end he killed, even if indirectly, 4,000 people.), were far from good, he ended up just being a person trying to achieve his dream. I have kind of mixed feelings about his character now that i understand a bit about him.The last scenes of Kirito and Asuna together were really beautiful and touching. And to top it even more, when Kirito realized he was alive and in the hospital, he immediately thought about her and to reach her, even if he had barely strenght to keep himself up.
    Can’t wait for the ALO arc, from the little bits i’ve seen it seems interesting. And a new opening is coming(not that i disliked the first one, it was amazing, so the second opening has a good chance to be as well). Yay!

    • Vantage says:

      These events were from Volume 1, and the Red-Nosed Reindeer side story was written for Volume 2, so technically the revival item didn’t exist xD But I don’t think any specific reason was mentioned for Heathcliff to give Kirito a chance in the novels, it was probably a chance to speed things up a bit and give the survivors a ticket out of SAO, since Heathcliff thought that it’d be Kirito facing him at the 100th floor boss, anyway.

      ALO will be amazing, I’ve seen some of the character designs and they all look fantastic. Saturday shall stay a highlight of the week xD