Sword Art Online 05

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Asuna is baaaaaaaaaack!! Finally, the show will be saved!

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HNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGHHHHHH NAPPING ASUNA SO HNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHH

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Kirito, you lucky sod. Getting to see such a treasure of SAO.

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HAHAHAHA OH GOD ASUNA’S DERP-I-JUST-WOKE-UP FACE HNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGHHHHHH

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wwwwwww I like Asuna’s self-control at this scene. Plus Kirito scoring a dinner from Asuna as well.

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HNNNNNGHHHH dere Asuna thanks. Oh man, my heart can’t survive this.

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Finally, in to the “murder” case part… but lol A-1 making it so damn obvious.

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No seriously… look at those eyes. It’s screaming “SHE’S INVOLVED IN THIS.”

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Awwww more Asuna dere moments. Silly Kirito, making a girl say such things (〃▽〃)キャッ

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Egil’s reactions are the best.

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Obligatory DAT-ASS shot…. since everyone’s talking about it anyways >.>

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Wow, she’s whacked isn’t she? So TOTALLY SUSPICIOUS GAIS.

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…. or not? Oh dear.

Well, that’s it for the first part of Murder Case in the Area. Firstly, I’m glad the production team split this to two episodes instead of trying to wing it with one. It would so totally ruin the material if they did it like Aria…

While I’m thankful for that, they did take quite a number of liberties with the adaptation anyways, but I guess those parts really don’t work well with a purely visual medium since some of the cut-out parts work in a textual setting better. Plus, they way the animated the hanging scene was already quite errr.. obvious. But I won’t spoil it here, though you can still always go to read it online at a certain translation project group’s wiki page. Just look up “Murder Case in the Area”. In any case, the “mystery” behind this isn’t really much of a mystery anyways since it just involves some clever manipulation of the game’s workings and limitations.

What I am more surprised about was the inclusion of the first Material Edition, “The Progressers” (readable here) in the beginning of this episode. Just that too bad the derps at A-1 put in only the beginnings of it, so now apparently the consensus is that Kirito is a dumbass do-gooder who even thinks NPC’s are people. Would’ve been nice to see how one of the NPC’s Asuna was about to sacrifice giving them the key to defeating that boss, but alas….

Oh well, more importantly, we got a full dose of HNNNNGH Asuna in this episode so all is forgiven in the end. The nice little touch of the blade of grass a slight drool really redeemed it all. OHHHH DAMN YOU PRODUCTION TEAM.

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This week’s end card is so d’aaaw

P.S. Extremely not impressed at the Blu-ray cover for SAO Vol 1. At least get abec to draw it!!

20 Comments

  1. fencedude Said,

    August 5, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

    Would’ve been nice to see how one of the NPC’s Asuna was about to sacrifice giving them the key to defeating that boss, but alas….

    Maybe will come up in a flashback next episode? Seems pointless to include that bit if they don’t follow up on it.

  2. ThatOneAsianKid Said,

    August 5, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

    Although I understand the need to fit in as much as possible in one episode, I was kind of hoping they’d include Kirito and Asuna’s meeting with Heathcliff eating ramen while talking about the game system.

  3. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    August 5, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

    I’m hoping they put Heathcliff’s meeting at the ramen shop next week. Going to have to wait till next Wednesday before the preview is up.

  4. Dakkar Said,

    August 5, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

    This anime makes me wonder what was it that I liked in the original novels that made me read so many of them…

    Meeting with Heathcliff was actually quite awful. I mean, come on, the amount of info he has on the game should make Argo eat her whiskers, yet no one finds it being the least bit strange.

  5. Silver Said,

    August 5, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

    So… my reaction from last week episode?

    SILICIA!!
    HHHHHHHNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

    This week episode?

    ASUNA!!
    HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHH!!!!!!

    Am I watching this show the wrong way? Because I’m sure you’re not supposed to be getting diabetes.

  6. edlar Said,

    August 5, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

    It was probably a good idea to give his lines to Kirito.

    Murder Case isn’t really a good story. Other than the Laughing Coffin, it didn’t have much going for it and devotes far too much meaningless MMORPG mechanics. I think it’s one of the earlier stories by Kawahara since it has the tsundere Asuna (also in Progressers), which he had had the good sense to change in Aria/Rondo/Concerto.

  7. Peanutbutter003 Said,

    August 5, 2012 @ 3:40 pm

    Yoruko had a pretty good ass too.

  8. Benigmatica Said,

    August 5, 2012 @ 6:44 pm

    @Peanutbutter003

    Too bad that she was stabbed *puts on sunglasses* in the back!

    Oh, and it’s a X Japan reference! YEAHHHH!

  9. Roarke Said,

    August 5, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

    @Dakkar and Kuro

    I think Dakkar’s right about the Heathcliff thing. The whole bit about Heathcliff in the side story was pure fanservice with little impact on the story itself, and I don’t think the right introduction for “The Paladin Heathcliff” as far as the main story goes is
    “Let’s invite your boss to my favorite ramen shop!”

    That was kind of derp even in the original story, don’t you think?

  10. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    August 5, 2012 @ 10:40 pm

    Well, the thing about the side-stories are because the build on stuff already pre-established in the main story.

    For one, at this point, everyone who is in the clearing group will probably know/have met Heathcliff already since he was the hero of floor 50. Plus, he’s the freaking guild leader of KoB, which is one of the top two clearing guilds, so yeah… it really wouldn’t be out of place for them to put him in at this point.

    I didn’t really think it was derp in the novels either way. But I guess production team had your point of view too. We will see…

  11. Dakkar Said,

    August 6, 2012 @ 2:19 am

    Frankly, the less screen time they give Heathcliff, the better. Let’s see…

    1. He’s the only player who has a unique totally overpowered skill;
    2. No one has ever seen his HP drop into yellow even though he was doing things like holding off the worst boss for 10 minutes on his own;
    3. Despite that, he doesn’t appear to spend much time in the field, doing organizational work while sitting in the headquaters even though with his ability it might be possible to blitzkrieg floors with just one party;
    4. Oh, that’s except for the numerous times when he’s nowhere to be found;
    5. At the same time, he somehow manages to have the highest level and skill values among all the players;
    6. And despite all the things above, he’s not really involved in decision making and players activities, leaving even boss battles organization for Asuna to handle.

    This list is likely missing some other nice details, but that’s enough to see how good the writing was when it comes to Heathcliff.

    As for his involvement into this particular story… In terms of things that actually mattered in solving the case, he hasn’t told anything that top players wouldn’t know on their own or couldn’t learn from Argo. Actually, it would be the most natural thing to contact Argo, and it’s clear that she wouldn’t charge them anything considering the circumstances. So why Kirito has chosen Heathcliff despite almost hostile attitude he’s shown him during the meeting, as well as the reasons behind such attitude, is a mystery. Or a derp in the original story :)

  12. moridin84 Said,

    August 6, 2012 @ 6:57 am

    @Dakkar Well he’s mysterious ~~
    What else do you want? :p

  13. Dakkar Said,

    August 6, 2012 @ 8:19 am

    @moridin84
    So, what kind of excuse has he used to skip on the Laughing Coffin extermination raid will also remain a mystery? :)

  14. Giovanni Said,

    August 6, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    Yeah, that part about the NPC’s was a little irking as I always took Kirito to be the pragmatic sort of player…The Progessors cleared things up a bit, thankfully, but I would’ve preferred it if they didn’t include it at all.

  15. Viceral Said,

    August 6, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

    I think that part of the progressors that was animated is important because it showed that asuna and kiritimati, while knowing each other from the first floor did not see each other eye to eye and even got into a duel about it. And it wasn’t until the epic meeting under a tree that they got to know each other on friendlier terms

  16. elior1 Said,

    August 6, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

    here the next episode titles:
    6 – Phantom Avenger (continuation of episode 5)
    7 – Warmth of Heart
    8 – Black and White Sword Dance

    episode 8 will be the begining of the main plot

  17. AozuAkazu Said,

    August 6, 2012 @ 5:06 pm

    Oh! I wondered why he was so occupied with NPCs when they just respawn lol.
    Anyway, I forgave any flaws in the episode as Asuna <3 So unbelievably moe; Haruka Tomatsu really did a good job at destroying my nutbladder (I didn't notice so much in the second episode). Can't wait for the next episode!

  18. Apathy Said,

    August 6, 2012 @ 10:20 pm

    The adaptation is doing quite well despite needing to cut back several scenes as the key ones were still showed quite nicely. (Also appreciate the little things like how Players are actually shown changing to better equips)

    Also good to see that they didn’t try to squeeze this in one episode, hopefully ‘Morning Dew Girl’ also gets this treatment at the very least.

    Hm? What that’s Asuna? You know a certain blacksmith/weapons merchant? Huh….who could THAT be? ;)

  19. Lover Said,

    August 7, 2012 @ 6:14 am

    J love it! <3

    Asuna <3

  20. gunrik Said,

    August 11, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    they still don’t know if it’s because of the weapon itself, because Asuna didn’t let Kirito try to cut himself.

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