… sayonara, Aincrad.
With that ends the Aincrad arc for SAO. I know, I know, that was a pretty terrible ending but I’ll admit, the biggest weakness of Aincrad’s arc is definitely the way how it was ended so abruptly, with the use of so many Deus ex Machina’s. Never said this story was perfect. Even in the LN itself, I really hated the way how Reki ended this (even if it’s due to all sorts of practical reasons, like how it’s already over 250 pages etc etc) and anime-only viewers get an even shorter-end of the stick too, since they don’t even get the inner monologue by Kirito. What makes it even worse is how the game was never really “completed”… I really wanted to see them cover the last 25 floors and go for some more boss battles :(
Of course, the Aincrad arc doesn’t truly end here, because coming up next will the Alfheim arc, which is admittedly a lot more polished than Aincrad. Plus, fairies! And Kirito gets even more badass going further on, plus we also get introduced to the the second most important member of his ‘guild’, iykwim hehe.