Sword Art Online 23

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Want more loli Sugu…

Anyways, back in the game, Sugu gets cheered up by an unexpected person….

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Oh no, Recon, not a good…

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Aw damn, he said it.

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LOL, seriously bad timing man.

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Poor Recon friendzoned forever…

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Anyways, somehow these two decide to solve their ‘thing’ with a fight.

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… which kinda ends in this.

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Oi oi you idiot siblings…. I think I’ll spare everyone the sappy dialogue here. A spinning-hug in the air… seriously c’mon!

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Poor Recon still friendzoned forever.

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Ahhh what I would give to have my own Yui… ;_;

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Even with one more person… it’s still not that easy to break through. Not like it was meant to be broken through in the first place :(

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Wait, Recon what are you….?

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RECONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!! (And he’s still forever friendzoned T_T)

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And sadly, even his sacrifice was rendered moot… damn you Sugou.

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But backup arrives in the nick of time! Awww yeah, Sakuya and Alicia!

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Man, this part was so epic. Kirigaya family power!

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Kirito badass levels: OVER9000. Sakuga levels: MAXIMUM.

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Unfortunately, still screwed over by that damn bastard Sugou at the end.

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Luckily Kirito managed to get the Key Item before charging in.

Oh man oh maaaaaan…. this episode.

While the first half had quite the sappy moments, the second half really made up for it. This part was really the climax of the ALO arc for me, and seeing it brought to life was pretty damn awesome. Especially with that awesome SAO track playing as the BGM. Man, I really want that OST CD now.

Only regret two things though, one was that it was a little bit shorter than I liked, but that seems to be the norm for the anime adaptation so far I guess. Second thing was also how they changed Kirito’s last charge in to a pretty cheesy rocket thing rather than him going all omnislash with his Dual Blades skill on the guardians to break through. I mean, what’s the point having Sugu’s katana if it wasn’t going to be used! Oh well, I guess they ran out of budget at that point, what with all the dragons and magic hahah.

Next week, final boss time! And oh yes, it will be so satisfying to watch… but be prepared for nasty.

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This week’s end card by Takenashi Eri.

Man, even the end card this week is awesome!


  1. Mentar Said,

    December 9, 2012 @ 4:47 pm

    The music… :)

  2. ??? Said,

    December 9, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

    17:22 and 19:00 of the episode was just the same scene played in a different order. :(

  3. Spike242 Said,

    December 9, 2012 @ 8:30 pm

    quote:Kirito’s last charge in to a pretty cheesy rocket thing rather than him going all omnislash with his Dual Blades skill on the guardians to break through

    hoping the BD version will amend it.

  4. Breaker Said,

    December 9, 2012 @ 8:35 pm

    Less than that, very less

  5. Benigmatica Said,

    December 9, 2012 @ 10:49 pm

    Poor Recon friendzoned forever…

    At least he went badass… for a few seconds before dying out!

    Anyways, next week is gonna be a rage-fest when Sugou comes back!

  6. Izaak Said,

    December 9, 2012 @ 11:22 pm

    Picture 18: Shine Spark or Akashic Buster?

  7. Roarke Said,

    December 10, 2012 @ 12:58 am

    God, I could not like this episode.

  8. Hajiko Said,

    December 10, 2012 @ 1:21 am

    And so Deus ex Mega Machina next week …

  9. Entrav Said,

    December 10, 2012 @ 6:11 am


  10. AGear2Ax Said,

    December 10, 2012 @ 9:32 am

    I thought Recon will do something smarter… Truly badass to open the definitive path to victory… but then he pulls a suicide bomb that doesn’t do anything meaningful because later the Sylphs and Cait-Siths entered to help… Oh! Didn’t anybody saw that Recon was completely forgotten after his sacrifice? Nobody take care of his flame remains…

  11. Maya Said,

    December 10, 2012 @ 9:44 am

    I still don’t get how Recon went from have his head dumped in water to poisoning the people that did it…

  12. Maya Said,

    December 10, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    Wow, you would THINK that when someone self destructs for another person their efforts would be used, not thrown into a trashcan.

  13. avexmode Said,

    December 10, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

    They need to stop following LN’s material and do a better story themselves. This episode is painful to watch.

  14. Kitan Said,

    December 10, 2012 @ 5:01 pm

    I didn’t even read the novel and still expected some asspull.

    I somehow want Recon to prevent the existence of another potential Kirito’s harem member, I’m so tired of it. This episode let me down.

  15. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    December 10, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

    The key point of poor Recon’s sacrifice was to actually show how rigged the quest was. It was pretty much not meant to be cleared at all.

    Sigh, the anime really lacked the subtext totally, for the non-novel readers.

  16. Di Gi Kazune Said,

    December 10, 2012 @ 7:12 pm

    ‘Who is she really?’

    Her name is Asuha. She wears no pantsu.

  17. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    December 10, 2012 @ 7:13 pm

    Hahahah if only!

  18. aru Said,

    December 10, 2012 @ 10:14 pm

    I still don’t understand recon’s character.. is he going to be with suguha in future novels?

  19. Roarke Said,

    December 10, 2012 @ 11:19 pm


    Probably not. Like pretty much all male SAO characters besides Kirito, he only exists to make Kirito look better in comparison. The best we can say for him is that he isn’t a villain.

    Come to think of it, he also has the balls to ask out a pretty girl at his age, which is something I didn’t have.


  20. einjhel Said,

    December 11, 2012 @ 9:10 am

    I just want to know if volume 5 and 6 (of Light Novel, Phantom Bullet) will be aired as anime? thanks

  21. Haruka Tomatsu Fan Said,

    December 11, 2012 @ 1:13 pm

    When do I get to hear more Asuna?

  22. tc2r Said,

    December 11, 2012 @ 7:21 pm

    Alot of you fail to understand what Recon really revealed.

    In a fair and just MMORPG, Recon used his ultimate ability “Self Destruct” (notice the self part) in which you go out with a bang, you DONT GET A DEATH FLAME/Chance to be respawned (such a flawed ability would be abused if you did imagine cleric + Recon clearing any dungeon they wanted).

    He used self destruct to clear out a HUGE pathway aka his hero moment, in a fair MMORPG this would have given the main character the perfect pathway to the door. And thus Recon would have earned Sugu’s praise (what he’s after anyway).

    However, This Dungeon/Cave/Challenge/Boss fight was never intended to be winnable.

    Yui wore an earnest expression on her pretty face as she nodded.

    “Those guardian monsters, while their health and strength wasn’t that high, their spawning pattern was abnormal. The spawning speed increases proportional to the proximity to the inner gate and when you actually get to the gate they would spawn at a rate of twelve per second. That is… It is set at a degree of difficulty that is impossible to capture…”

    So thus Recon’s death in the anime was used to show that even then it would be impossible.

    Now the true fuck up of the anime. When he got near the door it shoulda spawned 12 creatures per second chasing at his tail. In the novel it was a tense and rushed moment for him to get through that door. In the anime… the mobs just hover around like they’ve went retard mode.

  23. susu Said,

    December 13, 2012 @ 1:59 am

    This episode is loaded with loads of drama rather than badassaries.

  24. OP-Kirito Said,

    December 13, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    I enjoyed that episode …it was kind of emotional, but now that all of the sad stuff is out the way, I can see Kirito fighting and destroying everything in his path to be with his wife that he longed for. Good story line, but people are going to get their asses raped up in that Administration Zone …literally.

  25. ITYNTS18 Said,

    December 13, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

    Really really great episode! thought they were saying it will be finished after 2 more episode..

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